Capcom is a video game developer and publisher headquartered in Osaka Japan. Founded in 1979, the name is a compound of “Capsule Computers” which the company used to describe their exclusive arcade machines at the time. Capcom has created and maintained numerous popular franchises including Street Fighter, Mega Man, Devil May Cry and Resident Evil.
There’s sad news for Japanese Rockman fans and potential bad news for the rest of the Mega Man-loving world coming up in just over a week. Capcom Unity Japan announced on November 26th that four PSone Classic Rockman releases will be removed from sale on December 13th. Those being Rockman 8, Rockman X4, Rockman X5 and Tron Ni Kobun (aka The Misadventures of Tron Bonne).
As Rockman Corner points out, three of the titles are still available to download in other Mega Man/Rockman collections but with the removal of Tron Ni Kobun, there will be no legitimate way to play this one or its PocketStation Kobun mini-games in Japan. The bad news for the Western world is that Capcom has yet to confirm if these delistings will extend to North American where the games are still available to download individually.
Some speculation suggests that the Japanese delistings could be tied to specific vocal performances. This could potentially keep the English language releases safe but if you’ve ever been interested in these games you might want to grab them soon, just in case. Thanks to The Everyday Otacon for pointing this one out.
There have been quite a few submissions and tweets coming to the site about apps and online services that are winding down between now and the end of the year. I’m still swamped with submissions to research and write so in order to get the news out there as soon as possible I thought I’d do a Retirement Roundup of these services, features, and games. Read On!
LAST UPDATED: August 16, 2019 Added: NBA Live 14, Dragon’s Dogma Online
Thanks to everyone on Twitter and Reset Era that pointed this one out earlier today, this was super short notice! Capcom Unity’s Kellen has the full details below on this unfortunate delisting that was just announced today:
Heads up, everyone; DuckTales: Remastered is leaving digital storefronts in a duck-blur, and will no longer be available for purchase beginning August 8th, 2019. If you’ve already purchased it in the past or if you buy it before the dates and times below, you’ll still be able to access and play the game.
Pogo jump your way into Scrooge’s Money Bin while you can! DuckTales: Remastered is getting a farewell price drop for 75% off on most platforms before it gets removed for purchase.
The game will be digitally available on the following platforms until:
– Wii U – August 9, 4:59 PM PDT – PlayStation 3 – August 9, 8AM PDT – Xbox 360, Xbox One (via Backwards Compatibility) – August 8, 5 PM PDT – Steam (PC) – 4:59 PM PDT
Disc-based versions of the game will install and play normally, and if you’ve already bought the game digitally, you’ll still be able to re-download it even after it’s removed, too. The times above are approximate, so please don’t wait until the last minute if you want to purchase the game digitally while it’s still available. So, get out there and solve a mystery, or re-write history!
If you’re on the hunt for a physical copy of the game, you can grab it on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii U through Amazon and throw us a few affiliate pennies in the process. You can also grab it on Steam or Xbox 360 for $3.74 right now, and you may already own it on PlayStation 3; it was free for PlayStation Plus subscribers back in 2015. Check your download history.
As for the reason behind the delisting, well, I think we can all guess at this one: Expired Licensing! It’s most likely that Capcom or WayForward’s rights to the DuckTales property has expired and no one is willing or able to renew. It’s also possible that the game is being delisted ahead of a new DuckTales effort from Disney.
I’ll add the date to the Watch List calendar and get a page on the site soon.