Thursday, September 28, 2017

Kazuhiro Tsuchiya: "Capcom Has Not Forgotten About Rockman"

The closing comments from Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya – who spoke at last weekend's less-than-stellar Tokyo Game Show 30th anniversary event – have been translated. Check it out:

"I want to say that Capcom has not forgotten about Rockman. This (30th anniversary logo) here is being put to good use. Rockman's 30th anniversary is coming in December – December, please remember that date!
On behalf of Ucchy and everyone here, we are looking forward to it very much and hope you are as well. We are deeply pleased to be able to share this with all the fans who have made this possible. Thank you for all of your support, up til now, and in the future."

Tsuchiya's statement, vague it may be, attempts to instill some hope. At the very least he's mindful of the community's general sentiment that Rockman is forgotten in Capcom's eyes. Tsuchiya isn't ignorant to that. However, think I speak for everyone when I say I'll believe it when I see it.

Thanks to Kobun20 for the translation!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New Promo Image for Mega Man 2018 Cartoon

A new promo image for next year's Mega Man cartoon has surfaced online. It's not much but it's something to chew on until the next big info dump.

According to the image, Mega Man will have a presence at MIPCOM, an annual tradeshow in Cannes beginning October 16th. What's more, the image further confirms the show's planned 52x11' format (52 episode, 11-minutes each). This suggests the program will follow a two-episodes-per-show format when it airs on Cartoon Network next year.

And that's about all that can be said for now. Maybe we'll learn more by MIPCOM?

Source: IMissBionix

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tokiko Nakashima Celebrates Star Force Mega Man 4Inch-Nel Launch with New Art

Sentinel's Star Force Mega Man 4Inch-Nel is now available! To mark the occasion, series character designer Tokiko Nakashima whipped up the above piece. And, man, is it ever good to see brand-new Star Force art. I've always loved Nakashima's stuff, Star Force 3 in particular.

There IS a mobile wallpaper version of this up on the Rockman Unity app. We should have those ripped for you relatively soon. UPDATE: And here they are!

Source: Rockman Unity

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bad Mega Man Volnutt, Hanayashiki Style Mega Man.EXE Coming to NYCC, Too!

Now this is a pleasant surprise. Hot on the heels of the 4Inch-Nel Geo variant, Good Smile announced Bad Mega Man Volnutt and the Hanayashiki Style Mega Man.EXE variants will be available to purchase exclusively at New York Comic-Con. Supply will be limited so get your keister over to booth #422 ASAP (on October 5th).

In all, that's three exclusive Mega Man 4Inch-Nels. Yeah; you're gonna need to bring some extra zenny.

Source: Good Smile US

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tokyo Game Show Mega Man 30th Anniversary Panel Live Stream (Update: ENDED)

UPDATE: And that's a wrap. The panel was, for the most part, the same as last Thursday's. No new announcements.

In just a few short hours the Mega Man 30th anniversary panel will take place at the Tokyo Game Show. The panel runs from 14:20 to 15:05 JST followed by a ten minute "Rockman Studio Talk" session from 15:05 to 15:15 JST. To find out what time that is in your neck of the woods, simply plug 14:20 JST in Google + your timezone.

According to Capcom, the panel will look back at past Mega Man titles and deliver the latest news on the 30th anniversary. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya will be on-stage with guests America Zarigani, Chocolat Ikeda, and Ayana.

The 9/22 press only panel, which only ran for 20 minutes, delivered a new Roll design for 2018 and some merchandise. Tonight's panel may be more of the same – then again, maybe not. We'll see. Anything newsworthy will be made into its own post above this one. Stay tuned and remember: no expectations, no disappointments.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mega Man Star Force Geo Variant 4Inch-Nel Headed to NYCC '17

If you plan on attending this year's New York Comic-Con, you might want to swing by Good Smile Co.'s booth (#422). Word on the street is the red Geo Stellar 4Inch-Nel variant will be on sale! It's a con exclusive (for the time being) so you better believe supply will be limited. Bring money – I can't stress that enough.

NYCC 2017 kicks off October 5th at the Javits Center. Head over here for more info!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Roll Gets a New Design for 2018 Nendoroid Figure... and Maybe More?

Roll is getting a brand-new look for a mysterious figure. Announced during the preview version of the Tokyo Game Show Rockman 30th anniversary panel, this new design will be turned into a Nendoroid by Good Smile in 2018. It's currently dubbed "30th anniversary Roll."

That's all well and good, sure, but something else might be going on here.

Attendees and fans on Twitter find it highly suspect this new design is *just* for a figure. Nendoroids are traditionally based on pre-existing character designs – nothing has been created from scratch. Also, wouldn't Nendoroid concept art have Nendo-like proportions? Unless Roll intends to break tradition, speculation says this design could belong to something more – much more.

At first glance, I immediately drew comparisons to that new, out-of-place concept art in Mega Man Legacy Collection 2. Style-wise, Roll and Mega Man here are pretty similar. Interesting stuff. Very interesting.

Needless to say, I'll be keeping tabs on this.

Source: Capcom | takaNakayama

Rockman Unity Gathering Comments for Rockman's 30th Anniversary

Official Rockman blog Rockman Unity is gearing up for the 30th anniversary in December. To mark the occasion, they're looking to gather comments – kudos, words of encouragement, fond memories, etc. – from fans and video game developers alike.

The form is presented in Japanese but it's really not all that hard to fill out. There are three required forms to submit: the top box is your name, the second box is your comment (1,000 character limit) and the very bottom is "parent consent" for participants 16 years or under. Choose the first option.

What is this for exactly? It's not entirely clear but the official website suggests your comments could result in a "new Rockman 30th anniversary project". Hmm... we shall see!

Source: Rockman Official

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Celebrate Mega Man's 30th Anniversary with a Life-Size Plush

Say hello to the official life-size Mega Man plush. This 4.3-foot monstrosity was spotted at Amazon Japan with a December 24th release date. It'll set you back a hefty 32,400 yen (roughly $288.19 US)

Whether you intend to buy it or not, you gotta see the additional images below. It's ridiculous.

Is This the Rockman 30th Anniversary Logo?

A product listing via Rakuten might've spoiled the official Rockman 30th anniversary logo ahead of this weekend's Tokyo Game Show panel. The logo can be seen on a patch on the left side of this commemorative jacket. It's tiny but we can make out certain details: the "0" is stylized after classic Rock's helmet and the slogan underneath reads "Since 1987". It's big improvement over the 25th anniversary logo, let me tell you.

The jacket itself is actually pretty neat. The inside is said to be lined with the titles of every entry in the classic series. It will ship later this December.

We'll have more 30th anniversary news on September 24th. Look forward to it but remember our mantra: no expectations, no disappointments.

Thanks, CAPkobun!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Launches Today

Friendly reminder: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite goes live today. For fans of a certain blue Maverick Hunter, the fourth entry in the series finally brings X, Zero and Sigma together under one roof. That's not to say Sigma will be available at launch – quite the opposite. The Deluxe Edition of the game includes Sigma and six other future characters slated to drop later this year. Anyway, point is Infinite will finally do Mega Man X fans right.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. I'm on PS4 this time round. I'll see you online!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite – Official Zero Tutorial

Hot on the heels of X comes the red crusader's official Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite tutorial video. This segment shows you how to make the most of Zero's diverse moveset, from basics to advanced combos. Be sure to jack the volume way up too – his theme is kickin'.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on September 19.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mega Man X and Sigma Funko Pops Are Coming This Fall

Funko are getting in on the Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite hype with a brand-new line of Infinite-inspired Pop vinyls. Among the sixteen revealed figures, we have TWO X variants and TWO Sigma variants headed our way this November. They will be sold in the following 2-packs:

  • Rocket vs. Mega Man X
  • Alternate Rocket vs. Mega Man X (GameStop exclusive)
  • Ultron vs. Sigma
  • Alternate Ultron vs. Sigma (Toys r Us exclusive)

It's worth pointing out X is wearing his TruForce "Ver. Ke" gear in both packs. Oddly enough that isn't a costume in the game – yet. Future DLC, maybe?

Regardless, these actually don't look too shabby (my relationship with Pops are strained at best). Again, you'll find these in-stores and online in November. Stay tuned for pre-orders.

Source: Marvel (thanks for the tip, Vhyper_1985 and Jan!)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Official Mega Man X Tutorial

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's September 19th release date is almost upon us. To get you ready for the occasion, Capcom have begun posting official tutorial videos for all 30 playable characters at launch. The videos will be dropping in clusters over the next few days, but to get you started, here's everything you need to know about our boy X.

Keep your eyes peeled to the official MvCI YouTube channel for more!

Adventure Dig Dig 2 x Rockman X Collaboration Teased

Rockman X is headed to mobile JRPG Adventure Dig Dig 2, according to the developer's official Twitter. X series-related content will begin appearing in the game on September 25th. A small sprite of X in can bee seen in the above promo, which seems to suggest our favorite Hunter – and maybe some other characters – can be added to player's parties.

Adventure Dig Dig 2 is only playable in Japanese so unless you're fluent, this news has no bearing to you. I do, however, want to point out this is yet another example of a "new" X series "thing." We've been seeing a lot of X series love lately – more so than usual.  A sign of bigger and better things to come maybe? X's 25th anniversary is next year... who knows!

Source: SupportDig

Monday, September 11, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Battle Network Boys Ring in September with a New Mobile Wallpaper

A new wallpaper is up via the Rockman Unity app. This month's piece drawn by Mita Chisato is a lively Battle Network reunion among friends and rivals alike. Check it out after the break!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mega Man 30th Anniversary Panel Announced for Tokyo Game Show (Updated)

The 2017 Tokyo Game Show will play host to a special Mega Man 30th anniversary panel, Capcom announced. The panel will include new 30th anniversary details and special guests, including Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya:

"[September 24] 14:20 to 15:05 – Mega Man‘s 30th Anniversary is Almost Here! Stage – In December, the Mega Man series will reach its 30th anniversary. As we look towards the nearly here memorial year, we’ll look back on the Mega Man titles released so far and deliver the latest 30th anniversary celebration information. Featuring Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (producer) and guests America Zarigani, Chocolat Ikeda, and Ayana."

UPDATE: The panel will be lived stream via Nico Nico. Bookmark this page!

As intriguing as all this sounds, be mindful of your expectations. But, man, would this every be a good opportunity to show off something new. We shall see!

Source: Gematsu

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fan-Project Aims to Create a Fifth Mega Man Zero

I had to be really careful with that title. I tried my best.

Anyway, the folks at Rockman Lab – the same team that are bringing us "Mega Man ZX Prequel" – are in the midst of developing a fan-made Mega Man Zero 5. The project aims to be an authentic, hypothetical fifth entry in the Zero series. It will feature a new story, original stages, enemies and music. It's been in development since 2012 but today we have our first actual look at the fan-game in action. Check out the first preview trailer above.

Regular updates and more information can be found at Rockman Lab's official Z5 hub here. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on this. More Zero is always a good thing.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Masi Oka Talks About Producing the Mega Man Movie

Earlier today the producer of 20th Century Fox's upcoming Mega Man movie, Masayori "Masi" Oka, talked a little more about the project – what he's excited about and the challenges that come with it – in an interview with Collider. Though the interview is mostly focused on Oka's Death Note adaptation for Netflix, you'll find the relevant Mega Man bits below:

Are you still working on producing a Mega Man movie?

OKA: We’ve just started the Mega Man movie. The writer/directors are working on a script right now, and we’re just in the beginning development stages of that.

What are you most excited about with that, and are there challenges specific to producing a story that’s based on a best-selling video game vs. a hugely popular manga?

OKA: With manga, there’s a lot of character development and it’s a serialized story. With a video game, it’s about game mechanics. The story might be a little bit lighter. There are definitely challenges with that, but I’m excited because our directors are big fans of the game. With anything animated, a game property, or anything IP, you want to make sure the filmmakers are huge fans because they’ll show a respect for the property and understand, at the core, what makes that property great. I don’t know where it’s going to go yet, but I am excited about Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. They’re great filmmakers and they’re really big fans of Mega Man.

So something of note here: Oka pretty much confirmed Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are writing and directing. In July it was said they were in "final negotiations". Nothing was set in stone then but it sounds like they're officially on board now. Joost and Schulman, for the uninitiated, are the team behind Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 4.

Needless to say, I'll be following the film's development closely. Stay tuned.

Source: Collider

Friday, September 1, 2017

Frank's Mega Man X Costume Returns in Dead Rising 4: Frank's Big Package

Dead Rising 4's timed-exclusivity on Microsoft platforms has come to an end. Capcom today announced Dead Rising 4: Frank's Big Package for PlayStation 4. It's a souped-up, special edition of the game with new content.

Among these extras is "Capcom Heroes" mode, which is described as "an all-new way to experience the Dead Rising 4 story that lets our hero Frank West wear over a dozen outfits and perform outrageous special attacks inspired by classic Capcom characters."As you can see, players will have the opportunity to dress Frank up as Mega Man X – a Dead Rising tradition which was oddly absent from the original DR4.

Although Frank's Big Package is exclusive to PS4, the Capcom Heroes mode will be available as a free download on Xbox One and PC when the game launches on December 7th. Head over to Capcom Unity for further details.