Mega Man X Hits the App Store Tonight!

Current issue: It appears Rockman X has been removed from the Japanese app store for the time being. It contains a bug wherein people bought the full game, but only received a demo and were prompted to buy the game again after completing the intro stage. When attempting this, it wouldn't work, making the full game unobtainable. It's currently unknown if other regions the game is available in are also experiencing issues.

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It wasn't long ago that word came forth that Capcom's Super NES classic, Rockman X, would be released for the iPhone. However, despite the announcement, there was nothing to indicate when or if Mega Man X would be gracing iPhones outside of Japan in a similar manner.

But now, according to a report by Protodude, it seems that there are indeed plans to release the game in the West... tonight. $3.99 will be the price for Yanks and Canucks, whereas our friends across the pond in the United Kingdom will be looking to pay £2.99. Or, if you're in New Zealand, you can get it now for $6.49.

(Update: As it turns out, Japan only has the demo, and it is unknown whether New Zealand has the full version yet, either.)

Until then, here is a video of the game in action, followed by some further details:

In addition to the graphic overhaul, there are now leaderboards, two difficulty settings (with a third one unlockable, if we were to guess from the footage), and a ton of challenges. At 6:15 in the video, we also get a look at the shop feature, which includes a downloadable soundtrack, as well as the option to buy your special weapons, heart tanks, armor pieces, etc. Or you can just drop $3.99 on the whole lot, though you can still get them in-game.

Here is more information from the New Zealand App Store, which also has the game's icon... you know, in case you wanted to use it as an avatar or something.

Description

One of the best action games of all time, “MEGA MAN X” comes to iOS with several new options.

◆Supported OS iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S with iOS 4.3 onwards / iPod touch 3G onwards ※Please note that iPod touch 8GB Model No. A1288 is not supported. (Model No. can be found on the back of the device), ※This App is not validated on iPad / iPad2

----------------------------------------------------------------- ◆Powered-up features include:

1.【 Beautiful Game Graphics Supporting Retina Display 】 The nostalgic graphics of “MEGA MAN X” are optimized for the iPhone’s Retina Display.

2.【 Two Different Display Modes 】 In addition to a “Regular Mode,” a “Full Mode” is available to display the game in full screen.

3.【 Difficulty Levels 】 In “Story Mode,” “Easy” and “Normal” options are available. “Easy” mode includes helpful modifications to make platforming a bit easier for beginners. For more agile action gamers, they can skip straight to “Normal” mode to test their skills.

4.【 Ranking Mode with Game Center Support 】 “Ranking Mode” encourages players to compete with others. In “Score Attack,” aim for a high score in each stage to earn higher ranks. Additional modes will be added in future updates.

5.【 80 Challenges with Game Center Support 】 There are 20* challenges in the opening stage of “Story Mode” alone and a total of 80 challenges overall to keep players aiming for high scores and higher rankings.

*The first 20 challenges are not supported by Game Center.

6.【 Support Items Provide Advantages for Game play 】 When reinforcement items are not immediately available or for an immediate power up, the “Customize” screen allows players to readily access helpful items like “full armor,” “full weapon” and more through in-app purchases*. A “perfect set” provides the best chances for beating the tough enemies. Players can also customize the music by selecting between the in-game back ground music or an arranged version.

*To purchase the items, 3G or Wi-Fi environment is necessary.

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◆Operating Controls

Move・・・・・Direction button Shot・・・Attack button Jump・・・Jump button Change Weapon・・・Change Weapon button on the right top

Quick Change・・・Touch the top of the game screen. And scrolling a finger right and left, can change the weapon quickly and easily. Dismounting Ride Arm・・・Tap the icon on the right side of the screen

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Check out the World of “MEGA MAN X!”

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Incidentally, for those hoping for a port to other platforms, Capcom VP Christian Svensson said "I do understand people would like to see this on other platforms. That's not currently the plan but we'll see what happens."