Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Capcom Store USA is Shutting Down Soon

If you've been eyeing something from the Capcom Store, well, you might want to get a jump on that. Capcom Store USA is officially closing down, the team announced on Twitter. The last day to place an order is May 1st. Supplies are limited (perhaps more than usual) so whatever it is you're hoping to buy, grab it ASAP.

Capcom Store USA first opened its doors in the Summer of 2000. It started off bare but grew into a place where fans could scoop up games and merchandise. The store's offering ebbed and flowed through the years; never quite catching up to the sheer magnitude of Capcom Japan's E-Capcom. But for many of us old timers, it was the go-to place to amass our Mega Man, Resident Evil and Street Fighter collections. I know I bought quite a few Mega Man shirts there myself. Good times.

Now, it's worth noting that it remains to be seen if this is literal end of Capcom Store USA. It's closed down before on more than one occasion, only to reemerge a few months later with a fresh coat of paint. Only time will tell. 

Until then... place your orders now!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Falcon Armor X Unleashes His Power this Wednesday in Rockman X DiVE

Be it skins or fully-fledged playable characters, Rockman X DiVE isn't shy when it comes to offering players plenty of options in terms of X's armors. And this coming Wednesday, one more is being added to the mix: Falcon Armor.

Find all the details after the break!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

"Capcom vs. Osamu Tezuka Characters" Artbook Delayed to June


The much-anticipated "Capcom vs. Osamu Tezuka Characters" artbook was supposed to hit shelves in Japan this month. However, according to Fukkan, that's no longer be the case. The book's pre-order page now shows a new, unspecified June release date. 

Although publisher Shufunotomo hasn't outright confirmed the delay, the radio silence on their end since January speaks volumes. It's a small delay so hopefully everything will be ready to go soon!

For the uninitiated, the artbook is a compilation of pieces drawn for the Capcom vs. Osamu Tezuka art exhibit that ran between October 2020 and February 2021. The 112-page tome features extensive coverage of the exhibit, rare and conceptual illustrations and unused manuscripts from Tezuka-san himself. Unfortunately it's only for sale from Fukkan... and they don't ship outside of Japan. If you really want it, though, you can try securing a copy from a proxy like CDJapan

I'm holding out for an official English localization, personally. Nevertheless, bring on June!

Friday, April 9, 2021

Relive the Rockman EXE Manga's First Chapter With Voice-Overs!

Fukkan continues to promote the Rockman EXE manga reprint and the upcoming Rockman EXE 20th Anniversary Treasure BOX, this time with something really special for fans...

Find all the details after the break!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Rockman EXE 20th Anniversary "Treasure Box" Design Revealed


Following the initial announcement a month ago, Fukkan have revealed the package design for the upcoming Rockman EXE 20th Anniversary Treasure BOX. What's more, they've posted an additional preview page from the brand-new one-shot manga "Blues' Runaway."

Find all the details after the break!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Roll Caskett Joins the Rockman X DiVE Roster


It's Digger season in Rockman X DiVE! If last week's April Fools' Day event wasn't enough for you, the Air Pirate Servbot event is back this work for a rerun... and brings none other than Roll Caskett with it!

Find all the details after the break!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

The Making of Monster Hunter World's Mega Man Palico Armor


Monster Hunter Rise may be all the rage these days (it even includes a little Rush easter-egg), but Monster Hunter World remains alive and kicking. That said, a series of videos were recently brought to my attention that chronicle the creation of the World's Palico Mega Man armor. 

The videos, accompanied by a lengthy article on Naver, disclose the trials and tribulations of Sohn Seok-min; the sole individual charged with translating Mega Man's iconic 8-bit sprite into 3D. Early versions of the model are on full display, including several unused facial expressions. It's a really interesting story, one that I've gone ahead and paraphrased (with videos!) after the break below. Check it out!

Friday, April 2, 2021

First Look at Ryo Takamisaki's New Rockman EXE One Shot Story

To commemorate Rockman EXE's 20th anniversary, Ryo Takamisaki has been hard at work whipping up a brand-new one shot story. Plot details are pretty much non-existent at the moment. What we do know, though, is that it will be called "Blues' Runaway." Takamisaki-san posted two work-in-progress pages yesterday, too. No text so... infer away!

The one-shot story will be included inside Fukkan's Rockman EXE 20th Anniversary Treasure Box. It's a big box that comes with a bunch of EXE-themed stuff. You can read about what's inside here. Unfortunately, there are no current plans to distribute the story elsewhere. It's only in the Treasure Box.

What's more, there are no plans for an official English translation. That, coupled with a somewhat restrictive form of availability, means we may be waiting a little while before someone in the community can grab it and translate it. It's a bummer, yeah.

If you have the means to do so, you can pre-order the Treasure Box here.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Cause Mischief with "Bad Mega Man Volnutt" in Rockman X DiVE's April Fools' Day Event

The first characters from the Mega Man Legends series hit Rockman X DiVE way back in September 2020 with the Air Pirate Servbot event. Now, the next round of Legends characters are here just in time to celebrate April Fools' Day. Is this a joke? It certainly isn't! You can find all the details after the break!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Rockman X DiVE May Be Coming to Steam


Rockman X DiVE is a proven hit on mobile. And if a few interesting strings are to be believe, it may find further success on PC.

Nope; this isn't an early April Fool's joke. According to a verified Rockman Corner source, the latest version of Rockman X DiVE's client makes several allusions to Steam. English prompts such as "the account has been banned by Steam VAC", "Steam product ID doesn't match",  "Steam purchase failed,"and "You are not logged in on your Steam account. Please start the game on the Steam panel" appear numerous times throughout the client. These and dozens of other solitary references to Steam haven't appeared in Rockman X DiVE before. 

Indeed, there are heavy implications at work here. While nothing is outright confirmed, the presence of Steam strings could suggest that the development team are in the process of porting Rockman X DiVE to PC. If so, that would open the game up to a larger audience; new players living beyond the game's key markets in Asia and Japan. 

Demand for official support in North America and much of Europe has been vocal since day one. Perhaps a PC/Steam port is the answer? Pending further evidence or official word from Capcom, we can only speculate. 

Would you pick up and play X DiVE on PC? Hey, I've been doing alright with BlueStacks. But I wouldn't oppose this in the slightest. I'm all in for accessibility and native controller support!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Rockman X DiVE Digital Stickers Now Available on LINE

Rockman X DiVE is a pretty big hit in Asia. So much so that it's dominance has bled into LINE with the release of brand-new stickers! They're cute,  fun to collect and... they're only available in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

But hey, the good news is there are different methods to legitimately download out-of-region LINE content. A little Googling can go a long way. But for now you can see what all 40 character stickers look like here. There's one for X, Axl, Zero... even RiCO and ViA (who apparently has a mouth? Neat, I guess.)

If you have the means to do so, you can download the stickers here. And, no; I don't have any updates on when X DiVE will become available in the states. Sorry, folks!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter's Field Guide Preview Pages

You know how I said the Maverick Hunter's Field Guide would have a few little surprises? Well, these new preview pages show off one of them: brand-new character art!

The book will feature new art for more than a dozen different Hunters, Maverick and Reploids. Case in point,Vanishing Gungaroo and Duckbill Mole. Just two of many!

You can check out additional preview pages from Udon Entertainment's blog here.

Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter's Field Guide is due on August 17th. Pre-orders are available now via Amazon.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Mega Man Battle Network 20th Anniversary News Round-up

While there weren't any significant announcements made on March 21st, (again, Capcom are asking us to be patient about that) there were a handful of smaller Mega Man Battle Network 20th anniversary news bites that shouldn't go unnoticed.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Epic Games Wants to Know if You Want Mega Man in Fortnite

I'll level with you -- I don't play Fortnite. I tried it a few times. Eh. It wasn't for me. But I won't deny how important it is for a lot of people. Maybe you, even! That's why, dear Rockman Corner reader, you might find this particular bit of news interesting.

Reportedly, Epic Games have e-mailed a survey to select Fortnite players asking which video game franchises they'd like to see crossovers with. These include Resident Evil, Ratchet and Clank, Super Mario and even... Mega Man! Nice.

The full list includes a LOT of heavy-hitters so it stands to reason that the Blue Bombers faces some competition. Granted, Capcom already has a foot in the proverbial Fortnite door with Street Fighter. That may bode well for our boy. Maybe.

All in all, though, there's no guarantee that these characters will make it into the game. The survey is primarily being used to gauge interest in the direction future crossovers will take. Video game franchises? Movie characters? Comic book heroes and so on? Only time will tell. You can find more info from the sources below.

Source: Game Informer via ResetEra

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Capcom Asks for "Patience" During Mega Man Battle Network's 20th Anniversary

Mega Man Battle Network turned 20-years-old today. 

It's a milestone anniversary that, at first, appeared to be marching in-line with Capcom's Mega Man X 25th anniversary output. "Capcom Seeking Partners for Mega Man Battle Network 20th Anniversary Products" was a headline that carried major implications. For the most part, it still does. 

But that headline dropped in May 2020. May. We were two months into a raging pandemic, facing a remarkably uncertain future. To say COVID-19 hasn't had an impact on Capcom's plans, let alone the industry as a whole, is an understatement. And today, on Battle Network's actual 20th anniversary, the company finally acknowledged it.

Five PS2 Mega Man Prototypes Dumped Including a Very Early X8


Roughly 755 PlayStation 2 prototypes have been released by Hidden Place and Textfiles under "Project Deluge". No longer subject to a disc rot fate, these freshly-preserved prototypes include five Mega Man titles.

The are:

  • Mega Man Anniversary Collection (May 6, 2004 prototype)
  • Mega Man X Collection (Nov 8, 2005 prototype) 
  • Mega Man X8 (Aug 12, 2004 prototype)
  • Mega Man X8 (Oct 20, 2004 prototype)
  • Mega Man X: Command Mission (Jul 23, 2004 prototype)

While each of these games feature their own helping of differences from their final retail counterparts, the August 12th build of Mega Man X8 is certainly the most significant. It predates the final build by two months, featuring numerous unused graphics, unfinished cutscenes (storyboards are used instead) placeholder assets, debug features and more.

You can download and play these prototypes from Hidden Palace's Project Deluge page. Note that, if the page or DL links become unavailable, check back again in a couple hours. 

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Rockman X DiVE's First Anniversary - RiCO & "X -Rising Fire-" Become Playable


Although Rockman X DiVE's one-year anniversary festivities started a week ago (and will continue until the end of the month) the development team chose this week to bring the big guns ahead of March 24th, the game's actual anniversary date.

You can find all the details after the break!

Monday, March 15, 2021

"Capcom Retro Station" Trailer (Feat. Mega Man & Bass, Power Battle/Fighters, Soccer, MMX)

With the Capcom Retro Station due to hit Japan at the end of the month, it's only fitting that manufacturer TRON published the above trailer. It's our best look yet at this officially-licensed, arcade-style micro console. 

As previously reported, the Retro Station includes ten pre-installed Mega Man and Street Fighter games. The five Mega Man titles are Mega Man: The Power Battle, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, Mega Man X, Mega Man Soccer and Rockman & Forte. With the exception of Rockman & Forte, every Mega Man game listed is fully playable in English. Rockman & Forte will be the original, untranslated Super Famicom version. 

The Retro Station is due in Japan in March 31st for 21,780 Yen. That's roughly $210 US. Pre-orders are currently available through Amazon Japan. A global release is planned to rollout soon after. 

For more info, hit up the official website!

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Five Obscure Rockman Manga Scanned and Translated


Need some fresh Rockman reading material in your life? Sure ya do! Rockman Tanjou's very own Digi returns with not one, but five brand-new, English scanlated manga! These books are relatively obscure and are pretty new to many of us -- myself included.

They are:

 

The first manga is from the Rockman & Rockman X Daizukan, written and illustrated by Goro Yamada (Kikaider, Inazuma). The Rockman ZX Advent Extra Chapter is a new chapter from Shin Ogata that was produced in 2019, distributed to fans who purchased both volumes of the Rockman ZX Advent reprints.  It's the newest story of this translated batch.

Saga of the the Planets and Saga of the Mu Continent were written and illustrated by Daisuke Inoue in 1993 and 1994. They appeared exclusively in Comic Bom Bom's Spring and Winter Vacation Jumbo issues, respectively. Neither Mu nor Voldos has been reprinted in any form. And finally, the Gigamix Settai is... well, I'm sure you can guess who was behind that one!

Sounds like you've got a lot of reading to do! Enjoy and thank you, again, to Digi!

Monday, March 8, 2021

Celebrate White Day in Rockman X DiVE with Axl


If you can remember back to when Rockman X DiVE first launched, you might recall that one of the very first events was for White Day. Back then, the stars were Alia, Cinnamon and Zero. Now, the event is back and it's Axl's turn to shine! Check all the details after the break!

Friday, March 5, 2021

Old & New Rockman EXE Goodies to be Featured in Fukkan's 20th Anniversary "Treasure Box"

Hot on the heels of the Rockman EXE manga reprint announcement from a few weeks ago, Fukkan have unveiled the "Rockman EXE Treasure Box". As the name implies, it's a box filled with EXE goodies that will most certainly please hardcore fans. 

Find all the details after the break!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Mega Man 1-6 Mobile Will Be Delisted on March 29th

Hey, you remember when all six NES Mega Man games dropped on mobile four years ago? Yeah... they're about to be taken down. For good.

Mega Man Mobile 1-6, for no readily available reason, will be delisted from both the App Store and Google Play (worldwide) on March 29th, Capcom announced. Users who previously purchased the games (individually or bundled) will still be able to redownload them. Four other Capcom Mobile titles, Ghosts 'n Ghoblins, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, 1942, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando, will be delisted on the 29th as well. 

Originally released in early 2017 for $1.99 a pop, Mega Man Mobile 1-6 will be notoriously remembered for a swath of performance issues. Poor and sudden frame drops, unresponsive controls, off-key and broken sound emulation... the list goes on. And if memory servers right, these ports were actually ports OF ports. They were based on the Brew/C versions from 2004-2006. So yeah; these were never really an accurate representation of the original games.

Anyway, that's that. The .apk for each game exists out there in the ether for posterity. But, you know, maybe you should go buy Mega Man Legacy Collection?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Rockman x Castle & Dragon Collab Event Returns

Castle & Dragon players who missed out on the Rockman crossover event from roughly two years ago can finally get a stab at it!

The collaboration -- for some unknown reason--  is reportedly returning to Castle & Dragon on March 12. Just like before, you can purchase equipment and armors based on various classic series characters, You know, the usual suspects: Rockman, Blues, Forte, Metal Man, Air Man and so on. Rare drops include helmet-less Rockman and 8-bit Rockman. Each armor comes with their own unique attacks and stats. Players will also have the chance to take on Dr. Wily in a battle for medieval supremacy!

You can check out what all that looks like - and more - from the video above!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

New Mega Man X Cards Introduced with Teppen's Latest Card Pack, "A Dark Agenda"


It's been a while since we last talked about Teppen. After the release of the "Adventures of a Tiny Hero" card pack in July 2020, the next two card packs didn't have any Mega Man X-themed cards. But with the recent "A Dark Agenda" card pack, the wait is over! We're back to bring you all the Mega Man X-related artwork and flavor text right after the break!

Monday, March 1, 2021

An Interview with Ruth Marie Jarman - The Voice of Mega Man (MM8) and X (X4)

If you grew up during Mega Man's PlayStation era, you've no doubt had Ruth Marie Jarman's voice forever etched into your brain. She's the actor behind Mega Man 8's Mega Man (and Clown Man) and X in Mega Man X4! And if you ever wanted to know more about what went on during those famous recording sessions, Ruth sat down with Ramblin' Reploids to spill the beans!

Throughout the above hour-long interview, Ruth shares a tremendous amount of interesting information and behind-the-scenes facts we've never heard before! So, really, check this out when you can. She's so nice! And if you're in a pinch, though, I've included some interesting bits after the break!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Harpuia Joins Rockman X DiVE

This week a new character from the Zero Series joins Rockman X DiVE alongside the return of the Rockman Zero stage event "The Savior has Come" and a new weapon based on a Star Force series boss. You can find all the details after the break!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Mega Man X - 1/4 Scale Zero Statue by PCS Announced

The first of many brand-new, officially licensed Mega Man X statues from Premium Collectibles Studio has been partially revealed... Zero! But this isn't your typical Zero statue, no.

While not outright confirmed, the artwork used to announce the statue heavily implies it's based on Zero's birth. The "under construction" visage of the crimson Maverick Hunter -- first depicted in Mega Man X4 and again in Mega Man X5 -- is a fan-favorite. The scene hasn't been realized in any form prior but, with PCS at the helm, you can expect a highly-detailed statue worthy of one's collection. 

There are currently no details about price or release date, but I'm assuming we'll know more in a matter of days. Do note, however, that PCS products don't come cheap. You'll probably need to save up a good $300 or more. 

In the meantime, you can "RSVP" to be notified when the statue becomes available via Sideshow.

Monday, February 22, 2021

High-End Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero Statues Teased From PCS (Update)


In September 2020, we learned that Premium Collectibles Studio acquired the license to develop products based on the Mega Man IP. High-end character statues and figures, more or less. 

And now, the manufacturer has taken to Twitter to tease, what may very well be, an impending announcement...

Rockman X DiVE's 9th DiVE Festival Brings "Bass.EXE GS" and New Raid Boss

The second DiVE Festival of the year (9th overall) begins this Wednsday and it brings us a new version of Bass.EXE: Bass.EXE GS. You might remember him from Rockman EXE 3 when he fused with the multi-bug organism Gospel. What's more, the update also includes the first Raid Boss of the year: Final Sigma W. You can find all the details after the break!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

More Preview Pages From Fan-Translated Rockman DASH Artbook

The Rockman DASH Great Adventure Guide scanlation project has made tremendous progress since we last saw it. As a matter fact, project leader RockmanCosmo tells me it's about halfway done! Woo-hoo! 

Remember, folks; not only is this book long out of print but it's never been translated in English before. This is a remarkable milestone!

To celebrate the occasion, RockmanCosmo passed along four brand-new preview pages. Check 'em out below!

Friday, February 19, 2021

Check Out This Fan-Made Mega Man Legends Multiplayer Battle Mode

The ever-expanding Mega Man Legends mod scene continues to impress, this time with a full-on battle mode! 

The above footage comes to us from Trege, who programmed this very unique multiplayer mode alongside Uradamus (maps and model cleanup) and Kion (reverse engineering tools). It runs on the Godot Engine, which may sound familiar if you've seen the equally cool 60FPS Mega Man Legends 1 "port". This is an extension of that very work.

While only a proof-of-concept at the moment, the basic premise has two (or more) players duking it out across Kattleox Island. This particular bit of gameplay also features a "Eden Invasion", a team-based survival mode that pits players against a swarm of relentless Reaverbots.

Who knew Mega Man Legends would be perfect for something like this? No word yet on a public release, but I'm definitely liking what I see! More soon, I hope!

Interview with Mega Man Fully Charged Comic Book Artist Stefano Simeone

After the conclusion of the Mega Man: Fully Charged limited series a few weeks ago, we had the chance to catch up with artist Stefano Simeone to talk about his career and work with the comic. You can read this lengthy interview after the break,  which also includes some never-before-seen artwork he shared with us!

Beware -- spoilers!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Official Mega Man 11 Pins From Eighty Sixed Now Available!

What better way to rep your love for Mega Man 11 with some snazzy-looking pins? Eighty Sixed are back with a brand-new, limited run set of officially-licensed Mega Man 11 pins! The set features the Blue Bomber himself, Rush and a diecast Double Gear pin!

If you like what you see, you're gonna want to snag these ASAP. There's only 355 available! Grab 'em from Eighty Sixed's Mega Man outlet here! I'll honestly be surprised if they're still in stock by this evening...

Have at it!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Here Are the Scans From the Cancelled 1992 Mega Man Anime


The development cels from the cancelled 1992 Mega Man anime have safely arrived. And as promised, we've scanned them in high-resolution for everyone to enjoy. They're absolutely gorgeous.

That said, you can download 'em here or check 'em out after the break below!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Rockman EXE Manga Reprint Announced for 20th Anniversary

To commemorate the series' impending 20th anniversary in March 2021, all eight "New Edition" volumes of Ryo Takamisaki's Rockman EXE manga will be reprinted, publisher Fukkan announced

The reprints can be pre-ordered individually or in a single set from Fukkan directly. What's more, if you pre-order the books before their intended March shipping date, you'll receive two bonus postcards illustrated by Takamisaki himself. No images of those were provided, though.

The "New Editions" of the manga were initially published in 2016 to celebrate Rockman EXE's 15th anniversary, condensing the original 13 volume series into 8 volumes. Each book featured brand-new cover art, minor panel touch-ups and bonus content (concept and preliminary art). 

Unfortunately, these reprints are once again relegated to Japan. There are no current plans for localization in any other region. Viz Media continue to hold the rights to manga in North America -- you know, Mega Man NT Warrior. Beyond occasional reprints of the original 2008 books, Viz has largely sat on the license.

The 20th anniversary is a good as time as any for North America - or any region, really - to get the New Editions. Ah, well...

Source: Fukkan

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Mega Man PO 128 Pocket Operator Gameplay + Review

The officially-licensed Mega Man Pocket Operator stands proud as 2020's most random piece of Blue Bomber merchandise. This device fits right in the palm of your hand and acts as a mini-synthesizer and sequencer. Best of all, though? It includes a little built-in Mega Man game, too!

The device has been on sale for a little while now but, recently, some excellent gameplay footage surfaced. The above video comes to us via Gadget Explained, who also posted an in-depth review of the Pocket Operator to go with it. The video features all 16 tracks, each with their own unique playable stage.  

If you'd like to learn more, hit up Gadget Explained! And if you'd like to add this guy to your Mega Man collection, you can grab it from Amazon or Teenage Engineering directly!

Monday, February 8, 2021

Indie Flash Game "Rokko Chan" Has Been Preserved

At the tail end of last year, Adobe officially discontinued support for Flash, thus endangering a countless number of indie gaming projects. Luckily for us, though, one of the best Mega Man parody games has been preserved for all eternity! "Rokko Chan" lives again!

Rockman X DiVE - The One About Valentine's Day


While Valentine's Day doesn't officially start until February 14th, denizens of the Deep Log have a head start today with Colonel's Valentines Challenge. An overprotective brother, a passionate fan club and two cute maids awaits you after the break!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Rockman VR: Targeted Virtual World!! Shuts Down on February 14th

Capcom Plaza Ikebukuro's “VR-X” virtual reality corner is officially shutting down on February 14th. And when it goes, so to does Rockman VR: Targeted Virtual World!!

Located on the third floor of Capcom Plaza Ikebukuro, Rockman VR began operations on July 18th, 2020. The attraction put players in the blue bomber's shoes to fend off a wave of robots, topple Block Man and thwart Dr. Wily's plans to conquer the virtual world. You can watch nearly five minutes of gameplay footage above.

At this time, there are no plans to relocate Rockman VR or the two Biohazard VR attractions to a different Capcom Plaza location. To compensate for this unfortunate news, Capcom reduced ticket prices from 1,500 yen to a mere 750 yen (roughly $7.12 US) until the 14th.

Is Rockman VR doomed to become lost media? Possibly. But there has been some speculation that Rockman VR could *eventually* see a PC port. The game is played with a retail-based HTC Vive Pro on a regular 'ol PC and... it's partially in English

In other words, most of the pieces are in place for this virtual reality romp to come home. The ball's in Capcom's corner!

Source: Capcom Japan

Fight Colonel in Rockman X DiVE's Valentine's Day Event

Due to numerous delays in development, Rockman X DiVE was unable to celebrate Valentine's Day last year. This Monday, though, Rockman X DiVE's first Valentine's Day event begins! Find all the details after the break!

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Official Mega Man: The Wily Wars Repro-Cart Still in Development; More News Later This Year

The officially-licensed Mega Man: The Wily Wars reproduction cartridge from Retro-Bit was announced in August 2019 with an intended Q1 2020 launch. We haven't heard much from the project since then. Granted, we're living in unprecedented times. The ongoing pandemic has affected it. That said, if you were concerned the project was outright scrapped, I come bearing good news.

Retro-Bit has confirmed that The Wily Wars reproduction cartridge remains in active development with "a lot of action happening behind the scenes" as they prepare for release. More news will be delivered later this year, which could very well entail a release date. 

For the uninitiated, Retro-Bit are not only developing the reproduction cartridge but a Collector's Edition that includes bonus goods, too. These include limited edition packaging, mini Mega Man, Elect Man and Cut Man figures (the later is transparent!) and other unannounced odds and ends. You can get an idea of what might be included from Retro-Bit's past Collector's Edition offerings here. They spare no expense!

And that, my friends, is all there is to say on this front for now. We'll keep you posted as more info becomes available!

Friday, February 5, 2021

"Shironeko Project" and Rockman X DiVE Collaboration Announced


Following the Tower of Saviors collaboration, another Rockman X DiVE crossover is coming down the pike. 
 
So-Entertainment Taiwan's flagship mobile title Shironeko Project (White Cat Project) will cross paths with Rockman X DiVE next week. The news came during Shironeko's 6th anniversary celebration. You can find all the details after the break!

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Original Ruby-Spears Mega Man Press Kits Preserved

We're on a bit of a roll with all this rare and unseen Mega Man animation history lately. And tonight, for your viewing pleasure, we have the complete Ruby-Spears Mega Man press kits from 1994 to 1995. Check 'em out here. That's 22-pages of grade-A, Ruby-Spears cheese.

So yeah; these materials have gone unseen for a good 26-years. They were originally distributed to different television networks in the mid-nineties. Each sheet was meticulously designed to help sell the cartoon -- that is, to entice networks into airing Mega Man and establish a quid pro quo. The show drives network ratings up, and those ratings translate to game and toy sales. Bada bing bada boom.

The press kits also contain unrealized licensing and merchandise deals (a comic book from Bruce Hamilton!) and some pretty uncommon key art, too. I mean, just look at Mega Man's fleshy hand and whatever is going on with Cut Man's face up there. These unpolished designs appeared during a few commercial bumpers, actually. Interesting stuff.

Anyway, we hope enjoy this little slice of Ruby-Spears history! The press kits were donated by @ForcedUserX!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Rockman X DiVE - The Event Before Valentine's Day

Ahead of the impending Valentine's Day event, we have a busy week of content. We've got a double dose of Command Mission, a new event, new Jakob levels, two new DiVE Triggers and much more! Check all the details after the break!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Mega Man Zero 4 Composer Releases New "Falling Down" Self-Cover

It was only a few days ago that Mega Man Zero 4 composer Shinichi Itakura uploaded the original demo track for "Falling Down." Well, he's back at it again -- this time with an all-new "self-cover" composition of Falling Down.

Itakura-san writes, "when I composed it in 2004, I used the guitar to make phrases. However, this time, I tried to self-cover without a guitar. Was it better to dub the guitar?"

Well, what do ya think? The man's still got it, in my humble opinion. 

Keep rockin' on, Itakura-san!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Absolute Zero Joins Rockman X DiVE Next Week

The Rockman X: Command Mission content in Rockman X DiVE grows a little larger next week when Absolute Zero joins the game on Wednesday, February 3rd. You can find the few details we know after the break!

Saturday, January 30, 2021

"Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter's Field Guide" Available to Pre-Order on Amazon

Hot on the heels of last week's Previews World listing, Amazon has begun accepting pre-orders for the much-anticipated Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter's Field Guide.

The hardcover, 176-handbook includes detailed information on every major Mega Man X series character, Reploid and Maverick. There's a few surprises tucked inside, too. It's anticipated to ship on August 17th for $26.99. Hit the link above and pre-order yours!

I had a small part in the creation of this book... and I can safely say, it's a worthy successor to the Robot Master Field Guide. There's a certain, unannounced art-related aspect that took a considerable amount of time to get juuuust right. I think everyone will be pleased with the outcome.

You'll have to wait until UDON announces Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter's Field Guide on their time for all the details!

Friday, January 29, 2021

Rockman X DiVE Helps Drive Capcom Mobile Sales Up 80.7%

Although Rockman X DiVE remains unavailable in several regions (you can still download and play the English version here, though), the title has proven to be a formidable success for Capcom's five-year-old mobile division.

In their latest financial report for the quarter ending December 31st 2020, Capcom notes that mobile content sales were up 80.7% year-over-year. The boost is owed in large part to Rockman X DiVE, which recently launched in Japan in October 2020 (seven months after its debut in South Korea). The mainland China release of Street Fighter Duel also contributed to record profitability. Together, both titles drove mobile revenue up 4.7 billion yen. That's roughly $45 million.

All in all, Rockman X DiVE's profitability bodes well for the game's longevity. The title will no doubt play a large role in Capcom's on-going mobile strategy... just as long as it remains profitable. Let's not beat around the bush, folks; when (not if) the well dries up, Rockman X DiVE will meet a fate all too familiar to mobile games

For now, though, enjoy it while it lasts. It could be a while!

Source: Capcom Investor Relations | GameBiz

Thursday, January 28, 2021

REVIEW: Mega Man: Fully Charged #6: The End?


Finally, after waiting more than a month, the last issue of the Mega Man: Fully Charged comic is here. The final battle between Namagem and Mega Man, Wily's master plan and the never ending family feud await you after the break in our recap and review!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Lost Rockman Anime Materials Surface: "Early Ruby-Spears" & "Beware Fire & Earthquakes"

Just when you thought you knew everything about Mega Man, history throws a curve ball. Evidence of two long-lost animated adaptations have surfaced... and they're pretty wild.

The first is a very early incarnation of the Ruby-Spears cartoon that we all know and love. The twist? It has a completely different, abandoned anime art direction. Authentic production materials from this oddity were recently obtained by Rockman Corner and friends. I've written a lengthy (and on-going) Twitter thread on the topic here. You can see these materials after the break below as well.  We will be scanning and posting high resolution versions in the weeks ahead. (UPDATE: Since this post was published, we've since learned the identity of an animator worked on this project. Be sure to read up on that info after the jump!)

The second is a long-rumored educational OVA titled "Do Your Best, Rockman! Beware Fire and Earthquakes!" Fans in Japan have debated the legitimacy of this single episode animation for years... but no one could actually prove it existed. However, a recent auction for a Do Your Best, Rockman! activity book has vanquished any fears of a potential Mandela Effect, proving once and for all the show was a thing.

Read on and see these lost treasures for yourself!

Rockman X DiVE: Return of the Snowy Plain Lord


Out of nowhere, the Summer Vacation Lord of Snowy Plain event is returning to Rockman X DiVE this week. What's more, Festive Zero -- who was a limited character during the Fireworks and Lantern Festival -- is returning, too. Find all the details after the break!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Mega Man Zero 4 Composer Uploads Original "Falling Down" Demo

Mega Man Zero fans, heads up. Mega Man Zero 4 composer Shinichi Itakura recently uploaded the very first, original demo for "Falling Down." It was composed on December 8th, 2004. That's around four months before Zero 4 launched in Japan!

As a reminder, this is the theme that plays during Zero's final battle with Dr. Weil as they plummet to earth. It's one of many fan-favorite tunes from Zero 4's OST. The number of fan arrangements, remixes and tributes is staggering.

Itakura writes, "when I was cleaning up my old hard disk drive, I found some old song data. There was a sound source at that time that I was involved in composing. I didn't think there was a demo audio mix left." He adds, I am glad that many people have covered the performance of "Falling Down". I would like you to listen to the original phrase."

Thank you, Itakura! Rock on, good sir!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Mega Man "Cable Guy Holder" Announced

EXG Pro recently announced a new wave of their popular "Cable Guy Holders". The new lineup includes characters like Super Sonic, Wolverine, Amy Rose, Mortal Kombat’s Sub-Zero and... Mega Man! You can see what the figure looks in full after the break!