Project X Zone Now Available in NA; New Demos Coming to Europe; Art Winners Announced

projectxzonecontestJust a quick note we missed yesterday is that Project X Zone was released for the Nintendo 3DS in North America yesterday. Meanwhile, Europe is on track to receive it on July 5th. In the meantime, the European Nintendo 3DS eShop will play host to a second demo, “Dark Hours,” which is scheduled for June 27. According to a tip from Magnet_Man, this one features X and Zero in action. Word is that North America will also get the demo, but we've been unable to locate any information as to when, though it could also come tomorrow, June 27th.

Finally, if you remember the art contest for the game that Capcom Unity was holding, the winners have been selected! You can find those here, while honorable mentions-- such as the excellent Heihachi x Wily pic by Dwayne G. seen at right-- can be found here.

Project X Zone Demo Now Available on 3DS eShop

A demo for Project X Zone, the big Capcom, Sega and Namco Bandai collaboration, is now available on the 3DS eShop. Unfortunately this demo doesn't feature any Mega Man related missions or characters, but it does have a woman in skimpy bat lingerie, so... there's that. Also, this demo is reportedly limited to five tries, so be sure to get the most out of it! Project X Zone release on June 25th in North America.

Thanks for the tip, Magnet_Man and AxlTheHunter_II!

Get a Glimpse of the Expanded Content of MM25: Mega Man and Mega Man X Official Complete Works

08f961ab787ed3ebe1dc3d1136da627a Wow, when it rains, it pours-- especially with Mega Man news. In this case, amidst everything else we've had to say on MM25: Mega Man and Mega Man X Official Complete Works, Brelston at Capcom Unity has posted four images of the book's new expanded contents.

Above is our choice for most interesting, but there's plenty more to see: Designs from Mega Man 9, art from Mega Man 10, and illustrations from newer crossovers such as Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Project X Zone await; just click here to see the rest!

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 contest@capcom.com 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

First English Language Trailer for Project X Zone

Here is the first English language trailer for Project X Zone, which will be coming out in North America on June 25th and Europe on July 5th. There is some concern with the trailer, which appears to lack any Japanese voice acting. However, Siliconera (who also has some additional screens) maintains that the Japanese voicing will be retained. It's believed this footage just comes from a test build of the localization.

Additionally, the battle cut scenes feature subtitles for what the characters would normally be saying when voiced.

Thanks for the tip, Magnet_Man!

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 Amazon.com 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?

Rumor: Project X Zone is Westward Bound

TSSZ News is reporting that Nintendo has confirmed at a recent press event in Spain that the game no one (relatively speaking) thought had any chance of leaving Japan is doing just that. As seen in the picture at right (click to enlarge), Project X Zone-- the crossover title featuring characters from SEGA, Namco Bandai, and Capcom, including X, Zero, Iris, Vile, and Tron Bonne-- is slated for a European release in 2013. While no other details were given, this seems to make it that much more likely a North American release is also in the cards. And if it isn't, at least it will have some form of localization for those bold enough to purchase a European Nintendo 3DS to play the game as an import.

Edit: After WilyNumber13's comment, marking this as a rumor might be the safer bet. However, it's one we're inclined to believe at the moment.

Source: Vicio Juegos, TSSZ News

PXZ Gameplay of Tron and Her Servbots

Bandai Namco is releasing more gameplay to countdown the impending release of Project X Zone, and this one features the Bonne mechanic having to get along with the likes of Frank and Hsien-Ko (or "that cameraman" and "that jiangshi" according to the Servbots). It even features an arrangement of "The Flutter Vs. The Gesellschaft", which by now has become the trademark theme of all things Legends.

Thanks for the tip, Magnet_Man!

Iris Making PXZ a Bit More Tragic

Just a small info update on Bandai Namco's Project X Zone. A recent update details some of the support characters, and we get a little more idea what Iris is up to. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear the afterlife has changed her mind much. Her description says of her, "A Reploid woman who once served as an operator for the Maverick Hunters HQ. She was thought to have met a tragic end during a battle, however..." Furthermore, the key quote given to her is, naturally, "I want to be in a world of only Reploids... with you." This may tie into the conversation we see Iris and Zero are having, where Zero says "Iris. That is my answer. My hope, again is..."

Despite knowing that the whole idea of a Reploid-only world was a fantasy, will Iris be hurting Zero the same manner in X4? Of course the real question is, is this even Iris? Considering X and Zero's mission seems to take place in a Cyberspace area, it's certainly possible Vile or someone conjured a digital memory just to make Zero suffer. Just my fanboy-ish guess, anyhow. Whatever the case may be, we'll know more next week when the game comes out.

Incidentally, the afterlife has certainly been generous to... certain aspect of Iris' design. Or maybe it's just character designers. Check out the PXZ page for a couple screens and voice samples.

Check Out the Opening for Project X Zone

It's the moment you've all been waiting for! ...no, 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!

Iris Joining the Hunters in Project X Zone

Bandai Namco's Project X Zone will be getting another familiar face to fans of Mega Man X4. The latest Famitsu reveals that Iris also shows up in the storyline as an event character. X appears to recognize her as "the girl from that Repliforce incident," indicating that the events of X4 are a past part of their history from this game's viewpoint. It will be interesting to see how Zero reacts to all this...

Iris will be voiced by Yuko Mizutani in the game, just like she was in Rockman X4.

News Credit: Re:戯言

See Maverick Hunters and Pirates Tear it Up in New PXZ Trailer

Bandai Namco Games sure knows how to make a trailer, eh? Here is 16 glorious minutes of the simulation crossover RPG Project X Zone. And the included Mega Man characters, much like everyone else get their due. You can jump to 4:50 to see Tron Bonne, the Servbots, X, Zero and Vile in the over-the-top action. Of course, the rest of the trailer is pretty good, too!

Thanks to MavJin-8 for the tip!

More Screens of Vile in Project X Zone

Hot off the heels of yesterday's flying get, Famitsu has released a bevy of Project X Zone screens, including some of X's most infamous rival: Vile. Along with seeing a much prettier screen of the above confrontation, we also have some screens of Vile in action. He's shown off performing the move Rising Spectre, although I can't say if all the screens are of the same attack sequence. Needless to say, though, Vile packs a punch. And a shoulder cannon death beam.