Thursday, March 30, 2023

Rockman EXE: Programs of Light and Darkness Movie to Stream on YouTube April 7th

More fun news, EXE crew! For the first time ever, the Rockman EXE theatrical movie, Rockman EXE: Programs of Light and Darkness, will stream for free on Capcom Japan's YouTube channel on April 7th. The stream kicks off at 21:00 JST.

It's currently unknown whether English subtitles will be available. The movie was never distributed outside of Japan, primarily due to the lack of an NT Warrior equivalent to Rockman EXE Stream. While fan-subs have been around for some time, an official release with subtitles would be highly appreciated by many.

We'll keep you posted if anything pops up. Stay tuned!

Source: Rockman Unity

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Off-Screen Images - Trophies, Mystery Data Gallery & More

Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Vol. 1 was featured at the Justdan Game Festival in Taiwan Festival last week. One lucky fan had the opportunity to go hands-on with Mega Man Battle Network 3 and captured some interesting images. Spoilers, I guess?

Sunday, March 26, 2023

New Mega Man Battle Network Manga Chapter Released

A brand-new chapter of the Mega Man NT Warrior manga has just been released in English, penned once again by Ryo Takamisaki. 

The story takes place 20 years after the events of the original manga's final chapter, and follows the gang as they attend their 20-year reunion at DenTech Academy. The chapter also features Takamisaki's take on Patch Hikari - Lan and Mayl's son. Be sure to check out the complete English translation right here

Kudos to Capcom for distributing the chapter in Japanese and English simultaneously. This is an unprecedented and remarkable move, especially considering it has been decades since Takamisaki's work has been officially translated into English. 

Truly, Battle Network fans are eating well.

Source: Capcom

Rockman EXE Advanced Collection TV Commercial is a Real Tearjerker

Capcom Japan published the official commercial for the highly-anticipated Rockman EXE Advanced Collection, which will definitely stir up feelings of nostalgia. Its also a reminder of how much time has passed since the original release, making some of us realize just how old we've become. (A second version focused on the anime can be found here)

Nonetheless, the ad is heartwarming and indicative of Capcom's commitment to Advanced Collection, as it's the first commercial for *any* Legacy Collection... not to mention the first EXE ad in over fifteen years.

Only a couple weeks left! 

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Mega Man NT Warrior English Dub Finally Arrives on YouTube

Good on their promise, Capcom USA has uploaded every episode of Mega Man NT Warrior and Mega Man NT Warrior Axess on YouTube -- for free.

If you're interested in checking them out, you can find the playlist for season 1 here, and season 2 (Axess) here. These episodes will no longer be available to watch after September 23rd, 2023.

Do keep in mind that the first episode of Axess is presented in Japanese with English subtitles. For reasons not currently known, the dubbed version is unavailable. Also of note, Capcom went so far as to include Axess episode 30 "AquaMan in Love", which never aired in the United States during the show's tenure at Kids WB.

The Mega Man NT Warrior Twitch marathon presented by Capcom USA concludes tomorrow, March 24th. Although there is no official confirmation, several fans are optimistic that the event will end with news regarding availability of the series on additional streaming platforms or a DVD/Blu-ray release. We'll keep an ear to the ground.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Mega Man Battle Network 2 Original Soundtrack Vinyl Announced

In a bit of not-too-surprising news, Ship to Shore has announced plans to release Mega Man Battle Network 2's OST on vinyl for the very first time. The album will be available to pre-order directly from Ship to Shore starting tomorrow, March 21st, at 2PM PST. Other online retailers are expected to follow shortly after.

The previously-announced Mega Man Battle Network 1 vinyl is currently available to pre-order for $39.99 from Amazon. Expect MMBN2 to be similarily priced.

Think Ship to Shore will go all the way to BN6? We'll have to wait and see!

Rockman X DiVE Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with "Next DiVE Armor X"

Believe it or not, this week marks the third anniversary of Rockman X DiVE since it first launched in March 2020. To commemorate this milestone, a new addition to roster will be made on Wednesday --  Next DiVE Armor X!

Find all the details after the break!

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Rockman EXE Advanced Collection Gets GBA-Inspired eShop Cards (Japan)

No, Rockman EXE Advanced Collection isn't getting a reproduction Game Boy Advance cartridge. The image above is the newly-unveiled Nintendo Switch eShop redemption card design, which is meant to evoke a sense of GBA nostalgia! 

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Capcom Cafe and Rockman EXE Collab Goods Revealed

Ahead of the Capcom Cafe and Rockman EXE collab event starting next week, Capcom has revealed a slate of goods that will be sold at the Capcom Cafe in Ikebukuro and Umeda.

Capcom designers have created fresh artwork of Rockman, Netto Hikari, Blues, Enzan Ijuin, Forte, and Serenade, which will adorn a wide range of items, including bath towels and magnets, among other goods, that will be available for sale.

See it all after the break!

Sunday, March 12, 2023

How Those Obscure Mobile Rockman Games Play: A First-Hand Account

Guest post by RockmanCosmo

During the early 2000s, feature phone gaming gained popularity in Japan, with some of the first cell phones connecting to mobile internet providers like DoCoMo's i-mode and KDDI's EZweb. Each provider had its own storefront for downloading and purchasing video games, many of which were designed specifically for on-the-go gaming. The Rockman franchise was no exception to this trend. 

Today, I'll be observing some of these obscure Rockman games with insights from NAO, who owns the hardware for many of these old titles. Although his phone is currently out of commission, he recorded some great gameplay, embedded below. 

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Check Out the Fan-Made Kotobukiya "iX" Upgrade Kit (And Grab One!)

Before χ -kai-, and even before Copy X, iX (also known as Return X) who served as the original evil X clone. 

iX, who first appeared as an adversary in the Mega Mission Carddass series and made a comeback in the Giga Mission Carddass, has been adored by fans for years. However, when it comes to merchandise, it has always been pretty slim pickings. Thankfully, it's time like these where the fans come in. 

I am so happy to show what our friend Asterisk has been working on: an upgrade kit to turn your Kotobukiya X kit into iX! Join me after the break as we look at this amazing upgrade and how you can get one for yourself!

Friday, March 10, 2023

Soft Vinyl Rockman Toy Announced

Japanese toy maker Electric Toys announced a new addition to their SOFVIPS lineup... Rockman

SOFVIPS is a brand launched in 2020 by Electric Toys that mostly focuses on soft vinyl products based on different characters. So far they have released soft vinyl toys from Chibi Maruko-chan, Tokyo Tribe 2Crayon Shin-chan and the Sonic series.

Beyond the prototype image above, no other details are available at this time. Based on past toys, it's safe to assume a price tag between 6.000 Yen and 8.000 Yen for sizes that go from 10cm to 16cm. There's been some exceptions for over-sized toys too. We'll see.

We can expect images of the painted figure, price and release date to be announced at a later date. In the meantime, you can take a look at their other toys to get a better idea of what to expect from Rockman here!

Thursday, March 9, 2023

E-Reader "Patch Cards", "Buster MAX Mode" Announced for Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection


Mr. Famous made a brief appearance during during today's Capcom Spotlight to announced two brand-new features for Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection: Patch Cards and Buster Max Mode.

Patch Cards: 

  • All 499 Patch Cards are included! Load cards by selecting "Mega Man" from the Sub Screen in all Mega Man Battle Network games from 4 onward. There's also a rule that lets you play with or without Patch Cards in online battles!
  • In the original games, you read data from real cards with the e-Reader peripheral to net in-game bonuses.
  • Gain access to limited cards that were previously only available from past events and other distributions!
  • Includes special Boktai tie-in cards too!
Buster MAX Mode:
  • A new mode has been added that powers up Mega Buster shots by a factor of 100! You can turn the new mode on/off from the menu at any time during the story, giving you the freedom to play how you want. The mode will remain off in online battles.

In addition to the above, Capcom also confirmed the premiere date for the dubbed episodes of Mega Man NT Warrior and Mega Man NT Warrior Axess - March 21st, 10:00 AM PT. More details on thr NT Warrior marathon will be released on March 23rd at 6:00 PM PT.

For additional details and screenshots, head on over to the game's official website.

Complete Track List Revealed for Rockman EXE Advanced Collection OST

The titles for all 22 tracks on the Rockman EXE Advanced Collection original soundtrack have been confirmed courtesy of Rockman Unity. Check 'em out from the image above!

What's more, a clean version of the album's cover art is now available. You can find it after the break below.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Early Rockman EXE 1 64Dream Magazine Preview Translated

Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection is just around the corner - almost a month away! And as we eagerly anticipate the latest news about the game, which is set to be revealed in tomorrow's Capcom showcase, here's a little blast from the past to tide you over.

Monday, March 6, 2023

Devil May Cry & Rockman X DiVE Collaboration Announced

After three collaborations with Monster Hunter and one with Street Fighter, Rockman X DiVE is tapping into something a little different this time. The Deep Log is crossing paths with Capcom's stylish action game Devil May Cry 5 with brand-new versions of X and Zero!

Find all the details after the break!

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Capcom Cafe and Rockman EXE Collab Announced

From March 24 to April 27, Capcom Cafe in Ikebukuro and Umeda will be hosting a collaboration event with the Rockman EXE series featuring special themed menus and goods. 

The main visual, which you can see above, was drawn by official Capcom Japan staff. Additional announcements regarding the kind of goods and menu items are forthcoming. 

Judging by the products released in 2018 when Capcom Cafe collaborated with the Rockman series prior to the launch of Mega Man 11, we can probably expect clear files, coasters, stickers and other miscellaneous knick-nacks. 

If you happen to be around Tokyo or Osaka during event, you can reserve your seat(s) at the Capcom Cafe by following the instructions here.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Alia Takes the Spotlight Again in Teppen's Newest Card Pack

Teppen's second card pack of the year is finally here! This time, the main focus is the Ace Attorney and Resident Evil series with a little wiggle room for the long-forgotten fan-favorite Haunting Ground

Mega Man X series fans need not fear, though. The Turnabout Festival card pack shines a spotlight on Alia again following White Day Alia's inclusion last year.

You can check all the Mega Man X-themed cards after the break!