The FanArt Gallery has been updated with 8 new pictures. Among those, MegamanZero66 did a picture to commemorate the 2000 members of the message board. There are also 5 pictures based on the Battle Network series by a new artist called MH Alia. Finally, previous contributors Zero EXE and mrbright sent in a picture each. The new pictures are directly available here.
Now that this year's E3Expo is over, I thought I would summarize the status of the various upcoming Mega Man titles.
Mega Man Battle Network 4 and Mega Man X: Command Mission are still on the way for a North American release later this year. You can see the expected release dates on the right column.
Unsurprisingly, Mega Man Battle Network 5 was confirmed by Capcom to be in the works. There are no known details besides the fact that the game is coming. In other Battle Network news, a game was announced for the upcoming Nintendo DS system. It's not known yet if that will be MMBN5 or a completely new game. I'll add those two to the release dates section when more information is available.
The various versions of the Mega Man Anniversary Collection are on their way as well. It was confirmed that the Mega Man 1 to 6 games included in the GameCube and Playstation 2 releases are the Complete Works versions that only came out in Japan a few years ago. The GameBoy Advance version, which was previously known as Mega Man Mania, will have the five original Mega Man games for the GameBoy with added color. While the set has the same name as the console versions, the content is completely different.
That's right, this website's first updates went live four years ago already! Long time visitors will agree that a lot changed since this site first was available. While the updates slowed down in the last year due to an overloaded schedule, I plan to put more time on the place in the following months. Take the remaining of this news post as a proof of that effort. :-)
I spent several hours on restoring the archive of past news items. The content was split between different sources: the current, database powered news; the previous Newspro organized system; and the manual updating that was done before it. However, because of the two server crashes that plagued this server, several months worth of data were lost. The largest period of missing information is from August 2001 to March 2002, before the first crash. You are free to read what was written before, as long as you keep in mind that what happened in the past might not be applicable today. The history of this website is available right here, with a permanent link being available at the bottom of this page.
After being offline for way too long, MegaChess is finally back online! As a proof that time flies by way too fast, the game has been unavailable for a bit more than two years already. As many of you probably never saw the previous version, allow me to explain what it is exactly. MegaChess is an online version of chess, where the various pieces have been replaced with Mega Man characters from the original series. The game is meant to be played online between two people. There is no computer to play against, and I don't plan to add one (the logics to implement would be really complicated).
The game system now installed is completely new. It is similar to the one in place before, although I did many improvements. The game has been kept pretty basic as a start. If the game gets popular, I'll consider adding more advanced features. Feel free to send me any suggestions or comments that you might have toward the game. For now, why not play a little? ;-)
That addition finally completes the set of the six main features of this site, which you can see on the top of the main page. The left menu is also fully available, after various sections being offline for a long time.
To conclude this major update, I'll leave you with the following mysterious picture. What it means is to be seen later...