Reminder: Sonic Lost World "First Play" Charity Marathon with Ian Flynn This Weekend

Reminder: Sonic Lost World "First Play" Charity Marathon with Ian Flynn This Weekend

Just a reminder for everyone that this weekend, starting at noon EST on Saturday, October 26th, I'll be holding the Sonic Lost World "First Play" Charity Marathon to benefit the Sick Kids Foundation. Joining me will be Ian Flynn, writer of Archie's Sonic the HedgehogSonic Universe, and Mega Man comics.

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Mega Man Battle Network Speedrun Marathon for Doctors Without Borders This Weekend

mmbnBeginning at 7:30pm EST on Friday, August 16th, Silver Hunter and a group of other Mega Man Battle Network fans are planning a speedrunning marathon of the series in order to raise $1,000 for the charity Doctors Without Borders. In addition to the six core games in the series, Silver's group will also be taking on such titles as Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge, Rockman.EXE WS, and even the fan game "Mega Man Battle Network: Chrono X." Additional runs to be performed for $500 raised towards them include a New Game + run of Mega Man Battle Network 2, a Buster-only run of the first game, Rockman.EXE N1 Battle, and a "blind race" of Mega Man Network Transmission. You can find more details about these runs here.

Finally, you can tune in for the marathon here, where they will soon be posting the account for people to donate to and a tracker.

TheSpeedGamers Take on 27 Mega Man Titles in Marathon Starting Friday

TSG-Mega-Man-13-banner_2 Beginning March 8th at 6pm Central Time and running through March 11th, TheSpeedGamers is holding a Mega Man Marathon to raise money for the Rocking H Ranch, which supports a number of different charities.

Throughout the marathon, they will be playing the following titles: The numbered Mega Man Classic series titles, Mega Man X through X4, plus X8 and Command Mission, Mega Man Zero, Mega Man Battle Network, the first two Game Boy Mega Man games, Mega Man: The Power Battle, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, Mega Man Powered Up, Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, and Mega Man ZX Advent.

In addition to watching TheSpeedGamers in action, you can also enter auctions and raffles to win Mega Man-themed prizes. A specific list hasn't been given, but past marathons have seen such items given away as t-shirts, hats, pins, copies of Mega Man games, artwork, and action figures/figurines.

If you would like to donate, TheSpeedGamers have provided the following widget (as ChipIn has closed down), which should also appear on their website:

And if you would like to watch the marathon here on The Mega Man Network when it begins, you may do so with the following embedded player:

Best of luck to everyone involved!

MegaMarathon Going On Now

Thanks to Victor, we just received word that the folks at MegaMarathon are holding... well, a MegaMarathon. They began on December 8th and have been working through both Classic and X series games in alternating order (Mega Man, Mega Man X, Mega Man 2, Mega Man X2, etc.), and as of this writing, they are now at Mega Man X6. The point, of course, is to help raise money for charity; in this case, Child's Play. As of this writing, they are 18 percent of the way there, and as is often the case for marathons such as this, those who donate are eligible for prizes. So head on over to the page, check out their progress, and dig deep to give this holiday season!

Mega Man Marathon is Happening Now!

For the next 48 hours, the MX3 Team will be doing what everyone loves: playing Mega Man. But what's more, they're doing it for charity! So give 'em a look, and donate some cash if you're feeling generous. It all goes to support the Child's Play organization.

Mega Man, plus donating to a good cause? What could be better?

Megamanathon for Child's Play This Weekend

As we mentioned earlier, OtaRockman is this weekend, but if you're unable to go, that doesn't mean you won't be able to get your fill of Blue Bomber goodness. In fact, you'll probably be able to get even more, and can help a good cause in the process! On Sunday, July 29th, the Megamanathon will be held from 11am until 10pm as Adam Strickland will go through all ten main Mega Man Classic games to raise money for IWK Child's Play wishlist, "where we will buy games that all of the sick children want while they spend the time in the hospital!"

There will also be raffle tickets sold for prizes at a rate of one ticket for $2 or three for $5. Prizes include a Mega Man t-shirt from Sharkrobot.com and a copy of the Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide from UDON Entertainment.

You can find out more info by joining the Megamanathon event page on Facebook.

The MegaMarathon Begins Today!

Beginning at 1PM PST today, the folks from Shogun Gamer are going to hold a 48-hour Mega Man marathon, during which they will attempt to play through as many games from the main Mega Man Classic and Mega Man X series as they can. In doing so, they hope that those who view the marathon here (and perhaps even those who don't) will be willing to donate money towards their goal of $10,000, which will be donated to the Child's Play charity.

By donating, you will also become eligible to win one of the prizes donated to their cause by Capcom themselves, including Mega Man posters, sticker sets, and energy drinks, as well as more valuable gifts, such as a copy of MegaMan Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar, Servbot bobbleheads, a copy of Mega Man: The Wily Wars, and even one of the highly-coveted Mega Man 9 press kits.

So be sure to tune in and cheer them on, and donate if you can!

Source: Capcom Unity

Legends at NYCC, Legends for Charity, Legends from Japan, and Inafune Talks About Legends 3, Too

Quite a bit of Mega Man Legends stuff going on here... but then, what did we expect for a news tip from the 100,000 Strong for Mega Man Legends 3 Facebook group (by way of Treleus)? Star Force? First up is this schedule of events that the group has planned for their appearance at the New York Comic-Con. Tournaments, bumper stickers, live streaming, t-shirts, and buttons are all part of the plan for this get-together in the Apple MarketBig Apple. Perhaps the most interesting of all will be the "peaceful demonstration" planned for 1pm on Sunday. Hopefully Capcom doesn't break out the Mega Mace for this one.

Ah, but seriously: we wish them the best of luck here. We don't rate their chances of convincing Capcom with this event, but the only way to truly lose is to stop fighting.

You can see pics of the booth as it currently stands here.

Another event happening on Sunday the 16th is Extra Life, a gaming charity to aid children's hospitals through Children's Miracle Network. Over the course of 24 hours, 100,000 Strong member Josh Ousley will be playing through both Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Legends 2. Sure, that's only going to serve to put MegaMan on the moon, but it's still up to Capcom to help get him off.

If that wasn't enough charity, a second event called the True Blue Marathon, which will have two competing teams playing games from Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog to raise money for WVU Children's Hospital.

Inspired by all that has been happening on this side of the Pacific, Japanese fans have been "inspired and rejuvenated," with CAP Kobun leading an effort to capture and translate the entire Rockman DASH cell phone game (the first part of which we will be posting the translation for this weekend on MMN). He also offers the following words of encouragement:

"For working hard to bring Mega Man Legends 3 back to the forefront of the fan community, I'd like to show you my appreciation from the bottom of my heart."

"I'm so thankful to you for taking this opportunity to show Capcom how we feel directly. Unfortunately a lot of Mega Man fans are disappointed, and they are actually giving up. Please keep shining your beacon of hope unto us all. Let's share the joys of someday reviving Mega Man Legends 3 together!"

Update: We have been informed by Amunshen on Twitter that the above words actually come from a fan named Ryouta, rather than from CAP Kobun. We apologize for the misunderstanding.

Finally, longtime Mega Man producer Keiji Inafune recently gave an interview to Famitsu, with the 100,000 Strong group providing a translation of the parts relevant to Mega Man, including his ongoing desire to continue Legends 3 and how he feels Battle Network is all tied up:

Question : Out of every series you've worked on, which would you like to continue the most?

In response, Inafune explained about the kind of game where the creator wouldn't want or need to make a sequel. These are the games in which the story is completely concluded in every corner of the creator's mind. As an example, Inafune cited Mega Man Battle Network. He ultimately concludes that for him, there is no part of that story left to tell.

On the other hand, Mega Man Legends was the one series that he has wanted to continue for years. That's why he started the Mega Man Legends 3 Project before he left Capcom, but as you probably know, the project has been axed since then.

"Honestly, I still wanna make it." Inafune says. However, since he left the company, unless Capcom commissions him to make the game he can never work on Mega Man Legends 3 again.

Inafune goes on to describe the bond between creator and creation, and how the rights to call such things theirs does not tend to stay with the ones who created them. After what happened with Mega Man Legends 3, Inafune chose to do what he could to change this with his newly-announced Nintendo 3DS title, KAIO (King of Pirates), by placing his own copyright mark of "KI" (Keiji Inafune, of course) alongside the Marvelous AQL logo. This, he says, is the evidence he is the original creator.

"For a creator, the creation is like his child," Inafune said. "With KAIO, I wanted to state that fact on paper and make it official." This led to the contract he signed with Marvelous AQL, wherein the company has acknowledged and honored the right for him to retain KAIO the original creation as his own.

Will Capcom ever relent, and allow Inafune to realize the dream? Only time will tell.

For the full report on all of the above, be sure to check out this post at the 100,000 Strong for Mega Man Legends 3 Facebook group.

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 Legends Played for Charity

Starting around noon Eastern Standard Time, the site People's Republic of Rockman DASH will be putting on a live stream of playing through the Mega Man Legend series, as well as some purported surprises. Dubbed "Endless Water," the goal of the play-through is to raise awareness of the lack of clean drinking water in parts of the world, and to take donations for Water.org, a foundation that aids such regions. Tune in and show your support if you can!

Mega Man Marathon Rings in the New Year

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To ring in the new year, Golden Horseshoe Street Fighter is running a marathon from now until the 3rd, playing through Mega Man through Mega Man 10. To make things more challenging, the crew is also using ONLY special weapons, unless the Mega Buster is absolutely mandatory. Interesting! What's more, they are also using the event to raise money for Child's Play. Even you can spare it, be sure to go to their site and donate!

Thanks for the heads up, Zach!

Mega Man Marathon Kicks Off

In other instance of gaming for a cause, a group of fans have begun a Mega Man Marathon (or Megathon) just an hour ago now. They are set to play through Mega Man 1-10, and Mega Man X1-8, and will keep playing all the way through Monday. The donations will go directly to the Child's Play charity. Be sure to check them out and give them your support! Four straight days of Mega Man... I dunno if I'd have the stamina. And I work for a Mega Man site!

Mega Marathon Man 2 gearing up

mmm2Watching people play Mega Man games may not be quite as fun as playing them yourself, but it can be just as rewarding when it's for a good cause. After the success of last year's Mega Marathon Man, a non-stop Mega Man gaming session where viewers could watch and donate money to charity, Chuck and co. will be at it again from September 4th to the 6th, starting at 3pm central time. This year all proceeds donated will go to the Child's Play charity. You can keep up with Mega Marathon Man 2 info on their Twitter page. What better a way to both support Mega Man and charity for children's hospitals?