Monday, April 30, 2018

New "66 Action" Mega Man Mini Figures Due in September (Update)

Amazon Japan accidentally tossed up a pre-order page for Bandai's new 66 Action Mega Man figures. It's since been removed but the listing did confirm a September release. The new figures will be available in two SKUs: a box of ten figures for 5,940 yen ($54) and a Ride Armor 2-pack for 6,480 yen ($60). As a reminder, these are big boxes of individual blind box figures, which will be sold at a *much* lower price at retail. The Ride Armors are sold in a 2-pack only. [UPDATE: Amazon's page is live with images of each figures' accessories. You can find the Ride Armor listing here.]

The new figures include Vile, Star Force Mega Man, Cut Man, Super Mega Man, X's Ride Armor and Vile's Ride Armor. The X figure isn't exactly new – it was included in the initial 66 Action line from 2016 – but the face looks a little different.

Pre-orders should go live soon. Thanks to Reploid21XX for the heads up!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cover Art for Shooting Star Rockman Sound Box Released

By way of Rockman Unity, here's the cover art for the upcoming Shooting Star Rockman Sound Box. It brings together characters from all three games in the series. Hey, it's always heartening to see new SSR artwork!

Announced in late March, Shooting Star Rockman Sound Box is a 3-disc collection that includes all of the music from the Shooting Star Rockman series. This set will mark the first time Shooting Star Rockman 3's soundtrack will be available on disc, almost nine years after the game's initial release! Pre-orders are now available from Play Asia and CD Japan.

Source: Rockman Unity (thanks, Vhyper1985!)

Here's a Sample From Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2's Soundtrack

For your consideration, here's a sample of one of several new, original pieces of music composed for Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2. The new tracks will also be featured in a brand-new album coming out on July 27th in Japan.

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 is headed to home consoles and PC on July 24th.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Agonizingly Cute Rush Plushie Revealed

The best robotic pupper in the world is getting the plushie treatment. Later this year, Rush is joining Pop Buddies' growing line of licensed Mega Man products. He's about 7-inches tall and 8-inches wide – small enough to cuddle. More images after the jump!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Mega Man Mastermix #3 Covers Revealed (Update)

The second issue of Mega Man Mastermix isn't due out for another few days (Wednesday, April 25th) and already we have a sneak peek at issue #3's fantastic covers. There's only two covers this time round UPDATE: three covers! The standard cover by Hitoshi Ariga a variant by Genzoman, and another variant by Josh Perez (the design is inspired by Rock & Rule).

Here's the solicitation:

"The Blue Bomber returns to comics through the classic stories of Japanese artist Hitoshi Ariga -- available for the first time in color!

Rock, Doctor Light and a reformed Doctor Wily travel into space to investigate an asteroid of alien origin! Along the journey, they find themselves attacked by not only eight new Robot Masters, but the mysterious Break Man as well! It's an adventure of all-out automaton action in outer space!

Mega Man Mastermix #3 hits newsstands on July 25th, 2018.

Source: Previews World

Famitsu Wants to Hear From English Fans About Mega Man's 30th Anniversary

In celebration of the blue bomber's 30th anniversary, Famitsu are asking English-speaking fans what they think about Mega Man for an upcoming Mega Man 30th anniversary issue (to be published on May 17th, 2018). You can find the questionnaire here.

The questions are mostly focused about what you like about Mega Man, your favorite game, characters, etc. Your answers may actually appear in the issue! Hit up the link above and send them your thoughts. Please submit your answers by Saturday April 21st at 7:59AM PST.

Source: Famitsu

Rockman X Anniversary Collection Soundtrack Announced

Rockman X Anniversary Collection 1+2 (Mega Man X Legacy Collection in the west) is getting its very own album, Capcom announced.

The CD will include new music made especially for the collection(s) plus arrangements of old favorites. Yasumasa Kitagawa of "We are ROCK-MEN" fame is the composer and Keisuke Mizuno is designing the disc jacket. A limited edition with a unique sleeve is being prepared as well. No track list information is available at this time.

The album is due to hit Japan on July 18th for 2,700 yen (about $25.00 US). Pre-orders are currently being accepted via e-Capcom.

Source: Capcom

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Another Look at "66 Action Star Force Mega Man" Mini Figure

First revealed at the New York Toy Fair in February, Bandai brings us another look at the upcoming 66 Action Star Force Mega Man mini figure. As his namesake implies, our blue Wavemaster here stands at 66mm or roughly 2.6 inches tall. He's small but the articulation should be pretty good.

Additional information about Star Force Mega Man and the other new 66 Action Mega Man figures (Super Mega Man, Cut Man, Vile and Ride Armors) is expected to hit on May 1st. Stay tuned!

Source: Bandai Candy

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

First Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 Gameplay

Capcom TV spent a good portion of their show today checking out Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 (3:22:00 above). Ucchy-san and his companions took viewers through the museum mode – checking out music, old promotional trailers (the promo for X1 is an early version of the game with the 'P' health bar) – and watched a little bit of The Day of Sigma. It's still hard to tell if the the latter has been remastered, though it looks quite nice.

We also get a good look at the various menus. When choosing which game to play, it appears you can toggle between the Japanese and English versions with a simple press of the square button (PlayStation 4 version). From that same menu you can also switch to "Rookie Hunter" mode (easy mode).

Moving on, they checked out the brand-new "X Challenge" mode, which pits the player against two bosses at once. They squared off against Chill Penguin and Frost Walrus while wearing the mysterious white/blue Ultimate Armor. Capcom TV did not elaborate whether or not its color scheme correlates with a new special weapon exclusive to X Challenge, a popular fan theory. The footage of X Challenge is very brief but it looks pretty fun!

Closing off the X Legacy Collection portion, they showed off the limited edition and the differences between the PS4 and Switch versions (2 discs on PS4, one cartridge and a download voucher for Legacy Collection 2 on Switch). And that's about it. Look forward to more news soon!

Rockman 30th Anniversary Concert Announced for Japan

It's not a birthday without a little music, yeah? Capcom Japan announced that they will hold a Rockman 30th anniversary concert at Nakano ZERO Dai Hall in Tokyo on July 8th.

The concert will feature music from *every* Rockman series: classic, X, DASH, etc. The music will be composed by Noriyuki Iwadare, who is perhaps best known for his work on Ace Attorney, Grandia, Lunar, and Langrisser. Iwadare also had a hand in Rockman X7's score and the Air Man stage arrangement featured in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U. The 30th anniversary band will also include Miyazaki Daisuke (guitar), Enomoto Atsushi (bass), Kaimura Noriyuki (keyboard), Yamauchi Yu (drums) and MOS (various).

Lastly, the concert will feature a special Rockman panel where new information and announcements will be presented. Various goods and merchandise will be on hand for attendees as well. Pre sale tickets start on April 22nd at 7,500 yen. Ticket sale information can be found here.

Source: Capcom (thanks, Reploid 21XX)

Monday, April 16, 2018

SNES Mega Man X3 Confirmed for Mega Man X Legacy Collection

Just in case the footage from the game's official Japanese website wasn't enough, a Capcom representative has confirmed that the Super Nintendo version of Mega Man X3 will be featured in Mega Man X Legacy Collection. At this time, however, it remains to be seen if the PlayStation version exclusives  – the animated FMVs and soundtrack, – will make their way to the extras gallery in some form or another.

This was one of the more popular questions I received in gathering feedback for my go-to Capcom person. I have a number of questions about Mega Man X Legacy Collection that I've sent off. Some of these include:

  • Will there be a rewind feature?
  • Will there be dual audio?
  • Any plans to re-translate/redub MMX5 or MMX6?
  • Will there be an option to turn off the often-intrusive Alia dialogue in MMX5?
  • Has The Day of Sigma been remastered in any way?
  • Is the bonus museum mode content split between the two collections or is it the same regardless?

What other questions do you have? Drop 'em in the comments. I should be hearing something back relatively soon!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 Pre-Orders Are Live (Updated)

All three physical versions of Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 are now available to pre-order from GameStop: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are 2-disc sets; Legacy Collection 1 on one disc, Legacy Collection 2 on the other. For Nintendo Switch, the bundle will include a cartridge with Legacy Collection 1 and a digital download voucher for Legacy Collection 2.

If you're looking to import the Japanese versions, your best bet at the time of this writing is Play Asia, Amiami or Nin-Nin Game. Amazon Japan are not shipping the games outside of Japan at this time. That may change closer to release but there's no guarantee. UPDATE: International shipping now available from Amazon!

Lastly, I'd like to point out that the standalone physical release of Rockman X Anniversary Collection 2 is indeed shipping on its very own Nintendo Switch cartridge. It's the only way to own the second collection on a physical Switch cartridge because on the 1+2 bundle – both in Japan and the US – it's in the form of a digital download voucher. You might want to look into importing it!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 Western Release Info

Hot on the heels of Japan, Capcom USA just confirmed Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2! Both will be available in the US on July 24th for $19.99 each digitally. A retail bundle will be available for $39.99 that includes two discs on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. On Nintendo Switch, the retail bundle will include a single cartridge with the first collection and a digital download voucher for the second collection.

Additionally, we have some new details and info about previously announced features. The X Challenge mode – a boss rush where you face off against multiple bosses at the same time – you can choose to take three Special Weapons into battle or go for a buster-only run. You can share your times with other players and see where you rank on the leaderboard.

New music for both collections has been confirmed as well. The music playing in the Japanese trailer is likely one such piece. Remixes of classic X series tunes are reportedly included too. Where they will be featured – in the games themselves or maybe just the menus – has yet to be confirmed.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Rockman X Anniversary Collection 1+2 Announced

Capcom Japan today announced Rockman X Anniversary Collection 1 and Rockman X Anniversary Collection 2 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Anniversary Collection 1 will include X1 through X4 and Anniversary Collection 2 with X5 through X8. Both collections are due in Japan on July 26th.

In addition to the games themselves, both collections will feature their share of extra content. There's a concept art gallery, a music gallery, a merchandise gallery (nice!) and a video gallery featuring various trailers AND The Day of Sigma in its entirety. Various borders and filters will be available at your disposal too. They've even increased the resolution of X7 and X8! To top it all off, the collections will feature a brand-new "X Challenge" mode, where you fight multiple bosses from different games at the same time!

In Japan, the collections will receive individual physical editions as well as a physical 1+2 bundle. It's 2 discs on PlayStation 4. For Nintendo Switch, AC1 will be on the cartridge and AC2 will be a download code. The PC and Xbox versions will be digital only (again, this is for Japan).

In addition to the trailer above, you can check out some screenshots and artwork after the jump. And don't worry; western release info is forthcoming. Hang in there!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Mega Man Board Game Developers Share Update on Post-Release Support

Since Jasco Games released Mega Man: The Board game a couple years ago, fans and Kickstarter backers alike have been wondering why there hasn't been any post-release support. Things like new characters, gameplay adjustments and so forth. Today we have some clarity on that front courtesy of Jasco's Luke Butler.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

HMO Collectables Zero Statue Pre-orders Coming April 21st

At last HMO Collectables' 1:4 scale Zero statue has been revealed. Better yet, preorders are coming soon. Real soon! How does April 21st sound? Read on for more pics and details.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

You Can Now Preorder Jakks Pacific Mega Man Toys

First revealed back in February, Jakks Pacific's Mega Man toyline is now available to preorder from Entertainment Earth. Here's what we got:

  • Mega Man Classic Deluxe Action Figure ($39.99 August 2018): "Mega Man has never looked better! Fans of the classic Mega Man video game will love this deluxe action figure. The Mega Man Classic Deluxe Action Figure features lights and sounds that are sure to delight!"

Now don't freak out over the prices for the mini figures and plushies – those listings are specifically for cases. Individual mini figure 2-packs and plushies will be sold separately and it looks like ToyWiz has listings for those up right now. It's also worth noting the release date for these products aren't absolute. Rather, they are estimates that could potentially change at any given time.  I'll be keeping an ear to the ground for updates.

So yeah, that's all from Jakks Pacific for now. We're also expecting toys based on the new animated series from them at some point, too. I've got no news on that front yet. Stay tuned!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Rockman Unity's Fake Mega Man 11 Robot Masters Lineup Translated

Continuing a tradition of going all out with April Fools' gags, Rockman Unity revealed the Mega Man 11 Robot Masters lineup over the weekend – sort of. The fake rogues' gallery is made up of some ridiculous designs that you wish were real the real deal. And hey, if past Rockman Unity April Fools' jokes are anything to go by, one of them might just be.