Thursday, July 31, 2014

And Now For a Special Mega Man Virtual Console Announcement

With the launch of Mega Man Battle Network in North America today, Nintendo brings us some very good Virtual Console news. Coming from today's press release: "If you like Mega Man, then you’re in for a treat - a classic Mega Man game will release every Thursday in August in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U!"

That's right; it's Mega May all over again! In August! Capcom Unity has the lowdown on which games we can expect: Mega Man 5, Mega Man 6, Mega Man X3, and Battle Chip Challenge. The release order, however, will be a mystery... so you'll have to wait until Thursday to find out which one came out.

Naturally, we'll keep you posted. Until then, go and enjoy Battle Network!

Source: Nintendo Life

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GameCenter CX's Mega Man X Episode Subbed (Updated)

Thanks to the efforts of SA-GCCX, we can now enjoy the first episode of GameCenter CX's Mega Man X challenge in English. Having bested four Mega Man games in the past, host Shinya Arino approaches the series' first 16-bit outing with cautious optimism. "Things get scary when it moves to the SNES," says a humble Arino. "It either gets way ambitious, or easier to play."

This being part one of a two part challenge, you can imagine how things will play out. Either way, it's a fun watch. Head to for the full episode (available both to stream and download). UPDATE: Episode 2 is live!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rockman 7 Coming to Japan Virtual Console Next Week

The Virtual Console train keeps on chuggin'. Next week in Japan, Rockman 7 will hit the Wii U on August 6th, priced at 823 Yen ($8.06). This marks the first time Rockman 7 will be made available digitally.

While a specific release date has not been set for North America, we do know it will hit our shores sometime this year. Nonetheless, if you happen to own a Japanese Wii U, take this as a heads up.

Source: Nintendo Japan (thanks, Brandon)

Discotek's Ruby-Spears Mega Man DVD Set Now Available for Preorder

As previously reported, Discotek Media are bringing the delightfully campy Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon back to DVD. The new set features all 27 episodes in a single package, wrapped in an absolutely radically box art. Just look at it; that's deliberate wear-and-tear, people.

Today, it's up for preorder from Rightstuf. Expected to launch on September 30th, the whole kit and kaboodle will run you $29.99 (normally $49.95). So if you've been hankering on checking out the show, or just want to replace those old sets, you're in luck!

Also, I do believe a giveaway contest is in order... we shall see!

Source: Rightstuf (thanks, MidniteW!)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Look at Wonder Fest 2014 Summer Rockman Figures

Over the weekend, the summer Wonder Festival got underway in Chiba, Japan. Naturally there was a colorful array of homemade Rockman figures and models on display. And while many of us couldn't be there in person, we're fortunate enough to have friends on Twitter who caught a bit of the action.

You can see their photos here and here or check out a select few after the jump!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Rockman Xover's Battle Tower Has a New Boss

The ascent up Rockman Xover's Battle Tower just got a little more sinister. Awaiting players this month is the second of Nero's lackeys, Blu D. Just like Rosso M before him, Blu D is an original character exclusive to Xover. Whereas Rosso M was based on a phoenix, Blu D is presumed to be a tortoise. A tortoise wielding a big 'ol trident. He's pretty neat looking, actually. And look; fan-art.

With two guardians remaining, I think it's safe to say Capcom's going for an elemental thing here. Going be these silhouettes, one is assuredly electric-based. The other... maybe earth/wood? We'll find out soon enough.

Thanks, MidniteW!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mega Man Battle Network Due on NA Virtual Console on July 31st

Today's Nintendo Minute (guest starring Capcom USA's own Brett Elston) delivers good news for Battle Network fans in the west. The original Mega Man Battle Network will be making its way to the North American Wii U Virtual Console next Thursday, July 31st. You can check out the announcement at the 2:45 mark above.

No word yet on price, though $7-$8 is anticipated. We'll have all the details next week!

Thanks to Axl_abe for the tip.

Battle Chip Challenge on the Way to JPN Virtual Console

And you thought Battle Network 2 was next? Nope; Nintendo is jumping two sequels ahead to Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (aka Battle Chip GP). The side-story/spin-off is slated to hit the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console on July 30th for 702 Yen.

Battle Chip Challenge is... well, 'meh' at best. It's not terribly fun and, quite honestly, there's little to no actual challenge. It's just so easy. A breeze, almost. Mix that up with repetitive and dull combat and you've got yourself a series low point.

The general consensus tends to highlight BCC as the beginning of Battle Network's quality decline. The game's focus on tournaments would carry over into Battle Network 4. Red Sun or Blue Moon, the narrative was pretty much the same: tournaments. So many tournaments. On the upside, BCC did give players the chance to play as Navis other than Mega Man.EXE. That was pretty cool.

Anyway, BCC is very much indeed coming to Wii U. It'll end up on our shores eventually, most likely after BN1 (next week!). At this point I think it's safe to say Europe will get it first. So if you enjoyed the game in the past or curious about it now, stay tuned -- it's coming.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mega Man 5, 6 & Battle Network Hitting EU Virtual Console This Week

Good news for our friends in Europe: a triple dose of classic Mega Man games are coming your way. Nintendo of Europe (and Nintendo UK) have announced that Mega Man 5, Mega Man 6, and the original Mega Man Battle Network are all headed to the Wii U Virtual Console on July 24th.

Another piece of good news: according to today's press release, Mega Man 5 and 6 are the US versions. As one may recall, the PAL versions played at a slower framerate than their North American counterparts.

So in just a few short days you'll be able to complete your Wii U NES Mega Man collection and kick off, what we hope will be, a string of Battle Network releases. No word yet on when these titles will hit North America. The sooner the better, though; I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Thursday. If not, we'll keep you posted.

Thanks to Eric for the tip!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mighty No. 9 Update: July Gameplay Footage

A new month, a new Mighty No. 9 gameplay video. It starts off on familiar ground, but closer towards the middle you'll notice a few new bits of action. We catch a glimpse of Beck's transformations, some new enemies, and even a little bit of Call.

For a game nine months to release, things are shaping up nicely. There's still lots of room for polish and refinement, though. It'll be interesting to see how things will look closer to the new year.

SourceMighty No. 9 Update #59

Friday, July 18, 2014

Replica Mega Man Helmets Coming to San Diego Comic-Con

The 2014 San Diego Comic Con is almost upon us. And if you are fortunate enough to be attending, you'll be pleased to learn that Capcom are debuting a sweet pair of replica Mega Man helmets (made out of chrome resin, no less).

According to Brett Elston, these guys stand at 10'' and about 5'' inches wide. Classic blue and red/white colors will be available for purchase at Capcom's booth (215). Much like the 25th anniversary statue of SDCC past, these light up with the aid of a USB cable.

If you can't make it out to the show, Brett says there will be other opportunities to nab 'em up later. The red/white variant, however, has limited availability. There's a higher chance on that one selling out before it's blue brethren. The sooner you get it, the better.

If you're interested in checking out other swag on sale at Capcom's booth, check out this post here. SDCC kicks of July 24th!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Covers & Solicitation for Mega Man #42

Midtown Comics have unveiled two variant covers and solicitation for Mega Man #42, featuring the second part of the Mega Man 3 story arc. As you can see above, the cover on the left features traditional art from Patrick Spaziante, while the cover on the right is part 2 of a 3-part "SUPER SMASH" collector sets.

Solicitation: The battle rages on! Based on the legendary game Mega Man 3 comes 'Legends of the Blue Bomber,' Part Two. We've seen Mega Man battle Robot Masters before, but now see the fight unfold from the perspectives of the villainous robot adversaries themselves! Shadow Man recalls his humble beginnings and how they brought him to his deadly duel with Mega Man! Gemini Man is ready to ambush our hero with his hologram copies! But while the battle rages on, Break Man is behind the scenes on a mission of his own - why is he hunting down Dr. Wily's first set of Robot Masters? Featuring all-new cover art from Patrick 'SPAZ' Spaziante, and part 2 of a 3-part connecting 'SUPER SMASH' collector cover set!

To complete the Super Smash Bros. cover set, be sure to pick up Sonic the Hedgehog #266 and Sonic Universe #69.

News credit: The Mega Man Network

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rockman EXE and Rockman Xover Art/Soundtrack Sets Announced

Later this fall, the original Rockman EXE and Rockman Xover are getting the "Capcom Special Selection" treatment. These are official 32-page art books bundled with mini soundtracks, going for 1,852 Yen a piece. As one may recall, Rockman DASH 2 received a similar package in 2009.

The e-Capcom description for the Rockman EXE set suggests new and never-before-seen concept art appearing in the art book. The CD will contain select tracks from EXE1 and an arranged version of "Theme of EXE" from Operate Shooting Star.

Meanwhile, the Xover set contains artwork for content not currently available to players, such as OVER-10 and Giallo. Music-wise, it's pretty much everything from the game. This is the first time Xover's soundtrack has been publicly released.

Both sets are due September 25th, exclusively through e-Capcom.

Thanks to MidniteW for the heads up.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mega Man StreetPass Puzzle Completed!

By way of BumperHelicopters, here's the completed Mega Man StreetPass puzzle in action. Suffice to say, it's quite cute. When viewed on a Nintendo 3DS, the action is displayed in, well, stereoscopic 3D.

Still no word when the puzzle will hit Mii Plazas outside of Japan. We'll keep an eye out, though. Thanks to Heat Man for the find!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Keiji Inafune Ponders "Mighty Legends"

It's no secret that Keiji Inafune adores Mega Man Legends. So much so, in fact, he once expressed interest in making another game just like it some day. Nearly a year has passed since that comment was made, and Inafune isn't backing down from it.

In a recent Q&A session at SGC 2014, Inafune voiced further interest in seeing the Mighty No. 9 series go in different directions. Speaking through his translator, he posed the following question to the audience: "If you guys saw a Mega-Man Legends-style 'Mighty' game come up on Kickstarter, would you consider backing it?" As one would expect, the fans erupted into a roaring cheer, with one fellow belting out "take my money."

Inafune's translator continued, "he's got nothing to announce today, but the fact is, he's heard all of you shout out like that, so hhe's definitely putting that in his pocket and taking it back with him."

Where do you stand on the prospect of a Mighty Legends?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mega Man Battle Network/Star Force Marathon for Charity

Beginning at 5:30 PM UTC on Friday, July 18th, TeamBN are holding a 37-hour Mega Man speedrun marathon for Doctors Without Borders. They intend on blazing through mostly every title in the Mega Man Battle Network and Star Force series, and popular fan-game Chrono X.

Donations will be accepted throughout the stream with incentives presented along the way. For more information on the marathon, its participants, and how to donate, be sure to visit The Rockman EXE Zone. Good luck to TeamBN!

Thanks to RogerT for the heads up!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Japan Gets Rockman-Themed StreetPass Puzzle

Well this is interesting. Nintendo 3DS owners in Japan now have access to a Rockman puzzle for Mii Plaza's Puzzle Swap. Pieces are being sent out by StreetPass at this very moment, so hopefull we'll have an image of the completed puzzle soon.

For the record, this is the second third-party puzzle based on a Capcom property; a Monster Hunter 4 puzzle hit not too long. Still, just another example of Nintendo showing some blue bomber love. How lovely.

Source: ChrisTheHoff, megacocorock, soranotateana

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mega Man Nendoroid? It Would Look Something Like This

Good Smile Company, manufacturer of various Japanese hobby products, recently held its third annual figure creation contest for its employees. While there's no guarantee these entries will go on to become actual products, we can't help but admire one in particular: a Mega Man Nendoroid.

Mega Man clocks in at 10cm in height, clad in his spiffy new Super Smash Bros. armor. Just look at that face. The super deformity. It's so cool it really makes you wonder why this isn't a thing.

With enough attention and admiration, though, perhaps Good Smile will see to producing it. Here's hoping!

Source: Kahotan's Blog | English Version

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mighty No. 9 Animated Series Announced, Airing in 2016

Keiji Inafune wasn't kidding when he said he would consider a Mighty No. 9 show. An animated series based on the upcoming game is indeed in the works, Inafune announced at Anime Expo. Details below:

"Half human, half robot, all Mighty"

The story focuses on BECK, a weak transforming combat robot, who was made to fight in a combat robot league as a part of the MIGHTY NUMBERS, the strongest robots in the world. When Beck is the only robot spared from a virus that forces his teammates to destroy mankind, he has to find a way to overcome his own inadequacies so that he can stop them.

Digital Frontier, an animation company based in Tokyo, Japan, would like to announce that they are developing "Mighty No.9: The Animated TV Series" for the worldwide market. The series is based on a forthcoming video game by legendary game designer, Keiji Inafune. This teaser was introduced to the public on July 5th at the 2014 Anime Expo in Los Angeles.

Hit the jump below for additional details, questions and answers.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Get Your Mega Man Betas/Protos/Trials Here

As requested, I'm re-uploading every single pre-release Mega Man game I've dumped. This time, though, I'm giving you direct access to (what I hope will be) a regularly updated Dropbox. Inside you'll not only find my prototypes, betas and so forth, but all other publicly available dumps, too.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Super Smash Bros. Pic of the Day is One Big Tease

Shared on the official Super Smash Bros. Miiverse, Masahiro Sakurai posted this great closeup of Mega Man's Final Smash. He writes, "Mega Man.EXE and Mega Man Volnutt!! They only appear for a split second, but the modeling is so detailed. And if that’s the case…!"

This caption quickly fueled hopes that Sakurai was about to announce alternate Mega Man costumes based on his four iterations, like Volnutt and .EXE. Unfortunately, though, that was not the case. See what it really means after the jump!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Rockman EXE Headed to Japan Virtual Console Next Week

Wii U owners in Japan will be able to download the original Rockman EXE next week on the 9th for 702 Yen ($6.90). Given the rate that these Game Boy Advance have been hitting Wii U, not to mention word of Capcom U.S' own ambitions, it seems all but certain that the game is headed to our Virtual Console soon.

This marks the first time the original Battle Network has been made available for digital download. According to Capcom, it will be followed by Battle Chip Challenge and Mega Man Zero some time this year. Dates for Battle Network 2 & 3 and Mega Man Zero 2 remain to be determined.

We'll keep you posted.

Source: NintenDaan