Monday, April 22, 2024

Rockman DASH 2: Episode 1 English Fan-Translation Patch Drops April 24th

The Japan-exclusive Rockman DASH 2: Episode 1, a special demo/prologue for DASH 2 known for its unique missions and scenarios, is finally receiving an English translation. This news comes from Hilltop Works, a translation group recognized for bringing overlooked Japanese titles to English-speaking audiences.

The Episode 1 translation patch goes a step further by granting direct access to the debug room (previously accessible only through cheat codes and modifications) and includes the unused town that prominently appeared on the back of the game's case, all now translated into English for the first time.

The patch will be released on Wednesday, April 24th. Stay tuned for more updates!

Source: Hilltop Works

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Rare Footage Surfaces From the Rockman Grand Exhibition Stage Show

Back in 1997, Capcom threw a massive birthday bash for the Blue Bomber at the Tokyo Dome called the Rockman Grand Exhibition. Fans and families were invited to check out the latest games, snag exclusive merch, and join in all sorts of activities like RC races, obstacle courses, and even aerobics. Footage from this event was captured on the Capcom Friendly Club Vol. 6 tape for posterity, but sadly, it was missing a key element—the live stage show. 

Now, after 27 years, a little over 4 minutes of fresh footage from this rarely-seen gem has been uncovered.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Making of Mega Man 10's "Retro" Cover Art

Back in 2008, Capcom heavily marketed Mega Man 9 as if it were a game released in 1987. To achieve this, they hired iam8bit artist Gerald de Jesu sto design a cover for the game reminiscent of the iconic North American cover of the original series' first game.

A few years later, when Mega Man 10 was released, Capcom repeated this approach, but with distinct covers for the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 versions. Once more, the designs were crafted by Gerald de Jesus. He later offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the cover design process on his blog, which was shared many years ago.

To preserve this piece of history for those who missed it, you can find this behind-the-scenes process after the break below!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

How to Enable and Play Mega Man 10's Unused Co-Op Mode (Updated)

Earlier this year, a handful of pre-release builds of Mega Man 10's Xbox 360 version emerged, showing evidence of an unused online multiplayer mode, "Assist Co-Op." Although inaccessible initially, thanks to the efforts of a couple dedicated fans, this lost feature has been resurrected.

Follow the guide below to learn how you can start playing!

Friday, April 5, 2024

New Exoprimal x Mega Man Collaboration Trailer


As the Exoprimal and Mega Man collaboration event approaches its April 17th launch date, Capcom has unveiled a comprehensive trailer featuring the Mega Man and Air Man exosuits in action. 

The trailer also offers a peek at the different classic series-themed items and emotes that players can scoop up, and more footage of the event-exclusive Yellow Devil boss battle. Yellow Devil's iconic attack patterns are faithfully recreated, looking really nice in a 3D space. If there were a classic series third person game, I don't think it's a stretch to say it might look a little something like this.

The collaboration coincides with the Title Update 4 on April 17th. More details from the game's official website here.

Monday, April 1, 2024

"Gangsta Sigma" Wreaks Havoc in Teppen's Newest Card Pack


A new Teppen card pack is available starting today, shining the spotlight on the Rival Schools series with "Schoolyard Royale" card pack. However, fans need not worry; the Mega Man remains in the spotlight as well.

Following the debut of Mega Man Zero characters in the previous pack,  we've got a handful of new cards based on Mega Man X DiVE. These include Gangsta Boy Sigma and Gangsta Girl Eratoeir from X DiVE's "Attack of the Thugs" event plus, Angepitoyeir, and even Droitclair. 

You can check the art and flavor text after the break!

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Rare Medal Network: Rockman EXE Arcade Game Dumped and Preserved

No April Fool's joke here. Another Rockman EXE arcade game has been successfully preserved! Medal Network: Rockman EXE has remained somewhat of a mystery to fans for several years, with only a couple of low-quality images and scarce information available. But that's history now—I'm happy to announce that the game has been extracted from its aging hardware and made available to download. 

Monday, March 25, 2024

Rockman's Soccer Pre-Release Version Dumped; Includes 4-Player Multitap Support

Today, March 25th, marks the 30th anniversary of Rockman's Soccer. To commemorate this milestone, a Japanese sample version of the game has been uncovered and dumped by C. Davis on The Cutting Room Floor.

While closely resembling the final retail build, this pre-release version stands out for its inclusion of features that were ultimately removed before launch. Most notably, it supports 4-player Exhibition matches via the SNES Multitap, a feature curiously absent from the final game. Remarkably, all functionalities seem intact in this sample, including the ability to extend match durations to a full 60 minutes, whereas the final game caps at 10. Additionally, this sample contains a partially complete ending cutscene for Story Mode.

There's a handful of other small changes and differences, and even a collection of unused graphics presumably intended for an unknown baseball game. For further details, hit up The Cutting Room Floor!

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Those Mega Man Keychains You Like Are Coming Back in Style

Hey, remember those collectible foam keychain things from, like, six years ago? Sure ya do! Well, they're making a comeback with a second wave. 

By way of distributor Monogram International, the 3D Foam Bag Clip Series 2 is poised to ship to various retailers across North America this Spring. Series 2 showcases a refreshed art style, spotlighting  Robot Masters from Mega Man 2, various iterations of Mega Man himself, Dr. Light, and Rush. The company also plans on releasing a larger magnet version of Mega Man as well.

Even though the original wave of these keychains debuted in 2018, they're still actively sold today. It seems they're popular enough to justify expanding the lineup with additional characters even after all this time. Keep an eye out on Amazon, Target, or wherever you usually find your miscellaneous game paraphernalia.

Source: Monogram International

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Arika Vice President Shares Image of "Unknown" Mega Man Design (Update)

UPDATE: The original tweet was deleted voluntarily, according to Mihara. He apologized for "any trouble to the rights holders". (The image was not intended for public viewing, it seems.)

Original Post: Ichiro Mihara, the Vice President of Arika and former Mega Man director, recently shared a small, cropped screenshot showcasing an unfamiliar design of classic series Mega Man (above). Notably, this render features additional details not seen in any previous iteration of the character, particularly the helmet's distinct paneling and a bolt. What's more, Mega Man's complexion is strikingly off-white, and the glowing eyes bear some resemblance to X's portrayal in Capcom's Teppen

The image was accompanied by the (translated) caption, "I used to make Mega Man's **** and **** and **** official **** ****, so I know a little bit about Mega Man!" Mihara, who's made no secret about his past involvement with Mega Man on the NES, appears intentional in being discreet about the specifics related to the image.

For some added context, Mihara's tweet was in response to Hitoshi Ariga, who shared his own experiences with the series, concluding with the phrase "I know a little bit about Mega Man."

Although Arika is not a subsidiary of Capcom, the company has collaborated with the developer in the past on Mega Man Network Transmission in 2003. More recently, Arika has entered into partnerships with Bandai Namco to co-develop Tekken 8 and with SNK to develop titles based on non-fighting IPs.

So, where does this Mega Man fit in? There are a few viable possibilities. One, Mihara might be hinting at an unannounced collaboration involving Tekken 8. Alternatively, Arika could be co-developing a new title featuring this design. Lastly, it could be connected to a canceled project with ties to Arika. Regardless of the outcome, this is something I'll be keeping tabs on.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Exoprimal x Mega Man Collaboration Announced

Exoprimal, Capcom's dinosaur-based multiplayer game, will receive a healthy dose of Mega Man-themed content for Season 4. The collaboration will include exclusive Mega Man-themed exosuit skins, emotes and an original mission that pits players against Yellow Devil.

The Mega Man collaboration drops with Season 4 on April 17th. You can get an idea of what to expect from the trailer above. More info is expected to arrive closer to launch.

Source: Capcom US

Indie Dev Makes a Single Level of Mighty No. 9 Playable on 3DS and Vita

The developer behind a Kickstarter campaign for Breath of Thunder, an RPG inspired by Capcom's Breath of Fire, found themselves in the crosshairs of frequent comparisons to the infamous Mighty No. 9. In a savvy move, Jerrel Dulay opted to confront these comparisons head-on by creating a playable level of Mighty No. 9 for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. 

"The campaign is being compared to Mighty No. 9 and its failures," writes Jerrel. "It is unlikely Breath of Thunder will be funded, so I made Mighty No. 9 for PSVita and 3DS instead. Please download and enjoy for FREE!" (3DS here, Vita here)

The 3DS and Vita versions of Mighty No. 9 were supposed to hit the shelves back in 2017. And despite both consoles being discontinued, believe it or not, these games have never officially been cancelled by Comcept or the publisher Deep Silver. In fact, you can still go ahead and pre-order the 3DS version on Amazon UK. Because, you know, why let a little thing like reality get in the way of a good pre-order?

For fans of Mighty No. 9, Jerrel's efforts should provide a little fix for that long-standing itch to play the game on-the-go. As one would say, it's better than nothing. 

If you're interested in checking out Breath of Thunder, hit up the game's Kickstarter campaign here.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Street Fighter 6 Delivers Brand-New Hitoshi Ariga Artwork


Released earlier last week, Street Fighter 6's latest Fighting Pass "Mega Man Gala" had a little surprise in store for fans-- a brand-new piece of artwork drawn by none other than Hitoshi Ariga!

Read more after the break!

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Original Mega Man Creator Akira Kitamura Returns for New Projects at Brave Wave

Fortunate to get an early glimpse at future plans, I can confirm exclusively that Akira Kitamura, the original creator of Mega Man, is gearing up for a comeback after a hiatus of more than 30 years. 

Kitamura's return will be marked by a collaboration with Brave Wave, a record label known for its high-quality re-releases of classic game soundtracks. He will play a direct role in various projects currently in production, including a non-music related project. This particular endeavor, closely tied to a certain blue robot, is slated to be announced later this year and has been enthusiastically described by Kitamura as "a dream project."

Zero and Lan Hikari Join Capcom's "Capcorom" Plush Line

After the debut of MegaMan.EXE and Bass.EXE back in late 2022, two additional characters from the Mega Man series have joined Capcom's well-loved plush line, "Capcorom."

Starting this Friday, Zero from the Mega Man Zero series and Lan Hikari from the Mega Man Battle Network Series will be available to purchase at the Capcom Store locations in Tokyo, Osaka and Umeda for 1,100 yen each (around $7.32 or 6,74€). Alternatively, they'll be available on Capcom's online crane game service "Captore" the next day.

With these two new additions, the Mega Man series now boasts a total of eight characters transformed into these palm-sized beans. The current lineup includes MegaMan.EXE, Bass.EXE, Lan Hikari, Zero from Zero Series and Mega Man, Roll, Rush, and Proto Man from the Classic Series.

If you're looking to add these little guys to your collection, keep your eyes peeled to your favorite online import-friendly stores!

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Rockman-Themed Pop-Up Shop Opens at Animate Los Angeles


Announced last November, the official Rockman pop-up is open for business at Animate's Los Angeles location until Sunday, March 17th. Fans can find a bevvy of 35th anniversary themed goods, including  high-resolution art prints, acrylics, books, and apparel. The store also features some lovely life-size standees of different Rockmen, and a murals for photo ops.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Mega Man-Themed Fighting Pass Heads to Street Fighter 6 in March

 

Capcom announced that Street Fighter 6 will be receiving a new Fighting Pass inspired by Mega Man starting tomorrow, March 1st. The "Mega Man Gala pass" is filled with an array of cosmetic avatar gear, emotes, photo frames, and stickers showcasing the Blue Bomber and different characters from the classic series. Additionally, players will gain access to access to Mega Man: The Power Battle, playable from start to finish.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Rockman DASH: Great Adventure on 5 Islands & Rockman Tennis Preserved in Full


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. In December, we announced that we preserved eight lost Rockman games, including the entirety of Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network and Legend of Network. Today, I am happy to announce that we have preserved the entirety of Rockman DASH: Great Adventure on 5 Islands and Rockman Tennis. Read on for more details and how you can play them right now!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Mega Man X DiVE Global Version Team in Talks with Capcom to Keep the Game Online

Although the original version of Mega Man X DiVE is no longer playable online, the officially-licensed Global Version by NebulaJoy is still going strong... and they hope to keep it that way.

In a recent livestream, Zero-X, a representative from NebulaJoy, shared insights on the game's future. Zero-X stated, "We are in talks right now with Capcom to extend the online version. I'm 99% sure they are going to say yes." Emphasizing the mutual interest in success, Zero-X added, "They're not going to let us fail because it makes no sense. If this game ever gets shut down they do not benefit at all. If it keeps running, they benefit. Everybody benefits."

While Zero-X refrained from specifying how long service would last in the event of Capcom choosing not to renew the partnership, his confidence should be reassuring for longtime players. We'll keep an ear to the ground if anything changes.

Source: Mega Man X DiVE Global (thanks, Valkysas!)

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Unreleased and Prototype Jazwares Mega Man Figures Up for Grabs

A handful of  unreleased figures from Jazewares' Mega Man line have surfaced on eBay. Among them is a particularly intriguing treasure—a never-before-seen "battle damaged" Zero. It appears to be a redeco of the 6-inch figure from 2004, which was already a significant improvement over its less appealing wave 1 counterpart

We also have an array of test-shot prototypes of classic series Mega Man... with X's body. This fella comes in various colors, including blue, green, red and brown. It's worth noting that similar prototypes were last showcased at Toy Fair 2005 but unfortunately never made it to retail.

According to the seller, these figures were obtained from an industry veteran's estate. Now, for a very pretty penny, they could be yours. If nothing else, these new images serve as valuable additions to the pantheon of cancelled and unreleased Jazwares goodies. You can check 'em out after break!

Source: plerose

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Rockman X and Medarot S Crossover Event Detailed

The previously teased crossover event between Rockman X and Medarot S is scheduled to begin on February 22nd. During the event, Medarots based on X, Zero, Vile, Full Armor X and Sigma will be available to obtain, among other X series-based items. 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Rockman X and Medarot S: Unlimited Nova Crossover Event Teased


Not too long ago, Medarot S: Ultimate Nova delighted fans with a series of popular crossover events featuring Rockman EXE, introducing EXE-themed 'bots and items to mess around with. Today, the mobile RPG is building anticipation for yet another crossover that aligns perfectly with our interests.

The official Medarot S Twitter account recently shared the image above, hinting at an upcoming Rockman X crossover event. The accompanying text notes that the full announcement is scheduled for 17:00 JST on Twitter, followed by coverage on the game's YouTube Channel at 19:00 JST. In other words, the reveal is just around the corner.

Medarot S: Unlimited Nova is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Source: Medarot S

Saturday, February 10, 2024

MDLX Mega Man Now Available to Pre-Order


ThreeZero's MDLX Mega Man is now available for pre-order, directly from ThreeZero and authorized retailers. These include Big Bad Toystore, Entertainment Earth, and Toy Dojo. It's scheduled to ship in July 2024.

For those unfamiliar, MDLX Mega Man stands at approximately 4 inches in height, featuring two interchangeable faceplates, seven distinct hand parts, a charge shot effect, and an E-Can. Its built-in magnets on the feet enhance poseability, providing a wide range of display options. 

The Limited Event Exclusive Edition is expected to go on sale shortly as well. It includes an additional 1-UP accessory that can be displayed alongside the figure. You can see what that looks like here. The Event Edition will be exclusively available at physical conventions, with a list of participating events provided in our prior coverage.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Capcom Survey Asks Fans if They'd Like to See Mega Man 1, 2 and 3 Remakes

Capcom continues to celebrate their 40th anniversary through the special website Capcom Town. To kick-start the year, the company is asking fans ten questions, covering topics such as "which Capcom games do you like the best?" to inquiries about sequels and new entries in existing franchises.

The survey takes an intriguing twist when it delves into the topic of remakes for classic titles... 

Thursday, February 1, 2024

MDLX Rockman Pre-Orders Open February 11 (Updated)

To commemorate the start of Wonder Festival 2024, ThreeZero has officially unveiled the final design for MDLX Rockman. As expected, the figure features a wide range of articulation with a height of approximately 4-inches.

A Closer Look at Teppen's First 2024 Supplemental Cards


The first supplemental cards of the year for Teppen are here, featuring a single card for the Mega Man Battle Network-themed card pack 30.MINUTES.EXE, and three cards for the newly-launched Absolute Zero  pack.

The next card pack won't drop until early April, so we have to wait a little longer than usual. In the meantime, feel free to explore these latest supplemental cards after the break!

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Sigma, Forte.EXE, & More Revealed in Kotobukiya's Rockman Anniversary Stream

After a small delay, Kotobukiya is back with their Rockman 35th/Rockman X 30th anniversary live stream event! With several exciting new announcements, including Sigma, Forte.EXE, and weapons from Rockman 11, I think we can safely say that it was worth the wait! After the break, let's discuss everything that was announced!

Monday, January 29, 2024

Mega Man 10 Prototypes Include Evidence of Unused "Assist Co-Op Mode"

The Hidden Palace community recently shared several Xbox 360 prototypes of Mega Man 10. These early versions were sourced from PartnerNET, a testing environment for authorized developers. While the prototypes exhibit few discernible differences from the final release, they do reveal a significant omission: Co-Op multiplayer.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network and Legend of Network English Fan-Translation Project Announced


SciLab Secrets recently preserved the Japan-exclusive mobile games Rockman EXE: Phantom of Network and Rockman EXE: Legend of Network... and now, The Rockman EXE Zone has confirmed the development of English translation patches for both titles.

The project's lead programmer, Prof. 9, shared that the team will start with Phantom of Network first, followed by Legend of Network. Each game will receive a separate translation patch upon completion, distributed as applications that inject the English scripts into the games. It's important to note that you'll need to obtain the game and an emulator separately. 

At present, the release dates for the patches have not been provided. For additional information, screenshots, FAQs, and updates, refer to the translation project thread

Best of luck to everyone involved! 

Monday, January 22, 2024

Rockman EXE x Capcom Cafe Goods Revealed


The Capcom Cafe is set to receive a fresh influx of Rockman EXE merchandise later this week. Running from January 26th to March 6th, visitors to the Ikebukuro and Umeda locations can get equipped with a range of new items, including keychains, shirts, and even EXE-themed food and beverages. 

Get a sneak peek of the menu by checking out the details below!

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Kotobukiya Rockman Anniversary Stream Rescheduled to January 31st

Late last year, at the very last minute, Kotobukiya unexpectedly postponed their Rockman 35th/Rockman X 30th anniversary live stream event. Today, they have now finalized a new date for the program: January 31st at 4AM CST.

The show is anticipated to run for roughly 90 minutes. Viewers can look forward to new Rockman model kit reveals, as well as updates on kits that were previously announced. We can expect to see the final paint work for Axl, reveals for Black Zero, Third Armor X Thunder Triad version, among other goodies. Additionally, a segment of the stream will be dedicated to Kotobukiya's Arcanadea series, which is unrelated to Rockman.

We'll be following the stream closely for those who may be unable to watch it live. There's sure to be a handful of updates -- stay tuned!

Source: Kotobukiya Collection

Monday, January 15, 2024

Mega Man X7 Fan-Made Improvement Patch Now Available

Can Mega Man X7 be... better? Well, the odds are looking pretty good. Enter Mega Man X7: N's Edition, a recently-released fan-patch that's making strides to address a number of issues and design choices. The result might just make your next (or first) playthrough a lot more enjoyable.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Capcom Wants Your Input on Mega Man X DiVE Offline Home Console Ports

Capcom has rolled out a post-release survey on Mega Man X DiVE Offline, seeking player input on various aspects of the game. For example, you're asked to evaluate the story and character roster, whether or not you liked the graphics, controls, and so on. 

But one of the more interesting questions gives you the chance to suggest which platforms you'd like to see the game on in the future. The available options include Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, and "other". While there's no guarantee that the feedback will directly influence future ports, it's noteworthy that Capcom is seeking input on this specific aspect. 

The survey is set to conclude on February 29th. Those who take part will get a digital wallpaper for either desktop or mobile as a thank-you gesture. Hit up the link above to participate!

Source: Capcom

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Rockman EXE and Capcom Cafe Collaboration Announced

Capcom Cafe locations in Ikebukuro and Umeda are set to host a six week-long collaboration featuring Rockman EXE, Capcom announced. The event (January 24th~March 6th) will showcase a variety of new merchandise, along with a delectable array of EXE-themed food and beverages. Details regarding these items will be revealed at a later date.

In the meantime, Capcom has unveiled the main visual for the event, which you can view above. While the artist's identity remains unknown, there is speculation that it might be the same individual who contributed to Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection. If the previous Capcom Cafe collab is any indication, you'll find this piece spread across all sorts of goodies.

Source: Capcom Cafe 

Fumi Oto Drops 2024 Version of Rockman DASH 2's Ending Theme


In a heartfelt tribute to Rockman DASH 2, Fumi Oto, the original composer of the Japanese ending theme "Naite Ii Yo" ("It's Okay to Cry"), recently treated fans to a new rendition of the beloved song. Originally performed by Fumina Hara and arranged by Yasunori Mitsuda, the song has become synonymous not only with the emotional climax of DASH 2 but an athem for fans longing to return to the world covered by endless water. 

For comparison, you can listen to the original version here, subtitled in English and Spanish. 

Thanks to Number 20 for the heads up!

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Fan-Mod Adds Prometheus to Mega Man X DiVE Offline

Prometheus was *this* close to being playable in Mega Man X DiVE, according to the dev team. And while DLC for the Offline Version remains largely up in the air, that didn't stop the modding community from making magic happen.

That's right -- Prometheus is now a fully-fledged playable character! He comes with his own unique voice lines, skills, attacks, and key artwork. Just by watching the trailer above, you'd struggle to tell he isn't an official addition. That says a lot about how much care went into this guy, on behalf of the mod team.

To add Prometheus to your roster, simply download the mod from NexusMods. Make sure to read the install instructions carefully, and download all the necessary plugins. That said, enjoy! A big congratulations to the team for making this happen!

Monday, January 1, 2024

Fan-Made Mega Man X8 16-Bit Demake Gets a Massive Update

AlyssonDaPaz's 16-bit Mega Man X8 demake is back, and it's better than ever. Demo build #3 just dropped, and it's loaded with new stages. You'll get to explore 16-bit renditions of the opening stage (Noah's Park) and ALL eight Maverick stages. It's all exceptionally well done. I'm seriously impressed by what was done with Optic Sunflower's stage, to name one. Check out the video above for a sneak peek! 

As previously reported, the 16-bit demake is being developed in Godot Engine 3.5. True to its 16-bit inspiration, the project aims to be a "vanilla" X1-X3 experience, featuring only X as the playable character. You won't find any Metals or retry chips here—it's all about capturing that authentic vibe from the SNES era.

You can grab the latest demo build from the game's official SAGE Expo page here.