One of the weirder things about Mega Man X5’s localization is that all of the Mavericks were named after members of washed-up rock group Guns N Roses. The decision actually came from Alyson Court, the voice actress behind Claire Redfield for a number of Resident Evil titles. She was married to Capcom USA’s localization writer at the time and he was a massive GnR fan. He had asked her to name them after members of the band and the rest is history. Thankfully, the upcoming Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 will be more faithful to the original intention of the games.
In a statement given to GameSpot, a Capcom spokesman said, “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. We hope that fans appreciate our intent to unify the Mega Man X Maverick-naming convention all these years later.”
While I don’t personally hate Guns N Roses, it never really made sense to have these incredibly stupid names in Mega Man. It was so out of place with the rest of the series and didn’t even really pay homage to the group in a passionate way. This isn’t like how Lemmy Koopa is named after Lemmy Kilmister, for instance. Also, Axl Rose is a colossal asshole, so I’d rather we not even pay homage to him.
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Mega Man X5 drops the stupid Guns N Roses references for the Legacy Collection