As announced today on Capcom Unity, Mega Man 1 (the NES original) is now available on the 3DS eShop in North America. Mega Man 2 will follow on February 7, with the other 4 following one at a time, every month.
Source: Capcom Unity
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Rockman (1) in Japan, also making this the anniversary of the entire franchise. Happy birthday!
This means that Street Fighter X Mega Man is now available for download, although the page is currently slow due to so many people trying to access it at the same time.
All of today's Mega Man news have conveniently being regrouped over at Capcom Unity in a single blog post, so check it out to learn about the start of a year of celebrations!
In an unexpected turn of events, Capcom has announced today a new release: Mega Man X Street Fighter, coming up on December 17th, Mega Man's birthday! This fan-made game has received Capcom's official support and has been chosen to blast off Mega Man's 25th anniversary while also ending Street Fighter's own celebrations. A trailer showcasing basic gameplay and characters is waiting for you!
The game will be available on the PC, in 8-bits style, straight from Capcom's website, and for free in a mere 9 days.
We now have a new affiliate: Mega Man Battle Network: Chrono X, the community focused around the upcoming fan-made Battle Network sequel!
The group has been hard at work for quite a while aiming to recreate the Battle Network as accurately as possible, with great results so far! You can try the current demo to see by yourself, or wait for the next one that should be available shortly. Be sure to give the site a look!
Rockman Online, first announced in June 2010, has most likely been cancelled. Updates about the game, which used to be frequent, have all stopped in the past several months; the company handling the project has seen a major downsizing in operations a few months back while an artist affiliated with the project claims that the team has been disbanded. This person has posted previously unknown art, which can be seen here.
As a reminder, Rockman Online was supposed to be a social mobile RPG expected to be released in Korea. It was being developed by Neowiz under a license from Capcom.
After being asked that question repeatedly ever since the Mega Man comic series was announced, and a bit of teasing, Archie comics announced yesterday a crossover between their popular Sonic and Mega Man comic lines! The original news from Kotaku are found here, while the official press release is also available.
The crossover, lasting 12 issues, will be written by Ian Flynn. This is the same man who's already taking care of both series and is familiar with both lores down to very specific details, so I'm expecting something great to come out of this!
Source: Kotaku article|Press release
After a year of wait, Mega Man X2 has been released on the Wii's Virtual Console in North America. This game was the first to use Capcom's CX4 chip, also known as C4, which provides sprite rotations and 3D effects. It's also one of the most difficult Mega Man games to find in cartridge format: I saw this weekend a used, boxed copy available for 130$ CAD!
To the surprise of about no one, Mega Man failed to make an appearance at this year's E3. This was mostly expected since there was no mention of a possible game on Capcom's lineup, yet some games have shown up unexpectedly in the past.
Representatives of Capcom USA have dropped clues in the past few months that something might be underway for Mega Man's 25th Anniversay, and that we should hear about those plans later this year.
Happy birthday to the Mega Man PC Website: Dr. Cossack's Lab, as the website is now 12 years old!
This year has been a difficult one for the Mega Man fanbase, with the cancellation of the long-awaited Mega Man Legends 3 and very little else to look forward to as far as game news go. At the very least, the Archie comic has entered it's second year and seems to be here to stay! Site-wise, I've added some months ago the Mega Man games list feature so you can keep track of the games you own and played. The large project is still underway, and I now target to release at least some parts of it this year.
An extended thanks goes to those who have been around for years, I don't think we'd have lasted this long without you! :-)
This is something you might have seen somewhere else already, but I do believe it's worth a repost.
A team of fans of the Mega Man X series came together to produce a short movie based on the events that occur before the start of X1. The live-action scenes come together quite well, and I recommend you spare it a few minutes. The entire clip is viewable on YouTube, while fans of the music can grab the soundtrack right here.
Takeshi Aono, voice of Dr. Wily, passes away at 76
Original Series, by Dr. Cossack on 10 April 2012 at 9:34
As reported by the Mega Man Network, voice actor Takeshi Aono passed away yesterday after being sick for the past two years. While he played multiple roles over many, many years, he was better known to Mega Man fans as the Japanese voice for Dr. Wily. He's been associated with the character for about as long as he's had a voice. The Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack included some clips by him, including this memorable speech where he declares to the world how he is the mastermind behind the Roboenza virus.
We'll miss him!
I've noticed tonight that the account registration process for the oekaki board has been broken since last October(!), thus preventing anyone from joining. The problem is now fixed, so if you had any issues in the past when trying to create an account, please try again! I'm sorry about this.
Mega Man news have been few and far between for a while, and as such, there hasn't been a lot to post in this area. I currently have two Mega Man-related projects underway to add to this site, but I'm not close yet to releasing them.
Considering the current situation, what would you like to see me posting about? Community events like themed chats and online games, as we did in the past? More Mega Man news tidbits, even if they don't amount to much? Progress about the currently underway projects, despite sometimes not having much to share? Something else? Speak your mind!
The previous, web-based chatroom has been replaced by a new, IRC-based one!
The new chatroom is now dedicated for the entire Interordi.com domain, which includes the Mega Man PC Website. You can view the entire details on the new chat page. In short, the IRC server is irc.chat4all.org on ports 6666-6669 and 7000, in the channel #interordi. Web clients are also available, just like the former chatroom offered.
Hopefully, this means that more people will be able to participate, and fewer will be hit by slowdowns and crashes as it used to happen from time to time!
Happy New Year, Mega Man world!
As an early year present, I've added a new feature on the message board: the ability for you to mark which Mega Man games you've played in the past, and which ones you currently own. Additionally, the full list of Mega Man games released can be viewed using the Full games list link offered in the left menu of the website.
Once registered and logged in, click on "Edit profile", then "Your Mega Man games" to check which ones you've played, and which ones you own. The information you've entered becomes available to everyone, directly from your profile page. You can also compare your current status with other fans by browsing through their profiles! Find who in your circle of friends has played more Mega Man!