Oh wow.

Folks, this is a terribly exciting piece of gaming news.  Terribly exciting.  When we look at the gaming landscape and start thinking about “long running franchises”, maybe we think of icons like Sonic and Mario.  Or maybe we think about more recent fare like the three generation spanning Resident Evil series.

Or maybe we think about the Blue Bomber himself, Mega Man, who will be back in Mega Man 10.

Yes, you read that correctly, Mega Man 10.

It’s going to be made available on the Wii first, and later segue onto Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, but this is going to be a straight Mega Man fight like the kind you used to play way back when.  It’s you taking on eight Robot Masters, and when you beat them, you gain their special weapon for use against the rest of them.

You might think they’d be getting a little desperate by now for robot themes to throw at Mega Man, and you’d be right.  For instance, this time Mega Man will tackle Sheep Man,  a robot that looks like a sheep and uses a special attack called Thunder Wool, involving four smaller floating sheep that discharge lightning.

And somewhere, the banjo player from Deliverance is smiling.

The game is slated for release in the first quarter of 2010.