Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: a Year To Remember

As the year comes to a close, let us take a moment to reflect upon the Rockman news stories that made 2008 and year we will never forget.

March 2008:
-Ryuusei no Rockman Tribe-Off Air!
RnR Tribe's cancellation from Japanese air waves took many of us by surprise. The show's cancellation marked an end to Rockman's six year animated streak on TV Tokyo. A sad day indeed.

-Rockman Rockman Selling Like Hotcakes?
In March, Rockman Rockman saw a sudden surge in sales, two years after its original release. Sales were so high that it outsold the highly anticipated Devil May Cry 4. The streak didn't last for more than a few weeks however, for a game that was considered a commercial failure, this was great news.

April 2008
-ZX "Extremus" To Be Revealed At CAPTIVATE '08
Oh boy, this one was a doozey. Rumors of a ZX3 were prominent throughout 2008, but out of all the rumors, ZX Extremus truly stood out. ZXE was said to be a prequel to the ZX series, starring a young Prometheus and Pandora as they set out to find potential Rockmen to outmatch Model ZX.

June 2008
-Holy Sh!t, Rockman 9 Is Coming!
What more can I say? Rockman 9's announcement remains the biggest news story of 2008. Thanks to the efforts of "The Shadow," PRC became the source for Rockman 9 news-bringing in thousands of hits a day. You can check out a retrospective of The Shadow's activities here.

August 2008
-Another Nail in ZX's Coffin: ZX Blog Closing Its Doors
The closing of ZX Blog was a huge blow to all of us. Whatever hope we was left for a third ZX ended upon the blog's shutdown.

-Best Promotional Item Ever: Capcom to Release E-Tank Beverage
August marked the debut of the Rockman 9 E-Can beverage, a sports drink cleverly disguised in the image of an E-Can. Many lolz ensured.

September 2008
Finally, after years upon years of speculation, Keiji Inafune put an indefinte end to the notorious "Cataclysm theory." The Cataclysm theory states that Zero, upon his completion by Dr. Wily, massacred Rockman's family (Roll, Auto, Dr. Light, etc.) to bloody pulp. When Capcom USA announced a Q&A session between Inafune and the fans, I jumped at the opportunity and asked him the fateful question: "Did Zero really 'kill' the family between the events of the Classic Mega Man and X series? " His reply?

"No, Zero did not kill them. According to the way I created him, Zero is not such a person--it is not in his profile."

-MegaMan 9 Press Kits
In honor of MM9's US release, Capcom cleverly created a series of mock MM9 NES packages. A total of 200 press kits were created and distributed to members of Capcom-Unity.

Ocotober 2008
-RUMOR: Sega Vs. Capcom To Be Revealed At TGS
This fun little rumor claimed Sega and Capcom were hard at work on a crossover game known as "SEGA vs. Capcom: Great Clash Generation." The game was described as a "hybrid RPG-fighting game" set to release on the Nintendo DS in Q1 2009 with a "likely" PSP port later in the new year.

December 2008
-Nintendo Dream To Reveal "Secret" Rockman Project
-Coro Coro Teases New Rockman, Holding Boss Design Contest
Nintendo Dream's announcement to reveal a new Rockman project+Coro Coro's upcoming boss design contest seem to imply the coming of something new, but what? It is much too early for something along the lines of Shooting Star Rockman 4 however, we can't judge anything until the details of Coro Coro's design contest are revealed. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long.

2008 was a great year for Rockman and I sincerely hope you all had a good '08 as well. So, here's to 2009; I eagerly look forward to what's to come.


  1. ZXA blog is still online.

  2. What a great year. Hard to believe I've been hanging around this place for about a year, now. :O 'Twas a sad day indeed back in April when the alleged Scramble Battle was not revealed... :(

    I deem the day EXE ended the sad day, not the day RnR ended. Has nothing to do with RnR at all, I liked the series well enough. But I don't really relate it with EXE and thus count Beast+'s ending as the sadder event. :(

  3. Oh great, now I'm getting even more nostalgic! ;__; Way to go Protodude, making me lose my streak of staying aloof.

    XD!!!!!! NO WAY. The captcha I have to enter to post this is, "proto"

  4. and as the year comes to an end, a new rockman series may begin, or whatever this supposed project is. could 2009 be megaman's comeback to the rest of the world? (megaman 9 not counted of course, it was a little bit of a risk they say). happy new year everyone and especially you protodude, i remember i only discovered this site the day the zxe rumor came out, and i read all the posts before and after that since then, its been a great year, thanks

  5. It was an honor to share the info along you devoted fans and if ever I learn something that is new and exclusive that no other sites or major companies have let out, it will be here first. I am glad you all loved a game I was only a simple tester on but trust me, more will be coming. Big thanks to Brian our beloved owner and site runner of Protodude's Rockman Corner, another thanks to the Megaman historian himself Daniel "Protoman" Arseneault, you are just awesome, and lastly to the fans themselves, keep on buying it and we will keep making it.

    - The Shadow -

    - The Shadow -

  6. Wow O.o 2008 was a really good year!
    Happy new year to all of you!
    2008 might be remembered as the 'Ground Breaker Year' Or... Not really.. But maybe
    'Theory Buster Year'? Naw.. Although it did break a couple,
    Rockman X is not Rockman 10.
    'Cataclysm Theory' was busted.
    There really was going to be a Rockman 9.
    RnR was, indeed, one of the lesser of the entire franchise.
    And other stuff like that.

  7. I really don't want to believe that the ZX series is dead...;_;


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