Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Full-Frame Mega Man X4 Cutscenes Are a Sight to Behold

Nearly 25 years after it was published, a fun surprise was discovered inside an unsuspecting Japanese Mega Man X4 guidebook. Apparently, it features several frames from the game's animated cutscenes in full 4:3. These scenes were presented in 16:9 in the game itself, leaving some finer details cropped out of frame (such as the pool of "blood" from Double's victim).

Let's have a look...

By way of MMcflies:


And some interesting comparisons shots:



MMcflies says he'll properly scan/crop all the frames from the book soon. But for now, you can find additional shots in this Twitter thread. I'll keep you posted when those go live. We appreciate you, MMcflies!

For now, this will be our best look at the cutscenes in their full-frame glory. Sad to say, not a single cel from X4's has appeared online. There were several Mega Man 8 cels up for auction a few years back... but nothing on this front. I really hope they're just holed up in a warehouse somewhere in Japan. Pretty sure I'd have an aneurysm if I learned they've been lost or destroyed. Oh god.

Anyway... check back for updates soon!

14 comments:

  1. I'd love to own an original or reproduction cel of Iris.

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  2. Why weren't these included in the Legacy Collection? Did Capcom lose the assets or something?

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  3. I'd love to own an original cel of Rockman X. He is awesome as always! Iris is bleh.

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  4. Man, can you imagine the price of cells from the "what am I fighting for?" scene would be if they surfaced?

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  5. If only those could be integrated into the game via a patch, be it for the Legacy Collection or original ISO.

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    1. Throw in a new dub as a bonus.

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    2. Agreed. Then it would be perfect.

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    3. Disagree. The original corny dub is a part of the game’s charm.

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    4. Nah. Just add multi tracks. No problem.

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    5. it'd be weird as well since all you'd be seeing is the same cutscene but only scene frame in full res

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  6. I did find it disturbing and odd to even add blood to a robot.

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    1. I know what it is. A reploid is a type of robot android based off the designs of X. A robot is a broader category including mechaniloids, androids like reploids, and even traffic lights, washer and dryer, or software bots. Also they even added blood to Zero mechaniloids that got censored in the US version.

      1st off, odd it took that long for someone to reply (wow, 9 days later). 2nd, that reply did nothing to invalidate my point and does nothing to add to the convo and completely off topic from what I said. No need to reply for he sake of word games while ignoring my point while even your response was not accurate since reploids are a type of robot. Try harder next next.

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