Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Keiji Inafune to Appear at AX 2015 with 'Special Announcement'

Mega Man and Mighty No. 9 fans who are attending Anime Expo 2015 from July 2nd to the 5th are in for a special treat, as none other than Keiji Inafune will be in attendance. Inafune is hosting a panel on July 4th (11:30 am PT) alongside Studio 4°C president Eiko Tanka, where they will discuss video games and anime.

Most interesting of all, they will present a special announcement for show attendees. I have confirmed it is not related to Mega Man per se, but it "may interest Mega Man fans." For those who are not able to attend, worry not, for all the relevant news from the panel will appear here on the blog.

Beyond that, you'll be pleased to know both Inafune and Tanka will be signing autographs throughout the weekend. You'll find more details at the AX homepage.

Covers & Solicitation for Mega Man #54

Solicitation info for the penultimate issue of Archie's Mega Man is here. Issue #54, Red Shift, promises to deliver thrills, chills and surprises -- a perfect lead up to the series' fateful conclusion.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Capcom Devs Look Back on Classic Robot Masters

Mega Man Legacy Collection is headed our way (sometime) this summer, and Capcom Unity is counting the days down by looking back at the colorful Robot Master cast of yesteryear.

Each day until the game launches, Capcom Japan developers will observe one Robot Master. Today's inaugural entry is none other than the self-proclaimed kung-fu master himself, Cut Man. Rockman Unity admin Takekuni Uchida, Mega Man 7 programmer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya, and Mega Man 1 and 2 programmer H.M.D sound off on all things Cut Man: his design, BGM, etc. The Mega Man Network's David Oxford provides additional commentary on behalf of the community.

Anyway, this should be a fun thing to keep up with. The crew will only be looking at the first six games in the classic series, mind you. If you do a little math, that should give us an approximate window when MMLC rolls out.

Source: Capcom Unity

Sunday, June 28, 2015

'Mega Man Tribute' Hardcover Reprint Coming This Fall

If you missed out on Mega Man Tribute the first time around, here's some good news for you! Amazon US is listing a new reprint due November 26th. Best of all? It's a budget hardcover edition going for $59.99. Exorbitant prices begone!

What's more, it appears Megamix author/illustrator Hitoshi Ariga is producing new cover art. The piece is work-in-progress at the moment. Come Fall, though, it'll be all nice and pretty!

We'll have more details on this release soon!

Source: Amazon, B&N

Thursday, June 25, 2015

X and Zero Face Off Against Sigma in Project X Zone 2

Among a slew of changes and additions to Project X Zone 2: Brave New World, Sigma will be joining the cast as an opponent. X and Zero are back and, according to Siliconera, they're playable from the get-go.

"And then there’s X and Zero, together from the last game but playable from what seems to be the beginning," writes Siliconera. "Their neutral move is X-Buster and Z-Saber. Their right attack is Triad Thunder and Ryuenjin, which can be followed up by their left attack, which is Frost Tower & Hadangeki. Their neutral move keeps launches an enemy horizontally, but their directional attacks send enemies straight into the air. Bandai Namco nods heavily toward Mega Man X3 here, as the pair unit gets a remixed version of the game’s introductory stage as one of their themes."

Project X Zone 2 is bound for Nintendo 3DS later this year. Head to Siliconera for more details.

The Next 'Taiko Drum Master' Has Mega Man 2 Music

Bandai-Namco's Taiko Drum Master: V Version is scooping up all kinds of crossovers and guest appearances from The Legend of Heroes to Tekken. This time round, there's even going to be a little bit of Mega Man thrown in the mix.

Beginning July 7th, V Version early adopters can download and groove out to Mega Man 2's Dr. Wily Stage 1, Famitsu reports. Bandai-Namco says this is the first time Mega Man has appeared in the series (not counting Be Somewhere in Taiko 3). It's safe to say this won't be the last.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, Taiko Drum Master: V Version is due out for PlayStation Vita on July 9 thin Japan. A demo is currently available on the PlayStation Store.

Source: Famitsu

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mega Man X6 Unlikely to Arrive on PlayStation Network (For Now)

This one slipped under our radar, but not by too much. Earlier this month saw the reveal of Mega Man Legacy Collection, and Capcom USA staffers Brett Elston and Greg Moore were happy to divulge all sorts of details on the Retronauts podcast. A bit towards the end they talk about the process of re-releasing Mega Man games on PlayStation Network. Mega Man X6's absence came up and, well, things don't sound too hot.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rockman Zero & Shooting Star Rockman Art/CD Packs Announced

Later this month, eCapcom will be offering "Capcom Special Selection Packs" for Rockman Zero and Shooting Star Rockman. These are bundles containing a 32 page booklet of both official and conceptual artwork, and a mini CD soundtrack. Music is limited to the first game in their respective series; in this case, RMZ1 and SSR1.

Pre-orders are live at ¥2,000 a pop (roughly $21.65 US). Beyond TGS, you won't find them on sale anywhere else other than eBay. Nin Nin Game is another option, by the way. They load up on most storefront exclusive content and ship worldwide.

Source: eCapcom (thanks, CAP Kobun)

Inafune Talks Mega Man Legends 3 and 'ReCore' - Are They Related?

Speaking with Game Informer, Comcept's Keiji Inafune says he would still like to make Mega Man Legends 3. What's more, some of his ideas for the ill-fated sequel may have made it into ReCore, a new game developed by Inafune and Armature Studio.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mega Man Legacy Collection - An Hour of Gameplay

The archived Mega Man Legacy Collection E3 stream is live. More gameplay, more commentary and more of your questions answered. I've placed it after the jump due to autoplay. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mega Man Legacy Collection - E3 Screens and Details

Straight from the Capcom Unity stream, here's a batch of Mega Man Legacy Collection screen grabs. You can see the menus, the filters and other nifty little things.

Archie's Mega Man Going on Hiatus

As reported by ComicBook.com, Archie's Mega Man comic is going on an indefinite hiatus following a final story arc beginning with Mega Man #53. It may not be permanent, says Archie Action editor Vincent Lovallo, but things are certainly powering down later this year.

Mega Man Legacy Collection E3 Activities

The E3 showroom floor is now open. For Mega Man fans in the house, you can head to Capcom's booth and play a preview build of Mega Man Legacy Collection. Only Mega Man 1 and Mega Man 2 are playable. You'll be able to check out the Museum, conquer (or fail) some Challengers or scope out some character stats in the Database.

For everyone at home, Capcom Unity will be streaming some gameplay on Twitch. Here's the schedule (all times Pacific):

Tuesday, June 16 - 1:00-2:00 - Mega Man Legacy Collection with Producer Rey Jimenez

Wednesday, June 17 - 1:00-2:00 Mega Man Legacy Collection with GregaMan and Brelston

Thursday, June 18 -  1:00-2:00 – Mega Man Legacy Collection with Producer Rey Jimenez

Head to Capcom Unity for the complete E3 schedule. Thanks to Frank Cifaldi for the image!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Smash Bros. - Mega Man.EXE & Zero Mii Costumes Now Available

UPDATE 6/14: And they're out! They're $0.75 a piece or you can buy the 3DS/Wii U bundle for $1.15. The eShop is all kinds of crazy at the moment. Patience!

Original story: A day ahead of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. direct, data miners have extracted two new Mega Man Mii costumes from a patch added to the game’s Japanese servers. So pretty soon, it looks like you can trick out your Mii to look like Mega Man.EXE and Zero (X series, no less).

The full details of the leak can be found on Gematsu and NeoGaf. We'll be learning more about this content tomorrow!

Thanks for the tip, Brandon and Christopher!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mega Man x Kidrobot Comic-Con Exclusives Announced

Before Kidrobot's vinly Mega Man line hits store shelves, you can head to the San Diego Comic-Con and grab two figures early: 7-inch Break Man and a Mega Man Colorway.

For the time being these are SDCC exclusives, priced at $49.99 a piece. Stock is limited (naturally) so you'll want to hit up the Capcom Store booth asap. If you can't make it out to the show, well, there's always eBay.

Source: SDCC Unofficial blog

Rockman x B-Side Label Collaboration is Adorable

No one loves stickers as much as B-Side Label. The Japanese-based manufacturer are ridiculously passionate about their work, diligently supplying hip and trendy youngsters with high-quality stickers ranging from cute to eyebrow-raising-weird.

In the case of the former, B-Side is teaming up with Capcom to deliver an adorable quartet of Rockman stickers: Blues, Rush, Yellow Devil and the Blue Bomber himself. These little trinkets will set you back 400 Yen a pop or 1600 Yen for the full set. And what do you know, they're water-proof and UV ray protected. That's some high-quality stuff right there.

I realize these aren't the most exciting thing to come out from the IP lately, but hey, someone out there could use a good sticker or two. If that's you, get your pre-order on at e-Capcom.

Source: CAPKobun

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Additional Mega Man Legacy Collection Details from Frank Cifaldi

Mega Man Legacy Collection producer and director Frank Cifaldi has been answer your questions non-stop on Twitter. For your consideration, here's a few interesting morsels you might want to know about...

The 'Best of Mega Man 1-10' Vinyl Needs Your Help

Remember that Best of Mega Man vinyl by SpaceLab9? It looks like it had a bit of a delay and for good reason: classic series boss LP variants are in the works and SpaceLab9 needs you to vote on your favorite.

Monday, June 8, 2015

'Mega Man Legacy Collection' Announced (PS4/X1/PC/3DS)

Capcom has announced Mega Man Legacy Collection for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo 3DS. Developed by Digital Eclipse, the bundle features all six 8-bit NES entries with new modes and extras. Hit the jump below for the full story!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Here's Mega Man in 'Yoshi's Woolly Word'

Yeah, so it's confirmed now. The Mega Man Amiibo is compatible with Yoshi's Woolly World. Touching your figure to the Wii U Gamepad unlocks a Mega Man pattern for everyone's favorite dinosaur. Super fighting dinosaur.

Compared to the other unlockable skins, this one is really quaint. Very simple, honestly. But hey, it's pretty cool to see another major Nintendo title giving Mega Man a nod.

See the rest of the lot here. Thanks, FuPoo.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rumor: Capcom Has Hired a New Mega Man Producer

If yesterday's TV series announcement wasn't enough, word has it Capcom might have sworn in a new, dedicated Mega Man producer. The news comes from the officially-licensed Mega Man board game Kickstarter, where Jasco Games claims a new individual is at the reigns. The new producer is said to be working close with Jasco on finalizing the board game's visual assets. No name was provided.

Pending official word from Capcom, I think it's safe to take this statement as an unconfirmed rumor. In all honesty it would not surprise me in the slightest if it were true. From an influx of legacy titles on Virtual Console and PSN to the new cartoon, there is some viable evidence to suggest someone is dictating the course of the franchise from here on out. New game or no, things aren't as idle as they have been.

The wheels of change are starting to spin, I believe. With a new TV series on the horizon and now the possibility of new leadership, it's clear Capcom has not given up on old blue just yet.

Source: Gamnesia

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Mega Man TV Series in the Works for 2017

After a near decade long absence, Mega Man is returning to television. Man of Action Entertainment, the studio behind Ben 10, Ultimate Spider Man and Marvel's Avengers Assemble, will produce an all-new animated Mega Man series, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle are currently set to write and produce a 26-episode full length production for an undisclosed television network.

"The 1990s Mega Man TV series was cool and different than other series targeted at kids during that time," said Rouleau. "It featured great action, but also brought the laughs. Mega Man is a character that is even more relevant for today’s kids and we are really looking forward to creating something new that still respects the long tradition of the character."

Dentsu Entertainment will reportedly retain international distribution rights and co-develop the series with Man of Action. The series is aiming for a 2017 debut, just in time for the franchise's 30th anniversary.

In all, this is huge news for the franchise. I was made aware of these developments late last night, and while I don't know much else than what's been said above, I can say the plan is to develop this thing into a multimedia franchise. Video games, toys, random paraphernalia. The show has apparently been in the works for quite some time now.

We will be keeping tabs on this, needless to say. Man of Action's involvement has me cautiously optimistic, though it's a little too soon to board the proverbial hype train. Stay tuned.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Mega Man Star Force Now Streaming on Hulu

Viz Media is amping up its streaming library with all thirteen dubbed episodes of Mega Man Star Force. The animated series is now available to stream from Hulu and Neon Alley, respectively. You can start your binge right here.

Star Force originally aired in 2006 for 55 episodes. It premiered in English the following year as an online-exclusive through the now-defunct Toonami Jetstream. The English version, produced under Viz, typically took two Japanese episodes and combined them to one 30-minute episode. Unlike Mega Man NT Warrior, the English Star Force features significantly less cuts, censorship and a considerably more accurate translation. It remains a fan favorite today.

Streaming is currently limited to residents in North America. Those with a Hulu Plus subscription can watch the show on your TV or on-the-go.

Source: Viz Media