Monday, August 31, 2020

"Make Rockman" Announced

Announced on Monday via the Rockman Unity Twitter account, an interesting and unusual development with the franchise is about to unfold...

Mega Man Battle Network: Mega Man vs Bass Statue Confirmed for U.S Release

MegaHouse's much-anticipated Mega Man.EXE vs Bass.EXE statue is officially headed to the U.S. The news comes to us via Previews World and a recent Amazon pre-order page.

Here's the official English product description:

"From MegaHouse. From MegaHouse comes this Game Character Collection DX figure of Mega Man and Bass battling each other atop the head of Treble! It measures 7.9" x 9.4" and has been created with incredible attention to detail. They stare down one another with serious expressions as they prepare their next attack. Mega Man can be displayed with or without his battle mask. The intensity of the scene is expressed through dynamic sculpting such as the billowing of Bass' cape. The shimmering, transparent head of Treble and base with circuit board-like details engraved around its border completes the atmosphere of the piece. Display this fierce battle of the cyber world in your collection!

The statue is expected to go on sale starting February 24th, 2021 for a suggested retail price of $229.99. However, it's worth pointing out that Amazon are offering it much cheaper -- about $181 at the time of this writing. That price is much closer to it's Japanese counterpart, which goes on sale in December for 15,400 yen or roughly $145 US.

My advice to you is, wait just a little bit longer before placing a pre-order. The final price tag probably isn't set in stone just yet. Ideally, it really should cost no more than $200. We'll see.

REVIEW: Mega Man: Fully Charged #1: On the Right Path

It's been almost 5 years since the last issue of Archie's Mega Man comic was published. Many fans have mourned both the comic's absence and the ritual of reading new Mega Man stories on a monthly basis. And finally, after all this time, another comic based on Mega Man hit comic book stores.

To everyone's surprise, though, this comic is neither edited by Archie nor based on the video games. Instead, it's a continuation of the Mega Man Fully Charged animated series.

How did the first issue turn out? You can read my opinion after the break! Beware, it has SPOILERS!

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Rockman ZX Characters Teased for Rockman X DiVE

Teased today via Capcom Taiwan's Official Twitter account, characters from the ZX Series are finally coming to Rockman X DiVE! Read all about it after the break!

Defying Expectations, Mega Man Fully Charged #1 is a Big Success for Boom Studios

Mega Man's return to U.S comics is off to a mighty start.

Less than a week after hitting newsstands, Bloody Disgusting reports that Mega Man Fully Charged issue #1 has become the highest selling comic launch in the franchise's history with a cool 30,009 copies. By comparison, Archie's Mega Man #1 debuted with 12,586 copies in 2011.

"I'm hearing that the first issue has sold out the day of on-sale despite a healthy overprint," writes Blood Disgusting's Rich Johnston. "No doubt a second printing is imminent." Indeed, a reprint featuring brand-new cover art is due on September 23.

The success of Fully Charged #1 is drawing comparisons to the Boom Studios' highly successfully Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Expectations for MMPR were low... but the first issue surprised everyone by outselling literally every comic published by Marvel in 2016. The rest is history.

While it's still a little too early to call it, if these numbers remain consistent, Mega Man may have a bright future at Boom Studios. Mega Man Fully Charged is expected to run for six issues... but after that, who knows?

Source: Bloody Disgusting

Mega Man Fully Charged Issue #2 Kenneth Rocafort Variant Revealed

Via Previews World, we have a look at the second variant cover for Mega Man Fully Charged issue #2 drawn by Kenneth Rocafort. It's due on September 23 for $4.99.  You can check out the solicitation and standard cover art for this issue here. You can also see the Miguel Mercado variant here.

Oh, and did you think we were done with issue #1 variant covers? Nope - we're not! A brand-new variant has surfaced. Check it out below!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Joe Ruby, Co-Creator of Mega Man "Ruby-Spears" Cartoon, Has Died

Animation legend Joe Ruby, who not only co-created Scooby-Doo! but the now-infamous early nineties Mega Man cartoon, passed away on Wednesday, August 26th. He was 87-years-old.

“He never stopped writing and creating, even as he aged,” his grandson Benjamin Ruby told Variety.

Alongside Ken Spears, Joe Ruby worked with Capcom to develop the animated Mega Man series in 1994. A good 26 years later, the show is fondly remembered by fans and non-fans alike. It's a delightful cheesy romp that's spawned countless fan-art, parodies and memes. It will not be soon forgotten. (It is, after all, available to watch in its entirely on YouTube)

For those interested, M Sipher published a great interview with Joe several years ago that's worth a read. Joe talks about the show's origins, the mythical season 3, the unproduced Mega Man X spin-off, and more.

Goodbye, Joe. Thanks for the memories!

Rockman X DiVE - Ciel Arrives in Time to Fight "Wolf Sigma"

The third character from the Zero Series arrives today, further expanding the Rockman X DiVE roster. Ciel will be joining Zero and Leviathan to help players defeat "Wolf Sigma" in the newly introduced Raid Boss Event. Find all the details after the break!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Reploid Remixes DLC is Free

Previously a pre-order bonus exclusive, the Reploid Remixes DLC for Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is now free to download on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. No Xbox One yet - sorry!

Download links:


Monday, August 24, 2020

Rockman X DiVE - "Wolf Sigma" Will Terrorize The Deep Log This Thursday

If the arrival of Ciel wasn't exciting enough for you, the Rockman X DiVE development team has another surprise up their sleeve! A new boss, a new event and a brand-new game mode arrives this Thursday to the game with "Wolf Sigma" front and center. Check out the teaser trailer above

Come back on Thursday for all the details of what promises to be an epic battle!

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Ciel Teased as the Next Rockman X DiVE Character

Teased today via a trailer, we have learned that Ciel will very likely be joining Rockman X DiVE next week in time for the 4th DiVE Festival event. This month's festival has yet to happen and with next week being the end of the month... well, it's a given.

Not only will Ciel be the first human character to appear in the game (even if the Deep Log characters are made of "data"), but this will also be the first time we'll get to see her enggage in combat!

What kind of skills do you think she will have? Let us know your ideas in the comments!

Friday, August 21, 2020

Read the First Six Pages of Mega Man Fully Charged Issue #1

Via Previews World, the first six pages of Boom Studios' Mega Man Fully Charged comic have been posted online. Issue #1 is due next Wednesday, August 26th. What's more, we also have our first look at the cover art for issue # 4. All the details below!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Rockman X DiVE - "White Day" Alia and Cinnamon Return To Celebrate Tanabata Festival

Originally distributed at the end of March for a limited time, "White Day Alia" and "White Day Cinnamon" are returning to Rockman X DiVE celebrate the Chinese Valentine's Day and the Japanese Tanabata festival. Find all the details after the break!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Mega Man Movie Screenwriter Wants to Tell a "Primal and Emotional" Story

While plot details from Capcom and Chernin Entertainment's live action Mega Man movie remain under tight wraps, screenwriter Mattson Tomlin (The Batman, Project Power) shared a little about what he hopes to achieve with the film's portayal of the Blue Bomber himself.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Preview Pages for Boom Studios Mega Man Fully Charged #1

The first issue of Boom Studios' Mega Man Fully Charged drops next Wednesday, August 26th. To keep your appetites whet until then, the publisher has passed along three sample pages. Check 'em out below!

Sunday, August 16, 2020

"DUEL MASTERS PLAY’S" x Rockman EXE : Interview with Masakazu Eguchi + Playthrough

With just a few short days before the Duel Masters Play's and Rockman EXE collaboration ends on August 18th, we are happy to bring you a fully-translated interview from Coro Coro Comics Online between Mr. Tomo (Duel Masters Play's director) and Masakazu Eguchi (Battle Network series scenario designer and other Mega Man games)

We also have a full playthrough of the collaboration, too! You can find everything and more after the break!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

"Swimsuit Iris" Joins Rockman X DiVE's Summer Amusement Park

The final character with a summer-themed outfit has arrived: Iris. She will be joining Alia, Layer and Roll to enjoy the final week of the Summer Amusement Park event. Find all the details after the break!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

"Swimsuit Iris" Revealed for Rockman X DiVE

Via Twitter, the Rockman X DiVE development team revealed that Swimsuit Iris will be coming to the game as the new limited S rank character. She will be joining Alia, Layer and Roll as the fourth swimsuit character in this year's Summer Carnival event.

While the development team didn't say anything in terms of a release date, if we carefully consider the way they've operated in the past, she will be released this Thursday. We can also expect Iris to have at least one alternate color, too. (much like Roll or Layer)

The development team only shared a low quality gif of Iris right now. Nevertheless, what do you think about it

Monday, August 10, 2020

Mega Man Fully Charged #1 Ejikure Variant Revealed

Another day, another variant cover revealed. This piece is for Mega Man Fully Charged #1, drawn by Singaporean artist Ejikure. With this, we're up to seven variant covers!

This variant will be sold exclusively at Black Cape Comics for $24.99, limited to 300 copies.

We are a little over two weeks away from the release of issue #1. Are you planning on grabbing it? Let us know in the comments!

Check Out the Trailer for Fan-Game "Mega Man Cosmic Network"

Who's up for a new Battle Network fan-game? If you raised your hand, you might fancy this one. "Mega Man Cosmic Network" is a wholly original fan-game taking place after the events of Battle Network 6. It features unique twists on the tried-and-true battle formula plus some returning fan-favorite mechanics. Check out the reveal trailer above!

The Cosmic Network is due to hit PC sometime in the near future. You can follow the game's progress on its Itchio Page or hit up its creator, CosmicNobab, on Twitter. I'm really looking forward to checking this one out!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Mega Man Fully Charged Issue #1 Peach Momoko & Blank Blue Variants Revealed

With just about three weeks to go before the first issue of Boom Studios' Mega Man Fully Charged hits newsstands, we have two more variant cover reveals.

By way of Scorpion Comics, we have a lovely cover by Peach Momoko (Marvel, DC IDW) and a plain 'ol blank blue cover variant. Momoko's cover offers some clues at who we might see in the first issue: Skull Man (intended to be the comic's secondary antagonist), Guts Man, Blasto Woman and fan-favorite rival Chaotique. These particular variants appear to be exclusive to Scoprion Comics for the time being.

Mega Man Fully Charged #1 goes on sales August 26th, 2020.

Friday, August 7, 2020

"Mega Man Fan Forge Challenge" Announced - Get Your Art on Officially-Licensed Goods!


Capcom and For Fans By Fans are teaming up for the "Mega Man Fan Forge Challenge". This event tasks fans to create artwork from ANY Mega Man game for a chance to be featured on officially-licensed Mega Man merchandise. There's prizes to win, too!

Here's the lowdown:

"Fan Forge is an open gallery for artists to submit their fan art and ideas of their favorite properties. There, your designs will be shared and rated by the community for the chance to become real officially licensed products. Selected artwork will earn a commission per item sold on our website, through wholesale and at conventions."

Products include T-shirsts, mousepads, art prints, backpacks, messenger bags, wallets, pillow cases, and general collectibles. You can download templates for each here.

The deadline to submit an entry is September 7th, 2020 at 11:59PM PST. One grand prize winner will receive a Mega Man 11 diorama, two digital game codes of your choice, and Mega Man For Fans Prize Pack. Two runner-ups will have win one digital Mega Man game code of their choice.

If you're the creative type, I definitely think this will be a fun opportunity to show off your stuff! Click here to enter! Be sure to read the complete rules and regulations, too!

Boom Studios Mega Man Fully Charged #3 Miguel Mercado Variant Revealed

Here's a look at one of the cover variants for Mega Man Fully Charged Issue #3 drawn by Miguel Mercado. Issue #3 will be in stores on October 28 for $3.99. It's written by AJ Marchisello with interior art by Stefano Simeone.

Here's this issue's solicitation:
Mega Man fears he is not strong enough to protect Silicon City after he learns of a plot for a new robot uprising led by Skull Man and a shocking ally! But can Mega Man trust Dr. Wily's offer to make him the upgraded hero Silicon City needs?

So in case there was any doubt, that's indeed Skull Man. There was some speculation that this mysterious skeleton-bot could have been Doc Robot. Ah, well. Maybe next time!

Source: Previews World

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Summer Has Arrived to Rockman X DiVE - New Characters and More

The main event of Rockman X DiVE's "Summer Carnival" is here. Two new characters, a free skin, a new level and much much more are now available! You can find all the details after the break!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

First Rockman VR: Targeted Virtual World!! Footage Surfaces

Ever since the game became playable on July 18th in Japan, we have been patiently waiting to see footage of "Rockman VR: Targeted Virtual World!!". And now, thanks to Ucchy-san and Capcom TV, we have our first look at the game in motion.

The footage shown above isn't too long but it gives you a good idea of how the world first virtual reality Rockman game plays. Because it's unlikely we'll see a full play-through any time soon, you may be wondering what happens at the end of the game.

After the player defeats Dr.Wily, he kneels in front of you and laments the fact that people are enjoying VR before escaping the scene. Then, a screen with all the characters smiling at the player is shown and it's game clear!

No word yet if the game will ever reach home consoles (PS4/PS5) or PC. For the time being it will remain exclusive to Plaza Capcom Ikebukuro.

Rockman EXE: Rockman vs Forte New Images, Trailer and Pre-Order Info

By way of Premium Bandai, we can share some brand-new images of MegaHouse's upcoming Rockman vs Forte statue. This is the finalized paint job, i.e what you get when you pop open the box. Looks pretty spiffy, no?

Head below for more images, a trailer (!!) and some early pre-order info!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Bandai's Rockman X3 Buster Battle Design Master Game Has Been Preserved!

Video game preservationist group Gaming Alexandria has announced that, for the first time ever, all 9 games from Bandai's high obscure Design Master handheld console have been dumped and preserved. Rockman X3 Buster Battle included!

We've ran a couple stories about Rockman X3 Buster Battle on the blog before but, for the uninitiated, it's a bite-sized RPG where you draw weapons for X on the built-in touchscreen and battle various Mavericks. Check out some gameplay here.

Now, although Gaming Alexandria have successfully preserved the game, you can't exactly play it - yet. The Design Master itself doesn't have a working emulator, though that is a task currently being headed up by Team Europe. In the meantime, though, you can still download the game AND the some very high quality scans of the packaging, manual and cartridge.

So head on over to Gaming Alexandria's page on the Design Master and scoop up some obscure blue bomber history!

Swimsuit Layer and Roll Revealed for This Week's Rockman X DiVE's Update

Roll was teased a few days ago and we saw Layer's icon in yesterdays preview fort the "Summer Vacation for Lord of Snowy Plain" stage event. And today, the development team has released a new trailer showcasing both characters' skills in action.

Watch the trailer after the break!

Monday, August 3, 2020

Rockman X DiVE's Summer Event Preview

Following this past weekend's tease, we have a preview of the summer event coming this Thursday to Rockman X DiVE. Called "Summer Vacation for Lord of Snowy Plain", the event brings a new summer amusement park stage, summer costumes for Alia, Roll and Layer. All the info after the break!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Kotobukiya Fourth Armor X - New Images and Pre-Orders (Updated)

Today, Kotobukiya have begun accepting pre-orders for the Fourth Armor X model kit (or as their U.S site calls it, the "Force Armor"). At this moment, pre-orders are only available directly from Kotobukiya. Folks who order from Kotobukiya will receive a bonus backdrop display depicting the final battle with Sigma in Mega Man X4.

Pre-orders from Big Bad Toystore, Amazon, Ami Ami and more old reliables should follow suit soon. (UPDATE: up on Ami Ami, Hobby Link Japan) In the meantime, we've got PLENTY of new images to ogle at. Check 'em out in the link above or below!

Boom Studios Mega Man Fully Charged #1 Mico Suayan Variant Revealed

By way of Big Time Collectibles, here's a look at yet another variant for Mega Man Fully Charged issue #1. This one is by Mico Suayan, who worked on a number of properties at Marvel, DC and Valiant Comics.

While issue #1 is expected to hit newsstands in a couple weeks, this particular variant is coming a tad later -- September 2nd, 2020. Only 500 copies will be printed. Pre-orders are now available for a limited time from Big Time Collectibles.

Source: BTC

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Kotobukiya Rockman X 4th Armor Release Date Announced and Other News

Kotobukiya's "Rockman X Model Kit Talk Live Ver.1.5" live stream finished a few hours ago and while no new model kits where shown, per se, we did get to see the finished Rockman X 4th Armor kit among other things. All the info after the break!

Rockman X DiVE's "Summer Carnival" First Characters Teased

Yesterday we said the next week in Rockman X DiVE content was going to be a calm one before things started to heat up in the Deep Log. But, we don't have to wait to find out was coming next Thursday as the Rockman X DiVE development team have begun teasing the first summer-themed characters. All the info after the break!