Friday, February 15, 2019

"Dr. Light's Research Journal" Now Available in English!

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My first Patreon-backed project has reached its conclusion! "Dr. Light's Research Journal" – a 52-page collection of notes from the good doctor taking place before, during and after the events of Mega Man 1 – has been translated into English. You can download the PDF from the links above!

These notes were originally included in the mini-planner that came with the out-of-print, e-Capcom exclusive Rockman Classics Collection Limited Edition Package (for Nintendo 3DS). The notes provide a bit of backstory to the development of the six DLN Robot Masters, among other things. We learn about how Dr. Light was commissioned to design six robots by an "administration", the development of "Ceratanium", and the eventual crisis that leads directly into the events of Mega Man 1.

The notes also provide us with some cute slice-of-life moments, too. For instance, did you know Dr. Light awoke one morning with his beard shaved off (Cut Man)? Or how about the time he invited Rock and Roll out to karaoke? Or that time Reggae spied on the Light family? And did you know about Dr. Light's penchant for fighting games? He wants to master the Shoryuken and Hadouken for real, you know.

This project couldn't have happened without my Patreon supporters. Thanks to you, we were able to obtain the physical journal, scan it, translate it, and clean it up. Translation credit goes to my old friend Midori Woodley. Typesetting and imaging honors go to the great Reploid_21XX! You guys rock.

More Patreon-backed projects surrounding the documentation and research of various pieces of rare and lost Mega Man history are coming down the pike. As always, your support is very much appreciated. It's a dollar to start; no paywalled content. Learn more here!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Celebrate Valentine's Day with New Wallpapers and Mega Man 11's OST on Steam


While the Rockman Unity App hasn't uploaded any new wallpaper's for this month, Capcom themselves managed to sneak a few out that you might like.

The three mobile wallpapers pictured above were designed by the Rockman 11's UI team (via Rockman Unity's Twitter account and blog. Thee Roll-themed wallpaper on the right was specially created to celebrate Valentine's Day. The bottom wallpaper is for your desktop. It's a hi-res version of the Mega Man 11 Original Soundtrack cover art. You can download all these wallpapers right here!

Speaking of which, the soundtrack is now available to be purchased Steam for  $12.99 or 10,79€. It's also available to listen to for free on Spotify, as we reported some days ago.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Several Mega Man Soundtracks Land on Spotify


Capcom recently added a bunch of soundtracks to Spotify, featuring albums from Resident EvilMonster Hunter, and Street Fighter to name a few. Mega Man is there, too, of course...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Rockman X3 "Max Armor" Kotobukiya Kit Now in Development


Vanilla X won't be the only Rockman X series model kit coming from Kotobukiya this year. During a special stage show at Wonder Fest, the company confirmed plans to release a follow-up model kit based on Rockman X3's "Max Armor" (aka "Third Armor"). The Max Armor kit will officially be revealed in May at the Shizuoka Hobby Show.

Believe it or not, this is the first model kit based on the Max Armor made in 23-years. Bandai released two variations of the armor back in 1996: The white "Max Armor" and the golden "Hyper Special".  Kotobkiya's rendition will naturally be far more articulated, detailed, and larger than Bandai's kit. It's definitely something to look out for.

Source: Rockman Unity

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Kotobukiya Rockman X Model Kit Revealed! (Update)


Kotobukiya is back with the first new Rockman model kit in several years: the Irregular Hunter himself, X!

Rockman X Falcon Armor "Riobot" Announced (Sentinel, Eiichi Shimizu)


A poster announcing a brand-new Rockman X "Falcon Armor" figure was spotted at Wonder Festival by Rockman Unity's Ucchy-san. The figure will be released under Sentinel's "Riobot" line, which means it will be a tad bigger, and more detailed than Sentinel's previous 4Inch-Nel Rockman figures.

The figure is being designed by Eiichi Shimizu, a Japanese illustrator perhaps best known for his work on Linebarrels of Iron, Ultraman, and Getter Robo Devolution.

No word yet on release date or price. More news on this front soon! 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mega Man Franchise Now at 34 Million Units Sold; Up 1 Million from Last Quarter


If you needed further evidence that the Mega Man franchise is not only in good health but steadily growing, this is it.

Thanks to the combined efforts of Mega Man 11 and additional Mega Man X Legacy Collection sales last quarter, the franchise just broke 34 million units. That's an additional million units in growth from Q2 2018, which was first reported back in November. In eight months time, the Mega Man franchise has gone from 32 million units (June 2018) to 34 million units (February 2019).

All in all, this is great news. It's heartening to see that, after so many years of dormancy, Mega Man is back and performing better than ever. It can only get better from here, folks.

Source: Capcom Investor Relations

Monday, February 4, 2019

Mega Man 11 Sold 870,000 Units; Mega Man X Legacy Collection at 920,000


Hot on the heels of yesterday's news that both Mega Man 11 and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 are performing well, Capcom just released some sales numbers.

In a Q&A session posted to their Investor Relations page, Capcom revealed that Mega Man 11 sold approximately 870,000 units since it launched on October 2nd, 2018. Meanwhile, Mega Man X Legacy Collection (they don't specify if it's Legacy Collection 1 or 1+2) sold a total of 920,000 units since it launched in July 2018. These are cumulative numbers across all platforms – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

If Mega Man 11 and Mega Man X Legacy Collection continue to sell at a steady rate, both titles could very well achieve one million units each by the end of this quarter. If that happens, they will join the ranks of the few Mega Man titles to sell a million or more units in the franchise's 30-year history.

Make no mistake: Mega Man is back. Onto the next!

Source: Capcom Investor Relations

Capcom Reports Strong Sales for Mega Man 11 (and MMX Legacy Collection 1+2)


Today, Capcom released their Financial Results for the 3rd Quarter of the Fiscal Year 2018. The quarter saw Capcom's highest profit in the company's history thanks in part to Mega Man 11. According to the report, not only is Mega Man 11 selling well but Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 continues to thrive thanks to a "strong dedicated fanbase." More details after the jump!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Pachislot Rockman Ability Enemy & Weapons Uncovered!


It's been a little while since we had news to share on Pachislot Rockman Ability since our in-depth article we published in November (read it here in case you missed it!). Since then, a friend of ours actually managed to obtain one of the machines and has been uncovering more new information for us.

After the jump, you can read up on all kinds of new info on the game's Robot Masters, Blues, and Dr. Wily. We've got the dirt on their weapons, weaknesses, and more!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Osaka Police Appoint Mega Man as "Cyber Security Month" Ambassador


Mega Man has been enlisted to help raise awareness about cyber security in Osaka, the prefecture's police force announced. The government has declared February 1st through March 18th as "Cyber Security Awareness Month", and Mega Man will be there front and center.

Mega Man will be honored with a letter of certification on February 1st at the Osaka Station Atrium Plaza (North Gate Building, 2nd floor) on February 1st at 2pm. Citizens and fans are encouraged to come and watch the event and pick up some exclusive, Mega Man-endosred cyber security goods.

Although Mega Man.EXE would probably be a bit more fitting here, it's Mega Man's classic incarnation that will be the face of the month. It doubles as a special promotion for Mega Man 11, too. If you're in the area, why not check it out?

Source: Osaka Police | Rockman Unity

Mega Man Spirit Event Announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


Ready to scoop up a bunch of Mega Man Spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? A new Spirit Board event is kicking off soon and it's all Mega Man!

Dubbed "MEGA SPIRITS!", the description for this event says, "Spirits from the Mega Man series are coming to the Spirit Board! Defeat them to receive more gold than usual." The event kicks off on Januray 31st/February 1st and expires on February 3rd/February 4th.

This is a good opportunity to add some Mega Man Spirits to your collection. Mark your calendars and bring your A-game!