Monday, March 13, 2017

Original Rockman 4 Boss Design Submissions Translated


Now this is really something. Chris Covell of Your Weekly Famicom - a site set up to translate portions of old Weekly Famitsu issues - translated Capcom's commentary on the eight winning Rockman 4 boss designs. The original artwork of the winning submissions were published, too. I do believe some of these haven't been seen in 26 years!

Don't forget, this was the same boss contest that Yusuke Murata (Eyeshield 21, One-Punch Man) won. His winning submission, Dust Man, yielded the following comment:

"This one has a slightly unusual touch to its art.  Naming the character 'dust', of all things, was brilliant."

*Chris' note: "dust" is Japanese English for "garbage", hence all the trash/scrap in the level.  I assume the word was made via na├»ve backformation of "dustbin."

Check out all the winning designs and commentary here!

6 comments:

  1. These are pretty dang close to what appeared in game. Except Toadman.... he looks more like his Ruby Spears version.

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  2. Here is where Murata first made history. Very nice find. I have to say the original winning drawing of Pharaoh Man looks really good for something a kid put together in his spare time.

    Covell also found the prototype for Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge right?

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    1. That's the guy, yeah. He's also programmed one or two NES "scroll text" doodads. (You know. "Greetz," news, etc. all demoscene-style.)

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  3. I'm really glad to see Chris Covell is still doin' it up Rockman-style. At least, sometimes.

    I still owe that guy an Astyanax MIDI arrangement, ha hah.

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  4. -Pharaoh Man
    "This is the character which all judges considered the best."

    These judges have good taste.

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  5. LOL Brightman thinks his Ringman. Not so bright.

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