Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Brace Yourself: Plush Servbot Hat Incoming

Yet more official Servbot paraphernalia from our friends at GE Entertainment. The latest North American product listings have outed the existence of an absolutely charming plush hat, complete with pincer arms. Dare I say, this is the best piece of Servbot merch I've seen in a long time. It's not Servbot pudding levels of awesome, but still pretty darn fantastic. Perfect convention wear.

Release date and price has yet to be determined. My wallet, though, is open. Just, seriously, just take however much you need, GE.

Source: GE Entertainment

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Battle Network Speedrun Marathon for Charity

Beginning August 16th at 7:30pm Eastern Time and running through August 17th, #TeamBN is holding a Mega Man Battle Network marathon to raise money for Doctors Without Borders.

The team will be blasting through every Battle Network game in the series (including spin-offs) along with the latest demo build of fan-game Mega Man Battle Network: Chrono X. There will also be various donation incentives and bidding wars, so make sure to keep an eye out throughout the marathon!

Swing over to the Rockman EXE Zone for more details. Best of luck to everyone involved!

(Thanks for the tip, Jean!)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mega Man 10 Coming to "Capcom Essentials" Pack (Update)

EBGames Canada has outed the existence of a PlayStation 3 product called "Capcom Essentials", which is slated to launch on October 8th. The package reportedly includes Devil May Cry 4, Dead Rising 2, Super Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil 6, and Mega Man 10. That's five games for $60 US.

Now, I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is not the physical release for Mega Man 10 many have hoped for. If this product is similar to Journey: Collector's Edition, the disc may simply include just the installer files for each game. In other words, the five games technically aren't on the disc, but you launch them as if you bought them off of PSN without having to connect to the internet. All speculation, of course.

Whatever the case, I think it's sort of nice we might get some physical representation of Mega Man 10. But would you pay $60 just to fill a space in your shelf?

UPDATE: Xbox 360 version has been listed as well.

Source: All Games Beta

Hardcover MM25 Coming to UDON Store

Good news everyone! Due to overwhelming demand, UDON Entertainment will be making the Comic-Con exclusive MM25: Official Complete Works hardcover edition available to purchase online via the UDON Store. Preorders will officially open on Thursday, August 1st for $99.99. 

Additionally, UDON will also have copies at PAX Prime, for anyone who is attending the show, although stock isn't expected to last very long. Of course, if you have no interest in the hardcover edition, the standard softcover will be available in late August/early September for $59.99.

Hit up the UDON Blog for more information! (Thanks, Stacy)

Localized D-Arts Bass Now Available (Update)

Just a friendly heads up -- Amazon has begun shipping Bluefin USA's version of Bandai's D-Arts Bass action figure. So if you're on a budget and don't feel like kneeling to exorbitant import shipping fees, this one is for you. Grab yours here before they're gone.

As a reminder, the localized D-Arts figures are no different than their Japanese counterparts. Same figure, same accessories. The only true difference is the packaging; Mega Man branding instead of Rockman. No biggie.

UPDATE: Amazon's having a bit of a, um, glitch? The figure is not shipping. From Amazon, at least. So... yeah. You might want to look elsewhere right now.

Thanks to Chris Carter for the tip!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Say Hello to Rockman Nanoblocks

Ever heard of Nanoblocks? They're these Japanese LEGO-type bricks, but significantly smaller. Anyway, a set of Rockman Nanoblocks are coming to to e-Capcom. There is a Rockman set and a Cut Man set. Each set comes with just enough blocks to make accessories, enemies and other fun stuff.

The sets are scheduled to launch in October for 1,890 Yen a pop (roughly$19.25 US). There is a growing market of Nanoblocks here in the states, so perhaps we'll see them on our shelves too! I'll keep an eye out.

Source: e-Capcom (via The Mega Man Network)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

MMBN6 Boktai Sidequest Now in English

Here's a little treat for all you Mega Man Battle Network fans. The Rockman EXE Zone has released an English translation patch for Battle Network 6's special Boktai sidequest. If you recall, this crossover scenario with Konami's solar boy was completely gutted from localized versions. But now, several years later, we can enjoy it!

The video above shows the translation in its entirety. Hit up the Rockman EXE Zone for the download (be sure to read the instructions!). Enjoy and May the Sun be With You!

Thanks for the tip, DjangoDX!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Servbot Heads Are Back for Dead Rising 3

From the outset, it was evident Dead Rising 3 was taking a darker approach to zombie-bashing than its two predecessors. Initial trailers and screenshots made it seem like the series' weird, dark humor was jettisoned. That's what made Dead Rising fun, after all. It didn't take itself too seriously. It didn't need to.

Fortunately fans need not worry. Capcom Vancouver has provided a healthy batch of new images touting the return of the insane humor. Among the lot, a shot of protagonist Nick Ramos thwarting of zombies in a Servbot head and dress with a toy teddy bear. Awesome? Yes. Unsettling? Yes.

So there we go; the humor is back and so are the oversized Servbot masks. Makes you wonder if the Mega Man X and Proto Man armors will return too. I mean why not? Everyone loves slagging zombies with a working Mega Buster.

Source: Capcom Vancouver

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Capcom Further Explains Why Mega Man Legends 3 Was Cancelled

Capcom Unity's Greg 'Gregaman' Moore has dropped by the Ask Capcom forums to provide further insight regarding Mega Man Legends 3's cancellation. It's a lengthy report but, man, it's well worth the read. Hit the jump below for the full read or click here for the original post.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Capcom's Considering Bringing Rockman Xover Outside of Japan

In a recent interview with Game Watch, Capcom staff expressed further interest in bringing Rockman Xover overseas. They say a release in North America and Europe is not out of the question, but the team are currently focused on strengthening the Japanese version via software updates, new promotions, etc.

On the contrary, it appears Capcom actually launched Rockman Xover in Korea a few short days ago on iOS and Android without warning. So, yeah, it's probably coming our way sooner than later.

Brace yourselves.

Source: Game Watch (thanks, Amunshen) Image credit: Press Start

One More Shot of PrototypeZ Studio's Mega Man X

By way of Tomopop, here's an additional shot of PrototypeZ Studio's upcoming Mega Man X sculpt. From the looks of it, I believe we're looking at a concept mold. A few small cosmetic elements are probably subject to change by the time the final sculpt goes on sale.

Still no word on price or release date, but I have reached out for comment. I did learn, though, that the sculpt is being handled by the talented Erick Sosa (sculpting) and Burjis Shroff (CG modeling). In fact, you can see Burjis' conceptual X render here. From CG image to the resin figure above, things have already changed quite a bit.

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward this one!

Source: Tomopop

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Classic MM 25th Anniversary Statue Returns to Capcom Store (Updated)

Well, I had a feeling this would happen sooner or later: the Capcom Store has loaded up on more classic Mega Man 25th Anniversary statues. So if you missed out the first time around or couldn't get one at Comic-Con, this is probably your last chance. Hey, it's better than paying upwards of $200 on eBay.

Head to the Capcom Store and secure yours before they're gone! UPDATE 7/21: They're gone!

Thanks to MajorTom for the tip!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Every Game Boy/Game Boy Color Mega Man Game Coming to 3DS Virtual Console

For two years the first Game Boy Mega Man title (Dr. Wily's Revenge) has been all by its lonesome on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Soon, however, that's all about to change. Get your wallets ready because Capcom Unity have just announce Mega Man II, III, IV, V, Mega Man Xtreme AND Mega Man Xtreme 2 are all coming soon to the US and Europe.

Community Manager Brett Elston says they don't have release dates set in place just yet, but he felt this news was worth sharing ASAP. As soon as the dates are set in stone, he'll pass them along. He also says to stay tuned for more Virtual Console updates in the coming weeks.

All in all, very good news. We'll keep you posted!

Source: Capcom Unity

Mega Man & Mega Man X Statue Now Available for Preorder

Originally mentioned back at PAX, the silver coated resin statue featuring Mega Man and X is now available for preorder from the Capcom Store. Much like the 25th anniversary Mega Man statue, it will be sold in limited quantities. Here's the lowdown:

  • Limited to 1000 pieces worldwide
  • Each individually numbered
  • Silver finish to commemorate Mega Man's 25th anniversary
  • 9.5" tall with 5.75" x 9" base
  • Weighs in at nearly six pounds in solid resin
  • Sculpted by Jerry Macaluso of FaceOff season 2 fame

If you like what you see, swing over to the Capcom Store and secure yours for $99.95. Thanks to MagicWingLT for the tip!

Mega Man X Model Kit Revealed at SDCC

Spotted at the San Diego Comic-Con preview night, here's a sneak peek at PrototypeZ Studio's 1:6 scale Mega Man X model. It remains to be seen if we're looking at a prototype mold, or if a paint job is required to complete it. Nevertheless, it looks pretty great so far.

No word on price or release date. Stay tuned for updates.

Source: Gundam Guy (via TMMN)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mega Man 25th Anniversary Statue Hitting Mailboxes

Just a friendly heads up: it appears the limited edition 25th anniversary Mega Man statue is arriving in mailboxes this week. That is, if you pre-ordered from the Capcom Store back in May. JonBon sent in this image of his freshly unpacked statue, which just arrived this morning. Five other Rockman Corner readers recieved shipping notifications over the weekend too, so keep a lookout for the mailman!

If by chance you didn't pre-order, Capcom intends to sell more statues at their Comic-Con booth for $100. As for the Capcom Store... well, I don't know. There's been no word on a second wave, but we'll keep an ear out.

Thanks to JonBon, Eric, and RockX for the tips!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Archie Mega Man's Ryan Jampole Nominated for Harvey Award

The Executive Committee of the Harvey Awards and Baltimore Comic-Con have announced the nominees for the 2013 Harvey Awards. Ryan Jampole earned a nomination in "Most Promising New Talent" for his work on Archie Comic's Mega Man. He penciled issues #19 through #23 and select Worlds Collide variant covers.

Unlike the Eisner Awards, the Harvey Awards are nominated and selected by the comic book professionals themselves. The winners will be announced at Baltimore Comic-Con on September 7th. Congratulations and best of luck, Ryan!

Source: Comics Beat

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mega Man Unlimited Fan-Game Released

The long awaited release of Mega Man Unlimited is upon us. Right now you can head over to MegaPhilX's homepage to download the game. If you happen to run into any issues, hit up the official forums. MegaPhilX and crew will try to help you out. 

I'd like to offer my congratulations to Philippe Poulin, Jean-Simon Brochu, and Gabriel Leblanc. A lot of work has gone into the completion of Unlimited. So... congrats!

Source: MegaPhilX

The Rockman Soccer Commercial Has Been Found

For your viewing pleasure, here is the lost Japanese commercial for Rockman Soccer featuring dazzling animation and comedy singer-songwriter Tatsuo Kamon flying around on a jetpack. Yeah, it's pretty awesome.

For those wondering, the song is "We Are Rockman." You can hear the full version here but be warned you: it gets really, really crazy. There's a very special "moment" at 0:46. It's so bizarre, so oddly out of place that no one has ever been able to explain it. Do enjoy.

Thanks to Hikachi8 for the heads up!

8-Bit Legends 3 Prototype Version Demo Released

Get Me Off The Moon has released the first demo for the fan-made 8-bit version of Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version. The playable stage challenges you to destroy 50 Reaverbots as Barrett.

Now before you jump at the download, do note that your PC must be set to Japan regional mode. You can read up on Skybane's post here on how to do it, or download a little program called AppLocale to run the game with your current locale settings. This issue should be sorted out by the time the full version is released, due out later this August.

Source: Get Me Off the Moon

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Could There Be Mega Man News At Comic-Con?

New information regarding Capcom's 2013 Comic-Con panel has surfaced courtesy of the official SDCC schedule. Among topics intended to be discussed, “The World of Capcom Games" panel will reportedly bring Mega Man 25th anniversary information and a "few other surprises":

"Moderator Francis Mao (CAPCOM) leads a panel of CAPCOM's producers and product managers to share the latest details on all their upcoming games, such as Dead Rising 3, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, Lost Planet 3, and DuckTales: Remastered, as well as information about Mega Man's 25th Anniversary, and a few other surprises! Plus, some lucky fans will be invited to play the CAPCOM 30th Anniversary Trivia Contest to win cool prizes!
Thursday July 18, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room 6BCF

At the very least we can expect to hear a little Smash Bros talk and maybe something Archie related. But given the fact we're seven months into the 25th anniversary, I like to believe it's about time we heard something about the future.

We'll just have to wait and see how things play out. For the time being, set your expectations appropriately.

Source: Comic-Con International 2013 Schedule (via GoNintendo)

Import Your Rockman iPhone 5 Case Here

Last month we caught a sneak peek of a Rockman themed iPhone 5 case made in “3D sprite” style from Capcom Japan. It's an e-Capcom exclusive, but the folks at Strapya World are happy to import it for you. It will run you $26.50 USD. Stock is limited so snatch one up while you can.

Source: Strapya World

Friday, July 12, 2013

Capcom Comic-Con Goodies Detailed

If you're planning on attending the San Diego Comic-Con next week for some Capcom goodies, then Capcom Unity's Brett Elston has everything you ought to know. In terms of Mega Man, you can get equipped with an inflatable Mega Buster free with the purchase of the 10-inch MM25 statue. Stainless steal keychains and the 25th anniversary 3DS and 3DS XL cases will also be on hand. Lastly, the not-for-sale but still awesome life-size Mega Man statue will be available for photo ops.

If you can't make it to SDCC, many of these items will be available on the Capcom Store afterward. We don't know which ones, but once Brett learns more he'll post the info on Unity.

Source: Capcom Unity

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Capcom Hit By Lay-Offs, Christian Svensson Steps Down

Unfortunate news on the Capcom front today. According to a Polygon report, the company is undergoing a staff reorganization, resulting in the resignation of its Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson.

Svensson shared the news on his Facebook, saying that he volunteered to be let go as part of the reorganization. He did not say who else has been affected, but said "sadly, I'm not the only one affected by the reorganization today. Over the next few days, I'll be gathering resumes from as many as I can and will be sending them out to my contacts around the industry to see if there's a 'love connection' to be made."

Svensson has been part of Capcom U.S for eight years, candidly serving as the mediator between Mega Man fans and Capcom Japan's head honchos. He's an advocate in getting the franchise back on its feet; keenly aware of the community's diverse opinions. Though the fruit of his labor has yet to become apparent (a new game, a new direction for the franchise, etc.), know that he has tried to do right.

“I’ve had the opportunity to interface with the best fans any company could ever hope to have,” he continued. “I know that I wasn’t always able to deliver what they wanted, but I promise that I did my best to champion their needs and wants. So thank you to the fans who made my job rewarding, challenging, and, if nothing else, interesting.”
I wish Svensson good luck on his future endeavors.

Source: Polygon

Check Out Some Rockman Xover Concept Art

Game Watch has a rather large interview up with the staff of Rockman Xover, and while we await a translation, we've got a nice batch of OVER-1 concept art to tide us over. For convenience's sake, I've posted them after the break.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

So What's Cut Man Been Up to Lately?

If you're in need of a good chuckle, check out this animated short from Esquirebob Animations. We get a peek at what life is like in suburbia when you're a retired Robot Master. Case in point, Cut Man.

Be forewarned: it's a wee bit on the racy side.

Source: Capcom Unity (thanks, Rick)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Destructoid Reveals Mega Man #31 Covers

Our friends over at Destructoid have just gotten their hands on the two variant covers for Mega Man #31, which make up part three of the “Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon” story arc. Fan favorite Patrick Spaziante is handling the visuals on the "regular" cover, while Brent McCarthy's work dazzles the variant.

No sign of the solicitation yet, but we do know this issue will introduce Ra Thor, a guardian created by the sentient alien super-computer Ra Moon. Mega Man and Break Man appear to be teaming up for the first time too. Will they take on this new menace?

Hit up Destructoid for those covers. They're in high resolution and look fantastic!

Source: Destructoid (thanks, Mega Man Monthly)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Another Look at the Gorgeous MM25 Hardcover Edition

The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner, and UDON Entertainment is giving us one more glimpse at the limited hardcover edition of MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works. It features a shiny blue laser foil dust jacket, and special "schematic design" varnishing under the dust jacket. 

This item will be available from the UDON booth, #4529, on a first-come, first-served basis for $100. If you really want it, it might not be a bad idea to hit up UDON's booth as soon as you hit the floor!

You can see some additional sample images at UDON's Facebook page here.

Archie Mega Man Comic-Con Panel Dated

Coming from the official SDCC schedule:

Sunday, July 21st • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Get ready for action! It's been a huge year for the two most popular video game comic titles as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man joined together for the first time ever in this year's biggest crossover event: Worlds Collide -- and it's only going to get better!
Executive director of editorial Paul Kaminski is joined by Archie Comics president Mike Pellerito, writer Ian Flynn (Sonic the Hedgehog), and artists Ryan Jampole (Mega Man), Jon Gray (Sonic the Hedgehog), and Evan Stanley (Sonic the Hedgehog). See exclusive artwork, learn about upcoming storylines, and more. All that plus attendees will power-up with a gift bag chock full of Archie Action Awesomeness! Be there!

The panel will take place in Room 28DE. Are you going? There's going to be gift bags!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mega Man 2.5D Coming Later This Year

It's been a long time since we last heard from Peter Sjostrand’s Mega Man 2.5D fan-game, but an announcement has been posted to YouTube. The above trailer reveals the project is well on its way to completion, with the first single player co-op stage based on Shadow Man's domain due later this year.

For the uninitiated, Mega Man 2.5D is a new take on classic 8-bit gameplay combining 2D sprites with dizzying 3D environments. You can see the original 2009 pitch here and a year-by-year retrospective at The Mega Man Network.

Look forward to more news soon!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Preorder Your D-Arts Black Zero

Because you know you want to. Right now, Big Bad Toystore is offering preorders at $37.99. The figure is slated to ship in January 2014. If you're not too keen on importing and don't mind a little wait, this may be the way to go.

If, however, you want to import, be on the lookout for a listing at Amiami. Should be up any day now.

Friday, July 5, 2013

'Mega Man Revolution' Fan-Game Finally Arrives

Mega Man Revolution is a fan-game that began development way back in 2002. Due to a string of bad luck, it went through several instances of on-again, off-again development. Today, however, the team is pleased to announce the full game, front to back, is done and released. You can download version 7.0.0 from the official website here.

For those unaware, Revolution is an 8-bit adventure built from the ground up for PC. The entire game is designed to meticulously emulate the NES classics, right down to sprite flickering and slow down. Much like Mega Man 9, these effects can be toggled. A co-op mode is currently on the burner, which sounds like a lot of fun. To learn more about the game, visit Fifth Independent.

Thanks for the tip, spd12!

There's a New Rockman Xover Boss Contest

No less than a few months after the previous boss contest, Capcom is kicking off one more for everyone's favorite iOS/Android app Rockman Xover. This time there's a theme: they're looking for entries that represent each of the 47 prefectures of Japan.

Indeed, this one is going to be difficult to enter if you don't live in Japan. But you can look forward to the contest's byproducts: a batch of new Battle Memory cards. According to Famitsu's report, 11 grand prize winners will have their characters made into Battle Memory cards (as opposed to being made into an actual boss) . They will also receive a special Battle Memory available only to contest winners, and an E Tank water bottle.

Nico Nico Seiga is handling the submissions once again. The dealine is September 2nd, and we should start seeing the winning Battle Memories in early October.

Source: Famitsu (via The Mega Man Network)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

D-Arts Black Zero Announced for North America (Updated)

By way of Tamashii Nations USA's Facebook, Bluefin has confirmed a North American release for D-Arts Black Zero. The figure will hit the market this December, following a limited November run in Japan. That's all there is to say, really!

UPDATE: Hankering for more pictures? Swing over to Premium Bandai for a whole truckload. Thanks, Jake!

Source: Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Black Zero is the Next D-Arts

Hot on the heels of yesterday's post, Rockman Unity's Ucchy has revealed the next character to get the D-Arts treatment: Black Zero. If you've been keeping track, you'll note Black Zero came in 10th place in the recent character poll. He was also teased back at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.

Black Zero will ship with the same accessories that the Zero Type 2 figure included, but his Z-Saber is purple. That's three purple Z-Sabers, four detachable hands, two faces and a normal arm. Black Zero will be a Premium Bandai figure in Japan, but I've recieved word from our friends at Tamashii Nations and Bluefin that the figure will indeed be headed stateside. We'll have more news (and images) soon.

Source: Rockman Unity

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

We're Getting an Official Mega Man Board Game

No relation to RockBoard. Sorry!

This is something I've known about for a little while now, but it looks like the cat is (almost) out of the bag. So here it is: Jasco Games, makers of the Universal Fighting System trading card game, have announced they will be producing a Mega Man board game. It's an officially licensed product due somewhere between late 2013/early 2014.

...and that's all that can be said for now. I've spoken with Jasco and it sounds like I should be getting a few images of the board and additional details soon. We'll keep you up to date!

Source: Jasco Games

Closer Look at D-Arts Ultimate Armor X

Rockman Unity's Ucchy has returned from a trip to Bandai's headquarters, and he's returned with a batch of images showing off D-Arts Ultimate Armor X. We get a great look at the figure's detail (the translucent effect looks great), as well as the detachable jet accessory. There's also a brief peek at the upcoming Figuarts ZERO Sigma. Click here for the report.

Ucchy also adds Bandai are just about ready to reveal the next D-Arts following the recent character survey. Those details will come in a future update. Stay tuned!

Source: Rockman Unity (via TMMN)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Yellow Devil is the Smash Bros. Pic of the Day

The daily Super Smash Bros. screenshots on Nintendo's site are kicking the week off with a closer look at Yellow Devil. The big guy made a brief appearance at the end of the SSB announcement trailer some weeks back. This time we get to see his eye and hands! Pay no mind to Kirby; he's just hanging out.

Yellow Devil's role in the game is entirely up for speculation. Is he a boss that shows up in the single player mode? Perhaps an adversary for an event mode of sorts? Or, just maybe, a hazard for Dr. Wily's stage? It could be a while before we find out.

Thanks to Jeremy for the tip.