Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kidrobot Partners With Capcom For Mega Man Figures (Update)

Kidrobot, makers of limited edition designer toys and other nifty things, are teaming up with Capcom to produce a pair of Mega Man vinyl figures. While not officially announced, Mega Man and Proto Man 7'' tall vinyls were recently teased on B&C Toys' Instagram feed, seemingly implying a future release. The piece above conceptual art; we don't have an image of the actual figures just yet.

If you weren't too keen on Jazware's take on "urban vinyl" Mega Man figures, you might find Kidrobot's efforts far more admirable. Hopefully Mega Man and Proto Man here won't disappoint.

UPDATE: Destructoid has obtained a batch of assets from Kidrobot. There's artist renderings of an entire line of Mega Man figures (Robot Masters!) along with itemized product list and prices. Head over and have a look!

Source: SpankyStokes

Monday, January 27, 2014

Aero Confirmed for Capcom's Sound Rangers

In case there was any doubt before, Mega Man Legends 3 heroine Aero is indeed joining the colorful cast of Sound Rangers fighters.

According to a few tweets from the Sound Rangers team, she will not be distributed via "gacha"; an in-game feature where characters are won at random (like Roll and Tron Bonne). Instead, the developers imply she be distributed as a gift for some unannounced event. We'll be keeping an ear to the ground, of course.

At this point, it's still difficult to say why the spotlight has fallen on Aero. Optimists say this is a sign of good things to come from Mega Man Legends 3. But perhaps the real reason for her inclusion is far simpler: maybe someone on the Sound Rangers team had worked on Mega Man Legends 3, and decided to bring her along for the ride? It's a chin scratcher, really.

For now though, you can pick up and play the game. It can be downloaded (regardless of region) for free from the Japanese iTunes. You will need a Japanese iTunes account, of course, so read up on those instructions here.

Source: otoren_capcom

Sunday, January 26, 2014

First Look At Archie's Mega Man X Adaption

Archie's Mega Man #34 is almost upon us and as you may recall, this issue will feature the debut of the Mega Man X back-up comic. So in honor of that, Comic Book Resources has conducted an exclusive interview with writer Ian Flynn and editor Paul Kaminski to discuss the adaption.

What's more, there's a couple of preliminary pages from the X story. There's a glimpse of  Dr. Cain (in archaeologist duds, no less) happening across X himself, and another panel depicting X assisting Cain the development of a Reploid. In all, very promising stuff.

Don't dawdle; head to Comic Book Resources and check it out!

Thanks for the tip, Eric.

Friday, January 24, 2014

First Mighty No. 9 Screens (Alpha Build)

Comcept has (secretly) revealed the first gameplay images of Mighty No. 9's alpha build, providing a small glimpse of what's to come from Mega Man's spiritual successor. Hit the jump below for three additional images.

It's important to note everything seen here is work-in-progress. These are rough, placeholder assets that are subject to change as we move from alpha to beta. Nothing is reflective of the final product. Neverthless, it's nice to finally look at something that isn't a target render.

MMZ Zero is the Next D-Arts Figure

It's been one month since Ucchy's Christmas tease, and at last the next D-Arts figure from Bandai has come to light. That's right; D-Arts Mega Man Zero Zero is going into production. Try to act somewhat surprised.

The actual figure itself isn't ready to be shown, but Ucchy has posted a handful of design pieces showing its development. It's a neat look into the conceptualization process -- some of the finer details are being hammered out in the piece above. You can see the rest at Rockman Unity.

That's pretty much all there is to say for now. We'll keep you posted to future updates! Stay tuned!

Thanks for the tip, Heat Man!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Solicitation for Archie's Mega Man #36 Now Available

About a week ago, we caught a glimpse of the covers to the 36th issue Archie's Mega Man comic book series, thanks to Destructoid. However, they didn't post a complete solicitation, leaving us to scratch our chins about specific plot points. But now, thanks to Mega Man Monthly, we've got it in full:

"On the eve of the MEGA MAN/MEGA MAN X Crossover comes the TWISTED tale that could only be called “A Chance at Redemption”! Dr. Wily is a free man, cleared of wrongdoing, and it’s all thanks to–Mega Man?! Can even an evil villain like himself live with a lie of that magnitude? Can he enjoy a life of robotics research next to his “frenemy” Dr. Light? Will the promise of power in Gamma be far too tempting? The answer to all your burning questions lie in this mega-fun issue! 

Plus, be sure to pick up both regular and variant editions to read both SHOCKING “post-credits” alternate endings! Includes cover art by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and a stunning “TRIAL OF DR. WILY” variant cover from rising MEGA-star Brent McCarthy! Script: Ian Flynn Art: POWREE, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante Trial of Dr. Wily Variant Cover: Brent McCarthy Shipping Date: 4/2 On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/16 32-page, full color comic"

Yup; it sounds like we're finally approaching a Mega Man 3 adaption. Finally. This should be interesting!

Credit: Mega Man Monthly

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fantastic 3D Printed Mega Man Figurines Up For Grabs

What do you do when you have a 3D printer and access to video game models with low to moderate polygon counts? Why, you make some figurines! That's exactly what Vidalcris did with Mega Man and Mega Man X's models from Mega Man Powered Up/Maverick Hunter X. They're small, but perfect recreations -- and they're for sale, too.

Mega Man stands at 50mm, Mega Man X at 60mm. For the creative folks out there you can order a 10-inch, completely blank Mega Man figure... yours to paint! Pretty cool, wouldn't you say? Hit up those links if you're interested.

Personally, I wouldn't mind a whole set of Mega Man Legends figurines. That's about as low poly as we can get! Bring it on.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Roll & Tron Appearing in Capcom's 'Sound Rangers'

Aero isn't the only Mega Man Legends character coming to Sound Rangers. According to the official Sound Rangers Twitter, players will soon have the chance to add Roll Caskett and Tron Bonne (among other Capcom characters) to their party. The pair can only be obtained via the "gatcha" feature, wherein currency is traded for random characters. This is a limited time event, running from January 24th through the 27th.

Keen-eyed fans will note Roll is wearing her Legends 3 clothes, riding a hover bike (hover bikes/mopeds were the intended method of transport in MML3 Prototype Version). This artwork previously appeared here as a "gift" to fans from the Sound Rangers dev team.

Officially, still no word on what's up with Aero. It's probably safe to assume she can be won from the "gatcha" as well. We shall see.

Source: @otoren_capcom

Sunday, January 19, 2014

'Fighters of Capcom' Trademark Abandoned

November 2012, Capcom filed a trademark for the title Fighters of Capcom. The name could have belonged to a new crossover brawler. Or, at the least, the localized title for Japanese mobile card battling game Capcom All Stars. Today though, both possibilities have been dashed.

On January 6th, 2014, the Fighters of Capcom trademark was officially abandoned. The US Patent and Trademark Office has classified the title as "Abandoned because no Statement of Use or Extension Request timely filed after Notice of Allowance was issued."

Of course, Capcom could revive the trademark somewhere down the line, but the fact that they let it expire suggests whatever game it belonged to is no longer on the radar. Matter of fact, Capcom are no strangers to abandoning trademarks for unreleased titles. The localized trademark for EX Troopers was dropped in January 2013, and Mega Man Universe -- the ill-fated D.I.Y Mega Man game -- expired in June 2011.

It's difficult to say if this is a major loss. After all, we never actually knew what Fighters of Capcom was. Well... that's that, I suppose. Back to dreaming of "Capcom vs. Capcom."

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mega Man Board Game Kickstarter Ending Soon

The final days of the Mega Man board game Kickstarter campaign are upon us. Funding ends Sunday, January 19th at 12:58 PM ET. Time grows short so if you'd like to squeeze in a pledge, do it soon!

For the uninitiated, the board game is Capcom-licensed and produced by Jasco Games. The Kickstarter was a success in a single day, and has since reached several stretch goals. The next stretch at $350,000 is a golden Mega Man mini figure. Of course, there's plenty more knick-knacks to strive for. Head over to the Kickstarter page and have a look.

Jasco (and Capcom) appreciate all the support. Let's drive this home!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

First 4 Figures Reveals Proto Man Figure

It would seem yet another Mega Man figure is in the works at First 4 Figures. Over on Facebook, the manufacturer shared a glimpse of a work-in-progress Proto Man figure. The computer-generated render depicts the red rocker fending off a barrage of projectiles. A dramatic pose, to say the least.

So yeah, I think this pretty much confirms an entire Mega Man line of figures and statues. No complaints here (F4F's stuff is top-notch work). Still no word when these guys will hit retail, though.

We'll keep an ear to the ground. Stay tuned!

Source: Capcom Unity

Covers To Mega Man #36 Revealed

Fans of Archie's Mega Man comic series, take heed. Destructoid has acquired the covers for Mega Man #36: A Chance for Redemption. Poised for distribution in April, issue #36's story will deal with Dr. Wily's redemption as a free man. Care to wager how long that will last?

The alternate cover is above. Head over to Destructoid for the standard cover, which has a "special jumping-on issue" label. If you haven't been reading the comics, issue #36 may be the right place to start.

Thanks for the tip, Jim!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sakurai Talks Mega Man's Design in Super Smash Bros.

Since the announcement of Mega Man's much deserved inclusion in Super Smash Bros., there's been a lot of debate in regards to the look of the robot. Some fans welcome this modern take on the character's design, others not so much. I've seen some say that it throws out the years of evolution his design has had since the NES days, deeming it a "deevolution" or a "relapse."

In all, there is one thing both sides can agree on: Mega Man looks different. But why?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

First 4 Figures Teases Mega Man Figure

The collectable crafters at First 4 Figures, best known for their The Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Sonic the Hedgehog figurines, are setting their sights on a certain blue robot. Lo and behold, Mega Man is getting his F4F due.

This image was posted on their Facebook page, accompanied by a the words "Guess who is coming?!". No other details at this time, but we'll certainly be keeping an ear out.

Thanks to patmac for the tip!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mighty No. 9 Update: Constructing Mighty No. 4

We caught a brief glimpse of Mighty No. 4 during the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter finale livestream, but now we've got an in-depth look behind this hulking menace. This guy is all about brute force.

Unlike with some of the other boss characters, Mighty No.4's design was nailed down from the start. His body consists various construction/heavy lifting gear. -- had like a dump truck, the body of a big crane, bulldozer-like feet and excavator-scoop hands. As you can probably surmise, his theme is "earth." Dare I say, he reminds me a bit of Hitoshi Ariga's Guts Man.

For more details and images, head over to today's Kickstarter update.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Rockman.EXE Stream Fansub Project Rescued

Picking up where WolfPackProductions left, the folks at Irregular Hunter Productions have rescued Rockman.EXE Stream from fansub limbo. They are striving to finish subbing the rest of the series (episode 26-51) AND clean up polish earlier episodes (1-24) done by previous sub groups. Commendable stuff, no?

So if you're a fan of the show, be sure to bookmark Irregular Hunter Productions for status updates. And hey, if you feel like lending a hand for future releases, hit up the recruitment page. Help is very much appreciated.

Thanks for the tip, Rong!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Here's How To Play The Mega Man Board Game (Update)

Do you have twenty minutes to spare? If so, you might want to check out this in-depth gameplay review of Mega Man: The Board Game. We get a good look at the board and all its assets, plus detailed rules and instructions. Pretty complicated stuff, really.

I supposed if you're accustom to hobby-focused board games, this shouldn't be all too intimidating. I'm more of a Clue guy, myself. Nevertheless I'm still on board for this project. Be sure to check out the Kickstarter for more info and goodies.

Thanks to Tony Ponce for the tip!

UPDATE: Jasco dropped me a line, and it looks like there's a contest going on to win a free copy of the game. Simply head over to Board Game Geek and answer a few trivia questions. The contest will run until the end of the day on Tuesday, January 14.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mega Man Legends 3 Heroine Appearing In Capcom's Sound Rangers

Capcom's free-to-play iPhone game, Sound Rangers: Rhythm & Battle, is seeing the addition of another Mega Man character: Mega Man Legends 3's Aero. Wait, what?

It's quite true. The official Sound Rangers Twitter is currently teasing the Legends 3 heroine as the next Mega Man representative. No real indication when she'll show up... but it's happening. I am just as confused as you are, I assure you.

For the uninitiated, Sound Rangers is an RPG with Elite Beat Agents flare. Players tap and hold colored buttons in time to onscreen prompts while music plays. Some of these stages feature characters, graphics and music from iconic Capcom IPs, like Mega Man. Bearing that in mind, it would appear Aero is poised to appear in the game, maybe even with her own stage and unique set of music. Mega Man Legends music? Mega Man Legends 3 music? Who knows.

Anyway, it's unusual Capcom are choosing to throw in a character from a cancelled project. I mean, of all the characters in the Mega Man universe, they're going with Aero? Very curious.

Until further details arise, it couldn't hurt to speculate. We'll keep you posted.

Source: @otoren_capcom

Monday, January 6, 2014

Mega Man X1 Music That Didn't Make The Cut

Capcom has unearthed four previously unreleased tracks from the original Mega Man X. The four tunes were included as a bonus track on the 12th disc of the newly released Rockman X Sound Box collection. Because the set isn't particularly cheap, we've gone ahead and gutted 'em for you.

The first piece is, assumingly, an unused stage select theme. This is followed by alternate/early compositions of existing themes: Chill Penguin stage (00:48), Maverick encounter (2:21), and Sigma stage 3 (3:00).

So maybe not as earth shattering as we originally hoped. Still, it's neat Capcom held onto these pieces for so long. What do you make of the unused stage select? A little too upbeat for my tastes.

 Thanks to SuperMega233 for the upload!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mega Man X 20th Anniversary Tribute Art From Iwamoto

In commemoration of Mega Man X's 20th anniversary, Rockman X manga artist Yoshihiro Iwamoto whipped up this rather dashing display of X and Zero. Though his X adaption has long ended, Iwamoto acts as an affiliate to the franchise as a whole, producing content for art books, Rockman Xover, and even one or two D-Arts figures.

Oh, but this isn't the only tribute piece. Because the drinking age in Japan is 20, Iwamoto was compelled to illustrate X's very first sip of bourbon (Vile's personal drink of choice). You can see this amusing comic after the jump...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Mega Man Board Game Gets An Infusion Of Roll

Coming from the official Mega Man Board Game Kickstarter:

"Deluxe bundles will now include Roll and her game card! She is also available as an Add-On for $10 if you want to add her to your base game, or if you want extra Roll's to play around with!
Next Up Cut Man Stage Upgrade. You will get an additional Mega Man miniature in all games with this upgrade too so stay tuned!"

If you'd like to add Roll to your bundle or adjust your pledge, you know where to go. Also, a belated congratulations to Jasco for hitting +$275. Onwards and upwards, folks!

Source: Mega Man The Board Game

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mega Man X2 Arrives on NA Wii U Virtual Console

Better late than never, wouldn't you say? Japan having received the game in October, and Europe getting a hold just a short while ago, now folks in North America can finally enjoy Mega Man X2 on their Wii U, off-TV play and all. The game will run you $7.99 or $1.50 if you own it on Wii.

Hey, maybe we'll get X3 this year?

Source: Nintendo Life