Update: The Misadventures of Tron Bonne Now On PlayStation Store

Update: The Misadventures of Tron Bonne Now On PlayStation Store

By this point, a lot of Mega Man fans have probably given up hope of ever seeing anything from the Mega Man Legends series appear in any way, shape, or form. However, a new hope has sprung forth by way of the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

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Prototypes and Debugs Released for PlayStation Mega Man Titles

Prototypes and Debugs Released for PlayStation Mega Man Titles

After a long wait that stretches back 14 years, several fans have made breakthroughs in four different Mega Man games. Protodude of Protodude's Rockman Corner, along with a few other dedicated fans have made available prototype and beta versions of Rockman X5, Mega Man Legends 2, and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, along with a hacked debug mode in Mega Man 8.

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Vote Arlette in Otaku House's Cosplay Idol 2011 Competition!

If the above image of Arlette Resendiz cosplaying as Tron Bonne inside her Gustaff mech with a giant Servbot looks familiar, there is a good reason, as this is not the first time she has graced The Mega Man Network's front page. Before, she was looking to sell off the mighty mech costume, but today, she's here to gain your support!

She has reached the top 40 out of 1,200 participants in Otaku House's "Cosplay Idol" contest, thanks to 140,000 voters like you. "Please help me make this cosplay number one," she asks of us, "to show love to the Mega Man Legends series!!"

Voting is a simple matter of clicking here, and then clicking either "Like" or "Google +1." You can also tweet it, but the page does not say whether those will count towards the total.

So far, the page (which shows off several of her other costumes, including Samus Aran and Bahamut) states that 371 people want her to win, though the Like and Google +1 totals indicate closer to 490 (as of this writing).

Good luck, Arlette! We're rooting for you!

Another DASH For Charity

The guys at DASH Republic are at it again today. This time they are doing a 12 hour live-play of The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, as well as the Rockman NEO demo to top it off. Furthermore, they have PayPal donations setup for the Japanese Red Cross so that you can contribute to the Touhou earthquake relief. Be sure to drop by and catch some Tron Bonne gameplay fun, and donate if you can!

Mega Man: Case Zero?

Fans of the Dead Rising series-- or, at least, those who have an Xbox 360-- may be familiar with Capcom's recent experimental prequel to last year's release of Dead Rising 2, appropriately titled "Dead Rising 2: Case Zero." For 400 Microsoft Points, players could download the title and enjoy some of the new characters and features from the then-upcoming zombie-busting sequel, as well as the benefit of being able to preemptively build protagonist Chuck Greene's skills to Level 5. Since its August 31st release, it went on to become the biggest first-week release of 2010 on Xbox LIVE, with 300,000 downloads sold in those first seven days.

With that said, it only makes sense that Capcom would seek to recreate that success with some of its other franchises beyond Dead Rising. "It's something that we're evaluating for all of our titles," Capcom U.S. Vice President Christian Svensson told GamesIndustry.biz in an interview.

"It's not something we're going to be doing on every title," he continued, "but it's something we're looking at on a title by title basis. Can we provide a compelling, self-contained pre-amble with persistence that links to a full product that helps people to upsell? That's really being thought out on a case-by-case basis."

However, don't go expecting this to happen for, say, Mega Man Legends 3-- and not for reasons outlined earlier. According to Svensson, the decision to create such a tie-in has to be made at the start of the project:

"The learnings that come from this are that it's something you have to plan from the beginning. It's not something you can do mid-development. It was hard enough even when we planned it from the beginning, just time-wise, the coordination of the Vancouver studio finalling practically three pieces of content at once -- that's hard. That's really hard to do, logistically."

In addition, there are other concerns with releasing such a product into the virtual marketplace. Beyond the worry that their investment in Case Zero would not yield positive results, there is also the concern that the release could taint the bigger product, leading to dissatisfied downloaders choosing not to purchase the retail game.

"A bad trial experience or a bad brand experience can do more harm than a really good brand experience," Svensson noted. "So you've really got to get everything lined up well."

1UP put forth the question of what other titles their readers would like to see receive their own "Case Zero" prologues, with their title suggesting marquee Capcom franchises Resident Evil and, of course, Mega Man. Interestingly enough, however, Capcom did release something akin to this before, and it was indeed for Mega Man.

Rockman DASH 2: Episode 1 was released with the Japanese version of Misadventures of Tron Bonne. But unlike the demo released with the game in North America, it contained its own story, taking place between the two numbered games in the series.

Unlike Case Zero, however, we aren't aware of any leveling-up type of benefit to your Rockman DASH 2 game if you played the prequel first. It was never released outside of Japan, though it did see a re-release on the PlayStation Portable release of Rockman DASH 2. For the benefit of those without the Japanese systems and games, here is a video of the game from YouTube:

Unlike Case Zero, there was no fee to partake in the demo-- you just had to purchase another good (but underrated) game to get it. And, unlike some other companies' offerings, at least that game was a part of the same series as the demo.

How would you like to see this idea applied to the Mega Man franchise? With the variety of game styles from series to series, there are no doubt plenty of ideas out there. Or would you rather Capcom did not do this for Mega Man?

Tell us in the comments!

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The Misadventures of Tron Bonne turns 10

tmotbpromoDuring the short but remarkable run of the Mega Man Legends series, Capcom took a break between the two major titles to release a curious game focusing on a series antagonist instead of a protagonist. 10 years ago, on July 22nd, 1999, that game released in Japan as Tron ni Kobun, but we know it better here as The Misadventures of Tron Bonne. I must confess that I'm not a big Misadventures fan, and it's one of the few Mega Man titles I haven't played to completion. But like the other two Legends titles, it has its very devoted fans. While the game my not be one of my top faves, it's easy to say that the Bonnes are definitely one of the most endearing groups of villains amidst the entire Mega Man franchise, and I give those characters much of the credit in why so many people demand for a continuation of the Legends series even today. Incidentally, I'm also pretty sure that Misadventures is the first Mega Man title that starred a female protagonist. So to you Misadventures fans out there, this is your day of celebration.

News Credit: CAP Kobun