Capcom has announced that the long anticipated third installment of the Megaman Legends series will debut as a premium demo on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Megaman Legends 3: Prototype version will offer gamers a chance to play three missions from the much-anticipated sequel.

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It has been years since Megaman Legends 2 was released for the original Playstation. During much of that time, Capcom left fans of the series high and dry, because producers did not see the franchise as lucrative. Now, in order to see the best possible release, Capcom is implementing a crowd development strategy.

Fans, who are interested enough in the game, can visit Capcom’s development community page and vote on designs and ideas to be used for the final game.  So far, the group has voted on a new supporting character and a boss, both of which will be featured in the prototype version.

The Prototype version is meant to strike up even more interest in the game.  Capcom has spoken out saying that reactions to this version of the game will greatly affect the outcome of the final game or even possibly end up canceling it.

Before his departure from Capcom, Keiji Inafune was very vocal about his intention to give Legends fans exactly what they have been waiting for all these years. The last game ends with the hero Megaman stranded on the moon, while the supporting cast teams together to build a rocket that will hopefully save him.

Inafune likened the group development to the sequels plot. In order to get Megaman back, not only would the characters in the game have to cooperate and build a rescue rocket, but also Capcom and its customers must team together to create the most appealing game. In the prototype, Megaman is still stuck on the moon, as the rocket is yet to be finished. A new character, Barret, will be playable in the prototype.

Megaman Legends 3 Prototype Version will be available as soon as the Nintendo 3DS eShop is live. Nintendo has not announced a solid date for the eShop, which will sell digital games, such as this title, as well as classic Gameboy games, such as Super Mario Land and Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX reproduced in 3D.