Friday, February 28, 2020

A Rare Look at the Nintendo Power Mega Man 2 Figurines

Every now and again I find myself admiring the cover of Nintendo Power #7. It featured fantastically-detailed figurines of Mega Man, Dr. Wily and an intricate model of Wily Machine 2. I may be a little Mega Man biased, but this is unquestionably my favorite Nintendo Power cover from the publication's storied history. And that is why, my friends, I tend to find myself wondering where these beautiful figurines are today.

Are the holed up in some warehouse, rotting away? Are they locked away in the air tight vault of an anonymous collector, never to be seen again? The answer to these questions came to me, at last, from a one Stephen Reese; a self-professed, video game historian.

Stephen Reese is the owner of the largest collection of Nintendo Power art and memorabilia - ever. He runs the "Art of Nintendo Power" Twitter account where he shows of his wares of rarely seen treasures. And among his many goodies are *the* Mega Man, Dr. Wily and Wily Machine 2 figurines from issue 7... in near perfect condition.

Rockman Live 2020 Impressions by Pablo Montero

Hello, my name is Pablo and I’m from Mexico. At the start of the year I went to Japan for vacation, right during the time of the Rockman Live 2020 concerts in Tokyo. The shows came as part of promotion for the upcoming Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection releasing this week, presenting music from the Classic, EXE, Zero and ZX series. I live-tweeted about the event here and Rockman Corner asked me to write a retrospective on the matter, so here it is!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection News Roundup - Character Popularity Poll, "Sound Box" Info and More

With the release of the Rockman Zero & ZX Double Hero Collection in Japan today, there is a bunch of news to report. From new art for the Rockman Zero & ZX SOUND BOX to the results of the character popularity poll, we have a lot of ground to cover.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ciel Voice Actress Celebrates Zero/ZX Legacy Collection with "Freesia" Cover

While most of us in the West are already playing and enjoying Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, the game launches on the 27th for our readers in Japan. And to celebrate it's impending domestic release, Ciel's Japanese voice actress, Rie Tanaka, announced on Twitter that she posted a new video on YouTube singing "Freesia" from Rockman Zero 4.

Read on for the video and more details!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Never Before Seen Mega Man Zero Artwork and Interview with Toru Nakayama

The Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection has finally been released in most countries around the world and what better way to celebrate than a brand-new interview with series artist Toru Nakayama?

The interview, which was recently published in the April issue of Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream, ALSO includes a never before seen piece of artwork that's not included in the Zero/ZX Legacy Collection and some sketches of the game's box art.

Check it out after the break!

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is Now Available!

It's time to dash into action -- Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is here! The collection is officially available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

For the uninitiated, this collection includes Mega Man Zero 1-4, Mega Man ZX, Mega Man ZX Advent and an handful of features and bonus content for newcomers and veteran fans. The brand-new, competative AGDQ-inspired "Z-Chaser" Mode will have old-timers racing against the clock to light up leader boards. For newcomers, there's the tried-and-true "Casual Scenario Mode" which reduces each game's difficulty to a breeze. Additionally, the new Save Assist function preserves your progress and a number of filters and screen orientation options for ZX/ZXA. And finally, the Art Gallery houses a whopping 650 individual pieces of production and concept art from all six games.

Rockman Corner's full review of Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is coming up later this weekend. In the meantime, you can scope out our impression's of the game's gallery mode here.

Enjoy, everyone!

Monday, February 24, 2020

A Gallery of Disappointments (Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection)

Different people have different reasons to buy Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. Some will buy the collection to experience the games for the first time. Others, perhaps, want to re-play them again oncurrent generation of hardware. In my case, however, I'm neither of those. Of course I will enjoy playing the games on the big screen or take them with me on my Nintendo Switch. But my main interest lies somewhere else: the gallery mode.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection PS4 Trophies Revealed

Ahead of the game's February 25th launch day, a respectable number of Trophies have been revealed for the PlayStation 4 version of Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection.

According to PSNProfiles, we can expect 38 Trophies total. That's 33 Bronze, 12 Silver, 3 Gold and 1 Platinum. Eyeballing the list, it doesn't appear too challenging. If you played (and perhaps mastered) all six games before, you might be able to clean house relatively quickly.

You can check out the full Trophy list here. Three days left, folks!

Source: PSNProfiles

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

Rockman ZX Advent Developer's Report Translation

From May to July of 2007, a set of six "developer's reports" were published on the Rockman ZX Advent Official Blog, which featured interviews of key staff members that worked on the game. These include director Ryota Ito, character designer and scenario writer Makoto Yabe, character chief designer Gyosei Tamura, background designer Hidenori Katsuki, main programmer Tetsuhurio Shishido, and sound producer Ippo Yamada.

Presented for the very first time in English (thanks again to our friend Sider), we're proud to deliver a translation of the developer's reports.

While there is nothing too ground breaking here, it's interesting to learn what these key staff members did and their struggles and highlights during ZX Advent's development. You can find it after the break!


Sunday, February 16, 2020

A Look at Some of the Mega Man Garage Kits at Winter Wonder Festival 2020

The 2020 Winter Wonder Festival has come and gone, and we had a nice showing of official figure and model kits. But that's not all the event is for, no. Per tradition, Wonder Festival also plays host to a numb of fan-made kits -- garage kits. And sure enough, there were plenty of amazing, hand-crafted Mega Man kits.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mega Man-Inspired 30XX Announced for 2021

A sequel to the much-beloved Mega Man-roguelike 20XX is in development, Batterystaple Games announced. Aptly titled 30XX, the sequel promises a handful of new features and channels some major Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero energy. Trailer and first details after the jump!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

New Rockman X DiVE Trailer Released

Capcom Taiwan has released a new trailer for Rockman X DiVE. There's nothing particularity new in here but, nevertheless, it's a cool trailer to make us a little more excited for the March, 4th launch.

As a reminder, the pre-download is currently only available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia. However, you can pre-register no matter your location to get Alia for free and contribute to the in-game rewards unlock event which recently surpassed over 70,000 registrants!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Yuko Komiyama is Working on the Rockman X DiVE Soundtrack

I recently had the chance to exchange a few words with composer and arranger Yuki Komiyama via Twitter, where she was kind enough to confirm that she is working on the Rockman X DiVE Soundtrack! Although there is not much else to say beyond that, we have prepared a little bit of information about Ms. Komiyama after the break in case you are not familiar with her!

Rockman X Dive Weapon Design Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the Rockman X DiVE Weapon Design Competition have finally been announced via a Facebook post by the development team. Find all the details after the break!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

A Better Look at Kotobukiya Zero and Nightmare Zero + Pre-Orders (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Big Bad Toystore has opened pre-orders for both kits. Regular Zero here and Nightmare Zero here.

Hot off the heels of Wonder Festival, Kotobukiya have posted two product pages for the Zero and Nightmare Zero model kits. Click the preceding links and check out more than a dozen images of each kit and their complementary accessories! Additionally, pre-orders for the normal Zero are currently being accepted from Ami Ami. The Nightmare version, for now, requires a proxy to be able to pre-order from Kotobukiya's Japanese store. Pre-orders close on March 22nd.

While we're at it, here's the product description for Zero:

"The exact proportions are faithfully recreated based on the character’s appearance in the series, and thanks to the technology of CAD engineering that allows a wide range of impressive articulation, users are able to recreate Zero’s many poses from the game. Within this kit, Zero comes equipped with his signature Z-Saber in 3 different effects. Furthermore, by attaching the Milight 316 (lithium-ion battery with an LED attached) to the Z-Saber, you can make the clear blade light up!
The other accessories that are included in the model kit, including the Buster Shot Gun, hand parts, and three interchangeable facial expressions make this model kit perfect for posing in many different situations. You can switch out the hair part from the separately sold Mega Man X Zero Nightmare Version to create more dynamic poses."

And here's the description for Nightmare Zero:

"Moving away from the original color of Zero, the overall color scheme of Zero Nightmare Version was made with a purple base as drawn from the character’s appearance in the game. The new Nightmare Version of Zero’s signature hair differs from the original with more movement incorporated in its 3-dimensional design. The hair part in Zero’s original color will also be included as an additional part in this model kit, so you can enjoy creating various scenarios when posed together with the separately sold Zero. "

Both model kits are due sometime in June. Additional details on price and availability are forthcoming. Hang in there!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Wonder Fest 2020: Fourth Armor, Riobot Falcon Armor, Rising Fire X and More!

Wonder Festival is in full-swing in Japan and we've got updates and reveals on a handful of Mega Man kits and figures!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Rockman Zero & ZX Sound Box Backside Artwork Revealed

Last week we got a little sneak peek at the cover art for the upcoming Rockman Zero & ZX Sound Box. And today, by way of Rockman Unity, we a look at the back cover. It's once again drawn by series artist Toru Nakayama and features Ciel, Aile and Ashe.

As previously reported, the Rockman Zero & ZX Sound Box features 208 tracks spread across 6 CDs. It will also include 9 original tracks created specifically for the Rockman Zero & ZX Double Hero Collection/Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. A 16-page booklet will be includes as well.

Rockman Zero & ZX Sound Box can be pre-ordered from Amazon Japan, Play Asia and CD Japan. It's expected to release on March 25th for 8,800 yen (roughly $80 or 71€).

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Rockman X Dive Official Website and Pre-Registrations Open

Just a few hours after we reported about the possible launch date and open beta trial for Rockman X DiVE, we have more news to share! Don't waste any time and check out all the info after the break!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Rockman X Dive's Possible Launch Date Surfaces

The day we have been waiting for finally is here – maybe. After the delay in December, we may have a solid launch date for Rockman X DiVE. It comes to us via an updated listing on Taiwan's Google Play store and the iOS App store. All the info after the break!

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection – 30-Minutes of Gameplay From Every Game

Our buddy Ash Paulsen of GameXPlain had the chance to play Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection a few weeks ahead of its February 25th release. You can check out his early impressions of all six games in the video above!

Be advised, the 30-minute video does not include footage of Z-Chaser Mode, the artwork gallery, music player, or mini-games. You'll have to wait just a bit longer there!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Teppen: An Interview With Artist Alwyn Talbot

With millions of downloads since launch, it goes without saying that Teppen is a success. Players around the world are enjoying the ultimate card battle game, which pits Capcom heroes against one another in a fast paced, visually rich and easy to understand rules. But from day one, Teppen caught everyone's attention thanks to the game's beautiful illustrations that bring life to heroes and villains from Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, Devil May Cry and, of course, Mega Man.

Among the artists that contributed to the game, there is one in particular that caught the eyes of many Mega Man fans, thanks to cards like "Attack From Above" or "Fake Intel": Alwyn Talbot. We at Rockman Corner were fortunate enough to have the privilege to hold a quick interview with Mr. Talbot. Read it after the break!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Iris Teased and Other Rockman X DiVE News

The Rockman X DiVE development team is more active than ever on social media as we further head into the game's launch window of Q1 2020. Catch up with the last days of reveals after the break!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Entire Rockman X Novel is Now Available in English

Originally released on January 26th, 2017, Rockman X The Novel -Irregulars Report- is the novelization of the Rockman X1's plot, but it's not actually based on the game. Instead, it's based on the manga adaptation by Yoshihiro Iwamoto. The book, written by Tsubasa Todoroki and published by PHP Institute, contains more than a dozen new black & white illustrations by Yoshihiro Iwamoto himself.

Shortly after the release of the novel, a group of fans began to translate it to English. Unfortunately, the project came to a halt at the end of 2018 with the release of the third chapter. Fast forward to today, we are happy to report that the novel has finally been translated, thanks to the efforts of our good friend Sidier. Sidier should be familiar to most of you, as we have published many articles with his translations.

For your convenience, we have consolidated both translations - the original three chapters and Sidier's work - cleaned up the illustration scans and made a single PDF archive so you can read the book on a tablet. You can download it here.

With the help of our friend Hyper we also made an Ebook/EPUB version to make it easier in your eyes if you want to read it on your phone. You may encounter some text formatting issues depending on the reader you use, If you are an Android user I recommend you to use Moon+ ReaderYou can download the EPUB version here.

We don't know if the novel will ever receive an official translation to English or other languages. In the meantime, you can support the publisher buying the Japanese edition here.