Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Rockman X Novelization is Based on the Manga

I don't believe this was the twist Iwamoto was referring to, but according to the recently added product description on Rockman X: The Novels Amazon page, the book's plot is reportedly an adaptation of Iwamoto's X1 manga.

By adhering to Iwamoto's 1994 adaptation, we can expect to see manga-exclusive characters and events in novelized form.  For example, the opening moments of the manga throw readers in the midst of Sigma's uprising.  Here, X finds himself at a moral impasse with an Irregular called Pierrot. X is unable to bring himself to off a member of his own kind, so Zero does the deed for him.  A few pages later, X, to Zero's surprise, elicits an emotional response to a dog killed in combat: he's actually crying.  These early moments lay the foundation for X's character arc; the struggle of being a robot with human feelings.
There are currently no plans for an English language version of Rockman X: The Novels.  I don't doubt, however, the possibility of someone taking up a fan-translation down the line.  In the meantime you should check out Dr. Neko and Ayami Zero's X manga scanlation project if you haven't already.  An oldie but a goodie!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mega Man 9 and 10 Are Now Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

By way of Major Nelson, both Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 have been added to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility. This means if you previously downloaded the pair on Xbox 360 you can now enjoy them on your Xbox One. What's more, your old save files and DLC can be transferred to your Xbox One via the cloud.

And with that out of the way, let's get these guys on PC and PlayStation 4. Thank you!

Source: Major Nelson (thanks, Vhyper1985)

Rockman X Novelization Cover Art Revealed

It's here! Feast your eyes on the cover art for Rockman X The Novel: Irregulars Report. Due on January 25th, the book is a retelling of the events of X1 written by Todoroki Tsubasa and illustrated by Rockman X manga artist Yoshihiro Iwamoto. Pre-orders are available from Amazon Japan.

On Twitter, Iwamoto previously implied this is not a simple retelling; there seems to be some kind of twist. Perhaps it has to do with the POV? It won't be long before we find out!

Source: PHPcomicx

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Another Look at Hobby Rock 2017's Models

Yeah, we've shared some of these upcoming Hobby Rock garage kits and figures before. Thing is, they're looking better than ever.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Capcom Offering "Mega Man Legacy Bundle" on iOS

Starting today you can grab all six of those lovely Mega Man mobile ports in one fell swoop. The "Mega Man Legacy Bundle" runs for a reduced price of $9.99, iOS only.

I don't recommend it... but if you're so inclined, grab it here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mighty No. 9 Physical Backer Rewards Reportedly Still Coming

It's been six months since Mighty No. 9's launch and there's still no sign of the remaining physical backer rewards. The art book, NES/Famicom cartridge USB drives, printed game manuals and signed sketches remain missing in action. Sadly, Comcept haven't said a word on the issue - not a peep. You can e-mail them, you can tweet them, you can shout from the rooftops... and you'll still get nothing.

Fortunately someone has stepped up the the plate. The merchandising company contracted to produce the physical rewards, Fangamer, sent the following message to fans...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mega Man Battle Network 3D Fan Game Teams Up With Boktai-like Fan Game

In the spirit of official Mega Man Battle Network/Boktai crossovers of yore, fan projects Mega Man Battle Network 3D and the Boktai-inspired are Kura5 teaming up for a ghoulish collaboration.

The Red Ash Anime is Alive, Emerges With New Name

Wait, Red Ash? Actual Red Ash news? Yes it would seem so. The Red Ash OVA has undergone a name change, reports The Mega Man Network. Red Ash -Magicicada- has been re-titled to Red Ash -Gearworld-.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Playable Roll Sprites Are Hidden in Mega Man Mobile

Need more evidence Mega Man Mobile is based on the 2008 Rockman mobile port? Look no further: Roll's "playable" sprites are actually hidden in the game's graphic data!

Playing as Roll was the defining feature of the 2008 version (gameplay here). Even though Roll's sprites are technically in Mega Man Mobile, this feature is absent from the newly launched port. Sadly there's no telling if she'll be added in a future update. It's hard to say if we're looking at cut content or something intended for future use. Only time will tell!

Thanks to Reploid_21XX for the rip!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mega Man Mobile 1-6 Now Available on Android (Update: iOS Up)

All six classic NES Mega Man games are now available on Android and iOS. They'll set you back $1.99 a piece. Hit the jump below for download links!

More Mega Man Mobile 1-6 Gameplay

Capcom Mobile just rolled out 30-second clips of all six Mega Man ports heading to iOS and Android tomorrow. Unfortunately our framerate fears remain valid as, according to Capcom, "each game has been optimized for the mobile devices with adjustments to game speed." You can see what that looks like after the jump!

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's Mobile Wallpaper From Rockman Unity App

A new mobile wallpaper has become available via the Rockman Unity app. Capcom's Yuri Kataiwa is the artist behind this one. His credits include Ghost Trick and Marvel vs. Capcom 3! Three sizes are available to download - take your pick: 1080x1920, 750x1334 and 640x960.

FYI, a new mobile wallpaper will be offered each month.  If you missed out on December's piece - which was really, really great - you can grab it here! I'll be sure to offer new wallpapers on the blog as they come.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Rockman: Wish Upon A Star Production Art Surfaces

Let's kick 2017 off with something I've been hoping to see come to light for many years. My pal Rock Miyabi just uploaded a complete set of Rockman: Upon A Star production art on his blog. These materials offer a rare glimpse into the creation of the 1993 OVA and, more specifically, the 2nd episode. 

The materials have been split up into four posts: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Each sheet features character and object designs along with individual color specifications. Hit up those links and check 'em out! There's some really neat stuff to behold. My personal favorite? The Wily Death Star!

Enjoy and happy new year!