Saturday, September 25, 2021

Rockman EXE 20th Anniversary: Special Interview with Ryo Takamisaki

We're six months into Rockman EXE's 20th anniversary. Although we continue to wait for additional, special announcements, the past half year hasn't gone entirely eventless.

From the release of the Rockman EXE 20th Anniversary "Treasure Box", the collaboration with Medarot S and new goods already on sale, there's been plenty of smaller things to look forward to.

But now, instead of looking to the future we're taking a look into the series' past. For your consideration, we're pleased to bring you an freshly-translated interview between Coro Coro Online and Ryo Takamisaki from March 2021. Takamisaki needs no introduction... but for those not in-the-know, he's the mangaka behaind the Rockman EXE manga and the Rockman 11 One-Shot.

You can read the interview translated by our friend Sidier after the break!

Friday, September 24, 2021

"Mega Man: Fully Charged" Delisted From Amazon, Cartoon Network

It wasn't that long ago we first reported that Mega Man: Fully Charged episodes started hitting Amazon Prime Video. And now, for no real apparent reason, the show has been delisted from the service. Oh, and Cartoon Network Video, too. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Rockman-chan Chapter 11 Now Available

After the defeat of Forte by the hands of Super Rush Man, the latest chapter of Rockman-chan bring us yet another "Men's 6" creation. This time, it's a Robot Master with a dancing platform on his head and double machine gun -- Otachidai Man!

Yes indeed; it's another quirky one. Did you expect otherwise? You can check the new chapter here!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

We Have Secured "Rockman DASH: Great Adventure on 5 Islands!"

Earlier this year, our preservation team secured Rockman EXE Phantom of Network and Rockman EXE Legend of Network. Those games were exclusively released in Japan on feature phones (otherwise known as “dumb phones") in 2004 and 2006, respectively. 

Although that project remains ongoing, we're excited to announce that we've acquired another highly-sought after feature phone game. The little Mega Man Legends spin-off itself, Rockman DASH: Great Adventure on 5 Islands! 

The following guest post by team leader RockmanCosmo will tell you everything you need to know about the"adventure" ahead.

Rockman X DiVE & Street Fighter V Collaboration Announced


Here comes a new challenger! Completely out of nowhere and without so much as a heads up, Capcom Japan and Capcom Taiwan announced this morning that, following the Monster Hunter collaboration, Rockman X DiVE will cross paths with none other than Street Fighter V.

 Check out all the info after the break!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Officially-Licensed Plush Servbot (with Curry!) and More Announced

What's this? Fresh Mega Man Legends merchandise in 2021? Indeed! 

FanGamer have unveiled a tiny slate of new, officially-licensed Mega Man goods. The batch includes an adorable Servbot plush that comes with a curry accessory, a Wily Machine hoodie, and two "sliding" pins based on a classic series Met and Wily's UFO ship.

There's not much else to say than that. Head over to Fangamer and grab yours!

Monday, September 20, 2021

Marvel vs Capcom 2 "Remaster" Discussions Have Reportedly Begun

Whether or not you've been following the #FreeMvC2 movement, here's some potential good news for fans of Capcom's classic fighter...

Sunday, September 19, 2021

"ROCKMAN ZERO COLLECTION SOUNDTRACK -résonnante vie-" Booklet Translation


Released back in 2011 alongside the "NEW Best Price! 2000" edition of the Rockman Zero Collection, résonnant vie is packed with a selection of 13 acoustic arrangements  from the Zero series. What's more, it was the final Rockman CD distributed by Inti Creates.

This album is a "sound remake" of Rockman Zero's setting. It's based on the paradoxical concept of arranging songs from the mechanical world of Rockman Zero using mainly non-powered live instruments. It re-expresses the strength and mystique of life, such as the concept of a "soul" and the core as a "life-form" that Reploids have acquired despite being mere "machines".

Thanks to our friend Windii Gitlord, you can read the soundtrack's booklet in English after the break!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Capcom vs. Osamu Tezuka Characters‘ Exhibit -- New Promo Video, Goods

We're two weeks away from the opening of the Capcom vs. Osamu Tezuka Characters‘ Exhibit (p.s. that little ‘ is pronounced 'dash', like Street Fighter II‘) and today PARCO posted a little promotional video featuring Rockman and Astro Boy. Further, more detail have been posted regarding all the goods that will be sold at the venue.

Find all the info after the break!

Rush Armor Set Announced for Monster Hunter Rise

Following a leak a couple of weeks ago, Capcom finally announced the next Capcom collaboration with Monster Hunter Rise. After the previous collaborations with Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, Okami and Street Fighter, it's Mega Man 11's turn!

Find all the details after the break!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

"Sacred God Wood Man" Stars in Rockman-san Chapter 9

In the previous Rockman-san chapter, we witnessed the arrival of Enker -- the only robot to oppose robot disarmament. In a world of peace, Enker simply couldn't move on with his life. Born as a "Rockman Killer", he continues to seek out and fight Rockman because that's his only reason to live.

Eventually, Rockman and Roll offered to help Enker find a new purpose. But after three hours of brainstorming, they couldn't come up with anything worthwhile. Enker decides to resume his fight with Rockman... that's where that story arc ended. For now, maybe. 

The latest Rockman-san chapter focuses entirely on Wood Man. In the years following Dr. Wily's retirement, Wood Man became a replacement for a temple's sacred tree. However, he's worried about how to properly fulfill the duties of a god without the omniscience of an actual god.

You can check the new chapter here!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Rockman X DiVE Steam Version Now Available in Asia

After months of speculation, datamine leaks, and an eventual official announcement, Rockman X DiVE finally showed up on Steam in select regions in Asia...

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network/Legend of Network Preservation Project Report

We have a sizeable progress update on the Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network and Rockman EXE: Legend of Network preservation project that began in January. A lot has happened between now and then; we're here to get you up to speed.

Read on for the full scoop... and how you can help!

"REMASTERED TRACKS ROCKMAN ZERO Mythos" Booklet Translation


Released back in 2010 to celebrate the launch of Rockman Zero Collection for Nintendo DS, REMASTERED TRACKS ROCKMAN ZERO Mythos came packed with remixes from the series and a new track composed for the collection..

The album contained a hidden track (Cannon Ball - Mythos Ver.) and a vocal version of Rockman Zero 3 staff roll “Everlasting Red” sung by Toru Itoga. That's a name that may sound familiar to some of you; he sang for other CD releases from REMASTERED TRACKS ROCKMAN ZERO Idea (Clover) and ZXA Tunes (Mirai e Tsuzuku Kaze) to Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack (Last Exit and One And Only).

Toru Nakayama returned to illustrate the cover art, too. It was a striking, futuristic take on Zero's original design which inspired countless fan-arts over the years. There's even been a few custom figures and model kits too.

There's a lot to appreciate about Mythos. And now, eleven years later, we can read the booklet in English, translated by our friend Sidier. Read on for the goods!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Rogue Becomes Playable in Rockman X DiVE This Week

Once the boss of the "Bond That Can't Be severed" event, Rouge from Mega Man Star Force is becoming a playable character! He'll be arriving this week alongside the first Guild Boss.

Find all the details after the break!

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Mega Man X DiVE's First "DiVE Festival" is Upon Us (and it Brings Free Pulls!)

We're one month into Mega Man X DiVE's Global Version (US, Canada, UK and Ireland) and the first DiVE Festival for those regions begins this Wednesday, September 15th at 4:00 AM EST through September 22nd at 4:00 AM EST.

The DiVE Festival gacha brings increased odds to get S rank characters and weapons, every time you pull Ultimate Armor X you will get 40 additional memories and everyone gets a free 10-pull. What's more, this banner introduces the "pity system". You'll be guaranteed a chance to get Ultimate Armor X as long as you spend 25,000 EM. Unfortunately the free 10-pull doesn't count towards getting the necessary 250 pity coins to get him.

You can check out his skills after the break and some additional info!

Friday, September 10, 2021

Marvel vs Capcom "Head-to-Head" Arcade Table Up for Pre-Order


Arcade1Up's latest batch of machines are live. Chief among them, a new "Head-to-Head" Marvel vs Capcom arcade table

According to the product description, it comes pre-loaded with eight Capcom VS titles: Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men vs Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter, Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, X-Men: Children of the Atom, X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse, Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems, and The Punisher. Phew!

The machine stands at 29-inches tall and features a clear cover top. It's primed and ready to be soiled with pizza grease and soda. You know, for that real authentic arcade experience. The whole package will set you back a staggering $699.99, though.

While I appreciate Arcade1Up's efforts to get these legacy titles back in the public sphere, Capcom and Marvel desperately need to get 'em up on consoles/PC. It'll be far more economical on everyone's wallet! Until then... start saving?

Source: Arcade1Up

The Reploid Variable - Is X Actually a Reploid?


A brand-new guest post by Mega Man historian Zan Sidera explores an age-old question: is X a robot? Or a Reploid? The proverbial line in the sand may not be as clear as we thought...
 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Mega Man 11 Announced for Amazon Luna

Amazon Luna, the company's ever-growing cloud-gaming platform, just got "mega-fied". Mega Man 11 is now available to play on the Luna+ Channel with early access. Subscriptions start at $5.99.

The footage above isn't from the Luna version, FYI. Early impressions suggest that the game runs as well as its console/PC counterparts. Barring a decent internet connection, it sounds promising.

With 1.4 million units under its belt, Mega Man 11 is on its way to becoming one of the franchise's best selling titles. The jump to Amazon Luna only furthers Capcom's evergreen strategy, which aims to maximize Mega Man 11's audience and profitability. This approach has proven successful enough; seemingly replacing the franchise's reliance on a yearly "core" entry to retain profit. 

A brand-new, "major" Mega Man title is expected to launch between Q3-Q4 2022.

Source: Amazon Luna Official Blog

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Review: Kotobukiya Mega Man X Fourth Armor

Since it began in 2019, Kotobukiya’s Mega Man X kits have been a really fun line to collect. When they first announced that they were developing the Max Armor (i.e “Third Armor”), I knew this line was going to be special. 

So with my favorite X Armor under their belt, what did Kotobukiya do next? Why, my second favorite armor -- the Force Armor (or Fourth Armor) of course! And, really, I was completely blown away. Not only did Kotobukiya have the same taste as me, but the build quality continued to be amazing. Check out my review after the break!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

"Super Rush Man" Returns in Rockman-chan Chapter 10

In the previous Rockman-chan chapter, Forte crashed Dr. Light's early Christmas/New Year celebrations and effortlessly defeated V·K Man. He also survived Dr. Light's plan to knock him out using the "anyone can be Beat" helmet, transformed into Super Forte in anger, and began to fight Rockman.

Fast forward to this week's episode... the battle continues! Rockman transforms into Super Rockman!... but, once again, Rush overrides Rockman's consciousness, transforming into Super Rush Man!

You can read the chapter here!

Rockman X DiVE Steam Version Confirmed for September (Asia)


We've known for awhile that a Steam version of Rockman X DiVE was coming. And now, we have the official word from Capcom Taiwan. The game will land on Steam this month!

Find all the details after the break!

Monday, September 6, 2021

A Closer Look at Unreleased Ruby-Spears Mega Man Toys

Daniel "Protoman"Arseneault of the Mega Man/Rockman Toys & Merchandise Facebook group has passed along a fun bit of history. It's a Japanese magazine clipping showing off a handful of unreleased Mega Man toys from Bandai's Ruby-Spears line! 

A low-res version of this page appeared on Joey's Mega Man Corner decades ago. However, Daniel scanned it in a much higher resolution and even translated it! We get a good look and descriptions for the unreleased Stealth Mega Man, Sky Mega Man, and Dive Mega Man figures. The Deluxe Mega Man and the Land Blazer vehicles are here, too. I don't believe it was ever confirmed that the later could "transform." Neat!

Although it isn't uncommon for sample or pre-production Mega Man toys to pop up online, these particular products have yet to be found. A few  showed up at the 1995 Toy Fair and... that was that. So until they're found in a dusty warehouse or something, this clipping is all we got.

Check out the Mega Man/Rockman Toys & Merchandise Club for more rare goodies!

"Star Force Mega Man" and "Harp Note" Join Rockman X DiVE


For a good while now, Capcom Taiwan have been teasing Rockman X DiVE players with numerous Star Force weapons. The Nightmare Saber or the recent Heart Spray Gun, for example. And now, it's finally time for the first Star Force character to join the "Deep Log".

Find all the details after the break!

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Rockman X DiVE "DiVE Armor X" Early Designs and Concept Art

Released earlier this week, the new S rank DiVE Armor X is an original character whose origins can be traced back to the level 70 armor set from 2020. With its cool, sprawling holographic wings, the armor inspiried a wave of fan-art almost instantaneously. It quickly became a fan-favorite. 

Yesterday, the development team shared early designs and concept art from Keisuke Mizuno in the latest  Maverick Information video entry. And today, by way of the Official Facebook Page, we have an even better look at those design sheets! There's even a small interview with Keisuke Mizuno itself, too.

See and read all about it below!

Friday, September 3, 2021

Rush is (Probably) Coming to Monster Hunter Rise Soon

Oh, we had a feeling something like this was coming. I mean, the first time I saw a Palamute I kinda figured that, eventually, there would be a Rush skin. That time may be upon us soon -- very soon!

"Enker" Shows His Face in Rockman-san Chapter 8

Previously on Rockman-san, Bomb Man was hired to set a bomb in a mine. However, out of habit, he threw multiple bombs, injuring several miners in the process. He was fired. Then, he tried to become a professional bowler. That didn't work out either: he accidentally tossed a bomb instead of a bowling ball.

If all that wasn't unfortunate enough, he challenged the national dodgeball team but ended up injuring everyone with, what else, bombs. Bomb Man theorized, perhaps, he could find peace by going "dynamite fishing". Rockman warned him that's a forbidden practice worldwide. In the end Bombe Man settles on working under a highly skilled master craftsmen, destroying his flawed products.

With Bomb Man at pace, the good doctor has another "patient" in chapter 8: Enker of Rockman World fame! Plus, there's special cameos from Rockman 10's Nitro Man and Blade Man.

You can read the full (untranslated) chapter here!

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Mega Man X Command Mission Debuts in Teppen's Latest Card Pack: "Island of Fear"


Teppen card pack Dragons of War began distribution two months ago. And now it's time for a new one: Island of Fear. The pack's main focus it is Resident Evil Revelations 2; the game starring Claire Redfield and Moira Burton, daughter of Barry Burton.

But fear not, Mega Man fans! Island of Fear comes loaded with tons of Mega Man X cards. We haven't seen this amount of X-related cards since the Haunted by Memories pack released in March 2020!

You can find all the artwork and flavor text after the break!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

"Capcom vs. Osamu Tezuka Characters" Exhibit Returns with New Artwork


The Capcom vs. Osamu Tezuka Characters Art Exhibit, which originally ran last fall through early 2021, is back! And this time, the exhibit is moving to a new, more accessible location. It's leaving the famed Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum in Hyogo prefecture to Tokyo.

NebulaJoy Associate Addresses Mega Man X DiVE Global Version Concerns


It's been a rough couple weeks for NebulaJoy, developers of Mega Man X DiVE's global version. Ever since the August 16 launch, players have been exposed to misleading advertisments, poor social media communication, and numerous in-game bugs and errors. Things just aren't working out.

However, in an act of transparency, a customer service representative addressed these concerns (and other topics of lingering interest) during a Discord voice chat Q&A session. 

You can the transcript after the break below!