Saturday, December 28, 2019

Bid Farewell to the Holidays with "Mega Man's Christmas Carol 3"

The holidays are winding down, but how about one final gift to cap it off? Seven years since the last entry, ACE Spark and Sprites Inc. have graced us with "Mega Man's Christmas Carol 3", the third and final entry in an age-old tradition. Watch the clip above and be sure to read the video description at YouTube for warm message to the Mega Man community.

The game includes three playable characters, new bosses, new Robot Master weapons (plus the ability to use weapons from past CC games), and a brand-new soundtrack composed by MiniMacro, Fonzarelli and Delta Mudkip. Online leaderboards will also be implemented in the future!

You can download the game here. Merry belated Christmas and a happy 2020, everyone!

Friday, December 27, 2019

The Year in Review and the Mega Man 2020 Roadmap

Another years goes by for Mega Man and for all of us here at Rockman Corner. 2019 hasn't been as hectic as last year, what with the release of Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 and Mega Man 11. Nevertheless, Mega Man kept generating news more than ever even in a transitional year. We published around 240 articles this year - an average close to five articles every week - making us an essential destination to get news about anything and everything related to the Blue Bomber.

Stay with us after the break where we'll be taking a look at the most important pieces of Mega Man news from 2019 and what to expect from 2020!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Rockman X DiVE to Be Released in Q1 2020

Capcom Taiwan's words, not ours

After a little bit of uncertainty with the release date of Rockman X DiVE, Capcom Taiwan finally communicated via their social medial channels that Rockman X DiVE will not be released this year. If you remember, the announcement trailer stated a 2019 release and in a recent financial report Capcom Japan also stated a 2019 release. Last week we discovered that the game was slated for Winter 2019 as opposed to just 2019, and now Capcom Taiwan have confirmed a Q1 2020 release date.

The information we have here at Rockman Corner makes us believe that the development team is aiming to have the game released on or around February 14th, 2020. Game development is an ever-changing creature and things can change quickly, but do know that the development team is working hard to meet that time frame.

We will keep you informed.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Grandista Mega Man Figure is Looking Better Than Ever

Bandai's upcoming 10-inch Grandista Mega Man figure recently made an appearance on Capcom's dedicated UFO Catcher YouTube channel sporting an updated design. An image of the refined design was posted Banpresto to their official website, shown above. More details after the jump!

Podcast Time: Our Mega Man Christmas Wishlist for 2020 (and Beyond!)

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! I recently joined my buddies Reploid REVO and ColeMan X for a little fireside chat about what Mega Man-related things we'd like to see in the coming new year and beyond. We had a fun time putting this one together so I hope you enjoy!

May you have a peaceful, restful holiday with friends and family!

Monday, December 23, 2019

A Sneak Peek at the Rockman Live 2020 Concerts

We are two weeks away from the first Rockman Live 2020 concert, which will take place on January 4th at the Shinagawa Intercity Hall in Tokyo. While most of us won't have the chance to witness the concerts in person, and with the uncertainty of a CD/DVD release, we will be left in the dark for the most part. However, thanks to the Brass Girls Band MOS, we can take a sneak peek at them rehearsing one of the songs that will be played at the concerts: Dr.Wily Stage 1 from Mega Man 2. 

In related news, we are sadly to report that the drummer Yu "masshoi" Yamauchi passed away on December 4, 2019 and has been replaced by Louis (Tokyo concerts) and Genta Shirakawa (Osaka concerts).

You can check the complete concerts set list here and other related news in the Rockman Live 2020 tag.

Friday, December 20, 2019

"OK K.O.!" Creators Almost Pitched a Mega Man Crossover

From Captain Planet to Sonic the Hedgehog, Cartoon Network's wonderfully quirky O.K! Let's Be Heroes is no stranger to pop-culture crossovers. Had the show gone on longer we may have seen even more dream team-ups. One idea that was nearly pitched a few years ago, in fact, featured the show's titular K.O. meeting Mega Man himself!

Capcom Electone Collection Music Album to be Released in January 2020

On January 29th, 2020, Yamaha Music Entertainment Holdings will be releasing an "Electone Collection" album with music from Monster Hunter, Sengoku Basara, Okami, RockmanGhosts 'n Goblins and Dai Gyakuten Saiban. It will retail for 2,500 Yen (around 20€ - $23). Find all the details after the break!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Capcom Files Trademarks for "Rockman DASH", "Tron Ni Kobun" and "Rockman & Forte"

A wealth of Capcom-related trademarks recently went live in Japan, each corresponding to a dormant or legacy IP. There's one for Dino Crisis, Power Stone and even Darkstalkers, to name a few. In terms of Mega Man, Capcom actually filed four individual trademarks:

While nothing has been officially announced, I think the gears in our heads are collective turning to the same thought. With the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection due in February, it's only naturally for us to wonder what "Legacy Collection" will come next. This could very well be our first breadcrumb... if that.

The Rockman & Forte trademark is less clear. Beyond the Wii U Virtual Console port, Rockman & Forte has been mostly "forgotten", absent from both Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2. Who knows what the deal is here.

Indeed, the existence of new trademarks for Rockman DASH, Tron and Rockman & Forte carry heavy implications. Capcom have a large interest in older titles and "awakening dormant intellectual properties," after all. This could all very well relate to that line of business. There's also the idea that Capcom are merely renewing old trademarks for protection (which is relatively routine every few years or so). While I don't disagree with that notion, it's interesting that of the many, MANY Mega Man titles not renewed we have two that are related to one another (DASH and Tron) and one for a game that hasn't been re-released in several years (Rockman & Forte).

Of course, while it's fun to entertain thoughts of what *could be*, it's best to keep your expectations in check until something a bit concrete surfaces.

We'll keep you posted.

Classic Rockman and X Appear Together in Rockman X DiVE Anniversary Art

To commemorate the classic series' 32nd anniversary and the X series' 26th anniversary, the official Rockman X DiVE Facebook page posted the above piece, which brings X and classic Rockman alongside other Rockman X DiVE characters and classic series Rockman. And if you've been following my breadcrumbs on Twitter, you'll quickly realize why this is so significant.

I can confirm that shortly after Rockman X DiVE's official launch (which is still purportedly coming before the end of the year), players will have the opportunity to unlock classic Rockman as a fully playable character. This piece, drawn by Keiske Mizuno, is very much the first *official* hint that he's coming soon.

Classic Rockman will be the first non-X series playable character with more to come... from classic and beyond.

More news on this front soon!

The Rockman ZX Manga is Getting a Reprint With New Content

Fukkan, the Japanese publisher that focuses on reprinting books by popular demand and brought us many reprints of Rockman mangas over the years, is reprinting Shin Ogino's Rockman ZX manga next year. Find all the details after the break!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Rockman X DiVE - Alia and Pallette Models Updated

Leading up to the eventual launch of Rockman X DiVE on iOS and Android devices, the development team at Capcom Korea have provided fans with a little peek at some cosmetic changes being made to Alia and Pallette. As you can see above, the extra polish has allowed the Navigators to appear more "on model". Pallette in particular looks more like herself.

Now, as for when we can play the final version of Rockman X DiVE, well, we really don't have an answer anymore. Originally, Capcom Korea intended on launching the game before the end of 2019 and holding a public beta test as well... all before January 1st, 2020. That was the goal. However, the development team haven't said much, if anything about dates since October. Pending official word from Capcom Korea, we can only assume Rockman X DiVE has been delayed into 2020.

With Mega Man's 32 anniversary and Mega Man X's 26th anniversary happening in just a couple short days (December 17th), perhaps that will be an opportune time to announce the new release date... or shadow drop the game itself. We shall see!

Source: Rockman X DiVE Facebook

Friday, December 13, 2019

You Might Need to Pre-Order Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Digitally on PS4 Again

If you pre-ordered the digital version of Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection on PlayStation 4 before the game was delayed to February 25th, you might need to go back and pre-order again. The following message is being sent out to some PS4 users:

"Due to the recent change in release date for Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, your pre-order has been cancelled.

You have been refunded back to your original payment source. If your original payment source
was unavailable, we refunded the purchase amount to your PSN wallet."

So yeah, it's probably a good idea to check and see if your initial pre-order is still valid. Again, this only applies to the digital PlayStation 4 version.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is due on February 25th, 2019.

Thanks for the tip, SonyOfLaststation!

Monday, December 9, 2019

New Image of Rockman Zero/ZX Double Hero Collection Bust + Vent/Aile Art

Rockman Unity brings us a brand-new look at the bust that comes with the Japanese Rockman Zero/ZX Double Hero Collection limited edition. First revealed back in August, the bust stands at roughly 5-inches tall and depicts a split image of Zero and Vent/Aile. The limited edition set can be pre-ordered exclusively through e-Capcom:

What's more, only in Japan, a lottery is taking place to win an exclusive Vent and Aile print illustrated and signed by Toru Nakayama. Everyone who buys/pre-orders the game through e-Capcom will be automatically entered in the drawing to win. It's unlikely any of us will win but, hey, nothing can stop you from admiring some new art. Check it out above!

Source: Rockman Unity

New Metal Man and Air Man Statues Shown at the Singapore Comic Con

The Singapore Comic Con took place over the weekend and thanks to our friend marklincadet, we've received word that two new statues for Mega Man 2 Robot Masters Metal Man and Air Man were featured on the show floor. All the details after the break!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Mega Man X Command Mission 2004 Developer Interview Translated

Thanks to my buddy Frank deWindt, we were able to obtain a copy of the "Rockman X Command Mission Complete Bible", a relatively chunky-sized guidebook for Mega Man X Command Mission. I'll be hosting scans of the entire book on the Rockman Corner Dropbox in the very near future. For now, however, we have a little treat to tide you over.

After the jump below, you'll find a previously untranslated interview with the game's development staff. A lot of interesting topics are touched upon... including brief mention of a hypothetical Command Mission 2! (although nothing came of it).

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Rockman 11 OST Wins "Legend Sound Award" at "PlayStation Game Music Grand Prize"

Earlier this Fall, PlayStation held the “PlayStation Game Music Grand Prize” were user could vote for their favorite video game soundtracks released between April 1st, 2018 to July 31st, 2019.  The ranking was determined by the number of plays on Spotify and user voting through comments.

To the surprise of many, Rockman 11 Original Soundtrack was among a list of 18 nominees and even took home an award. Find out how it ranked after the break!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Mini-Games and New Illustration Added to Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection

Some days ago a new piece of art by Keisuke Mizuno was teased by Rockman Unity, whose purpose wasn't exactly clear. Now it turns out that the finished colored version will appear in the "Gallery Mode" of the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection alongside more than 650 pieces of artwork and concept art.

Furthermore, via all of the official channels, it has been announced that the mini-games from Mega Man Zero 3, Mega Man Zero 4, Mega Man ZX and Mega Man ZX Advent will be included in the collection.

More details after the break!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Rockman ZX Advent Manga English and Spanish Translation Issue #1

The manga adaptation of Rockman ZX by Shin Ogino was originally serialized in "Fami2 Comica" between August 2006 and August 2007. It was supplied with "Famitsu DS + Cube & Advance" magazine with a tankoban release. Some time later, the manga recieved an official English translation by Udon Entertainment in 2010.

Following the release of Rockman ZX Advent, Shin Ogino returned to adapt the game in manga form. His work was once again serialized in Fami2 Comics between September 2007 to April 2008 spanning eight installments. Unfortunately, unlike the original ZX manga, Ogino's Rockman ZX Advent adaptation didn't receive a collected release nor was it ever translated in English... Until now!