Still here, still holding the fort! Happy 21st, Dr. Cossack's Lab!
News have been slow about new games and website updates, but I have been busy in the meantime. The parent website, Interordi, received a major overhaul last summer while other sections have taken major leaps forward. Would you like to be notified when there's something new on the Interordi network? Then sign-up for the Interordi mailing list! Messages will be sent only for major updates and additions, likely a few times a year at most, so you won't get spammed by this.
What started as a simple web page to hold information about a wannabe Mega Man 5 remake gradually turned into an all-purpose Mega Man fansite, aiming to be a reference in news, playable games on PC and other things. Well, that reference is 20 years old as of today!
The franchise itself had a peak in activity around 2004. While things have slowed down, there have still been interesting releases recently, such as the Sega Genesis Mini being packaged with the long-lost Wily Wars, or the recent multiplatform Zero/ZX Legacy Collection.
While this place isn't my main focus anymore, I still make sure that it remains in good working order for anyone who would like to visit. You might be surprised at how much traffic some pages get even today, especially the maps for the Battle Network series!
Many, many long years since the last major website revamp, it's time to move forward by introducing you to the sixth major version of this website!
This isn't a revolution as much as it is a big step forward, done in continuity with what has come before it. This refresh follows newer web standards to a degree, improves on usability and adds some much-needed mobile compatibility. For what is meant to be a reference, having the site scale for a variety of devices is important! A few older design elements remain and will be smoothed out over time.
With this comes a partial rebranding of the website, as I'm putting the Dr. Cossack's Lab name forward. This lines up better with the other components of the Interordi network and is shorter to memorize. If you prefer to call it MMPC still, don't worry: the subtitle Mega Man PC Website remains!
As a bonus, the news are now reposted on our Discord server, in the #news channel, as you might have already seen for our Minecraft community at the Creeper's Lab.
Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any comments on this!
Adding to the recent wave of re-releases comes the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, which includes all four Zero and two ZX titles in a single package. This is a great opportunity to revisit some games that you might have missed the first time around, or play again through some classics!
The set will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on 21 January 2020.
Announced today as part of the games line up for the upcoming Sega Genesis Mini is none other than Mega Man: the Wily Wars! This compilation of remakes of Mega Man 1 to 3 never had a wide-scale release in North America before, making this one of the best options available if you've been meaning to play it. I, for one, certainly didn't see this one coming! The Genesis Mini is scheduled to be released worldwide on 19 September.
Long-time visitors of this site might remember that the Wily Wars has a bonus area, Wily Tower, accessible once you beat the 3 main games. However, earlier emulators were not able to properly handle the game's saving system, making the Wily Tower area unavailable. Eventually, savestates and game patches were developed and are still hosted here, making this content available. Assuming that the emulation of the Genesis Mini is done properly, this is one less issue that people will have to deal with!
A day late perhaps, but that's only 0.27% of a year, so who cares! The Mega Man PC Website: Dr. Cossack's Lab is now 19 years old, getting somewhat older but still very much alive! Not a lot of changes have been visible on the site this year, but I'm working on something that'll benefit the community once complete. I'll report here whenever that's done!
The series has finally seen a sort of revival, thankfully, with Mega Man 11 being well received by most players and reviewers. Capcom of Japan has started dropping hints that something is on the way for the X series as well. Meanwhile, the X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 have allowed people to go back to enjoy some fun classics in a tight package, and the new cartoon is still going on various channels.
After the initial announcement a few months back, Capcom has finally lifted the lid on Mega Man 11 to share many interesting details! The following trailer goes a great way to showcase most of this.
To highlight some of the important points:
- Mega Man can charge AND slide
- Voice acting!
- Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC
- North American release on 2 October 2018
- Price set to $29,99 USD
Additionally, a new Amiibo is on the way!
We'll probably get more information at E3, which is set to happen about 2 weeks from now.
A bit late (I blame external factors), but two days ago happened to be the eighteenth anniversary of the Mega Man PC Website: Dr. Cossack's Lab! While work on this site has been quiet, some background maintenance still happens on a regular basis.
As for the franchise, Mega Man 11 is set to be released later this year. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 was released on multiple platforms in the last year and is coming, along with the first one, on Switch later on. To complement these, the X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 are also coming to multiple platforms in the coming months with X1 to X8, giving players a chance to revisit some classics. And there's still that cartoon being worked on...
If you're looking to have a chat with others, the forums are always open, and many of us have also adopted Discord to keep in touch!
Capcom announced during a livestream earlier today none other than Mega Man 11, the next release in the orignal series. A trailer has been made available to recap the history of the series as well as to introduce this new game. It's expected to be released on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Steam in late 2018.
Also, Mega Man X1 to X8 will be re-released on the same platforms sometime in the coming year. It's not known yet if this'll be through individual releases or a collection of some sort like the recent Legacy Collections.
Speaking of the Legacy Collections, volumes 1 and 2 will also be made available on Nintendo Switch in the coming months! This will give players of the platform a chance to refresh their skills on the older games or discover them for the first time before the long-awaited sequel finally releases.
Ahead of E3, Capcom announced today the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, set to release this August for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Following up on the first Legacy Collection, which contained Mega Man 1 to 6, this one includes Mega Man 7 to 10. Curiously enough, Digital Eclipse, the team that worked on the first set, is not involved in this new project.