Monday, September 30, 2019

Dimension Studios Zero Figure Teased


Details are few and far between at the moment, but it looks like hobby manufacturer Dimension Studios are working on a Zero series Zero figure.

A product listing for the figure has appeared on Taobao. What's more, it will reportedly make it's first public appearance at the China International Comic Festival in early October. The image above isn't a representation of the final figure - it's a concept render

That's all the we know right now. More news on this topic soon! Thanks for the tip, AncelCai!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Rockman Zero & ZX Double Hero Collection Pre-order Bonus Art Revealed


Via the Rockman Zero & ZX Double Hero Collection (as it's known in Japan) official website, we have our first look at the pre-order bonuses available if you purchase the game from select Japanese retailers. Most of the goods reuse old art – however, the items available to those who pre-order from Amazon Japan, GEO and WonderGOO will be treated to brand-new artwork drawn by Rockman Zero character designer and illustrator himself, Toru Nakayama. More art after the break!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Rockman X DiVE May Take a While to Launch, Says Kazuhiro Tsuchiya



The Rockman X DiVE team uploaded a new interview with Mega Man series producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya. In it, Tsuchiya-san tackles a wide variety of topics regarding Rockman X DiVE and the recent Closed Beta Test. Chief among them, he has an important update regarding the game's official launch. Find out after the break!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

New Images of Kotobukiya Zero and "Nightmare Zero" Variant Revealed


In addition to new images of the previously announced Kotobukiya Zero model kit, a Nightmare Zero variant was revealed at the "All Japan Model Hobby Show" tonight. More images and details after the break!

Five New "Toyplay" Mega Man: Fully Charged Episodes Released


To tide you over until we have some official news on the prospects of Mega Man: Fully Charged season 2, (I've heard a few things, but nothing I can say right now) the show's official YouTube channel recently published five new "Toyplay" episodes.

For the uninitiated, these are bite-sized videos featuring original stories acted out with Jakks Pacific Fully Charged toys. These videos are clearly marketing to school-aged children but, hey, aren't we all one at heart?

Check out an episode above and the rest of them here.

The ApeX of 2D Action – A "Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX" Review



The latest entry in the Gunvolt series is finally here, three years after the release of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 for the Nintendo 3DS. Was it worth waiting for? Find out in Rockman's Corner review after the break!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mega Man and Dragalia Lost Crossover Event Announced


To commemorate the first anniversary of Dragalia Lost – Nintendo and Cygames' immensely popular mobile RPG – the game's director, Yuji Okada, announced a special collaboration with the Mega Man series dubbed "Mega Man: Chaos Protocol". The event is expected to take place during an undisclosed winter date. The announcement was made during the First Anniversary Dragalia Digest stream seen here (relevant portion at 48:40 minutes in).

More news on the crossover event will be shared during "This Month in Dragalia Lost" on October 1st. So yeah; that's about all there is on this subject for today. Exciting stuff! I guess you should go on and download Dragalia Lost now, yes?

We'll have more news on this front soon. Thanks to everyone who sent us a tip!

First Round of Rockman X DiVE Changes Revealed


Staying true to their ever-transparent line of communication with fans, Capcom Taiwan have published a small list of changes that are expected to be incorporated in future iterations of Rockman X DiVE. These changes are all based on player feedback from the now-concluded August closed beta trial. Check 'em out:

a. Gamepad Buttons Setting with Adjustable Transparency
b. Adding "Invincible Time" after Character Died
c. Skippable Novice Guide [i.e skip RiCO's dialog]
d. Adding More Languages
e. Script Errors


As stated on their Facebook page, Capcom Taiwan will "keep optimizing the game according to your precious advices". Their words, not mine.  More changes, adjustments and additions to Rockman X DiVE are expected to take place over the course of development, and you're very much encouraged to send the development team feedback on Facebook.

More Rockman X DiVE is coming soon. Stay tuned!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Here's Some Rockman X DiVE Player Statistics


Capcom Taiwan have been lighting up their Facebook page with some numbers and statistics from the now-concluded Rockman X DiVE closed beta trial. Above you can see some general data gathered from the post-beta survey: players' ages, location and gender.  Read on to find out which characters and weapons were the most popular!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

ASICS Japan x Mega Man Product Collaboration Coming Soon


ASICS, a popular sport apparel company, will be producing a number of Mega Man products available at select locations in Japan and online starting November 1st.

Rockman X DiVE – An Interview with Keisuke Mizuno


Via the Chinese website GNN, we have our first Rockman X DiVE-focused interview and it's with none other than Keisuke Mizuno, the current main illustrator for the X series. In it, Mizuno tackles a variety of interesting subjects such as his involvement in the game, his design philosophy behind RiCO, and his own hopes for the game as a Rockman fan. Don't waste any time and read the interview after the break!

Rockman X3 25th Anniversary Band Album Available to Purchase


The Rockman X3 25th Anniversary Band album is now available to purchase in MP3 and WAV format! The PDF Score is also available for those who want to play the music by themselves, too. The album in MP3 format costs 2,700 yen (22€ - $25), in WAV format it's 4,320 yen (35€ - $39) and the PDF Score is 4,320 yen (35€ - $39)  as well. They also offer the individual instrumental tracks (Guitar, Bass, Keyboard & drums) for 2,700 yen (22€ - $25) each.

You can purchase both these items, the Band Album and PDF Score, here and listen some music samples here.

At this time, there's no news about the release date or when the first samples will be available for the Piano Album. Stay tuned for more news!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rockman X Giga Mission Translation Project: The Manga


Released earlier this past August, the Rockman X Giga Mission set from Bandai comes with a binder, 24 carddass collectible cards, and a booklet featuring a 10-page manga illustrated by Yoshihiro Iwamoto. The story of Giga Mission is set between the events of Rockman X5 and Rockman X6 following the crash of the Eurasia colony on Earth.

Today, we bring you the English translation of the Giga Mission manga thanks to the collaborative effort of Digi148 (scans), Maverick Hunter K (translation) [visit his YouTube channel!] and yours truly, Reploid 21XX (cleaning and typesetting). Without further delay, enjoy the manga after the break!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Hardcover Robot Master Field Guide with Mega Man 11 Robot Masters in the Works


A listing on Amazon has outed the existence of an "Updated Edition" of the Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide. It's intended as a hardcover reprint of the original 2012 book featuring additional profiles of the Mega Man 11 Robot Masters. Here's the description:

"Updated with new profiles and information from Mega Man 11! The MEGA MAN: ROBOT MASTER FIELD GUIDE is your ultimate handbook to the classic Mega Man universe.
Inside you’ll find profiles of every major Mega Man character, including all the Robot Masters, plus profiles for other important robots like Proto Man, Rush, Roll, Bass, Duo, and more. Each profile features classic CAPCOM artwork, and includes quotes, weapons info, and of course each Robot Master’s secret weakness!"

You can pre-order your copy from Amazon right here! So yeah; not much else to say than that. I'm really glad Udon have been on a reprint kick lately. Now if only we can get them to translate Iwamoto's X series comics...

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Next Major Mega Man Game Still in Development, Says Tsuchiya


Echoing a statement made earlier this year, Mega Man series producer Kazuhiro Tsuchyia assured Japanese gaming outlet Gamer that the next major Mega Man title is indeed in development. Here's the relevant portion from Gamer's interview:

4Gamer: "What can you tell us about the next game to be developed? The most recent game - Mega Man 11 - was amazing, and we [4Gamer] are expecting the revival of the Star Force series. Personally I would like to see the Command Mission saga to be brought back. (laughs)"

Tsuchiya: "I see (laughs). There are a lot of titles I personally want to work on, but to tell the truth the next game to be developed has already been decided on, I'd just like to keep the specific details hidden for the moment. Please wait until we make an announcement. Still, I think that the there's no such thing as a spin-off in the Mega Man series, every saga is a main series on its own. When speaking of "Mega Man", there will always be people who think of "X", as well as people who think of "EXE", and I think that's why each one's concept of what Mega Man is changes depending on the generation. For that reason, we don't want to deny any series of its future."

Although Tsuchiya did not specify what game is in development, it's interesting to note that he recognizes fans have a very broad definition of who or what "Mega Man" is. He's coy about it, but this is Tsuchiya's way of saying that, really, nothing is off limits. I don't think it's a stretch to say that there may yet be new entries from not just Classic and X, but Battle Network, Zero, ZX, Legends and Star Force as well.

Might I also add, earlier in 4Gamer's interview, Tsuchiya also said Capcom are "planning on extending the Mega Man brand at least over 10 or 20 more years by giving it constant stimulation, that way we'll be able to experience new titles alongside new player." Needless to say, Mega Man's future is very bright. We're exciting to see what lies ahead!

Source: 4Gamer (thanks for the translation, Seita!)

Yet More Rockman X DiVE Datamine Finds


Armors, weapons and Mavericks, oh my! The Rockman X DiVE closed beta trial hides many secrets that won't be available to players until the full game is released. If you don't mind being spoiled ahead of time (I guess the header image already did some of that. Oops?), you can see what we found after the break!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Rockman X DiVE Closed Beta Gameplay Videos for Everyone Who Isn't Playing


Whether you just missed the sign-up period* or you're having trouble logging in**, my buddy ShadowRockZX has taken the liberty of recording *tons* on Rockman X DiVE gameplay just for you!

ShadowRockZX's playthrough is on-going, so it's not exactly a complete run just yet. However, he has uploaded all of Chapter 1 (above), Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and a livestream of Co-OP Mode that's happening right now. Hit up those links and check it out, if you're so inclined!

*Additional slots are opening up soon!
** Contact Capcom Taiwan directly with any issues at service@capcom.com.tw with the title “RXD CBT Acct&PW Inquiry

Possible New Rockman X DiVE Features Teased


The Rockman X DiVE  development team published an online questionnaire to gather feedback from the Rockman X DiVE Beta players, and some special features that may be added to the game in the future have been revealed! More info after the break!

Rockman Live 2020 Concert Announced!


Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (ytv) and Capcom announced today Rockman Live 2020, a set of four concerts that will take place next year in Tokyo and Osaka to promote the upcoming Rockman Zero & ZX Double Hero Collection. More info after the break!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rockman X DiVE Datamine Unearths Four More Playable Characters


Now that the closed beta trial is live, it was only a matter of time before fans started digging into Rockman X DiVE's code for any hidden goodies. Sure enough, we found evidence of four unannounced playable characters: Black Zero, Steel Massimo, Second Armor X, and Cinnamon. Full resolution of these images can be found right here.

These characters are NOT playable in the closed beta. However, the existence of both portrait and full-body artwork heavily implies that they will be in the final game. Hurray!

Once again, I'm inclined to remind you that there is no set number of characters for the final game's roster. As a matter of fact, these images follow a strict three-digit designation. For example, Palette is "ch_013" and the copy Zero is "ch_026". That's thirteen unknown characters between them with the possibility of +100 different characters overall.

Rockman X DiVE is designed with longevity in mind – many characters are expected to appear over the next several months to years (if the game is fortunate enough to last that long). And remember:  Capcom Taiwan are taking requests, too. You never know who we'll see next!

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Z Chaser Trailer and TGS 2019 News


Briefly introduced when the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection was announced back in August, here's a much closer look at the "Z Chaser" mode designed for the collection. Plus, we also have news from today's Live Stage Event at Tokyo Game Show. Everything after the break!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Rockman X DiVE Early Access Closed Beta Test is Live!


The promised time is upon us: the Rockman X DiVE closed beta test is now online! To play, you need to do the following:

  • Download the Rockman X DiVE app from the Google Play Store or download the .apk here. Login with the Google account that you used to sign up for the test in August. 
  • You MUST use the unique password that Capcom Taiwan e-mailed you last week. Passwords are case sensitive! Please send an e-mail to service@capcom.com.tw with the title “RXD CBT Acct&PW Inquiry”, if you have any problem regarding your account or password. 
  •  Once you're logged in, you're ready to play! Remember, this closed beta test ends September 16th at 10:00 (GMT+8) so pace yourself!

And here's everything you need to know going into the closed beta test:

  • Playable characters include X, Zero, Axl, Alia, Ultimate Armor X, Marino, Vile, and Pallette. Fans who participated in the Mega Man collection contest will have access to a currently unknown, exclusive character.
  • Playable game modes include Story Mode, Co-Op Mode (your character must be LV20 to participate), and PvP Mode (LV16 character required). 
  •  The game runs on Bluestacks just fine.
  • Players that encounter bugs or glitches can send an error report directly to Capcom Taiwan here.

And that's that! Remember, this will not be the ONLY beta test. Their will be a public, open beta in the near future. Hopefully that will be open to iOS users. We should know more on that subject soon. For now, have fun and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Mega Man Grandista Figure Pre-Orders Are Live on BBTS


Hot on the heels of the leaked Hpoi listing, Big Bad Toystore have begun accepting pre-orders for the Grandista Mega Man figure. You can grab it here for a cool $37.99 USD.

According to the BBTS product description, this non-articulated figure stands at 23cm tall or roughly 9.10 inches. Perfect display size, right? And that's exactly what this is for. No additional accessories, fancy light or sound effects. It's a display figure through and through. That's by no means a bad thing, but do take to heart what this is before you buy.

Source: Big Bad Toystore

Monday, September 9, 2019

Replica First Armor X-Buster is Now Available! Here's a Review From Zero



Jakks Pacific's anticipated First Armor X-Buster (or as they call it, the "Light Buster") is now available exclusively from GameStop. But is it worth the $79.99 price tag? How does it stack up to the other officially-licensed Busters from years past? Here's Zero (i.e Vinny Bolt) with a review!

Decked out in his charming Zero cosplay, Vinny shows off the ins-and-outs of the X-Buster. From the looks of it, Jakks Pacific pulled off an admirable interpretation of this iconic Buster. And, man, the SNES sound effects are, well, they sound great. Vinny certainly seems to enjoy it.

If you like what you see (and hear), head over to your local GameStop and pick one up! It's also available online right here.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Rockman X DiVE Now Available to Pre-Load (Not Playable Until 9/12)


A little earlier than expected, the Closed Beta App is already available for download in the Google Play store. Grab it here or alternatively you can search directly from your mobile phone with search terms "Rockman X DiVE", "Mega Man X DiVE" or "Capcom Taiwan".

More info and direct APK after the break!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mega Man "Grandista" Figure Coming Soon From Bandai


Via a leaked listing on HPoi, it looks like we're getting a brand-new, Mega Man 11-style Mega Man figure from Bandai this winter. This non-articulated, ABS figure from Bandai's "Grandista" line is reportedly slated to launch in January 2020. An official price tag is unavailable at this time, however, based on past Grandista products, it could cost anywhere from $19.99 to $79.99.

We'll have more news on this front soon! Stay tuned!

Source: HPoi

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Rockman Ability Music & Vocal Track Samples/Details


We're rapidly approaching the one year anniversary of Pachislot Rockman Ability: September 18th, 2019. With rumors of a possible mobile port in the works (read about that here) we're still hopeful that developer Enterrise and Capcom will choose to release an official Soundtrack and art book for this game.  Per tradition, Enterrise have released soundtracks for previous pachislot titles they've developed, so it's not outside the realms of possibility.

Until that happens, however, we've managed to capture the "bonus vocal themes" for you to enjoy as well as some details on the game's soundtrack itself after the jump. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Zero and Proto Man Mii Fighter Costumes Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


A whole slew of new Mii Fighter costumes are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, director Masahiro Sakurai announced. And yes; while the Sans costume may be today's big show stopper, we cannot discount the reveal of two Mega Man-themed costumes: Zero (Sword Fighter) and Proto Man (Gunner). No sign of the X or EXE Mii Fighter costumes, though. Hmm...?

Anyway, these Mii Fighter costumes will be available later today when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Version 5.0 drops. Watch today's Smash Direct for all the details!

First Rockman X3 "25th Anniversary Band Album" Music Samples Are Live


Once again, GMStore is gearing up for the release of the Rockman X3 25th Anniversary Band & Piano Albums and today they published the first music samples from the Band Album.

Track available are:
  • Capcom Logo
  • Opening Theme
  • Title
  • Password
  • Opening Stage
  • Zero
  • Stage Select
  • Stage Start
  • Blast Hornet Stage
  • Blizzard Buffalo Stage
  • Gravity Beetle Stage
  • Toxic Seahorse Stage
  • Volt Catfish Stage
  • Crush Crawfish Stage

You can listen the samples here. The release date for the full albums are unknown at this time. As a reminder, there are no plans to release these albums on CD. If you want them, for now, you will have to purchase them digitally!

Rockman X DiVE - Lots of Closed Beta Info Revealed


The Rockman X DiVE development team updated the official website page today with plenty of new details and images. Don't waste any time and read on after the break!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Rockman X DiVE Closed Beta Invites Going Out Now


If you were one of the tens of thousands of fans that signed up for Rockman X DiVE's upcoming closed beta test, you might want to check your inbox and spam folders. That's right, gang: the much anticipated beta invites are being delivered right now.

Your invite from Capcom Taiwan will include a unique, randomly generated password. The password is associated with the Gmail address you used to sign up for the closed beta test. You need to use that Gmail/password combination to securely log into a special closed beta test app that will go live on the Google Play Store on September 10th (GMT+8).

Remember, everyone that signed up for it got into the closed beta. That 30,000 player cap was removed about a week ago. So as long as you signed up, don't worry – you're in! And, please, if you didn't get an e-mail today, don't upend any tables. These invites will continue to be from now until September 8th. Please send an e-mail to service@capcom.com.tw with the title “RXD CBT Acct&PW Inquiry” if you have any problems.

Keep your eyes peeled to your mailbox! The Rockman X DiVE closed beta test begins September 12th and ends on September 16th.

Rockman × TEAM SHACHI Collaboration Project Announced (Updated)


UPDATE: It's a game, too!
 
Capcom announced today a special collaboration project between idol group TEAM SHACHI and Rockman. The project is called: "ROCKMAN 20XX ~ fight! TEAM SHACHI ~" and will be fully revealed on September 12th during the Rockman Zero & ZX Dual Hero Collection Special Stage at Tokyo Game Show. More details after the break!

New Mega Man X Cards Introduced With Teppen's Last Card Pack: DAY OF NIGHTMARES


A new "Card Pack" arrived early this month to Teppen: the "Day of Nightmares Card Pack". It includes a total of 113 new cards of which 20 are Mega Man X-related cards. Earlier than that, though,  in early August a new hero was introduced, Jill Valantine from Resident Evil. By completing Jill Valentine's story you can acquire one Mega Man X related card: Signas.

As per tradition, we are providing all the information and clean artwork of these new cards. See and read all about it after the break!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Rockman X DiVE - New Gameplay Video and Screenshots



Yesterday, Capcom Taiwan published a new gameplay video shortly after announcing that the Closed Beta Test quota had been fulfilled. And today, via the Official Facebook Page, we have some brand-new screenshots from the game, too. See them (and the supplemental text that accompanied both these updates) after the break!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

REMASTERED TRACKS ROCKMAN ZERO Physis Booklet Translation


Released on September 30th, 2005, REMASTERED TRACKS ROCKMAN ZERO Physis is the final remixed soundtrack Inti Creates published that focused solely on one game. Case in point, Rockman Zero 4.

This soundtrack was initially released with a calendar and a booklet called "Vile's Incident: Eden dome, its sin and rebirth", a small booklet with a recap of the events from Mega Man Zero 3 and 4 and a small epilogue set two years after the conclusion of the series. This booklet has been translated already and is available here. However, we will focus on the previously untranslated soundtrack booklet. It contains liner notes, musicians profiles and a small paragraph explaining the meaning of the titular word "Physis".

You can find the full translation (courtesy of Sidier) after the break!