Interview with Mega Man Unlimited's Philippe Poulin (Part 2/2)

Interview with Mega Man Unlimited's Philippe Poulin (Part 2/2)

After five years of work, Philippe Poulin (aka MegaPhilX) and his team have released "Mega Man Unlimited" to overwhelmingly positive reviews and ever-increasing popularity. Phil was recently able to sit down with The Mega Man Network and answered a plethora of questions. If you haven't already, enjoy the first part of this interview and read on for even more questions about game design, discarded concepts and the awesome final bosses in "Mega Man Unlimited".

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100K Strong's Mega Man Legends 3 Concept Album Reaches Completion

601311_438390766235170_2018168174_nIt's been a while since we last heard some news on the Mega Man Legends 3 concept album first revealed back in August, but rest assured that time has not been spent idly-- in fact, the project is now complete! The project began to commemorate one year since the Facebook group 100,000 Strong for Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 (aka "Get Me Off The Moon") first began, allowing artists and musicians alike to create works which they felt would have fit into the game, had it been released. In addition, it also helps celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Mega Man Legends series itself.

To check out the album in all its glory, just click here. Thanks for the tip, Skybane Zero!

OCR's 5-Disc Mega Man X Album 'Maverick Rising' Out Now

Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter Rising It's here. After being held hostage by Sigma for several days, it's finally here. Mega Man X: Maverick Rising is out now. Go get it.

This album is massive. We're talking five discs here with over four and a half hours of remixes by 49 artists spanning the entire Mega Man X series. That's a lot of music! Where to start?

Having listened to the album in its entirety earlier today, I'll go ahead and make a few personal recommendations. For those who like funky jams, "Put Ya Guns On" by Diggi Dis is a must (and probably my favorite track on the album). Looking for a more straightforward (but face-melting) rock song that stays true to the source while adding additional flair? Try "Crawfish Crackdown" by Devastus. Or maybe you just want to dance the night away. Might I recommend "Anoplophora" by Jewbei?

Of course, that's just to get you started. Be sure to check out the album in its entirety when you can. You know... when you have four and a half hours to kill.

And for those that missed the trailer in our earlier post, here it is again:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOKKaix_4LY

Maverick Rising Gets a Launch Trailer

Maverick RisingWhat does it mean when OverClocked ReMix posts an album trailer on their homepage? It means the release is IMMINENT! We've been talking about Mega Man X: Maverick Rising for a long time now and it seems it's finally about to drop. That's 3 full hours of remixes from the Mega Man X series brought to you for free by 43 dedicated Mega Man fans.

It's only a matter of time before we can pump this into our ears. In the meantime, let's all just watch the trailer below on loop and pretend the album is already released. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOKKaix_4LY

And in case you missed it the first time, be sure to check out the video of the full Infinity Mijinion remix in this post.

Thanks for the tip, Fei-Long!

Maverick Rising Coming in 2012, Site Launches with 2 Videos

Maverick RisingWho wants to hear 3 full hours of Mega Man X series remixes? Was "everybody" your answer? Because it should be. The colossal fan album Maverick Rising is finally inching closer to release. The "2012" launch window may be a bit vague, but with the launch of an official website and a couple of videos released, it can't be too far off.

For those that need a refresher, Maverick Rising unites 43 talented artists to remix 64 songs spanning the entire Mega Man X series. That's 5 whole discs of pure musical delight. Did I mention it's free? It almost feels like stealing!

Head on over to the official site to get really excited, then disappointed when you realize the download links don't actually work yet. Remember, it's not out until next year! But you can read a bit about the album, learn who each contributing artist is, see which tracks were chosen to be covered, and take a gander at some really wicked disc art like the one featured above.

While we've posted a few teasers of "work in progress" tracks in the past, there is now an informative teaser video featuring a clip of Boomer Kuwanger's stage from the first game. You can also listen to the entirety of Infinity Mijinion's stage, complete with amusingly enthusiastic facial expressions from the guitarist himself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4j0QzbUImI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNTofKW2M5w

Thanks for the tip, Michael!

A Rockin' Sockin' Cinder Blockin' Concrete Man EP

Were you sad to find out after downloading Mega Man 9: Back in Blue that there wasn't a single Concrete Man remix to be found? You are not alone! Artists on the OCR forums have banded together to bring you no less than thirteen Concrete Man remixes to fill that cube-shaped void in your soul. Tasked with making a remix in a single week (similar to the Grand Robot Master Remix Battle) with an additional week to clean up the tracks, the Rockin' Sockin' Cinder Blockin' EP was born.

This is not an official OCR album so much as a companion piece to Back in Blue. It's free and waiting for you to download here. And, of course, if you haven't yet heard Mega Man 9: Back in Blue, be sure to grab that while you're at it on the album's official site.

Your Wear Has Been Megafied

It's been a little while, but you may recall the "Your Wear, Megafied" campaign started by Asadori. The whole scheme finally wrapped up, and you can now view the results. These are various peoples' fan artwork made in remembrance of Mega Man Universe. As promised, the artwork was used in the creation of miniature T-shirts, which you can see on the site with a dedication to MMU. As Asadori states, we'll never know what happened with MMU, but we can still remember it well and wonder what could have been. And even though the game was met with a fair amount of criticism as well, I think it's good for us fans to band together and show support for the series.

Mega Man is Back in Blue and Ready to Download

Mega Man 9: Back in Blue It was a long journey with its fair share of pitfalls, but we do it all for you! Mega Man 9: Back in Blue officially released today (for free download). Fourteen different artists threw their hat into the ring (including myself) and I hope you have as much fun listening to this 18 track album as we did making it.

You'll hear the rocking rhythms of Sixto Sounds, the bumpin' beats of bLiNd, the jazzy jams of Joshua Morse (who recently put together his own Mega Man album), and a whole lot of other talented artists. And let's not forget k-wix who pulled everyone together as the album's director while working on a few tracks of his own.

A lot of work went into this, so much so that Capcom announced and released Mega Man 10 during the album's development. Maybe if we make a Mega Man 10 album Capcom will release Mega Man 11. It's worth a shot!*

GO DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM

Here's the trailer again for those who missed it in the last post:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOdlkp_MRyE

*This is just a joke, not an announcement of a Mega Man 10 album.

The Mega Man 9 Remix Album Gets a Trailer

I bet you thought after two years of waiting, hard drive crashes, and missed deadlines that Back in Blue, a remix album of Mega Man 9, would never come out. Well think again, you pessimist! Not only is the album's release imminent, but we have a trailer to prove it.

The 18 track album features a little something for everybody covering rock, electronica, and a number of other genres by various artists. Oh, and did I mention I have a track on this one? You can hear a teeny tiny glimpse of it in the trailer (it's the second track featured: Strange World/Wily Stage 3).

We'll keep you updated when the album officially drops (for free download). If nothing else, be sure to watch the video below for all the robot master puns.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOdlkp_MRyE&feature=share

Mega Man 9 Remix Project Not Dead Afterall

It's hard to believe it has been a whole year since we last covered the Mega Man 9 remix project. Many had speculated that the project must be dead by this point. But project manager k-wix says otherwise:

Just wanted to let you know that the project has NOT been abandoned/forgotten. I said that I would see this through till the end and that's precisely what I plan to do!

Here's your update information - We're about 80% completed and awaiting tracks from just a few more mixers. The 'Mixer' section of the website has been updated! Our 'Tentative' release date is

March 1st 2011 That's right, it's coming. . .

Though it seems we might have to wait just a bit longer than even that. Another member of the OCR community, KyleJCrb, writes:

Just as a note: You probably won't be able to get this out as an official OCR release by March. There's about 4 projects in queue ahead of this one that are already done and essentially just waiting.

The Mega Man 9 remix project has definitely had a rocky road to completion, but it's looking like the light at the end of the tunnel is finally visible. Even if the album isn't available on March 1st, it's still comforting to know that it's now at 80% completion.

If you've forgotten how the album is sounding by this point (and considering how long it's been, I can hardly blame you), here are the teasers we've posted before:

Teaser #1 [audio:http://kwix.shackspace.com/mm9/mix/mm9teaser1.mp3]

Teaser #2 [audio:http://kwix.shackspace.com/mm9/mix/mm9teaser2.mp3]

If you want to share you support with the people involved, you can find the forum thread here. And to prevent you from scratching your head in confusion, yes the last song in teaser #2 is a bonus track from Mega Man ZX.

OCR Releases 3rd Teaser of MMX Series Fan Album

In September, we posted a tantalizing preview of an upcoming Mega Man X series fan remix project. Since then, the hard working community at OverClocked ReMix has been slaving away to fill your ear holes with more Mega Man X Series remixes than you can shake a Z-Saber at. The album may not be finished just yet, but they have been nice enough to release a whopping 16 and a half minute preview. It includes a lot of new material as well as some other sections of songs heard in previous teasers.

A quick refresher: The final album is planned to have over 70 tracks, covering (to varying extents) the entire numbered X series (sorry, no Command Mission at the moment).

Warning: Due to the long nature of this teaser, it isn't as polished as the previous ones. There are currently volume inconsistencies between tracks. Also, there is some pretty severe popping from about 7:52 - 9:01 that will, of course, be fixed in the final mix. But don't let that stop you from enjoying the music!

Teaser #3: [audio:http://bahamutwc.com/Files/MRFinalPreview.mp3]

There's still no word on a release date for the full album, but considering that this is supposedly the "final" teaser, I imagine it's not far off. You can check out the project thread here.

Thanks to Fei-Long for sending this in!

Rockman DASH? More like Blockman DASH!

Blockman DASH Minecraft Mod Mega Man LegendsIf you've been active on the internet, chances are pretty good that you've heard of this whole "Minecraft" thing. If not, here's a primer. Despite being in Alpha, the game is blowing up huge. The game might not be in a finished state, but that isn't stopping the mod community from going nuts. What does this have to do with Mega Man? Well, it seems even the Minecraft community has got a case of Mega Man Legends 3 Fever. A group of very dedicated fans have re-skinned all of Minecraft's textures, swapped out its sound effects, changed its items, and more to turn Minecraft into the cleverly titled "Blockman DASH". It sure beats my simple Legends mod.

You can find a full list of features as well as the download link for the mod (and its first patch) on the Blockman DASH thread in the Minecraft forums.

Fans Take on Music from the Entire X Series

Sure, we're still waiting on a few other fan remix projects to release, but that isn't stopping the folks at OverClocked ReMix from attempting to tackle a wide selection of tracks spanning the entire X series. No, they're not tackling every single song ever featured in an X game. There is, however, still a ton of tracks featured. 61 songs have been claimed and are at various stages of completion. Some tracks are even 100% done already.

Started back in January, the project already has two teasers available for your listening pleasure.

Teaser #1: [audio:http://bahamutwc.com/Files/MRPreview.mp3]

Teaser #2: [audio:http://bahamutwc.com/Files/MRPreview2.mp3]

They're currently asking that artists present their final tracks on October 9th. Hopefully we'll know more about a release date then. You can find the project thread here.

MM9 Remix Project is Back in Blue

It's been quite some time since we last covered OverClocked ReMix's Mega Man 9 Remix Project, but I'm happy to say that this time the news is good. Despite his earlier reported hard drive crash, Sixto Sounds is back on board to bring his rocking guitar stylings to Plug Electric and Flash in the Dark. I apologize in advance for your socks because, when the time comes, he will rock them clean off.

With the addition of a new artist named Ralph Vickers, the missing tracks are filling out and we'll supposedly have a new release date to look forward to very soon. The project has also finally been given a name. The album will be called "Back in Blue".

As always, you can check out the album's official site here as well as the thread on the OCR forums. And don't forget to grab the teaser while you're at it.

New Free Fan-Made Mega Man Remix Album (UPDATE)

Mega Man Remix Album by iLP0UPDATE: Because of the bandwidth issues ilp0 was having from so many people trying to download the album, we've hosted it in our music archive (with permission). It can be found in its entirety here. Well, here's a pleasant little surprise. While I was checking out the updates for OverClocked ReMix's 10th anniversary, I made an interesting discovery. One of the ten remixes posted in honor of the occasion was none other than a Cut Man remix by OCR veteran, ilp0, entitled "Cutman's Lullaby".

While a lone remix from a Mega Man game isn't exactly news, what was far more interesting is what I found next. As it turns out, "Cutman's Lullaby" is actually part of a bigger project: an arrange album of the entire soundtrack to the first Mega Man game.

The album is finished and available for free download right now. The arrangements, while not particularly high energy for the most part, are pretty unique. ilp0's work is very polished and some of the tracks even flow into each other. The style of it actually has a bit of an Alph Lyla (or one of its many other spellings) vibe to it.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the album's site and grab it!

A Look at a Life-Size Servbot

A Look at a Life-Size ServbotIn my office at my "normal job", people like to decorate their cubicles with various things to personalize their workspace. A Persona 3 action figure here, a Lego Star Destroyer there; these things are common place. However, the newest thing to come into my building was a little more special. A good friend and coworker of mine decided to build a life-size servbot to go along with someone else's Tron Bonne cosplay. To make it, he used a combination of cardboard, acrylic paint, posterboard, a ping pong ball, and foam shapes (the kind often found in arts and crafts stores) with a little duct tape, rubber cement, and silicon adhesive to hold it all together.

It turned out not too shabby! You can see a close up photo here.

Some Bad News on the Mega Man 9 Remix Front

It's a sad day for the Mega Man 9 Remix Project. But don't worry! The album hasn't been canceled or anything. It appears über-talented guitarist, Sixto Sounds, had a hard drive crash resulting in the loss of a lot of irreplaceable work files. Anybody familiar with Sixto's work knows how much of a tragedy this really is.

Because of this, a few tracks have opened up for recruitment on the project. This will also most likely delay the December release date.

If anybody is interested in joining the project, they should visit this thread. Here's a list of the available songs:

Plug Electric: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kM-9qEe9lM Flash in the Dark (Wily1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltslPAxbUsU Castle of Evil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6VwbyYjLZE

We'll keep you posted when a revised release date is announced for the album.

New Mega Man 9 Remix Project Teaser & Release Date

New Mega Man 9 Remix Project Teaser & Release DateBack in July, we posted about a Mega Man 9 Remix Project started by the Overclocked ReMix Community. Finally, more news has been released on the album! First off, the most recent track submission date of September 1st (aka today) was "a success". Secondly, a new teaser is available for download to get all the fans amped. And last, but not least, the album has an official release date. That's right. This December (most likely the 15th) you can fill your ears with over 20 tracks of Mega Man remixes made by fans like you!

To help pass the time before December comes, be sure to grab the new teaser. It contains almost 3 minutes of new material! It's full of good stuff and I'm not just saying that because the second track in it is mine. And before you say, "Hey! The second-to-last song is from Mega Man ZX, not Mega Man 9!", you should know the album contains a few bonus tracks (two from Mega Man ZX and one from Mega Man 2).

You can find the project site here. And don't forget, you can also stop by the forum and let the people involved know what you think!

Fans Band Together to Remix Mega Man 9 Soundtrack

No, not brother-band! Though I, personally, enjoyed the unexpected random-genre toting antics of Capcom's official Mega Man 9 Arrange Album, it wasn't met with praise by everyone. Have no fear! Within the Overclocked Remix community, a member named "k-wix" took it upon himself to get the ball rolling on a fan-made remix project of the game's soundtrack. You can find the project site for the upcoming album here as well as over two minutes of teaser audio here. Anybody already familiar with Overclocked Remix will notice some of the very talented mixers involved such as bLiNd and Sixto Sounds to name just a few and you might even notice a familiar face on one of the Wily Stage tracks.