Megaman Soccer Mayhem

I don’t know what is i, but everyone’s talking about Megaman Soccer lately. In addition to me Megaman Soccer Conversions Revival, the lost ending to Megaman Soccer has been found as well as the staff roll. (Which is, evidently, an easter egg that you need a playable Wily to get. Too bad Wily’s only activated during the lost ending).

Just based on what we see, I guess …. Megaman Soccer ends with Megaman’s death and Protoman remembering his lost baby brother. Who knew the game was so dark?

But that’s not all! Just today Pinky of Sprints INC has forwarded me some lost Soccer sprites because he knew I’d appreciate ’em. So here they are.

Old versions of the hurt sprites? Sure, let’s go with that. Not in the Mysteries section as of yet … that section is in dire need of an update.

Mega Man Soccer Conversions Revival!

Does anyone remember Gary’s old Megaman Soccer Conversion Project over at the Sinister Six? I have always found that to be one of the most memorable projects ever done on that site. And tremendously nostalgic too as it was carried over form the old Ice Palace. Not to let an old idea die,I’ve decided to revive and continue his old project over at the forums. Already we’ve gone through the missing robots from 6-8 and continued on through 9 and 10 and have continued on to cover the various miscellaneous official robot masters and main characters not already covered in Ice’s old project.

This is a forum-based project so follow along in the forums.

10th Anniversary

More 10th anniversary stuff! Dr Wily’s Last Stand!? Part 4, the final part of the Megaman 3 retelling is now online! Will Megaman defeat Dr. Wily? Well … yes, obviously. But this is the epilogue version of that!

I’ve also added some more Sinister Six PC related images relating to that music video. Two are Torchman’s hopes and dreams for the future (yeah, X and Zero will totally honor you, Torch … yeah), and the rest are memories of the PC guys.

Old Art is New Again

So, a few months ago I was going through Deviantart and came across some very old art done by Snake and I say to myself, “Geez, I don’t think that’s ever been put into the gallery.” Turns out I was right. But not only about Snake’s work, but a whole slew of others! Well, there’s no time to like the present to post these old pieces of art, so here we go!

Classi’s old Megaman 3 music video. This was only accessible through the old video player I made and I completely forgot about it when I made each video a separate thing in the gallery (there were many more official videos than fan made ones, so this slipped through the cracks). Well, it’s in Classi’s main gallery now and a new Video section in the team galleries. Although there’s still not much there, I suppose this is more organized.

Some older art of Raijin’s featuring Bizarro Shadowman and his own version of Snakeman. Yeah, that picture up there belongs to him as well. The pics of Bizarro is what started me on getting all this long-overlooked artwork onto the main site! Geez, Raj, can’t you do your own uploading?

About three YEARS back, before he disappeared into the abyss, Hardman made his own art thread. And here’s all the images from it FINALLY, not only here on the main page, but in the official Mechs galleries as well as the Business of War gallery (where appropriate). Yeah, you’d think I’d have got through all the War stuff by now, but I seem to keep finding more to add. These pictures also serve as a community snapshot – things would never be quite the same afterwards.

I kinda figured Hard would put these into his own gallery eventually, but … here we are. And some of these guys appear in the fiction, such as Constance, Cassandra, and Gaderham, so it’s really handy to have these pictures in the official galley.

Finally we have some fan art. I love fan art. We have some fanmade ‘Maniacs Moments by Scorch, fanart for Hardian specifically by Bright Babe, some fan-art practice sketches by Erirudo, a drawing Class earned by going into a contest by Kurai-Hato, sprites of me, Lennon (as Strider), and Hadrian by MM19872008 and a Superadventure style Artilleryman by General RADIX.

That’s everything for now! You can see all of these in their native galleries – Hardman’s Gallery, Snakeman’s Gallery, Spark Chan’s Gallery, the Gift Art Gallery, and the Miscellaneous Sprites Gallery.

So Long, Blogger

I just got an e-mail from Blogger and it seems that they’re shutting down FTP support for their blogs on the 22nd. What does that mean for the Mechs? Well, no more Blogger, that’s what it means! I’m pretty annoyed by it since I had to make a whole new layout that accounted for Blogger’s backwards policy of uploading actual HTML files onto the site (rather than have database support or something). It was tricky and annoying, but it was done. And now it’s over. Ah, well. Look forward to a new blog format in the near future.

In the meantime, this last post from Blogger will feature some more art from the archives of Gauntlet! It seems I missed a couple of gift art things as well (sorry, guys!). Well, here they are, alongside some more ‘Maniacs art.

More MMPC3 Superadventure mugs by discoduderock.

Shadowman VS Shadowman by Glider.

A small sprite of the super computer Crorq featuring custom emoticons made for the MM3 forum. By Snakeman (Raijin).

MM Team girls by Cyros

A bigger version of “Who is holding my hand?” by Spark Chan (Classi).

A few of Topman’s sketches.

The design choices for the shirts worn on the first ‘Maniacs Meet (and every other one too, but mostly the first).

A sketch of the Mesmerman crew. It looks better in full size…

An unused idea for the ‘Maniacs logo.

To view previous gift art submissions see the Miscellaneous Sprite Gallery and for more ‘Maniacs art see the Team Galleries.

Gift Stuff

Top feels bad that nobody notices he changed back to his TM armor. Y’know, since the 8-bit sprite looks almost exactly the same as his previous look. Once more, using some old gift art submissions to do the comic.

Speaking of which …

I’ve actually been quite remiss in my gift art submissions. I have a couple that I could have posted over the …. well, years. Small stuff, but worth it. So, no more waiting, let’s see them here!

Bizarro Shadowman threatening an injured Megaman, by Ace Spark.

Shadowman in his Transmetal 2 armor. By Cyros.

A Scissor Joe, from the Business of War. By Cyros.

The Mechanical Maniacs in their “Transmetal 8” armors, obviously inspired by the X series. By Yllisis Zanon.

Needlegal in her Transmetal 2 armor in 8-bits! By Megaman N.

NES-colored MM3 DOS mugshots by MM19872008.

A small ‘Maniacs Moments inspired sprite comic by GaiaX6.

Mesmerman by Cyros.

“Fused Shadowman” by Chaos Wolf.

Thanks for all the submission, guys! Uh …. sorry it took so long to put them up. To view more fan submission see the Miscellaneous Sprite Gallery and the Gift Art Gallery.

New Sprite Sheet

More sprites for the Megaman PC remake. Jesse wanted some fortress bosses … at first I was against this, but then I remembered the Wily Rescue Force. For those who don’t know, the Robot Masters from the Dreamwave comic, led by Cap N’s Doc Robot, are a team of villains from the Epilogues. They rescue Wily any time he’s in trouble (like when his bases blow up or when he’s in prison). So if there’s a need for fortress bosses … why not the Wily Rescue Force? Lavaman was thrown in because there needed to be another boss.

If I had to add one more bot to that I’d pick Toothpasteman in a heartbeat.

PC sprites, Megaman Mysteries

You know those ugly Megaman PC sprites I have? Well, the PC3 sprites have been completely re-ripped. Frenkel, of S&F Productions, has made a sprite viewer in DOS and I used that to create extensive sprite sheets containing …. every single sprite in the game. Including many unused sprites.

Which brings me to Megaman Mysteries. Not only are notes on the PC games expanded, but also some tidbits on debug modes for MM5 and 6. GoldS has found some interesting things about the SNES games, especially X1. MM9 has some things that people already know about. And Star Force has more “lost” BN5 textures. Even MM1 has a new sprite discovered … an unused door!?

Articles, Gauntlet’s Guides

I’ve been doing some thinking and I’ve decided the image galleries really need accompanying
articles to go with them. At least the official images do and most of the sprite galleries. To this end I have created an article on the Megaman PC Games. It details my experience with the PC games as well as some words on the robot masters.

Next up is a … Gauntlet’s Guides article? It’s been a while since I did me one of those. This one is on Green Lantern: In Blackest Night. Basically it goes into all the “special” rings and is sort of meant as a look-back that contrasts what’s being done today with what’s been done in the past.

The PC sprites have been updated. I actually missed a few sprites of Wily. Apparently when you die at WIly himself sprites of him jumping and groveling appear on the computer screen. Since I always cheat at that game I have never seen these sprites until now.

Speaking of sprite galleries, the index page has been merged with the overall Image Gallery using the same hack that I developed for the Specialty Galleries. It’s just pointless to leave them so separate. Speaking of which, I’ve never announced it, but the Megaman Team Christmas Cards are up. They’re from a small project made by Snakeman and Spark Chan in December. Be sure to check it all out!

Oh, and the articles on Rockman Strategy and Rockman Gold Empire have received some small updates too. RM Strategy has it’s intro video up … doubtless you’ve seen it before since Rockman Perfect Memories posted it long before I have. I just felt it was time for me to post it as well. More exciting, however, is that I have posted the game’s full script online! Unfortunately … it’s in Traditional Chinese. Yeah. I’ve also revised a few details in the introduction (the game’s not quite so rare anymore) and added in some notes on the ending that I got from reading the script. Rockman Gold Empire’s update is a never-before-seen intro video.