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EndCycle getting online multiplayer

Remember EndCycle, the MMBN-inspired indie game by 12B3 Games? Though the Kickstarter for the project failed to meet its goal, the team has nonetheless been toiling away on the game. Today the team published a trailer featuring a brand new feature: online multiplayer!

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to try it, as 12B3 noted that the online multiplayer will be available to everyone on 1 July 2017. In addition, they will be launching a Patreon to support the game’s development.

Catch the TeamBN Summer Showcase 2017 in June

This summer, speedrunning group TeamBN will be hosting their eighth bi-annual marathon: the TeamBN Summer Showcase 2017. Tune in to see each of the Battle Network and Star Force games being completed at breakneck pace, as well as catch up on recent developments with various community events and projects.

The new marathon will start on June 16th, 2017, at 1:00 AM UTC / 6:00 PM PDT / 9:00 PM EDT / 3:00 AM CEST / 10:00 AM JST. It will run for just under 2 days. As usual, you’ll be able to catch stream on TeamBN’s Twitch channel. The marathon is still a ways off, but don’t worry — we’ll remind you once we get closer to the date.

The exact schedule is not set in stone yet, but TeamBN have revealed the list of games being played. Fan games showcased this time include MMBN Chrono X, MMBN 3D, Shanghai EXE and MMBN Project Genesis, as well as MMBN-inspired indie games Tri Wing and EndCycle. You’ll also be able to see the Battle Chip Gate, a Japan-exclusive peripheral that connects to the games, in action with demoes and runs for BN5 and BN6. Additionally, get a taste of competitive MMBN multiplayer with an N1GP Exhibition Match!

Here’s the full list of games announced; check back later for the full schedule.

  • Mega Man Battle Network 1
  • Mega Man Battle Network 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4
  • Rockman EXE 4.5: Real Operation
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5 (+ Progress Chip Gate demo)
  • Rockman EXE 6 (with Beast Link Gate)
  • Mega Man Star Force 1
  • Mega Man Star Force 2
  • Mega Man Star Force 3
  • Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (+ BCC plays BCC)
  • Mega Man Network Transmission
  • Rockman EXE WS
  • Mega Man Battle Network Chrono X (+ Q & A)
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3D (+ Q & A)
  • Mega Man Project Genesis (+ Q & A)
  • Shanghai EXE: Genso Network
  • Tri Wing (+ Q & A)
  • EndCycle (+ Q & A)
  • N1 Grand Prix (exhibition match)

Marathon schedule (TBD)
TeamBN Twitch channel
TeamBN Twitter feed

Kickstarter for EndCycle now live!

12B3 Games has launched a Kickstarter for their indie game, EndCycle. If you watched the last TeamBN marathon, you might’ve caught a glimpse of this game already. EndCycle is slated for Windows, Linux and macOS, and the team is looking to raise €10,000 to fund the development of the game.

The game stars Fin, your average guy whose life is upended when his peaceful hometown of Everod is invaded by the evil organization Azure Shield. To stop them, Fin will need to travel the world of Anika and seek help from the team of good guys, Crimson Force. As the battle between these two world powers rages, he finds himself caught in the middle and is forced to fight in order to reclaim his normal life.

The battle system in EndCycle should be immediately familiar to anyone who’s played Mega Man Battle Network before. Each battle takes place on a grid of panels, on which you and the enemy Noise monsters move around and try to hit each other with ranged attacks. You can equip up to 12 VOC attacks, and defeating Noise will get you stronger ones as well as level up your Noisicon, which lets you summon your own Noise buddy in battle. There’s also a local multiplayer mode planned that will let up to 4 players duke it out or fight together.

For the full details, make sure to check out the Kickstarter page for EndCycle. If you want to see more before jumping in, there is a newly updated, free demo available which features the first chapter of the game as well as local multiplayer.

EndCycle Kickstarter page
EndCycle demo download
EndCycle development blog
12B3 Games Twitter feed

Mega Man Battle Network Marathon V5.5

TeamBN logoIn two weeks, tune in to the new Mega Man Battle Network Marathon V5.5 hosted by speedrunning group TeamBN! Starting on December 17, 2016, the team will be racing through a number of Battle Network and Star Force games, some in ways that haven’t been seen before. This time also sees the inclusion of two additional games, namely Mega Man X: Command Mission, a Mega Man RPG from another mother, and Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand, a series which frequently crossed over with MMBN.

Additionally, this marathon is a great time to catch up with recent news in the (fan) game development community. Shown off in this iteration are several fan games including MMBN Chrono X, MMBN 3D, Shanghai EXE, MMBN Project Genesis and Kura5 (Boktai 3D), as well as MMBN-inspired games like the recently Kickstarted Tri Wing, and Endcycle (previously known as Voxel Generation). Some of the developers will also host a live Q&A following the demonstration!

The Mega Man Battle Network Marathon V5.5 will be hosted on TeamBN’s Twitch channel. It starts on December 17, 2016, at 11:00 AM UTC (that’s 6:00 AM PST, 3:00 AM EST and 12:00 PM CET). It will run for just over one day. The list of games played is as follows — check the schedule link below for more details!

  • Mega Man Battle Network 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3: Blue
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar
  • Mega Man Star Force 2: Zerker × Ninja
  • Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge
  • Mega Man Network Transmission
  • Mega Man X: Command Mission
  • Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand
  • Mega Man Battle Network Chrono X (+ Q&A)
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3D (+Q&A)
  • Mega Man Battle Network Project Genesis (+ Q&A)
  • Shanghai EXE: Genso Network
  • Kura5: Bonds of the Undying (Boktai 3D) (+ Q&A)
  • Tri Wing (+ Q&A)
  • Endcycle (+ Q&A)

Marathon schedule
TeamBN Twitch channel
TeamBN Twitter feed

Mega Man Battle Network 3D adds Local Multiplayer

mega-man-battle-network-3d-logoHeatPhoenix, the developer behind Mega Man Battle Network 3D, has released a new trailer for the game. It shows off Local Multiplayer support, as well as a funky Battle Chip Challenge remix! Players can use any Navi and BattleChip in multiplayer battles. As local multiplayer takes place on one screen only, each Custom Screen is shown one at a time so the other player can look away. An extra controller is required for player 2.

For more info, check out the official MMBN3D homepage or Twitter.

Mega Man Battle Network Speedrun Marathon V5

teambn-logoSpeedrunning group TeamBN is back once again this summer with a new marathon! This weekend, catch the Mega Man Battle Network Speedrun Marathon V5 on the RPG Limit Break Twitch channel. In the span of about two days, the good folks from TeamBN will be speeding through all six main Mega Man Battle Network games, as well as some spin-offs and the first Mega Man Star Force game.

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Battle Network 6 releasing on European eShop

Main_Falzar_ArtThe final entries in the series, Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar and Cybeast Falzar for the Game Boy Advance will be rereleased on the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe this week. Both versions can be picked up from 14th January 2016 for €6.99 / £6.29 each.

As usual, you will be able to obtain multiplayer-only BattleChips by simply entering the Comm screen from the PET menu. However, Unlike the Japanese version, it’s unlikely that the Otenko and GunDelEX chips will be available.

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Battle Network 5 infiltrates North America tomorrow

Team Colonel VC imageThe wait is over for North American players; tomorrow, Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team ProtoMan and Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Colonel, originally released for the Game Boy Advance, will be available for purchase on Wii U in the Nintendo eShop. As usual, the price point is $6.99 per version.

Like previous Virtual Console releases, by opening the Comm. menu in the PET screen, you’ll gain access to a number of BattleChips that ware originally only available by trading with the opposite version, letting you 100% clear the game. In addition, you get BassCross MegaMan, which also lets you fight extra versions of Bass such as BassXX.

Source: Nintendo info pages

TeamBN Mini-Marathon V4.5 this December

teambn-logoA new TeamBN speedrun marathon is coming to town! On December 19th, catch the aptly named TeamBN mini-marathon V4.5. That’s in just over a week, so get hyped! As usual, you can watch the marathon on TeamBN’s Twitch stream.

The full schedule for the marathon has not been posted yet, but since it’s a mini-marathon, not all games from previous marathons will be there. From the looks of it, though, at least Battle Networks 2, 3, 4 and 6 should be present. We’ll let you know when there’s more info!

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