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Smooth McGroove is a name who has been making the internet rounds with his combination of prolific facial hair, dancing black cats, and above all else, his a cappella versions of some of the most memorable tracks in video gaming. This time, he sets his sights on one of the more iconic tracks from Mega Man X, the soaring Storm Eagle stage theme.Read More
Here we are again, with another big blast of items from the numerous tips that you, the readers of The Mega Man Network, have so graciously sent to us over the past while. Sorry if some of these are a bit late, as we usually only have so much time in the day to write up and run stories, but we definitely want to get through everything! So, without further ado, here's a veritable potpourri of Mega Man tidbits for you to sink your titanium teeth into! And as before, these start with the oldest items first, and we're going to try to work ever-closer to the present, when we'll finally be caught up!
What do you get when you cross Capcom's Mega Man with Capcom's Monster Hunter? According to a tip from GeminiSparkSP, it looks like you get Capcom's Gaist Crusher:
In the story, Gaimetal, a metal ore with high amounts of pure energy, was discovered 50,000 meters (160,000 feet) underground in 2047, and mining began all around the world. However, Gaist, metallic lifeforms whose bodies are entirely encrusted with Gaimetal, emerged in 2055 and began attacking people. In 2064, Rekka, Hayato, Kurama, and Siren are among those who suit up in Gaist Gear and battle over 100 varieties of Gaist creatures.
According to Anime News Network, it sounds like this is Capcom's next big multimedia push, as Gaist Crusher not only has a Nintendo 3DS game slated for this winter, but also anime, manga, a Bandai toy line, and more as part of their "Capcom Kids" project.
Solidifying the connection a little more, GeminiSparkSP notes that the game is rumored to use the engine from the now-abandoned Mega Man Legends 3.
Marvel and Capcom have a long and celebrated history together, and this month, Marvel will be celebrating that relationship with this variant cover of Avengers A.I's first issue:
Thanks to Ivan Alino for the tip, and the link to Robot 6's story.
Linkfreak131 lives up to her name by sending us a link to some sort of French cartoon called "Metaman."
"This isn't directly Mega Man related," she notes, "but I found this short on Vimeo that, as you can clearly tell, was heavily inspired by it called 'Meta Man'. It's extremely beautiful. Check it out, and I think you'll definitely be able to see where they pulled their inspiration of Mega Man, and a bunch other stuff."
While the logo is unquestionably similar to Mega Man's, that's more or less where the resemblance ends for me, though I can see inspiration from Sentai and Metal Hero-style shows from Japan, while the villain looks familiar... though I can't quite put my finger on it. Oh, and my toy Rhino truck from M.A.S.K. could totally do the same thing this one did with the grill.
I know what you're thinking: "Three items already, and none of them really involve Mega Man." Well, fret no longer!
We don't really have enough music tips for another TMMN Jukebox yet, so I'm just going to go ahead and run this "Dr. Wily Stage Acapella" here:
Thanks for the tip, Megamanlover2.0!
Like Mega Man webcomics? Then you might like this recommendation from Saero Novace called "To Defeat Them All (or alternatively "I Can't Defeat Anyone"), a tale of two brothers out to defeat the myriad foes of the Mega Man series. Currently, they seem to up to Skull Man in Mega Man 4, and they update every other day (the odd-numbered ones).
Here's a pair of teaser posters I missed for Last Laff's upcoming Mega Man X
fan film web series:
In a blast from the past (last year is technically the past), Erik the Red sends us a "Rockman Style" dance video:
Made in a program called "MikuMikuDance," Erik wonders if anyone is up to the task of downloading the models and having the characters dance to some actual Mega Man music. Are you?
On a side note: While this wasn't bad, I still prefer the Transformers version by far:
Despite running The Mega Man Network, I hope it's not difficult to see why.
Looking for new ideas for Mega Man games? By way of MegaTuga's e-mail, here's a video detailing five from NickonAquaMagna2. Note: It's about 39 minutes long, hence why we didn't embed it here.
Remember the "Mega Man 25th Anniversary" fan game being created by industry professionals that we told you about last year? As it turns out, Polygon posted an article about it earlier this year. Thanks for the tip, er, Rockman!
The Brotherhood of Gaming has been reviewing Archie's "Worlds Collide" crossover between Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Universe. They sent us their review of part 3 a while back, which you can see here:
Also from The Brotherhood of Gaming, but instead sent to us by WS_Andrew, is a 33-minute speed run of the first NES Mega Man game. "I don't watch many speed runs," he tells us, "but this was still no doubt one of the best I've ever seen. It was a completely perfect run-through - no damage and no deaths."
And finally, we have a short animation set to a Rockman X drama track which pits X against Sting Chameleon, Flame Mammoth, and Vile. And for those concerned, unlike the last one, this one uses more original animation.
Thanks for the tip, David Palleres!
And that's enough for tonight. Hopefully next time, we'll get everything else we missed, and we thank you for your patience.
Also, 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! If it's time-sensitive (an eBay auction, a special event, etc.), be sure to note it as "urgent" or "time sensitive."
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Thank you, and goodnight!
This is Smooth McGroove, who performs one-man acapella renditions of video game tunes. One man, though he plays eight different parts of the tune in synch, which is still impressive as you listen to his version of Spark Mandrill's theme from Mega Man X above, which can also be acquired on BandCamp here.