Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Story of Shigeto Ikehara's Mega Man Manga

It's been nearly 28-years since Shigeto Ikehara's Mega Man manga adaptation graced the black-and-white pages of Comic BomBom. In that time, zero–count them—zero of Ikehara's Mega Man stories have been translated into English. Don't bother asking me why. I don't believe an actual answer ever came to light. It's just the sad reality we live in.

But, hey, all isn't entirely lost. We have folks like Gaijillionaire to enlighten us on what we're missing. The latest episode of "GTV" is "The Story of Mega Man in Manga Form" – a visual, narrated reading Ikehara's first Mega Man book. It's a dramatic (and admittedly cute) retelling of the events of Mega Man 1 from start to finish. 

So grab an E-Tank, sit back, relax and tune in! If you like what you saw, send a tweet to @UdonEnt! Maybe with enough fan-support they'll finally bring these to our shores.

Friday, November 29, 2019

New "Rockman.EXE vs Forte.EXE" Statue Revealed at MegaHobby Expo

A brand-new Rockman EXE product was revealed at the MegaHobby Expo tonight in Japan. It's a diorama statue depicting a heated battle between Rockman.EXE and Forte.EXE on top of Gospel's remains. Have a look...

20-Minutes of Mega Man: Chaos Protocol Dragalia Lost Event Gameplay

The Dragalia Lost x Mega Man crossover event, Mega Man: Chaos Protocol, is in full swing! If you're among those who haven't played it yet or just want to see what all the hubbub is, here's a little over 20-minutes of gameplay footage courtesy of Nintendo Hall. Check it out above!

Mega Man: Chaos Protocol wraps up on December 15th. Get in while you can!

Check Out the New Artwork From the Mega Man & Dragalia Lost Crossover Event

Mega Man: Chaos Protocol, the crossover event between Nintendo's Dragalia Lost and Mega Man, starts today and with it, new "Wyrmprints" have been added to the game featuring brand-new Mega Man art.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Mysterious Keisuke Mizuno "Zero and Zero" Artwork Teased

Mega Man series producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya and Rockman Unity are teasing a rough piece of artwork designed by Keisuke Mizuno featuring Zero (Mega Man X series) and Zero (Zero series) striking a valiant pose.

Both Tsuchiya and Rockman Unity aren't saying what the piece is for, though. On Twitter, Tsuchiya told fans to "please wait for details from the official community!" and Ucchy says "where the finished version will be released will be revealed at a later date!" In other words, we don't know what this will be used for.

So, we've got some speculating to do. The layout of the "Z" insignia in the center is pretty similar to the design on the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. It could very well be related to that. There's also the possability this will appear on merchandise – a print, wallpapers, acrylic stands. We don't have too much information to go by right now, unfortunately. What do you think?

Source: Rockman Unity | KazzDa

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Four PS1 Rockman Games Are Being Removed From the Japanese PlayStation Store

Some not-so-great news coming out from Japan this evening. According to Rockman Unity, Four PSOne Classic titles – Rockman 8, Rockman X4, Rockman X5 and Tron Ni Kobun (better known as The Misadventures of Tron Bonne in the west) are being discontinued from the Japanese PlayStation Store in a matter of weeks. All four titles will leave the service on December 13th, 2019.

Capcom Japan did not disclose why these titles are being removed. Further, there seems to be no word if these titles will be removed from other regions either.  Fans can still download three of four games from other sources on the PlayStation Store, however: Rockman 8 in Rockman Classics Collection 2, Rockman X4 in Rockman X Anniversary Collection 1, and Rockman X5 in Rockman X Anniversary Collection 2. Those collections are very much here to stay.

Tron Ni Kobun is, sadly, the odd one out. There is *no* other official method to purchase and download the game in Japan. The Japanese version of the game is also the only way to play the PocketStation Kobun mini-games legitimately, too. I suppose this truly furthers the need for a hypothetical Rockman DASH/Mega Man Legends Collection.

We'll let you know if more news develops on this front. For now, keep your fingers crossed that Tron Bonne STAYS on the US and PAL PlayStation Stores!

Source: Rockman Unity

Monday, November 25, 2019

Rockman ZX Soundsketch: ZX Gigamix Booklet and Drama Tracks Translation

Released back in April 2008, this is the last soundtrack Inti Creates released for the Rockman ZX series and the first to feature the company's trademark drama tracks. This album is features remixed tracks from both games in the series: Rockman ZX and Rockman ZX Advent. It includes five drama tracks and three all-new tracks ("Flow of the Times", "Freebirds" and "Battle Giga Mixture"). Additionally, there's two vocal themes – "Believe in Myself" sung by the Japanese voice actress of Grey (Hiromi Hirata) which is Grey's character theme but previously was only instrumental (called "Destiny" in ZXA Tunes) and "Be One", sung by Ash's voice actress, Ami Koshimizu which was previously sung by CAO.

The drama tracks have been available in English for a couple of years now, which you can watch right here. Today, though, we have a brand-new translation of the soundtrack's booklet after the break below. Both the drama track translation and the booklet translation were made possible by the hard work of our friend Sidier!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Relive Mega Man X1's Final Battle in "Pixel Frame" Form

UPDATE: The 6x6 version is up for pre-order on Big Bad ToyStore!

Need a little something-something for that Mega Man X fan in your life this holiday season? Well, these recently announced, officially licensed "Pixel Frames" might just do the trick. Available in 9x9 and 6x6, the display captures the final encounter with Sigma from Mega Man X1. These will make nice decorations for a gaming lounge or, heck, an office.

The Pixel Frames (also available in Sonic the Hedgehog and Street Fighter flavors) are not available to purchase just yet. Those details are forthcoming. For now, though, go ahead and give the manufacturer a follow on Twitter. You'll be among the first to know!

Source: ThePixelFrames

Friday, November 22, 2019

New Mega Man x Dragalia Lost Crossover Event Trailer and Details

The Dragalia Lost x Mega Man crossover event, "Mega Man: Chaos Protocol" is coming soon – November 28th at 10 PM PT! To get fans of both franchises hyped up, Nintendo have released a special trailer for the event. What's more, a website for the event has opened its doors. It features a bevy of details, screenshots and, perhaps best of all, a sneak peek at all the exclusive artwork created just for this event. Check it out here!

Even if you're not a Dragalia Lost fan, I think you owe to yourself to look into this one. The game is available to download on both Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Check Out the Updated Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Key Art

By way of the official Mega Man Twitter account, Toru Nakayama went back and revised the  Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection key art that will be featured on the game's packaging and in-game. You can compare the updated art above with the original version here or check out this handy-dandy GIF made by our friend MegaQuint. 

The revisions are small but impactful. Most noteworthy are the refined tweaks to Zero and Vent's heads. The faces of various background characters were changed a little, too. All of these adjustments only make this already fantastic piece even better, if you ask me.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection goes on sale February 25th, 2020.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Rockman ZX Advent Soundtrack: ZXA Tunes Booklet Translation

Released back in August 2007, ZXA Tunes was the physical release of Rockman ZX Advent remastered soundtrack. The album came on two CDs and even featured the 8-bit soundtrack from "Rockman a (antique)" mini-game as a bonus. Despite Inti Creates' tradition of including drama tracks with their Rockman soundtracks, the second album in the ZX series doesn't – instead, it comes with four vocal tracks.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Rockman ZX Soundtrack: ZX Tunes Booklet Translation

Released back in October, 2006, ZX Tunes is the physical release of the Rockman ZX remastered soundtrack divided into two discs, one for each hero of the game: an Aile disc and a Vent disc. The soundtrack also includes the game's image song "Innocence" sung by the Japanese lyricist and vocalist CAO (Kaori Nakamura). One of the peculiarities of this album is that it comes with eight different CD covers by artists that worked on the Rockman series from Hitoshi Ariga to Toru Nakayama, among other well known names.

You can see their respective covers after the break along with the fully translated booklet - which contains plenty of interesting information - courtesy once again to Sidier.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Delayed to February 25th, 2020

Mega Man series producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya has announced via video message that Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection has been delayed to February 25th, 2020 (originally slated for January 21st, 2020).

In the video message, Tsuchiya says he and his team are working hard to deliver the best game possible. He is deeply sorry for the inconvenience and appreciates your continued support of the Mega Man series.

Although we won't be playing the game as soon as we thought, this admittedly small delay can only bring about good things. More time means a better quality product. Look forward to it!

Source: Capcom Unity

Mighty No.9 to be Discontinued From Japanese PlayStation Store

Publisher Spike Chunsoft will delist Mighty No.9 from the Japanese PlayStation Store tomorrow, November 15th. Users who already own the game will still be able to redownload it at any time after November 15th.

Spike Chunsoft did not disclose why the game will be removed from the Japanese storefront. However, it's worth noting that a couple of other Spike Chunsoft/Deep Silver published games are being delisted tomorrow as well. These include Homefront: The Revolution and Saints Row IV. Pending official word from Spike Chunsoft, it's presumed that the publishing deal with Deep Silver has expired. If that is the case, it is unlikely that Mighty No.9 will be pulled from other regions.

If something happens to change, well, we'll let you know.

Source: PlayStation Store JP

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Features and Z-Chaser Gameplay

Believe it or not we're still a good two months away from Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection's launch. So to curb any hunger pangs you might be feeling, here's roughly 10-minutes worth of new gameplay footage from Capcom TV.

The first five minutes show off the game's different menus, filters and screen layouts. You can actually adjust the opacity of the bottom screen display! The back half is devoted to Z-Chaser Mode with two Capcom TV hosts racing against each other in Mega Man Zero 1. It's a fun match from start to finish.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection dashes to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC on January 21st, 2020.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Rockman X DiVE Weapon Design Competition Announced!

The Rockman X DiVE development team announced a Weapon Design Competition today. From now until January 7th, 2020, fans can create and submit their weapon design in one of the following categories: Buster, Gatling or Saber. The development team will chose the 30 best designs and fans will vote on those on January 13th, 2020. The final result will be published between February 7th and 10th. 

The top 3 winning designs will be featured in the game itself and the winners will walk away with some in-game goodies, a figure, an artwork autographed by Keisuke Mizuno, and their name in game's credits. the next 7 will get a sticker and 1000 Elemental Metal to use in the game. And for the rest, as long as you are voter you will get 50 Elemental Metal.

Is probably best if you read all the rules directly from the source than us telling you so go ahead and read all the rules and submit your own deign HERE. Good Luck!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 at 1.4M Units, MMLC1+2 at 2M, Says Tsuchiya

Hot on the heel's of yesterdays' news that Mega Man 11 sold a million copies, Mega Man franchise producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya took to Twitter to share updated sales figures for Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1&2 and Mega Man Legacy Collection 1&2.

"Mega Man 11 shipped 1 million units worldwide," declared Tsuchiya. "And ... MMX Legacy Collection 1&2 total reached 1.4M units, MM Legacy Collection 1&2 total shipment is 2M units. Thanks for your awesome support! May the Blue Bomber be with you."

As one can expect, support and words of congratulations from fans and Capcom staff poured in. The whole thread is worth a read. It'll make your blue bomber heartstrings sing!

Now, it is worth pointing out that, at the time of this writing, Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 and Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2 do not appear on Capcom's Platinum Titles despite moving 1.4 million units and 2 million units, respectively. Tsuchiya hasn't commented on it yet, but speculations suggests that the collections are being considered separate SKUs.

The X Legacy Collection was sold separately in some territories (as Rockman X Collection 1 and Rockman X Collection 2) and therefore the 1.4 million units is a *combination* of the two. It's a similar situation with Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2. We know for a fact that, as of September 2019, Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 sold 1.1 million units. Legacy Collection 2, meanwhile, didn't come close but together with MMLC1, the cumulative figure is 2 million units.

Phew! Okay. That was a lot of numbers. tl;dr, Mega Man is doing very, very well and all of this bodes well for the future. Good job everyone!

Source: KazuhiroTsuchiya

Rockman Live 2020 – Complete Set List, Goods and Other Information Revealed

Capcom Japan announced the final set list for the Rockman Live 2020 concerts and revealed the exclusive goods and guests that will be on hand at the concert venues. By the looks of things, most of the songs will be played in pairs so we can expect a lot of medleys. What's more, a new song composed for the Rockman Zero & ZX Double Hero Collection by the band "Captune"will be played, too. All the info after the break!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Mega Man 11 Reaches 1 Million Units Sold!

With a little over a month before we start celebrating Mega Man's 32nd anniversary, we just got the best early present possible. Capcom updated their Platinum Titles list (games that sold a million or more units) and, finally, Mega Man 11 has reached the one million units sold milestone! Mega Man 11 was released on October 2nd, 2018 and it took a little over a year to join the exclusive Platinum list.

Mega Man 11 joins other games in the franchise that have sold a million or more units: Mega Man 2, Mega Man Battle Network 4, Mega Man X1, Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man 3. Sales of Mega Man 11 helped push the franchise to a total of 35 million units back in May 2019. Overall, the franchise has seen a growth of 2-3 million units between June 2018 and November 2019.

Back in February of this year, we reported that Mega Man 11 sold approximately 870,000 units and the Mega Man X Legacy Collection sold a total of 920,000 units since the later launched in July 2018. Surprisingly enough, it was Mega Man 11 who reached the one million units sold milestone first. We can only hope the Mega Man X Legacy Collection joins it soon!

Source: Capcom IR Platinum Titles

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Rockman X Giga Mission Translation Project: The Cards

After bringing you the translation of the Rockman X Giga Mission manga some weeks agowe're back to finish the job. We're happy to present you with an English translation of the 24 carddass cards that came with the Rockman X Giga Mission set. These cards are printed on holofoil paper (called Prism Cards in Japan) and feature the full Giga Mission storyline. While the manga contains only the most important bits of the story, these cards include additional info.

Once again, this was possible thanks to the collaborative effort of Digi148 (scans), Maverick Hunter K (translation) and yours truly, Reploid 21XX (cleaning and typesetting). Without further delay, enjoy the translation after the the break!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

New Mega Man X Cards Introduced With Teppen Card Pack "The Devils Awaken"

Two months after the release of Jill Valentine and the "Day of Nightmares Card Pack", a new hero has arrived to Capcom's Teppen: Nero from the Devil May Cry series. Alongside Nero, a new ability "-growth-" and a new card pack has been added to the game called "The Devils Awaken Card Pack".  It includes 17 brand-new Mega Man X-themed cards to the game, two of which are animated "Secret Cards". Also one new Mega Man card was added to the basic cards.

As we have done since Teppen officially, we are providing all the information and clean artwork of the new Mega Man X cards. Check 'em out after the break!

Friday, November 1, 2019

More Mega Man x Dragalia Lost Event Details

Dragalia Lost director Yuji Okada dropped some additional details regarding the Mega Man crossover event in the latest "This Month in Dragalia Lost" newsletter. He provided a little more on what fans of both franchises can expect, such as what type of weapon user Mega Man will be, some of the abilities we'll be seeing, and a peek at an updated piece of key artwork (above)! More details after the jump!