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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!
It was only a matter of time before someone would approach former Black Ranger, $$60,000,000,000.00 Man, and current Zero (in Marvel vs. Capcom 3) Johnny Yong Bosch about recreating the famous/infamous death scene of Iris from Mega Man X4. As it turns out, YouTube user MrJechgo was that someone, and this is how it turned out at Montreal Comic Con 2012:
"I thought I would have been the biggest troll at the con because of that," says MrJechgo, "but I got countertrolled HARD."
Source: via Mega Man X on Facebook
While Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 did little to sate the desires of those who specifically wanted to see an actual Blue Bomber representing their favorite franchise, there is no denying that the Mega Man series has had a strong presence overall in the Marvel vs. Capcom series as a whole. And that's something to keep in mind as UDON Entertainment makes their latest announcement. Debuting with a special hard-cover edition (seen at right) on July 11th at San Diego Comic-Con will be the nearly 200-page Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works art book, a compilation of official artwork, sketches, and bonus features not only from the game series named in the book's title, but all of Capcom's art related to the Marvel Universe, dating all the way back to 1993's The Punisher arcade game. "Compiled by UDON with the help of Capcom and Marvel," notes the press release, "this is the first time this material has ever been collected in one place—on either side of the Pacific!"
The press release goes on to state that UDON has worked closely with Capcom's creative head, Shoei Okano, to dig through the deepest parts of Capcom's archives to find the extremely rare high-resolution art and materials used in this book, a task made all the more daunting when one realizes that no Marvel vs. Capcom art book was ever printed in Japan! The art found for this book comes from such artists as Akiman, Bengus, Shinkiro, Joe Madureira, and Adi Granov, among others, and is complemented by all-new imagery by Joe Ng, Long Vo, Chamba, Adam Warren, and Takeshi Miyazawa.
Key features of the book include:
- This is an original art book compiled by UDON, with no Japanese counterpart!
- Includes all of the series' promotional artwork, a complete art archive of all Marvel vs. Capcom character drawings, and rare, never-before-seen artwork, sketches, and bonus material!
- Contains artwork from the Capcom games The Punisher, X-Men™: Children of the Atom, Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men VS Street Fighter™, Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter™, Marvel VS Capcom, Marvel VS Capcom® 2, Marvel VS Capcom® 3, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3!
- Includes 17 new illustrations exclusive to this book!
“This book means a lot to UDON,” says Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Erik Ko. “It was back 10 years ago that Joe Quesada at Marvel Comics gave UDON our first freelance job, and kick-started our creative services department. Then just a few years later, we became our own publisher, working closely with Capcom to publish original Street Fighter®comics! Being able to publish a book containing amazing work from both Marvel and Capcom is like a big ‘thank you’ from us to the folks who helped make us what we are today. Thank you Marvel, thank you Capcom!”
As noted before, the book debuts with a hardcover edition that will be exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con on July 11th. This edition will be limited to 200 copies, and features an exclusive wrap-around cover by UDON/Marvel vs. Capcom artist Alvin Lee and digitally painted by UDON’s Genzoman.
For the rest of us, we'll have to wait until late November's release of the standard softcover edition, which will be distributed to comic shops and book stores by Diamond.
Read on for more details and preview images from the book.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works Hardcover Edition Format: Hardcover Page Count: 192, Colour Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long (9” x 12” with Hardcover) Price (U.S.): $100.00 Debuts July 11th, 2012. San Diego Comic Con Exclusive.
Softcover Edition (Cover shown below) ISBN: 1-926778-49-9 ISBN 13: 978-1-926778-49-5 Format: Softcover Page Count: 192, Colour Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long Price (U.S.): $44.99 In-stores November 2012.
Softcover Edition Cover Art by Shinkiro.
Japanese promotional artwork by Shinkiro (used for cover illustration).
Tribute artwork by Chamba (Jeffrey Cruz). Preview of Page 21.
Marvel vs. Capcom official character artwork. Preview pages 78-79.
Rare design and illustration document! Preview page 150.
Complete character bios! Page 172 preview.
Close-up on part of the hardcover edition.
That's right! As we reported previously, today is the day when Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3's "Weapon Expert Pack" goes on sale for $4 (PSN)/320 Microsoft Points (XBL). This is the pack which includes the UDON version of Marvel's Taskmaster, as well as Trish's Gloria costume, in addition to a Mega Man X skin for Maverick Hunter Zero. No new moves or anything, and so far as we're aware, you can't even allow the two S-Ranked Hunters to team up, so it's all pretty much just for flash and dazzle as Zero pulls an Axl and wears X's image into battle.
Thanks to Protodude for the reminder.
Another week, and time for another edition of Ripot's Round-Up! To start things off, Magnet Man and Shotoman have informed us that Capcom Unity has announced they will be doing a streaming playthrough of each Mega Man game from the Classic series each month throughout 2012. They began Friday with the original Mega Man, and will continue with Mega Man 2 in February and so on.
Of course, the question this poses is: with only 10 games in the Classic series*, this can only last through October. Might they have something planned for November, before the 25th anniversary of Mega Man in December?
* Excluding the Game Boy and other side games; then we'd have too many.
Thanks, Magnet Man and Shotoman!
We know that Mega Man X is joining the fight in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as a downloadable costume next month, but once those are finished, what then?
Some have been hopeful that Capcom might move on to other DLC-- new characters, perhaps, including some form of Mega Man who doesn't sound and act like Zero-- but according to Capcom's Seth Killian, that won't be the case. "Unfortunately," he responded to an inquiry on Capcom Unity, "there are still no plans for UMVC3 DLC beyond the costumes.”
Thanks for the tip, DaiSeiSei!
Auto from E-Can Factory dropped us a link to the following video. It's no "Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny," but this Robot Bar Fight is still kind of catchy, just the same:
Yeah, X doesn't quite get a fair shake here, but let's be honest: he's probably the Mega Man least likely to start a bar fight over a stolen drink. That, and it is Megatron (from Transformers Animated, no less), so we're willing to let it slide. At least he was included!
From Jonathan Bilski, we have a way to use Mega Busters to make love, not war:
That's pretty cool, but what do you use to water plants like that?
Thanks for the tip, Jonathan!
Razor has passed along word that on Sony's official Top PlayStation Network Sellers for the month of December 2011, Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X was number three among the five PlayStation Portable games listed. Awesome!
Maybe there is some hope for the series yet? We'll just have to wait and see, though the timing is curious... you don't suppose the iPhone game released that very same month might have had something to do with it, do you?
We may not see another Mega Man Legends game for some time yet, but you can always create your own adventures with MegaMan Volnutt and the gang if you win this lot of Mega Man Legends 2 figures Sam spotted on eBay! There's less than a day left on the auction, which is at $26.99 with three bids, so hurry if you want a shot!
And finally, via Get Me Off The Moon, we have the following fan's proposal:
Archie's always stating how they want to hear from you on what they should do, so maybe dropping a line to firstname.lastname@example.org is worth a shot? Heck, they just asked for it! At the very least, maybe we'll luck out and get a mini-series to test the waters.
Also: nice shirt.
That's all for today! Thanks to everyone who submitted a tip, and remember to submit your own to the.mega.man.network[at]gmail.com, or just use this handy form!
Thank you, and goodnight!
Hmm, with all of those R's in the headline, perhaps I should have said "Rockman" instead. Anyway, a few items of interest hit our Inbox today, and they all involve Mega Man in fighting games. Note that I didn't specify Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3... but more on that in a minute.
The first item comes to us from GameSpot by way of DaiSanSei, and is a full breakdown and release schedule for all of the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 downloadable costumes. The downloadable costume for Zero of Mega Man X will be available alongside Hawkeye's Ronin costume, UDON's Taskmaster, and Trish's Gloria costume in a pack collectively known as "The Weapon Expert Pack." It will cost $4 on the PlayStation Network, or 320 points if you're with Xbox LIVE, and won't be available until near the tail-end of the run on February 7th next year.
February 21st will see the release of five character costumes for the same price in "The Viewtiful Strange Pack." This includes Tron Bonne in her Servbot-styled Gustaff, Phoenix Wright in his college attire, not-so Viewtiful Joe, a Nova costume which "is so fresh, it's based on something that hasn't even been revealed yet," a retro look for Dr. Strange, and an alternate costume for the Dread Dormammu.
If you can't wait that long to infuse a little more Blue into your team, then you may want to tell your story to the most hardcore video game journalist around, Frank West. His "Rising Dead Pack" comes out on November 22nd for the same prices noted above. It also includes Ghost Rider 2099 (who apparently also helps fill out the "robot" quotient), a charred form of Nemesis, and The Queen of the Revolving Door of Death herself, Jean Grey/Phoenix.
Now, throughout this whole Marvel vs. Capcom 3 brouhaha, one argument which has come up now and again is that Mega Man is essentially the mascot for Capcom, which is why the inclusion of a Blue Bomber in the game would be warranted, regardless of which tag (if any) one were to attach to the end. But a rumor from Clown Prince of Crime suggests that he may yet find his way into such a role as only he could fill it.
According to Clown Prince of Crime-- or C-PoC, if I may-- a fellow by the name of Lupinko has been known to leak rosters for such fighting games as Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and even Mortal Kombat 9. What's more, as C-PoC tells us, they have turned out to be true.
With that, he turns our attention to a recent tweet from Lupinko, which states:
Everybody will love the yellow dude's style, but blue boy will cause lots of lols or lots of rage, wait and see! Excelsior!
Interesting. According to C-PoC, this is in reference to the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken collaboration between Capcom and Namco. Naturally, "the yellow dude" is likely Namco mascot Pac-Man, with "blue boy" being Mega Man. Talk about fighting Man to Man...
Of course, that is still just a rumor for now, but one which may have some weight behind it, if Lupinko's record is indeed true.
Finally, since it seems like it would fit in here, JayKay54 passed along a quick piece he wrote about X's absence from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom with the consideration that maybe the cobalt-colored Maverick Hunter doesn't really belong in there after all. It's an interesting idea, though we think that with the impending threat of Galactus looming, X might feel just a little differently on the matter.
Besides, we got the lawyer with his girl sidekick and dog; I imagine he'd rather handle his battles from behind the defense stand, too.
What's with the sudden flood of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 news all of a sudden? You'd think the game was just about to go on sale or something. Oh, right.
Anyway, here is the latest from our friends at Capcom Unity as they present the full cinematic trailer for the game:
On Unity, Brelston notes:
You've likely seen bits and pieces of this already - likely from TGS or other events - but this is the first time it's been presented in one uncut video. If you're a fan of epic stare-downs and Inception-style horns, hoo boy, you're in for a treat...
And if all you're interested in is seeing how Mega Man characters fit into this, then just skip to about 3:49. Hey, even Zero's there! He didn't even make it into the intro for the last one, did he?
Thanks to @Cyberlink420 on Twitter, we have learned that Shoryuken.com has made a new post about Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, one which should interest Mega Man fans, regardless of your feelings toward the game itself. In addition to posting some combo videos (for non-Mega Man characters, sorry), it would seem that some members of the community who have already gotten their hands on the game have gone through and plucked out all of the victory poses for every character in the game. That includes all of their alternate colors and their downloadable costumes, which they report are already on the disc, just waiting to be unlocked.
You can see the classic duo of X and Zero, a tandem which you probably won't see anywhere in the game itself except at each others' throats, at your right. For the record, they come individually, and we simply put them together. Just give it a click (well, a right-click and Open in New Tab) to see the full size of the images (though Zero's massive hair is cut off a bit at the top; the sides are already cropped in the originals). And yes, Tron and Frank West are there, too!
Whatever your thoughts on the game and its use of characters, you have to admit that it's still nice to get some new images to use for various purposes, right?
Though Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is not due to be available until November 15th, it seems that some avid fans are already getting their hands on copies of Bradygames' official guide to the beefed-up fighter. Such is the case of Shoryuken forums user TheDarkPhoenix, pictured with his prize at right. And what secrets the guide contain? Well, given the nature of this website, you know we aren't talking about anything to do with Captain America or Phoenix Wright or Rocket Raccoon. That, and the title sort of spoils it.
Anyway, another pic was uploaded, which you can see below. But odds are, you already have an idea of what to expect. As for how you'll take it... well, look on, and decide for yourself.
That's right: the downloadable alternate costume for Zero will be none other than the much-desired and frequent poll winner for new fighters, Mega Man X. Might this be the "Mega Man news" Seth Killian alluded to previously?
We don't know whether this merely changes the appearance of Zero, or more (name, voice, cutscenes, or anything), which will no doubt leave a bitter taste in the mouth of those championing the Blue Bomber's appearance in the game. On the bright side, it's not as though X has never wielded Zero's saber before, and the Buster is in, so... well, it's something, at least. Just not necessarily what fans were wanting, though as said before, that remains to be seen.
In addition, TheDarkPhoenix notes that another Mega Man-related alternate costume download is Frank West in his Blue Bomber attire. Plus, there seem to be some Mega Man cameos in some of the game's endings; to avoid spoilers, we won't post it here, but check out our Twitter feed for a link if you wish to see it for yourself.
Thanks to @AquaTeamV3 for the tip!
Update: Thanks to @DMThigpen for providing not only an image of Frank West's DLC attire, but Tron's as well:
MMN Note: Yeah, the post changed since it first went up; Heat and I were both making one, but we decided to run with mine.
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!
Following on from yesterday's reveal that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 would have a free downloadable mode called "Heroes and Heralds," which uses character cards to add abilities, the official trailer has now been posted by Capcom. Have a look:
While we saw Roll and eventually Mega Man X make appearances yesterday, today's version gives us a clearer look at some details. For instance, on the "Team Heralds" image near the start, we can see Zero in the back-left portion, between the hammer and sword (which is really fitting in a neat sort of way, were one to think about it). This does stand to reason, given we see him fight as a Herald in the same video, but we're just pointing it out.
There's nothing more to the video beyond the Legends background and Zero fighting (at least, where Mega Man fans might strictly be concerned), but the official press release on Capcom Unity's blog has a CG trailer and some new screens, including Roll and X's cards, as well as some for the Servbots and even Dr. Wily!
...but she won't be having anything stronger than an E Tank tonight. After all, she's ten. But seriously: a new mode for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has been revealed at the New York Comic-Con, called "Heroes vs. Heralds." It seems that the purpose of this mode is to assemble a group of heroes to combat a team of Silver Surfer-ized fighters who, we assume, have been granted the Power Cosmic by Galactus in order to serve as his heralds.
This mode uses different collectible character cards to unlock new moves, and among the characters featured is none other than Mega Man's sister, Roll. The trailer has not been officially released yet, so far as we can tell, but you can view someone's shaky-cam recording of it below:
Apparently, this mode won't be included on the retail release, but will be available as a free download following the game's launch.
Thanks for the tip, PStart!
Update: And thanks to word from Unknown and a picture from thegolfcourse, who was at the panel, we can see that Mega Man X is another card, too. How many more will there be? We'll bring you word as it comes.
The presence of Phoenix Wright as one of the long-awaited additions to Capcom's fighting game roster has not been one of the company's better-kept secrets. And yes, you read that correctly: Capcom managed to find a way to include the unincludable, while not having any idea of how to possibly fit Mega Man into a fighting game (three prior inclusions notwithstanding, apparently). But, we digress. The company has officially revealed the inclusion of not only their Ace Attorney, but also Marvel's Nova in a series of new trailers, screens, etc.
However, N-n-N (that's "Nick 'n Nova") aren't the only new reveal; a background based on the iconic cover from the X-Men "Days of Future Past" storyline is also there, and it has been modified to be accepting of more characters than just mutants... or even just Marvel, for that matter. Take a look:
Notice anything on the "wanted" poster?
Among the flood of tips we've received about this, a few of you have also included a close-up image of the poster itself. Have a look:
For comparison, here is the original cover:
That's right: replacing Wolverine as the sole survivor from Marvel and Capcom parties alike is none other than the original Blue Bomber, Mega Man. What's more, as Wilynumber13 says, the entire poster is characters who were in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, but didn't make the cut for 3, many of which are marked as "apprehended" or "slain."
Naturally, this has led to much speculation. Some people believe this is Capcom's way of mercilessly mocking fans of the Rock, while others believe this is their way of instilling hope, perhaps even hinting at a little plasma power coming our way through downloadable content. Though frankly, we believe that if it were the former, he'd be in one of the other spots.
So, what's the real story?
Well, according to some responses in an Ask Capcom thread about this very subject, moderator Zonic says that it is merely a cameo, and that "it was never meant to be a hint of some sort."
Member Nathan adds "A guy interviewed Sven about UMvC3 and the poster was one of the things that came up. Sven said it was just a bit of fun and meant nothing. Good news for fans of Psylocke, Rogue, Jin Saotome, Captain Commando, Cyclops, Gambit, BB Hood, Ruby Heart, Ice Man, Colossus, the monkey girl and cactus guy, Cable, Marrow, and Hayato. Bad news for Mega Man fans."
Incidentally, Sven himself said that the person interviewed was "probably Seth... wasn't Sven. I've conducted no interviews (I'm buried under mountains of work back at the office)."
Edit: And it turns out it was indeed Seth, as seen around five minutes into this video (via Protodude):
In any case, it doesn't sound good for Mega Man fans who wish to play as the Blue Bomber in this epic clash.
Thanks to EVERYONE who sent this in! The whole lot of you!
Some of you may not care about this news, while others will probably see some of it as a slap to the face. Nonetheless, here is what's new with Zero in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
...what? You didn't think they were just going to copy-and-paste him as-is into the new game, did you?
As you can see above, Zero is sporting a few new color schemes, handy for matches in which more than one person wishes to take control of Dr. Wily's ultimate creation. But can you identify the sources of the new color schemes (or, for that matter, identify the now-omitted color scheme)? You can find the answers in GameSpot's special feature, which the Maverick Hunter shares with Marvel's Dr. Doom, or you can just skip to Zero's part (as written by Capcom's U.S. Product Manager for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ryan McDougall) here.
Incidentally, he notes "Zero is the most interested in combat for combat’s sake"? Hmm, does that seem quite right? We'd probably pick Axl of the main three for that, but will leave that up for debate. Incidentally, spelling Wily with an "e" does leave us raising an eyebrow, but perhaps that was GameSpot's doing?
Huh. And all this time, we figured that the black-and-gold scheme came from that Gustaff paint job in The Misadventures of Tron Bonne.
Moving back to Zero, MMN reader DaiSanSei passed along to us a link to the following video from YouTube user ZeroXZ03, taken at the Battle Arena Melbourne event. Here, you can see many of the differences not only in his fighting abilities, but also a new win quote some people are finding rather inflammatory...
Ouch. Though to be fair, that probably wasn't meant to add any extra salt to the wounds around the ever-controversial Mega Man X-clusion, but it doesn't seem to have helped matters, either.
Finally, thanks to everyone who sent in the tips about the Zero color scheme updates; we'll try to have stuff like this up a little sooner next time!
2011 has been a bit of a bitter pill for fans of Mega Man games to swallow, from the Blue Bomber getting the cold shoulder in two versions of Marvel vs. Capcom to the cancellation of two high-profile games in Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3. This has left many with a growing sense of skepticism and diminishing faith towards Capcom as they have stated that Mega Man still means a lot to them, but have had little else to show for it beyond comics and other licensed merchandise and a Korean-exclusive Multiplayer Online RPG. However, this may be poised to change... maybe.
At a recent Capcom Fight Club event, GameZone's Vito Gesualdi spoke to Capcom Special Adviser and longtime MMN friend Seth Killian, who was asked about the potential inclusion of characters in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. These questions culminated in whether or not we could "finally get MegaMan off the moon by including him in the popular fighting game.
"We tried," Seth replied. "It didn't work out."
As one could take that to mean that they tried to include him in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, or as a reference to the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, Seth elaborated that "We have eaten a giant plate of unhappiness on this one," adding that "Mega Man is very, very close to my heart."
Pressed further for something-- anything-- to say about Mega Man, Seth relented a little, and said "Hang in there, we may have some Mega Man news....Maybe".
GameZone notes that "You could just tell the whole Mega Man thing was eating away at him, and he wanted to share something," before speculating that perhaps public outcry has led them to consider restarting the Mega Man Legends 3 Project, or perhaps even turning it over to Keiji Inafune's company, Comcept, to develop after even more outcry at their refusal to allow him further participation prior to canceling.
Of course, it's all speculation right now... well, almost. The only thing it seems we can be certain of is that Capcom is indeed trying to think of something to do with Mega Man, at the very least, though whether that pans out and we see an official announcement remains to be seen. However, something tells us that after the meltdown of Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3, Capcom won't be saying anything until they are good and ready.
As for us? All we can do is simply wait and hope that whatever they are doing reaches that point.
For the full interview, check out the video below. Thanks to "Rockman" for the tip!