Monday, August 31, 2009
Japanese online store Fukkan has a pre-order page for Gigamix that describes the book as a compilation of Ariga's works from Comic Bom Bom and numerous Kodansha publications. There's even a small hint that the book might contain unreleased comics.
More Gigamix updates are expected to appear on Ariga's official blog.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Based on the top right screen shot, battles appear as if they will go unchanged from their appearance in the original game (comparison pic). The custom screen is slightly different from the original with chip selection being cut down to two rows as opposed to three. This was done to accommodate the addition of letter codes below each chip icon; a standard practice since EXE 2 and onwards.
The other new image (bottom left) depicts Rockman.EXE in the school computer; new mugshot present.
On a completely different note, Rakuten's product description mentions something about the inclusion of mini-games. There's supposedly a six player multiplayer mini game taking place in the "Rockman Star Colosseum." I suppose we'll be hearing more about that soon...
More details and an additional photo at Sprite Stitch.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Half dozen packs of Rockman branded dorayaki were given away at Tokyo Game Show '99. Unlike the free Servbot pudding of TGS 2000, Capcom booth attendees were forced to fork over 500 yen per pack.
For the uninitiated, doryaki are kind of like pancakes more or less. Essentially, it's spongecake filled to the brim with sweetened red beans. Best eaten grilled.
[via Yahoo Japan]
As a suggestion, try asking questions not only about his role as the blue bomber, but also about his work as an actor in general, you know, to mix things up a bit in order to prevent the interview from became repetitive or boring.
I'll be taking questions from now until September 12th. Hop to it!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
“…we don’t have an “official” mascot. We have a logo, that’s it. As far as unofficial mascots go, however, yes, MM would definitely be that. I have actually heard someone discuss this, and I think the reasoning was something akin to Mega Man best embodying the spirit of the company.With so many characters under their belt, I guess it is difficult to determine just who best represents Capcom....though I personally like to believe it has always been the late CAPtain COMmando.
So apparently in addition to making great games, Capcom is also here to save the planet from overthrow by evil robot masters (and according to recorded history so far, I’d say we’re doing pretty well–2009 and still no overthrows). ” – Capcom’s Senior Manager of Community, Seth Killian
Credit: Nintendo Everything
Well, not much else to say than that! More OSS news as it comes in!
Credit: The Mega Man Network
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Jammed inside the NES classic is 500GB worth of storage. It works with any PC, power supplied via USB. The best part? It's on sale for $150 at Etsy. Custom orders are acceptable, so if you want more HD space or a different game, just contact the seller.
Complete listing here.
Mega Man 7. Future updates can be found over at Mend's official website.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wanna listen before you buy? Head on over to the band's official Facebook profile for a few sample tracks.
Monday, August 24, 2009
For the uninformed, the soundtrack contains 30 tracks of music from both IHX and RR. Unfortunately, you won't be getting the entire IHX/RR score, most likely select tunes.
The value pack ships September 17th, 2009.
- Dimension Diver Rockman - produced by custom design group, Dimension Diver, a fully pose-able "ball-and joint" classic series Rockman figure. When built, the figure is 11cm in height.
- Atelier-Sai Rockman -classic series Rockman figure created by Atelier-Sai. Stands at 10cm when built.
- Atelier-Sai Forte - classic series Forte figure, 11cm in height when built.
- Atelier-Sai Zero - Zero series styled Zero figure. Approx. 10cm in height when completed.
- Atelier-Sai Harpuia - 11cm tall Harpuia model, my personal favorite!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
1997 saw a plethora of Rockman festivities and events to commemorate the series 10th anniversary. One such event was "Rockman Live Stage", a little known stage show which performed periodically throughout Japan in the fall of '97. Footage of the show in its entirety has yet to surface, but fortunately, there exists a brief TV spot of the event.
I want that Wily costume.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
- Scott McNeil - Dr. Wily, Proto Man (Ruby Spears Mega Man cartoon), Guts Man.EXE, Shade Man.EXE (Mega Man NT Warrior)
- Ian James Corlett - Mega Man, Rush (Ruby Spears Mega Man cartoon)
- Rob Smith - Tiesel Bonne (Mega Man Legends 1, 2, TMOTB)
- Susan Roman - Mega Man Volnutt (MML2), Mayor Amelia (MML1)
- Sunday Muse - Shu (Mega Man Legends 2)
- Liz Hanna - the Servbots (MML1,2,TMOTB)
- Andrew Francis - Mega Man.EXE in (Mega Man NT Warrior)
- Mike Coleman - Bright Man.EXE (Mega Man NT Warrior)
- Michael Adamthwaite - Dr. Hikari (Mega Man NT Warrior)
- Jeffrey Watson - Axl (MMX8, MMXC)
- Roger Rhodes - Vile, Sting Chameleon (Maverick Hunter X)
"These Battle Chips are for use with the Takara Rockman EXE "Link PET EX" handheld game system (not included). They can also be used on the Game Boy Advance "Beast Link Gate" accessory (not included). The Battle Chips themselves are predominately in mint, new condition. There may be a few with mild wear but for the most part the Chips are in exceptional collectors' shape and will definitely give your collection an enormous boost."
The auction is currently at $31, ending within a day or so. Complete details and more pictures available here.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Needless to say, I'm totally impressed with the final product, maybe even a hint jealous that I don't get to sample such a masterpiece. Regardless...happy birthday XHunter!
Credit: Capcom Unity
For starters, there's a pretty good amount of overworld screenshots . We've seen it all before, but never this clear. If there was any doubt before, graphically, OSS is of EXE 1 origin. The aforementioned section even offers a little bit more info behind Clock Man's motives, who is adamant on changing the course of history. Good guy or bad guy?
Next, there's two areas devoted to jogging your memory for both the happenings of the EXE and Shooting Star series. The pages offer minor background details behind both series worlds and gameplay. EXE page here, SSR here.
Over here, fans can check up on the OSS staff discussions (a blog) and send in their comments via E-mail. No region restriction, you're free to pop the staff a message, though I do suggest using a computer translator to send your text in Japanese.
More updates are expected, so check the site often!
(As a side note, the OSS page does not include the tradition "Nintendo Wifi Connection" logo. A sign of no Wi-Fi play? Coincidentally, the recent Famitsu report didn't mention Wi-Fi either...)
Credit: Mark, SuperMega, The Mega Man Network
Thursday, August 20, 2009
"So, what exactly is this game? It is a presumably unlicensed game that was released by a Chinese development company known as Vast Fame for the Game Boy Color sometime in 2001 using a modified version of Mega Man Xtreme's game-engine. The game is part of a trilogy, with Rockman DX3 as the second part and Rockman & Crystal as the third-and-final installment.Full review available here. Thanks, Brahman
Although released as stand-alone cartridges, this game is often still released today in China by various cartridge producers as part of multi-carts."
For your viewing pleasure, here's the box art for a bootleg Vietnamese version of Ruby Spear's Mega Man cartoon. The VHS is said to be quite common among local flea markets, retailing for the equivalent of two dollars.
Proto Man looks great, (though his appearance in the top left is questionable) but what is up with Mega? Definitely a (crappy) tracing job, the basis of which, seen here. A for effort!
Clark speaks about the arrival of a trial version of the "Clock PGM", a program that grants the user control over time. When Ace decides to give the program to Clark, he is both excited and nervous to aid the Satella Police. (Ace apparently chose Clark to bear the program because he was "in good/safe condition.")
The second message:
Clark is struggling to properly use the Clock Program. The message ends ambiguously with Clark being sucked into a "warp hole." What happens next is anyone's guess...
Of note, the translations are computer based, so legitimacy is questionable. The post will be updated when a more concrete translation surfaces.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"From out of nowhere comes Tron, a feisty little lady with a hand for creating her own bizzare mechanical contraptions such as Ride Armors. Rock and Gung Ho encountered her while searching for a band of Air Pirates just outside of the East borders and were assaulted by her robotic helpers. After some long negotiations Miss Bonne begrudgingly agreed to help the Joes fight Wily and Cobra's forces when she realized some alliances are more dangerous than others. We will have to keep a close eye on her for the time being."You can find the auction for both figures here. Current bid at $31. Happy bidding!
UPDATE: Oh Look, a spiffy Dr. Wily figure. Looks pretty sweet, it's got the crazy hair and everything.
Ippo doesn't specifically say the soundtrack is Rockman related, but based on the fact that he's currently interviewing past Rockman composers for said soundtrack's booklet, I'd say that that's a major indication that something interesting is coming down the pike.
Not much else to say than that. I'll keep you posted if anything new comes up.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
A big hand to the Speed Gamers and those who participated - a splendid job well done for a worthy cause! Congrats!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Seems like yet another reference to Operate Shooting Star's mysterious time travel aspect, possibly even a poke at Clock Man, the time traveling Navi from the future. Not really sure what to make of this one, though it really makes me question the true identity of Clock Man (Clark?)
"A while back I mentioned something about a “program that can control time,” but it seems like they somehow completed a prototype!
Then, Ace comes to me and asks of all things “Clark, if you’d like, would you want that program installed in you?” It seems to be for data collecting, but to get a program like that installed… I get kind of a special feeling. Hmm, but why would Ace choose me?"
Credit: TwilightTO and The Mega Man Network
Once used for promotional purposes, these Rockman and Servbot statues now stand (and slouch) outside of the reception area, greeting those who enter the Tokyo office. Needless to say, they make excellent doormen.
More photos via 941's visual Capcom Tokyo tour here.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The auction contains pretty much everything you could as for - box, manual, cartridge and even a handy dandy cartridge protector. Of course, all of this comes at a price; $99 plus the additional shipping.
Collector's might not want to pass this one up.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The full sized piece in all its eye popping glory, here.
Friday, August 14, 2009
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Nearly to the 100k point. Hopefully, sales will be consistent in the coming weeks to get us there.
Of course, this is not an official product from either Capcom or Takara (makers of Beyblade), but interesting nonetheless. It's certainly the first time I've ever seen something like this.
More pictures of the toy available here. Thanks, Master Otenko
Thursday, August 13, 2009
“I can’t really speak on behalf of Inafune, but I do know that MM is near and dear to his heart. And if Inafune wants something badly enough, he is rarely denied in our greenlight/CS management meetings.”Sounds a bit like a hint if you ask me. You never know what Capcom could be cooking.
Additionally, the rumored PS3 retail package is available today too for $14.99. Inside the GameStop exclusive pack, you'll find a MvC2 redemption code and a one month subscription to Marvel Digital Comics. The retail pack is limited to 15,000 copies nationwide.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The September issue of Nintendo Power brings word that Udon might be planning on publishing the Mega Man Zero manga in North America:
"Udon is also planning to bring Mega Man manga to North America, focusing on the original Mega Man series and Mega Man Zero, though release dates haven't been determined." (p.11)
I'm a little iffy on this due to the fact that the blurb didn't mention Udon's ZX manga plans. Is it possible NP meant to say ZX manga instead of Zero?
That's right, pudding. Is there any product these guys aren't on?
Apparently, boxes of Servbot branded pudding (and pudding dishes) were given away at Tokyo Game Show 2000 as a souvenir for those who paid a visit to Capcom's booth. Hey, who doesn't love free pudding? Also, you gotta love that slogan on the box:
So gosh darn cute.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Fortunately, there is no region restriction for PlayStation Store, meaning you can purchase the game even though you don't live in Japan. All you need is a Japanese PSN account (free) and a credit card. A step-by-step guide on setting up a Japanese PSN account here.
UPDATE: Scratch that about credit cards. The JPN PlayStation Store does not accept non-Japanese credit cards. What you can do, however, is purchase a Japanese PlayStation Network card in order to redeem Yen. Instructions on how to find and use a Japanese PSN card, here.
The initial line will consist of Mega Man, Proto Man, and Elec Man. More characters will definitely be released if they figures sell well enough.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Remember, Unity auctions and raffles only cost you Unity points, so everything is practically free! Read up on how to bid here.
And courtesy of this blog, here's some higher quality screen shots from the report:
Sunday, August 9, 2009
More scans from the issue including previews for MMNeo and X4, available here.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
via The Mega Man Network
"This is a print from a series of illustrations on vintage book pages. The illustrations are my re-imaginings of the video game characters nearest and dearest to my heart.
Print measures 5" x 7" and is printed on professional grade matte photo paper. The image is centered on the paper with a white background for framing."
Grab yours here while supplies last!
via Tiny Cartridge
The entire trio is currently up for bidding on Ebay. Individual auctions below:
- Custom VAVA MKII GI Joe Megaman Action Figure 25th Vile
- Custom DRILL MAN GI Joe Megaman Action Figure 25th RoC
- Custom METAL MAN GI Joe Megaman Action Figure 25th RoC
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Not much is known at the moment, but what we can gather is that Shooting Star Rockman is playable within the EXE universe. Other characters such as Harp Note, appear as well.
- SSRockman and Rockman EXE are playable.
- Clock Man (aka Clock Genius) is a Navi from the future. Interacts with characters from the EXE universe.
- Additionally, Clock Man gets his own area.
- Graphically, the game uses the sprites from EXE 1. The over world is directly from EXE 1.
- There is a map for the Internet on the bottom screen.
- No word on how the battles will play out. Next issue of Coro Coro might touch on this.
More info as it develops. Many thanks to Mega Man Network for helping gather the info. This was a collaborative effort between Heat Man and myself :)