Talking Mega Man with The Power Button Podcast… and Ian Flynn, AND Matt Moylan!

megamantributeFinally… after months in the making, it’s come down to this.

After appearing on The Power Button podcast to discuss Nintendo comics, Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comics, and UDON’s many video game comics and things (the latter two with Archie writer Ian Flynn and UDON Director of Publishing Matt Moylan, respectively), the three of us have all come together to talk about the blue bond which connects us all: Mega Man.

And oh, what a time we had! About two hours’ worth of content, apparently, as we discuss not only the games, but the upcoming Mega Man/Sonic the Hedgehog crossover event, “Worlds Unite,” what UDON Entertainment is up to, what it will take to get a dedicated Mega Man X comic up and running, what’s in store for the Mega Man 4 comic book story arc, and more… including audience-submitted questions! “At five people,” host Matthew Green notes, “it’s our largest podcast panel ever.”

To listen in, you have several options from which to choose: You can download it directly from Press The Buttons or just listen on the page itself. You can also nab it from Stitcher, subscribe on iTunes, or just go the RSS route.

When you’re done, feel free to e-mail the guys or leave a message after the beep at (720) 722-2781.

Wow, what a week for the Nintendo Download, with numerous big titles to check out. Lots of great stuff here, so let’s get to it!

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SteamWorld Dig for Wii U – This title made a big splash on the Nintendo 3DS to great critical reception, and is now available on the Wii U. Join Rusty on his journey to save a town in need by exploring an underground world of secrets, treasures, and adversity with use of the Wii U GamePad to display the map and interface elements, or for Off-TV Play. Check out a trailer for the game here.

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The Fall for Wii U – “Super Metroid meets Monkey Island.” The first part of a trilogy, this game combines action and adventure game puzzle elements as you explore an alien world as ARID, the artificial intelligence of a high-tech combat suit determined to save the unconscious human dwelling within it! Click here for a trailer.

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Donkey Kong Jr. Math for Wii U – It’s a mystery to some why this is even being released, or why Nintendo is charging $5 for it. Perhaps it’s to get some sort of tax write-off for “educational” software? It’s hard to say, though Nintendo is marketing it as “perfect for younger players who are looking for a fun and easy way to develop their math skills!”

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Mega Man X3 for Wii U – The final Mega Man release to hit the Wii U Virtual Console in August, this third installment in the Mega Man X series– itself previously not released alongside its predecessors on the Wii– sees X out to determine why Dr. Doppler’s antivirus has suddenly failed to prevent their fellow Reploids from going Maverick. Of particular note is that this title marks the first playable appearance of X’s extremely powerful Maverick Hunter partner Zero. You can also customize X’s armor upgrades with special super-upgrade chips, and also acquire four different Robot Ride mechs to help take on the legions of Mechaniloids standing before you.

You can check out a trailer for the game here.

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Azure Striker Gunvolt with Mighty Gunvolt for Nintendo 3DS – Developed by Inti Creates, whose previous works include Mega Man 9 and 10, the Mega Man Zero series, Mega Man ZX series, and even the Super NES Mega Man X games, this new platforming adventure carries many of the hallmarks of what made those games great while introducing a new cast, world, and gameplay elements all its own.

Purchase it before November 28th and receive a free bonus download of Mighty Gunvolt, a classic style platforming adventure in the style of the NES Mega Man games featuring Gunvolt and Beck from the upcoming Mighty No. 9, as well as Ekoro from the Japan-exclusive Gal☆Gun.

Both games come out in the Nintendo 3DS eShop on Friday, August 29th, but you can check out our review over on The Mega Man Network. You can also view a new English trailer for the game here.

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for Nintendo 3DS – What happens when an expert investigator joins forces with an ace attorney? A cross-examining crossover adventure to unlock the mysteries of the magical city of Labyrinthia, that’s what! This battle of wits will be available starting at 12am ET on Friday, August 29th. In the meantime, you can view a trailer for the game here.

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Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter for Nintendo 3DS – Though the Thorions were thought defeated and humanity could return to a peaceful existence, the fearsome war machines returned a generation later to wreak havoc anew and wipe out what remains of humanity. Piloting one of three different Skyfighter craft, it’s up to you to take the fight to them and protect the human colonies. Click here to view a trailer for a better look.

And an aside, if I may: The music in the trailer really reminds me of Wing Commander.

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Outback Pet Rescue 3D for Nintendo 3DS – You’ve probably seen this game a dozen times in the Nintendo eShop by now– it sure feels like I have. It’s up to you to bring the animals of Australia’s outback back to good health, both by treating them on-site or bringing them back to your station in your Jeep. Kangaroos, koalas, numbats, wombats, dingoes, wild horses, and more (oh my!) are among the animals you’ll treat and nurture, and you can even use Play Coins to add to your in-game currency, allowing you to do such things as expand your work station.

Nintendo eShop Sales

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Capcom sale – Select Capcom titles for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are up to 60 percent off, including Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, DuckTales: Remastered, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Resident Evil Revelations, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Street Fighter II’ Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, and Street Fighter Alpha 2 on Wii U, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Resident Evil Revelations, Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D, and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition for Nintendo 3DS.

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Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo for Nintendo 3DS – From 9am PT on September 3rd through 8:59am PT on September 24th, this game will be marked down from $7.99 to $3.95, 50 percent off.

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Soccer Up 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 9am PT on September 17th, this title will be marked down to $1.99 from $6.99, 71 percent off.

Price Reduction

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist for Wii U – Starting September 1st, this title will be reduced from $39.99 to $19.99.

Coming Soon

Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight for Wii U – Coming September 1st, which is an odd date for a Virtual Console release.

Nobunaga’s Ambition for Wii U – Coming September 4th, which makes a bit more sense.

On top of all that, the new Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz update is now available.

For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.

Sometimes it’s about quality, rather than quantity. What that means is that while this week’s Nintendo Download is small in number, many of those titles are still quite good! And with Mario Kart 8 leading the pack, it’s hard to say if people will be paying attention to much else.

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Mario Kart 8 for Wii U – I’m not even sure what to say about this one here that I wouldn’t be saying in my review, so I’ll just say to keep an eye out here for that.

But beyond that, I want to remind you of the special offer mentioned here before, wherein purchasing Mario Kart 8 at retail or in the Nintendo eShop allows you to download either New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3 (these two links are to my reviews), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U (these two go to product pages; I’ve not reviewed them, but have enjoyed what I’ve played of them). Full promotion details can be found here.

Also, be sure to check back for Weekly Deals tonight/tomorrow: There might be some good offers for going the retail route, and you can score an even better deal.

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Ittle Dew for Wii U – Puzzles and exploration await Ittle Dew and her sidekick, Tippsie, as they embark on an adventure across a strange island filled with loot and bizarre inhabitants.

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Klonoa: Empire of Dreams for Wii U – The Emperor Jillius has outlawed dreaming, and found guilty of breaking the law is none other than Klonoa, who must now traverse 40 levels of puzzles, items, baddies, and confrontations against four nightmarish monsters with his friend, Huepow, in tow. Their objective: To win back Klonoa’s freedom and restore dreams!

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Gravity Badgers for Wii U – Join Captain T Bayback as he ventures into the darkness of deep space in this physics-based puzzle game to rescue his friends, family, and the universe itself from the deadly Evil Honey Badgers, aka the Hellsett.

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Luv Me Buddies Wonderland for Wii U – A colorful world of adventure awaits as you join this gang of puppets for some mini-game fun and adventures designed for young children.

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Mega Man Xtreme 2 for Nintendo 3DS – It’s the final game of “Mega May” as X returns! But this time he’s brought back-up in the form of the Special-A Class Maverick Hunter Zero and the duo’s new Navigator, Iris from Mega Man X4! Set prior to the events of that game, Mega Man Xtreme 2 follows the more traditional style of Mega Man Game Boy games by remixing the enemies and levels, rather than the straight “demake” ports seen in the first Xtreme.

X and Zero each take on an assortment of four Maverick levels and new boss characters, and can join forces in the final mode, marking the first and only time Zero has taken these guys on head-to-head! And with Zero bringing his trusty Z-Saber along for the ride, his style provides the most unique gameplay of any of the Game Boy Mega Man titles!

Nintendo eShop Sale

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Pushmo and Crashmo for Nintendo 3DS – To celebrate the upcoming release of Pushmo World for the Wii U, Nintendo is offering the first two games of the series for 33 percent off each until 8:59am PT on June 13th. I gave the original five stars and highly recommend checking it out.

Price Reduction

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LEGO The Hobbit for Wii U – Beginning June 2nd, this game will be reduced in price from $49.99 to $39.99 in the Nintendo eShop.

For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.

Well, happy birthday to me! This week’s Nintendo Download kicks off with two great games, and has more fun to follow.

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Kirby: Triple Deluxe for Nintendo 3DS – Available May 2nd: Kirby is back! Find out everything you need to know about his latest adventure in my review here.

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Mario Golf: World Tour for Nintendo 3DS – Available May 2nd: Fore! Mario and friends go out for 18 holes of fun, both in regular-styled courses and in places with the kind of golfing hazards you could only expect to find in the Mushroom Kingdom. I don’t have a review ready for this one yet, but soon. What I’ve played so far, though, is a lot of fun.

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Mega Man Xtreme for Nintendo 3DS – I don’t think anyone expected this to be the first title voted on for Capcom’s “Mega May.” This Game Boy Color title takes stages and bosses from the first two Mega Man X titles and shrinks them down to fit an 8-bit style. Truth be told, though? If you’re looking for new content, you won’t find much here; wait for any of the subsequent releases instead, which remix the content at the very least.

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Azada for Nintendo 3DS – Solve 40 unique puzzles and five master puzzles to free yourself from the cursed haunted room your uncle has placed you in!

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PICROSS e4 for Nintendo 3DS – The latest title in the PICROSS e series now contains 20×15 grids to its more than 150 puzzles. And with save data from previous games, you can unlock even more puzzles, while tutorials and rule options allow newcomers to get their footing with ease.

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Tiny Games – Knights & Dragons for Nintendo 3DS – The first Tiny Games collection for kids contains the following five games: Ludo, Chest Mover Mania (Sokoban), Ship Encounter (Battleship), Find Mines (Minesweeper), and 4 in a Row (Connect Four).

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Mach Rider for Wii U – Wow, where was this last month?

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Stick it to the Man for Wii U – Read peoples’ minds using the GamePad controller and use the giant pink spaghetti arm attached to Ray’s head (that he just woke up with one day) to fold, tear, and pull off the stickers which comprise his world.

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Abyss for Wii U – Use the biomechanical robot “Nep2no” to explore the dark abyss of Earth in the year 3024. Natural resources are scarce and humanity is in danger, and it’s up to you and Nep2no to bring the newly-discovered energy source, “Gaia,” back to the surface. But will you have enough light to finish the job? Plus, two players can square off in a competitive mode.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

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Tappingo for Nintendo 3DS – Until 0am PT on May 15th, this puzzle game is 30 percent off.

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Shin Megami Tensei IV for Nintendo 3DS – Beginning at 9am PT on May 5th, Shin Megami Tensei IV will be $29.99 until 9am PT on May 12th.

Price Reduction:

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Bird Mania Christmas 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Reduced from $1.99 to $0.99.

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist for Wii U – Beginning May 5th, the price will be reduced from $59.99 to $29.99.

For more information on each of this week’s releases, including more screenshots and videos, click on the corresponding link above.

This week’s Nintendo Download is nothing short of bizarre, as– for the most part– it’s just like last week’s, but for the addition of one new title to the Wii U Virtual Console and one more free demo (and a couple of sales elapsing). Since the Nintendo Network was facing difficulty throughout the holidays, my best guess is that this is Nintendo’s way of allowing last week’s offerings a chance to shine before bringing in more heavy hitters.

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As for this week’s new additions, first we have Capcom’s Super NES classic, Mega Man X2. Six months after the defeat of Sigma in the original Mega Man X, the remains of the Maverick forces have been tracked to what was thought to be an abandoned factory for creating robots. X, the new leader of the Maverick Hunters, leads an assault on the plant to put an end to the Maverick threat once and for all, only to witness the beginnings of an all-new revolt!

This time, X will need to master new Robot Ride Armor, new mechanical upgrades from Dr. Light, and the new Mobile Attack Cycle in order to take down the eight Maverick bosses spread throughout the land, as well as their new leaders, the self-proclaimed “X-Hunters”! But as X will soon learn, one more life hangs in the balance; can he triumph alone, or will he need some back-up to tip the scales?

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Next, we have the free downloadable demo of Bravely Default. This is no ordinary demo, however; this one features an exclusive side-quest that will not be featured in the main game, to be released at retail and in the Nintendo eShop on February 7th! For now, you’ll join with Tiz and other memorable characters to explore Luxendarc as you try to restore balance to the world. Speaking of balance, Bravely Default claim to fame is a new risk/reward system designed to bolster the turn-based combat, and which “RPG fans will obsess over”.

And again, aside from the games released last week (and the ongoing Atlus sale), that’s all for this week! Check the links above to see more images, videos, and information on this week’s titles!

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This week’s Nintendo Download is just chock-full of Capcom goodness, and leading the pack is the Wii U Virtual Console release of Mega Man X and Ghosts ‘N Goblins for $7.99 and $4.99, respectively (unless you have them on the Wii Virtual Console and choose to upgrade them for $1.50 and $1 each, respectively). Or, if you don’t have them on Wii and are interested in purchasing both, then there’s another option for you, too.

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