Well, this is a surprise. Preempting a release in Japan, the revamped Mega Man X iPhone port is now available on the New Zealand App store. What's more, according to Pocket Gamer, Mega Man X will hit North America and Europe later this evening! To keep your appetites whet till then, here's some footage of the game in action...
The iPhone port boasts optimized graphics, leaderboards, two new difficulty levels (easy and normal) and 80 challenges for the seasoned gamer. Additionally, Capcom has implemented a "shop" option where players can purchase Heart Tanks, Armor Parts and Sub Tanks. Arranged music (assumingly, the Maverick Hunter X soundtrack) can be purchased as well. Jump to 6:15 in the video above for shopping footage.
It's a little unsettling that you now have the option to pay for armor upgrades and the like with real money. Heck, you can even fork over $3.99 to buy everything in one fell swoop! Yeah, I don't quite see the point either. EDIT: Fortunately, you can still find the items in-game. This has been confirmed by our Japanese correspondent Amunshen.
UPDATE: Bit of a weird situation going on in Japan right now. The game has been removed from the App store due to a nasty bug where customers are receiving a demo version in lieu of the full game. However, Japan is the only affected region thus far. Here's hoping things will work out sooner rather than later.
The game will retail for £2.99 / $3.99 in Europe and North America respectively when it releases later tonight.
Hit the jump for more info...
The New Zealand App store provides a bevy of information, detailing everything there is to know about the game:
iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S with iOS 4.3 onwards / iPod touch 3G onwards
※Please note that iPod touch 8GB Model No. A1288 is not supported. (Model No. can be found on the back of the device),
※This App is not validated on iPad / iPad2
◆Powered-up features include:
1.【 Beautiful Game Graphics Supporting Retina Display 】
The nostalgic graphics of "MEGA MAN X" are optimized for the iPhone's Retina Display.
2.【 Two Different Display Modes 】
In addition to a "Regular Mode," a "Full Mode" is available to display the game in full screen.
3.【 Difficulty Levels 】
In "Story Mode," "Easy" and "Normal" options are available. "Easy" mode includes helpful modifications to make platforming a bit easier for beginners. For more agile action gamers, they can skip straight to "Normal" mode to test their skills.
4.【 Ranking Mode with Game Center Support 】
"Ranking Mode" encourages players to compete with others. In "Score Attack," aim for a high score in each stage to earn higher ranks. Additional modes will be added in future updates.
5.【 80 Challenges with Game Center Support 】
There are 20* challenges in the opening stage of "Story Mode" alone and a total of 80 challenges overall to keep players aiming for high scores and higher rankings.
*The first 20 challenges are not supported by Game Center.
6.【 Support Items Provide Advantages for Game play 】
When reinforcement items are not immediately available or for an immediate power up, the "Customize" screen allows players to readily access helpful items like "full armor," "full weapon" and more through in-app purchases*. A "perfect set" provides the best chances for beating the tough enemies. Players can also customize the music by selecting between the in-game back ground music or an arranged version.
*To purchase the items, 3G or Wi-Fi environment is necessary.
Change Weapon・・・Change Weapon button on the right top
Quick Change・・・Touch the top of the game screen. And scrolling a finger right and left, can change the weapon quickly and easily.
Dismounting Ride Arm・・・Tap the icon on the right side of the screen