Hey, Remember When Everyone Got Together and...?

Yeah, we should have been a little more on top of this one. Nonetheless, for those interested, Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is now available for both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade for $14.99/1,200 Microsoft Points, respectively (though not on the PSN in Europe as planned; Capcom Unity promises more info to come once it's available).

For the forgetful or uninformed among you, Origins consists of both Marvel Super Heroes and the original Marvel vs Capcom with dynamic challenges, filters, online play and all of that razzamatazz you've come to expect from releases such as this. And, in case your only prior experience with these types of games was Marvel vs. Capcom 2, this one actually features endings, so you'll have a reason to beat it with everyone!

Mega Man Tribute in Double Dragon Neon (Updated)

If you've played the newly-released Double Dragon Neon, you might have noticed one of the bosses seems a little familiar...

During the Space Dojo level, you cross through a pair of rather familiar shutters (which I forgot to mention when I first posted this) and encounter the character seen above as a boss called "Mecha Biker," a "Super Combat Bot" who comes in on a red jet-powered motorcycle. Once you knock him off, however, he takes to a more ground-based approach: Triple-shots, charge-shots, and even a sliding kick. All while this music plays:

And once you finish him, he even explodes in Mega Man's signature fashion.

All in all, it seems pretty obvious what they were going for here. Kudos to the folks at WayForward and Majesco for including this nod to the Blue Bomber!

And if you want to check the game out for yourself, Double Dragon Neon is available on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network for 800 MS Points/$9.99, or for free if you're a PlayStation + member! Just be sure to bring a friend; the game is so much better in "bro-op."

Edit: In addition to a few other touches I forgot to mention (thanks to you guys in the comments for reminding me), GenjiRed even found a video of the level in question, one which is more platform-oriented than other parts of the game, so you can decide for yourself:

If you'd rather skip to the fight itself, click here or just skip to 8:50 on the player above.

Marvel vs. Capcom Origins Art Pays Tribute to the Classics

About two months ago, we brought you news of a September re-release of Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and Marvel Super Heroes called Marvel vs. Capcom Origins. More recently, Brelston at Capcom Unity has posted two pieces of art which depict classic covers with a mashed-up cast based on the upcoming PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade release.

Shown above, the first piece is based on the Marvel crossover event The Infinity Gauntlet, and is even drawn by Ron Lim, who actually penciled three issues of that series. The other, by Shinkiro, clearly homages the legacy of the Blue Bomber by recreating the box art of Mega Man 2, with Wolverine, Captain America, and Zangief standing in for Crash Man, Quick Man, and Dr... er, Light? Wily? ...the pointing guy in the lab coat, respectively.

Both images will be a part of a double-sided poster available at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) this weekend. What's more, a third mash-up has been teased at arriving in two weeks. What could it be based on?

In any case, if you would like high-resolution versions of the images, you can grab them over at Capcom Unity. The Infinity Gauntlet version is here, while the Mega Man 2-inspired version is here.

MM9 Downloadable Content Bundles, New MM10 Avatars Coming to PSN

There has been quite a bit of talk lately about Mega Man Universe and Rockman Online, but has everyone already forgotten Mega Man 9 and 10? (Come on, it hasn't been that long.) Well, Capcom and Sony certainly haven't. This is made abundantly clear by their decision to release some new downloadable bundle packages for the former title, while the latter will receive new Avatars for the PlayStation Network.

According to Protodude's Rockman Corner, the content breaks down as follows, and can be purchased via Amazon.com (as well as the PlayStation Store, one would assume) as of September 14th:

  • Mega Man 9 DLC Bundle [Online Game Code] - $4.99 - "Purchase all five DLC items for Mega Man 9 with this Mega DLC Bundle. (Includes Endless Attack Mode, Hero Mode, Superhero Mode, Proto Man Mode and the Special Stage). Important: Purchasing this bundle will not incur a credit to you for items that you already own."
  • Mega Man 9 Theme Bundle [Online Game Code] -$5.99 - "Purchase all five Themes for Mega Man 9 with this Mega Theme Pack. (Includes Themes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)."

The following Mega Man 10 Avatars each go for 49 cents:

For those who have yet to get the DLC, this sounds like a pretty good deal. It's too bad the other consoles don't have similar deals in place.

Race Mega Man & Proto Man to Find Pics in Newest PS3 Theme

The first PlayStation 3 theme for Mega Man 10 features a number of the game's characters in a foot-race (barring Nitro Man's use of his natural attributes) to determine superiority, while the second shows the Blue Bomber practicing his Vanish Block-climbing skills. Now, a third has been revealed, featuring Mega Man and his robo-bro Proto Man taking to their respective jet sleds to hunt down selected images among the many displayed on the monitor in Dr. Light's lab. Can you find the picture before they do?

This theme is only available in Japan so far, but when it is released in North America, expect to pay about $2.99 for it.

Source: Protodude's Rockman Corner

PSP Rockman games coming to Japanese PlayStation Store

mml2psppromoJapanese gamers will be gaining additional opportunities to enjoy Rockman on their PSPs the 26th of this month. Rockman Rockman, Irregular Hunter X and the ports of PS1 classics Rockman DASH and Rockman DASH 2 will be available to download onto their PSPs and PSP Gos from the PlayStation Store at ¥1,500 a pop (roughly $16.72 US). These are purported to be a better value than the physical UMD copies of the games, but considering how long they've been out and the fact all four were re-released in double packs, I sort of have to wonder about that. News Credit: Famitsu via CAP Kobun

No plans for Legends on PSN yet

sadservWe do know that Mega Man games for PlayStation are on their way to the PlayStation Network for download. Unfortunately, the Legends series isn't among them so far. Over at the Capcom-Unity forums, Christian Svensson had this to say about the fate of delivering the Legends titles:

I know that people want them and I'm working with Japan to see what we can do about that. But they're not on the docket right now as they need to be recleared for rights issues (voice actors, musical score, middleware, any IP infractions, etc.) before we could contemplate putting them up. As it stands today, they are not "cleared" by the IP dept for future use.

While it's by no means a dead end, it is still unfortunate. As Mega Man fans, I suppose all we can do is kick and scream, and hope that will get things worked out sooner than later.

News Credit: Protodude's Rockman Corner

Maverick Hunter X & Powered Up on their way to PSN

mmxmhpromoAccording to PlayStation.com, a number of PS1 and PSP Capcom titles will be headed to the PlayStation Network, starting tomorrow with Capcom Classics Collection Remixed. While we don't know when the specific release dates are, Mega Man: Powered Up and Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X are definitely in the queue, and will hopefully come around later this summer. Even more hopefully is other Mega Man games making their appearance sooner or later, especially the Legends games. What better a way to get new gamers into the series?