Project X Zone Now Available in NA; New Demos Coming to Europe; Art Winners Announced

projectxzonecontestJust a quick note we missed yesterday is that Project X Zone was released for the Nintendo 3DS in North America yesterday. Meanwhile, Europe is on track to receive it on July 5th. In the meantime, the European Nintendo 3DS eShop will play host to a second demo, “Dark Hours,” which is scheduled for June 27. According to a tip from Magnet_Man, this one features X and Zero in action. Word is that North America will also get the demo, but we've been unable to locate any information as to when, though it could also come tomorrow, June 27th.

Finally, if you remember the art contest for the game that Capcom Unity was holding, the winners have been selected! You can find those here, while honorable mentions-- such as the excellent Heihachi x Wily pic by Dwayne G. seen at right-- can be found here.

Ripot's Round-Up - 5/28/13

RipotIt's been a while since I've done one of these, hasn't it? And truth be told, it's long overdue: Life has been busy for us here at TMMN, and unfortunately, we aren't able to post every news tip and story we get as it comes in, or give it the full attention they deserve. We try to get what we can out there for everyone, but much of the time... well, there just isn't the time. So here we are with another Ripot's Round-Up (the last one was at the end of January last year-- we should probably look at doing these more frequently), and it's got a lot of stories-- some kind of old by now, but still interesting just the same. I'm sorry that we weren't able to give all of these full front-page attention, and hope that this round-up of news bits will suffice.

So, starting with the oldest first...

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From KudosForce, we have news of a fan game being developed by Tarbo-san (which may even be complete by now) which is said to star Roll, featuring a boss rush mode with Robot Masters from previous games and bases its NES-styled Mega Man and Roll on their Marvel vs. Capcom counterparts. Have a look for yourself:

Other videos can be found here, while you can visit the game's home page here and its blog here.

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If you're interested in making a Mega Man X fan game of your own, then Game Dragon may have something to help you on your way. He develops game engines, and has begun public testing of his engine, which you can read about here (though by this point, he may have completed such testing). Here is a sample of one of his earlier versions; remember, this isn't meant to represent a full game, but is more of a demonstration of how it runs:

If you'd like to download the engine or leave feedback on it, just click here.

Thanks for the tip, Jad!

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Piotyr wanted to share his collection of Bandai Rockman model kits, one he claims is "one of the biggest out there." Think yours tops it? Feel free to share with us! In the meantime, you can admire more of his collection of cool things in his gallery here.

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From Amy Rose (@lalalei2001 on Twitter), we have this GameFAQs list of "The Top 10 Achievements Beyond The Player's Control," which contains major spoilers. And just for fun, here's one for you: Mega Man games take up the top three spots on the list!

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Here's one from our friend Tony Ponce over at Destructoid. Apparently, a sequel to the PC-based Mega Man clone called Rosenkreuzstilette is now available. Rather than a science fiction setting, this series instead features a more European Goth style.

Created by the doujin group [erka:es], it's only available in Japanese. If that doesn't deter you (and apparently it shouldn't, no more than most Mega Man games, anyway), it can be downloaded here or purchased as a physical copy here.

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Rather than be taken captive by tiny men, this real-life Gulliver has been pinned down by tons of tiny Servbots! Check out the full set of pictures here.

Thanks, undamned!

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I am really quite disappointed that I never got to give this pic by Zac Gorman its own full, proper post. You can find this and so many more such pieces of fan art about 8 and 16-bit games at his Tumblr, Magical Game Time, including this popular one from The Legend of Zelda, which has been making the rounds lately.

Via GameSetWatch. Thanks for the tip, Knozz!

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This isn't really Mega Man related, per se, but we did get the tip and it's worth mentioning.

Did you ever wonder what it might be like to play a Mega Man game set in the old west? Well, wonder no more!

Gunman Clive is an iOS and Google Play game which made its way to the Nintendo 3DS eShop at the beginning of the year, and definitely has a certain Mega Man feel about it. As Adam tells us in his e-mail, "You play as a cowboy out to rescue the mayor's daughter from a group of bandits, and it plays very much like a traditional MM game, albeit with the addition of ducking. It's a nice little run-and-gun, complete with slick bosses and some real platforming nuttiness in the later levels."

It's just $1.99, regardless of platform, and though I've only played it on the Nintendo 3DS, I can say it's worth every penny there, and more. If you haven't already, give it a shot!

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From Jin Saotome, via Protodude's Rockman Corner and then again through Destructoid and passed along to us by Desmou is this impressive custom Sigma figure.

It went for $152.48 (with $28.25 shipping) on eBay, and you can find out what he used to make it and view more pictures of it here.

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Submitted to us by RedMage1987, Dorkly has a rather morbid take on the "boy and his dog" relationship Mega Man and Rush share.

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The ever-popular Japanese video game show Game Center CX had an episode not too long ago about Rockman 4. You can check out a subbed version of the episode's first part here:

Thanks for the tip, Magnet_Man!

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Back in the heyday of such sites as The Undersquare, there was a project underway for a fan-made version of Mega Man Battle Network 7, but it was eventually scrapped and the work was thought to be lost. More recently, LordHuffnPuff made a post to The Rockman.EXE Zone containing the concept art and soundtracks which were thought to be lost.

Thanks for the tip, DanSaiSei!

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One unexpected avenue from which you can purchase Bandai's D-Arts figures is apparently Toys R Us, who are taking pre-orders now on X and are already selling Vile, as well as the Bandai trading figure set. Who knew?

Thanks for the tip, ZeroXMarquis!

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Remember the fan game Megapony"? Well, now it has a sequel:

You can learn more about the game at Equestria Daily, and download it yourself here. Note that this is an original game and not a ROM hack, and has some interesting elements (though why Applejack would need that contraption is beyond me).

Thanks for the tip, MechaHorse X!

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That’s all for today, but not nearly close to the end! Expect more in the days to come, and 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."

And don't forget to follow us on The Mega Man Network's Rock Tumblr for more frequent updates of nifty pics and other little tidbits involving the Blue Bomber!

Thank you, and goodnight!

Calling All Artists! Win a Copy of Project X Zone Limited Edition with Capcom Unity!

132db1827f7d7f1995ecb43404f896c3 We're just over a month away from the release of Project X Zone for the Nintendo 3DS, featuring a crossover of characters from Namco Bandai, SEGA, and Capcom, including Mega Man X, Zero, Vile, Iris, Tron Bonne, and of course, the Servbots who follow her to and fro. If you're the artistic type, then you can have a shot (or two) at winning the Limited Edition of the game, thanks to Capcom Unity.

"What would Dante look like wearing Jin Kazama's outfit? Or Jill dressed as Ulala from Space Channel 5? Well, if you can answer that question for us, then we've got a super cool prize pack with your name on it!"

The idea is to dress Capcom characters as those hailing from the other two companies as part of the crossover, and submitting up to two different pieces of fan art to contest@capcom.com before 9pm PST on Friday, May 31st, 2013. Three winners will be chosen to win the Limited Edition of the game, which features limited edition packaging, a soundtrack, a mini-poster, and a mini-artbook (as per the image above).

The contest is only open to residents of North America, with the full list of rules available here. And, they note, you can probably expect to see the winning work plastered all across the X Zone trinity's network of social media sites such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as Capcom Unity itself.

Source: Capcom Unity

Project X Zone Finally Gets North American Release Date

1364861590-pxzheroim-large At long last, the wait is over: Project X Zone has a North American release date. Now a new wait begins!

The last we heard about it, the game was slated for a release sometime in the summer of 2013. But now, Namco Bandai Games has posted a page for the title which gives us an exact release date: June 25th, 2013.

Of curious note is the tab marked "retailers" on the page, as it only lists Amazon.com and GameStop as carrying the game. Given that other titles show a wider range of stores, we are left to wonder whether this will only be a limited release (and if it will even make it to Canada). More info on that as we get it.

Thanks for the tip, Magnet Man and WetCircle!

Tron and the Servbots to Join Cast of Onimusha Soul

mainv Mega Man Legends may be down, but it's clearly not out. In addition to sharing the words of support from Inafune, 100,000 Strong for Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 reports that Capcom of Japan has announced a special promotion for their browser-based strategy RPG, Onimusha Soul.

A wide variety of female characters from across Capcom's numerous franchises will be appearing in the game as recruitable characters, each redesigned to fit in with the feudal Japanese setting of the game-- well, mostly. As you can see in the picture above (lower-left), Tron Bonne seems to be the representative for Mega Man, and while she's certainly getting into the spirit, the Servbots she has in tow are sticking to their traditional design.

Several other familiar faces fill out this roster of guest-stars, but seeing as Mega Man has quite a few female character to spare, we ask: Who else would you like to see get feudal in Onimusha Soul?

Many, Many New Project X Zone Screens Surface

Following on from yesterday's news that Tron Bonne will be joining the cast of Project X Zone comes a whole landslide of new screens, including both gameplay and cutscenes featuring X, Zero, Tron, and her Servbots. You can find the library of 53 images at Andriasang.

Thanks again, Magnet Man!