Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mighty No. 9 Developers Reflect On Their Days At Capcom

Keiji Inafune, designer Naoya Tomito, and composer Manami Matsumae -- three leading forces behind Mighty No. 9 -- all used to work for Capcom at one point. Now sitting comfortably at the Comcept offices, the three developers took some time out to reminiscence about days past. Fun trivia, interesting stories, and words of wisdom await you in the above video roundtable!

Thanks for the tip, Eric!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Capcom Game Boy Advance Games Confirmed For Wii U VC

The leaked OFLC ratings for Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue and White are indeed true. Speaking with IGN, a Capcom spokesperson has confirmed both versions for Wii U. What's more, it appears additional GBA games from Capcom are in the pipeline. Here's the quote:

"We are working on bringing this and other GBA titles to the North American Virtual Console," a Capcom spokesperson said. "We'll have more information about the lineup in the coming months. For Australia and Europe, we are still in discussions about the release of Virtual Console titles for those markets."

The company's GBA library is bursting with Mega Man games, as you'll recall. I've little doubt we won't see all twelve on Wii U eventually. Naturally, we'll keep an ear out for future updates.

Stay tuned!

Source: IGN

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dawn of X Trade Paperback Outed By Amazon

Despite having a long-distance release date of January 13th, 2015, the ninth Mega Man trade paperback has already been listed on Amazon.

At 104-pages, it will compile the entire "Dawn of X" storyline. As the usual pattern dictates, that's issues 37 through 40. Beyond an early 2015 release date, however, there are no other details. Expect them to bubble up as the months fly by.

Source: Amazon

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mega Man Battle Network 3 Rated For Wii U Virtual Console

Mega Man battle Network 3 appears to be heading to the Wii U Virtual Console. New ratings for both Blue and White versions appeared on the Australian OFLC Database today signaling a feature release. At this time, there has been no sighting of Battle Network 1 or 2.

If an official announcement is made by Capcom, we’ll be sure to let you know. Feel free to get excited, though. This could be the first sign of more GBA Mega Man titles bound for Wii U!

Source: NeoGaf

Covers and Solicitation for Mega Man #39

A new day, a new solicitation for Archie's Mega Man comic book series. This time, we're looking at two new covers for issue #39: Dawn of X Part 3. The left is the standard cover by Patrick 'Spaz' Spaziante, while the cover on the right is a very cool 32-bit inspired variant.

Here's the solicitation:

"(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jamal Peppers & Various (CA) Patrick Spaz Spaziante
The epic Dawn of X crossover reaches its penultimate chapter, and things are heating up in both Past and Future! 'A Hint of Things to Come' Part Three: Mega Man, Pharaoh Man and Bright Man-trapped and at the mercy of a long lost Wily Weapon! 

Can Dr. Light find a way to stop it, or is this the end of Mega Man's story? And what will robot-hating Xander do in a future filled with reploids? Featuring all-new cover art from the legendary Patrick 'Spaz' Spaziante and a 32-Bit-style cut scene variant from mega-artist Ryan Jampole!"

Source: Midtown Comics (thanks for the tip, Eric!)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dawn Of X Fan-Art Contest Announced

Get your pencils, pens or quills ready! To celebrate the launch of the Dawn of X storyline, Archie Comics are teaming up with Capcom Unity for another fan-art contest. Simply whip up your best X-related artwork and you could walk away with some very cool prizes.

More details after the jump!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What Are The Chances Of Mega Man In 'NES Remix?'

NES Remix is a jumble of bite-sized challenges based on classic first party NES favorites. Ever wanted to play as Link in Donkey Kong? It's that sort of game. 

With the sequel due out in a couple of days, sights are already set on the potential third entry with hopes of Nintendo expanding the series to include third party games like Mega Man, Castlevania, and Contra. There's some real potential for fun crossovers... but what are the chances of that actually happening?

IGN recently pitched that question to NES Remix director Koichi Hayashida. “Well personally I'm a fan of those games, and I like them a lot," he said. “If there's a big enough outpouring of support for these titles, it's something I'd like to take a look at.”

Hayashida is also keen on the idea of Nintendo branching the Remix series out to other platformers with challenges based on the SNES and other legacy consoles. "If we get a big enough cry for that, with a lot of people saying, 'Hey, we'd love to see more of these perhaps for the SNES, Game Boy or Game Boy Advance,' then it would be something we can take a look at,” Hayashida continued.

As we've seen recently, Mega Man is a perfect fit among Nintendo's all-stars. The franchise would be a welcome addition to future Remix titles, I'm certain. All in all, though, it depends on the demands of the players.

Source: IGN

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mega Man Universal Fighting System Sets Now Available

The collaboration between Mega Man and the card game Universal Fighting System has officially launched. As of this past weekend, both the Mega Man and Proto Man trading card sets are now available throughout North America. You can find them both online and in-store (hobby shops and the like) for a suggested MSRP of $29.99.

Some online retailers carrying the sets at this time include Noble Knight Games, FRP Games, Cool Stuff Inc., and various eBay stores. Stock is limited all around so grab yours while you can!

Source: UFS: Universal Fighting System

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mighty No. 9 Update: Help Name and Color Support Character

Another Mighty No. 9 backer-only contest is upon us. This time, Comcept are putting the call out to help design the game's support character:

"This spunky little guy needs both a color scheme, AND a name! In short, he needs YOU, Mighty Beckers!
Now the entry submission portion of this survey can only happen in the Mighty Labs section of the exclusive Mighty No. 9 forum, so head on over there for more details, guidelines, character explanations, template to color and the chance to show us what you got!"

As per usual, you must be a backer and a registered member of the Mighty No. 9 forums to participate. Entry deadline is April 26th at midnight PST.

Best of luck to all those who enter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Game Center CX to Air Mega Man X Episode Next Week

On next week's new episode of Game Center CX, everyone's favorite game-testing everyman, Shinya Arino, will face off against Mega Man X. The episode will air April 24th on Fuji TV, according to the show's official website.

For the uninitiated, GCCX is a Japanese television show that follows comedian Shinya Arino as he attempts to conquer classic video games. As the Section Chief at fictional company "Game Center CX", Arino is given a full day to beat a challenge presented by his crew. Unfortunately for Arino, he's pretty bad at video games. His quirks, jokes, and banter with his staff as he struggles along makes for excellent entertainment. You really should check it out.

Naturally, we'll be on the lookout for the subbed episode from GamingCX. Stay tuned!

Source: Fuji TV (thanks, Nigoli!)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rockman 5 Coming To Japan Wii U Virtual Console

The Wii U's Virtual Console in Japan is getting another dose of Rockman. Next week on the 23rd, Rockman 5 is joining the Famicom lineup for the typical ¥500 (or ¥100 with a Wii transfer).

No word yet on when Mega Man 5 is hitting western Virtual Consoles, but we do know it's coming. Hopefully more news soon!

Source: NintenDaan, yon

Monday, April 14, 2014

Check Out the 3D Battle Network Fan Project

In lieu of anything from Capcom, the Mega Man fan games really seem to be coming out in force... or maybe we just have more time to focus on them these days. Whatever the case, here's a neat project from Drsypher and HeatPhoenix: Mega Man Battle Network 3D.

As you might have guessed, they're attempting to recreate the tried and true Battle Network formula in 3D. "Battle chips, navis and program advances are all back in three dimensions in Mega Man Battle Network 3D," reads the above video's description. "Collect chips and build your own folder and take on a variety of battles and challenges!"

According to "Team MMBN3D", the project aims to combine the very best elements of all the Mega Man Battle Network games into one engine. The game will be available on PC later this summer.

If you're interested in learning more, hit up YouTube channel, or following them on Tumblr and Twitter.

Thanks for the heads up, Team MMBN3D!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The MegaJacket Has Been Greenlit

The Mega Man-inspired hooded jacket, an outstanding concept from video game clothing designer Enzo Volante, is now a thing. The men's cut has received over 200 pre-orders and is now officially in production, reads a banner at the Capcom Store. 

As the story goes, Capcom would only produce the jacket if a certain number of people committed to buy it. Specifically, 200 male and 100 female cuts had to be pre-ordered by March 31st. While the men's cut exceeded its goal, it appears the female cut failed to reach 100 pre-orders. It's still up for pre-order, however, so there may yet be a chance to push it into production.

In any case, the jacket is due out July 23rd. It may not be suitable summer wear but it's nice to have it for a breezy fall!

Source: Capcom Store

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Discotek's 'Ruby-Spears' Mega Man DVD Set Goes Retro

Discotek Media are gearing up to re-release the complete Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon series on DVD this fall. Best of all, though, the set's box art is designed to mimic classic NES packaging. It's even got authentic wear and tear! Brilliant!

The four disc set is due out on September 30th, 2014. Pricing details are forthcoming.

Source: Discotek Media

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Super Smash Bros. Direct: Mega Man News Roundup

The Super Smash Bros. focused Direct has come and gone, and we got plenty of updates on both Wii U and 3DS versions. As anticipated, there were a few new Mega Man related details including the full scoop on the his move set and Final Smash (pictured above), the Yellow Devil stage hazard, and more.

Hit the jump below for all the details!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kidrobot's Mega Man Figures Up For Pre-order

If your wallets still haven't given up with all the Mega Man merchandise coming out, you can now pre-order Kidrobot's Mega Man vinyl figures at MyPlasticHeart. These guys are expected to be available September 25th. Check it out:

The first wave of figures is all Mega Man 1 themed (Proto Man being the exception). If it does well enough, we've been told Kidrobot will look into adapting other games in the classic series. Anything beyond that, well, we'll just have to wait and see.

Thanks to MadX for the tip! | Image credit: Plastikitty

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Nintendo Direct to Focus on Super Smash Bros.

Taking a break from the typical Nintendo Direct, the house that built Mario are broadcasting a global Super Smash Bros. Direct next Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. EST.

New details about the Wii U and 3DS games are expected... perhaps a few Mega Man related surprises, too, if we're fortunate. We're long overdue to see his accompanying assist trophies, additional moves, and 3DS stage. So should anything noteworthy come of it, we'll be providing up to the minute coverage right here on the 'ol corner. 

For streaming times in your region, visit the official Super Smash bros website here.

Stay tuned!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Neo Devroom Events: Airship Design Contest

It's been a little while since we last heard anything from Get Me Off the Moon's Neo Devroom campaign, but they have recently updated with some new stuff to share.

For the uninitiated, the purpose of the Neo Devroom is to revitalize the official Devroom and raise awareness for Mega Man Legends 3. They are kicking off 2014 with a new contest focused entirely on Airships -- the main method of transportation in the Legends lore. Your job, should you choose to accept, is to design a new and unique airship. There's prizes to be had, naturally.

Hit the jump for the full scoop!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Misadventures of Tron Bonne English Debug Version (11/5/99) Released

Our third and final dump (for the time being) is an English debug prototype of The Misadventures of Tron Bonne. Much like the Legends 2 proto before, this is a work-in-progress build of the US version with plenty of debugging functions to play around with. The burn date is November 5th, 1999, roughly five months before the US version's retail release.

Fun debugging features aside, there aren't too many significant differences here. The English voices have already been recorded, most of the text has been translated, and the PockeStation features have already been gutted. Given that this is an early English version, I was really hoping for the latter to be left intact.

Of note, there are some graphics leftover from the Japanese version, however. For example, the Tron Ni Kobun logo can still be seen in the game's options menu. There may be more oddities hidden inside the code but I really haven't started digging around just yet.

Anyway, it's yours if you want it. Download it here! Many thanks once again to OKeijiDragon for capturing the footage.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Brett Elston On Future Mega Man Virtual Console, PSN Releases

With six Mega Man games bound for the Nintendo 3DS eShop and the Game Boy Advance virtual console preparing to launch on Wii U, Capcom USA community Brett Elston (along with Greg Moore) are setting their sights on future possibilities. Here's the games Brett hopes to tackle next:

"No announcements obviously, but GregaMan and I are always looking for ways to bring the back library to modern legacy stores (PSN, Virtual Console etc). We bring up MML1-2 pretty regularly and if there's ever an update on ANY version of them hopping platforms, we'll make it known.

For now though, I'm pretty excited about finally getting the GB/C games on 3DS. I'm still pushing on X3 and 7, and the fact GBA games are coming to Wii U suggests our GBA titles may end up there as well. More as it develops!"

Here's hoping all these games and then some get some much deserved love. Rights issues aside, I'm still rooting for Mega Man Legends. Battle Network and Zero on Wii U is pretty tantalizing, too. So many possabilities.

Let's keep those fingers crossed!

Source: Ask Capcom