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9:00 PM on 08.05.2013

Dr. Wily wets himself in Mega Man #28

It's over! It's all over! It's all... PSYCHE! You think I'd stop covering the Mega Man comics just because the crossover is finished? Who do you think I am? Though the evens of "Worlds Collide" are technically canon to the ma...

Tony Ponce

1:30 PM on 07.09.2013

The world has been shut down in Mega Man #31

I've been so busy diving into Sonic and Mega Man's "Worlds Collide" comic mini-series that I've neglected to talk about Mega's post-crossover story arc. How do you raise the stakes after a dimension-bending war against both D...

Tony Ponce



I met Keiji Inafune! We discussed Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z! photo
I met Keiji Inafune! We discussed Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z!
by Tony Ponce

Guys. I met Keiji Inafune at E3. I interviewed Keiji Inafune at E3.

I've achieved everything I've wanted to accomplish in my relatively short career as a games journalist. There is literally nothing else for me to do except pack my things and move on. I'm kidding, of course, but I'm not joking about how big a dream come true this was.

My meeting with Inafune was a complete surprise. Each of the Destructoid writers had been handed a list of appointments, and I saw Tecmo Koei on my schedule. I rightly assumed it was to discuss Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, but I had no idea whether I'd be speaking directly with someone from the dev team or not.

If I had known Keiji Inafune, the man whose work has had such a profound impact on hobby and my life, would be standing behind that door, I would have come prepared with a better list of questions. Nonetheless, I stepped in the room, put on my most professional face, and did my absolute best not to squeal like a schoolgirl.

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1:30 PM on 06.18.2013

Eggman and Wily feel the heat in Worlds Collide Part 8

With the Archie Sonic / Mega Man crossover, "Worlds Collide," I've been doing impressions posts every set of three issues. What I have to say about these works simply cannot be condensed into short three-paragraph news posts ...

Tony Ponce

3:00 AM on 06.07.2013

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z trailer takes a page from MadWorld

GameTrailers has the exclusive debut trailer of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, the zombie-infested Ninja Gaiden spin-off being handled by the trinity of Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited, and Keiji Inafune's new studio Comcept. Damn, does...

Tony Ponce

5:00 AM on 05.25.2013

Mega Man X pew pews onto Wii U eShop on May 30

Do you know why the above trailer is so amazing? Because X throws a Hadoken at Vile's ride armor at the 0:22 mark like he just doesn't give a f*ck. Of the games in the Mega Man X series, the first is definitely the best. S...

Tony Ponce





9:00 AM on 05.22.2013

People actually like the Maverick Hunter reboot concept

Some time ago, we learned off a rather odd project from Capcom -- a gritty Mega Man X FPS idea that never saw the light of day. Yep, Keiji Inafune gave ex-Retro Studios alumni the idea to re-imagine Mega Man similar to Metroi...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 05.20.2013

Hop through time with the fifth Mega Man comic collection

Ladies and gentlemen, a new Archie Mega Man graphic novel is arriving this Wednesday, May 22. I have confirmation from fellow editor Chris Carter that he's been picking up back issues and graphic novels to prep himself for th...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 05.12.2013

Maverick Hunter character designer releases X concept art

It's been a while, my little chickadees! I've been out for a few days putting my nose to the grindstone, so you haven't been blessed by my sparkling presence. I therefore apologize if you've already seen the above artwork, bu...

Tony Ponce



Archie's Mega Man hits the 25-issue milestone! photo
Archie's Mega Man hits the 25-issue milestone!
by Tony Ponce

While Capcom continues to laze on announcing any proper plans for Mega Man, Archie Comics has been propping up the Blue Bomber as an important pillar of its comic book empire. Now with the arrival of issue #25 on newsstands today, Archie's Mega Man celebrates two successful years of publication. Amazing how time flies!

And what a milestone it is, smack dab in the middle of a massive crossover starring the boy robot and SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog. Following that, Mega will resume an already in-progress arc leading to long-awaited adaptations of Super Adventure Rockman and Mega Man 3. It's been too long since we've last seen the Blue Bomber in such top form.

None of this would have been possible without the support of the "Light Brigade," the endearing moniker the Archie staff applies to MM readers. Well, that's what editor Paul Kaminski says, but I think he's selling his own contributions short. Then there's writer Ian Flynn, who has expertly brought Mega's tech-driven universe to life. If anyone should be celebrating, it's these two gents!

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2:00 AM on 04.23.2013

Ultimate Armor Mega Man X figure in all its glory

Rockman-Unity in Japan recently revealed that X's Ultimate Armor form would be the newest star in Bandai's D-Arts Mega Man toy line. We now have pictures of the figure in the flesh -- so to speak -- and my goodness, does it l...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 04.20.2013

Zero slices and dices in this Mega Man animation

3D CG fan animations can be a tricky thing. Fans don't have access to the incredible tools that pros use, thus their work obviously looks much, much, much rougher than what you'd see in theaters or even on TV. Getting around...

Tony Ponce

1:30 PM on 04.10.2013

Sonic and Mega Man go super in this animated trailer

It's here! Archie Comics' 12-issue "Worlds Collide" arc that mashes together the Sonic and Mega Man universes has begun, and there is much rejoicing. I received the first issue (Mega Man #24) in the mail just last week, and ...

Tony Ponce



Ex-Retro Studios devs were making a Mega Man X FPS photo
Ex-Retro Studios devs were making a Mega Man X FPS
by Tony Ponce

We are all familiar with the high-profile Mega Man game cancellations from the past few years -- Mega Man Universe, Mega Man Legends 3, and Mega Man Online. But what about the projects that never even left the conceptual stage? What about Maverick Hunter, the Mega Man X first-person shooter by Armature Studio?

Polygon's Michael McWhertor and Wes Fenlon did some sleuthing and discovered that, in early 2010, Keiji Inafune gave the team of former Retro Studios staff the go-ahead to re-imagine the Blue Bomber's cooler, sleeker cousin in much the same way Retro re-imagined Metroid. Their idea was to give X a Bomberman: Act Zero makeover, assign him a human police officer partner, and replace his Buster with a machine gun that fires missiles when charged up. In other words, Mega Man X in the very loosest sense.

Armature envisioned a trilogy culminating in a final chapter starring Zero, who would be forced to destroy a power-crazed X. That vision will never be realized, as Maverick Hunter was axed in a greenlight meeting a mere six months into the project. And with Keiji Inafune's depature, it's unlikely that anyone at Capcom will be willing to revive it. All that exists is a playable prototype, videos of which Polygon has also shared.

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9:00 AM on 04.06.2013

Take a picture with this life-size Mega Man statue

I'd like to think us Mega Man fans have been pretty patient thus far. Capcom has been celebrating the Blue Bomber's 25th anniversary with soundtracks and custom USB sticks, and that's cool and all. Buuuuuuut... we're still wa...

Tony Ponce



Download a sneak peek at the Sonic / Mega Man crossover photo
Download a sneak peek at the Sonic / Mega Man crossover
by Tony Ponce

It's almost here! Before the non-videogame videogame crossover event of the century begins in a few short days (weeks if you aren't an Archie subscriber), you can bring yourself up to speed with a sneak preview over on online store comiXology.

Through the end of tomorrow, April 4, you can download a free sneak peek at Mega Man #24, the first issue in Archie's massive 12-issue "World's Collide" event that joins the Blue Bomber and the Blue Blur for the first time ever. The preview provides some background info on the story leading up to the main event, sample covers for the first four issues of the arc, and four uncolored pages from Sonic and Mega's first showdown -- only the first two pages are in the gallery below.

But what if you still haven't hopped on board with any of the Archie comics despite all my golden praise? For you fence-sitters, comiXology is also having a massive half-off sale -- again, only through tomorrow -- on a whole swath of back titles. There are 22 issues of Sonic the Hedgehog, five issues of Sonic Universe, and 12 issues of Mega Man each available for 99 cents. In addition, the first two Mega Man trade collections that contain four issues apiece are marked down to $2.99, and a Best of Sonic the Hedgehog compendium is only $7.99 down from $15.99. YOU HAVE NO MORE EXCUSES!

Archie Offering Free "Worlds Collide" Digital Preview [TSSZ via The Mega Man Network]

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