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Maverick Hunter photo
Maverick Hunter

Maverick Hunter character designer releases X concept art


It's not the worst thing in the world
May 12
// Tony Ponce
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...

Archie's Mega Man hits the 25-issue milestone!

May 08 // Tony Ponce
"No time to party," Ian exclaims. "For me, rolling on straight to Mega Man #50 is how I celebrate!" Conversely, Paul says, "We've been partying since the series began!" Which is it, guys? You haven't been partying, or you party every day? Or has Ian been doing all the heavy lifting while Paul attends penthouse shindigs with champagne waterfalls and cheeses of the world? Ribbing aside, this tower of power couldn't have been built without hard work and effort, as well as some smart re-organization to appease fans and accommodate new developments. For the first year, story arcs followed a four-part structure, which some readers noted as having a negative effect on pacing. They have since become more flexible. "The biggest change was switching from ONLY four-part story arcs to a mix of different lengths," Paul explains of the change in direction. "The switch was made to keep things fresh and interesting, and to expand character development where we felt we needed to. We're also looking to court new fans for the series, and it's much easier for new readers to jump aboard with a self-contained issue that leads into something bigger." The "Worlds Collide" announcement also had a significant impact on plot progression. As Ian notes, "When the crossover deal came up, we shifted gears a little to tell some smaller, intimate stories instead of launching into another major arc." Such intimate stories included a girls-only rescue mission, a time-skipping 25th anniversary celebration, and the infamous Valentine's Day issue -- infamous to me, at least! MM #25 is the fourth part of "Worlds Collide," which has introduced us to the Roboticized Masters, transformed versions of Sonic's friends born of the combined might of Eggman and Wily. However, Wily's habit of adding "Man" to the end of his creations' names has resulted in the roboticized Shadow the Hedgehog's being dubbed "Shadow Man." But there already is a "Shadow Man" in the Mega Man universe, so what's the deal? Paul tempers my anxiety: "That has got to be the single most asked-about element of the story I've seen so far! There WILL be resolution to that -- it was added in by Ian as an Easter egg for the true fans." It wouldn't be the first time Ian has joked around with the readers. The comic has dropped references to everything from "Can't Beat Air Man" to the Green Biker Dude from Mega Man X2. All in good fun! Know what else would be in good fun? If Sonic and Mega Man actually did star in a game together! Both Ian and Paul suggest that "Worlds Collide" ought to be incorporated in any such dream title, gently urging fans to harass SEGA and Capcom day and night until it becomes a reality (please don't literally harass anybody). For his dream game, Ian shares, "I'd love to see a game that went primarily side-scroller, with stages that mixed Sonic and Mega Man elements (e.g. run through the loop-de-loop or climb the ladder over it). Each Roboticized Master defeated would give Mega Man the weapons you see in the comics and unlock summonable buddies for Sonic, like in the Sonic Generations side-missions." Paul's money is on a Marvel vs. Capcom-style fighter style. I mean, they've already got the character select screen on lock! Considering the Sonic comics often feature tie-ins with newly released games, I had assumed SEGA gives Archie advance notice regarding such titles. "SEGA gives us a heads-up of whatever new game they'd like us to promote and tells us which elements they'd like us to focus on," Ian replies. So should Capcom likewise let Archie in on a secret unannounced Mega Man project... "I can't confirm or deny anything! I know nothing!" Oh yeah? How about I interpret your words as indirect confirmation that you do know something? With a bucket of ice water in hand, Paul adds, "For the record, we're just as eagerly awaiting a new game release as everyone else! SEGA gives us enough time prior to the release to plan the time slot for where the story is going to go, assets and the like are sent to us after an official announcement has been made." I assume that extends towards relations with Capcom as well, erasing any hope that Ian or Paul would slip me some big, juicy secret. Hey! You can't blame me for asking! But forget the games for now. There is a ton of Archie Mega Man goodness to look forward to in the near future. The comic has already lasted longer than the Ruby-Spears cartoon's run, so that's a good sign! And as long as the readership stays strong, it might run even hit Sonic numbers -- 250 and still going strong!
Archie Mega Man photo
A chat with writer Ian Flynn and editor Paul Kaminski
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 t...

Ultimate Armor X photo
Ultimate Armor X

Ultimate Armor Mega Man X figure in all its glory


New D-Arts X model will be out in Japan by August
Apr 23
// Tony Ponce
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...
Mega Man Zero photo
Mega Man Zero

Zero slices and dices in this Mega Man animation


Rockin' dual blades and manties
Apr 20
// Tony Ponce
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...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

Sonic and Mega Man go super in this animated trailer


SIZZLING CIRCUITS
Apr 10
// Tony Ponce
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 ...

Ex-Retro Studios devs were making a Mega Man X FPS

Apr 09 // Tony Ponce
Personally, I am not sad that Maverick Hunter was quietly shelved. I've frequently expressed my disappointment about the franchise's mistreatment and numerous cancellations, but a cold, gritty first-person shooter is most definitely not what I would consider a good fit for the brand. Even Capcom senior vice president Christian Svensson has stated that a Mega Man FPS is "not something I would advocate." The Metroid Prime's first-person direction works because the character designs are consistent with the series' trademark style and all the classic elements were translated into 3D with only minor liberties taken. This hyper macho X, complete with a cross-marked face plate that he dons when entering battle mode, is virtually unrecognizable from the source material. It's not that I don't think a significant genre shift is possible -- I love the Legends games after all, with their combination of exploration and third-person shooter combat -- but Maverick Hunter seems like it was trying to ape gritty Western conventions to an almost comical degree. But your mileage may vary. Still, great job in securing this tasty scoop, Polygon! Catch more details as well as gameplay footage at the link below. Maverick Hunter: The Mega Man first-person shooter that could have been [Polygon]
Maverick Hunter photo
Maverick Hunter by Armature Studio never passed the greenlight stage
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 stag...

Mega Man statue photo
Mega Man statue

Take a picture with this life-size Mega Man statue


Smaller version of the statue is also up for pre-order
Apr 06
// Tony Ponce
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...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

Download a sneak peek at the Sonic / Mega Man crossover


Also, a bunch of Sonic and Mega Man comics are only 99 cents!
Apr 03
// 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...
Worlds Will Collide photo
Worlds Will Collide

Mega Man and Sonic's worlds will collide after Sonic #247


Worlds Collide arc is coming very soon
Mar 28
// Chris Carter
The Sonic / Mega Man crossover event is nearly upon us, and Archie Comics has provided us with a few teaser pages for Sonic #247 before the full comic hits next week. With Mega Man already done tying up is loose ends, it's up...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

The Sonic / Mega Man comic fangasm continues


Check out all these covers from "Worlds Collide" Part 8-10
Mar 16
// Tony Ponce
Destructoid exclusively revealed a pair of cute variant covers for Part 9 of Archie's upcoming Sonic / Mega Man event "Worlds Collide." Archie distributed similar exclusives around the web, and I'm here to round 'em up and th...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

D'aww! Sonic and Mega Man chibis adorn these comic covers


Variants for Archie's "Worlds Collide" Part 9
Mar 13
// Tony Ponce
HNNNNNG! My heart can't take much more of this! I think I'm going to slip into a coma before the Archie Sonic / Mega Man crossover even begins. But I've got to hold on! Just one month left! To bring everyone up to speed, the ...
Archie Mega Man photo
Archie Mega Man

Showdown! Proto Man makes his move in Mega Man #23


Mega Man vs. Break Man!!!
Mar 11
// Tony Ponce
First things first, focus your peepers on the "Worlds Collide" counter in the top-left corner. It means that Archie's massive 12-issue Sonic / Mega Man crossover event finally kicks off next month! My anticipation is palpable...
Archie Sonic photo
Archie Sonic

Robo-Robotnik is pure nightmare fuel


Pages from Sonic Archives #20
Feb 23
// Tony Ponce
Good morning! Look who is so happy to see you this fine Saturday! This jolly fellow is Robo-Robotnik, and he comes to you straight from the pages of Sonic Archives #20, the latest installment in Archie Comics' throwback serie...
Mighty Switch Force photo
Mighty Switch Force

Because of Sup Holmes, Mighty Switch Force! HD is 50% off


Jonathan Holmes gives you deep discounts
Feb 22
// Tony Ponce
Jonathan Holmes is made of candy and sunshine. When he smiles, the world smiles back. He can walk into any convenience store, pick exactly 27 items off the shelf, walk past the register without paying, and the clerk will happ...
Mega Man toys photo
Mega Man toys

BASS in yo' FACE! New Mega Man toy coming to US


D-Arts Bass will arrive stateside in June / July
Feb 08
// Tony Ponce
Like that D-Arts Bass action figure I talked about the other week? Pretty sexy, ain't it? And remember how I said it was highly likely that Bandai would try to bring it to US retail? Distributor Bluefin has got your back! Not...
Archie Mega Man photo
Archie Mega Man

The Mega Man comic explores awkward robot love


Valentine's Day-themed pages from MM #22
Feb 06
// Tony Ponce
We take a break from the Sonic / Mega Man joygasm festivities to remind you that on February 13 -- the day before Valentine's Day coincidentally -- Archie Mega Man #22 hits shelves. It's the requisite "love" issue, in which R...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

More proof that Sonic and Mega Man are the ultimate team


You aren't tired of these comic covers, are you?
Feb 06
// Tony Ponce
Oh, is this still a thing? You're damn right it's still a thing! Just try to get me to shut up about Archie's Sonic / Mega Man crossover! You can't and won't! When Chris Carter wrote about those 16-bit covers of "When Worlds ...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

Eggman and Wily built new foes for our blue heroes


More cover art for the Archie Sonic / Mega Man crossover
Feb 03
// Tony Ponce
HNNNNNNNNNNNNG! The Archie Sonic / Mega Man crossover series "When Worlds Collide" is two short months away! It's gonna be soooooo goooooood! We're keeping the hype train chugging along with art from across the 12-issue run t...
D-Arts Mega Man photo
D-Arts Mega Man

The Mega Man D-Arts figure is now available in the US


Play some pew pew in real life
Jan 27
// Chris Carter
Remember that awesome D-Arts Bass figure we told you about recently? That's not confirmed yet for folks outside of Japan, but his arch nemesis is! Starting today, you can grab the D-Arts Mega Man figure at select outlets...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

Mega Man and Sonic comic arc gets sexy 16-bit covers


When Worlds Collide
Jan 25
// Chris Carter
Some time ago, Archie Comics created the "When Worlds Collide" storyline, which brought Sonic and Mega Man together in one wacky continuity, across various comic lines. IGN now has the scoop one new covers for the upcoming is...
Rockman Forever photo
Rockman Forever

Rockman Forever album will put you in a 'trance'


Tribute album by doujin label Prismatic Music
Jan 23
// Tony Ponce
[Update: The album was free, but I'm guessing the free download cap was reached. I forgot that Bandcamp does that sometimes. Must mean you guys are slamming the page!] I think everyone on staff just sorta... crashed. Time to ...
D-Arts Bass and Treble photo
D-Arts Bass and Treble

Bass and Treble are next in Bandai's D-Arts Mega Man line


Ignore MetalGarurumon sitting in the corner
Jan 22
// Tony Ponce
After rockin' some kickass Mega Man X figurines for a while, Bandai decided to return to the series' classic roots with an OG Mega Man and Rush combo this past December. And because little boy blue was just so gosh-darn popul...
Battle Robot Spirits photo
Battle Robot Spirits

Battle Robot Spirits: Tons of anime mecha in one game


Name them all!
Jan 21
// Dale North
This opening video for upcoming Japanese PSP game Battle Robot Spirits will either be a who's who of anime mecha or a mess of lasers and boxy metal heaps to you, depending on your interest level. I'm a huge f*cking nerd, so ...
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Street Fighter X Mega Man unofficially hits Mac


Fan made port
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
Capcom made the decision to bring Street Fighter X Megaman solely to PCs initially so that they could test the download count -- but despite the fact that they still could have tested it for Mac based systems, they never repr...
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The Street Fighter X Mega Man update is here


Password get!
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
Remember when Capcom released Street Fighter X Mega Man without a number of core features -- like, oh I don't know, a password or a save system?Well, they had a change of heart, and now you can reap the benefits of fan demand...
Sigma photo
Sigma

This new custom Sigma figure is pretty badass


It's been a while, X...
Jan 17
// Chris Carter
Toy modder Jin Saotome has come up with a pretty awesome homage for the big bad of the Mega Man X series himself, Sigma. Jin took a bunch of parts from different toys, assembled some glass gems and metallic domes, and came up...
SF X MM photo
SF X MM

Street Fighter X Mega Man update dropping on Friday


Get equipped with passwords!
Jan 14
// Tony Ponce
Though Street Fighter X Mega Man was a fairly decent romp, there were quite a few issues that held it back from being as good as it could be. The free "Version 2" update mentioned a couple weeks back will be ready for distrib...
Mega Man Clay photo
Mega Man Clay

Mega fan recreates every Mega Man Robot Master with clay


Look at Wind Man's turbines!
Dec 31
// Chris Carter
After working on the project for a number of years, Rockman Corner reader "Ricardo" has finally finished working on his clay miniature figure line, featuring every single Robot Master ever from Mega Man 1-10. I'm currently re...
Mega Man Christmas photo
Mega Man Christmas

Ring in the New Year with Mega Man Christmas Carol Remix


The next best thing to Christmas Carol III
Dec 28
// Chris Carter
Mega Man fans are in for one last treat in 2012 -- another Mega Man Christmas Carol fangame! After the first and second iterations, Sprites Inc. is back with a third title, which is a remixed version of the first one with th...
Ninja Gaiden Z photo
Ninja Gaiden Z

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z development consoles detailed


Set for 360 and PS3
Dec 25
// Chris Carter
Remember Ninja Gaiden Z? That weird spinoff game where the chief goal is to kill the franchise hero Ryu Hayabusa? Although details on planned platforms have been scarce, leading some to believe it was a next-gen project, it s...

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