Rockman 2 Poster Returns from the Past

Going through some photos, I happened across this one I took at a used game store somewhere in Osaka. It's a promotional flyer for Rockman 2, back before the game came out. Sadly it's not a real poster, but a print out from a scan or photo (but I might ask for a copy all the same should I ever go back).

The text reads "After one year" and then "That Super Robot returns at last, along with your characters chosen among the total 8,730 application postcards!" It's quite a bit of hype built up for the game (well deserved, too). You wouldn't suspect the stories that the original Rockman fell flat on its face when it first came out. The release date is just listed as latter December.

The price, you can see, is ¥5,800. Best as I can find, in 1988 it would have cost around $45 US, which doesn't seem like terribly much. Of course, as a kid, getting my folks to hand over 45 bucks would have been no simple feat!

Blast from the Past: CoroCoro's Scoop on Rockman & Forte WS

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