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It's another month, and another classic Rockman title coming to the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. This time it's Rockman 4: A New Ambition!!, arriving next week the 17th, for the usual ¥500. I'm stoked for this one as I love Rockman 4 - the music is excellent! (If you disagree, you are wrong.) I feel more or less confident now that Japan is getting monthly Rockman releases in honor of the 25th anniversary. Come December we may even have the first time ever digital release of Rockman 6. Sadly there is still no word on when these are coming to the west, but it sounds like Capcom USA may have a different plan for them.
Of course, there is only one legitimate Rockman 4 cartridge on sale, which has been moved to Super Potato's most recently opened Osaka store. The fabled cart, one of only eight in the world and awarded to the Rockman 4 boss contest winners, used to run for ¥590,000. Back in 2007 (when we interviewed a Rockman 4 gold cart winner in a former life), that would have run you just about $5,000 US.
Since relocating, however, the price has jumped to ¥628,000. And with today's much worse exchange rate, you'd now have to fork over the equivalent of $8,000 US. Bet you're kicking yourself now for not buying it sooner!
Truth be told, I'm surprised anyway that no one has picked this up by now. There has to be someone out there with the spare cash and the whim. The last time I spied the gold cartridge, it didn't even have a price tag and I figured it wasn't for sale any longer. But until someone does finally grab it, we all get to view it at least!
Over the years, we have seen a pretty decent number of representations of Mega Man in plastic form, be they action figures or model kits, from every single series to bear the name "Mega Man." All said, though there are still many characters we would like to see who have not gotten the plastic treatment, the business has been pretty good to the Blue Bomber. Considerably rarer, however, are plush toys. Recently, Nightram56 of the Video Game Memorabilia Museum has managed to dig some up. And many of these are nothing recent-- they are based on 1991's Rockman 4, which means they are about two decades old.
Check it out:
Word was that you could find the Mega Man Powered Up plush (which looks more like a standard Mega Man, if you ask us) at various theme parks, and sometimes even claw machines. But since the game was released in 2006, five years ago, they have apparently become a lot more rare, given the $50-$100 eBay asking prices Nightram56 says they have. So if you have one, you might want to hang on to it.
The latest in SCEA's "PSone Japan Imports" series is Rockman 4, the Complete Works version of the NES classic. According to Sony's PlayStation Blog, the game is dropping this week as part of their weekly Tuesday update. Here's their writeup on the game:
Megaman 4 — For a year the city has been quiet, but a new robotic terror has gripped the city. That scheming scientist Dr. Cossack has arrived in town with eight new metal maniacs who are bigger and badder than anything Dr. Wily ever dreamed of. It’s going to be a cybernetic showdown as the streets of the city erupt with the sizzling sounds of molten metal! Armed with the new Mega Buster, Mega Man runs, jumps and dodges his way through mazes of metallic munchkins on his way to the Siberian citadel of Dr. Cossack for the findl cataclysmic clash!
Don't expect much English in this game, however. As with all other Japan Imports, this game will be in its unadulterated Japanese form.
Expect the game to cost $5.99 across North America.
Source: PlayStation Blog
The PlayStation Network is getting a little richer in Rockman this week (may be today even, if my knowledge of update schedules is right). Following the original Rockman, you can download the Complete Works version of Rockman 2 on your PlayStation 3. Remember that these are under the import classics line, and that all the additional features and such the Complete Works series has are still in Japanese. Additionally, Japan (where Rockman 1~3 are already available on PSN) will be getting Rockman 4 next week on the 9th of February. This is seemingly part of the results of the poll that Capcom Online Games had over Twitter for their game archives selection on PSN. Though, suspiciously, it does tie up the number of Rockman games on the Wii's Virtual Console service too.
News Credit: CAP Kobun (for Rockman 4)
We'd recently heard that Rockman 4 was coming to the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan in February. And now we have a specific day to that month, the 9th, as revealed by Nintendo. Wait, that's just next week! In that case, hopefully we will be hearing about Mega Man 4's release in North America and Europe very soon.
We've all heard the story of the fabled Rockman 4 golden cartridge. In fact we even did a story on one of the eight rare treasures last week. We know one of them was sold to a retro games store in Japan, and now waits for its next buyer at a price tag of ¥590,000 (more than $6,600 US). But with only eight carts existing, what are the odds another would go on sale? Well, lightning can strike twice they say, and here's an auction for one at a staggering ¥600,000. But not so fast. According to CAP Kobun, this gold cart is a bona fide phony. As CAP's warning was curiously in English, I inquired about if the seller, capoeiragogo, made a habit of focusing on foreign buyers who didn't know better, and if he had a history. CAP informed me that five people already have been deceived with fakes of super rare cartridges. Feeling incensed, CAP wanted to make sure no Mega Man fans unwittingly took the bait.
Of course I doubt a lot of you reading this really have the money to fork over. But even if it were only a tenth of the price, I'd still be very cautious. Yahoo Auctions in Japan is a good way to get neat import stuff; I've done it myself. But I'd think twice about something rare like this, because you have little means to verify the authenticity before receiving it. Furthermore a lot of Japanese sellers won't ship internationally, making people outside of Japan use auction deputy services, which makes it even harder to report fraud (as you're not really the one bidding on the auction).
Thank you, CAP Kobun!
Rockman 4's boss character contest is one of the most well known because of the eight golden Rockman 4 catridges that were awarded to the winners. We know that one has been sold off to a Japanese retro game store, where it has sat unpurchased for years at an astounding price. There was also the account of Yoshitaka Enomoto, Bright Man's designer, who still cherishes his copy of the game. We've now pinpointed another account via the Rockman fansite Rockmania. Ring Man's designer Hiromi Uchida offers the account of her experience entering and winning the boss character contest, and shows off her copy of the golden cartridge (pictured right). Here is the translation of her story.
How do you do. I'm the one who submitted "Ring Man" for Rockman 4. Because my little brother has been strongly persuading me, I'm writing about my account for this. By the way, I'm female. So I was a student then, you know? Actually, Ring Man's name suddenly came to me while I was in class, and I wrote it in my notebook so I wouldn't forget. I really liked Magnet Man, so of course I decided on a red body. Truth is I had to erase some stuff and rewrite the entry I sent in since I made some mistakes, and I thought "They're probably not going to accept this."
And here is the golden Rockman 4 cartridge I received when my entry was accepted. When I first played the game, I was pretty astonished at how difficult Ring Man's stage was! And what's more, they put it in space. But Ring Man himself was a scool as I'd imagined him, and I was pretty happy.
Today I almost never play games, but I do observing my little brother playing. Even now he seems in a daze while he's playing. I was also told to check this homepage (Rockmania). I give my thanks for the establishment of such a cool website. I feel glad and at the same time pretty nostolgic.
But don't misunderstand me. I'm still young!
Very cool stuff. I really hope more of these accounts keep coming. We may even find out who was the naughty one who sold his golden cartridge. Oh, and for those curious, here's the original Ring Man design by Uchida.