"This is my destiny!"
—Bad Box Art Mega Man, Street Fighter X Tekken

The Bad Box Art Mega Man, also known as U.S. Mega Man in Japan, is the name given to the rendition of Mega Man on the North American box art from the first Mega Man video game. The reason the cover turned out so bad is because the artist was asked to create the cover art with little to no time before the game was released and had never viewed any of the source material or seen the game, thus creating a cover that almost has nothing to do with the game. It is renowned as one of the worst box art covers in video game history.[1]


"Time to bring home the bacon!"
—Bad Box Art Mega Man, Street Fighter X Tekken

Bad Box Art Mega Man appears to be a middle-aged person, wearing an ill-fitting jumpsuit and helmet with a blue and yellow color scheme unlike the basic blue and light blue armor of the original Mega Man. He also carries a handheld pistol-like gun instead of having the Mega Buster, although he does refer to it as the Mega Buster during his Super Art in Street Fighter X Tekken.

In Street Fighter X Tekken this version of Mega Man is also overweight, albeit surprisingly athletic. He presumably aged since his first appearance.[2]

Video game appearances

The Bad Box Art Mega Man appears in the Secret Disk Legendary Hero from Mega Man ZX Advent, which is given as a reward for completing Chris' quest. The disk's description is: A collection of rare digital photographs of Legendary Heroes that the Hunter Chris wanted. These Legendary Heroes look more like coalminers in colorful outfits.

Bad Box Art Mega Man was planned to appear as a playable character in the cancelled game Mega Man Universe.[3] Each Mega Man in the game would've had different abilities, the only difference revealed was that Bad Box Art Mega Man could only fire two shots at a time instead of three.[4]

On January 26, 2012, he was confirmed to appear as an exclusive character in the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Street Fighter X Tekken.[5][6] In the game, he is a Digger that travels to Antarctica to retrieve a mysterious box. His fighting style is relatively similar to the classic Mega Man's from the Marvel vs. Capcom series, with his special moves including the Mega Uppercut, Ice Slasher and Thunder Beam, and a powerful Charge Shot known as the Mega Cannon as his Super Art.

Bad Box Art Mega Man makes a cameo in the demo for the Resident Evil 3 remake, where there is a toy store above the subway station filled with posters featuring him, a statue, action figures and helmets.[7]

Other appearances

Archie Comics

Mega Man issue 1 Short Circuits.

This Mega Man also appeared in the Short Circuits short story from the first issue of Archie Comics' Mega Man series that is used to give the comic's address and e-mail for contact. In the comic, Dr. Light finished changing Rock into Mega Man, but he says that the upgrade process wasn't pretty, Mega Man being shown with the same appearance of the Bad Box Art Mega Man.

Bad Box Art Mega Man also appeared on the Box Art Brawl variant cover of Issue 33, where he is shown fighting Mega Man. He and and the Bad Box Art version of Roll would also appear in the Short Circuits for Issue 55, joining other Mega Man characters in singing a farewell song to the readers while Mega Man and Roll looked on with disturbed expressions.


Street Fighter X Tekken biography

Mega Man
Middle Aged Hero!

Known as a Digger, a person who digs up relics from the past for research. He is a hot-tempered man, but has a strong sense of justice and is also very polite. His weak point is that he is easily rattled when backed into a corner. He is always running around in a hurry due to the demands of his partner Roll, and this time he's been asked to travel to Antarctica to retrieve a mysterious box.[8]


Street Fighter X Tekken


Street Fighter X Tekken


  • In an interview, Yoshinori Ono, the producer of Street Fighter X Tekken, states that the reason behind including Bad Box Art Mega Man and his highly exaggerated appearance, instead of any other version, was due to Keiji Inafune's wishes. Ono said that when he asked creator Keiji Inafune about including Rockman in Street Fighter X Tekken, Inafune said "that's not interesting, we have seen Mega Man in fighting games before" and then asked Ono to give him "something original". Ono then decided to use the Mega Man from the "awful" North American box art from the first Mega Man game and "make it even wackier" by presuming that Bad Box Art Mega Man has aged since his picture was taken and used in the US box art 25 years ago. Ono said that Inafune "loved the idea" and that was what lead to his inclusion.[2][10]
  • Ono included some elements from the Mega Man Legends series into the backstory of Street Fighter X Tekken's Bad Box Art Mega Man, like MegaMan's job as a Digger and Roll's somewhat bossy personality.
  • The background of his Street Fighter X Tekken artwork appears to be the first Wily Castle stage from the Mega Man 2, due to there being large cubical buildings and the large "Dr. W" logo.

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