Friday, February 26, 2021

Mega Man X - 1/4 Scale Zero Statue by PCS Announced

The first of many brand-new, officially licensed Mega Man X statues from Premium Collectibles Studio has been partially revealed... Zero! But this isn't your typical Zero statue, no.

While not outright confirmed, the artwork used to announce the statue heavily implies it's based on Zero's birth. The "under construction" visage of the crimson Maverick Hunter -- first depicted in Mega Man X4 and again in Mega Man X5 -- is a fan-favorite. The scene hasn't been realized in any form prior but, with PCS at the helm, you can expect a highly-detailed statue worthy of one's collection. 

There are currently no details about price or release date, but I'm assuming we'll know more in a matter of days. Do note, however, that PCS products don't come cheap. You'll probably need to save up a good $300 or more. 

In the meantime, you can "RSVP" to be notified when the statue becomes available via Sideshow.

Monday, February 22, 2021

High-End Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero Statues Teased From PCS (Update)


In September 2020, we learned that Premium Collectibles Studio acquired the license to develop products based on the Mega Man IP. High-end character statues and figures, more or less. 

And now, the manufacturer has taken to Twitter to tease, what may very well be, an impending announcement...

Rockman X DiVE's 9th DiVE Festival Brings "Bass.EXE GS" and New Raid Boss

The second DiVE Festival of the year (9th overall) begins this Wednsday and it brings us a new version of Bass.EXE: Bass.EXE GS. You might remember him from Rockman EXE 3 when he fused with the multi-bug organism Gospel. What's more, the update also includes the first Raid Boss of the year: Final Sigma W. You can find all the details after the break!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

More Preview Pages From Fan-Translated Rockman DASH Artbook

The Rockman DASH Great Adventure Guide scanlation project has made tremendous progress since we last saw it. As a matter fact, project leader RockmanCosmo tells me it's about halfway done! Woo-hoo! 

Remember, folks; not only is this book long out of print but it's never been translated in English before. This is a remarkable milestone!

To celebrate the occasion, RockmanCosmo passed along four brand-new preview pages. Check 'em out below!

Friday, February 19, 2021

Check Out This Fan-Made Mega Man Legends Multiplayer Battle Mode

The ever-expanding Mega Man Legends mod scene continues to impress, this time with a full-on battle mode! 

The above footage comes to us from Trege, who programmed this very unique multiplayer mode alongside Uradamus (maps and model cleanup) and Kion (reverse engineering tools). It runs on the Godot Engine, which may sound familiar if you've seen the equally cool 60FPS Mega Man Legends 1 "port". This is an extension of that very work.

While only a proof-of-concept at the moment, the basic premise has two (or more) players duking it out across Kattleox Island. This particular bit of gameplay also features a "Eden Invasion", a team-based survival mode that pits players against a swarm of relentless Reaverbots.

Who knew Mega Man Legends would be perfect for something like this? No word yet on a public release, but I'm definitely liking what I see! More soon, I hope!

Interview with Mega Man Fully Charged Comic Book Artist Stefano Simeone

After the conclusion of the Mega Man: Fully Charged limited series a few weeks ago, we had the chance to catch up with artist Stefano Simeone to talk about his career and work with the comic. You can read this lengthy interview after the break,  which also includes some never-before-seen artwork he shared with us!

Beware -- spoilers!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Official Mega Man 11 Pins From Eighty Sixed Now Available!

What better way to rep your love for Mega Man 11 with some snazzy-looking pins? Eighty Sixed are back with a brand-new, limited run set of officially-licensed Mega Man 11 pins! The set features the Blue Bomber himself, Rush and a diecast Double Gear pin!

If you like what you see, you're gonna want to snag these ASAP. There's only 355 available! Grab 'em from Eighty Sixed's Mega Man outlet here! I'll honestly be surprised if they're still in stock by this evening...

Have at it!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Here Are the Scans From the Cancelled 1992 Mega Man Anime


The development cels from the cancelled 1992 Mega Man anime have safely arrived. And as promised, we've scanned them in high-resolution for everyone to enjoy. They're absolutely gorgeous.

That said, you can download 'em here or check 'em out after the break below!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Rockman EXE Manga Reprint Announced for 20th Anniversary

To commemorate the series' impending 20th anniversary in March 2021, all eight "New Edition" volumes of Ryo Takamisaki's Rockman EXE manga will be reprinted, publisher Fukkan announced

The reprints can be pre-ordered individually or in a single set from Fukkan directly. What's more, if you pre-order the books before their intended March shipping date, you'll receive two bonus postcards illustrated by Takamisaki himself. No images of those were provided, though.

The "New Editions" of the manga were initially published in 2016 to celebrate Rockman EXE's 15th anniversary, condensing the original 13 volume series into 8 volumes. Each book featured brand-new cover art, minor panel touch-ups and bonus content (concept and preliminary art). 

Unfortunately, these reprints are once again relegated to Japan. There are no current plans for localization in any other region. Viz Media continue to hold the rights to manga in North America -- you know, Mega Man NT Warrior. Beyond occasional reprints of the original 2008 books, Viz has largely sat on the license.

The 20th anniversary is a good as time as any for North America - or any region, really - to get the New Editions. Ah, well...

Source: Fukkan

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Mega Man PO 128 Pocket Operator Gameplay + Review

The officially-licensed Mega Man Pocket Operator stands proud as 2020's most random piece of Blue Bomber merchandise. This device fits right in the palm of your hand and acts as a mini-synthesizer and sequencer. Best of all, though? It includes a little built-in Mega Man game, too!

The device has been on sale for a little while now but, recently, some excellent gameplay footage surfaced. The above video comes to us via Gadget Explained, who also posted an in-depth review of the Pocket Operator to go with it. The video features all 16 tracks, each with their own unique playable stage.  

If you'd like to learn more, hit up Gadget Explained! And if you'd like to add this guy to your Mega Man collection, you can grab it from Amazon or Teenage Engineering directly!

Monday, February 8, 2021

Indie Flash Game "Rokko Chan" Has Been Preserved

At the tail end of last year, Adobe officially discontinued support for Flash, thus endangering a countless number of indie gaming projects. Luckily for us, though, one of the best Mega Man parody games has been preserved for all eternity! "Rokko Chan" lives again!

Rockman X DiVE - The One About Valentine's Day


While Valentine's Day doesn't officially start until February 14th, denizens of the Deep Log have a head start today with Colonel's Valentines Challenge. An overprotective brother, a passionate fan club and two cute maids awaits you after the break!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Rockman VR: Targeted Virtual World!! Shuts Down on February 14th

Capcom Plaza Ikebukuro's “VR-X” virtual reality corner is officially shutting down on February 14th. And when it goes, so to does Rockman VR: Targeted Virtual World!!

Located on the third floor of Capcom Plaza Ikebukuro, Rockman VR began operations on July 18th, 2020. The attraction put players in the blue bomber's shoes to fend off a wave of robots, topple Block Man and thwart Dr. Wily's plans to conquer the virtual world. You can watch nearly five minutes of gameplay footage above.

At this time, there are no plans to relocate Rockman VR or the two Biohazard VR attractions to a different Capcom Plaza location. To compensate for this unfortunate news, Capcom reduced ticket prices from 1,500 yen to a mere 750 yen (roughly $7.12 US) until the 14th.

Is Rockman VR doomed to become lost media? Possibly. But there has been some speculation that Rockman VR could *eventually* see a PC port. The game is played with a retail-based HTC Vive Pro on a regular 'ol PC and... it's partially in English

In other words, most of the pieces are in place for this virtual reality romp to come home. The ball's in Capcom's corner!

Source: Capcom Japan

Fight Colonel in Rockman X DiVE's Valentine's Day Event

Due to numerous delays in development, Rockman X DiVE was unable to celebrate Valentine's Day last year. This Monday, though, Rockman X DiVE's first Valentine's Day event begins! Find all the details after the break!

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Official Mega Man: The Wily Wars Repro-Cart Still in Development; More News Later This Year

The officially-licensed Mega Man: The Wily Wars reproduction cartridge from Retro-Bit was announced in August 2019 with an intended Q1 2020 launch. We haven't heard much from the project since then. Granted, we're living in unprecedented times. The ongoing pandemic has affected it. That said, if you were concerned the project was outright scrapped, I come bearing good news.

Retro-Bit has confirmed that The Wily Wars reproduction cartridge remains in active development with "a lot of action happening behind the scenes" as they prepare for release. More news will be delivered later this year, which could very well entail a release date. 

For the uninitiated, Retro-Bit are not only developing the reproduction cartridge but a Collector's Edition that includes bonus goods, too. These include limited edition packaging, mini Mega Man, Elect Man and Cut Man figures (the later is transparent!) and other unannounced odds and ends. You can get an idea of what might be included from Retro-Bit's past Collector's Edition offerings here. They spare no expense!

And that, my friends, is all there is to say on this front for now. We'll keep you posted as more info becomes available!

Friday, February 5, 2021

"Shironeko Project" and Rockman X DiVE Collaboration Announced


Following the Tower of Saviors collaboration, another Rockman X DiVE crossover is coming down the pike. 
 
So-Entertainment Taiwan's flagship mobile title Shironeko Project (White Cat Project) will cross paths with Rockman X DiVE next week. The news came during Shironeko's 6th anniversary celebration. You can find all the details after the break!

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Original Ruby-Spears Mega Man Press Kits Preserved

We're on a bit of a roll with all this rare and unseen Mega Man animation history lately. And tonight, for your viewing pleasure, we have the complete Ruby-Spears Mega Man press kits from 1994 to 1995. Check 'em out here. That's 22-pages of grade-A, Ruby-Spears cheese.

So yeah; these materials have gone unseen for a good 26-years. They were originally distributed to different television networks in the mid-nineties. Each sheet was meticulously designed to help sell the cartoon -- that is, to entice networks into airing Mega Man and establish a quid pro quo. The show drives network ratings up, and those ratings translate to game and toy sales. Bada bing bada boom.

The press kits also contain unrealized licensing and merchandise deals (a comic book from Bruce Hamilton!) and some pretty uncommon key art, too. I mean, just look at Mega Man's fleshy hand and whatever is going on with Cut Man's face up there. These unpolished designs appeared during a few commercial bumpers, actually. Interesting stuff.

Anyway, we hope enjoy this little slice of Ruby-Spears history! The press kits were donated by @ForcedUserX!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Rockman X DiVE - The Event Before Valentine's Day

Ahead of the impending Valentine's Day event, we have a busy week of content. We've got a double dose of Command Mission, a new event, new Jakob levels, two new DiVE Triggers and much more! Check all the details after the break!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Mega Man Zero 4 Composer Releases New "Falling Down" Self-Cover

It was only a few days ago that Mega Man Zero 4 composer Shinichi Itakura uploaded the original demo track for "Falling Down." Well, he's back at it again -- this time with an all-new "self-cover" composition of Falling Down.

Itakura-san writes, "when I composed it in 2004, I used the guitar to make phrases. However, this time, I tried to self-cover without a guitar. Was it better to dub the guitar?"

Well, what do ya think? The man's still got it, in my humble opinion. 

Keep rockin' on, Itakura-san!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Absolute Zero Joins Rockman X DiVE Next Week

The Rockman X: Command Mission content in Rockman X DiVE grows a little larger next week when Absolute Zero joins the game on Wednesday, February 3rd. You can find the few details we know after the break!

Saturday, January 30, 2021

"Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter's Field Guide" Available to Pre-Order on Amazon

Hot on the heels of last week's Previews World listing, Amazon has begun accepting pre-orders for the much-anticipated Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter's Field Guide.

The hardcover, 176-handbook includes detailed information on every major Mega Man X series character, Reploid and Maverick. There's a few surprises tucked inside, too. It's anticipated to ship on August 17th for $26.99. Hit the link above and pre-order yours!

I had a small part in the creation of this book... and I can safely say, it's a worthy successor to the Robot Master Field Guide. There's a certain, unannounced art-related aspect that took a considerable amount of time to get juuuust right. I think everyone will be pleased with the outcome.

You'll have to wait until UDON announces Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter's Field Guide on their time for all the details!

Friday, January 29, 2021

Rockman X DiVE Helps Drive Capcom Mobile Sales Up 80.7%

Although Rockman X DiVE remains unavailable in several regions (you can still download and play the English version here, though), the title has proven to be a formidable success for Capcom's five-year-old mobile division.

In their latest financial report for the quarter ending December 31st 2020, Capcom notes that mobile content sales were up 80.7% year-over-year. The boost is owed in large part to Rockman X DiVE, which recently launched in Japan in October 2020 (seven months after its debut in South Korea). The mainland China release of Street Fighter Duel also contributed to record profitability. Together, both titles drove mobile revenue up 4.7 billion yen. That's roughly $45 million.

All in all, Rockman X DiVE's profitability bodes well for the game's longevity. The title will no doubt play a large role in Capcom's on-going mobile strategy... just as long as it remains profitable. Let's not beat around the bush, folks; when (not if) the well dries up, Rockman X DiVE will meet a fate all too familiar to mobile games

For now, though, enjoy it while it lasts. It could be a while!

Source: Capcom Investor Relations | GameBiz

Thursday, January 28, 2021

REVIEW: Mega Man: Fully Charged #6: The End?


Finally, after waiting more than a month, the last issue of the Mega Man: Fully Charged comic is here. The final battle between Namagem and Mega Man, Wily's master plan and the never ending family feud await you after the break in our recap and review!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Lost Rockman Anime Materials Surface: "Early Ruby-Spears" & "Beware Fire & Earthquakes"

Just when you thought you knew everything about Mega Man, history throws a curve ball. Evidence of two long-lost animated adaptations have surfaced... and they're pretty wild.

The first is a very early incarnation of the Ruby-Spears cartoon that we all know and love. The twist? It has a completely different, abandoned anime art direction. Authentic production materials from this oddity were recently obtained by Rockman Corner and friends. I've written a lengthy (and on-going) Twitter thread on the topic here. You can see these materials after the break below as well.  We will be scanning and posting high resolution versions in the weeks ahead. (UPDATE: Since this post was published, we've since learned the identity of an animator worked on this project. Be sure to read up on that info after the jump!)

The second is a long-rumored educational OVA titled "Do Your Best, Rockman! Beware Fire and Earthquakes!" Fans in Japan have debated the legitimacy of this single episode animation for years... but no one could actually prove it existed. However, a recent auction for a Do Your Best, Rockman! activity book has vanquished any fears of a potential Mandela Effect, proving once and for all the show was a thing.

Read on and see these lost treasures for yourself!

Rockman X DiVE: Return of the Snowy Plain Lord


Out of nowhere, the Summer Vacation Lord of Snowy Plain event is returning to Rockman X DiVE this week. What's more, Festive Zero -- who was a limited character during the Fireworks and Lantern Festival -- is returning, too. Find all the details after the break!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Mega Man Zero 4 Composer Uploads Original "Falling Down" Demo

Mega Man Zero fans, heads up. Mega Man Zero 4 composer Shinichi Itakura recently uploaded the very first, original demo for "Falling Down." It was composed on December 8th, 2004. That's around four months before Zero 4 launched in Japan!

As a reminder, this is the theme that plays during Zero's final battle with Dr. Weil as they plummet to earth. It's one of many fan-favorite tunes from Zero 4's OST. The number of fan arrangements, remixes and tributes is staggering.

Itakura writes, "when I was cleaning up my old hard disk drive, I found some old song data. There was a sound source at that time that I was involved in composing. I didn't think there was a demo audio mix left." He adds, I am glad that many people have covered the performance of "Falling Down". I would like you to listen to the original phrase."

Thank you, Itakura! Rock on, good sir!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Mega Man "Cable Guy Holder" Announced

EXG Pro recently announced a new wave of their popular "Cable Guy Holders". The new lineup includes characters like Super Sonic, Wolverine, Amy Rose, Mortal Kombat’s Sub-Zero and... Mega Man! You can see what the figure looks in full after the break!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Rockman X DiVE's Sprint Festival Begins Today

There's a lot of activity happening in Rockman X DiVE this week! We have a fan favorite Maverick becoming playable, the second installment of XDiVE Maximum Race and the beginning of the Spring Festival event, among other things. Check out all the details after the break!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter Field Guide Due This Year

So this is a project I've had a small hand in for a little while now. I think pretty much everyone knew it would happen at some point, too. At long, long last, the Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter Field Guide is going to be a thing.

As the successor to the highly popular Robot Master Field Guide, the Maverick Hunter Field Guide will be a comprehensive (hardcover) handbook to the Mega Man X series. It will feature in-depth character profiles of EVERY major X series character. From X and Zero to Chill Penguin and Optic Sunflower, no stone will be left unturned! There may even a couple surprises, too!

Speaking of, the book will also feature some very cool, all-new art-- ah! Maybe I've said too much? You'll have to wait until the official announcement to find out...

More details, images and pre-order info coming soon!

Source: Previews World

Capcom vs. Osamu Tezuka Characters Artbook Announced

One of the coolest things announced last year was the "Capcom vs. Osamu Tezuka Characters" art exhibit, which opened its doors on October 23rd, 2020. It will end on February 23rd this year. 

With the prohibition of taking photos from inside the exhibition and the ongoing pandemic, there was concern that we wouldn't be able to take a peek at all the goodies inside. But that fear is now dispelled with the announcement of an artbook to immortalize the exhibit -- forever!

Find all the details after the break!

Monday, January 18, 2021

Rockman X DiVE - Magma Dragoon Becomes Playable This Week


Magma Dragoon was added as a boss in Rockman X DiVE's 10th Story Mode chapter back in August, 2020. And now, he's going to be playable in this week's Rockman X DiVE update! Find all the details after the break!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Official Mega Man 11 Youtooz Figure Announced

Do you collect vinyl figures? Then you're probably no stranger to Youtooz. The Canadian-based company catapulted to popularity in 2019 figurines based on YouTubers and internet personalities. They're known for their short stature, attention to detail and... tightly  closed eyes.

Recently, though, Yout stoozarted branching out -- creating and distributing figures based on popular IPs. And today, they've turned their squinty gaze towards 'ol Mega Man.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Cancelled "Capcom Generations" Screenshots and Info Surfaces

LSuperSonicQ shared roughly four images from "Capcom Generations", a previously unknown, cancelled action-oriented game. The title was in development between late 2003 to early 2004, led by former Capcom employee Chris Tang. 

According to Chris, the game used his proprietary "action game" engine that initially went into a couple other failed pitches. Several Capcom characters were playable, such as Mega Man, Dante (Devil May Cry), Yun (Street Fighter) and and Super Joe (Bionic Commando). The title was a passion project for Cris... unfortunately, though, a lack of funding prevented it from really getting off the ground.

A playable prototype does exist and is currently in Cris' possession. He hopes to shoot some gameplay footage in the near future. Until then, we can only marvel at what almost was.

There's a lot more history behind this and several other projects from Cris Tang in the video above. Check it out!

Rockman X DiVE's 8th DiVE Festival Begins

The first DiVE Festival of the new year is here! The 8th DiVE Festival brings the second playable Sigma, a new skin for Ultimate Armor X, the return of the Space-Time Jumper event and much more. Find all the details after the break!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Mega Man Star Force Manga is Now Available in English

Mega Man Star Force (or Ryuusei no Rockman as it's called in Japan) is one of many Rockman manga that never received an official English translation. Illustrated by Masaya Itagaki, it was a trilogy that was originally serialized in Gekkan CoroCoro Comic from November 2006 to January 2008.

Now, thanks to the efforts of translation group Puff Blast, we can read all three books for the first time in English. You can find all the details after the break!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Sigma's Rockman X4 2nd Form Heads to Rockman X DiVE This Week


On top of the Ultimate Armor X AC Ver. skin, the return of the Boomerang Kuwanger event and the addition of PVP with friends, Sigma (X4 2nd form) is coming to Rockman X DiVE on January 13th. 

He won't be a Raid Boss but a playable character when the 8th DiVE Festival takes place. Find all the info after the break!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Lost Stereoscopic 3D Mega Man 1 Mobile Port Dumped

Today we're dropping a rare and relatively obscure mobile port of Mega Man 1 that -- if you have the right hardware -- can be played in stereoscopic 3D! 

New Characters Join "Tower of Saviors" and Rockman X DiVE Collaboration

 

If you thought 17 X series characters weren't enough, don't worry. Tower of Saviors developer Mad Head Limited agrees with you and are bringing two additional X series characters to the game. Find all the details after the break!

Friday, January 8, 2021

Shigeto Ikehara's Rockman 2 Manga Adaptation Now Available in English

 

The translation project initiated by our friend Joshua continues! After delivering the English translation of Shigeto Ikehara's Irregular Hunter X manga in 2020, Joshua returns with a complete translation of Ikehara's Rockman 2 adaptation. Find all the details after the break!

Thursday, January 7, 2021

We Have Secured Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network and Legend of Network

For more than a decade, Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network (2004) and Rockman EXE: Legend of Network (2006) have remained virtually lost to time. Not only were these games exclusive to Japan, but they could only be played on mobile phones. Very old, very *specific* "dumb phones" that -- to make this equation all the more sweeter -- had to be subscribed to the now-defunct i-Mode internet service. 

What's more, Phantom of Network and Legend of Network were discontinued some time ago. Even if you lived in Japan and somehow had one of those old phones, you can't just download these games willy-nilly. They're de-listed. Gone. There is no way to download them in the year 2021.

Despite all that, however, we have long searched for a phone that has either Phantom of Network or Legend of Network installed. The chances of finding a phone with both games installed? Hah. Don't ask. But we persisted! In the name of preservation, we persisted....

... aaaand after years of sifting and searching through old, battered Japanese phones -- years of failed negotiations -- we have, at long last, acquired BOTH Phantom of Network and Legend of Network! And now the real work begins...

Ultimate Armor X AC Ver. Skin and Friend PvP coming to Rockman X DiVE

Announced today via the monthly DiVE Time with Rockman X DiVE producer Yoda Hideto, Ultimate Armor X AC Ver. Skin and Friend PvP are coming to the game next week on January 13th. 

As you probably guessed, AC Ver. stands for "Anniversary Collection", the Japanese equivalent of Legacy Collection in the west. This new armor was introduced for the first time in the X Challenge mode of Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2. The price, or if it will require paid EM, has not been disclosed at this time.

Friend PvP has been one of the most requested features since launch and it's finally happening! You can create a private room to fight a friend as long as you have their player ID.

You can watch the video here. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Defeat Drill Man in Rockman X DiVE's Latest Update

With one week remaining to finish the New Year event, we have a packed content update for this week! The level cap has been raised, a new Story Mode chapter was added, Boss Rush returns, two new bosses and much more all happening at once! You can find all the details after the break!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Check Out Some Preview Pages From the Fan-Translated Rockman DASH Artbook

A week ago, we learned about an ambitious project to translate the Rockman DASH: Great Adventure Guide art book in English for the first time ever. Although the project is still a little ways away from completion, we're happy to share a few sample images to tide you ever!

These pages describe various elements behind Rock Volnutt's character design. The whole book is filled with content just like this. Needless to say, it's very exciting to finally be able to enjoy it in English! I mean, c'mon. Some of us (me!) have been waiting two decades for this!

If you'd like to stay up-to-date on the project's status, give its leader, RockmanCosmo, a follow on Twitter! He'll be posting more preview images in the days and weeks to come!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

New Characters and Info Revealed for "Tower of Saviors" and Rockman X DiVE Collaboration

A week ago, the collaboration between mobile puzzle RPG Tower of Saviors and Rockman X DiVE was announced. And now, ahead of its debut on January 4th, we have an additional look at new characters coming to the game, team skills, and other details.

Find all the info after the break!