Sunday, November 26, 2023
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
The Rockman 35th anniversary pop-up shop, which made a brief appearance in Japan last May, is now making its way stateside. Animate has announced that the pop-up shop will be hitting their Los Angeles location in March 2024. While specific dates haven't been disclosed yet, expect that information to come out closer to the New Year.
If you can't make it to LA, fret not! Animate has confirmed that these items will also be available for purchase online. Currently, several Rockman items are up for pre-order on Animate USA's online shop and are slated to be shipped in March 2024. Moreover, customers spending up to $15 on goods will receive one of seven random photo cards (see image on the right for a glimpse).
You can have a look at what's available here. Stay tuned for updates!
Due to "various circumstances", Kotobukiya has postponed the previously-announced Rockman X 30th anniversary live stream event. The show was intended to commemorate not only the X series' 30th anniversary but the 5th anniversary of Kotobukiya's Rockman model kit line. New product reveals for the 30th anniversary and updates on previously-announced model kits were anticipated.
Kotobukiya has indicated that the stream will be rescheduled for a later date. New products that were intended to be announced will be featured on a separate YouTube Talk Live program. Additional details will be disclosed at a later date.
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
For the first time in six years, Capcom has completely refreshed their official Rockman website. The update strips down much of the leftover 30th anniversary content — which hung around for a good while after the occasion — and organizes everything in a more clean and streamlined format.
The revamped site now features a single page divided into three sections: Latest News, About, and Goods. The previous franchise timeline has been replaced by a simple "about" section that spotlights each individual Rockman series. Each series is accompanied by sleek key art alongside a small screenshot. Interestingly, the screenshot representing the EXE series appears to be from a pre-release build of the game—an unintentional oversight. Oops!
Apart from these changes, there's not much else of note. Nonetheless, the overall refresh is intriguing, especially considering that Capcom historically redesigned the site to coincide with anniversaries. However, the 35th anniversary deviated from this tradition without an overhaul. With Rockman X's 30th anniversary fast approach, perhaps this was the opportune moment.
Source: Rockman Series Official
By way of Amazon Japan, we have our first look at the upcoming Rockman X DiVE artbook. You can find the cover art above (illustrated by none other than Keisuke Mizuno) and a handful of preview pages after the jump below!
Monday, November 20, 2023
It's been a minute since we last heard from Kotobukiya's Roll.EXE model kit. But we've got some great news: she's up for pre-order! You can snag yours from our affiliate HobbyLink Japan right here. Other retailers should follow suit shortly if you have an alternate preference.
Roll comes with four unique face and hand parts, a Roll Arrow arm, and a clip-type display stand. She's due to ship in April 2024. Not much else left to say than that! You can find additional images and details from the link above!
Sunday, November 19, 2023
A spiffy new line of licensed Mega Man t-shirts are up for grabs from Nerd Clothing that's a little something different from what you'd expect. The designs, which feature characters and items from the classic and X series, are made to resemble plastic model kit runners. Check 'em out:
Friday, November 17, 2023
To commemorate the recent release of his latest book, Not For Resale Guidebook GOLD, author and collector Jironosuke will be showcasing a range of prototype and pre-release software from his personal collection next week in Osaka.
Among the highlights are prototypes for Rockman 1, Rockman 3, and Rockman X. This event will mark the very first public viewing of these early versions, which currently remain undumped. Jironosuke has previously eluded to a number of differences—both minor and significant—between these prototypes and the final retail versions, so it'll be interesting to finally see them in action. Please note that attendees will not be able to play the games; rather, Jironosuke will demonstrate them on stage.
The event takes place on Sunday, November 26th at 17:30 JST at Umeda Lateral in Osaka. If you're in the area, swing on by and check 'em out for us. For those unable to attend, let's keep our fingers crossed for some footage.
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Seeking some Mega-fied stocking stuffers for that special someone this holiday? Well, have a gander at The Yetee's newest lineup of officially licensed Mega Man goods. From pin sets to tote bags, tees, and "premium" sweaters, there's a little something here for everyone.
- Zero vs Copy X Pin Set
- Servbot Pin Set
- Omega vs Zero Tote Bag
- In The Year 20XX Premium Sweater
- Robo Boss Rush Premium Sweater
- Absolute Zero Premium Sweater
Friday, November 10, 2023
We've managed to secure 25 access codes for Rockman BIG, the official collaboration game between Rockman and Japanese energy drink, Dodecamin BIG. While these codes typically come bundled with Dodecamin BIG bottles, given that they are exclusive to Japan, here's your opportunity to try it out.
To enter, simply send an e-mail to RockmanCornerContests@gmail*com (remove the *, of course) with "BIG" in the subject line. Winners will be randomly selected on Monday, November 13th, at 12 PM CST. If you win, I'll hit you up with an access code along with instructions on how to play. Anyone can enter; there are no restrictions here. UPDATE: Submissions are closed. Thank you for participating!
For those unfamiliar, Rockman BIG is a bite-sized browser game that challenges you to defeat Elec Man, Air Man, and "Dodeka Dr. Wily"—an original Wily machine boss character. You'll also get the opportunity to face off against "Dodeka" versions of Elec Man and Air Man, oversized variants that dominate large portions of the screen. As you conquer bosses and tackle challenges, you'll earn Bolts, which can be exchanged for physical prizes.
Currently, we're working on preserving Rockman BIG before it shuts down in January 2024. We'll keep you updated on our progress. In the meantime, enter the giveaway!
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
After 15 years of development, Mega Man RPG Prototype by Adrian Marceau (Ageman20xx), has finally launched. This browser-based fan-game blends RPG elements from Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Pokemon with the classic series Mega Man characters and Special Weapons. It features a full campaign, nearly 100 playable characters, a meaty post-game, and an asynchronous multiplayer mode.
Friday, November 3, 2023
Asahi Soft Drinks and Capcom are joining forces for a special Rockman edition of "Dodecamin BIG" energy drink.
The campaign is set to run from November 7 to January 15, 2024, and draws inspiration from the classic E-Tank, known for its strength-restoring properties, a perfect match for Dodecamin. To set itself apart from previous energy drink collaborations, Dodecamin BIG bottles will include a sticker that when scanned, will allow you to play a unique Rockman game.
More details after the break!