Rockman Xover Update Brings Blues Themed Armor, Star Force 3 World, and a New Collaboration

world9 The time has come for what's currently Capcom's biggest Mega Man game to get another update. This update brings the new World 9 stage, which is themed after Mega Man Star Force 3. This brings OVER-1 back to the EM world, where he'll be fighting villains like Jack Corvus, Queen Virgo and Dread Joker. Furthermore, OVER-1 is getting the second armor which is based off of a character rather than an element or attack style. Following OVER-R, based on Mega Man, a Proto Man themed OVER-B seems natural. But in fact OVER-B is based on ProtoMan.EXE from the Battle Network games. The OVER-B form gives a massive boost in attack power.

Hot the break for artwork and screens, as well as some additional info on new cards, and the zaniest collaboration yet.

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Additionally, Famitsu App brings word of a new collaboration with the gag anime Eagle Talon. Specifically it's for the mobile game Yoshida Breeding Kit, a simulation game featuring the anime's character Yoshida. The collab allows a form of Yoshida in Mega Man's armor. Likewise, Xover will be getting a "Rockman" card of Yoshida, as well as a creepy Kalinka card with the Chancellor's face.

Additionally, Xover has the following new cards:

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And because Battle Memory cards of under-aged girls in bikinis are becoming all the rage in Xover, Rockman Unity posted a preview of some more upcoming fan service:

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Thanks to Django for the collaboration news! Images via Gamer.

Meteor Crimson Battle hits Nintendo Channel

001For you Mega Man Star Force 3 owners, you can grab the special card Meteor Crimson Battle from the Wii's Nintendo Channel this week. This powerful giga class card summons the game's last boss to dish out some severe damage to your enemies. Yeah, it is kind of a game spoiler, but the game has also been out for a month now. I think that's the fair time limit. News Credit: Protodude's Rockman Corner

Star Force 3 Contest Results

So, the contest is over and finally judged. I'd like to thank everyone who entered! The turn out was outstanding. We had 34 entries, and everyone's entry was awesome.

3rd place went to Sarah Wu.

2nd place went to Reka.

And 1st place went to JETZERO! (Who, you can also see on this week's WGA)

A massive congratulations to you three winners! Thank everyone for entering the contest. We here at Mega Man Network were truly honored to get such massive response to it. Hope to see you all again on our next contest!

You can see all the entries, and the winners over here on our galleries

Capcom on Star Force 3: Noise Kaizou Gear is Out, DLC is in

So Star Force 3 has been out for a bit, and I'm certain many are enjoying this vastly superior entry in the series (I know I am). However as some who have played the Japanese version may know, certain things are not available in this game, notably the Noise Kaizou Gear, Rezon Cards andSecret Satellite Server Brothers. These features were much like Wave Command Codes in that you could input a series of taps on the Touch Screen to power yourself up in various ways. For reasons "unknown" these were omitted from the North American release of the game and not surprisingly, there was great rage among the fandom (somewhat justified since this'll have been what, the 3rd time that a game in the BN/SF series had some major things removed from the North American release). Long story short, this was brought up on the Capcom Unity forums in a thread that Seth has graciously taken the time to not only answer, but look into things regarding the manner. After a few days he was able to give us some answers;

Here is the info I received from Japan. It's a bit of a game of "telephone" where my original questions have mutated a bit in translation, but hopefully you can get the gist of it.

- Noise Kaizou Gear This is a set of licensing item (cards), so it’s not available in US territory.

* But, we’re distributing “White Cards” (one specific kind of cards available in this Noise Kaizou Gear) on our official website.

- Rezon cards This is a part of “Noise Kaizou Gear”, so it’s not available in US territory.

* We’re not planning to distribute them on our official website.

- Secret Satellite Server

This is a booklet published by Capcom Japan, and it’s not available in US territory.

* But, we’re distributing some of the “Cipher Codes” (which are included in this booklet) on our official website. - Meteor Server

If this means the “Meteor Server” which the powered up boss appears after collecting certain number of stars on title menu, it’s available in US version, too.

For the record, nobody on the US side made a decision to remove any content--it seems to be a licensing issue. There will be some additional free content coming to Wii-ware soon, as well as more website content, but that's the best info I could get at the moment.

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He also mentions that there will be extra cards coming to the Nintendo Channel that you can download using your Wii.

There you have it. Capcom of America didn't remove these features out of pure spite, but didn't have any choice in the matter due to Licencing issues. They are however going the extra mile and giving downloadable content, though I imagine this won't be quite satisfying to some people. Reminds me of the missing Boktai features of BN6 (Konami of America wanted them out, so Capcom removed them and as compensation inserted side quests that required the use of an E Reader in Japan), but nowhere near as drastic.

Keep in mind however that NONE of these features are required to finish the game or access hidden areas. You can visit each map in Star Force 3 provided you meet the conditions for them (Standard Complete, etc). That said, get off their backs already.

Mega Man Star Force 3 demo renewed

demotransmitA demo of Mega Man Star Force 3 consisting of five battles was made available a couple weeks ago on the Wii's Nintendo Channel. But if you happened to miss it, fear not, the demo is up again, and will be available until the 12th of July. If you've been on the fence about picking up the greatest entry in the Star Force series, then don't miss out on this opportunity! For instructions on how to download from the Nintendo Channel onto your DS, check out the second half of our last post.

Interview with SF3 producer Horinouchi, quick mention of Operate Shooting Star

MegaMan_CJ_2For those of you currently enjoying Mega Man Star Force 3, you may want to head over to a GameTrailers interview with the series producer Takeshi Horinouchi, where he curtly discusses his likes in the gaming industry, his hobbies and other tidbits. He also makes a quick mention of what's likely Rockman EXE: Operate Shooting Star in this question:

WHAT GAMES ARE YOU PLAYING FOR FUN RIGHT NOW? A remake of Megaman Battle Network which I've been working on.

Personally, he still sounds a bit vague to me about whether he means a remake of the series, or a remake of the actual first game in the series. At the World Hobby Fair earlier in Japan, Horinouchi allegedly said the title is a "plus alpha port of EXE." "Plus alpha" is Japanese term meaning "a little something extra," essentially. More finesse. It appears this is why there's some confusion over whether or not Operate Shooting Star will be a direct remake.

Additionally, Horinouchi let go this vague but inspiring tidbit:

ANY SECRETS OR PREVIEWS YOU CAN SHARE ABOUT WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM THE MEGA MAN SERIES IN THE FUTURE? We are already moving ahead with several new plans not limited to a specific target or hardware, and are working hard to be able to tell you more about it. Please stay tuned!

Incidentally, you may be unaware that Ken Souther, the shopkeeper in the Star Force series, is a caricature based on Horinouchi. The following question makes the fact that much more apparent:

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO FOR FUN BESIDES GAMING? Surfing and yoga.

Star Force 3 Important Contest Update

As all of you know, the Mega Man Star Force contest was supposed to end tonight. I'm very pleased with the massive amount of entries we have received so far. All the entries are fantastic. However, I need to announce a scheduling change. I've had a death in the family and need to attend the services. So, needless to say, I will be away for just a few days.

The contest will be EXTENDED to July 3rd. I will return the day of the 4th, and the results will most likely be posted that day. I apologize for this delay, and thank you guys for your understanding.

Star Force 3 Pick-Up Reminder

Hopefully, most of you catch this before you go out, today. Because the Star Force games are not first party games (Like Mario & Pokemon are to Nintendo or Halo is to Microsoft), and also because they don't generate insane amounts of hype (like Grand Theft Auto IV, Street Fighter IV), you most likely are not going to get Star Force 3 today. Yes, today is the 30th, the release date. That really should serve as a "ship" date, or the date that most stores receive the games. That simply means that the game will be ready for pick up tomorrow, July 1st.

You can still call the store you pre-ordered or plan to pick up from and check if they got the game today. The most likely situation is that you'll have to wait until tomorrow, so don't freak out if they told you they don't have it today.

Official Capcom press release (which confirms the game ships to retailers today):

Two Versions of the Game -- Black Ace and Red Joker -- Double the Possibilities

San Mateo, Calif — June. 30, 2009 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Mega Man Star Force ® 3 (MMSF3) for Nintendo DS™ has shipped to North American retailers. Mega Man Star Force 3 comes in two different versions, Black Ace and Red Joker, allowing friends to share unique items and powers utilizing the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, enhancing their individual characters. Mega Man Star Force 3 is rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

As in the previous games, Mega Man Star Force 3 is a unique blend of an action and role-playing game (RPG), combining the high intensity combat that is the hallmark of Mega Man® games with Star Force’s strategic battle system. By defeating enemies and boss characters, players earn “battle cards” that enhance and evolve Mega Man’s abilities and attacks.

New to Mega Man Star Force 3 are “Noise Changes,” random enhancements that change Mega Man’s form and unlock new abilities. The two versions of the game, Black Ace and Red Joker, each have over 100 unique Noise Types that can be combined with Mega Man to unlock elemental powers based on earth, air, water and fire. The new Noise feature will add an exciting randomness to battles, encouraging players to explore, collect and battle across the digital world of Mega Man Star Force 3.

In Mega Man Star Force 3, players travel between the physical world and the digital world via electromagnetic waves that form “wave roads.” Geo Stelar, the protagonist of the game, can see these wave roads by using his unique “visualizer” tool. Once in the digital world, Geo can merge with the electronic life-form known as Omega-Xis to become Mega Man. The wave roads are being overrun by mysterious “noise” that change the player’s environment and powers in different ways. This noise is being generated by an approaching gigantic meteor that threatens both the physical and digital worlds of Mega Man Star Force 3, forcing Geo Stellar and his crew to fight the oncoming threat to save two worlds. Fortunately, Mega Man discovers that he can control the Noise, using the new “Noise Change” system to transform into many different forms, including the ultimate “Black Ace” or “Red Joker” forms.

Yet more Star Force 3 boss battles, and a last boss spoiler (hidden)

With Mega Man Star Force 3 Black Ace and Red Joker coming out next week, Capcom is eager to show off yet more awesome action from the game. In the above video, you'll see Mega Man taking on a handful of bosses while using various attacks and Noise Changes. Furthermore, for some explicable reason Capcom has even released a video of the game's final boss. We won't embed it here of course, but if you don't mind being spoiled then check it out here. It's quite an impressive battle.

Star Force 3 demo available on Nintendo Channel

demotransmitIf you're itching to try out Mega Man Star Force 3 and you also have a Nintendo Wii, you can download a demo of the game from the Wii's Nintendo Channel onto your DS starting today. The demo will be available until the 28th, this Sunday. The demo contains five battles, including three tutorial battles and a battle with the boss Spade Magnets. You'll also get to hear Omega-Xis's voice. All in all, pretty fun little demo that gives a nice taste of the game's battle system. In case you weren't aware, you can access demos by going onto the Nintendo Channel on your Wii (it can be downloaded for free from the Wii Shop if you don't have it), press the blue button that says "Find Titles for You," and then press "DS Download Service." Select Star Force 3, wait for it to transmit, and then boot up your DS and select "DS Download Play."

News Credit: GoNintendo

Star Force 3 off the air in Europe?

geoandmegaAs we near closer to the release of Mega Man Star Force 3 in North America, something had seemed funny to me. There have been no formal announcements of Star Force 3 coming out in the European region. Sure it's true that Mega Man games tend to arrive to Europe delayed - Star Force 2 was finally out nearly a year after its initial release in Japan - but the games are still announced, delay or otherwise. When E3 came and passed earlier this June, both Capcom USA and Capcom Europe presented the same press materials, except the European press site was quietly devoid of any mention of Star Force 3. This eventually prompted me to shoot an e-mail over to Ben Le Rougetel, a member of Capcom Europe's PR, to ask about the fate of the title.

The response I got this morning: "I am sorry to say that currently there are no plans to release this title in Europe."

So at least for now, it appears Mega Man Star Force 3 won't be coming to Europe. Of course, Capcom Europe could always decide to announce it later should they see fit to. If you're living in Europe and have really been waiting for Star Force 3, now's the time to speak up and show your support!

Following Black Ace, here's a nice Red Joker trailer

Last week we showed off a trailer for Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace. Now you can enjoy the Red Joker version! It's pretty much the same fare, as Mega Man shows off his Red Joker skills against an assortment of bosses. And of course more voice acting samples.

Are these videos getting you more amped for our contest?

New Star Force 3 video shows Black Ace, boss battles, voice acting

Capcom has delivered us another Star Force 3 video, this one a gameplay trailer specifically for the Black Ace version. In the video, Mega Man takes on a few of the game's bosses while using the new Black Ace form. Furthermore, the video also demonstrates that the game's voice acting has been dubbed in English. What a nice treat!

Contest prize update; Capcom*Unity sweetens the pot

Hey there you Mega Man loving folks. There's been an intriguing update to our Mega Man Star Force 3 artwork contest. First of all, though, I'd like to give you a peek at our grand prize offering. Check out the picture* below. contestgoodsPretty cool to say the least. BUT IT GETS COOLER. Our good friends at Capcom*Unity are making this contest twice as awesome by throwing in a Mega Man DSi 1GB Protection Kit to all three winners. What is one of those? Even we didn't know until this sweet announcement! But here it is:

mmdsikitSays Seth "s-kill" Killian, who kindly informed us of Capcom*Unity's cooperation, the kit includes "Limited Edition MegaMan Laser enscribed PolyCarbonite Console Case w/ secret 3 Game Storage Shelf, Graphic Screens, Three  2-in-1 SD Card and Game Cases, Precision Stylus, 2-in-1 Screen Cleaner Wrist Strap with Retro 8-Bit MegaMan + 1GB SD MEMORY CARD." These kits, both DSi and DSLite variations, will also be going on sale at the Capcom Store. You'll definitely want to pick one up (or, you know, just win our contest).

To paraphrase Strong Bad, HOLY CRAP. Man, now even I want to win this contest. It's too bad I'm like, y'know, one of the people hosting it. Infinity plus one thanks goes to Seth and all of Capcom*Unity, you guys really rock! And to our lovely readers, there's still plenty of time! Enter the contest!

*The copy of Star Force 3 in the picture is a Japanese copy, since of course the English copy is still not out yet. Rest assured your game will be in English. Furthermore, the copy of Ryuusei no Rockman Official Complete Works pictured is my copy. The contest copy is still packed away, and has been untouched since I first received it. Finally, the super sweet Mega Man shoes are not included in the prizes. Very sorry.

Summer of Mega Man Star Force 3 Contest! Win Star Force 3 and More!

gloriousprizesYepper, it's that time randomly selected again! Time for another Mega Man Network contest! Because why work for your love when we can simply buy it, like some kind of simple commodity. And you can WIN BIG! This time around, Tabby has insisted we do an artwork contest again, and none of us likes to see Tabby upset (she's scary). And with both Mega Man Star Force 3 around the corner, as well as summer, what better festivity than whittling potatoes to look like Zero's head! I'm kidding, it's a summer themed Mega Man Star Force artwork contest.

You have big chances of winning, because in this contest there will be a total of THREE winners, with the first place grand prize being a copy of Mega Man Star Force 3, the Ryuusei no Rockman Official Complete Works art book, and a Star Force 3 mini poster! That is just cool beans!

So, check out the official contest rules and regulations. Make good note of them! Then get started on your beuaitful artistic entries! You have until June 30th, plenty of time for now but nor for long! Get crackin'!

Star Force 3 at E3 - the rest of the content

Within this post we've included the fact sheet, screen shots and artwork Capcom prepared to exhibit Mega Man Star Force 3 for E3 this year. It's not a whole lot really, though the screen shots demonstrate each version's "ultimate form" pretty nicely. Have yourself a looksie. Release Date: June 30, 2009 Genre: Action Adventure, RPG Platform: Nintendo DS™ Rating: E Developer: Capcom® Price: $29.99

Game Description: Mega Man Star Force® returns in the most thrilling series adventure yet, delivering totally upgraded and cutting-edge online communication and device customization technologies through a portable RPG adventure that is brought to life in the iconic, action-driven Mega Man way! New to the series are “Noise Changes,” random enhancements that change Mega Man’s form and unlock new abilities.  There are more than 100 transformations possible. Mega Man Star Force® 3 will be available in two versions, Red Joker and Black Ace, each with their own unique Noise Types.

Developed by the team behind the popular Mega Man Battle Network™ series, Mega Man Star Force® 3 picks up after the end of the last game.  Geo Stelar and the rest of the gang are back in an all new adventure. With the advancement of the EM wave technology and other scientific advancements like the materialized executable program called “Wizard,” a malicious virus that threatens to take over the system.  The side-effect is a high percentage of “Noise” that our hero will have to contend with.  How can Geo Steler and his friends fight with the threat of “Meteor G” closing in on Earth? Moreover, what power can Mega Man harness by using the “Noise Change” system which controls the power of “Noise”?

Mega Man Star Force® 3 blends a unique formula of RPG exploration elements with fast-paced action, as players travel and battle between coexisting worlds, the physical world and the virtual Wave World. Players will encounter enemies in the virtual Wave World and battle them on three-by-five battle grids with their Battle Card deck. Mega Man Star Force® 3 also adds a new feature called “Rezon,” which allow players to fill in profiles about battles and their team name/symbol.

Features: •    Two co-existing worlds – explore the real world in human form and transform into Mega Man to maneuver through the virtual  “Wave World” •    The main theme is ‘Noise’ and during battle the Noise Ratio is indicated on the screen. The Noise Ratio increases in different situations. As the Noise Ratio increases there are different effects. •    Cyber battles feature an immersive third person view as players engage enemies in a 3x5 battle grid. •    Cards now stack and are scattered randomly. Only the top card can be used when stacked. Mega-class and Giga-class cards have greater surface areas and are more likely to stack. •    Each version will have different “Noise Change” probabilities and final transformations unique to each version. •    There are more than 100 Mega Man forms (transformations) possible by utilizing “Noise Change”. •    Each character has their own customizable Personal Page in the game where Battle Cards and information can be viewed and traded with friends to compare progress •    There are two types of ultimate transformation – “Black Ace” and “Red Joker”

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Capcom confirms Star Force 3 shipping June 30th

sf3logosAn announcement today on Capcom-Unity has confirms that Mega Man Star Force 3 will be shipping to retailers on June 30th in North America. Furthermore, Capcom has updated their Mega Man homepage to include a Star Force 3 section, where you can find details on the game's features, storyline and characters. There is also a video trailer, albeit it's just an English subbed version of the Japanese trailer. Still worth checking out, especially if you're one of those who likes to keep track of character name changes. Star Force 3 will of course be arriving in two versions: Black Ace and Red Joker.

Mega Man Star Force 3 English Footage? (Updated)

Two videos of what appears to be the North American version of Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace seem to have surfaced on YouTube. These don't seem to be trailers, but rather user-created footage... or half-footage, since the bottom screen is MIA. Of course, how anyone was able to get their hands on this and record it is anyone's guess. If it interests you, however, then check it out for yourself:

Update: Never mind.

Source: Protodude's Rockman Corner

Capcom announces Mega Man Star Force 3

sf3logosThough we already got the preview from Nintendo Power, Capcom today has issued a press release announcing Mega Man Star Force 3 Black Ace and Red Joker. Capcom also gives the less specific release time of Summer '09 - we will continue using August until we know anything otherwise. Check out the press release below.

THE BATTLE FOR THE DIGITAL WORLD CONTINUES IN MEGA MAN STAR FORCE™ 3 FOR NINTENDO DS™

Black Ace and Red Joker Double the Possibilities

Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Mega Man Star Force™ 3 (MMSF3) for Nintendo DS™ will be coming to North America in early summer 2009. MMSF3 will come in two different versions, Black Ace and Red Joker, allowing two friends to share unique items and powers utilizing the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, enhancing their individual characters.

As in the previous games, MMSF3 is a unique blend of action and role-playing game (RPG), combining the high intensity combat that is the hallmark of Mega Man® games with Star Force’s strategic battle system. By defeating enemies and boss characters, players earn “battle cards” that enhance and evolve Mega Man’s abilities and attacks.

New to MMSF3 are “Noise Changes,” random enhancements that change Mega Man’s form and unlock new abilities. The two versions of the game, Black Ace and Red Joker, each have over 100 unique Noise Types that can be combined with Mega Man to unlock elemental powers based on earth, air, water and fire. The new Noise feature will add an exciting randomness to battles, encouraging players to explore, collect and battle across the digital world of MMSF3.

In MMSF3, players will travel between the physical world and the digital world via electromagnetic waves that form “wave roads.” Geo Stelar, the protagonist of the game, can see these wave roads through usage of his unique “visualiser” tool. Once in the digital world, Geo can merge with the electronic life-form known as Omega-Xis to become Mega Man. The wave roads are being overrun by mysterious “noise” that change the player’s environment and powers in different ways. This noise is being generated by an approaching gigantic meteor that threatens both the physical and digital worlds of MMSF3, forcing Geo Stellar and his crew to fight the oncoming threat to save two worlds. Fortunately, Mega Man discovers that he can control the Noise, using the new “Noise Change” system to transform into many different forms, including the ultimate “Black Ace” or “Red Joker” forms.