Thursday, May 30, 2024

Mega Man-Themed Evercade Alpha Arcade Announced (w/Power Battle & Power Fighters)

Evercade has announced two 16-inch tall, bartop-sized versions of the Evercade Alpha, which will include a selection of officially licensed Capcom arcade games. The Mega Man-themed variant will come with Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters built-in, along with four other titles: Carrier Air Wing, Final Fight, Knights of the Round, and Strider.

Both units are compatible with physical Evercade cartridges and controllers, allowing for two-player local multiplayer. The units will be available in November, with pre-orders starting on June 4th for $229.99 (£199.99 / €229.99). This is a special "introductory" pre-order price, as the price will increase to $250 (£229.99 / €249.99) after the pre-order period ends.

If this sounds like something up your alley, head over to the official product page for more details.

Source: Evercade Alpha

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Capcom Vs.Tezuka Characters Exhibition Returning This Summer

Capcom and Tezuka Productions are teaming up once again for the third iteration of the Capcom vs. Tezuka Characters art exhibit. This time, the event will be held at the Tokiwaso Manga Museum and Tokiwaso Street Showa Retro Museum from July 20th to November 24th.

The exhibit will feature unique collaborative illustrations of Osamu Tezuka characters drawn by Capcom creators and Capcom characters drawn by Tezuka Productions creators. While fighting games are a major highlight this time around, new pieces inspired by Mega Man will also be included. In fact, you can see Mega Man, Rush, and a Servbot in the event's main visual. Mega Man and Astro Boy also form the "heart" of the event's logo.

If you're in Tokyo during the event, you can find more information here. Ticket reservations will start on June 20th at 2pm JST.


Saturday, May 25, 2024

Mega Man: Phantom of the Network and Legend of the Network English Fan-Localization Patches Now Available

For the first time ever, you can now play Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network and Rockman EXE: Legend of Network in English. The Rockman EXE Zone has released the highly anticipated English localization patches for both games, enabling you to experience these two full-length stories from start to finish. Phantom of Network takes place after the events of Battle Network 3, while Legend of Network is set before Battle Network 6. Each game features unique events and characters that could not be fully appreciated outside of Japan before today.

As detailed earlier, the patches also include a handful of quality-of-life changes and updates, ranging from Buster MAX Mode and improved background animations to the restoration of Phantom of Network's online ranked Virus Battle Mode.

Head over to this post at The Rockman EXE Zone for the download links! It's imperative that you lookover the README.html before playing as you'll need to follow the install instructions carefully. What's more, you'll need the original i-╬▒ppli game files for Phantom of Network and Legend of Network in order to apply the patches. You can find those from this post here.

And yes; you CAN play them on Steam Deck. Check out this tutorial to learn how.

To the localization team and SciLab Secrets, know that you have our sincere thanks and gratitude. A job well done, folks!

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Rockman-san Manga Comes to An End

Debuting in April 2021 to celebrate Mega Man's 33rd anniversary, "Rockman-san" launched alongside "Rockman-chan" in Young Ace UP magazine. The manga told the story of a world at peace, where a grown-up Rock, now a dentist, works alongside his assistant Roll at their dental clinic. After a successful three-year run, the manga concludes today with the final part of chapter 44.

The final volume collecting the last chapters of Rock's adventures as a dentist will be published in Japan this summer, bringing the series to a total of three volumes. Currently, the manga is only available in Japanese, with no official announcement for an English release. However, you can get a glimpse of this unique story through fan translations available on MangaDex.

There is no word if Rockman-chan will end next week when the next chapter will be published. We'll keep you posted!

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Review: Kotobukiya Roll.EXE

Kotobukiya is back with the next entry in their ever-growing Mega Man Battle Network model kit line. Roll.EXE, perhaps one of the more unexpected releases, is a very welcome addition that helps round out the line. Is this Navi worth the Zenny, or does she belong in the recycle bin? Join me after the break to find out!

Monday, May 13, 2024

Fan-Localized Mega Man: Phantom of the Network and Mega Man: Legend of the Network Will Release on May 25th

About four months after being announced, the English fan-localizations of Mega Man: Phantom of Network and Mega Man: Legend of Network are almost finished! Prof. 9, a member of the project team, has confirmed that both games will be released on Saturday, May 25th. A how-to-play guide and patching instructions will be provided, ensuring everyone can enjoy them with ease.

Alongside the release date, Prof. 9 also unveiled a slew of additional features and enhancements aimed at making these the definitive versions of the games! These include the addition of Buster MAX Mode, mirroring its functionality in Battle Network Legacy Collection, as well as the inclusion of extra Battle Chips and Folders. Moreover, animated Cyber World backgrounds and Online Ranked Battles have been incorporated, though availability at the time of release can't be guaranteed. You can find a more detailed rundown of these features here.

I'll provide an update when May 25th rolls around in case you forget. But hey, exciting stuff! Did you ever think we'd actually get to play these games in English after all this time?

Source: Rockman EXE Zone

Friday, May 10, 2024

Review: Jada Toys Mega Man Wave 1 (Mega Man, Fire Man, Ice Man)

A new Mega Man toy line has hit the scene with Jada Toys' first wave of Mega Man figures! Were these highly anticipated figures worth the wait? Join me after the break as we look into the first wave of Jada Toys' Mega Man line!

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Reversible Mega Man-to-Rush Plushie Revealed

Get ready for the latest addition to your collection: the officially-licensed reversible Mega Man-to-Rush plushie! Yep—it's like having two buddies in one! Just flip it over, and Mega Man becomes Rush! Or the other way around!

According to its Amazon listing, this cute little guy from TeeTurtle is set to ship out next Wednesday, May 15th. There are other reversible Capcom plushies too, like Ryu and Chun-li, Palico, Palamute, and Mizutsune. Click the links to see for yourself.

Honestly, this is a pretty neat concept.  It makes you wonder what other Mega Man characters could work. X to Zero? Dr. Light to Wily? Spider to Redips? The possibilities are endless!

Source: Amazon

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Kotobukiya Axl, Sigma, Forte.EXE and More Shown Off at the Shizuoka Hobby Show

This year's Shizuoka Hobby Show is upon us and with it, we get a good amount of news and updates on previously announced model kits from Kotobukiya! Although no groundbreaking announcements were made, there's plenty to delve into. Stick around after the break as we review all the insights gleaned from this show!

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Mega Man Gigamix Official Spanish and Catalan Edition Announced

Manga publisher and distributor Ooso Comics has announced that they've secured the license for Hitoshi Ariga's Mega Man Gigamix. The news surfaced at Comics Barcelona, where the publisher stated that, following the success of their Megamix releases, Gigamix was the natural next step. While all three volumes are slated for publication, a specific release window has yet to be disclosed.

TThe Ooso Comics edition will include cover art from the Japanese 2015 re-release, which itself featured minor adjustments to certain panels and artwork, courtesy of Ariga. Additionally, it included a handful of "bonus" content absent from previous prints. It remains uncertain whether the Spanish and Catalan editions will incorporate this content or simply utilize the cover design.

Source: Mision Tokyo

Friday, May 3, 2024

Officially-Licensed Mega Man Star Force T-Shirts Up for Pre-Order from The Yetee

New, licensed Star Force merchandise? In 2024? You bet! The Yetee has teamed up with Capcom once again, unveiling a pair of fresh Mega Man Star Force t-shirts just in time for summer.

Designed by artist Mikoto, the shirts reunite some of fans' favorite characters. The "dark heather" tee showcases SF Mega Man, Harp Note, Rogue and Acid Ace, while the aqua-colored "Allies" tee includes Geo Stellar, Luna Platz, Sonia, Bud Bison, Zack Temple, Solo, Ace, and Omega-Xis.

You can pre-order both designs now from The Yetee's Mega Man landing page (limited to North America only) They're scheduled to ship on May 31st.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Fan-Made 16-Bit Remake of Game Boy Mega Man V in the Works


Out of the 120-or-so Mega Man games, Mega Man V on Game Boy has undeniably secured a spot as a fan-favorite. Despite being primarily confined to the Game Boy with few official re-releases, the game continues to hold a special significance, inspiring a variety of fan-made games and mods over the years. Now, after 30 years since its release, there's an different kind of project in the works.

Dubbed Mega Man: The Rulers of Space, the fan-game by MarcDWyz is set to be a substantial 16-bit remake of Mega Man V, drawing heavy artistic inspiration from Mega Man 7. You can see it in action in the trailer above.