Sunday, May 31, 2020
New evidence has emerged supporting an age-old theory that Dr. Wily shares a deep connection with Mega Man X series characters Serges and Isoc. The following guest post by Mega Man lore historian Zan Sidera brings all the pieces of the puzzle together at last!
Friday, May 29, 2020
If you're a Battle Network fan, you might want to keep a close eye on 2021. Today, Capcom Japan have begun recruiting licensing partners to develop Mega Man Battle Network 20th anniversary products. These include toys, action figures, apparel, special events and other consumer goods.
The very existence of this recruitment program alone suggests that Capcom has big plans in store for Battle Network's 20th. It signals their intent on celebrating the anniversary under an official banner, much like Mega Man X's 25th anniversary. In 2016, Capcom previously recruited partners for Mega Man X's 25th anniversary, an event wholly separate from the franchise's overall 30th anniversary. The result was a number of commemorative X goods from new figures and soundtracks to two critically and commercially successful collections: Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2.
Of course, it's much too early for Capcom to announce anything concrete. There's plenty of time between now and next March. Only time will tell, I suppose.
Source: Capcom Japan
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Another character joins the Deep Log as part of the Rockman and Rockman X DiVE collaboration event! Last week it was Mega Man, Proto Man and Roll. And now, it's "Super Mega Man" from Mega Man 7.
Super Mega Man, an S Rank character, will be out next Thursday after the usual maintenance period. He comes with an impressive Triple Jump and two skills: Supporting Beat where Beat acts as a helper attacking enemies on-screen no matter how far they are, and Rocket Buster, a homing attack that will dealt damage on his way back to Super Mega Man.
Let us know what you think about Super Mega Man in the comments! Isn't the animation from the character screen wonderful?
Friday, May 22, 2020
If you missed out on picking up TruForce's Ver. Ke X the first time around, Big Bad Toystore have begun accepting pre-orders for an exclusive reissue. It's reasonably priced at $79.99, too. That's far, far cheaper than what you'll find on eBay or secondhand sellers.
You can snag your pre-order here. It's expected to ship sometime in June!
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Teased by Protodude months before Rockman X DiVE launched, the first batch of Classic Rockman Series characters (and a boss) are finally here. Proto Man, Roll and of course Mega Man join the "Deep Log" today! Find all the details below!
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Mega Man: Fully Charged season 2 may not be happening any time soon, but the animated series is getting new life as a limited comic book series.
Not only is Omar Alvero the art director for video game apparel maker Eighty Sixed, but he designed the popular Mega Man 11 "Diagnostic" t-shirt, shown above. It shows the inner-workings of the blue bomber's head, right down to the ceratanium shell.
I had the chance to sit down with Omar to talk a little about this piece, his history as an artist, and other odds-and-ends that you might find interesting. Grab an E-Tank, pull up a chair and join us below!
Friday, May 15, 2020
Kotobukiya have posted new images for the upcoming "Rising Fire" Mega Man X model kit to Twitter. What's more, the manufacturer confirmed that the kit will include new and exclusive "magma" X Buster effect parts. As a special bonus, a "Dragon Flame Blade" part for the Zero model kit will be included as well! You can check that out here.
For the uninitiated, this kit is based on X's Rising Fire color scheme from Mega Man X4. It was revealed at Winter Wonder Festival 2020 in February.
More details, release date and pricing are expected to be announced shortly.
A few weeks ago we reported that Icon Heroes acquired the license to produce brand-new Mega Man figures and merchandise. And this week, the manufacturer pulled the curtain back a little bit on two items: "Mega Man PinBook Volume 1" and a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Product descriptions below:
- Mega Man PinBook Vol. 1 - Available 4th Quarter 2020 ($40): "PinBooks feature a set of beautifully designed hard enamel pins packaged in a book-style packaging with stunning cover art. Each limited-edition pin is individually numbered with a matching number on the book. Each PinBook also has a unique volume number and features a magnetic closure to keep the pins secure inside.
- Mega Man Puzzle - Available 4th Quarter 2020 ($20): "Icon Heroes presents the Mega Man 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle! Stimulate the mind with this fun activity alone or with friends and family! Featuring beautiful artwork, this puzzle features many popular Mega Man characters and measures 19.7" wide x 31.5" tall."
You can click the links above to pre-order. More Icon Heroes Mega Man goods are expected to be revealed soon!
Capcom has updated their Game Series Sales and Platinum Titles pages to reflect the fiscal year ending March 31st, 2020. Unfortunately, we do not have any data on how well Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection performed this past quarter. Nevertheless, we do have some good news:
- Mega Man 11 saw an additional 200,000 units in sales between November 2019 to March 31st, 2020. The game has now officially sold 1.2 million units. Mega Man 11 continues to be the fastest selling Mega Man title in well over 25 years.
- As of March 31st, the Mega Man franchise has moved 36 million units in lifetime sales. That's an additional million from May 2019. We can assume the bump was from Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection and further steady sales of Mega Man 11, Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2 and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2.
At the end of the day, the franchise remains in a healthy state. Mega Man 11, Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2 and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 continue to show strong legs. I think it's safe to say that those discounted sales across multiple storefronts really helped. Now, as for ZX/Zero Legacy Collection... it's difficult to pin-point how it's doing. Pending official word from Capcom, we can only speculate.
We'll let you know if we hear anything concrete.
Source: Capcom IR
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Roughly teased a week ago, the first major content update for Rockman X DiVE is finally here. A highly fan-requested character was added as well: the final Navigator from Rockman X8... Layer!
What's more, the content update brings a lot of new elements to the game and a variety of events to help players get extra rewards. While some features are available now, other will arrive at a later date as this update is meant to be released gradually. In the meantime, you can check out all the content that was released today below!
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
For those of you that pre-ordered the brand-new hardcover edition of Mega Man Star Force: Official Complete Works from Amazon, I have some good news for you. Apparently, Amazon has begun shipping copies to some folks a few weeks in advance! ShadowRockZX and Meruna Stellar both report that they received three weeks ahead of the planned June 2nd release date. Nice!
So yeah; you should probably keep a close eye on your mailbox in the coming day. You may just get your copy early, too!
Thanks for the tip, Shad!
Monday, May 11, 2020
Wonder Festival organizers announced that Wonder Festival Fall 2020 has been cancelled over COVID-19 concerns. The event would have taken place on November 1st, 2020.
Traditionally, new Mega Man figures and toys are revealed at Wonder Festival. Manufacturers such as Kotobukiya, Good Smile and Sentinel have used the event to show off prototypes, among other tantalizing details. Although Wonder Festival 2021 is still on track to take place on February 7th, 2021, these companies still intend on sharing news about the latest Mega Man figures this year.
Representatives from Kotobukiya, Sentinel and Mega House (makers of the upcoming Rockman.EXE vs Forte.EXE diorama) informed me that they will "pursue different opportunities this year" to share updates on existing products and announcements about new Mega Man figures. Due to the ongoing pandemic, development and distribution of said products may be affected. There is no guarantee that these products, both previously announced and unannounced, will make their respective target release dates.
More information on this topic will be shared in the near future.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
From April 10th to May 6th, the author of the Rockman X manga, Yoshihiro Iwamoto, uploaded one unique sketch per day to his Twitter account. He drew things from Sailor Moon, B-Fighter, Ultraman and of course Rockman.
Surprisingly enough, he even ventured from his X series comfort zone and draw two fantastic pieces of Rock Volnutt and Tron Bonne from the Rockman DASH series! You can find all the Rockman art after the break!
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Earlier today the Rockman X DiVE development team gave us a closer look at next week's big content update with a new trailer and a live stream. And to everyone's surprise, they ended the stream with our first in-game look at three playable characters from the classic series: Mega Man, Proto Man and Roll. Don't miss a second; slide past the break line below to watch the video!
Yesterday we talked about the first major content update for Rockman X DiVE, which unfortunately is not coming this week but next week after the usual maintenance period on May 14th. However, starting today, Ultimate Armor X is available in the game plus many other events! Find all the info after the break!
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Today Capcom Taiwan released a sneak peek for the first major Rockman X DiVE content update. Take a look at the trailer above and find out what we have to say after the break!
Friday, May 1, 2020
The Mega Man Battle Network homebrew scene continues to amaze once again with the release of "Battle Chip Gate Homebrew"! Created by The Rockman EXE Zone's Greigamaster, this handy app turns a Game Boy Advance with a flash cartridge into a real, working Battle Chip Gate. Simply put, you don't need to fork over an arm and a leg to buy a physical Battle Chip Gate or its complementary Battle Chips anymore. I mean, unless you really want to. It's a neat commodity.
Anyway! This app is 100% compatible with both English and Japanese versions of Mega Man Battle Network 4, 4.5, 5, 6 and Mega Man Zero 3. Users can create folders for easy access to favorite chips and slot-in Program Advance combos automatically, too! Sure, the novelty of physically slotting chips into the gate will be missed... but this app is so much easier to use!
If it piques your interest, head on over to TREZ and read more about it!
Nicely done, Greigamaster! You've really outdone yourself!