Tuesday, May 22, 2018
As previously reported, Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 will feature a new "X Challenge" mode that let's players battle two Mavericks at the same time. However, it now looks like there's a bit more going on here than we thought.
According to a preview of this week's Famitsu, X Challenge will feature an original "story mode". It remains to be seen just how in-depth the story will be or if there's a unique story to Collection 1 ("X Challenge Volume 1") and Collection 2 ("X Challenge Volume 2"). Whatever the case, this is pretty interesting. Story mode might even explain that mysterious, seemingly new white armor we've seen in past previews. It's something to watch for.
Also worth pointing out, a few Mavericks from Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 are making the jump to "X Challenge Volume 1". Duff McWhalen, The Skiver, Commander Yammark, and Blizzard Wolfang come from Mega Man X5 and Mega Man X6 respectively. We still don't know too much about who will be included in X Challenge Volume 2, though I don't believe we'll be seeing anyone from X7 or X8. There's been little to no evidence to suggest any of the "3D" bosses will appear.
Expect additional details on Thursday when this week's Famitsu is officially released. Stay tuned!
(Source: Famitsu (1) (2) – thanks to Reploid21XX for the tip!)
Nintendo Switch owners can grab a double dose of classic Mega Man today with the release of Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2. The digital eShop version of Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 costs $14.99, while Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 cost $19.99. The physical edition will run you $39.99 and includes Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 on the cartridge with a download voucher for Mega Man Legacy Collection 2.
Read on for my mini review!
Saturday, May 19, 2018
At the time of this writing, it is next to impossible to download and preserve the many i-Mode, EZweb and Java exclusive Rockman games that released in Japan between 2002 and 2011. Capcom Japan have long abandoned support for those platforms, leaving dozens of these weird Rockman games lost to time.
There are, however, ongoing efforts to rescue and preserve various i-mode games (hit up that link for more info). And while nothing has come out from the Rockman front (yet), we are lucky enough to have recorded evidence that these games once existed. YouTubers from Japan has started to upload footage of several "dumb phone" Rockman games, some of which we haven't seen in motion before. It looks like he has all of them on his phone so we can be hopeful they'll be dumped eventually. In the meantime, this is the next best thing. Check out the videos in the link above or after the break!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Hey, remember when Famitsu asked you to fill out a Mega Man 30th anniversary survey? Well, several of your responses made it into this week's issue. I would like to note, however, that they only published comments about the classic series. So if you talked about anything else – X, Battle Network, Legends, etc. – you didn't make it.
With that out of the way, read on for the comments that made the cut!
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
ToyWiz recent put up a listing for a series of Mega Man "3D Figural Keyring" figures. The line consists of ten trading figures sold in individual blind packages. Characters include Mega Man, Rush, Dr. Wily, Guts Man, Cut Man, Elec Man, Ice Man, Fire Man, Bomb Man, Roll, and Proto Man. The usual suspects, basically.
There's no images of the actual figures themselves at this time. However, if you want an idea of what these guys might look like, check out this video on Disney Figural Keyrings. The Mega Man line is expected to hit stores this October.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Back in March we caught our first glimpse of five Robot Masters from Mega Man: Fully Charged, the new animated series hitting Cartoon Network later this year. Most were recognizable, one or two not so much. Today we're looking at someone that fits into the latter: a mysterious, yellow fellow rocking some major Starscream vibes.
This image comes to us from the latest Licensing Source Book, the very same issue that revealed the show's new subtitle, "Fully Charged". It remains to be seen if this character is a reinterpretation of a classic Robot Master (Gyro Man? Astro Man? Maybe someone from Mega Man 11?) or an original character entirely. My money's on OC – remember, we're to expect quite a few of those.
I don't believe we'll be waiting much longer to learn more about this guy. I've spoken with an artist on the series and it sounds like more concrete details about the show are coming this summer, if not sooner. (Licensing Expo starts May 22). My ear will be on the ground.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Announced at BitSummit, Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX is a brand-new title starring Gunvolt series anti-hero and fan-favorite Copen. The Inti Creates team is hard at work developing this project exclusively for Nintendo Switch. The game is playable right now on the BitSummit showroom floor!
More information and details will be disclosed at a later date. In the meantime, hit the jump for a couple screenshots and art!
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Here's a nice treat for you all. Capcom Japan just uploaded samples of several tracks from Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2's soundtrack. These are new, original pieces composed for Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 plus arrangements of some old favorites. There's 28 tracks in all!
As a reminder, these tracks will be released on a standalone CD on July 18th. You can snag a pre-order from Play Asia or, if you have the ability to do so, directly from e-Capcom.
This month's issue of Licensing Source Book Europe has a small blurb on DHX's upcoming Mega Man animated series. According to the issue (page 62), the series has been renamed to "Mega Man: Fully Charged" and it will make an appearance at this year's licensing expo (May 22-24). The series will reportedly air on Cartoon Network in this US this fall accompanied by a toyline from Jakks Pacific.
For the uninitiated, here's the show's official synopsis from DHX's website:
"Aki Light is a regular, upbeat, robot schoolboy. He lives in the futuristic world of Silicon City, co-inhabited by robots and humans. But this robot boy has a secret... Deep within his programming lie protocols that can transform him into the powerful hero, Mega Man! When the villainous Sgt. Night and his evil team of Robot Masters emerge with ill-intentions, Mega Man dedicates himself to protecting the citizens of Silicon City.
Equipped with his Mega Buster arm cannon and the ability to absorb the powers of his opponents, he bravely battles the wickedest of villains. In this brand new series inspired by the iconic Mega Man video game, comical, action-packed adventures abound as we follow the journey of Aki Light and his alter-ego, Mega Man, as he strives to balance life as an ordinary robot boy AND an amazing superhero."
Expect to see more from Mega Man: Fully Charged very soon.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Jasco Games are moving forward with a sequel to their officially-licensed Mega Man board game. The news comes about a month after Jasco announced continued support for the original board game, which released back in 2014. Here's what they had to say:
"Greetings Megaman Fans!
Jasco Games is currently in the process of contracting out designers to both develop updates to the Megaman Board Game, as well as to begin designing Megaman the Board Game 2!
We will have more updates as we get further into the process of updating this board game as well as developing the second Megaman the Board Game. We appreciate your continued support and dedication."
It remains to be seen if a Kickstarter campaign will accompany the new Mega Man board game. Either way, I'll keep ya posted.
Source: Mega Man: The Board Game