Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rockman EXE Turns Eleven

Maybe not everyone is aware, but the first Rockman EXE (Mega Man Battle Network) game released in Japan on March 21st, 2001. Technically, it's the 21st in the East right now, so EXE official turned eleven years old today.

Fourteen games and five anime seasons later, EXE remains as one of the more successful/popular series'. In the interim, the fanbase continued to thrive: communities are just as devoted as always, and unwavering passion is leading the way to new projects. And, of course, demand for a full-blown revival is just as fiery as it's always been.

So for now, congratulations on eleven years, EXE. Hope to see you again some day!


  1. Already? Damn, seems like the 10th was just yesterday

  2. 11 years... to think I was so excited back then to find a working emulator that ran the game at 50% speed with no sound.

    Japan got it at the GBA launch, but we had to wait a while.

  3. Huh, I completely forgot about this. Guess this means I should pick up the pace for the project I'm working on.

  4. Since Capcom isn't delivering, what makes me excited about this series is what the fans are doing

    (I could say the same for Legends, Classic and X, but I feel specially attached to the MMBN fan projects somehow)

    So, if there's still MMBN fans who haven't heard about these, here's the links:

    Megaman Battle Network Chrono X: A fan game, with a new demo with online NetBattles comming soon!

    EXE Net's Fanart contests, which have been just as cool as Devroom events!

  5. I love how people liked to attack this series for being "pokemon clones", which essentially made it really clear that they'd never actually played it.

    To be honest, this series and Golden Sun are the ones that turned me into a handheld fangirl. Until then, I was always more of a console kind of girl, but then - along with my GBA, I got GS and EXE2. They both made really big impressions on me.

    EXE2 remains my favorite of the EXE franchise to date - even though I acknowledge 3 and 6 as being better. It just made that much of an impression on me when I was a kid.

  6. 11 years? Does that mean all that Mayl "fanart" isn't weird anymore?

  7. The Oblivious PrattlerMarch 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    EXE/Battle Network is one of my favorite series. I wouldn't mind a seventh game, but I doubt it'll happen after how badly Star Force and Operate Shooting Star tanked.

  8. @ Rockman:

    Not with the "Moral Guardians" about...

  9. You know what would be cool?

    A MMORPG based on Battle Network. Design your Navi, he calls you by your name. NetSquares with real BBSs, different internet areas, even Undernet, everything. With both a full client for PC, and a lite client for Android/iPhone, so it actually feels like a Navi on your PET.

  10. Aw man, if I'd realized that was coming up, I would have planned something special.

  11. Happy Birthday ROCKMAN EXE !!!
    My favorite rockman serie <3

  12. @Rockman: When was it ever weird? ;D

  13. EXE was my childhood, and it was awesome. Happy birhtday Exe!

  14. So many good memories. This is *that* series for me. The one that sticks with you.

  15. I forgot about this. Shows how fast the past year has been. So much yet so little.

    Here's to another year, to whatever it brings us.


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