Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Rare Rockman Amusement Ride Gets a New Lease on Life at Arcade Museum

A rare Rockman amusement ride, which is often found in poor condition (sometimes even beheaded), has found a new home at the Sargasso Arcade Museum in Kita Karuizawa. The owners of this museum, which they affectionately refer to as a "retirement home" for classic arcade machines and amusement hardware, have done an incredible job restoring this obscure piece of history to pristine condition.

Produced by Hope Co. in 2000, the ride can carry two people and includes buttons that make Rockman speak and play two, let’s say, charming renditions of classic BGM that aren’t exactly easy on the ears. Although you can’t visit in person regularly, you can catch glimpses of their collection and updates on their official YouTube channel. The museum does open its doors for special events, so if you’re in Japan during one of those times, you might get a chance to give it a spin!

Curious to see the ride in action? Check out popostore’s footage from a few years back here and here. That particular unit has seen better days, but it gives you an idea.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The "Capcom Super Elections" Results Are In (Mega Man's Popularity, Sequel/Remake Desires & More)

A few months ago Capcom conducted a survey to gauge fans interest in their games and how they engage with the Capcom brand. One of the questions asked fans which games from Capcom's back catalog they would like to see remade. Among the options were remakes of the first three Mega Man games.

The results of the survey have now been published, revealing not only the response to that particular question but also that the Mega Man series is one of the most beloved Capcom franchises. The survey also provided other interesting data about fans' preferences and engagement with Capcom's games.

You can see all the relevant Mega Man data after the break!

Monday, June 10, 2024

"Make a Good Mega Man Level 3" Now Available to Download

The wave of fan-created Mega Man projects continues with the highly anticipated release of Make a Good Mega Man Level 3 Make a Good Mega Man Level 3 (MaGMML3).

Six years in the making and serving as the pinnacle of all previous entries, MaGMML3 features 200 unique stages, 300 mini-stages, a plethora of costumes and skins, secrets, upgrades—everything you could want! There's something here for every type of player, ensuring hours of gameplay meticulously crafted by the community.

In terms of story, MaGMML3 takes place after Make a Good 48 Hour Mega Man Level. While prior MaGMML knowledge isn't necessary to enjoy the game, familiarity with the series enhances the overall experience. But there's plenty to appreciate on its own, and you'll be doing yourself a favor by checking it out.

You can download the game from the official MaGMML website here!

Thursday, June 6, 2024

All Five Game Boy Mega Man Games Now Available on Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo has announced that all five Game Boy Mega Man games are now available on Nintendo Switch Online. This includes Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Mega Man II, III, IV, and V. This also covers Japan, as they have received Rockman World 1-5.

With these re-releases, this marks the second time all five games have been officially available outside of Game Boy hardware, having previously been accessible for individual download from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. However, to play them, you will need an active subscription to Nintendo Switch Online. The basic membership will get you in the door, so don't fret if you're not an "Expansion Pass" member.

Not much else to add—fire up your Switch and relive these bite-sized classics today!

Monday, June 3, 2024

"EZ Web" Versions of Rockman EXE Mobile Games and Battler's Tower Preserved

Hey, Mega Man fans! This is RockmanCosmo, the leader of SciLab Secrets – the team working to preserve lost Rockman games released on Japanese feature phones (keitai). The past couple of months have been extremely eventful for Rockman keitai game preservation. Since December 2023, we have preserved nine previously-lost games, including Rockman DASH 5 Islands and both original Rockman EXE games. Today, I’m happy to announce that the SciLab Secrets team has preserved even more games: the EZweb versions of Rockman EXE Phantom of Network and Legend of Network, and a companion app for Phantom of Network called Battler’s Tower. We’ve even preserved phone wallpapers and ringtones! Read on for all the details.