Monday, June 30, 2014

New Mighty No. 9 Gameplay and Call Details

Comcept and Inti Creates have rolled out a new gameplay video for Mighty No. 9 that covers even more footage of Mighty No. 2 and Mighty No. 5's stages. You can check it out above.

Additionally, the developers have shared more details on the game's second playable character, Call. Unlike Beck, Call can't perform a crouching dash. Instead, she'll have access to a crawl manuver that enables players to navigate through tight areas such as ventilation shafts. You can view these animations here. While you're there, check out Call's new look. Inti Creates have gone back and fine-tuned some of the character's aesthetic details.

Source: Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter

Original Mega Man Promo Art Hits Auction Block

A pair of interesting items have hit the ol' Yahoo Auctions: original art cels used to promote Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 in Club Nintendo magazine. To my knowledge these were not produced in-house at Capcom; rather, they were commissioned on Capcom's behalf. What's more, these pieces yield from the personal collection of the late Hideaki Ito, known for his contributions to the Japanese animation industry.

The Mega Man 2 piece measures in at about 4.1 x 5.8 inches; Mega Man 3 at 4.9 x 6.9 inches. As of this writing, the untouched opening bid is 30,000 Yen each (roughly $296.12). Not exactly cheap, but can you really put a price something like this? Well, I wouldn't have thought so, either, but here we are. Original cels don't typically come cheap, mind you.

Of course, if you're not in the market you can always admire them. Check them out here and here!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rockman Xover Introduces the Battle Tower

After a month's delay, the Battle Tower has opened its doors to Rockman Xover players. In short, it's a gauntlet set up specifically for boss battles.

Players enter the tower with their custom OVER-1 and climb up floors fighting boss after boss. The higher you climb, the better the reward (but bosses will be tougher). Also awaiting players, OVER-1's rival and his lackeys...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Here's the Next Wave of Rockman Merchandise

New Rockman merchandise is on its way to Blue Bomber fans in Japan, and e-Capcom are offering a sneak peek. From folders and stickers to keychains and phone cases, there's a knickknack for everyone.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Official Mega Man Soundtracks Now Available on iTunes

Capcom and licensing partner Sumthing Else Music Works are teaming up to release four compilations of Mega Man music exclusively for digital download. So far the original Mega Man and Mega Man 2 OSTs are up for grabs, labeled Volume 1 and Volume 2 respectively.

The soundtracks contain not just the original NES music, but also arranged tracks used in the Complete Works PlayStation re-release (which come from titles like Power Fighters), as well as other bonus tracks. Both are available for $9.99.

Volume 3 (Mega Man 3) and Volume 4 (Mega Man 4) are set to roll out on July 29th. Pre-orders are now available directly from Sumthing Else.

Source: Sumthing

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mega Man 9 Arrives on PlayStation Now

If you have access to the closed PlayStation Now beta, you'll be pleased to know that Mega Man 9 was recently added to the streaming service. Rental fees vary from title to title, but Mega Man 9 is starting at $2.99 for 4 hours of play, $3.99 for 7 days, $5.99 for 30 days, or $7.99 for 90 days. Compared to, say, Final Fantasy XIII-2's rental tag, this isn't too bad.

Also worth a mention, if you own the game digitally on PS3 it will be free to stream right away on your PS3. Similarly, it will be free to stream on PS4 after you rent it on PS3 first. As long as you have a decent internet connection, you should be able to jump right in and play.

Thanks to Johnathan for the tip!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Smash Bros. 3DS - Mega Man Smash Run Gameplay (w/ Direct Audio)

Although Smash Fest @ Best Buy is behind us, we're just now getting some Super Smash Bros. 3DS footage of Mega Man in action. Nintendo World Report brings us some exciting Smash Run gameplay, a platforming mode exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version. The audio is direct-feed, too, so you'll get to hear all of Mega Man's sound effects and theme music.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will be arriving on October 3rd, 2014.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Covers & Solicitation for Mega Man #41

Another month, another solicitation for Archie's Mega Man comic book series. This time, we're looking at two new covers as issue #41 is set to bring us the long awaited Mega Man 3 story arc. Check it out:

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Gary Martin & Various (CA) Patrick Spaz Spaziante

The all-new storyline begins here! The epic adaptation of the legendary game, Mega Man 3, begins with 'Legends of the Blue Bomber' Part One: We've seen Mega Man battle Robot Masters plenty of times before, but now witness the mechanical madness unfold as only the Masters' masters see it! Get a birds-eye view of battle from the lens of the great (and not-so-great) Doctors that have created our heroes and menaces! But how is this all playing into Dr. Wily's hands? Find out in this battle royale you definitely won't want to miss out on! Featuring new cover art from Patrick 'Spaz' Spaziante, plus an awesome 'movie poster' variant from Vince Riley!

About time, right? Look forward to it!

Source: Midtown Comics (thanks, Eric)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Capcom Open to Buyout as Takeover Defense Plan Abandoned

Capcom has announced that shareholders have voted to not renew the company's existing takeover-defense plan, a countermeasure instated six years ago to prevent a third party acquisition. With the 2008 defense measure abandoned, Capcom is vulnerable to buyout if any shareholder or group acquires a majority of its shares.

A statement issued from Capcom's Investor Relations report notes the company will continue to focus on enhancing corporate value and the interest of its shareholders. In the event of a hostile takeover, management will respond with the necessary legal measures within the "admissible limits of applicable laws and regulations." They will also make sure "there is sufficient time for shareholders to examine the proposed large-scale purchase and reach a decision."

This news does not guarantee the company will be bought out, but it does mean the possibility of an acquisition exists. It's also worth mentioning an offer is currently not on the table. Ultimately, though, this is something we will continue to observe from the sidelines.

Source: Capcom IR

Monday, June 16, 2014

Bluefin Announces November NA Release of S.H. Figuarts Zero

Those of you hyped for Bandai's upcoming S.H. Figuarts Mega Man Zero figure, take note. While the figure is a web exclusive in Japan, Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA will be bringing the red crusader to North America this November. According to their Facebook announcement:

"Joining S. H. Figuarts from the Mega Man Zero series comes the protagonist himself, Zero! S.H.Figuarts Zero comes with an array of iconic weapon accessories from the series. Pose Zero with the formidable Z-Saber, the laser pistol Buster Shot, or the lance-like Triple Rod! Set also includes a shield accessory for defense, as well as one interchangeable expression part and 3 additional hand parts. A Tamashii Web Exclusive limited item for Asia, S.H.Figuarts Zero is being offered specially for fans in North America through Bluefin affiliated retailers."

If you aren't too keen on importing, then this is definitely the way to go. Hit up Bluefin's Facebook page for more images and info!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 - Sigma Gameplay

For those unable to grab Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha, here's gameplay footage of Sigma in action. The costume is largely based on his Mega Man X4 incarnation. He's got his beam scythe thing, shoots lasers from his eyes, and a very handy "Sigma crusher" attack. Laying waste to the undead has never looked this good.

Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha (so fun to say!) is now available on Xbox One via Xbox Live.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mega Buster Replica Coming From ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek, makers of all sorts of geeky things, are rolling out a super sweet electronic Mega Buster replica later this year. Details are as follows:

"The Mega Man Mega Buster Gun Replica is a real work of art. Turn it on and you'll hear a power up sound and watch the power meter fill up. Reach in, grab the handle, and you're ready for action. Quickly pull the trigger and you'll hear a single fire sound and the end will flash. Hold in the trigger, though, and you'll watch the power meter fill and the sound intensify until you release the trigger, firing a charged shot! When you are finished vanquishing evil robots for the day, switch the Mega Buster off and enjoy the power down lights and sounds."

The Mega Buster is expected to ship on December 15th, priced at $79.99. Pre-orders aren't live yet, but go ahead and bookmark this page in the meantime. Check out additional images and blueprints while you're there, too!

Mega Man's Full Final Smash Revealed

You've seen the .gifs and webms but now you can get a load of the whole thing from start to finish. Mega Man's Super Smash Bros. final smash -- a dazzling reunion of all four iterations of the character -- made a huge splash at today's Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament. The announcer, Wynton Smith, goes absolutely wild. This is a moment for the ages.

Want to experience it yourself? Don't forget, Mega Man will be playable during this week's Smash Bros. demo event at Best Buy. Check your local listings for a participating store near you!

First 4 Figures Shows Off Mega Man and Proto Man Statues

Who says Mega Man wasn't at E3? First 4 Figures is showing off three prototypes from their upcoming Mega Man line on the showroom floor. Still no word on a release date, but for now check out Mega Man riding on Item 2 (left), running on a conveyor belt from Mega Man 2 (center) and Proto Man deflecting fire (right).

Statues based on other characters are in the pipeline too, so who knows what we may see next.

Source: Game Watch

Monday, June 9, 2014

Handful of Mega Man Games Coming to the Virtual Console

Capcom Unity has just announced a whoppin' 21 titles coming soon to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Among the lot, players in both North America and Europe can get their hands on no less than TEN Mega Man games. Two of which, might I add, are often requested...

Cosplay as Iconic Capcom Characters in Dead Rising 3 DLC

Capcom has announced Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha, a downloadable add-on for Dead Rising 3. The ridiculously titled expansion lets four players cosplay as a number of favorite Capcom characters. Ever wanted to slay the undead dressed as Sigma? Well, now you can.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Import S.H. Figuarts Mega Man Zero Available for Pre-Order

If your wallets still haven't shriveled up with all the Mega Man merchandise coming out, you can now pre-order Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Mega Man Zero at BigBadToyStore. The figure is expected to be available in October and will run you $50.99. It comes with four weapon accessories (Z-Saber, Buster Shot gun, Triple Rod, and Shield Boomerang), three hand parts and one alternate face part.

Curiously there is still no sign of Bluefin's North American release, but it ought to come around eventually. Sooner than later, I hope.

Thanks to Eric for the tip!

Friday, June 6, 2014

UDON Announces Art of Capcom: Complete Edition

UDON Entertainment has unveiled UDON's Art of Capcom: Complete Edition, an enormous, 600-page harcover tome dedicated to collecting 10 years of Capcom-related art. As one can expect, there's large amount of new content from Mega Man, Street Fighter, Final Fight, Resident Evil, and other Capcom properties. Hit the jump below for the full scoop!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Your Input Needed for a Future Mega Man Figure

Good day, friends. I've been informed to seek out your input that may influence the development of a truly unprecedented Mega Man figure. It's a product we haven't quite seen before and, if you're interested, it may just come to fruition.

The premise: a company is considering producing a high end 1/6 scale Mega Man X action figure (roughly 12") utilizing diecast and plastic components. It would have a buster illuminated by LED. It would retail between $149.99-$199.99 USD with plans for expansion accessory packs of other Armors.

The question: would you be interested in a high end Mega Man X (or any Mega Man series character) 1/6 scale figure?

Give us a YES or a NO in the comment section below. Please feel free to provide additional feedback, too! The parties involved will be interested to hear what you have to say.

There's no time frame on this little poll. Cast your vote at your convenience.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Another Look at S.H. Figuarts Mega Man Zero (Updated)

UPDATE: Additional images now available.

Development on the S.H. Figuarts figure of Zero from the Mega Man Zero/Rockman Zero series is nearing completion. And over on Rockman Unity, Ucchy brings us fresh batch of images of the final design. He even provides a sneak peek at some of the figure's accessories, which include the Z-Saber, Z-Buster, Triple Rod, Shield Boomerang, and additional hand sets. You can see them all in action at Rockman Unity!

Zero is being released in Japan as an online exclusive figure. Don't be concerned, however, since he should arrive at retail in North America, too. This was the same case with D-Arts Vile and D-Arts Bass.

S.H. Figuarts Rockman Zero goes on sale in Japan this October. Details on the North American release should come soon!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Feel the Beat! Mega Man in Sound Rangers Gameplay

As we've discussed in the past, Mega Man has been making a huge splash in Capcom's Sound Rangers: Rhythm and Battle. As one of the company's most marketable, recognizable icons, Mega Man and friends are constantly appearing in the game in the form of playable characters. More recently, however, Robot Masters are showing up again... and they're putting up a fight.

For your viewing pleasure, here's some gameplay from the most recent Mega Man-themed event. It's a fight against Cut Man in a no-holds-barred musical throw-down. If you've ever played Elite Beat Agents, you know how this works. You tap, hold and slide in time to the music (remixed Mega Man music, no less). Things can get pretty crazy, so watch out for random difficulty spikes. If you're interested, hit the jump below to see Snake Man and Flash Man's stages.

For a low budget iPhone game, Capcom's Sound Rangers: Rhythm and Battle is actually pretty fun. The game is free to play, so if you want to set up a Japanese iPhone account, you can check it out for yourself.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Reminder: Check Out Mega Man At The Super Smash Bros. Smash-Fest

In just two short weeks, you'll have the opportunity to take Mega Man for a test drive at Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Smash-Fest @ Best Buy event. The Blue Bomber is one of many confirmed playable characters for this special demo appearing at select Best Buy stores throughout North America.