Sunday, September 22, 2019

Rockman ZX Advent Manga English and Spanish Translation Issue #1

The manga adaptation of Rockman ZX by Shin Ogino was originally serialized in Fami2 Comica between August 2006 to August 2007. It was supplied with Famitsu DS + Cube & Advance magazine with a collected release and, shortly after, it was collected and recieved an official English translation by Udon Entertainment in 2010.

Following he release of Rockman ZX Advent, Shin Ogino returned to adapt the game in manga form. His work was once again serialized in Fami2 Comics from September 2007 to April 2008 spanning eight installments. Unfortunately, unlike the original ZX manga, Ogino's Rockman ZX Advent adaptation didn't receive a collected release nor was it ever translated in English... Until now!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

ASICS Japan x Mega Man Product Collaboration Coming Soon

ASICS, a popular sport apparel company, will be producing a number of Mega Man products available at select locations in Japan and online starting November 1st.

Rockman X DiVE – An Interview with Keisuke Mizuno

Via the Chinese website GNN, we have our first Rockman X DiVE-focused interview and it's with none other than Keisuke Mizuno, the current main illustrator for the X series. In it, Mizuno tackles a variety of interesting subjects such as his involvement in the game, his design philosophy behind RiCO, and his own hopes for the game as a Rockman fan. Don't waste any time and read the interview after the break!

Rockman X3 25th Anniversary Band Album Available to Purchase

The Rockman X3 25th Anniversary Band album is now available to purchase in MP3 and WAV format! The PDF Score is also available for those who want to play the music by themselves, too. The album in MP3 format costs 2,700 yen (22€ - $25), in WAV format it's 4,320 yen (35€ - $39) and the PDF Score is 4,320 yen (35€ - $39)  as well. They also offer the individual instrumental tracks (Guitar, Bass, Keyboard & drums) for 2,700 yen (22€ - $25) each.

You can purchase both these items, the Band Album and PDF Score, here and listen some music samples here.

At this time, there's no news about the release date or when the first samples will be available for the Piano Album. Stay tuned for more news!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rockman X Giga Mission Translation Project: The Manga

Released earlier this past August, the Rockman X Giga Mission set from Bandai comes with a binder, 24 carddass collectible cards, and a booklet featuring a 10-page manga illustrated by Yoshihiro Iwamoto. The story of Giga Mission is set between the events of Rockman X5 and Rockman X6 following the crash of the Eurasia colony on Earth.

Today, we bring you the English translation of the Giga Mission manga thanks to the collaborative effort of Digi148 (scans), Maverick Hunter K (translation) [visit his YouTube channel!] and yours truly, Reploid 21XX (cleaning and typesetting). Without further delay, enjoy the manga after the break!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Hardcover Robot Master Field Guide with Mega Man 11 Robot Masters in the Works

A listing on Amazon has outed the existence of an "Updated Edition" of the Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide. It's intended as a hardcover reprint of the original 2012 book featuring additional profiles of the Mega Man 11 Robot Masters. Here's the description:

"Updated with new profiles and information from Mega Man 11! The MEGA MAN: ROBOT MASTER FIELD GUIDE is your ultimate handbook to the classic Mega Man universe.
Inside you’ll find profiles of every major Mega Man character, including all the Robot Masters, plus profiles for other important robots like Proto Man, Rush, Roll, Bass, Duo, and more. Each profile features classic CAPCOM artwork, and includes quotes, weapons info, and of course each Robot Master’s secret weakness!"

You can pre-order your copy from Amazon right here! So yeah; not much else to say than that. I'm really glad Udon have been on a reprint kick lately. Now if only we can get them to translate Iwamoto's X series comics...

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Next Major Mega Man Game Still in Development, Says Tsuchiya

Echoing a statement made earlier this year, Mega Man series producer Kazuhiro Tsuchyia assured Japanese gaming outlet Gamer that the next major Mega Man title is indeed in development. Here's the relevant portion from Gamer's interview:

4Gamer: "What can you tell us about the next game to be developed? The most recent game - Mega Man 11 - was amazing, and we [4Gamer] are expecting the revival of the Star Force series. Personally I would like to see the Command Mission saga to be brought back. (laughs)"

Tsuchiya: "I see (laughs). There are a lot of titles I personally want to work on, but to tell the truth the next game to be developed has already been decided on, I'd just like to keep the specific details hidden for the moment. Please wait until we make an announcement. Still, I think that the there's no such thing as a spin-off in the Mega Man series, every saga is a main series on its own. When speaking of "Mega Man", there will always be people who think of "X", as well as people who think of "EXE", and I think that's why each one's concept of what Mega Man is changes depending on the generation. For that reason, we don't want to deny any series of its future."

Although Tsuchiya did not specify what game is in development, it's interesting to note that he recognizes fans have a very broad definition of who or what "Mega Man" is. He's coy about it, but this is Tsuchiya's way of saying that, really, nothing is off limits. I don't think it's a stretch to say that there may yet be new entries from not just Classic and X, but Battle Network, Zero, ZX, Legends and Star Force as well.

Might I also add, earlier in 4Gamer's interview, Tsuchiya also said Capcom are "planning on extending the Mega Man brand at least over 10 or 20 more years by giving it constant stimulation, that way we'll be able to experience new titles alongside new player." Needless to say, Mega Man's future is very bright. We're exciting to see what lies ahead!

Source: 4Gamer (thanks for the translation, Seita!)

Yet More Rockman X DiVE Datamine Finds

Armors, weapons and Mavericks, oh my! The Rockman X DiVE closed beta trial hides many secrets that won't be available to players until the full game is released. If you don't mind being spoiled ahead of time (I guess the header image already did some of that. Oops?), you can see what we found after the break!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Rockman X DiVE Closed Beta Gameplay Videos for Everyone Who Isn't Playing

Whether you just missed the sign-up period* or you're having trouble logging in**, my buddy ShadowRockZX has taken the liberty of recording *tons* on Rockman X DiVE gameplay just for you!

ShadowRockZX's playthrough is on-going, so it's not exactly a complete run just yet. However, he has uploaded all of Chapter 1 (above), Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and a livestream of Co-OP Mode that's happening right now. Hit up those links and check it out, if you're so inclined!

*Additional slots are opening up soon!
** Contact Capcom Taiwan directly with any issues at with the title “RXD CBT Acct&PW Inquiry

Possible New Rockman X DiVE Features Teased

The Rockman X DiVE  development team published an online questionnaire to gather feedback from the Rockman X DiVE Beta players, and some special features that may be added to the game in the future have been revealed! More info after the break!

Rockman Live 2020 Concert Announced!

Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (ytv) and Capcom announced today Rockman Live 2020, a set of four concerts that will take place next year in Tokyo and Osaka to promote the upcoming Rockman Zero & ZX Double Hero Collection. More info after the break!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rockman X DiVE Datamine Unearths Four More Playable Characters

Now that the closed beta trial is live, it was only a matter of time before fans started digging into Rockman X DiVE's code for any hidden goodies. Sure enough, we found evidence of four unannounced playable characters: Black Zero, Steel Massimo, Second Armor X, and Cinnamon. Full resolution of these images can be found right here.

These characters are NOT playable in the closed beta. However, the existence of both portrait and full-body artwork heavily implies that they will be in the final game. Hurray!

Once again, I'm inclined to remind you that there is no set number of characters for the final game's roster. As a matter of fact, these images follow a strict three-digit designation. For example, Palette is "ch_013" and the copy Zero is "ch_026". That's thirteen unknown characters between them with the possibility of +100 different characters overall.

Rockman X DiVE is designed with longevity in mind – many characters are expected to appear over the next several months to years (if the game is fortunate enough to last that long). And remember:  Capcom Taiwan are taking requests, too. You never know who we'll see next!