Thursday, May 26, 2016

IGN Reveals "Mega Mini," Mega Man's New Sidekick

Today's Mega Man animated series reveal brought with it many questions. Chief among those, "who or what the hell is Mega Mini?" Wonder no longer because IGN has an exclusive first look at Mega Man's smallest companion yet.

No further details were provided, but from the looks of it Mega Mini... resides inside Mega Man's helmet? Yeah, it's a bit of a head scratcher. I know I'm not the only one to immediately think of Soundwave, if that's what Man of Action are going for. Color me curious.

On a related note, IGN's report heavily implies Rush will appear on the show. You'll be comforted to know Mega Mini and Rush are suggested to be two separate characters.

Head to IGN for the full image at IGN.

Mega Man 2017 Animated Series - First Image, Details (Updated)

Here's your new Mega Man, aka "Aki Light."

Deadline reports: "Aimed at kids 6 to 9, as well as parents who grew up playing the video games, the series will follow Mega Man’s newly-introduced alter-ego, Aki Light, a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot who, when activated, re-forms into a suit of impenetrable armor. Other characters from the games and new characters, including Mega Mini, will also be featured."

So there you have it: Mega Man's going to school under an alter ego. Looks like those early notes stuck!

UPDATE: Capcom Unity offers even more plot details:

The new animated Mega Man series will follow Aki Light – a normal, upbeat, and above all optimistic young school-aged robot living in Silicon City. He soon learns that deep within his programming are secret protocols that allow him to transform – giving him nanocore armor, a Mega Buster, and the iconic helmet to turn him into a superhero – Mega Man!

Promising exciting new technologies and new robots, the series will follow the adventures and trials of Aki Light – a.k.a. Mega Man – as he faces off against threats to Silicon City, while trying to keep his superhero identity a secret and maintain a normal robot schoolkid life.

UPDATE: IGN has revealed "Mega Mini" - a small companion who emerges from Mega Man's helmet.

The new animated series is currently slated to air sometime in 2017 to coincide with the franchise's 30th anniversary. More details as it comes!

Source: Deadline

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bandai Figuarts ZERO Rockman Revealed

Outed in this month's Hobby Japan magazine, Bandai are purportedly developing a 12cm Figuarts ZERO Rockman figure. This is high-detailed, collectable figure with no articulation (much like the Sigma Figuarts ZERO from a couple years ago). The figure depicts classic Rock unleashing a charged shot mid slide.

More information and press images should be available soon. The above scan will have to suffice for now. Stay tuned!

Source: AnimaSpiritia_7

The Latest Mighty No. 9 Trailer Sure is Something (Updated)

Bad, cringey narration permeates the newest Mighty No. 9 trailer from publisher Deep Silver. Lines like "make the bad guys cry like an anime fan on prom night" will have you dialing the volume way down. It's hard to discern if they're going for a satirical 90's tone or if it's just that horrible.

In the trailer's defense they did cut decent footage. The visual aesthetic leaves much to be desired, but the gameplay looks solid enough. We'll know for sure on June 21st.

UPDATE: Even Inti Creates' president thinks it's bad.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Meet the Team Behind the New Mega Man Cartoon at Comicpalooza

The creative forces behind the new Mega Man animated series are coming to Comicpalooza next month. The Texas-based pop culture convention will play host to Man of Action's Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle from June 17 to the 19th.

Speaking with a Comicpalooza representative, I can confirm that there will be a Man of Action panel. A date was not specified, but the team will be speaking publicly within those three days. Yes; there WILL be Mega Man discussion. Comicpalooza could not say if the show will be "unveiled" for attendees, but there will be some Mega Man talk.

If you're in the neighborhood and would like to attend, head to the event's website for tickets, times and more information. I'll be keeping an ear to the ground for relevant updates.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Ask Protodude #1: '17 Mega Man Cartoon, New Games, X3 Proto, Book

I often receive questions about different Mega Man topics, so I'm rounding everything up here in a new monthly feature called "Ask Protodude." These queries come through my e-mail, Twitter and even the comments here. This month I talk about the 2017 Mega Man cartoon, new games for 2016, the Rockman X3 prototype and more! Shall we?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Yuko Mizutani, Japanese Voice Actress for Iris, Dead at 51

Voice actress Yuko Mizutani passed away from breast cancer on Tuesday, May 17th at the age of 51.

Mizutani has a long record of roles across anime and video games, however, she is well-known to us for her role of Iris, Zero's pacifistic sweetheart, in Mega Man X4. Mizutani would later reprise the role in 2012's Project X Zone.

On behalf of the Mega Man community I would like to give her friends, family and fans my best wishes. Rest in peace.

Source: Anime News Network | tribute image, Iwamoto-san

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mega Man Battle Network 2 Debug Prototype Dumped

A one Orengefox has graciously donated a debug version of Mega Man Battle Network 2 to Rockman Corner. The prototype represents the final retail version with one big difference: all the debug tools left are intact.

I'm still experimenting with it, but you can jump to any map or scene you want, view sprites and tiles, and fiddle around with various flags and parameters. Incidentally, this is the same debug version used to take screenshots for the game's NTSC/PAL instruction booklet.

It's our pleasure to publicly release this file to you for research and preservation purposes. You can find it by clicking on a certain green button. You know, like that one on the right side of the blog. Yeah, that guy.