The upcoming Mega Man X Legacy Collections feature a strange change to an equally bizarre pop culture reference featured in Mega Man X5.
For those who don’t know, many of Mega Man X5‘s original bosses were all named after Guns N’ Roses band members. For instance, you had Axle the Red, Izzy Glow, Duff McWhalen (great name), and Grizzly Slash. Even those who didn’t know at the time that the game’s bosses were named after the members of Guns N’ Roses have long noticed that Mega Man X5 features some of the strangest boss names in the entire franchise.
As it turns out, the decision to name X5‘s bosses after rock stars can be traced to the wishes of Alyson Court. Court is probably best known amongst Capcom fans as the English-language voice of Resident Evil’s Claire Redfield, but she also helped her husband localize some of the text of Mega Man X5. It turns out that Court’s husband was a big Guns N’ Roses fan, and the pair seemingly decided to have a little fun with the boss names.
However, their fun won’t make the leap to the upcoming Legacy collection. As spotted in the game’s latest trailer, the X5 bosses seem to have different names. For instance, Reploid Mattrex’s name has been changed to Burn Dinorex. While you might think this is due to some odd legal issues, Capcom says that their decision to change the X5 boss names doesn’t stem from anything that complicated.
“In our mission to make these collections an authentic Mega Man X experience, we took the opportunity to better align the naming of the Mega Man X5 Mavericks across all regions for better narrative cohesion across the series, making the names more aligned with the original Japanese version release,” said Capcom in a statement to Gamespot. “We hope that fans appreciate our intent to unify the Mega Man X Maverick-naming convention all these years later.”
Their reasoning makes sense, but we can’t help but feel a little sad that the infamous X5 boss names will soon be historical footnotes.