Say Hi to Mega Man at E3 and Comic-Con

9c58d8467dbb78d3033a6f78fc34b3da If you're headed to the San Diego Comic-Con to pick up one of Capcom's limited edition Mega Man figures, you can also greet this this life sized version of the figure as well! This is related to the special photo op that Unity's Brelston had mentioned before, originally intended to show up at PAX East. Hopefully there will be more fun Mega Man news and announcements to go with it! You can see more photos at Unity.

Thanks for sending this our way, Haz!

Alternate Color Zero Minimate at SDCC

If you've been interested in those Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Minimate figures, prepare for something special at San Diego Comic Con 2011. Marvel announced they will be putting out some special alternate color characters, including a Mega Man X-like, blue clad Zero. If you're going to be at the event you can pick them up at the Entertainment Earth Booth, #2343. If you can't make it, you can always try on Toys "R" Us's Comic Con 2011 online shop beginning July 24th. Either way you go about it, act quickly because they're only going to be available in limited supply. Be sure to grab alternate colored Zero while you're hearing about whatever crazy Marvel vs. Capcom 3 news Capcom apparently has planned to announce.

Thanks for the tip, Phaelin!

Rockman Unity Checks Out the USA Exclusive Mega Man X D-Arts Figure from Bandai

It is July 4th, and what better way to celebrate here at The Mega Man Network than by taking a look at a "USA Exclusive" figure of Mega Man X? We first brought you word of this figure, to be sold at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, about a month ago. It is a part of the Bandai D-Arts line, but unlike the Japanese release, this version features armor decorated with metallic blue paint.

But while the figure won't be available until the convention begins on July 21st (through the 24th), it appears that some sort of meeting regarding the product took place in Japan. Rockman Unity's Ucchy-San snuck in to get a look, but was apparently blinded by the brilliance of the light reflecting off of the figure's stunning new paint job. You can follow along with pictures of his misadventures here, as well as check out shots of the figure and what appears to be its equally metallic-looking box before Adam Newman of Bandai breaks Ucchy-San's heart by taking the figure away.

Of course, how many of us who aren't able to attend the show can now relate to Ucchy-San, as the object of his desire is removed from his grasp?

Incidentally, if you're wondering about all the text, Heat Man says there is nothing of importance to be translated. But leave comments below if you want to know what was being said throughout the exchange. Such drama!

All Your Capcom NYCC Details

If you're planning on attending New York Comic Con this weekend for some Capcom goodness, then Capcom Unity has everything you ought to know. Of Mega Man note, Mega Man Universe will be playable, and you can get equipped with a four foot inflatable Arthur lance themed for MMU (sounds like we'll be getting some new Arthur deets, among other stuff). There's no mention of Mega Man Legends 3 right now, but as the Legends dev crew have been mentioning NYCC, definitely expect some kind of info. Additionally, Keiji Inafune will be on hand for questions and signings.

If you're headed to NYCC, we'd love to get your pictures and impressions! And if you see Joveth there, be sure to bug him for us!

Inafune Grateful for Fans, Fears Comic-Con

It sounds like Comic-Con has been pretty overwhelming for Keiji Inafune, at least according to his own blog.* At yesterday's "Capcom 2010 and Beyond" discussion panel, the hall, which can house up to 2500 people, was fully packed. Inafune was astonished by the strong showing of Capcom fans support, which he again notes he doesn't experience in Japan. But more importantly, he had this to say of the audience:

Among them were many pulling support for Mega Man (Rockman), which really moved me. I was also happy that there are many desiring a continuation of Rockman DASH. I wanted to yell that I want to make it more than they want me to. I am truly grateful. As long as the fans support me, I'll do my best.

Inafune has spoken for years now about wanting to return to Mega Man Legends (Rockman DASH). But now having announced an "oft-requested" Mega Man game in the works, it makes his blogging that much more delicious.

*I'm kind of ashamed to realize how much I follow Capcom developer blogs these days. Makes me nervous I'll turn this site into something like Kotaku.

Notes From Capcom 2010 and Beyond! at Comic-Con; "Oft-Requested" Mega Man Game Confirmed

While we're not at Comic-Con, we are closely following all the details from their event, with Mega Man Universe info and perhaps some other surprises, too. Stay tuned as we'll update this post with any Mega Man-related info until the event is over. - It appears that the game won't be out for a while yet. "Please support us as we provide more information later," they say.

- And now, they go into Mega Man's history.

- Inafune goes into the character's "true name" of Rockman, and how he found "Mega Man" to be goofy. Nor was he fond of the "old man" look given to the character on the American box art.

- "I know from personal experience, that more people come up to me and tell me how much of a Mega Man fan they are. This happens more in America than in Japan (guessing that's more accurate than "in a fan" --ed.). The funny thing is is that they all introduce themselves as '#1 Mega Man" fan. So let's settle this. Who in this room is the #1 fan?"

- "Ok, lets meet at the Capcom booth and you guys will have to fight for the crown. I'm kidding, please don't punch each other. Ok, let's talk Mega Man Universe what a lot of you came for. As a lot of you know there is a trailer and is designed to be mysterious, in that it doesn't show what the game is about."

- He notes that the trailer we'd seen for Mega Man Universe previously came from the idea of what Mega Man is, and what it means to different people," whether they began with Mega Man 2 or Mega Man X. "Everyone has a unique idea of what Mega Man is."

- Inafune hopes that allowing everyone to play as their ideal version of Mega Man or heroes from outside the Mega Man franchise will encourage players' creativity, with Universe uniting "Mega Man fans from around the planet to play together in one place."

- "I can't go into detail, but you might have an idea of what I'm talking about. And for those who haven't seen the trailer, we're going to show that right now." 1UP's Mike Nelson notes that the props from said trailer are at Capcom's booth.

- Inafune asks what they thought of the trailer, and is met with applause. He says they'll have the game playable as soon as possible, and more info in the near future. He expresses remorse for people coming, but says he'll "let you in on stuff that the press doesn't even know." At least we're all in the same boat.

- While MMU is something he's always wanted to make, Inafune says that's not the only Mega Man project in store for this year. "You haven't heard the last of the Mega Man announcements out there," he said, adding that fans should expect confirmation of an "oft-requested thing that you guys want."

- Crowd starts shouting titles, including "Mega Man Legends 3." To that, Inafune simply responds with a smile and a "thank you."

- Producer Akiko Ito finished things up by confirming that the game would be available on the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade services.

- And that's it for the panel. Clearly, this not only met the hype, but exceeded it in every imaginable way.

- That is, of course, sarcasm. However, the event isn't a total wash, apparently: there is another Capcom panel on Saturday at 12pm PST where everyone is told "a big announcement will be made."

- Do we dare to hope?

Well that wraps it up. Kind of disappointing, really, that the announcement turned out to be nothing more than an even bigger tease. Capcom ought to know by now that Mega Man fans don't need teases to get hyped up!

Big thanks go out to 1UP, who had a man on the site where we could not be, and to Kotaku for their more detailed report.

Mega Man Inadvertently Revealed in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3?

I've got no leaked footage to confirm anything on this. No anonymous tipsters, no website code hacking. What I do have is Capcom's Niitsuma-san, the producer of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Over at Capcom Unity, you can check out a recording of yesterday's MVC3 livestream, which includes an interview with Niitsuma starting around the 8 minute mark. But the interesting bit comes in after 20 more minutes, where attention is brought to the new stages being shown. On this, Niitsuma comments (via interpreter):

Yeah, here at Comic-Con we're showing off the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier stage, and the Resident Evil stage. And the reason for these stages - we had in mind, instead of just having random places to fight, each stage is tied into some of the characters in the game, so as you saw from what we have released here, like Chris Redfield, Resident Evil character, so Resident Evil stage, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier ties to some of the other characters in the game. So that was the goal behind that - we'll be seeing more in the future.

About 8 minutes later, Joveth "jgonzo" Gonzales asks explicitly about the Mega Man Legends themed stage in MVC3. Niitsuma answers:

People who spotted that stage in the game, they've got some good eyes. I don't want to go back on what I said before, about characters and stages, so just keep your eyes out for the upcoming trailers and you'll see.

While it's nothing official, per sé, the conviction seems pretty strong that a Legends based character has a good shot at entering the game. Of course, Tron Bonne is already no stranger to Marvel Vs. Capcom, but ultimately we'll see what's announced.

Thanks Joveth. :)

Mega Swag for Mega Fans at San Diego Comic-Con

At long last, San Diego Comic Con will finally take place this week. And if you are fortunate enough to be attending, then you'll be happy to know that Capcom has apparently put together a fine arrangement of freebies and buyables for fans of the Blue Bomber. Protodude has managed to round up all the items Capcom has spoken of through their various Unity posts, and it reads as follows:

  • Mega Man Universe foamies: 50 of these will be given out every hour. 2000 pieces total.
  • Mega Man 10 Trucker Hats: Cosplayers who visit the Mega Man Universe kiosk will receive one of these nifty hats.
  • Lithographs: lithographs of sorts will be given out during producer signings.
  • Servbot Bobble Buds: 1000 of these will be on-hand for booth attendees.
  • Mega Man Kubricks: Capcom will be selling the Mega Man and Proto Man Kubrick figures at their booth. Limited to 500 pieces.
  • Grab Bags: Returning this year are the famous grab gabs, featuring games, collectibles and misc. promo goods. You'll never know what kind of Mega Man stuff will be inside!

In addition, the winner of the cosplay contest (the first 50 of which will receive a hat and foam buster) as judged by Ito (Mega Man Universe Producer) and Inafune himself will receive a signed sketch from the latter.

The fun begins on July 22nd, and you may want to check out Capcom's booth layout, so you'll know where to go. And if you're interested in other Capcom franchises, a list of their swag is available there, too!

Introducing the "Serv-bobble"

You should already be planning on checking out Capcom's events at Comic Con, but just in case here's one more reason. Capcom*Unity announces they will be releasing an interesting Servbot toy, the first in a line of "Bobble Buddies Buds" figures (gj jgonzo). Not just your typical bobble head - this figure's head opens up allowing for storage of the rest of its body. It's nice to see that Bonne technology has not been standing idle.

Only 1000 will be available for purchase from the start of Capcom's show, so if you plan on attending you'd better grab one fast. And if you do get one, be sure to share some pics!

Inafune Announcing New Game at Comic Con

Get the speculation train a-chuggin'. At this year's San Diego Comic Con, on July 22nd, Keiji Inafune will be making a surprise announcement at Capcom's corner. Quoting from the show schedule:

4:45-5:45 Capcom 2010 and Beyond!—See the latest trailers and get the inside scoop on all of Capcom’s most highly anticipated games for 2010 and beyond:Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Sengoku Basara, Okamiden, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Ghost Trick, Dead Rising 2, and more. On top of all that, hear details on an exciting new game announcement by Capcom legend Keiji Inafune, the father of Mega Man!Room 6BCF

Of course, there's no confirmation if the new game has anything to do with Mega Man. But considering Mega Man Universe is being trademarked all over the place, and we went through a Mega Man-less E3, I'd say there's a pretty good possibility of the Blue Bomber poking his head up. While we have no plans to attend the event as of yet, we are organizing some means of coverage to bring you up to the minute info.

News Credit: Destructoid

What's Next for Mega Man?

A question and answer panel with Capcom happened at this year's Comic Con. A young lad spoke for all of us when he asked, "What's next for Mega Man?" Though Capcom originally tried to direct the child's attention to Mega Man Star Force 3, Seth Killian decided to step up to the plate when it was revealed he already owned the blue bomber's latest DS entry. While ultimately not giving a direct answer to the question, he had some interesting things to say. Apparently, Mega Man 9 was a "big surprise" to many working at Capcom. While Keiji Inafune is still the one to actually make the call on where the franchise goes next, Seth had this to say:

"When Inafune-san wants to make a game happen he can really make it happen quickly. I think it's worth being hopeful."

With Rockman.exe: Operation Shooting Star already announced, it will be interesting to see what other surprises are in store for the blue bomber.

News Credit: Protodude's Rockman Corner