Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X is Free for PlayStation Plus Members

Mega-Man-Maverick-Hunter-X-PSNHot on the heels of Mega Man 9 & 10 being given away free for PlayStation Plus members (ok, a month later), it has now been revealed that Mega Man Maverick Hunter X will be the next free digital offering. It will be available tomorrow, February 19th. The game is currently compatible with the PSP, PSP Go, and PS Vita. As a reminder, PlayStation Plus free games and discounts must be claimed within a specific span of time. However, any free games received through the program will continue to work as long as you have a working PS Plus subscription, which can be renewed at any time even after your initial subscription expires.

Here's the usual PR:

An enhanced remake of the classic Mega Man X, complete with 3D character models, remixed music, and all new unlockable features, this is classic Mega Man turned up to 11. When Sigma leads a group of Reploids in a revolt against mankind, it’s up to X and Zero to protect the world from ruin. You can download this title free as a PS Plus member and play it on your PS Vita, or PSP.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Maverick Hunter X Confirmed as PS Vita Compatible in North America

For those of you looking forward to the PlayStation Vita, SCEA has confirmed which PSP games from the North American PlayStation Store will be compatible at launch. Among them is Maverick Hunter X, the only Mega Man related downloadable PSP release outside of Japan. That doesn't necessarily mean you won't be able to play other Mega Man PSP titles: The catch is that they're only available on the Japanese PS Store, where all of them are compatible with the PS Vita. SCEA has confirmed that they will be adding more games to the North American list of compatible games in the future, but that still requires the release of Mega Man: Powered Up on the store. That aside, take note that PSOne Classics and by extension PSOne Imports are not yet compatible with the PS Vita. That means you won't be able to play the four Rockman games currently available in North America.

If you want to check up on the full list of North American games, check here. For the Japanese list, check here.

Thanks for the tip, rockman!

Another Mega Man Cancellation? (Updated)

Well, seeing the response to this should be fun. As we reported previously, reasons unknown led to the release of the PlayStation Portable Mega Man Dual Pack being delayed in Canada until today. After an early breakfast at the mall but before departing for the airport to see family off after the local Thanksgiving holiday, we stopped in to our local EB Games/GameStop to grab a copy of the two-in-one Blue Bomber bundle to send with as a gift, and that's when we were met with the unfortunate news.

According to the clerk at the store, they had received an e-mail from the vendor/publisher that the bundle had been canceled. Which, of course, made no sense to us, given that the pack had already been released in the U.S. a month prior. So, it was apparently a Canadian cancellation, then.

Needless to say, this was disappointing. Fortunately, we have the original releases, and since the pack was going to someone in the States anyway, it probably isn't anything sending $15 won't solve. Nonetheless, this is still unfortunate for any Canadian PSP owners who like Mega Man and don't have either game... which, admittedly, is perhaps a rather specific demographic.

Beyond that, though, this does raise a couple of questions. The first would be whether the pack is well and truly canceled, and not just in Canada-- might the run which was released to U.S. stores be the only one? And of course, there is the big one: is there some greater meaning behind this? Is this another sign that Capcom is trying to stamp out the Mega Man brand (in video games, anyway)? Or is there something else to all this?

Given that Canada tends to see releases for video games, movies, and other media day and date with the United States, this was already a strange situation, but now things are all the more bizarre. We've reached out to Capcom to see if we can get any answers regarding this most bewildering turn of events.

And as an aside: they didn't have the new issue of Game Informer with the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron cover story, so we wound up leaving empty handed.

Update: On an Ask Capcom thread devoted to the matter, Senior Vice President Christian Svensson noted "It's a Gamestop exclusive. You'd have to ask Gamestop if they'd sent any North of the border."

Huh. So EB Games/GameStop says it was Capcom who told them it was axed, and Capcom says it's up to GameStop. Going by some of the comments below, we can imagine that a few of you may take it as GameStop employees not knowing that of which they speak.

News from the North: Mega Man Dual Pack for PSP Delayed? And Something for Collectors... (Updated x2)

After a shopping trip earlier today, we have a couple of small items of note for our fellow Mega Man fans. First up: we reported of a delay in the release of the Mega Man Dual Pack for the PlayStation Portable last month. While GameStop's website shows the item as available, an inquiry as to the availability of the product at our local EB Games/GameStop revealed that they are not expecting the game to arrive until October 11th.

Is this a Canadian thing? Or might the Dual Pack simply be reaching retail a month after their website stocked it? If you've seen this product at your local GameStop, or any other retailer, sound off in the comments below.

Following that part of our trip, we came across something which may be of interest to collectors. Arriving at the bus station, we saw a lady who had a Mega Man 15th anniversary backpack of some sort. Unfortunately, we did not have much time to inquire about it before our bus arrived, but we did learn that she received it while working at an unidentified video game store some years ago.

And while we were also unable to get a picture, the design was simple enough to remember, as it appeared to be a bag made entirely of blue cloth with at least one shoulder strap, and a fairly prominent Mega Man 15th anniversary logo on it.

The reason we bring this up with so little other information is simply because we have never seen one of these bags before (and searches of eBay and the Video Game Memorabilia Museum turned up nothing), and felt that the hardcore Mega Man collectors out there who might be unaware of its existence... well, might like to be aware of its existence. After all, it's unlikely that there is only one of them, held by some random former game store employee in Canada...

Incidentally, if you have a picture of the item in question (or any other information), feel free to send it our way, and we'll update this post so others will know what to look for.

Update: Well, the Dual Pack seems to be an odd occurrence of Canada not getting things at the same time as the U.S. Meanwhile, TTL found an eBay auction (which explains how we overlooked it) for the bag, which you can see here.

Thanks for the help, everyone!

Update 2: Looks like someone just posted a new auction for one of the bags. Go figure.

Mega Man Dual Pack Experiencing Small Delay

by PreacherDudeRox Folks, you might have to wait a bit to start busting Robot Masters and searching for dash boots: word from GameStop states that the Mega Man Dual Pack's release date has been pushed from early September to a later September 16th.

The amazingly economic bundle (that will include PSP-exclusive Mega Man Powered Up and Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X) has been delayed without any said specific reason, with some fans hoping that the added time will allow Capcom to include a bonus music soundtrack. One can already find a soundtrack in the Dual Pack's Japan counterpart, so it's not exactly an outlandish idea. Still, it's only an idea and fan speculation; I wouldn't get my hopes up just yet.

Protodude cites a trusted GameSpot correspondent, who has stated that he believes that Capcom may be using the extra days simply to ensure a sufficient amount of games in stock at stores, since they would want to satisfy the fans' "unexpected demand" for the Dual Pack. In addition, he says that the package will only contain the two UMD games, seemingly ruling out the soundtrack.

If you haven't had the chance to play these two amazing titles, make sure to pre-order the Mega Man Dual Pack.

Mega Man Double Pack on its Way to PlayStation Portable? (Updated)

Yeah, we're a little late with this one, but it's worth talking about just the same. A few days ago (okay, so closer to a week), we heard from MMN reader RedMage1987 and Protodude's Rockman Corner about a "Mega Man Dual Pack" for the PlayStation Portable, which appears on both GameFAQs and GameStop's website. The former is using the image seen at right, that of the Japan-exclusive Value Pack containing both Rockman Rockman and Irregular Hunter X, while the latter has no image available.

Both websites cite a September 5th, 2011 release date, with GameStop labeling it with a price of $14.99, though the true contents of this package are unknown. But at that price, a re-release of the two games we did get seems more likely than the other noted possibility, that of a localized release of the two ported Rockman DASH games which were not released here.

With a release date so close, it would seem unlikely that this is just hot air, though, but with no official announcement from Capcom themselves, all we can really do is speculate. But between those two options, which would you rather see?

Update: And as Heat Man pointed out in the comments below, Capcom Senior Vice President Christian Svensson confirmed it as a two-for-one re-release of Mega Man Powered Up and Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X.

PSP Rockman games coming to Japanese PlayStation Store

mml2psppromoJapanese gamers will be gaining additional opportunities to enjoy Rockman on their PSPs the 26th of this month. Rockman Rockman, Irregular Hunter X and the ports of PS1 classics Rockman DASH and Rockman DASH 2 will be available to download onto their PSPs and PSP Gos from the PlayStation Store at ¥1,500 a pop (roughly $16.72 US). These are purported to be a better value than the physical UMD copies of the games, but considering how long they've been out and the fact all four were re-released in double packs, I sort of have to wonder about that. News Credit: Famitsu via CAP Kobun

Maverick Hunter X on PSN Today

Just a quick heads up that Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X (PSP) will be available for download on the PSN store today along with Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower. Here's Capcom's official blurb for MHX:

Back by popular demand! When Sigma leads a group of Reploids in a revolt against mankind, it’s up to X and Zero to protect the world from ruin. The revolutionary Mega Man® X side-scrolling game is recreated with 3-D graphics, remixed music and special unlockable features!

Maverick Hunter X is very solid remake. If you missed it the first time, now is your chance to finally pick the title up.

Joystiq Confirms UMD Legacy Titles With Chris Kramer

With the release of the PSP Go, we're seeing a huge influx of UMD Legacy games on the PSN store. Capcom had been planning the big PSP/PS1 push on PSN for quite some time now and it looks like those plans are finally coming to fruition. A blog entry detailing the release schedule for several PSP titles was posted on Capcom Unity before being pulled down shortly after. Joystiq has confirmed with Chris Kramer that "titles are correct and the dates should be fairly accurate" though he adds that it's "hard to pin down digital release dates almost until they happen."

Here's the release schedule that was taken down:

  • October 8: Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Dark Tower
  • October 15: Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max
  • October 22: Capcom Puzzle World
  • October 29: Maverick Hunter X
  • November 5: Megaman Powered Up

Though there are no prices currently listed, Capcom's current selection of UMD Legacy titles run at $19.99 a pop.

News Credit: Joystiq

Where are those Capcom PSN re-releases?

PSNWhile I'm sure the rate with which the PSOne/PSP games are released on the North American PlayStation Store isn't controlled by Capcom, one has to wonder when the ten titles they promised us will be released in the coming months.  Let's not forget how they're aiming to re-release 20 to 40 games in the future.  Most importantly, will there even BE any PSOne Classics Mega Man releases? Let's get this out of the way right now: I've owned a PSP and PS3 for quite some time now.  While I'm used to PSN updates bringing borderline mediocre PSP/PSOne content for the months before, during, and after the summer period, 2009 almost felt like it could finally break free from being stuck in this vortex with Capcom's release announcements.  Three months running, we've only seen three such releases from Capcom: One per month.  Worse yet, this last week saw the first PSOne Classic-less store update since the North American store started putting up titles weekly back in late May.

Let's do the math here: 9 confirmed upcoming PSP/PSOne re-releases, 1/month average, start the countdown from August 2009.  By those numbers, we're looking at the last of those games coming out in April 2010.  February 2011 for 20 games total and October 2012 if we get all 40 games Kramez was talking about.  With some people saying the next generation of gaming could come as soon as 2012, that's hardly an appealing prospect, don't you think?

Alright, so I'm being a bit unfair.  We all know that the PSP Go is coming this fall and that downloadable PSP games will be a far more interesting release by then.  I fully expect a lot of those re-releases to be out once the PSP Go launches.  PSOne releases, however, are compatible with PS3 systems and have seen very good sales without the need of a digital-only device.  Capcom has three such games confirmed yet not a single one has come out yet.

Even on the Mega Man front, the September release of the Irregular Hunter X/Rockman Rockman Value Pack might be what's stalling the release of Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X and Mega Man: Powered Up; which is perfectly understandable since PSN releases are region-free.  Moving toward PSOne releases, we already know that Mega Man Legends isn't cleared for release.  Stretching that, one could guess that licensing problems could afflict a number of other games with voice acting, so let's count out Mega Man 8, Mega Man X4, and (to an extent) Mega Man X6.  What does that leave us with?  Mega Man X5 and MAYBE Mega Man Battle & Chase.  X5 could just as easily fall off the list if Guns N' Roses need to be talked to...

While the prospect of Mega Man games being re-released on PSN in the near future is looking somewhat harsh, take heart.  Capcom haven't abandoned the Blue Bomber and surely won't just stop at the two PSP releases.  Japan will soon see the release of the first Rockman Complete Works game, so that's surely a sign of something good to come.

Maverick Hunter X & Powered Up on their way to PSN

mmxmhpromoAccording to PlayStation.com, a number of PS1 and PSP Capcom titles will be headed to the PlayStation Network, starting tomorrow with Capcom Classics Collection Remixed. While we don't know when the specific release dates are, Mega Man: Powered Up and Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X are definitely in the queue, and will hopefully come around later this summer. Even more hopefully is other Mega Man games making their appearance sooner or later, especially the Legends games. What better a way to get new gamers into the series?