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Fans of Mega Man Battle Network have long known of a special Japanese-exclusive game for the WonderSwan Color, Rockman.EXE WS. Unlike the regular games, this one plays out as a platformer, much like the Classic series or, perhaps more appropriately, Mega Man Network Transmission for the GameCube. In addition, it follows the story of the first two seasons of the anime. Now, a group of fans at The Rockman EXE Zone have completed a patch which allows the game to be played with an English translation. Check out their video of it in action, but be warned of spoilers:
It's a shame that this was never released here, due to the handheld's Japan-only nature-- especially since it looks like it might even be more fun than Transmission turned out to be. It even has the Style Changes which the GameCube game lacked due to its placement in the timeline.
If you should happen to have a copy, then perhaps this patch is just what you've been looking for. You can find it here, but you're on your own for getting a copy of the game (and no linking to ROM piracy sites in the comments).
Thanks for the tip, Prof. 9!
We're used to CoroCoro bringing us information about Mega Man's future, but how often do we use it to look into Mega Man's past? Here's one such instance, with a CoroCoro scan all the way back from October of 1999. The contents is the upcoming Rockman & Forte WS, a Rockman game licensed by Bandai for their WonderSwan portable system. The game featured the heroes and music from Mega Man & Bass, but with all new wonky Robot Masters, and an arch nemesis modeled after, I kid you not, Quint. Yeah, that Quint. The most notable thing about this old article scan is the artwork it features of Rockman Shadow (here just referred to as Shadow), and one of the Robot Masters, Dangan Man ("dangan" is Japanese for bullet). Truthfully I didn't know such artwork even existed, and it makes me wonder where the other boss artwork might be. Especially considering another of the Robot Masters, Konro Man (portable stove), seems to be a favorite of Inti Creates and made a cameo in both ZX games.
The rest of the article just throws some hype at Rockman & Forte WS, and exhibits the vertical stage layouts thanks to the WonderSwan's flippable design. Check after the break for the full page scan.
Image source: 2ch