Quick: What is objectively the greatest piece of instrumental music ever composed? Got it? Okay, well, if you said anything other than Yoshihiro Sakaguchi's "The Moon" from the DuckTales video game for NES, then I am sorry to inform you that you are wrong. Compared to that 96-second loop, Mozart is basically a garbage fire.
And today, we have an occasion to blast that chiptune perfection in celebration: On April 8, 2017, Capcom will be releasing The Disney Afternoon collection for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam, including HD optimized versions of the 8-bit DuckTales, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers, and TaleSpin games, along with a bunch of bonus features.
With almost 300 issues in the core series, Archie's Sonic The Hedgehog stands as the longest-running uninterrupted American monthly comic book that's currently being published. In Hedging Your Bets, I attempt to get up to speed on Sonic the Hedgehog, challenging the odds to hopefully make it all the way to the finish line.
This week, we launch into the second world-shattering crossover between Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man, featuring a completely different Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man.
In what appears to be an effort to wear me down to the point where I just automatically hand them money, Super7 has released a line of figures that (officially) mash up MUSCLE with Street Fighter II, and they're available to order today.
This weekend Marvel and Capcom announced the fourth proper entry in the long-running Marvel vs. Capcom series, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. The debut teaser saw the returns of familiar faces like Iron Man and Ryu, while also introducing Mega Man X and Captain Marvel into the fighting franchise for the first time. Now, a new gameplay trailer has arrived, giving us a better idea of what to expect from each of these characters when the fighting starts. Oh, and it looks like Captain America and Morrigan are along for the ride again too.
The rumors were true, you guys. Marvel vs. Capcom is indeed getting a new sequel, this time eschewing the number system in favor the title Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. The first teaser trailer for the latest in the ongoing collision of universes brought back familiar faces Ryu, Mega Man and Iron Man, but more importantly, it introduced Captain Marvel to the series for the first time in its history. I don't know about you, but I'm already throwing money at my screen.
It's been five years since the worlds of the Marvel Universe and the numerous Capcom Universes collided. In that time, Marvel's comics have undergone a great deal of change, while Capcom's catalog has remained rather steady. In addition to the sweeping events in the pages of the comics, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has exploded since Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 hit shelves. It's no wonder then that rumors of a new entry in the series have surfaced ahead of PlayStation Experience, hinting that the worlds would collide once more, this time with a more cinematic bent.
A huge hit in Japan with a fervent American fanbase, the Capcom JRPG franchise Monster Hunter is exactly what it sounds like; in a world full of giant monsters, players known as Hunters team up in Guilds to kill them for fun and profit.
Capcom is pushing Monster Hunter hard in the West. An anime based on the franchise airs this year, and Capcom has partnered with Viz to translate Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter for American audiences. A 2011 manga by Shin Yamamoto, it's based on Keiichi Hikami's Monster Hunter Episode light novels (illustrated short novels aimed at young adults), which tell short stories of different hunters.
Of all the video games that you could make into cartoons, Capcom's Mega Man series seems like it's the easiest slam dunk in the world. It's got everything you want, right down to an extremely toyetic cast of evil villains that have to be defeated by fun and clever ways, and if Archie's late, lamented Mega Man comic series proved anything, it's that you can take all of those elements and turn them into something smart, action-packed and appealing to all ages. And yet, aside from an off-model appearance on Captain N, a short-lived animated series in the '90s, and a couple of bizarre educational PSAs produced by the Japanese tourism board that used to be available on Netflix, there haven't been a lot of attempts.
All things considered, Mega Man has been having a pretty good year. I mean, yes, the ongoing comic book series from Archie was canceled back in December, ending 2015 on a pretty down note, but with the release of the Legacy Collection --- which brought all seven Mega Man games from the NES era back to current-generation consoles - 2016 is looking up.
Now, there's another reason for Mega Fans (sorry) to celebrate: Sentinel Toys just announced the release of a new line of fully articulated 4" action figures, and they look awesome. And not only will the classic Mega Man be showing up, but his virus-busting counterpart from Mega Man Battle Network is along for the ride, too.
So hey, do me a favor real quick. If you happen to be sitting at a desk right now, look around and check to see if there's a tiny little Street Fighter figure sitting on there anywhere. If there is, great, please continue going about your business. If there's not, well, I think you just realized that your desk setup is tragically incomplete.
Fortunately, there is a solution. Multiverse Studio is set to release a set of Street Fighter minifigures this fall, with designs by artist Miguel Wilson that translate the distinct designs of the World Warriors into three extremely stylized dimensions.
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