Saturday, December 30, 2023

Review: Kotobukiya Mega Man MM11 Ver.

In September 2010, Kotobukiya unveiled their Rockman model kit line to the world. Now, over 13 years later, Rock is sporting his blue armor once again with Kotobukiya's newest release: Mega Man (Mega Man 11 Ver.)! Did the long wait pay off, or does this kit seem outdated? Stick around as we delve into why this model deserves your attention and Zenny!

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Japan-Exclusive Rockman Cellphone Games Dumped, Playable Now!

Today, we're thrilled to announce the successful acquisition and release of EIGHT Rockman cellphone games previously available only in Japan. Among the lot are Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network and Rockman EXE: Legend of Networka full chapter from Rockman DASH: Great Adventure on 5 Islands, and a handful of lesser-known from Rockman GP to a unique Rockman 1 port featuring a fully-playable Roll. Best of all, you can play them -- ALL of them -- today.

Read on for the details!

A Closer Look at Teppen's Absolute Zero Card Pack

Teppen ends the year on a high note with the Absolute Zero card pack, marking the debut of Mega Man Zero series in the game. 

The pack includes over 50 regular cards and three animated cards devoted to the Zero series. The Resistance members take the spotlight with Neige from Mega Man Zero 4 alongside the Four Guardians, Copy X, and even Dr. Weil making notable appearances.

You can check all the cards after the break!

Friday, December 22, 2023

First Look at Teppen's Mega Man Zero Card Pack

Teppen's next card pack is dubbed Absolute Zero, and it's dropping on December 27th. That's right; we don't even have to wait until 2024! 

The card pack features the Mega Man Zero and Lost Planet series. The storyline combines the icy realm of Lost Planet with the clash between Neo Arcadia and the Resistance. Unexpectedly, Resident Evil's Leon Kennedy and Ada Wong embark on a journey to a parallel world, existing in an entirely different timeline.

In terms of Mega Man content, there are over 50 cards with characters from the Zero series. After the break below, you'll find the story trailer along with a sneak peek of several cards anticipated to be part of the collection!

Thursday, December 21, 2023

A Closer Look at Rockman X DIVE's Artbook

After the revelation of DiVE Armor Sigma and the cancelled Rockman Xover collaboration, we have more comprehensive view of the unused and cut content featured in the recently-released Rockman X DiVE artbook. With an extensive collection of unseen bosses and character poses, this artbook holds a wealth of discoveries waiting to be unveiled.

Check 'em out after the break!

Monday, December 18, 2023

Kotobukiya Falcon Armor X Now Available to Pre-Order (May 2024)

Although Kotobukiya's Mega Man X 30th anniversary stream was postponed, the manufacturer has moved forward to announce Falcon Armor X's release date: May 2024. This handsome fellow is now available to pre-order from Kotobukiya directly. More retailers are set to accept reservations shortly. (UPDATE: Up on HobbyLink Japan and AmiAmi)

Falcon Armor X includes three interchangeable face parts (Default/Looking Forward, Teeth Clenched, and Shouting/Looking Forward), along with four distinct hand parts (Closed, Open, Support, Weapon Holding), a Buster part, and an interchangeable Arm Crystal. This Crystal swap enhances wrist flexibility, broadening the figure's range of motion. Interestingly, there are no Buster effect parts.

Kotobukiya has additional updates and announcements in the pipeline for more kits. Stay tuned for further updates!

Source: Kotobukiya

A Look Mega Man X DIVE's Cut and Unused Content

The debut of Mega Man X DiVE Offline shed some light on content that the development team hadn't had the chance to implement initially: Eregion (Mega Man X4's Opening Stage boss), Violen (an X-Hunter from Mega Man X2), and the desire to include Prometheus (ZX) as a playable character.

And now, thanks to the recently-released Rockman X DiVE Illustration Collection book, we have even more details about content that didn't make the cut. 

Find all the details after the break!

Friday, December 15, 2023

Mega Man Zero Series Will Join Teppen in 2024

Teppen is ready to start the year 2024 off with a bang. Following the addition of the Battle Network series in July, the first card pack slated to hit Teppen next year will be centered around Mega Man Zero.

The card pack is set to launch at the beginning of January, but players will have the chance to get an exclusive sneak peek on December 22nd at 19:00 (JST) during the final Teppen Headline program of the year.

Not much elseis known at the moment, except for the artwork above, which can be viewed in its entirety on the developer's Twitter account. 

Teppen has always been a great source for Mega Man artwork, and if Dr. Weil is any indication of what's to come, we're in for a treat!

Capcom Debuts New Apparel for Rockman X 30th Anniversary

As the X series' 30th anniversary draw near, Capcom has quietly launched commemorative apparel featuring t-shirts, a sweatshirt, and a hoodie to honor this milestone.

The apparel is available for purchase through Amazon Japan, featuring the "30th Anniversary" tagline along with Ultimate Armor X (White Version) from Mega Man X Legacy Collection's X-Challenge Mode. Additionally, it showcases a compilation of the main games in the X Series along with their corresponding Japanese release dates.

You can find more details after the break!

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Mega Man X DiVE Offline Gets Free Demo Version, Limited Time Price Cut

If you're still on the fence about grabbing Mega Man X DiVE Offline, you can now try out a free demo. The demo, available for download on Steam and the Google Play Store, includes the complete Story Mode Chapter 8 and offers a range of characters and weapons to test out.

Additionally, the full game is 34% off for a limited time on iOS and Android, priced at $19.90 instead of the regular $29.99.  The discount is set to end on January 21, 2024. If you liked the demo or you've been holding out for something a little more wallet-friendly, this might be the perfect chance to grab it!

Source: Mega Man X DiVE Offline

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Mega Man Star Force Crew Returns for "Street Fighter 200" Art

Capcom's official art account, typically dedicated to showcasing archived artwork, pleasantly surprised its followers with something a little different: a fresh piece featuring the reunion of the Mega Man Star Force crew -- Geo, Luna, Zack, Sonia, and Bud (alongside his Taurus Adapter).

The caption for the piece reads, "Street Fighter 200 will be released in the year 220X! Everyone hurry to the store!"

All in all, it's a playful piece with no hidden hints or teases intended. Nevertheless, it's genuinely uplifting to see new Star Force-related art these days. Now, if only we could do something about that watermark...

Source: Capcom_AWT

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Original Mega Man Legends Concept Art Preserved by Video Game History Foundation

As part of their on-going efforts to digitize and preserve video game history, the Video Game History Foundation has released a collection of Mega Man Legends concept art that may pique your interest. 

Though a couple have appeared in various Japan-exclusive publications over the years, this marks the first time these images featuring Mega Man Volnutt, Roll, Tron, Teisel, Data and Servbots are being presented in their original, raw form. Some notably catch the eye—like Mega Man Volnutt's piece, which is a rougher iteration of the one depicted in Rockman DASH Great Adventure Guide.

"These come from a folder of Mega Man Legends artwork that, based on the file names, seems to predate the game’s English localization," writes VGHF's Frank Cifaldi. "The Servbots are referred to as “Lemon Heads,” while your sidekick Roll Caskett is just named “Girl.” Rude!

You can check out all these pieces directly at the Video Game History Foundation. They're planning to unveil more game history treasures throughout December, so it might be worth signing up for their newsletter while you're there.

Source: Video Game History Foundation

Friday, December 8, 2023

New Image of Threezero MDLX Rockman (Now with Articulation)

Threezero made an appearance at the ElefunPop Art & Toy Show in Shanghai today, unveiling an updated prototype of their MDLX Rockman figure. This updated version showcases several points of articulation, allowing for versatile posing options compared to the "dummy" iteration that was displayed back in July.

While Threezero continues to maintain secrecy about the figure's release date and pricing, they've hinted that Rockman will be offered at an "affordable" price point. We'll provide updates on these specifics and any additional details as they roll in.

Source: PremiumToys Channel

Fan-Game "Mega Man Y+1: Operation X.M.A.S" Now Available to Play

Mega Man Y+1: Operation X.M.A.S, a fan-game quietly developed in the last three months from the folks at LM Team, is now available to download

A spin-off of the original Mega Man Y+1, the game features nine original Christmas-themed stages where the objective is to recover your misplaced belongings. From a gingerbread battle station to sunny beaches south of the equator, and even Dr. Wily's chimney! 

Utilize an assortment of six unique Special Weapons to add a festive twist to your battles: initiate snowball skirmishes with "Frosty Sentry," surprise opponents with a re-gift of last year's presents with "Mystery Gift" toss, or join in door-to-door musical showdowns with "Carol Cast". One Special Weapon even includes a special appearance by Santa's reindeer...

You can grab Mega Man Y+1: Operation X.M.A.S from the game's official SFGHQ page here. Follow LM Team on Twitter for updates on Mega Man Y+1, too!

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Japan-Exclusive Rockman EXE Arcade Games Successfully Ripped, Emulation in the Works

After a successful fundraising campaign in September, our resident engineer, Tofu, set off on a mission to France to extract and preserve Rockman EXE: Battle Chip Stadium from a collector. I am pleased to report that not only was Battle Chip Stadium successfully ripped, but we've managed to secure the data from Rockman EXE: The Medal Operation

Once Tofu is back in the States, reverse-engineering will take place to get these once-elusive Japan-only arcade games in a playable state. In other words, after 18-or-so years, you'll finally have the chance to emulate and play them from the comfort of your home.

Read on for some important key points!

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Jada Toys Mega Man Wave 1 Video Showcase

The highly anticipated Mega Man line from Jada Toys is almost here. However, some fortunate individuals already have Wave 1 in their possession! While you wait for yours to join your collection, check out the above video from FatBoy Toy Review featuring an in-depth showcase of all three figures in action. We get a great look at the packaging, accessories, and just how articulate these little guys really are.

You can pre-order Wave 1 from Big Bad Toystore or Entertainment Earth. The figures are due to ship in January, 2024. 

Friday, December 1, 2023

Dr. Wily Wins 6th "Capcom Election", Keisuke Mizno Illustrates Commemorative Art

In the sixth round of Capcom's official election campaign, Dr. Wily clinched the top spot in the category "Which character comes to mind as Capcom's final boss?", surpassing both Albert Wesker and M. Bison.

To mark this victory, Capcom enlisted Keisuke Mizuno to create an exclusive illustration of Dr. Wily. This artwork is now accessible for download on Capcom Town, compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

More commemorative wallpapers featuring characters determined by popular votes will be released in future Capcom Elections. Stay tuned!