Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Rare Rockman Amusement Ride Gets a New Lease on Life at Arcade Museum

A rare Rockman amusement ride, which is often found in poor condition (sometimes even beheaded), has found a new home at the Sargasso Arcade Museum in Kita Karuizawa. The owners of this museum, which they affectionately refer to as a "retirement home" for classic arcade machines and amusement hardware, have done an incredible job restoring this obscure piece of history to pristine condition.

Produced by Hope Co. in 2000, the ride can carry two people and includes buttons that make Rockman speak and play two, let’s say, charming renditions of classic BGM that aren’t exactly easy on the ears. Although you can’t visit in person regularly, you can catch glimpses of their collection and updates on their official YouTube channel. The museum does open its doors for special events, so if you’re in Japan during one of those times, you might get a chance to give it a spin!

Curious to see the ride in action? Check out popostore’s footage from a few years back here and here. That particular unit has seen better days, but it gives you an idea.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The "Capcom Super Elections" Results Are In (Mega Man's Popularity, Sequel/Remake Desires & More)

A few months ago Capcom conducted a survey to gauge fans interest in their games and how they engage with the Capcom brand. One of the questions asked fans which games from Capcom's back catalog they would like to see remade. Among the options were remakes of the first three Mega Man games.

The results of the survey have now been published, revealing not only the response to that particular question but also that the Mega Man series is one of the most beloved Capcom franchises. The survey also provided other interesting data about fans' preferences and engagement with Capcom's games.

You can see all the relevant Mega Man data after the break!

Monday, June 10, 2024

"Make a Good Mega Man Level 3" Now Available to Download

The wave of fan-created Mega Man projects continues with the highly anticipated release of Make a Good Mega Man Level 3 Make a Good Mega Man Level 3 (MaGMML3).

Six years in the making and serving as the pinnacle of all previous entries, MaGMML3 features 200 unique stages, 300 mini-stages, a plethora of costumes and skins, secrets, upgrades—everything you could want! There's something here for every type of player, ensuring hours of gameplay meticulously crafted by the community.

In terms of story, MaGMML3 takes place after Make a Good 48 Hour Mega Man Level. While prior MaGMML knowledge isn't necessary to enjoy the game, familiarity with the series enhances the overall experience. But there's plenty to appreciate on its own, and you'll be doing yourself a favor by checking it out.

You can download the game from the official MaGMML website here!

Thursday, June 6, 2024

All Five Game Boy Mega Man Games Now Available on Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo has announced that all five Game Boy Mega Man games are now available on Nintendo Switch Online. This includes Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Mega Man II, III, IV, and V. This also covers Japan, as they have received Rockman World 1-5.

With these re-releases, this marks the second time all five games have been officially available outside of Game Boy hardware, having previously been accessible for individual download from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. However, to play them, you will need an active subscription to Nintendo Switch Online. The basic membership will get you in the door, so don't fret if you're not an "Expansion Pass" member.

Not much else to add—fire up your Switch and relive these bite-sized classics today!

Monday, June 3, 2024

"EZ Web" Versions of Rockman EXE Mobile Games and Battler's Tower Preserved

Hey, Mega Man fans! This is RockmanCosmo, the leader of SciLab Secrets – the team working to preserve lost Rockman games released on Japanese feature phones (keitai). The past couple of months have been extremely eventful for Rockman keitai game preservation. Since December 2023, we have preserved nine previously-lost games, including Rockman DASH 5 Islands and both original Rockman EXE games. Today, I’m happy to announce that the SciLab Secrets team has preserved even more games: the EZweb versions of Rockman EXE Phantom of Network and Legend of Network, and a companion app for Phantom of Network called Battler’s Tower. We’ve even preserved phone wallpapers and ringtones! Read on for all the details.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Mega Man-Themed Evercade Alpha Arcade Announced (w/Power Battle & Power Fighters)

Evercade has announced two 16-inch tall, bartop-sized versions of the Evercade Alpha, which will include a selection of officially licensed Capcom arcade games. The Mega Man-themed variant will come with Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters built-in, along with four other titles: Carrier Air Wing, Final Fight, Knights of the Round, and Strider.

Both units are compatible with physical Evercade cartridges and controllers, allowing for two-player local multiplayer. The units will be available in November, with pre-orders starting on June 4th for $229.99 (£199.99 / €229.99). This is a special "introductory" pre-order price, as the price will increase to $250 (£229.99 / €249.99) after the pre-order period ends.

If this sounds like something up your alley, head over to the official product page for more details.

Source: Evercade Alpha

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Capcom Vs.Tezuka Characters Exhibition Returning This Summer

Capcom and Tezuka Productions are teaming up once again for the third iteration of the Capcom vs. Tezuka Characters art exhibit. This time, the event will be held at the Tokiwaso Manga Museum and Tokiwaso Street Showa Retro Museum from July 20th to November 24th.

The exhibit will feature unique collaborative illustrations of Osamu Tezuka characters drawn by Capcom creators and Capcom characters drawn by Tezuka Productions creators. While fighting games are a major highlight this time around, new pieces inspired by Mega Man will also be included. In fact, you can see Mega Man, Rush, and a Servbot in the event's main visual. Mega Man and Astro Boy also form the "heart" of the event's logo.

If you're in Tokyo during the event, you can find more information here. Ticket reservations will start on June 20th at 2pm JST.


Saturday, May 25, 2024

Mega Man: Phantom of the Network and Legend of the Network English Fan-Localization Patches Now Available

For the first time ever, you can now play Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network and Rockman EXE: Legend of Network in English. The Rockman EXE Zone has released the highly anticipated English localization patches for both games, enabling you to experience these two full-length stories from start to finish. Phantom of Network takes place after the events of Battle Network 3, while Legend of Network is set before Battle Network 6. Each game features unique events and characters that could not be fully appreciated outside of Japan before today.

As detailed earlier, the patches also include a handful of quality-of-life changes and updates, ranging from Buster MAX Mode and improved background animations to the restoration of Phantom of Network's online ranked Virus Battle Mode.

Head over to this post at The Rockman EXE Zone for the download links! It's imperative that you lookover the README.html before playing as you'll need to follow the install instructions carefully. What's more, you'll need the original i-╬▒ppli game files for Phantom of Network and Legend of Network in order to apply the patches. You can find those from this post here.

And yes; you CAN play them on Steam Deck. Check out this tutorial to learn how.

To the localization team and SciLab Secrets, know that you have our sincere thanks and gratitude. A job well done, folks!

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Rockman-san Manga Comes to An End

Debuting in April 2021 to celebrate Mega Man's 33rd anniversary, "Rockman-san" launched alongside "Rockman-chan" in Young Ace UP magazine. The manga told the story of a world at peace, where a grown-up Rock, now a dentist, works alongside his assistant Roll at their dental clinic. After a successful three-year run, the manga concludes today with the final part of chapter 44.

The final volume collecting the last chapters of Rock's adventures as a dentist will be published in Japan this summer, bringing the series to a total of three volumes. Currently, the manga is only available in Japanese, with no official announcement for an English release. However, you can get a glimpse of this unique story through fan translations available on MangaDex.

There is no word if Rockman-chan will end next week when the next chapter will be published. We'll keep you posted!

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Review: Kotobukiya Roll.EXE

Kotobukiya is back with the next entry in their ever-growing Mega Man Battle Network model kit line. Roll.EXE, perhaps one of the more unexpected releases, is a very welcome addition that helps round out the line. Is this Navi worth the Zenny, or does she belong in the recycle bin? Join me after the break to find out!

Monday, May 13, 2024

Fan-Localized Mega Man: Phantom of the Network and Mega Man: Legend of the Network Will Release on May 25th

About four months after being announced, the English fan-localizations of Mega Man: Phantom of Network and Mega Man: Legend of Network are almost finished! Prof. 9, a member of the project team, has confirmed that both games will be released on Saturday, May 25th. A how-to-play guide and patching instructions will be provided, ensuring everyone can enjoy them with ease.

Alongside the release date, Prof. 9 also unveiled a slew of additional features and enhancements aimed at making these the definitive versions of the games! These include the addition of Buster MAX Mode, mirroring its functionality in Battle Network Legacy Collection, as well as the inclusion of extra Battle Chips and Folders. Moreover, animated Cyber World backgrounds and Online Ranked Battles have been incorporated, though availability at the time of release can't be guaranteed. You can find a more detailed rundown of these features here.

I'll provide an update when May 25th rolls around in case you forget. But hey, exciting stuff! Did you ever think we'd actually get to play these games in English after all this time?

Source: Rockman EXE Zone

Friday, May 10, 2024

Review: Jada Toys Mega Man Wave 1 (Mega Man, Fire Man, Ice Man)

A new Mega Man toy line has hit the scene with Jada Toys' first wave of Mega Man figures! Were these highly anticipated figures worth the wait? Join me after the break as we look into the first wave of Jada Toys' Mega Man line!