Sunday, December 17, 2017

Happy 30th Anniversary, Mega Man! Glad to Have You Back

Heads up: It's December 17th in North America and that means Mega Man is officially 30-years-old. And sure enough, this is the first anniversary in many years that actually feels like a celebration. No longer do we sit, ponder and long for better days – they are here.

2018 will bring us Mega Man 11, all eight Mega Man X games on current-gen consoles, Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2 on Nintendo Switch, a brand-new animated series and remastered Hitoshi Ariga comics. But wait, there's more! At this very moment, legitimate hope actually exists for new entries in the Mega Man X, Mega Man Legends and the Mega Man Battle Network series. That's something that couldn't be said a year or two ago.

At long last it's an exciting time to be a Mega Man fan. And, oh my god, I finally have actually news to report again. You better believe I'm sticking around.

Here's to the new year!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Capcom Talks About Mega Man's Future and the Potential for MM12, New MMX and Legends Games

In a Game Informer interview with the Mega Man 11 development team, Capcom had some interesting answers to five burning questions about the franchise's future. Here's a couple excerpts you might be interested in:

Can We Expect A Mega Man 12?
Sequels are usually dependent on the success of the game that came before them, so the fate of a Mega Man 12 will largely depend on the success of Mega Man 11. However, Capcom is hoping that Mega Man will come back in a big way.

Kazuhiro Tsuchiya: This is definitely not just a trial balloon, we’re definitely not experimenting. We don’t even have the bandwidth to experiment. This is all about pouring everything we have and everything we know into one project and making it happen. We’re using our prior experience and knowledge to strengthen ourselves and reach the next level. From the start of the project I’ve been saying, ‘Mega Man 11 needs to be a true resurrection of the franchise.’ I really want this title to be something that veterans can pick up and say, ‘Yes, Mega Man is finally back.’”

What about The Mega Man X And Legends Series?
Obviously, Capcom isn’t ready to announce any new games outside of Mega Man 11, but if this game does well it could lead to a revival across the brand. In fact, we specifically asked members of the team if they were interested in also working on any of Mega Man’s other side franchises.

Koji Oda: “I’m one of those people who thinks that actions speak louder than words. I could say all kinds of things, but at the end of the day, I’d like fans to see that we’re taking it seriously by starting to resurrect the brand in the way that we are and to continue to prove ourselves moving forward. I love reading survey data. It’s a great pastime, and I’m well aware that there is a voice out there that wants something new for games like Mega Man Legends and Battle Network.”

It really sounds like Capcom are going all in on Mega Man 11. They know they have high expectations to meet. At the end of the day, though, money talks. The fans will have to snag Mega Man 11 when it launches in late 2018. The future depends on it!

Head to Game Informer for the complete interview.

There's a New Line of Mega Man Plushies Coming Next Year

In case you were wondering, nothing is going to stop the proverbial Mega Man "merchandise train" – not even Mega Man 11. In addition to a number of commemorative 30th anniversary goods, a new line of licensed Mega Man plushies are headed your way in 2018.

Though I can only show you Mega Man for the time being, manufacturer Pop Buddies say there are three more characters in the works. Mega Man (and our three mystery friends) will stand at 9.5 inches tall (7.5 when sitting). The full line will be revealed at the International Toy Fair on January 31st. They're working on a cute little Reflector, too.

If you're a resident in Europe, you can actually pick up this cuddly guy right now from Omoi.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New Rockman X: Mega Missions 4 Details and Images (Updated)

UPDATE: Additional story info, card breakdown added.

Twenty five years later, Bandai are reviving the Rockman X & Rockman X: Mega Missions collectible cards. Mega Missions 4 is set to launch in March 2018 with brand new cards, characters and an original storyline inside a big 'ol package called "Rockman X & Rockman X Mega Mission Selection Box". Here's what's inside:

  • 126 Normal Cards (reprints of the original Mega Missions 1-3 cards)
  • 9 NEW Foil Cards (two of nine pictured above; couple more here)
  • 33 reprinted Foil Cards (from the original Rockman X carddass series)
  • Collectible Binder (holds every card)
  • Booklet (16-pages; chronicles Mega Missions storyline and includes an original Iwamoto comic taking place after X5)

Rockman X & Rockman X Mega Mission Selection Box will be sold exclusively through Premium Bandai. Though some Premium Bandai items are available to ship internationally, that doesn't seem to be an option for this set right now. I'll let you know if anything changes.

In the meantime, I'm working on getting an accurate translation of the general plot/character information posted here. From what I've gathered so far, it appears iX is back alongside a pair of new cronies: Himmel (a Reploid that rules the skies) and Berg (a Reploid that controls the land). To combat this new threat, X dons a new armor called the "GrowUp" armor. Yes, that's the name they're going with.

Lastly, X and Zero will be mounting a new Ride Chaser dubbed the "Gazelle". This puppy can transform from a Ride Chaser to a Ride Armor on the fly, significantly boosting X and Zero's strength and mobility. Bandai actually planned to produce the Gazelle as a real accessory in 1996. A prototype of the unreleased Gazelle can be seen in the link above. Unfortunately there are no plans to revive it.

More news and updates on this front soon. Stay tuned! (thank to Sensei Hanzo, Reploid_21XX and #20 for the info)

Here's Everything Announced During Capcom Japan's Rockman 30th Ann. Stream

A Super Robot Wars collaboration, Mega Mission 4 and more were revealed during last night's Nico Nico Rockman 30th anniversary stream.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Nendoroid Zero Now Available to Pre-Order

Pre-orders are live for Good Smile Company's Zero Nendroid from Ami Ami. This little Maverick Hunter will set you back 3,980 yen (roughly $34.99). The figure ships with a set of interchangeable faces, Z-Buster and Z-Saber with two different blade parts. A plastic base is included too for all your posing needs.

Nendroid Zero is expected to ship in July, 2018. Grab him here!

Yuji Ishihara Talks About Mega Man's New Look

Game Informer's month-long Mega Man 11 coverage continues with a three-minute video segment on the game's art director, Yuji Ishihara. Here, Ishihara talks about what aspects of Mega Man's character he looked at in redesigning the blue bomber for Mega Man 11 and what he hopes to achieve. Additionally, we get a nice look at some of Ishihara's past work and some new MM11 concept art. It's definitely worth a watch.

Head over to Game Informer for the video!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Monster Hunter World x Mega Man Collaboration Announced

Over the weekend Capcom launched a special trailer for Monster Hunter World titled "Third Fleet." At the tail end of the trailer, it was revealed the game will have a Mega Man collaboration in the form of an 8-bit style Palico and Hunter gear. Skip to 2:45 in the video above to see it in action.

Source: PlayStation

Friday, December 8, 2017

More Mega Man 11 Details – Physical Release Confirmed, Star Force Composer & More

The Game Informer staff recently took some time to chat and reflect on their Mega Man 11 coverage. In the process, the revealed a couple new details. The Mega Man discussion begins at 4:00. I've summarized the interesting tidbits below:

  • After you defeat a Robot Master, you're taken to a blueprint-like screen where you can test out the weapon. It's a bit like a tutorial – you can see what every weapon does before resuming the game.
  • Mega Man 11 has a certain feature/mechanic that changes the gameplay up more than any feature/mechanic throught any mainline Mega Man game. This mechanic is described as "helpful" and completely optional. But when you do use it, it "changes the moment to moment gameplay". That's about all Game Informer could say on the subject. We can infer this mechanic has something to do with the gears beneath Mega Man's health and weapon energy.
  • The composer of Mega Man 11 is an individual that worked on the Star Force series. Game Informer couldn't say who it was, but it could be Akari Kaida, Yoshino Aoki, Marika Suzuki, or Mitsuhiko Takano.
  • Mega Man 11 will receive a physical release. Capcom could not comment on how much the game will cost, though it will be less than the typical $59.99 MSRP.

Source: Game Informer

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 On Switch Will Include 3DS Museum Content & Amiibo Challenges

Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 developer Digital Eclipse took to Twitter to field a few questions about the upcoming Nintendo Switch port. In addition to Amiibo support – which will unlock the 11 Amiibo-exclusive challenges – Digital Eclipse confirmed that all the Nintendo 3DS-exclusive Museum Mode images will be making the jump to the Switch version.