Calling All Artists! Win a Copy of Project X Zone Limited Edition with Capcom Unity!

132db1827f7d7f1995ecb43404f896c3 We're just over a month away from the release of Project X Zone for the Nintendo 3DS, featuring a crossover of characters from Namco Bandai, SEGA, and Capcom, including Mega Man X, Zero, Vile, Iris, Tron Bonne, and of course, the Servbots who follow her to and fro. If you're the artistic type, then you can have a shot (or two) at winning the Limited Edition of the game, thanks to Capcom Unity.

"What would Dante look like wearing Jin Kazama's outfit? Or Jill dressed as Ulala from Space Channel 5? Well, if you can answer that question for us, then we've got a super cool prize pack with your name on it!"

The idea is to dress Capcom characters as those hailing from the other two companies as part of the crossover, and submitting up to two different pieces of fan art to before 9pm PST on Friday, May 31st, 2013. Three winners will be chosen to win the Limited Edition of the game, which features limited edition packaging, a soundtrack, a mini-poster, and a mini-artbook (as per the image above).

The contest is only open to residents of North America, with the full list of rules available here. And, they note, you can probably expect to see the winning work plastered all across the X Zone trinity's network of social media sites such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as Capcom Unity itself.

Source: Capcom Unity

Project X Zone Finally Gets North American Release Date

1364861590-pxzheroim-large At long last, the wait is over: Project X Zone has a North American release date. Now a new wait begins!

The last we heard about it, the game was slated for a release sometime in the summer of 2013. But now, Namco Bandai Games has posted a page for the title which gives us an exact release date: June 25th, 2013.

Of curious note is the tab marked "retailers" on the page, as it only lists and GameStop as carrying the game. Given that other titles show a wider range of stores, we are left to wonder whether this will only be a limited release (and if it will even make it to Canada). More info on that as we get it.

Thanks for the tip, Magnet Man and WetCircle!

Project X Zone is Westward Bound

project_x_zone1-620x397 By way of Operation Rainfall, we've just received word from a Crunchyroll report that Project X Zone is indeed making its way to Nintendo 3DS owners in the West during the Summer of 2013. The announcement came during a Namco Bandai press event, where they also announced the PlayStation Network-exclusive One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 and Tekken Card Tournament, plus a "big announcement" to come on February 4th.

No other details are available at this time, but who plans to pick this one up when it hits our shores?

Check Out the Opening for Project X Zone

It's the moment you've all been waiting for!, not that one. No, not that one, either. And you know that one isn't happening. Look, at least one of you has to have been waiting for the full animated opening to Project X Zone to surface, right? Well, this goes out to you:

Incidentally, Tekken's producer Katsuhiro Harada has mentioned on Twitter that he supports the localization of Project X Zone, saying "I proposed localization of Project X Zone." and then "Not decided yet, but It will be realized if I continue proposing." One can only hope, with how many western fans are excited for this title.

Thanks to Magnet Man and HeatPhoenix for the tips!

Many, Many New Project X Zone Screens Surface

Following on from yesterday's news that Tron Bonne will be joining the cast of Project X Zone comes a whole landslide of new screens, including both gameplay and cutscenes featuring X, Zero, Tron, and her Servbots. You can find the library of 53 images at Andriasang.

Thanks again, Magnet Man!

Trivia Time: The Mega Man-Bravoman Connection

A little something different today... Did You Know: Many manga creators, or "mangaka," often use pseudonyms in their work? And as it so happens, one such creator who does so is none other than fan favorite Hitoshi Ariga, creator of the Mega Man Megamix and Mega Man Gigamix manga available from UDON Entertainment.

Recently, Ariga explained the origin of his pen name with a picture posted to deviantArt of Namco Bandai video game hero Bravoman. Ariga explains that it was his affinity for the game and the civilian identity of Bravoman, known in Japan as "Hitoshi Nakamura" (Arnold in the West), that he drew his professional name from. Hmm, we wonder if that means it would be okay to call him "Arnold" if he should visit from overseas again...

In any case, part of the reason this came up is that UDON has recently begun publishing a webcomic based on Bravoman, which is being written by Matt Moylan, a name some of you no doubt recognize from his work with the company's many Mega Man projects. Give it a look, and you can find out more about the comic here.

It may not hurt to familiarize yourself; after all, there's a chance Bravoman could show up alongside Mega Man X and the other heroes in the upcoming Project X Zone.

First Trailer for Project X Zone Goes Live

As a part of tonight's big Nintendo Direct video feed from Japan, Project X Zone has debuted its first video trailer. Behold:

And there we have it: X and Zero are back in action. The question still remains, however, of whether this title will differ from its predecessor and receive a release outside of Japan.

Who You Gonna Call for Project X Zone Localization?

After seeing some people attribute Capcom for the recently-revealed Project X Zone, we thought that perhaps the following would be a good thing to share (even if some of you knew this already; not everyone knows everything, after all). On Ask Capcom, user Buffy asked whether or not Capcom would be localizing the game. Before a member of Capcom staff got to it, user Viewtiful Vaughn replied "that's Namco Bandai's decision. The only involvement Capcom has is that their characters are in the game," which Corporate Officer Christian Svensson confirmed as correct.

So, if there was any doubt remaining, it's apparently Bandai Namco's (or Namco Bandai? We keep seeing it both ways) decision, and so that's who must be persuaded to bring it over.

Image: Famitsu

Famitsu Reveals the Secret Nintendo 3DS Collaboration of Capcom, SEGA, and Bandai Namco

X attacking with Twin Slasher, Zero with Raijingeki; moves from X4. The area resembles Cyber Peacock's stage.
Andriasang reports that the latest issue of Famitsu has revealed what the Nintendo 3DS collaboration between SEGA, Bandai Namco, and Capcom is, as well as who the characters included in previous teases are. In addition, they confirm our previous suspicions of the game's title as Project X (Cross) Zone.

The game is a strategy role playing game in which the following characters team up for fight scenes:

Capcom: Ryu & Ken (Street Fighter), X and Zero (Mega Man X), Demitri and Dante (Darkstalkers and Devil May Cry), and Chris and Jill (Resident Evil)

SEGA: Shinguji Sakura and Ogami Ichiro (Sakura Wars), Pai and Akira (Virtua Fighter), Kurt and Riela (Valkyria Chronicles), and Ulala and Touma (Space Channel 5 and Shining Force EXA)

Namco Bandai: Sanger Somvold (Super Robot Wars), Jin and Ling Xiaoyu (Tekken), Kos-Mos and T-elos (Xenosaga), Yuri and Tear (or Estelle... or someone) (Tales of the Abyss), and Kite and Black Rose (.hack)

Andriasang also notes that a trailer is slated to appear later this month. Meanwhile, magazine scans giving us the first look of the game can be found at Nintendo Everything.

As for whether the West will get this one or not? Well, we didn't have any luck with the last such game, Namco X Capcom, but stranger things have happened. Stay tuned.

Update: Here's the full page featuring X and Zero:

Thanks to Maverick-Jin for providing the X and Zero image and scan.

Teaser Website Update for Mystery Collaboration Game; Trademark Update May Reveal Name

The mystery surrounding the Nintendo 3DS collaboration between Bandai Namco, Capcom, and SEGA continues, but at least now we know when more will be revealed. Previously, we covered the mysterious symbols that we suspect represent various mascots (including Mega Man X and Zero) from the three companies teaming up for the still-unnamed 3DS project. Now, the teaser site features a countdown to April 11th.  The number 032760 is entered into a code pad, and a yell and a siren is heard. The siren eventually fades into the background, leaving us with just the countdown, broken glass and a liquid:

The only other new information so far comes from a recent trademark update from Bandai Namco for a title called "Project X Zone," whose initials correspond with those in the official site's URL above. Even so, we still have no information about what kind of game this will be.

Across the internet, some fans are speculating as to what exactly this new teaser means, and if there is any pattern in the countdown screen. What do you think?

Some Element X Added to Banpresto's Science Experiment

We've been following Banpresto's teaser for a 3DS collaboration game between Capcom, Sega and Bandai Namco Games without any real certainty what to expect, and now the stakes have raised more for Mega Man fans. A new "pixelsome" has been added to the Petri that appears to represent Mega Man X; a followup to one that viewers have speculated is Zero.

Of course nothing is confirmed as to what the objects really represent, but fan speculation seems pretty sensible so far. One of the enigmatic notes even hints at viewers to look at the figures up-side-down, lending credibility to the character guesses. The questions remains, though: Just what kind of game is this?

As for the test subjects, perhaps this is what Reploid DNA is?

Thanks to Maverick-Jin8 for the tip!