Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Rockman Unity today brings us a sneak peek of the Rockman 11 Limited Edition package design. So far it's shaping up nicely – and look! It's Dr. Light and Dr. Wily in their youth. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a deliberate nod to the period when they developed the Gear System. It makes me wonder, too: will we see a young Dr. Light/Dr. Wily *in* Rockman 11? Maybe a flashback? That would be a first for the games.
As previously reported, there will be two types of Rockman 11 collector's packages for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4: the Limited Edition and the sort-of-but-not-really e-Capcom exclusive Complete Edition. You can pre-order and import them from Amazon Japan, Play Asia or Nin-Nin Game.
Source: Rockman Unity
Friday, June 15, 2018
A listing for a Mega Man 11 diorama has been spotted on GameStop. The $49.99 statue features Mega Man standing victorious before a groveling Dr. Wily. Neat! It's expected to ship on October 30th.
No high-res images or additional information is available at this time. This appears to be a very early listing – not even Capcom have announced it. Snag a pre-order it here.
More updates on this soon. Thanks, Reploid21XX!
E3 has come and gone, and to our delight, Mega Man 11 is walking away with seven best of show nominations. The above image comes to us from Mega Man 11 producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya. He tweets, "I thank all the people involved in E3. I am happy if you favorite Mega Man 11." In other words, he's very humbled.
I've kept tabs on Mega Man's E3 presence for several years and let me tell ya, this is a first. Congratulations on a great E3, Tsuchiya! We can't wait to play the game!
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Nearly nine years after its release, you can finally play the Japan-exclusive Rockman EXE: Operate Shooting Star in English. The long awaited translation patch was just released by the folks at The Rockman EXE Zone. Download it here!
In addition to a fully translated storyline, the patch also includes English text and graphics for the "Star Colosseum" sidegame. Moreover, the original Mega Man Battle Network script has been edited and adjusted to fix errors and inconsistencies with later Battle Network games.
For the uninitiated, Operate Shooting Star is an updated version of Battle Network 1 that includes a brand-new event involving characters from Mega Man Star Force. Once you've completed this event, you can switch between BN Mega Man or SF Mega Man in battle. There are other additions and changes to the main game too which are listed here. The big one for me is the updated battle system, which takes a few elements from Battle Network 2 such as the addition of wildcard * Battle Chips. Oh, and the Power Plant puzzle has been made vastly easier!
A huge thanks Greiga Master, Prof. 9, MegaRockEXE, MidniteW, Jumi, Lex, and everyone at team TREZ for all their hard work. I can't wait to give it a spin!
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Mega Man 11 is real – like, you'll actually get to play it in a few months. But why now? Why wasn't Mega Man 11 a thing three or even five years ago? In an interview with Venture Beat, Mega Man 11 director Koji Oda revealed it had everything to do with Mega Man Legacy Collection's commercial success.
According to an official notice posted to the Japanese Wii U eShop, Mighty No. 9 will be de-listed from the storefront on Wednesday, June 20th, at 10 am. At the moment we don't know if this will affect the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version, nor do we know if the game will be removed in North America and Europe.
Although no reason was given why the game will be removed, it could be due to Level-5's acquisition of Mighty No. 9 developer Comcept which took place exactly one year ago today.
I'll keep an ear to the ground for updates. Thanks for the tip, ZerokageHB!
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Block Man isn't the only playable Mega Man 11 stage at E3. After the jump below, check out several minutes of live, off-screen footage of Fuse Man's stage. We don't get to see the actual fight against Fuse Man, though there's quite a bit of new, never-before-seen stuff here.
Here's archived footage from today's Mega Man 11 live stream with Capcom USA and producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya and director Koji Oda. There's lots of stuff to see, hear and learn in a about 40-minutes worth of footage.
For the uninitiated, Capcom USA's Kellen plays through the entirety of Block Man's stage in both Normal and Newcomer Mode. The Gear System is on full display here which, again, is an entirely optional tool (you can literally beat the game without using it, they say). Later, we get to see Mega Man square off against two separate "stacking block" boss battles and a fight with Block Man himself (whose apparently a fan of Pink Floyd). Switching to Newcomer Mode, Kellen shows us that players will have access to an unlimited amount of Beat Calls and a rapid fire buster shot.
All in all, Mega Man 11 is shaping up quite nicely. Expect more Mega Man 11 news soon!
The doors are open to E3 2018 and we have a MUCH better look at the Mega Man 30th anniversary booth. In addition to a lovely, wall-spanning timeline and trivia, there's a neat Mega Man 11 photo op too! If you're at the show you can snap a pic with Mega Man, Rush and our boy Block Man!
More Mega Man 11 updates are coming soon – stay tuned!
Mega Man (and literally every character in Smash Bros. history) is coming back to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch. As outlined in the Nintendo Direct, Mega Man's Final Smash is a bit different: after detonating the Black Hole Bomb, Mega Man summons Proto Man and Bass in addition to previous Mega Man incarnations. Beyond that, Mega Man looks like he plays exactly as he did in Wii U/3DS. One minor difference, though, is Leaf Shield is faster and stuns each time it hits another player.
Also mentioned in the Direct, Mega Man's stage includes every trap and contraption from both Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS.
And that's about it Smash Bros.-wise! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches December 7th, 2018!
Monday, June 11, 2018
Construction of the E3 2018 showroom from is nearing completion – and would you look at that! They're building a nice, big 'ol booth just for Mega Man. No joke: the last time we had a dedicated booth and not a couple kiosks relegated to a corner was back in 2003. Yeah, it wasn't the best looking booth...
Anyway, while the 30th anniversary booth is still under construction, we can already tell it will play host to a wall-spanning franchise timeline and several demo stations for Mega Man 11 and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2. Both titles are playable to the public for the very first time. Swing on by if you have the opportunity!
We're expecting quite a bit of Mega Man news from E3 this year. More Mega Man 11 and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 updates and – if we're lucky – Mega Man in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch. Hang tight and stay tuned!
Image credit: GameDealers
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Many moons ago, Get Me Off the Moon dubbed the Japan-only Rockman DASH: Great Adventure on the Five Islands mobile game. The dubbed video series marked the first time fans could experience the game in English, thanks in large part to the translation efforts of Amunshen and Heat Man.
The project went on hiatus about five years ago with no new episodes in sight – but look! NEW EPISODES! The first two episodes of the "Paulan Island" arc were just uploaded to YouTube (episode 1 above; episode 2 after the break). According to Get Me Off the Moon's Skybane, subsequent episodes will be released every Friday on their YouTube channel.
For more information about Great Adventure on the Five Islands, head to the Mega Man Knowledge Database.
Another year, another Rockman day. It's the ninth one, in fact! If you don't know what that means, read up on this post here. But long story short, "roku" is 6 and "ku/kyuu" is 9 and together they form "rokku". This trend of making numbers into words is why the number 69 is often associated with Rockman (the Support Car's plate, for example). Funnily enough, today is also the day the events of Rockman 2 happens.
As per tradition, fans from both sides of the pacific are whipping up fan-art. The piece above comes to us from One-Punch Man illustrator and Dust Man and Crystal creator, Yusuke Murata. Hit the jump below to see more lovely Rockman Day creations!
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Funko Pops aren't your thing? How about some cute, officially-licensed Mega Man 11 stickers? These little guys and more miscellaneous goods are coming your way later this summer!
The latest addition to Funko's ever-growing, perhaps unstoppable line of Pop! figures is the blue bomber himself. Dubbed "Jumping Mega Man", the new figure is slated to hit shelves in August. The product description reads:
"Defeat the Robot Masters with this new Mega Man Pop! vinyl figure, depicted leaping into action armed with his Mega Buster. No Mega Man collection is complete without the titular hero, also known by the alias Blue Bomber. Embodying courage, a passion for justice and restraint when dealing with his enemies, Mega Man is a credit to his creators, Dr. Light and Capcom, and is extremely unlikely to cause any brawls among your collection."
Not counting color variants, "Jumping Mega Man" is the forth figure in Funko's Mega Man sub line. Chances are it surely won't be the last. Grab yours here.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Mega Man 11 (and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2) will be playable on the E3 2018 showroom floor. Not only that, producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya and director Koji Oda will be on hand for autographs. That's great news for attendees, but what about us plebeians at home? Well, team Capcom USA announced that they planning to stream the game a couple of times during E3.
The first stream is planned for June 12th at 12pm-12:45pm (PT) on Capcom USA's Twitch channel. Kazuhiro Tsuchiya and Koji Oda will be joining Capcom USA on stream as guests. The second stream takes place the following day, June 13th, at 12pm-12:45pm (PT) on their Twitch channel. Tsuchiya and Oda will not attend this one so if you want to catch them, tune in to the first stream on the 12th.
There's a bunch of other streams happening throughout E3 for Capcom's other games, too. You can check out the full schedule here.
Here's hoping we'll see brand-new stages!
The first in a series of behind-the-scenes Mega Man 11 footage is now available from the folks at Capcom TV.
Titled "Development Start!" this episode covers Mega Man 11's origins (including a sneak peek at the original pitch document) and the animation and modeling process. When talking about the latter, the developers revealed that they continue to tweak aspects of Mega Man's animation in response to fan-feedback. For example, they've already made some changes to Mega Man's standing buster shot pose from the reveal trailer. You can see what that looks like at the 6:40 mark.
At the moment this episode is only in Japanese with no subtitles. I'll let you know if Capcom USA post an English version. In the meantime, Game Informer's behind-the-scenes series is just as a good!
Monday, June 4, 2018
Europe's odd obsession with disappointing local Mega Man fans continues today with confirmation that Mega Man 11 will not have a physical release on Nintendo Switch. Not only that, it sounds like the new Mega Man amiibo is MIA, too.
From The Nintendo Channel:
Capcom Europe has confirmed to The Nintendo Channel that the Nintendo Switch version of Mega Man 11 will only receive a digital release in the UK and Europe.
Furthermore, regarding the release of the new Mega Man amiibo, the company has said there is currently "no announcement" regarding a European release.
Capcom USA is responsible for the North American release plans, which will see the game get a retail release on Nintendo Switch on its own and as part of the amiibo bundle.
Though the Nintendo Switch is region free, it's disheartening to hear that fans will not be able to pick up a physical copy within their region without paying large shipping costs and import taxes. What a bummer.
I'll let you know if anything changes. For now, it couldn't hurt to shoot Capcom Europe's social media channels a message (keep it civil, please). A little support might go a long way. UPDATE: Here's a petition to get the ball rolling.
You didn't forget about that big 30th anniversary concert coming up, did you? The event will feature a variety of music from *every* Rockman series composed by Noriyuki Iwadare at the Nakano ZERO Dai Hall in Tokyo on July 8th. The concert will be followed by a special Rockman series panel where new announcements will be made. Exciting stuff!
To further the proverbial "hype train", part of the tracklist for the concert was recently revealed by the event's organizers. You can get a sneak peek at what to expect after the break!
Saturday, June 2, 2018
The Game Informer Show podcast sat down to chat up all things Mega Man 11 with Capcom US's Tim Turi. The gang talk about their general impressions of the game, how the "Gear System" works, the greater emphasis placed on Robot Master weapons, and oodles more. You won't find any new info here but it's a nice sit-down with some cool peeps who are among the few to play Mega Man 11 first.
We're anticipating more Mega Man 11 details next week when E3 kicks off on June 12th. I will not be in attendance this year but I will have a couple eyes on the ground. Hang tight – it's almost time!
Source: Game Informer