Thursday, April 28, 2022

An Early Look Inside Mega Man Legends' Main Gate

We've got another sneak peek from the fan-led Rockman DASH: Great Adventure Guide English scanlation project. This time, we're looking at some very early concepts for the Main Gate -- the largest, most dangerous ruin on Kattelox Island. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Nana Expected to Join Rockman X DiVE Soon

Following an appearance in Teppen and nearly a year after NebulaJoy accidentally leaked the news in one of their infamous ads, Rockman X Command Mission navigator Nana is finally getting ready to join the Deep Log!

Find all the details after the break!

Monday, April 25, 2022

Kotobukiya Rockman.EXE and Dark Rockman.EXE Pre-Order Links

Right on schedule, retailers have begun accepting pre-orders for both Rockman.EXE and Dark Rockman.EXE kits. You can find a running list below. We'll continue updating this post as more pre-orders become available. 

As a reminder, Rockman.EXE is due in September with Dark Rockman.EXE following in October. You can find additional details, images and more Kotobukiya announcements here.

Stay tuned!

Kotobukiya News Roundup - EXE Release Dates, New X Series Model Kits and More!

Earlier today during Kotobukiya's Rockman Plastic Model Talk Live Ver.3, the release date for Rockman.EXE was confirmed at long last (after being delayed almost two years!). On top of that, several more kits were announced, including some major surprises. 

Find all the info after the break!

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Bass and Mega Man (Thunder Beam Ver.) Join Mega Man X DiVE Next Week

Coming to ALL SERVERS next week, the global version of Mega Man X DiVE premieres the event stage "Special No. SWNo. 001" in which players will fight Bass from the Classic Series. The event will provide the usual rewards, plus enough memories to unlock the A rank character Mega Man (Thunder Beam Ver.).

Bass himself joins the Deep Log through his own gacha capsule. It's shared with Mega Man (Thunder Beam Ver.) and the S rank machine gun Assault Rifle. Bass comes packed with some of his classic moves like Charge Shot and Booster Kick. His passive skills grant increased damage to bosses and the ability to gain invulnerability when you hit an invulnerable target, among many others.

What's more, the classic Mega Man capsule is getting a rerun. It features Proto Man, Roll, Super Mega Man and the Air Buster. There's a daily free 10-pull with it too.

And that's pretty much all for the month of April but something big is coming in May. Keep your eyes peeled to Nebulajoy's social media accounts and Rockman Corner for more news soon!

Friday, April 22, 2022

Rockman X DiVE's DiVE Festival Brings Eratoeir Next Week

Over the past few months, Droitclair and Angepitoyeir became playable characters. And now it's their eldest sister's turn —Eratoeir.  Her design breaks away from the typical Rockman mold, with striking proportions and vivid colors that will leave no one indifferent.

Find all the details after the break!

Review: Kotobukiya Mega Man X Max (Third) Armor

Originally released in December 2019, Kotobukiya's Mega Man X Max Armor (otherwise known as the Third Armor) kit has finally been re-released. But has it stood the test of time? Is it worth getting today? Join me after the break to find out what makes this kit so great.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Nintendo Switch Online Leak Includes Mega Man Battle Network & "SP" NES Mega Man Games

There was a pretty sizable Nintendo Switch Online leak over the weekend, which seems to suggest that Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games may be hitting the service soon. 

The leak includes Nintendo's own proprietary emulators for these legacy handhelds and a list of games tested on each. Chief among them are Mega Man Battle Network 2, Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Protoman and Mega Man Zero 3. Although the latter is readily available to play in Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, there's currently no legitimate means of playing Battle Network titles on Switch (or any current-gen device).

According to MondoMega, "tested" is the big keyword here. There's no solid indicator that these games will actually be distributed to NSO subscribers. However, Nintendo did get these games up and running on Switch at some point. Whether or not they intend on rolling them out remains to be seen. In the meantime, you can find a more detailed list of GB, GBC and GBA games Nintendo tested here.

On the flip-side, a batch of yet-to-be released "SP" NES Mega Man games were also discovered in a leaked, updated version of the NSO NES app. These "special" titles include Mega Man 1-Mega Man 6. All six SP versions will start players at the Boss Rush.

You can find more details on the NSO NES leak here. Hopefully we'll get to play everything here sooner rather than later!

Rockman-chan Chapter 19 (Part 2) Now Available

In the previous chapter, electromagnetic interference from the Lanfront Ruins in South America affected electronics around the world. Now in the latest chapter, we find out that Dr. Wily is trying to stop Ra Moon who was the cause of the interference.

You can check out the chapter in Japanese here!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Kotobukiya to Announce Plans for Future Rockman EXE & Rockman X Kits On Monday

Talk about good timing. Yesterday we gave you the reassurance that Kotobukiya's Rockman EXE model kit line was still in development. And a few hours later, Kotobukiya took to social media to announce the third installment of their Rockman-centric model kit live talk show! 

Find all the details after the break!

Monday, April 18, 2022

Kotobukiya MegaMan.EXE is Still in Development

It's no secret that the pandemic waylaid additional Mega Man Battle Network 20th anniversary announcements. While a few commemorative goods managed to slip out through 2020-2021, more significant products remain delayed indefinitely.

One notable casualty is Kotobukiya's unreleased Mega Man Battle Network model kits. 1/12 scale MegaMan.EXE and Dark MegaMan.EXE variant were first unveiled on November 28, 2020. The pair were expected to launch in 2021 for the 20th anniversary. But as that sad, vacant space on your shelf can attest, nothing came to fruition. Kotobukiya haven't issued a formal update either. The announcement came and went.

But hey! I actually have a small update for ya. A source close to the manufacturer informs me that, despite mounting cancellation fears, MegaMan.EXE (and Dark MegaMan.EXE) remain in active development. A firm release window was not provided. However, I'm left with the impression that these kits are being held back to coincide with other announcements... whatever they may be. 

We're knee-deep in a quiet period, that much is certain. But hopefully the powers that be have used this time to reevaluate a distribution strategy. Maybe things will become more clear as we approach the franchise's overall 35th anniversary. We'll see. We'll see.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

DiVE Festival and Raid Boss Galore Coming to Mega Man X DiVE This Week

This week, the global version of Mega Man X DiVE celebrates a new DiVE Festival across all servers. A new round in the Raid Boss event drops on every server, too.

Find all the details after the break!

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Mega Man "Character Study" Concept Art from Unmade Mega Man Game

In 2016, artist Gonzalo OrdoƱez - aka Genzoman - revealed his designs from a unproduced Mega Man game. Genzoman said he was commissioned in 2009-2010 to re-design Mega Man characters for an internal pitch project. However, he wasn't the only artist summoned by Capcom to re-imagine our favorite blue robot. 

Today I'm sharing a classic series character study from that same pitch project. And really, I can't stress "character study" enough. This mega musclebound piece, illustrated by an anonymous artist from Massive Black, wasn't intended to be *the* design for this unmade project. I'm told it was more or less to get a feel for that character; to "explore different ideas, expressions, styles, etc."

Of note, this design was briefly made public on Massive Black's portfolio several years ago after the pitch went nowhere. Despite that, they were asked to take it down. Things have cooled off now... but we'll see.

I have nothing more to share from this elusive 2009-2010 pitch project at the moment. Based on Genzoman's past comments and some additional research, I'm confident it wasn't related to Armature Studio's first-person Maverick Hunter project. This was something wholly different. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

An In-Depth Look at Mega Man 2's Code and How Zipping Works

Presented by Displaced Gamers, "The Complex Code of Mega Man 2" breaks down the crazy medley that is Mega Man 2's code. It's a pretty insightful piece that, among other things, shines a light on the game's ever-so-critical "ejection" logic, which is necessary to perform the famous zipping bug. 

Zipping is a strategy used by speedrunners to skip past whole portions of a stage. Why does it work so satisfyingly well in Mega Man 2? Well, it turns out Mega Man's left-facing ejection logic is OFF by one pixel. If not for that single pixel - an oversight from the game's three month development period - decades worth of Mega Man 2 speedruns would be a very different. 

Source: Displaced Gamers

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Rockman-san Chapter 24 Now Available

Last week, Clown Man took the spotlight as he disguised himself as an "Unidentified Mysterious Animal" (UMA) to draw attention to his circus. And in the latest chapter of Rockman-san, the dangling threads from chapter 13 where a mysterious robot offered Enker the power to defeat Rockmancontinue to unravel!

What's more? Knight Man and Quick Man show up and the last page shows Enker in a new armor too.

 You can check out the chapter in Japanese here!

Monday, April 11, 2022

Rockman X DiVE Celebrates Easter with "Easter Roll"

The Easter Holiday is around the corner. And following a small event in 2020 where players had to open Easter eggs to get rewards, Capcom Taiwan is back with another one that's actually fully-loaded with an original stage and character.

Find all the details below!

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Rogue and Absolute Zero Bring Free Pulls to Mega Man X DiVE This Week

This week the global version of Mega Man X DiVE continues its Mega Man Star Force event "Bonds That Can't Be Severed" in the NA server with a new character: Rogue. The gacha capsule comes packed with a single free 10-pull, too.

On the other side, the LATAM/EU server will receive a capsule with Absolute Zero and the S rank saber Twin Fangs. The capsule comes with a free 10-pull every day for the duration of the capsule.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Rockman-chan Chapter 19 (Part 1) Now Available

A new story arc begins in Rockman-chan's latest chapter, and it's a special one: Super Adventure Rockman. The infamous FMV game is crossing over with comics again following Ra Moon's appearance Archie's Mega Man series and the "Worlds Collide" Mega Man/Sonic crossover.

This is a short chapter, so there isn't much to say about it. But you can look forward to Ra Moon'very soon! You can check out the chapter in Japanese here!

Monday, April 4, 2022

"Gaea Armor X" Joins Rockman X DiVE

If there's one thing you can bet on, Rockman X DiVE will provide new X armors from time to time. Following Fourth Armor X back in January, the Gaea Armor from X5 is here. It even features the ability to cling to walls like in the original game.

Find all the details after the break!

Saturday, April 2, 2022

First Look at Premium Collectibles Mega Man X Statue Prototype

Via DX Toys, we have our first good look at the 1/4 scale X statue from Premium Collectibles. Though it's only a prototype, it represents the next step from the target renders we shared in January. No sign of Zero at this time, though.

Not much else to say than that. Until more concrete info is published, you can sign-up to be notified when X and Zero go on sale here

We'll keep you updated as the news comes. 

Vile V and Cyber Peacock Duel in Teppen's Latest Supplemental Cards

Teppen is back with new set of supplement cards for the Defying the Light card pack. It features Vile V from Mega Man X8, Cyber Peacock, RiCO, Mega Man X4 stage enemy Miru Toraeru and the Flagship Death Rogumer 2.

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

Friday, April 1, 2022

"Star Force Series" Joins Mega Man X DiVE Next Week

Following the April Fools' Day event (which came with a surprising free daily 10-pull), the global version of Mega Man X DiVE will receive the Mega Man Star Force event "Bonds That Can't Be Severed" for the NA server next week. The event features the A rank character "Star Force Mega Man", who can be obtained by playing the event. What's more, S rank character "Harp Note" will be made available through the gacha capsule.