Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Hunt for "Rockman X Interactive" Part 1: Initial Findings and First Translations

"Rockman X Interactive" was the project name for a cancelled Rockman X spin-off in development in the mid-1990s. The existence of the game came to light when design documents for the project appeared on Yahoo! Auction Japan in September, 2018. Although our search for the actual, physical documents continue, I'm happy to present to you today our initial findings and a complete English translation of the pages that were posted to the ill-fated auction itself.

Mega Man: Fully Charged Episodes 45~48 Now Available to Stream

It's the beginning of the end! Four brand-new episodes of Mega Man: Fully Charged are now available to steam via Cartoon Network online, the CN App, and on-demand. Episode titles and descriptions below:

Episode 45: This Is Not A Drill
Mega Man and Dr. Light must set aside a father-son disagreement to stop Drill Man from taking revenge on his own overbearing father.

Episode 46: A Man Man For All Seasons
When a run-in with the Hoover Gang leaves Aki unable to transform into Mega Man, he must don a cheap costume and enlist the unlikeliest of sidekicks, Man Man!

Episode 47: Change The Charge
Mega Man tries to stop Elec Man by helping him overcome his destructive habits, but is he being duped in the process?

Episode 48: Hide And Secrets
Desperate for answers about Namagem, Mega Man decides to break into his father's lab, which leaves Suna exposed to the vengeful robot.

There's only FOUR more episodes left of Mega Man: Fully Charged season one. Unfortunately, I'm afraid there's still no news on the prospects for a second season. I'll continue to keep an ear or two to the ground, though. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Bandai Announces Rockman X Giga Mission: New Cards, New Story Between X5/X6

Bandai have announced Rockman X Giga Mission, a brand-new trading card series that succeeds 2018's highly successful Rockman X 25th Anniversary Memorial Carddass set.

Due to release in August, the Rockman X Giga Mission box set includes 24 all-new cards designed by Yoshihiro Iwamoto, an exclusive 10-page manga (by Iwamoto) that tells an "untold" story between Rockman X5 and Rockman X6 featuring new characters, mechs and armor, and a clear file to safely store the cards in a binder.

Additionally, Bandai will be holding a contest to design a special Giga Mission armor for Zero (Japan only). The winning design will be turned into a real trading card, illustrated by Iwamoto himself. In case you forgot, this was the winning design from last year's contest.

Pre-orders for the Rockman X Giga Mission box set are now available exclusively through Premium Bandai. There are no current plans for an English release, so you'll have to get a little creative to obtain this one. Premium Bandai don't ship internationally; you're best bet might be to wait for it show up on Yahoo! Auctions and grab it via proxy.

Source: Premium Bandai (Thanks, Vhyper1985!)

Monday, April 22, 2019

New Images of Kotobuiya Mega Man X Model Kit + Release Window

First revealed back in February, Kotobukiya brings us several brand-new images of their upcoming Mega Man X model kit – in color! He's looking mighty fine, folks.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate 3.0 Mega Man Balance Changes & Additions

Just in case you've been living under a rock these past few days, the new 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has gone live! Among the many updates, 3.0 brings the option to purchase and play as Joker from Persona 5, as well as a whole host of new modes, features & balance changes. Our very own Blue Bomber has undergone quite a few tweaks, too. Read up on it after the break!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mega Man: The Power Battle to be Included in the "Capcom Home Arcade"

Mega Man: The Power Battle is one of 16 arcade games included in the Capcom Home Arcade system, Capcom announced. The Capcom Home Arcade plugs directly into your TV and features high quality sticks and buttons, built-in WiFi for leaderboards, and HDMI output. You can find a list of all the games included here.

This is the first port of Mega Man: The Power Battle in roughly 15 years. It was last included in 2004's Mega Man Anniversary Collection for the PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox. Its sequel, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, is MIA from this particular unit.

The Capcom Home Arcade is set to launch on October 25th for £199.99/€229.99/$250. More info here!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Mega Merch: Fully Charged Drill Power Mega Man, Air Man, and Mega Buster Lab Review

Wave 1 of the Mega Man: Fully Charged toyline is out and the folks at Jakks Pacific have graciously provided Rockman Corner with a few samples. Read on for our review of the 5-inch Drill Power Mega Man and 6-inch Air Man figures plus the super-sized Mega Buster Lab playset.

15-Inch Mega Man "Soft Statue" Now Available to Pre-Order

First seen at New York Toy back in February, Minted Lab's "soft statue" Mega Man is now available to pre-order. This handsome fellow stands at 15-inches tall and features a range of articulation. It's body is mostly soft with PVC material used for the head, arms, hands, and legs. The soft bits are all bendable. You can see more images and a 360 degree turn-around of the statue here.

The statue is expected to ship in August for $49.99. Pre-orders are only available through Minted Labs. Only so many statues will be produced, so get your order in ASAP!

Source: Minted Lab

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mega Man: Fully Charged Officially-Licensed Costume Available to Pre-Order

If you have a little one at home who wants to dress up as Mega Man/Aki Light this summer, look no further. An officially-licensed Mega Man: Fully Charged kids costume is due out in July for $35.99.

Manufactured by Disguise, the costume includes a helmet-mask (not an actual helmet) and a "3D" Mega Buster sewn into the jump suit. Pre-orders are available via Amazon.

Interestingly, Disguise has set aside an entire brand section for Mega Man. This could be indicative of future officially-licensed Mega Man costumes, Fully Charged or not. I suppose it's something to keep an eye out for.

Thanks, Rock Miyabi!

Vote on the Design for the Next First 4 Figures Zero Statue

A brand-new Zero (Mega Man X) statue is in the works by First 4 Figures. What it will ultimately look like, however, is up for us to decide.

First 4 Figures are looking for fan input to select the statue's design via a poll on the First 4 Figures Official Collectors' Club Facebook page. There's five designs to choose from, each with a unique pose and base. Do note that each base is inspired by different platforms/imagery from various Mega Man X titles. For example, design A's base is debris from Metal Shark Player's stage (X6). Design D is the boss teleportation platform from Mega Man X4, and design E is one of those hovering platforms from Mega Man X5's opening stage. I can't place my finger on B or C, though... you?

Which design is your favorite? Make your selection here. There's no telling when the poll will close, so I advise you get on it ASAP. Comments are open for feedback/ideas!

Source: First 4 Figures Official Collectors' Club

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Mega Man Mastermix TPB Volume 2 "Asteroid Blues" Now Available to Pre-Order

Amazon has opened up pre-orders for the second Mega Man Mastermix trade paperback, "Asteroid Blues". Volume 2 collects Mega Man Mastermix issues #3 and issue #4 into a single book. It's expected to ship on September 10th for $19.99. Grab it here!

Don't forget; Mega Man Mastermix Volume 1: Robot Rebellion is coming soon, too! It's due on May 21st. If you haven't pre-ordered it yet, well, Amazon has you covered, too. Get it here!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Mega Man 11 Wily Numbers Instrumental Tracks Now Free on PS4, XONE, and Switch (Update)

Previously available as an exclusive pre-order bonus, the alternate Wily Numbers Instrumental Stage Tracks DLC for Mega Man 11 are now available as a free download from the US and EU PlayStation Network, the Microsoft Store, and the UK Nintendo Switch eShop.

No word yet on availability from the US Nintendo Switch eShop.We'll keep an ear to the ground, though. It can't be too far off! UPDATE: It's up!

Stay tuned!

Mega Man Mastermix #4 Now Available + Current Status of Mega Man X: Mega Mission

Originally slated for November 28th, 2018, the fourth issue of Mega Man Mastermix suffered many delays but has finally arrived in stores. Why such a big delay you may ask? Here's what Matt Moylan, Director of Publishing at UDON Entertainment, had to say:

"After four issues we were about a month and a half late in production (coloring). At that point it's, best to allow comic shops to cancel and reorder, so they can adjust accordingly if any customers lost interest. Resoliciting means another 4 months delay"

Those who had the issue in their hands noticed the last chapter was not colored by Josh Perez, this is what Matt had to say about it:

"The second colorist on Mastermix #4 was to help Josh get the final issue done on time. Josh continued Asteroid Blues, while Espen did Metal Heart."

When asked about the current status of the English translated version of one-shot Mega Man X: Mega Mission, originally slated to release on January 2019, this is what Matt told me:

"It's going to happen, we just won't rush it. It is translated."

So there you go. Mega Man X: Mega Mission is not cancelled or indefinitely delayed, they just need more time to finish the issue.

Thanks to MidniteW for the info regarding the second colorist on Mastermix #4 and also to Matt Moylan for kindly answer my questions.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Mega Man Battle Network: Official Complete Works Hardcover Reprint Listed on Amazon

Good news, Battle Network friends: you don't have to pay an exorbitant amount of zenny for Mega Man Battle Network: Official Complete Works anymore. A listing for a hardcover reprint of the popular artbook recently appeared on Amazon. It'll set you back a cool $44.99 and it's expected to ship on August 20th.

I should note that, much like UDON Entertainment's previous Official Complete Works hardcover reprints, there won't be any new content here. It's the same book that came out several years ago, just in a fancy new packaging. If you missed out on MMBNOCW the first time around, this is your chance!

Snag a pre-order here. Thanks, Reploid_21XX!