Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Mega Man Series Producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya Departs Capcom

Kazuhiro Tsuchiya, the producer of the Mega Man series and, more recently, Street Fighter 6, has left Capcom. The news comes to us through Tsuchiya's Twitter profile, which he recently updated to indicate he has moved on from the company.

Tsuchiya emerged as a key figure during an uncertain period following Keiji Inafune's departure in 2010. Under his tutelage, the Mega Man franchise experienced significant growth, achieving a total sales figure of 38 million units, an impressive increase of 7 million units compared to the stagnant period before Mega Man 11. Tsuchiya played a pivotal role in the development of Mega Man 11Mega Man X DiVE, every individual Legacy Collection, and contributed to the franchise's most remarkable accomplishment yet: Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection's shipment of over one million units within two weeks of its launch.

In late 2018, Tsuchiya announced his intention to start working on a new title, with pre-production set for the following year. These plans were formalized by September 2019. Although the project has yet to materialize, all indications point to it being the enigmatic "Taisen" project, which was first mentioned in leaked materials followed by a registry in the Nvidia GeForce database. The title was originally expected to be released in late 2022. 

Given the impact of the pandemic on Capcom's production pipeline at the time and subsequent reshuffling release dates for key titles - not to mention management pulling Tsuchiya onto Street Fighter 6 -- we eagerly await the result of his labor. The sudden reemergence of a 35th anniversary push has no doubt left fans hopeful.

Although we may not currently have a tangible representation of Taisen or any other "major" titles, Tsuchiya has undoubtedly left Mega Man in a significantly improved state than where he found it. I'm very grateful for that.

More news on this topic as it happens.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Mega Man 4 Gets 16-Bit Remake in Fan-Made Wily Wars Sequel

Mega Man: The Sequel Wars is a fan-created endeavor that brings new life to Mega Man 4, Mega Man 5, and Mega Man 6 on the Sega Gensis/Mega Drive. This home cooked labor of love pays homage to the Mega Man: The Wily Wars, serving not only as its unofficial successor but surpassing it in practically every way. You can even play as Proto Man and Roll, among other nifty touches!

To set the stage for the project, the development team dropped "Episode Red" as the inaugural release. This standalone remake of Mega Man 4 showcases the project's authentic 16-bit visuals and sound design that captures the essence of the original. What's even more impressive is that the game is fully compatible with the Genesis/Mega Drive hardware, allowing players to experience it on the actual console.

You can download Episode Red from the dev team's official page here! For additional info and updates, give the project a follow on Twitter here.

Friday, May 26, 2023

MegaMan.EXE Featured in Capcom Artwork to Support the Japan Volleyball Association

This is an unusual one, isn't it?  But it comes with an explanation and doesn't come as a total surprise to those who keep up with Capcom's activities outside of the video game industry.

Find all the details after the break!

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Mega Man X, Mega Man Legends Inspired Action-Platformer Protodroid DeLTA Now Available

After roughly 3.5 years in development, today is the long-awaited release of Protodroid DeLTA. This 3D action-platformer is the brain child of one-man developer Adam Kareem, and I've been incredibly honored to have been part of the writing team.

Protodroid DeLTA takes deliberate inspiration from both the Mega Man X and Mega Man Legends series, paying homage to their gameplay mechanics and thematic elements (the game actually started out as "Mega Man X & Zero: Training Missions". Adam also drew inspiration from other cherished games of our youth, such as Ratchet & Clank and Sonic Adventure. It's hard for me to hide my bias here, but DeLTA is essentially what I imagine a fully-fledged 3D Mega Man X title would look and feel like. That was Adam's goal, and it's what initially attracted me to be a part of the project. You can see it in action from the trailer above!

Collaborating with Adam and our talented voice cast has been an absolute honor. We wholeheartedly hope that you enjoy Protodroid DeLTA. The game is now available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox and PC/Steam

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Officially-Licensed Mega Man Slippers and Sneakers Arrive This Summer

If you're looking to flaunt your Blue Bomber love on your feet, whether you're at home or during a convention, the folks at Fun.com have you covered with their new officially-licensed Mega Man slippers and high top sneakers

The slippers are due on June 23rd for $29.99. They're designed to resemble Mega Man's classic series look, complete with little red emblems on the bottom. On the sides, you'll find an etched 8-bit sprite and logo, adding a nostalgic touch. 

For those seeking a more striking option, the high top sneakers showcase a prominent rubber Mega Man face on the front, accompanied by various pieces of official artwork along the sides and back. Priced at $59.99, these sneakers are set to ship on August 14th.

You can find additional details and sizes from the links above. Thanks to MegaMac for the heads up!

Bandai Rockman EXE Heat Guts and Wood Shield Style "SMP Kit Makes Pose" Revealed

The first wave of Bandai's Rockman EXE "SMP Makes Pose" kits are due on May 29th but before that, collector's will have the chance to pre-order the previously teased Heat Guts and Wood Shield Style on May 25th.

Find all the details after the break!

Monday, May 15, 2023

Kotobukiya Mega Man Mega Man 11 Version Trailer, Pre-Orders

After 10 years, Kotobukiya is finally rolling out the new and improved Mega Man 11 version of the blue bomber. And starting today, pre-orders are now being accepted! You can snag yours from our friends at Hobby Link Japan right here.

Kotobukiya also released a brief trailer showcasing various action poses and a comprehensive overview of the kit's contents. You can find a more extensive rundown of the kit's features and accessories from the video description above.

Mega Man Mega Man 11 Version is due sometime in winter 2023. We'll have a better idea of an exact release date over the coming months!

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Kotobukiya Blade Armor X Review

Kotobukiya is back again with their latest offering: the Blade Armor from Rockman X6 which released in April 2023.

While X6 isn't everyone's cup of tea, its visually striking armor and unique gimmick cannot be denied. But did Kotobukiya successfully execute this complex design? Let's Mach Dash past the break and see what this one has to offer!

Thursday, May 11, 2023

SOFVIPS Rockman Toys Pre-Order Details

Following the reveal of SOFVIP's Rockman toy back in March, Japanese toy maker Electric Toys has finally open pre-orders. Not only that, there's a Cut Man toy too!

Both toys are made of soft vinyl and will be sold for 9,340 Yen (approximately $70/63€) each. Rockman's toy measures 17cm tall and Cut Man 21cm tall. Both will be on sale this coming November.

In the case of Rockman, you can pose him with or without his buster. Worth noting that they recommend warming the vinyl up a little before attempting to change his regular arm. Cut Man, meanwhile, comes with no extra parts.

You can check out more images after the break!

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Jada Mega Man Figures Package Designs Revealed

We're eagerly anticipating updates on the launch of Jada Toys' Mega Man line, but in the meantime, here's a quick sneak peek at the retail packaging. 

The top row showcases Wave 1, while the bottom row displays mock-up packaging for Wave 2, without any actual figures inside. However, we can still get a good look at the accessories we can expect to see. 

As previously reported, this line consists of 4-inch (1:12 scale) figures. Each figure comes with different weapon effect parts and one alternate head piece. They're expected to go for $20 US a pop. Wave 1 was originally announced for Spring 2023 but we haven't seen any movement on that front. A release window wasn't specified for Wave 2.

We'll keep you posted as we learn more. Many thanks to preternia for the image!

Kotobukiya News Roundup - Rockman 11 Ver. Release Date, New X Series Model Kits and More!

Hot on the heels of the recently released Blade Armor X kit, Kotobukiya is back with news of upcoming Rockman model kits with their Rockman Plastic Model Talk Live. Hosted by Kotobukiya's Rockman X model kit planner Bachi (Shohei Chiba) and Ryōtarō Okiayuthe voice actor for Zero and Proto Man, this hour-long broadcast showed not only the release details for Rockman 11 Ver. Rockman, but several reveals!

Find all the info after the break!

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Kotobukiya "Second Armor X Double Charge Shot" Pre-Order Details

Ahead of tomorrow's stream where we expect new information about Kotobukiya's Rockman model kit line, the company finally revealed the retail paint job and pre-order details for the Second Armor X variant model kit.

Find all the details after the break!

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Rockman 35th Anniversary Key Art, Animate Shop Goods Revealed

With Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection out the door, it seems that Capcom are picking up the pace on the franchise's overall 35th anniversary. As part of the festivities, they have unveiled a brand-new, official key art illustrated by Hideki Ishikawa.

The piece consists of classic Rockman (Rockman 11-style armor), X (X8-style), Rockman.EXE, Rock Volnutt, Shooting Star Rockman (SSR1/SSR2 style) and Zero (Zero series). Unlike the 30th anniversary key art, Model ZX and OVER-1 are not represented. Your guess there is as good as mine.

Friday, May 5, 2023

Rockman DASH 2 4Koma Manga English Translation Completed

If you're looking for some light reading this weekend, look no further than the freshly-English translated Rockman DASH 2 4Koma manga. 

The fan translation project, which commenced last summer, has reached its completion. The unofficial manga comprises more than 100 four-panel strips that were created by different artists in Japan over 22 years ago. Each strip humorously spoofs or parodies various characters and events from the game. Check it out here! (alternate PDF version here)

Shoutout to the project lead RockmanCosmo, translators akiTONE, RMDL_Comic, Windii, Vii and proofreaders Chomp_0 and Get Me Off the Moon for their hard work!

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

MMBN Legacy Collection - Masakazu Eguchi 4Gamer Interview

We're back with another interview with Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection director Masakazu Eguchi. This time, we have a detailed conversation from a recent interview with 4Gamer, where shares his insights on how he got involved with the first Rockman EXE game and other topics of interest.

You can check out the English translation of the interview below! Many thanks to our friend Windii for the translation!

Monday, May 1, 2023

Rare Rockman 6 Adventure Book Gets Scanned and Preserved

Our friend Digi148 has achieved another victory in the realm of preservation by successfully acquiring and scanning an obscure children's activity book based on Rockman 6.  

Originally published in Japan in 1994, the 54-page book features unique and seldom-seen artwork. Interestingly, the illustrations and designs were not created in-house at Capcom, but outsourced based on Capcom's own control art. Each page of the book is designed to look like a stage from Rockman 6, and progression is determined by a digital slot machine that is integrated into the book (bottom right page). While the slot machine's functionality cannot be replicated through scans, the book's overall charm remains unaffected.

Those interested in checking it out can do so via the Internet Archive. A direct download is available too!