Monday, May 20, 2019

Mega Man Franchise Now at 35 Million Units Total; +1 Million From Previous Quarter

Capcom have updated their "Game Series Sales" list with the latest sales figures for various franchises. According to the report, the Mega Man franchise has reached a total of 35 million units of software sold as of fiscal year ending March 31st, 2019. That's an additional 1 million units of growth since the previous report back in February, 2019.

Although not explicitly stated by Capcom, this growth can be attributed to Mega Man 11's continued momentum. The title was recently said to have "performed well" through the end of the First Quarter of the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019 (see page 5 of Capcom's Consolidated Results). 

As for Mega Man 11's sales, we unfortunately do not have an updated figure. It does appear, however, that the title did not manage to achieve Platinum status this past quarter after all (i.e sell one million units).  Rest assured, though, Mega Man 11 is close. Very close. When we last checked in, Mega Man 11 moved a solid 870,000 units. On the flipside, Mega Man X Legacy Collection was at 920,000 units. Mega Man X Legacy Collection did not reach Platinum status this past quarter, either. Nevertheless it appears both titles, together, sold enough this previous quarter to push the franchise to 35 million units. Not bad at all.

Do you want to know something really great? The Mega Man franchise stagnated at 32 million units in June 2018. In nearly one year's time, it has grown 3 million units. We haven't seen momentum like that in a very long time. Needless to say, you can fully expect more Mega Man games in the future.

Source: Capcom IR

Friday, May 17, 2019

Mega Man: The Wily Wars Runs at 60Hz on Sega Genesis Mini

You no longer have to worry about which version of Mega Man: The Wily Wars will be bundled with the Sega Genisis Mini. A Sega PR representative has confirmed to The Mega Man Network that it will be the NTSC version, which runs at a smooth 60Hz. Thank goodness.

For the uninitiated, the PAL version of The Wily Wars ran at 50Hz. This version is noticeably slower than its NTSC counterpart in practically every regard: sprite animation, music, speed, etc. Here's what the PAL version looks like and here's the 60Hz NTSC version. It shouldn't too hard to see which one is superior.

The video embedded at the top of this post purportedly features footage of The Wily Wars running on actual Genesis/Mega Drive Mini hardware. Indeed, it's the NTSC version. For me, this just went from an "instant buy" to an "instant instant buy". Can't wait!

Source: The Mega Man Network

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mega Man: The Wily Wars Confirmed for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Mini

UPDATE: The game has been confirmed to appear on the US edition of the console via the Sega Genesis Mini official website.

Original Story: Rockman Mega World is headed to the Sega Mega Drive Mini, Sega announced. The game was confirmed alongside several other new additions for the Japanese edition of the mini retro console this morning during a Dengeki Online livestream. The other titles announced were Ghouls N Ghosts, Street Fighter 2 SCE, Golden Axe, Revenge of Shinobi, Phantasy Star 4, Beyond Oasis, Puzzle & Action Tant-R, Party Quiz Mega Q, and Yu Yu Hakusho Makyou Touitsusen

Rockman Mega World, better known as Mega Man: The Wily Wars outside of Japan, has become somewhat of a rarity in recent years. So to see that there will be a way to play this title for a fraction of the price is welcoming indeed! I should mention, though, that The Wily Wars was previously re-released for the handheld "Ultimate Portable Game Console" back in 2012. What we're looking at here, however, is the first widely distributed, "home console" re-release of the game in well over twenty years.

At the time of this writing, there's no news yet on whether or not Mega Man: The Wily Wars will be included in the US or UK version of the Genesis/Mega Drive Mini. I remain fairly confident we'll see it on our shores, but only time will tell. Hopefully we won't be waiting too long to find out. 

The Sega Mega Drive Mini launches worldwide on September 19th.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Pachislot Rockman Ability Story Cutscenes

It's been a little while since our last look into the world of Pachislot Rockman Ability – the Japanese-only Pachislot game that launched in 2018. As alluded to in our previous article, we have much more to share on this game! Today we bring you the story cutscenes in full! More after the jump.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Keisuke Mizuno is Doing the Box Art for Kotobukiya's X Model Kit (Update)

UPDATE: Hi-res version added!

From the figures, posters and albums to his work on Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2, artist Keisuke Mizuno is quickly becoming synonymous with the Mega Man X series. His latest handiwork will be featured on the package for Kotobukiya's upcoming 1/12 scale X model kit, seen above. Spiffy stuff, no? 

This won't be the last time you'll see Mizuno take on the X series. No, sir. There's something else brewing right now that he has a major hand in. It's not going to be what you think it is, though...

Source: Rockman Unity

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Kotobukiya Rockman X "Max Armor" Model Kit Revealed (Update)

First announced back in February, the Shizuoka Hobby Show brings us our first-ever look at Kotobukiya's Max Armor model kit. Just like the upcoming unarmored X model kit, the Max Armor is 1/12 scale. It's anticipated to release later this year.

Win a Hardcover Copy of Mega Man Battle Network AND Mega Man Zero: Official Complete Works

UPDATE: A Winner has been chosen! Please check your inbox and see if you've won!

By popular demand, Mega Man Battle Network: Official Complete Works and Mega Man Zero: Official Complete Works are being reprinted in a brand-new hardcover format this summer You can pre-order them now or, for a limited time, take advantage of this little contest to win BOTH BOOKS for FREE.

To enter, simply send an e-mail to with the subject "OCW Contest". You can leave the body blank, write me a soliloquy, whatever. Just fill out the subject line! And ONE ENTRY PER E-MAIL!

One winner will be randomly chosen to receive both books when they release on June 18th/August 20th free of charge. This contest is open to EVERYONE! I'm covering all shipping & handling fees. No worries.

You have until Tuesday, May 21st at 6:00pm CST to blow up my inbox. If you're chosen as the winner, be advised that I will need a valid mailing address. I'd hate for these to get sent back to or lost in the mail, even.

That said, have at it!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Kotobukiya Want to Make Model Kits Based on Obscure Mega Man Characters

If there's one infallible truth in this world it's this: we need more official figures based on Mega Man characters that aren't the titular Blue Bomber, X and Zero. The folks at Kotobukiya are hoping to change that.

In a recent blog post, Kotobukiya say that there are keenly listening to fan requests for future model kits for lesser-known characters. They specifically noted the following characters they'd like to turn into kits: Iris, Alia, Axl, and  Command Mission X, Vile, and Sigma.

“We see your opinions! We’d like to do as many as possible!" Kotobukiya writes. "If X and the Max Armor do well... we can make one after another!”

You heard 'em. If there's a specific character or two that you'd like to see, let Kotobukiya know via:

Source: Kotobukiya

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Kotobukiya Teasing "Polarized" Mega Man X Model Kit Variant

A limited edition variant of Kotobukiya's 1/12 scale Mega Man X model kit is in the works, the manufacturer teased.

The kit will be a "polarized" plated version that changes from purple to blue to green in the light. It's intended to look like the effect X's body undergoes when he charges his X-Buster. It will even include a uniquely colored Buster Shot effect part. Neat!

Kotobukiya also report that they're working on a so-called "undergate" to protect this kit's shiny armor from unsightly marks. Although they didn't specify how it will work, Kotobukiya say that the "undergate" will help hobbyists to cleanly remove parts from the grid. They assure even the most amateur builders will be satisfied with the result.

No word yet when we can expect to see the polarized variant, though more details are reportedly coming soon. For now, you can investigate the above test shot images the kit and the undergate. Thanks for the tip, Hayden!

Source: Kotobukiya

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Kotobukiya Mega Man X Now Available to Pre-Order

Although Kotobukiya's brand-new, 1/12 scale Mega Man X model kit isn't due until August-September, it couldn't hurt to place a pre-order now. Here's a few places you should check out:

So that's where we're at right now. More retailers will carry X as time marches on, naturally. But if you ask me, you can't go wrong with Big Bad ToyStore and Ami Ami. Both are great.

Also, it does indeed look like international retailers won't be offering Kotobukiya Japan's exclusive background. I was hopeful that at least Koto US would offer it... but alas. We're out of luck for now. Worse comes to worse, you could always make your own?

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Hunt for "Rockman X Interactive" Part 1: Initial Findings and First Translations

"Rockman X Interactive" was the project name for a cancelled Rockman X spin-off in development in the mid-1990s. The existence of the game came to light when design documents for the project appeared on Yahoo! Auction Japan in September, 2018. Although our search for the actual, physical documents continue, I'm happy to present to you today our initial findings and a complete English translation of the pages that were posted to the ill-fated auction itself.

Mega Man: Fully Charged Episodes 45~48 Now Available to Stream

It's the beginning of the end! Four brand-new episodes of Mega Man: Fully Charged are now available to steam via Cartoon Network online, the CN App, and on-demand. Episode titles and descriptions below:

Episode 45: This Is Not A Drill
Mega Man and Dr. Light must set aside a father-son disagreement to stop Drill Man from taking revenge on his own overbearing father.

Episode 46: A Man Man For All Seasons
When a run-in with the Hoover Gang leaves Aki unable to transform into Mega Man, he must don a cheap costume and enlist the unlikeliest of sidekicks, Man Man!

Episode 47: Change The Charge
Mega Man tries to stop Elec Man by helping him overcome his destructive habits, but is he being duped in the process?

Episode 48: Hide And Secrets
Desperate for answers about Namagem, Mega Man decides to break into his father's lab, which leaves Suna exposed to the vengeful robot.

There's only FOUR more episodes left of Mega Man: Fully Charged season one. Unfortunately, I'm afraid there's still no news on the prospects for a second season. I'll continue to keep an ear or two to the ground, though. Stay tuned!