Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mega Man 2.5D is Finally Done! Play it Now!

After eight long years, Mega Man 2.5D is now a fully playable game. No more teaser trailers, no more demos. This is it. Download it here!

For the uninitiated, Mega Man 2.5D is exactly what it sounds like: classic NES action on a 2D/3D plane. Play it solo or team up with a buddy for a fully-fledged co-op mode. This is the co-op Mega Man game you've always dreamed of... and then some!

A huge congratulations to Peter Sjostrand and his team on a successful launch. Mega Man 2.5D has been a long time coming, but I know it's been worth the wait. Enjoy, everyone!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Rockman X Novel English Fan Translation Project Begins

Rockman Corner reader and local cool person _skycompass has begun translating the recently published Rockman X novelization into English. You can follow the project's progress at this Google Doc here. At present, only the character bios and prologue chapter have been translated. Plenty of work lies ahead, so don't expect this to be finished any time soon.

_skycompass has asked me to put the word out for collaborators, too. Anyone willing to help translate, edit or polish the book should get in touch with her via Twitter. With a few more heads maybe we can get this out the door sooner than later! Either way it's great to see someone jumping on this so soon.

Look forward to it!

Rockman Crocs, Anyone? No?

Capcom will quite literally put our blue robot on anything. Anything.

A Mini Mega Man is Coming From Funko This Spring

Not to be confused with Mega Mini, a bite-sized Mega Man figure will soon be available via Funko's new "Retro Video Game Mystery Minis." It even comes in a nifty arcade cabinet-shaped box. It's a little unusual to see Mega Man associated with mostly arcade characters; then again, these guys were on the NES in some shape or form, too.

The figures are slated to launch later this March.

Source: Toy News International

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Extended Gameplay of Roll in Rockman 1 Mobile

The 2008 mobile port of Rockman 1 is a noteworthy addition in a long line of ports for its unique feature to play the entire game as Roll. For one reason or another, this feature was dummied-out of the recent iOS/Android port. It remains to be seen if she'll be added in a future update. Until then, here's our best look yet at a Roll run from the 2008 version.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mega Man-Inspired Rosenkreuzstilette Heads to Steam, Playism

Do you remember the 2007 Japanese indie gem Rosenkreuzstilette? You know, the one that was basically a love-letter to Mega Man and 8/16-bit retrogaming in general? Well, get ready to gear up: the game is receiving a modern publication on Steam and Playism on February 3.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rockman Food and Drinks Hit the Capcom Bar

Should you find yourself in Shinjuku in the relatively near future, you might want to swing by the Capcom Bar. A whole slew of Rockman themed food and drinks were recently added to the menu. There's Cut Man stew, groveling Dr. Wily ice cream, Orange Metool squash, and a Blues Shield cocktail (the scarf is a lemon peel) among other delights.

The Rockman menu, like most items at the Capcom bar, will be offered for a limited time only. Themed food and beverages are in constant rotation so if you miss out the first time round, chances are they'll show up again.

Source: Rockman Unity

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Grab Archie's Mega Man Run for Cheap at ComiXology

If you ever wanted to check out Archie Comics' Mega Man series or grab issues you've missed out on, there's no time like the present. ComiXology is having a line-wide sale on Archie Comics digital titles, Mega Man included. Simply use the code "ARCHIE" at checkout to take 50% off your order.

The sale includes the eight trade paperbacks ($6 a piece with discount applied) and individual issues ($1 a piece with discount applied). That's a pretty damn good deal if you ask me.

There's no telling if the results of the sale will help sway Archie into reviving the Mega Man comics. It couldn't hurt to try though, no?

Source: ComiXology (via The Mega Man Network)

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Couple Updates About the New Mega Man Cartoon

Yesterday I posted some footage from the 2017 Mega Man animated series. Today I had to take it down. I'd like to go into a little more detail on that.

What you saw was not final footage. A member of Dentsu Entertainment informed me the clip was from internal animation tests by the folks at Film Roman LLC. That footage was not intended for public viewing, so it had to be removed. I've also been informed Mega Man's look is still very much evolving. The Mega Man depicted in the clip is not representative of the final product.
Further, contrary to early reports, the show is not guaranteed to air on Disney XD. We'll have more information on that front as it becomes available.

Dentsu Entertainment would like to express their thanks for your continued patience, passion and support. They hope to have some big news to announce soon.

As always, stay tuned!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

First Look at the New Mega Man Animated Series (Update: Removed)

UPDATE (January 23rd): At the request of Film Roman LLC, the clip and subsequent screenshots have been removed from Rockman Corner. I would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thanks for your understanding!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Preview Pages From the Rockman X Novel

The Rockman X novel is due to hit Japanese store shelves on the 25th. To keep those appetites whet, the book's publisher put up thirty - count 'em - thirty preview pages on Pixiv! Though most are in Japanese, there's quite a few illustrated pages you really should see.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rockman: Power Battle Fighters Heads to PS3 as a PS2 Classic (Japan)

If you happen to have a Japanese PlayStation 3 account with access to a little bit of yen, you're in for a treat: Rockman: Power Battle Fighters is now available as a PS2 Classic!

Originally published in 2004 in Japan, Power Battle Fighters is a compilation of the two arcade games Rockman: The Power Battle and Rockman 2: The Power Fighters.  Exclusive to these PS2 ports, a new, but admittedly bare bones 1 on 1 versus mode.  Here players can fight each other as Rockman, Blues, Forte or Duo with all of their special weapons readily unlocked.  The ability to block and counter attack with a single button have been added for balance, too.

Rockman: Power Battle Fighters will set you back 1,234 yen.  Thanks to Vhyper1985 for the tip!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Rockman X Novelization is Based on the Manga

I don't believe this was the twist Iwamoto was referring to, but according to the recently added product description on Rockman X: The Novels Amazon page, the book's plot is reportedly an adaptation of Iwamoto's X1 manga.

By adhering to Iwamoto's 1994 adaptation, we can expect to see manga-exclusive characters and events in novelized form.  For example, the opening moments of the manga throw readers in the midst of Sigma's uprising.  Here, X finds himself at a moral impasse with an Irregular called Pierrot. X is unable to bring himself to off a member of his own kind, so Zero does the deed for him.  A few pages later, X, to Zero's surprise, elicits an emotional response to a dog killed in combat: he's actually crying.  These early moments lay the foundation for X's character arc; the struggle of being a robot with human feelings.
There are currently no plans for an English language version of Rockman X: The Novels.  I don't doubt, however, the possibility of someone taking up a fan-translation down the line.  In the meantime you should check out Dr. Neko and Ayami Zero's X manga scanlation project if you haven't already.  An oldie but a goodie!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mega Man 9 and 10 Are Now Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

By way of Major Nelson, both Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 have been added to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility. This means if you previously downloaded the pair on Xbox 360 you can now enjoy them on your Xbox One. What's more, your old save files and DLC can be transferred to your Xbox One via the cloud.

And with that out of the way, let's get these guys on PC and PlayStation 4. Thank you!

Source: Major Nelson (thanks, Vhyper1985)

Rockman X Novelization Cover Art Revealed

It's here! Feast your eyes on the cover art for Rockman X The Novel: Irregulars Report. Due on January 25th, the book is a retelling of the events of X1 written by Todoroki Tsubasa and illustrated by Rockman X manga artist Yoshihiro Iwamoto. Pre-orders are available from Amazon Japan.

On Twitter, Iwamoto previously implied this is not a simple retelling; there seems to be some kind of twist. Perhaps it has to do with the POV? It won't be long before we find out!

Source: PHPcomicx

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Another Look at Hobby Rock 2017's Models

Yeah, we've shared some of these upcoming Hobby Rock garage kits and figures before. Thing is, they're looking better than ever.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Capcom Offering "Mega Man Legacy Bundle" on iOS

Starting today you can grab all six of those lovely Mega Man mobile ports in one fell swoop. The "Mega Man Legacy Bundle" runs for a reduced price of $9.99, iOS only.

I don't recommend it... but if you're so inclined, grab it here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mighty No. 9 Physical Backer Rewards Reportedly Still Coming

It's been six months since Mighty No. 9's launch and there's still no sign of the remaining physical backer rewards. The art book, NES/Famicom cartridge USB drives, printed game manuals and signed sketches remain missing in action. Sadly, Comcept haven't said a word on the issue - not a peep. You can e-mail them, you can tweet them, you can shout from the rooftops... and you'll still get nothing.

Fortunately someone has stepped up the the plate. The merchandising company contracted to produce the physical rewards, Fangamer, sent the following message to fans...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mega Man Battle Network 3D Fan Game Teams Up With Boktai-like Fan Game

In the spirit of official Mega Man Battle Network/Boktai crossovers of yore, fan projects Mega Man Battle Network 3D and the Boktai-inspired are Kura5 teaming up for a ghoulish collaboration.

The Red Ash Anime is Alive, Emerges With New Name

Wait, Red Ash? Actual Red Ash news? Yes it would seem so. The Red Ash OVA has undergone a name change, reports The Mega Man Network. Red Ash -Magicicada- has been re-titled to Red Ash -Gearworld-.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Playable Roll Sprites Are Hidden in Mega Man Mobile

Need more evidence Mega Man Mobile is based on the 2008 Rockman mobile port? Look no further: Roll's "playable" sprites are actually hidden in the game's graphic data!

Playing as Roll was the defining feature of the 2008 version (gameplay here). Even though Roll's sprites are technically in Mega Man Mobile, this feature is absent from the newly launched port. Sadly there's no telling if she'll be added in a future update. It's hard to say if we're looking at cut content or something intended for future use. Only time will tell!

Thanks to Reploid_21XX for the rip!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mega Man Mobile 1-6 Now Available on Android (Update: iOS Up)

All six classic NES Mega Man games are now available on Android and iOS. They'll set you back $1.99 a piece. Hit the jump below for download links!

More Mega Man Mobile 1-6 Gameplay

Capcom Mobile just rolled out 30-second clips of all six Mega Man ports heading to iOS and Android tomorrow. Unfortunately our framerate fears remain valid as, according to Capcom, "each game has been optimized for the mobile devices with adjustments to game speed." You can see what that looks like after the jump!

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's Mobile Wallpaper From Rockman Unity App

A new mobile wallpaper has become available via the Rockman Unity app. Capcom's Yuri Kataiwa is the artist behind this one. His credits include Ghost Trick and Marvel vs. Capcom 3! Three sizes are available to download - take your pick: 1080x1920, 750x1334 and 640x960.

FYI, a new mobile wallpaper will be offered each month.  If you missed out on December's piece - which was really, really great - you can grab it here! I'll be sure to offer new wallpapers on the blog as they come.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Rockman: Wish Upon A Star Production Art Surfaces

Let's kick 2017 off with something I've been hoping to see come to light for many years. My pal Rock Miyabi just uploaded a complete set of Rockman: Upon A Star production art on his blog. These materials offer a rare glimpse into the creation of the 1993 OVA and, more specifically, the 2nd episode. 

The materials have been split up into four posts: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Each sheet features character and object designs along with individual color specifications. Hit up those links and check 'em out! There's some really neat stuff to behold. My personal favorite? The Wily Death Star!

Enjoy and happy new year!