Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Classic Mega Man, Roll, Proto Man, Zero, Leviathan Confirmed for Rockman X DiVE

The Rockman X DiVE development team have confirmed that the first five non-X series characters appearing in the game will be classic Mega Man, Roll, Proto Man, Zero series Zero and Leviathan.

While this is sort of being played up as an April Fools' Day joke, I can tell you with absolute certainty it isn't. Not only were these characters referenced in very early datamine finds, but this gives credence to my initial X DiVE report: characters from *different* series will be playable at some point.

Although the development team did not say when these characters will be made available, they did announce a limited time gift:

"Furthermore, to celebrate this exciting news,
the team will send "Special Gift Box x (4+1)" from 2020/4/1 00:00 ~ 2020/4/1 23:59 (UTC+8)
Players who have not logged in during this period will miss this prize XDD

That's all for now! Stay tuned!

Rockman Unity's April Fools Joke This Year is a 690 Million Yen Rockman Ring

It's April 1st in Japan and that means it's time for Rockman Unity's annual April Fools' Day joke! This time around, they're hocking a ceramic Rockman ring that sells for a whopping 690 million yen... or roughly $6,413,550.00 US. It's already sold out, too. A Sigma and Mac ring are in the works, too, apparently.

So yeah; this *isn't* something you can actually buy. But, again, we've seen many Rockman April Fools' day jokes become real products in the past. These rings could very well become a real thing, albeit far more affordable.

Source: Rockman Unity

Celebrate "White Day" in Rockman X DiVE with New Content

A week after it launched, Rockman X DiVE has received its first set of new content in the form of two new costumes – one for Alia and one for Cinnamon (each treated as new characters) – a skin for Zero and a special event which re-purposes the Factory stage as the "Candy Factory". All the details after the break!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Making of the Rockman ZX Series Part 4: Character Design

After a small delay, we are back with a complete translation for the fourth part in Makoto Yabe's "Making of ZX Series" interview conducted by Rockman Unity. This time Ucchy and Makoto Yabe discus the origins and design philosophy behind the most notable characters in the first game.

Part 5 was scheduled to be published on March 25th; however, the original blog post was edited and the date was changed to a mere "coming soon". As soon as part 5 is online, we will bring you a translation with help once again provided by our friend Sidier.  Without further ado, you can find part 4 after the break!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Gear Up for Spring with These Mega Man 11 Goods

Our friends at Eight Sixed have slashed the price on two popular, officially-licensed Mega Man 11 items as part of their "Spring Cleaning" sale. Have a looksie:

Mega Man 11 – "Gear Up" T-Shirt: https://www.eightysixed.com/collections/spring-cleaning/products/mega-man-11-gear-up?aff=84

Mega Man 11 – "Gears of Fate" Poster: https://www.eightysixed.com/collections/spring-cleaning/products/megaman-11-gears-of-fate-poster?aff=84

There's three more Mega Man 11 t-shirts where those come from, too. Although they're not currently discounted, you can ready yourself for Spring while supplies last:  "Diagnostic", "Light Labs" and "Upgrade".

The Spring Cleaning sale last for another two days. Check it out while you still can!

Rockman X DiVE is Now Available in India, Australia & New Zealand

Today, after 6.5 hours of server maintenance, Rockman X DiVE returned with an unexpected surprise: the game is now available in three more countries for a total of twelve since the game launched a few days ago. Find all the details after the break!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mega Man Zero 1-4, ZX and ZX Advent Soundtracks Now on Spotify, Apple Music, Steam!

What's sure to be a surprise to many, Capcom US have officially released digital soundtracks for all four Mega Man Zero games, Mega Man ZX and Mega Man ZX Advent on Spotify, Apple Music and Steam. Check 'em out in the links below!

Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/publisher/capcom/list/37726/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/53jTF5NJogiBRi0H2yMGtE
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2UhFrlU

Tracks made specifically for Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection are included as well, but the "Reploid Remixes" are sorely missing. Also, it's worth pointing out that each individual OST is $13.99. That's $83.94 for all six. That's totally fine, sure. However, I think it's worth pointing out that the physical edition of the recently released Zero/ZX Sound Box runs between 8,000 to 8,800 yen. That's around $72 on the low end. It's a matter of preference, but if you want the physical CDs, you can get them a bit cheaper.

Regardless, this is an admirable move on Capcom US's part. This is the first time these OSTs have been released in the US in an official capacity. And look at that; we now have ourselves a very CLEAN version of the Sound Box cover art, too! Isn't Nakayama just the best?

So sit back, relax and enjoy!

Rockman X DiVE 5-Hour Maintenance Taking Place Tomorrow (3/26)

Capcom Taiwan has announced that Rockman X DiVE will undergo a major network maintenance tomorrow, March 26th, from 10:00 to 15:00 GMT+8. Players will be unable to log in to the game during that time. Here's what that looks like:

  • Taiwan: 10:00 - 15:00 (26th)
  • Europe: 03:00 - 08:00 (26th) 
  • Japan: 11:00 - 16:00 (26th) 
  • USA PDT: 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Today)
  • USA EDT: 10:00 PM - 03:00 AM (Today)

Further, Capcom Taiwan also confirmed that regular server maintenance will take place on Thursdays from here on out.

Source: Rockman X DiVE Official Facebook

Monday, March 23, 2020

Rockman X DiVE App is Now Available Download

The Rockman X DiVE app is already available to download via Google Play and the Apple Store in the nine selected countries that will be able to play starting tomorrow. And surprisingly enough,  western players that participated in the Closed Beta Trial can also download it! Learn how after the break!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

New Images of Riobot Falcon Armor X + October Release Confirmed

Today, we have a plethora of new images of Sentinel's Riobot Falcon Armor X figure, which has been confirmed to release in October. The final price is 17,000 yen or roughly $155 US.

Whether that's out of your price range or not, you owe it to yourself to check this bad boy out!...

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Fan-Game "Mega Man Perfect Blue" Looks to Hit All the Right Notes

Mega Man Perfect Blue is a fan-game currently in development by RRThiel and co. that not only captures the spirit of the classic series, but also aims to carve its only legacy. From its unique visual style to one banger soundtrack, Perfect Blue may just hit that mark.

According to director RRThiel, the game, which is being developed in the "Megamix Engine", will consist of eight stages: an intro stage, 4 Robot Master stages and 3 Castle stages. You can play as either Mega Man or Roll and each sibling plays differently. Mega Man plays mostly the same but he can now shoot while sliding, jump from ladders and charge all of his Special Weapons. Additionally, when Mega Man is out of Special Weapon energy, he can STILL use his Special Weapons! They'll just be a little weaker with reduced functionality.

As for Roll, she plays similar to Zero from the Mega Man Zero series but with a "streamlined" approach. She can only perform a single slash at a time but it's fast, potent and can be used while walking or dashing. Roll does not acquire Special Weapons from Robot Masters; instead, she learns different techniques like Zero.

Mega Man Perfect Blue is expected to release sometime in 2021. To keep your appetites whet until then, head to RRThiel's YouTube channel for a preview of the game's soundtrack!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

"Bad Box Art Mega Man" Infects Resident Evil 3 Remake

If Dr. Light and Dr. Wily weren't enough for ya, Resident Evil 3 has one more Mega Man-themed surprise.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Riobot Falcon Armor X Pre-Orders Start on March 23rd

Sentinel's highly anticipated "Riobot Falcon Armor X" figure will soon be available to pre-order, Rockman Unity has announced. Reservations will begin on March 23rd from the usual hobby-based retailers: Sentinel Direct, Ami Ami, Big Bad Toystore and so on.

As discussed in past coverage, this figure is being designed by Eiichi Shimizu; a Japanese illustrator known for his work on Linebarrels of Iron, Ultraman and Getter Robo Devolution. As a Riobot figure, Falcon Armor X is expected to be more detailed, more articulate and a little bit taller than Sentinel's previous X series 4Inch-Nel figures.

More details including price and an exact release date are expected to be announced shortly.

Stay tuned!

Dr. Light and Dr. Wily Make a Brief Appearance in Resident Evil 3 Remake

With the Resident Evil 3 remake demo out now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, many players finding themselves taken aback by an unexpected cameo.

Right at the start of the demo, as soon as you emerge from the derelict subway train, you can find a poster featuring Dr. Light and Dr. Wily. It reads, "Think about the 21st century", "Will robots surpass humanity?" "Science Forum 24-25 October 1998" "Discussion between Dr. Light and Dr. Wily".

You can see a larger version of the poster after the jump!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Rockman X DiVE To Be Released on March 24th

The news we've been waiting for has finally arrived. After being delayed several times and a lot of uncertainty and speculation, the Rockman X DiVE development team announced the release date of the game via both the Official Facebook Page and the Official Website: March 24th. That's one week from today.

At the time of this writing, the development team didn't provide an update about country availability. We can assume the game will continue to launch first in these previously announced countries: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia.

Stay tuned for more news and hopefully an update when the game will be available for the rest of the world!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Important Rockman X DiVE Announcement is Coming Tomorrow

The Rockman X Dive development team posted a cryptic message on the game's Official Facebook Page alongside the above image. They write, "Uh huh! It's finally coming?"

Will they finally announce the release date? Your guess is as good as mine. Check back tomorrow to find out! In the meantime, though, hit the jump below to watch the latest character trailer. This time the spotlight is on Steel Massimo!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Mega Man Megamix Creator Designs a Reploid to Fight COVID-19

"My daughter said to me, 'daddy, you should draw an Amabie to help defeat COVID-19'," relates Mega Man Megamix author and illustrator Hitoshi Ariga. With pen in hand, the renowned artist forged a hero to not only "fight" COVID-19, but to spread a message of hope and healing with the world.

And thus the antiviral medicine Reploid, Antivirus Armorvie, was born!

Per his daughter's wishes, Hitoshi Ariga's Antivirus Armorvie is a "tough" Amabie. Amabie are three-legged mermaid/merman yokai. According to legend, sharing drawings of Amabie will heal people in times of disease.

Ariga is not the only person drawing an Amabie in response to COVID-19. By searching the hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, you'll find a growing number of Amabie art created by people from every corner of Japan. Each and every piece carries the hope of warding off the epidemic in not just Japan, but the world.

If you would like create your very own Amabie (Mega Man-inspired or not), I implore you to use the above hashtag and share it on social media! It's a little something you can do to help comfort and inspire people during these scary and uncertain times.

Source: Gosokkyu

Friday, March 13, 2020

Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide Updated Edition Delayed to April 29th

UDON Entertainment are postponing the release of Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide Updated Edition due to the coronavirus impacting production. The book has been delayed from March 31st to April 29th, 2020. The coronavirus has also impacted UDON's other upcoming release, the Street Fighter Swimsuit Special Collection. The latter has shifted from June 23rd to June 30th.

The hardcover reprint of Mega Man Star Force: Official Complete Works has not be affected. That book is still expect to ship sometime in May.

Should anything change, we will be sure to communicate that information when it becomes available. Stay tuned... and, please, take care of yourselves!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Making of the Rockman ZX Series Part 3: Model X, Z and ZX Designs

We are back with the third part of Makoto Yabe's interview about the creation of the ZX series, translated by our good friend SidierIf you missed the first two parts you can check them hereWe'll have a translation of part four next week when it becomes available !

In the meantime, you can read part three after the break!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Mega Man 1 & Mega Man 2 Mini Cabinet Coming Later This Year

Arcade1Up, makers of the officially-licensed Mega Man plug and play, are reportedly developing a mini tabletop arcade machine featuring,Mega Man 1 and Mega Man 2. The device is based on the classic Coleco arcade form factor and features a full LCD display, a rechargeable lithium battery, and Mega Man 2-inspired wrap around art.

A prototype version of the device was featured at CES 2020. The screenshot on the packaging is from Mega Man X3 -- Crush Crawfish's stage, to be exact. Oops! Hopefully this will be fixed for the consumer version of the device. Makes me wonder if that was meant for a totally different, unannounced Mega Man X product. Hmm..

Regardless, both the mini arcade and the plug and play dongle/controller are due to launch at an unannounced date later this year.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Rockman X DiVE News Roundup - Alia/Pallette Skill Trailers, New Pre-Reg Reward and an Apology

After an intense week filled with tons of cool stuff, we're capping it off by catching-up with the latest Rockman X DiVE news that we didn't have time to report. Read all about it after the break!

Friday, March 6, 2020

The Making of the Rockman ZX Series: From "Zero 5" to "ZX"

The Rockman Unity blog has published a multi-part interview with Makoto Yabe, character designer and scenario writer of the ZX series, among other roles. So far, there are two parts to the interview and we're happy to bring you a full translation courtesy of our good friend Sidier. We'll have a translation for part three when that becomes available as well.

In the Meantime, you can read parts one and two after the break!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Closer Look at Zero and the New Teppen Card Pack "Haunted by Memories"

This past Monday, Teppen was finally updated with the second hero from the Mega Man X Series: Zero. He joins X, who was one of the starting heroes when the game launched, and along with him is a new card pack called "Haunted by Memories".

Today, we have prepared a complete article with videos of Zero's "Hero Arts", his story mode and, like always, all of the card art and flavor text. You can check everything after the break!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Rockman Zero & ZX Double Hero Collection Debuts at #6 in Weekly Famitsu Sales (Update)

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection - known as Rockman Zero & ZX Double Hero Collection in Japan - is off to a sluggish start in its home country. For the week between February 24th and March 1st, Famitsu reports that the Nintendo Switch version of the game debuted at #6 with roughly 11,610 units sold. The PlayStation 4 version did not chart in the top 10. UPDATE: Additional Famitsu data has been published; the PS4 version charted at #11 with 7,235 units. Combined physical sales of Switch and PS4 are now18,845 units.

You can see where Zero & ZX falls in first week sales compared to previous releases after the break.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Rockman Zero "Setting Collection" Document Released by Takuya Aizu

To celebrate the release of Rockman Zero & ZX Double Hero Collection in Japan, Inti Creates president Takuya Aizu took to Twitter to share a little surprise. Out of nowhere, he released the first four pages of a 21-page "Setting Collection" document that was used as PR materials for Rockman Zero 1. This document was originally submitted to Capcom on February 15th, 2002 -- a little over 2 months before the game's release in Japan.

The tweet is still available at the time of this writing, so we can assume Capcom is okay with Aizu-san sharing the document publicly. Perhaps he will share the remaining 17 pages some day, too. But until then, you can read four available pages in English, translated by our own Sidier, after the break!

Mega Man Battle Network and Star Force Series Veteran Shinsuke Kodama Departs Capcom

It's time to say farewell and good luck to a veteran Mega Man staff member. Shinsuke Kodama, perhaps best known to us as the planner and scenario writer for Mega Man Battle Network 6 and the Star Force series, is departing from Capcom Japan.

Kodama shared the news on his personal Twitter account earlier today. He writes, "It’s a personal matter, but I left Capcom at the end of February to pursue a new challenge." Kodama also said that he will continue to support the Ace Attorney series from the outside, a franchise that he's been greatly involved with since 2012.

Kodama didn't say exactly where he's headed to next. Nevertheless, we at Rockman Corner wish him well! And speaking personally, thank you, sir, for the greatness that was Mega Man Star Force 3. Best story and scenario from that series, bar none.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

An Interview with Ian James Corlett, The Voice of "Ruby-Spears" Mega Man

My two good buddies Cole and Twitch had the gracious opportunity to sit down for a chat with Ian James Corlett – the voice of Mega Man (and Rush) from the Ruby-Spears cartoon and Dr. Wily in Captain N, among countless other roles. The near 45-minute discussion features a nostalgic look-back at the show's recording sessions, the voice acting industry, and the answer to an age-old question: if given the opportunity, would Mr. Corlett return to voice Mega Man?

Check it out above!