Capcom’s first non-action video game starring Rockman came out in January of 1993. How do you sell a Rockman game that’s completely unlike a Rockman game? If you’re Capcom, you do it like this.
From the Rockman Big Reference Book:
A unique new game for the Famicom!
Wily & Right’s Rock Board
A board game that everyone can enjoy
Colorful characters collect funds to fulfill their dreams!!
Up to 4 players compete in this Sugoroku-type board game! They’ll encounter all sorts of events and many useful cards along the way!!
Spin the roulette to move your character across the spaces.
Rock: This time, I’ll be playing the Emcee. Is everyone ready to play? Gather your friends and get ready for some boisterous fun!!
Select your character from these 5 familiar faces!!
Each is aiming for a different goal, but the means are the same!! Amass money and construct buildings!!
“With my dream palace, I’ll become a real princess!!”
To become a princess, she wants to build a lovely castle.
“The whole world will be mine!!”
Albert W Wily
To achieve world domination, he’ll construct an evil laboratory.
“I’ve got to pursue my research!!”
To continue his experiments, he’ll create a new lab!!
“There may only be one of me, but I’ll help as many people as I can!!”
To help all the sick and injured people in the world, she’ll build a hospital!!
“I’ll work towards world peace!!”
To achieve his goal of world peace, he’ll expand his facilities.
There’s still even more to see!! So many exciting events and cards to collect!!
Stopping on certain spaces along the stage will uncover an event! It could be good, or it could be trouble!!
Pass this space to earn money.
For one revolution of the board, you’ll be changed into one of 3 boss characters.
Receive a card. There’ll be 3 mystery cards to choose from.
Buy a ticket, and let the race begin!!
He’ll warp you to another place on the board.
Buy a lottery bag. Next thing you know, you may win big!
Will something happen here? You never know.
Too bad! Lose a turn.
Where events unfold from using a card! There are 6 different categories of cards, each card features a popular character. Use them wisely!
This card is able to defend anyone from a harmful effect.
This card can defend you alone against a harmful effect.
A mobility card. There are two types, one for extra speed and one for going to a particular space.
A card that gives you money. There are seven different types of prizes.
This card can attack another player. There are 13 different types, each with a different boss and attack. have fun discovering them all.
Finding this card means trouble!!
A card that brings misfortune. 6 different disasters await!
Have you guys played Rockboard yet? It’s actually pretty fun. My good friend and benefactor Dr. Cossack has made this translation patch just for you. In the immortal words of the Shredder, “Go, play! Have fun.”
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“To help all the sick and injured people in the world, she’ll build a hospital!!”
hmm… In the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom manual it also states that “her dream is to one day open a hospital and help people.”
Nice. 🙂 Especially the card illustrations–we’ve got a clearer look at that unknown robot.
Despite all the time I spent focused on that game, I hadn’t seen much of that artwork before. As RADIX says, it’s nice to see non-pixel illustrations for some of the game’s elements. I’m also noticing something odd: Dr. Cossack is smoking on the second page! I don’t remember seeing any other characters doing that in official art.
Thanks for this rare look into a lost gem. 🙂
The smoking pic is in the Official Complete Works book too. You should really consider quitting, Doc! 😉
Now that you mention it, I seem to recall some fans insisting that Dr. Light smokes a pipe. Sometime I should go on a crusade to see if I can find something to support that. Did he have one in the cartoon? I can’t remember.
Roll is very anti-smoking in TvC, maybe Dr. Light has to hide it from her!
His illustration in page 9 the Mega Man 8 Manual with Auto, Roll, Beat, and Eddie has him holding a pipe in his left hand.
I remember seeing Light smoking twice, but I only remember one of them, his in-game cameo in Marvel vs. Capcom. I think the other was in a illustration. There is also those unused sprites of Heat Man in Power Fighters and the Reploid in the opening of X7 that had his cigar removed outside Japan. Also, the Reploids in Stonekong’s stage have smoking pipes.
Me too! I also remember seeing Light smoking on some unused artwork for a game…
Too true! Right there in his Mega Man 8 artwork, which incidentally is right on the cover of Mega Man Official Complete Works. I didn’t even have to open the book! 😀