Sunday, November 26, 2023
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
The Rockman 35th anniversary pop-up shop, which made a brief appearance in Japan last May, is now making its way stateside. Animate has announced that the pop-up shop will be hitting their Los Angeles location in March 2024. While specific dates haven't been disclosed yet, expect that information to come out closer to the New Year.
If you can't make it to LA, fret not! Animate has confirmed that these items will also be available for purchase online. Currently, several Rockman items are up for pre-order on Animate USA's online shop and are slated to be shipped in March 2024. Moreover, customers spending up to $15 on goods will receive one of seven random photo cards (see image on the right for a glimpse).
You can have a look at what's available here. Stay tuned for updates!
Due to "various circumstances", Kotobukiya has postponed the previously-announced Rockman X 30th anniversary live stream event. The show was intended to commemorate not only the X series' 30th anniversary but the 5th anniversary of Kotobukiya's Rockman model kit line. New product reveals for the 30th anniversary and updates on previously-announced model kits were anticipated.
Kotobukiya has indicated that the stream will be rescheduled for a later date. New products that were intended to be announced will be featured on a separate YouTube Talk Live program. Additional details will be disclosed at a later date.
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
For the first time in six years, Capcom has completely refreshed their official Rockman website. The update strips down much of the leftover 30th anniversary content — which hung around for a good while after the occasion — and organizes everything in a more clean and streamlined format.
The revamped site now features a single page divided into three sections: Latest News, About, and Goods. The previous franchise timeline has been replaced by a simple "about" section that spotlights each individual Rockman series. Each series is accompanied by sleek key art alongside a small screenshot. Interestingly, the screenshot representing the EXE series appears to be from a pre-release build of the game—an unintentional oversight. Oops!
Apart from these changes, there's not much else of note. Nonetheless, the overall refresh is intriguing, especially considering that Capcom historically redesigned the site to coincide with anniversaries. However, the 35th anniversary deviated from this tradition without an overhaul. With Rockman X's 30th anniversary fast approach, perhaps this was the opportune moment.
Source: Rockman Series Official
By way of Amazon Japan, we have our first look at the upcoming Rockman X DiVE artbook. You can find the cover art above (illustrated by none other than Keisuke Mizuno) and a handful of preview pages after the jump below!
Monday, November 20, 2023
It's been a minute since we last heard from Kotobukiya's Roll.EXE model kit. But we've got some great news: she's up for pre-order! You can snag yours from our affiliate HobbyLink Japan right here. Other retailers should follow suit shortly if you have an alternate preference.
Roll comes with four unique face and hand parts, a Roll Arrow arm, and a clip-type display stand. She's due to ship in April 2024. Not much else left to say than that! You can find additional images and details from the link above!
Sunday, November 19, 2023
A spiffy new line of licensed Mega Man t-shirts are up for grabs from Nerd Clothing that's a little something different from what you'd expect. The designs, which feature characters and items from the classic and X series, are made to resemble plastic model kit runners. Check 'em out:
Friday, November 17, 2023
To commemorate the recent release of his latest book, Not For Resale Guidebook GOLD, author and collector Jironosuke will be showcasing a range of prototype and pre-release software from his personal collection next week in Osaka.
Among the highlights are prototypes for Rockman 1, Rockman 3, and Rockman X. This event will mark the very first public viewing of these early versions, which currently remain undumped. Jironosuke has previously eluded to a number of differences—both minor and significant—between these prototypes and the final retail versions, so it'll be interesting to finally see them in action. Please note that attendees will not be able to play the games; rather, Jironosuke will demonstrate them on stage.
The event takes place on Sunday, November 26th at 17:30 JST at Umeda Lateral in Osaka. If you're in the area, swing on by and check 'em out for us. For those unable to attend, let's keep our fingers crossed for some footage.
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Seeking some Mega-fied stocking stuffers for that special someone this holiday? Well, have a gander at The Yetee's newest lineup of officially licensed Mega Man goods. From pin sets to tote bags, tees, and "premium" sweaters, there's a little something here for everyone.
- Zero vs Copy X Pin Set
- Servbot Pin Set
- Omega vs Zero Tote Bag
- In The Year 20XX Premium Sweater
- Robo Boss Rush Premium Sweater
- Absolute Zero Premium Sweater
Friday, November 10, 2023
We've managed to secure 25 access codes for Rockman BIG, the official collaboration game between Rockman and Japanese energy drink, Dodecamin BIG. While these codes typically come bundled with Dodecamin BIG bottles, given that they are exclusive to Japan, here's your opportunity to try it out.
To enter, simply send an e-mail to RockmanCornerContests@gmail*com (remove the *, of course) with "BIG" in the subject line. Winners will be randomly selected on Monday, November 13th, at 12 PM CST. If you win, I'll hit you up with an access code along with instructions on how to play. Anyone can enter; there are no restrictions here. UPDATE: Submissions are closed. Thank you for participating!
For those unfamiliar, Rockman BIG is a bite-sized browser game that challenges you to defeat Elec Man, Air Man, and "Dodeka Dr. Wily"—an original Wily machine boss character. You'll also get the opportunity to face off against "Dodeka" versions of Elec Man and Air Man, oversized variants that dominate large portions of the screen. As you conquer bosses and tackle challenges, you'll earn Bolts, which can be exchanged for physical prizes.
Currently, we're working on preserving Rockman BIG before it shuts down in January 2024. We'll keep you updated on our progress. In the meantime, enter the giveaway!
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
After 15 years of development, Mega Man RPG Prototype by Adrian Marceau (Ageman20xx), has finally launched. This browser-based fan-game blends RPG elements from Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Pokemon with the classic series Mega Man characters and Special Weapons. It features a full campaign, nearly 100 playable characters, a meaty post-game, and an asynchronous multiplayer mode.
Friday, November 3, 2023
Asahi Soft Drinks and Capcom are joining forces for a special Rockman edition of "Dodecamin BIG" energy drink.
The campaign is set to run from November 7 to January 15, 2024, and draws inspiration from the classic E-Tank, known for its strength-restoring properties, a perfect match for Dodecamin. To set itself apart from previous energy drink collaborations, Dodecamin BIG bottles will include a sticker that when scanned, will allow you to play a unique Rockman game.
More details after the break!
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
The latest Teppen update has dropped, and it brings together characters from Devil May Cry, Monster Hunter, Mega Man and other Capcom characters as a spy team. Their mission: recover the stolen Kinship Stone from the suspicious auction house in Castle Salazar.
In line with this new storyline, a fresh card pack featuring Mega Man X-themed cards has made its debut. You can check the art and flavor text after the break!
Shironeko Project New World's, the free-to-play action RPG game developed by Colopl for Android and iOS, has just revealed the last character in their "Three Major Character Collaboration" event, and it's none other than Rockman.
Rockman will close the event, which began with Baki Hanma from Baki the Grappler, followed by Maple from Bofuri: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense, and now culminates with the game's second collaboration with the Rockman series.
Find all the details after the break!
Monday, October 30, 2023
If you're looking to add another Zero statue to your Mega Man shelf, you might want to keep an eye on Player 1 Studios. The manufacturer recently took to Instagram to tease the development of a Black Zero statue. The above image was posted with the caption, "Aren't classic the best? Coming soon.."
Player 1 Studios are known for their licensed, high-end resin statues and figures based on popular anime and manga. To get a better idea of what to expect from Black Zero, you can sample their previous work here.
Source: Player 1 Studios
Thursday, October 26, 2023
Three months ago, Capcom announced that Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection (Vol.1+Vol.2) sold 1.32 million units as of June 30, 2023. In their latest financial report for the second quarter of fiscal year 2023, Capcom has now confirmed that the collection has achieved 1.42 million units in sales as of September 30, 2023.
While it's not too big of a jump from the previous report, it's worth noting that Capcom has only recently started to include the title in discount campaigns. This strategy is expected to lead to a steady and gradual growth in sales, similar to what was observed with Mega Man 11.
As of now, Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection still trails behind Mega Man 11 (1.80 million units) and Mega Man 2 (1.51 million units) in terms of sales, but it has rapidly secured the third best-selling selling Mega Man title, surpassing Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 (1.40 million units).
What's more? The Mega Man franchise as a whole jumped from 40 million units to 41 million units sold thanks to Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection's strong sales.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Regrettably, extracting the image from beneath the text proved challenging. However, with Game Vacanti's assistance, we successfully located a clean version hiding within the issue's pages. We've scanned both the original cover and the clean version for your pleasure. You can view them above or directly download them here.
Additionally, this issue includes an extensive interview with former Capcom staff involved in the game's production. We're actively working on translating the interview and plan to make it available soon. Stay tuned!
Monday, October 16, 2023
That's right; the Second Armor is back and better than ever! But what makes this release different than the previous Second Armor? Is it worth double-dipping if you have that one? Join me after the break, and we'll go over everything this kit has to offer!
Sunday, October 8, 2023
The 256-page treasure book is set to offer a rich array of content, including illustrations, character models, setting images, skill icons, and even some previously unreleased artwork that was originally intended for the game but didn't quite make the final cut. Artwork based on collaboration characters that didn't make it into Rockman X DiVE Offline, such as those from Monster Hunter, Street Fighter, Devil May Cry, will also be featured.
But, wait! There's more! To complement all this lovely material, the book will feature brand-new interviews and commentary from members of the development team. And to top it off, it will come wrapped in a cover adorned with fresh artwork by Keisuke Mizuno.
Rockman X DiVE Illustration Collection is expected to release on December 18th, 2023. We'll keep you posted as more details (and images) become available.
Friday, October 6, 2023
Just as things were settling in place Jada Toys' new Mega Man toyline, there's unfortunate news from one retailer.
The 6-inch Mega Man figure, initially set to ship in November, is now slated for a December release. This update came via an email sent to customers who pre-ordered the figure from Big Bad Toystore. The exact reasons for this slight delay are unclear. However, the other figures in Wave 1 - Fire Man and Ice Man - currently remain unaffected and are still on track for their original release dates.
BBTS is currently the only retailer reporting this delay, and it's uncertain if others will follow. A representative from Jada Toys was unavailable for comment. We'll provide updates as they come in.
Thanks for the tip, phaelin!
Saturday, September 30, 2023
After unveiling the final mold and paint job of the Roll.EXE model kit a few days ago, Kotobukiya has a delightful surprise in store for attendees at the 61st edition of the All Japan Model and Hobby Show, happening this weekend at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center.
Find all the details after the break!
Friday, September 29, 2023
To mark the winner of Round 4 in the Capcom Town Elections, Capcom has put together a special set of wallpapers featuring the beloved characters connected to different "famous quotes" that were in the running for votes during the round. The question in contention was, "Which of the following is your Capcom’s famous quote?"
As you can see, Mega Man is one of the chosen ones along with a Zombie from the Resident Evil series, Masamune Date from Sengoku Basara series and a Hunter from Monster Hunter series.
The wallpapers were illustrated by Tamio, a member of Capcom's design room who provided illustrations for various Capcom goods in the last few years.
You can download Mega Man's wallpaper HERE! Please note that the image above is our own edit; Mega Man's version says "異議あり!" ("Igiari!").
Thursday, September 28, 2023
One year ago today, Kotobukiya showed off a prototype mold for a Roll.EXE model kit. And today, they shared some fresh images of the final product! Check out the header for a sneak peek and swing by Kotobukiya's Plastic Kit Hobby Show page for the full reveal.
No word on the price or release date just yet, but stay tuned. Given past previews posted around this time of year, it's likely Roll.EXE will hit the shelves in early 2024. We'll keep you in the loop!
Monday, September 25, 2023
The collaboration event between Rockman EXE and real-time strategy game #Compass is in full swing. If you're curious to witness the excitement firsthand, you need look no further than Famitsu's exclusive playthrough video above.
In this footage, you'll get a glimpse of Rockman's different styles, specially-themed collaboration cards, and the freshly-recorded lines delivered by the original voice actors of Rockman and Netto.
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Not too long ago, we uncovered an intriguing tidbit about the Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon - it nearly had an official comic book adaptation. Back in 1995, Bruce Hamilton Publishing had plans to bring this tie-in to life, but information about it was scarce, leaving us in the dark about what it might have looked like.
Today, I'm excited to reveal that we've gained much more insigh. Perhaps a little too much. I recently connected with a collector who managed to acquire two very interesting samples from this unpublished endeavor. These pages were crafted by the Day brothers, Dan and David, known for their work on several Marvel Comics projects, Dungeons & Dragons, and other titles.
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
The global version of Mega Man X DiVE continues to carve its own path, surprising players with a new character not available in the Taiwanese or Japanese versions of the game. In the same vein as S-Class Hunter X and S-Class Hunter Zero, Massimo is getting his own S-rank version.
Find all the details after the break!
Monday, September 18, 2023
Real-Time strategy game #COMPASS unveiled a collaboration with Rockman EXE during a recent livestream event. The crossover event will bring Rockman.EXE and Netto Hikari to the game serving as a "Gunner".
Additionally, six unique EXE-themed collaboration cards and some stylish costumes based on different characters from the series will be included. But wait - there's more! If the above trailer didn't make it apparent enough, the original Japanese voice actors for Netto and Rockman are back, lending their voices to provide some fresh lines for the game!
The Rockman EXE collaboration event is slated to begin on September 25th
Saturday, September 16, 2023
UPDATE: Mission complete! Demi raised well over the anticipated goal, and the boys should be off to save Battle Chip Stadium this November. Stay tuned for updates!
We're on a mission to preserve Rockman EXE Battle Chip Stadium, and your help in the upcoming days could make it happen! This Japan-exclusive arcade game is a rare gem, and we want to ensure its future. Plus, you'll get to play it too! Read on for all the details.
Friday, September 15, 2023
The Capcom Vs. Osamu Tezuka Characters art exhibit is currently in full swing in Japan. For those of us who aren't fortunate enough to attend in person, Capcom's official artwork Twitter account has been sharing collaborative art created exclusively for the exhibit, as well as artwork from Capcom's archives that's currently on display.
Today, they shared a very rare piece featuring Mega Man Volnutt, Roll Caskett, Tron Bonne, Data, and a Servbot, casually hanging out with Anarkis from Darkstalkers. The illustration is the work of Ryuji Higurashi, who served as the package artist for the Japan-exclusive Rockman DASH 1 and DASH 2 PSP ports back in 2005.
Considering this information, along with the seemingly unexpected inclusion of Anarkis, it leaves me with the impression that this piece was originally created as part of a promotional campaign for the PSP, aimed at promoting the DASH ports and Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower. UPDATE: Sure enough, it was indeed part of a 2006 PSP campaign! The original image featured several other characters as well.
If you're headed to the show this weekend, be sure to check it out in person! I'm sure it will look even better without the watermark...
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Battle Routine set! Capcom USA and YouTube Gaming are teaming up once again for another Mega Man NT Warrior marathon. According to the official Mega Man Twitter, you can catch the live streams every day at 10 AM Pacific time.
Right now, we're not entirely sure how long this marathon will go on for. In the last marathon earlier this year, they really dug into Mega Man NT Warrior Axess and even threw in a rare dubbed episode that hadn't been shown in the United States before. Also, fingers crossed they keep the episodes available once the marathon wraps up too!
To find out how it unfolds, make sure to tune in and check out the show on Capcom USA's official YouTube channel.
Friday, September 8, 2023
Capcom's on-again, off-again handling of the Rockman VR: Targeted Virtual World!!! attraction and stringent no-camera policy present challenges in capturing the entire experience. While there's no sign of the game leaving Japan or being ported to consumer hardware in the foreseeable future, we're fortunate to have discovered some seldom-seen footage, which is the closest we've come to a full playthrough.
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
With the main version of Rockman X DiVE coming to a close on September 27th, Capcom Taiwan has finally clarified how they intend on handling the refund process for any leftover "Paid Elemental Metals". We've broken it down for you after the break below.
Sunday, September 3, 2023
Rockman 20XX: Tatakae! Team Shachi!, the officially-licensed browser game by Capcom and Team Shachi, ended service on August 31st. However, I'm pleased to announce that the game has been fully preserved on Flashpoint, an open-source platform dedicated to archiving Flash games.
This preservation effort was carried out by Flashpoint archivist ThePowerPlayer, who played through the game multiple times to ensure the successful extraction of every asset, including those wacky cutscenes. If you have no earthly idea what I'm talking, give this a watch.
To experience Rockman 20XX once more (or maybe for the first time), download the latest version of the Flashpoint Infinity installer here. A Windows-based system is recommended, although limited support for Mac and Linux is available. If you run into any issues or glitches, drop a comment. I'll pass it up to the chain!
Many thanks again to ThePowerPlayer for seeing this one through!
Saturday, September 2, 2023
Mega Man X DiVE Offline launched just yesterday, and players wasted no time diving into the small, but fresh content introduced in this edition. Among the highlights are a brand-new music track, a new ending sequence, and even a delightful surprise in the form of two unused bosses making an unexpected appearance during the closing credits.
Find all the details after the break!
Friday, September 1, 2023
In case you needed a reminder, Mega Man X DiVE Offline is officially a-go. The game is now available to download on Steam, the Google Play Store, and the App Store. It'll set you back $29.99. No micotransactions, no additional DLC - it's a one time payment. Also, contrary to early speculation, an internet connection is not required to play the Steam version.
In a nutshell, Mega Man X DiVE Offline retains most of the original game's content: 100+ characters, stages, and modes. However, online features such as Battle Mode, Co-op, Ranking, Guild, and Capsule naturally didn't make the cut. Crossover content based on Street Fighter, Devil May Cry, and Monster Hunter won't be making an appearance either. There's currently no plan to include them down the line.
A final note if you missed it: save data transfer from the original version is not possible. You'll have start the game over from scratch. Not a terrible loss if you're new to X DiVE, but for those who've been around since the beginning, I feel you.
And that's about it! Capcom also posted a post-release survey. After filling it out, you'll be treated to some hi-res key art. Hit up the link and let them know what you think!
Saturday, August 26, 2023
The launch of Mega Man X DiVE Offline is just around the corner, and Bahamut GNN News seized the opportunity to speak to members of the development team. In addition to some insight on the offline version, the interview also treats us to previously unrevealed early designs of RiCO!
You can check out the translated interview after the break! (many thanks to our friend Sonny!)
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
In the latest Mega Man X DiVE video update, the spotlight turned to Asada So, the producer of the offline version. He took the opportunity to reveal further details about the game's development. It's a little over 4 minutes long, but if you're in a hurry, here's the noteworthy bits:
- Elemental Metals will be given to players as stage completion awards. Additional items, characters and weapon fragments will also be available as stage rewards or to exchange in the in-game shop.
- Seasonal Events are included and can be played whenever you want, regardless of the time of year.
- A new mode has been created to listen to the game's BGM and character voice clips.
- To compensate for the removal of PvP, certain skills have been adjusted and fine-tuned for PvE.
Sunday, August 20, 2023
Mega Man Battle Network is on a bit of a winning streak, particularly following Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection achieving over a million units in sales in record time. To maintain this positive momentum, Capcom is reaching out to fans for input that could influence the development of future titles, according to a tweet from Rockman Unity.
A product survey for Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection is now online, offered in six languages, including English. The survey covers a range of questions about each game in the collection, as well as aspects of the collection's presentation such as optional filters, user interface, the 3D MegaMan.EXE, and extra content like the art gallery and music player.
You have until September 30th to complete the survey. After you submit your feedback, you'll receive a special wallpaper designed for your PC or mobile device.
Thursday, August 17, 2023
Capcom has officially announced the release date for Mega Man X DiVE Offline, set to launch on September 1st on Steam, Android, and iOS platforms. The game is now available to pre-order on Steam, priced at $29.99. For those who were anticipating a more budget-friendly or even free option... well, here we are.
As previously reported, the game is a single-player, offline version of Mega Man X DiVE, which will be concluding its service on September 27th (The "Global Version", however, will remain online indefinitely). Mega Man X DiVE Offline will include a large majority of the original game's content, game modes, characters (totaling over 100) and stages.
Online features such as Battle Mode, Co-op, Ranking, Guild, and Capsule are not included. Collaborative content featuring characters and stages from other Capcom franchises, such as Street Fighter, Devil May Cry, and Monster Hunter, will also not be present. Moreover, data transfer from the original will not be possible. You gotta start from scratch, unfortunately.
More details on Mega Man X DiVE Offline can be found on the game's official website.
Find all the details after the break!
Thursday, August 10, 2023
Following the release of the Rockman DASH 2 Final Digouter's File, we're delighted to share that high-quality scans of the elusive and long out-of-print "Tron Ni Kobun Gappori Guide" are now available on the Internet Archive. This preservation contribution comes from our friends 0xmortis and RockmanCosmo.
Just like the previous art books in the DASH series, the Gappori Guide is packed with concept art of various characters and mecha, including designs that were never fully realized. A good slice of the book also provides a behind-the-scenes look at Capcom HQ, with snapshots capturing the development team's workspace. Those famous life-size Servbot props make an appearance too.
Please be aware that the scans are currently in their original Japanese format. The developer commentary throughout the guide will remain untranslated for now, but as always, if there's enough interest, a full scanlation project could be just around the corner.
In the meantime, feel free to check out the complete guide here!
Find all the details below!
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
The momentum of the "Year of Mega Man Battle Network" keeps building as Fantfhul introduces an array of new, officially-licensed goods.
The latest batch includes acrylic keychains, sprite-inspired t-shirts, tin badges, smartphone stands, and even a welcoming DOOR MAT! I mean, what better way to showcase your passion for Battle Network?
Images and pre-order links below!
Rockman 20XX: Tatakae! Team Shachi!, an 8-bit browser game by Capcom and Team Shachi, will cease operations on August 31st.
Originally launched in 2019, Rockman 20XX presents a goofy, non-canon storyline that takes place after the events of the classic series. Rockman has retired and now resides in an old robot retirement home alongside Blues and Roll. Team Shachi, the embodiment of benevolence, graces the retirement home with a heartwarming concert. Laughter and joy fill the air until an unexpected twist occurs—a sinister AI version of Dr. Wily emerges and corrupts Rockman, morphing him into a malevolent super robot.
In the face of this looming threat, Dr. Light's AI bestows the members of Team Shachi with the ability to transform into super fighting robots. Their mission: thwart Dr. Wily and his team of geriatric Robot Masters. Yeah!
If you haven't had the chance to play the game yet, now is the time. It's available to play directly in your browser here. Regarding the future preservation of the game, there are no specific details to share at this time. However, if any developments arise, I will certainly keep you updated!
Source: Team Shachi PR
Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Following July's Mega Man Battle Network-themed card pack in July, Teppen returns one month later with more supplemental cards. This time it includes the likes Higsby, Lan's dad Yuichiro Hikari, and more familiar faces.
See all the cards after the break!