TruForce X Figure Kickstarter is Live!
 By Mac | 22 January 2015 - 02:54 AM

At last, the Kickstarter for TruForce's special Mega Man X figure has gone live. As promised, with the help from you, they will set out to create one of the best, most unique Mega Man X figures to grace your collection! Observe their well made pitch video above and proceed to make your donation. There are several pledge levels to choose from, so there's a medium of contribution for every budget. If you've got some extra cash to spend, then you might consider generously pledging at their highest levels to receive, above all else, a Kickstarter exclusive "Test-Color X" variant. Pretty snazzy, I must admit, but whether it's my poverty talking or not, I'm still leaning towards the traditional blue.

In case you're curious about the Kickstarter, TruForce explains,

"Once the painted prototype has been approved, there’s the whole production part that takes up most of the budget: mold creation, material injection, paint, assembly, packaging and shipping. That’s the expensive stuff. But with your help, we can cover all this! Plus you get those cool backer rewards depending on your contribution.
Since we're still in the initial phase of production, there's a lot left to do on this guy. We decided to use the money raised from this kickstarter to help cover licensing costs, event promotion costs and production costs."

So there you have it, folks. In the spirit of what MMX9.com stands for, let's show our support and bring this iteration of X to life!

I Like This Figure Quite a Bit
 By Mac | 17 January 2015 - 07:59 PM

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If there's any series that has a reputation for incredible custom figures, it would be the Mega Man series. Over the years we've witnessed many wonderful custom creations displayed at events such as Wonder Festival. What's nice about a lot of these figures is that talented sculptors/artists choose lesser known characters in which to bring to life; something many avid fans appreciate.

This time, designer, "Madhands" went to work and constructed a truly badass Bit figure. From Bit's ornate shield, to his trusty beam saber, the detail is expressed with gusto. With no "magatama" stone left unturned, Bit is ready to debut and be sold at Hobby Rock 2015. Be sure to click the link to see more shots of Bit, as well as explore what more will be at this years show!

Zero Shows His Soft Side
 By Mac | 13 January 2015 - 04:50 AM

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You knew it was comin'! After GE Entertainment revealed their Mega Man X plush (now hitting retail), it was only a matter of time before it was Zero's turn to get the same treatment. Just look at that scowl. How can something so cute be so moody?

Standing upright at around 8", he will be a decent little plush; uniform with the rest of their cuddly collection. No price has been set for Zero, but I'm sure it'll be the same as the rest. (around 15 bucks)

I wonder if Axl will be next? Can't say I'd be opposed to a menacing little mini-Siggy either. Such a soft, round, bald head he would have!

Capcom Releases Free-To-Play Mega Man GoGo
 By Vérité | 07 January 2015 - 07:29 PM

As someone in our forum stated rather bluntly, "Please don't tell me this is what they were teasing us with."

An exclusive to South Korea, Mega Man GoGo has appeared in the Google Play Store. This is legit, this is a game produced by Capcom, it looks like. With micro-transactions involving cards and infinite running, you might as well call this a "Temple Run" with assets taken directly from Megaman Powered up.

 

Not sure what to make of this. But if this is it then I really hope Capcom was teasing a new Ace Attorney instead of this. 

Capcom Teases Potential New Mega Man Game
 By Vérité | 04 January 2015 - 06:00 PM

In a recent interview, producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi teased watchers with some news about an upcoming game for a series "we've all been waiting for." 

 

“Since releasing Sengoku Basara 4 on January 23, a year has already gone by in a flash. In November, we released a nostalgic title in HD with Resident Evil HD Remaster, and I still have fond memories from when we released it, and I also feel that the game itself is one of high quality.

In July of 2015, it will be Sengoku Basara‘s 10th anniversary, so I believe there will be plenty to be excited about. Also, in 2015 we’ll also have Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, and the newest title from a series you guys have been waiting for, and [even] more titles to be announced that we hope you’ll enjoy.”—Hiroyuki Kobayashi

 

This could mean that Capcom is finally entering the fray against Keiji Inafune and releasing an actual Mega Man Sequel, which regardless would be a huge step in our direction. As much as I like Mighty No. 9, I still want my Mega Man sequel before I want a reimagined series. I don't know of any other series that needs this treatment under Capcom's IP list. 

Mod Equips Mega Man X With CD Quality Music
 By Mac | 02 January 2015 - 10:00 AM

Protodude reports some interesting news. With the use of an aftermarket SNES expansion chip known as the MSU-1 chip by "byuu", CD quality audio playback is now a possibility; natively. Pretty ambitious thought, huh? But it's true, and proven when modders recently added high quality audio and, wait for it...full motion video to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Check out the video above to see how the chip works its magic with the original Mega Man X.

Uploader Paulie Retro had this to say,

"Recently a CD quality music patch/mod was released on romhacking.net. Credit for this hack goes to Michaël Larouche AKA DarkShock - Programming/hacking, and TheRetromancer - Music programming, minor cleanup. If you have either a particular emulator or an SD2SNES flash cart, you can play Mega Man X with nearly all of the background music replaced by CD quality audio tracks. While there is definitely charm in the original Mega Man X, with it being some of the greatest video game music ever, there is something cool about playing the game with music recorded by an actual band covering the soundtrack.
I'm sure many who don't have the capability of doing this are curious as to how it sounds while playing, so I've created this video. It gives you a small bit of most pieces of music in the game, including the title screen, intro level, stage select screen, password screen, boss select screen, as well as the first 30 seconds of each Maverick's stage. In this video I"m playing this directly on my SNES with my SD2SNES flash cart."

If you're interested in applying this patch yourself, please see the full rundown here. Pretty cool! I can only imagine the possibilities.

TruForce Mega Man X Figure Teased
 By Mac | 30 December 2014 - 01:18 AM

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Looks like First4Figures weren't the only ones with a special Mega Man related holiday tease up their sleeves! As a "late Christmas present" via the TruForce facebook page, we are presented with the proposed look for the final "Mizuno" Mega Man X figure you'll be able to purchase during their upcoming Kickstarter campaign. They are a breakout company, and what a beautiful way to begin. I, for one, approve of this look! Remember, it's going to have all the bells and whistles such as radiant LEDs, a quality diecast build, and lots of articulation.

What say you? Don't forget to check out TruForce's Facebook and Twitter pages!

Red on the Horizon
 By Mac | 28 December 2014 - 07:49 PM

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Top notch video game statue creator, First 4 Figures, has been posting a series of sneak peaks on their facebook page as a means to treat fans this holiday season and of course, to tease. Today, they presented us with sneak peak number four, as seen above. Who could it be, I wonder?

This comes as no surprise really, since the company has recently acquired a license to produce Mega Man sculpts. This character seemed like only a given after they surprised the community with their upcoming Mega Man X statue.

Excited? Skeptical? Share your thoughts and certainly check out their other teases. There's one I'm positive people won't "object" to.

A Decade Without an X9
 By Mac | 08 December 2014 - 05:30 AM

What next, indeed. I remember creating that promotional video a few years back. While a nod to the impending site revamp at the time, it was moreso in reference to the pending continuation of the Mega Man X series after the intriguing, yet ambiguous ending of Mega Man X8.

          It has officially been ten whole years since that eighth saga has concluded; since we've had the pleasure of enjoying another adventure in the year of 21XX. The Mega Man X series has joined the club alongside Mega Man Legends at this point. Personally, I find this unacceptable. Over the years, Capcom has been asked on multiple occasions about another X series installment, consult our "Articles" section for a selection of instances. We have been assured that "top men" are cultivating ideas, but nothing fresh has grown from those pastures. What sort of fertilizer to we have to utilize?

          I honestly haven't the foggiest. I suppose we could pray. Or maybe we can recite a special incantation when the stars align. Who knows? After the monumental disappointment and borderline betrayal that was the end of Legends 3, I've had a lapse in confidence. Sure, a light of hope still burns inside, but man is it flickering. Even Rockman Online and Maverick Hunter were cancelled, good, bad, or indifferent. One can only hope so much before the reasons to hope become moot.

          On the other hand, Mega Man in general has seen a lot of attention in the merchandise department and while that's not a game, it's something. It's attention; good PR. Mega Man in Smash Bros. along with his upcoming amiibo is probably a highlight in recent times. His "Final Smash" is the very definition of fanservice. It's lovely seeing X and co. in wonderful high resolution. Don't you think the resounding reaction from fans the world over is reason enough to capitalize on that fanfare? I should say so, but it just doesn't seem like Capcom is listening.

          Current day, we still lie in wait for when we can once again experience a new Mega Man X game. At its core, it's a simple desire, but it's a feeling that I miss dearly. It's a special moment for many people. They're known as fans, tried and true blue. In the decade-long interm, we've seen spectacular works from the minds of fans. On our forums and across the web, they've created their own wonderful ideas and concepts for a hypothetical Mega Man X9. They've speculated what an X9 will entail, composed music, created artwork, animated videos, you name it. In summation, I believe it's quite clear that the passion hasn't waned a bit.

 

C'mon, Capcom, time to get serious. It's not over yet!

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First4Figures Reveals Upcoming X Statue
 By Mac | 05 December 2014 - 07:52 PM

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Wow, this sure came out of left field! First4Figures, the people behind a plethora of high quality, top notch video game statues, some you probably recognize, have just teased a single image of a Mega Man X statue. This comes even before the finalization and release of their other Mega Man statues they're working on. Per First4Figure's fashion, this statue will be one that'll sport LEDs illuminating key parts. In X's case, the X-Buster's barrel and his "forehead crystal" will be glowing a warm, reddish orange. The sculpt looks great, but I am definitely hoping they amend the neck color to the proper gray hue. Same with their Classic Mega Man statue.

Along with the image above was a simple message letting people know that pre-orders go live on 9th Dec 2014 only at First4Figures.com. Once the product page is published, there will be numerous images within. As with similar statues, I estimate the price being within the 200-250 window. A pretty penny, but you definitely get something pretty in return!

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