The latest and acousticest Rockman Zero Collection soundtrack comes out in just a couple of days. If you're hungry to have more of this album, e-Capcom has you covered if just a little bit. They have recently put up the same samples revealed on the Spiceman live stream, but in much sharper quality than the measly recordings I made. There is also an additional sample for Awakening Will in Resonance. Additionally, although I believe this has been out for a while, initial orders will come with a set of three special coasters (one of which already being revealed). I must point at that, for the time being, it appears you can only order Resonnant Vie through e-Capcom or through mail order with Inti Creates. This is going to make grabbing a copy pretty tough unless you're in Japan or you can find a middleman (I am actually unclear if either outlet will accept international orders, but I don't believe so). I wouldn't fear, though. Previous Inti Creates albums have also released like this, only to go onto nationwide sale later. Once that happens importing is usually a snap, it may just be a month or two down the road.
As one might recall, Capcom of Japan pulled Rockman Zero Collection from its previously-planned release on April 22nd for reasons unknown. This led to a panic and some unfounded speculation on the part of some, who felt that Zero would follow in the footsteps of another compilation, the Game Boy Advance title Mega Man Mania/Anniversary Collection (despite completely separate developers). Fortunately, Andriasang has good news for those who had feared the worst: Capcom has announced that Rockman Zero Collection is now poised to be released on June 10th for ¥4,190. Furthermore, they've "refreshed" their official Japanese website so that the sections for "Story & Character" and "System" are available, though "Action" and "Secret" remain inactive.
If all that was not enough, an e-Capcom bonus has also been unveiled: "an original clear file featuring the Zero Collection package illustration on one side, and the Game Boy Advance original illustrations on the other side." Said package illustration, seen at right above (click to enlarge), is an original creation by Zero series artist Tooru Nakuyama.
Meanwhile, on the North American front, Mega Man Zero Collection was never postponed, so as far as we can tell, it is still on track for a Summer 2010 release. For Europe, NintenDaan (via GoNintendo) reports that the newest release schedule for Nintendo's platforms shows they will also receive the game in June.
Looks like it didn't take long at all for a trailer of the Rockman Zero Collection to drop. While the first half is a pretty straightforward gameplay montage of the series, the second half shows off a bit of the bottom screen. It's hard to say much about it from what the trailer shows, but it looks like boss artwork is displayed on the bottom screen. There's also some sort of menu that looks like it contains thumbnails of the artwork. It's entirely possible that the bottom screen could be a dedicated art gallery, but hopefully this is only one of several functions. The number one thing I took away from this trailer is that the music seems to be retained from the original instead of using the remasters. I doubt they'd show this trailer with the original GBA music if the music in-game was going to be the redone versions. Honestly, this isn't too surprising considering the ridiculous amount of space it would take to contain 4 games worth of music in actual compressed audio instead of MIDI. Ah well.
Lastly, the mystery of the "extra logo" has been solved. It seems the rectangular slot on the official site that was previously empty has been filled in with a link to this very trailer which is embedded right below.
Update: Well it looks like there are at least 2 different functions for the bottom screen. While boss art and pics of Zero still look like they're purely aesthetic, there's another interesting thing shown. Protodude has pointed out on his blog that the other menu looks like Zero 3's e-modification card menu.
"The Rockman Zero modification cards were cards sold exclusively in Japan in 2004, and when used with Nintendo's e-Reader device, they would make minor modifications to Rockman Zero's 3 gameplay. To accommodate for the lack of an e-Reader, Zero Collection looks to be implementing this system within the game itself. 'Course, this is just speculation, so don't take my word for it." -Protodude
Very interesting indeed. A feature predicted by our own LBD "Nytetrayn".
News Credit: Protodude's Rockman Corner
I have a confession to make. I've seen people clamoring for a Mega Man Zero Collection, a compilation of the four Game Boy Advance games in the series, for some time now. But ever since Rockman.EXE: Operate Shooting Star turned out to be a port of the original Rockman.EXE title with minimal changes (similar to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney), I've been something of a killjoy on the matter. If it was brought up, I would tend to respond that Capcom was more likely to release them all individually, possibly with some added content. But a collection? Highly unlikely.
And I am not afraid to tell you here today that I was more or less wrong; of course, "highly unlikely" doesn't mean impossible, but evidently, the possibility was greater than I had imagined.
In other words: yes, there is going to be a Rockman Zero Collection on the Nintendo DS. Capcom of Japan has opened the site for it, which you can view for yourself here.
Information seems to be scarce at the moment, suffice to say that it seems to contain all four parts of the Rockman Zero saga. The release date is soon-- very soon, in fact, with a date of April 22nd, 2010, and a price of 3,990 yen (roughly $43.83 USD).
One should also note that above the center "Z" logo (which moves to the left when the central image of Zero appears) when the site begins to flash scenes, there is an opening for a logo (?) that is unaccounted for. It may simply be an oversight on my part, but what could that space be for?
Naturally, it's a touch too soon to hear about a U.S. release date just yet, though I'm sure we'll hear something by E3 in June. Until then, stay with us as we bring you the latest regarding the Rockman Zero Collection-- no doubt some of our crew will import it upon release and tell you whether it's worth getting more hyped for than Operate Shooting Star.
Thanks to fellow MMN staff member Mainfinger for bringing this to my attention.