Sunday, June 30, 2024

Mega Man X DiVE Global Version End of Service Announced for July 30

The servers for the global version of Mega Man X DiVE will cease operations on July 30th, NebulaJoy has announced. All in-game purchasing options will be terminated soon, although a specific date has not been confirmed, according to an update on the game's official Twitter. Regrettably, there is no information yet on whether NebulaJoy will offer refunds for any paid Elemental Metals, a gesture that Capcom extended to players of the original version in 2023.

The global version, maintained by NebulaJoy, has remained online for the past three years, outlasting the original Taiwan and Japanese versions. In February 2024, a representative indicated they were in talks with Capcom to extend the license and keep the game online. However, with the existence of Mega Man X DiVE Offline, it appears these efforts only secured a few additional months.

We will provide updates on EoS as more information becomes available.

Source: Mega Man X DiVE-NA&EU

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

New Keisuke Mizuno "American Comic Book Style" Rockman EXE Goods Now Available

A variety of new merchandise featuring the cast of Rockman EXE, designed in an American comic book style, is now available for purchase at Capcom Store Tokyo's online shop.

The art, crafted by the fan-favorite Keisuke Mizuno, who has worked on numerous Rockman projects, adorns nine different products. These include clear files, mugs, t-shirts, acrylic stands, pins, and more! You check out the complete lineup here.

Best of all, Capcom Store Tokyo ships worldwide! They've partnered with Buyee for international shipping. Simply add what you want to your cart and follow the provided instructions to complete your purchase.

Source: Capcom Store Tokyo

Monday, June 24, 2024

Icon Heroes' Mega Man License Expires; Products Cancelled and Removed

If you've been curious about the fate of the $600 Mega Man X2 Ride Chaser diorama (pictured above) or any of Icon Heroes' Mega Man products, here's an update. 

Icon Heroes has informed us that their license to create merchandise based on the Mega Man IP has expired and will not be renewed. As a result, all Mega Man products in development, including those not yet announced, have been cancelled. Previously released items like pins, puzzles, and bobbleheads are no longer available for purchase directly from Icon Heroes. Any remaining stock available through third-party retailers is likely the last of its kind.

Icon Heroes secured the license to produce Mega Man merchandise in 2020, promising a range of high-quality items. Unfortunately, those plans never fully materialized, as evidenced by the off-model diorama that one reader aptly described as looking like a cake topper. If you need a good laugh, BBTS has archived all the stock images of the thing for posterity. 

So there you have it. If anything else from their collection piqued your interest, now's the time to snag it before it’s gone for good.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Behold the Fan-Made Eddie Popcorn Bucket

Responding to the undeniable need for more Eddie-centric merchandise, my buddy Asterisk created this gem: a genuine Eddie popcorn bucket. This masterpiece is 3D-printed, modeled after his Mega Man 11 appearance, and works just as you'd imagine...

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Review: Kotobukiya Mega Man X Falcon Armor

Kotobukiya's Mega Man X line takes flight with the Falcon Armor from Mega Man X5 and Mega Man X6! This highly anticipated release completes the main armor sets from the first six Mega Man X games, and that's an incredible accomplishment. Was this kit worth the wait? Does it deserve a spot in your collection? Stick around after the break as we dive deep into the Falcon Armor!

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Rockman-chan Manga Says Goodbye

A few weeks after the conclusion of Rockman-san, Rockman-chan has also reached its finale. This gag manga delighted fans with 36 chapters since its debut in April 2021, featuring a cast of whimsical characters including Super Rush ManBad Box Art Mega Man and even Mega Man from Mega Man 2's European box art.

Although only the first three chapters of Rockman-chan have been fan-translated into English, Spanish-speaking fans are in luck, as nearly all chapters are available on TuMangaOnline. For those eager to see how the story wraps up, the final volume, which collects the concluding chapters, is set to be released on August 2nd. If you're curious about the manga's ending, you can check it out here!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Marvel vs. Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics Announced

During today's Nintendo Direct, Capcom unveiled Marvel vs. Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics. This collection includes seven Marvel arcade titles developed by Capcom, such as Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Mega Man, Roll, Tron Bonne and the Servbots are all present and accounted for too!

Monday, June 17, 2024

Kotobukiya Axl Now Available to Pre-Order

The long-awaited Kotobukiya Axl is now available to pre-order from Big Bad Toystore and HobbyLink Japan! This is Axl's very first plastic model kit and his first genuine "figure" in over 20 years. 

The kit comes packed with two Axl Bullets, wing parts, interchangeable hand parts, and four distinct face parts, providing everything you need to pose and recreate the scrappy fella's signature moves. And yes; he scales perfectly with X and Zero, making him a seamless addition to Kotobukiya's on-going X series line.

Axl is expected to ship in November in Japan and will arrive in the U.S. just in time for the holiday season in December. 

Source: Kotobukiya

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.