First Medarot Manga Receives English Fan Translation

29 03 2015

Community members Kimbles and Tobias have come together to bring the original Medarot manga to English readers for the first time! Chronicling the events of Hikaru Agata, the first manga series in the franchise was created by Horuma Rin between June 1997 and April 1999. You can read chapter 1: “My Friend is a Robot” at Batoto or embedded below: Read the rest of this entry »

Global Medarot Video Game Sales Surpass 3 Million Copies

23 03 2015

RPGS02_表1-4_OLThe cover of Role Playing Gameside Vol. 2 states that the Medarot video game series has sold more than 3 million units globally. The Japanese magazine will contain a 21-page retrospective on the franchise’s past 17 years in addition to an interview with Medarot series artist Horuma Rin.

Created by Imagineer and Natsume, the Medarot games series started in 1997 on the Nintendo Gameboy. Since then the series has grown to encompass over 20 individual games. The latest entry, Medarot 8, launched on Nintendo 3DS in Japan last August. Read the rest of this entry »

Natsume President Comments On The Status Of Medabots In The West

14 03 2015

Speaking to niche video game website Siliconera, Natsume Inc. President and CEO Hiro Maekawa discussed the status of the Medarot franchise in the west:

“At this point, we do not have a concrete plan for future Medabots titles, but we are carefully listening to fans voices and we know the team over there and would love the opportunity to bring a new Medabots game to the U.S. one day. Once again we have spent time, money, and love on that franchise, and we want to see it move forward just as much as our fans do,” Maekawa explains. “I know this isn’t the answer Medabots fans wanted, but stay tuned, because there will be some Medabots news in 2015. Keep an eye out!”

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Medarot: The Ikki Collection Volume 3 Available Later This Month

6 02 2015

medarotikkiv3 Kodansha is set to release their fourth Medarot manga reprint through their Re:ComicBonBon imprint. Collecting Horuma Rin’s Medarot 3 manga, Medarot: The Ikki Collection Volume 3 will be available in Japan on February 23rd, 2015 at an MSRP of 1,080yen and a page count of 288. Like previous Re:ComicBonBon releases, this new collection features an original cover drawn by Horuma Rin. Read the rest of this entry »

Medarot: The Ikki Collection Volume 2 Now Available

22 12 2014

61KJiYDXWRLFollowing up the release of the first volume in October, Kodansha’s Re:ComicBonBon label published Medarot: The Ikki Collection Volume 2 today (December 22nd, 2014). The 280 page book compiles the third and fourth volumes of Horuma Rin’s Medarot 2 manga. For this release Horuma Rin created a new cover image. The MSRP for Medarot: The Ikki Collection Volume 2 is 1,000 yen.

The Medarot 2 manga ran in the monthly Comic Bon-Bon anthology magazine back in 1999. The four collected volumes tell an alternate take on the story found within the first anime series. Medarot 2‘s manga adaptation was drawn by Horuma Rin and it is the only manga in the franchise published outside of Asia. In 2002, Viz Media released the manga in North America. Pika Édition published a French version the following year. Read the rest of this entry »

Medabots AX Re-Rated In Australia For Virtual Console Release?

28 11 2014

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The Australian classifications board put up a new listing on November 26th for Medabots AX: Metabee Version, mirroring what happened to Medabots: An RPG Adventure in August. Like the 2014 entry for that game, this release received a PG rating and is credited as being published by Nintendo and authored by Natsume. This should be in preparation for a Gameboy Advance Virtual Console re-release on Wii U. Read the rest of this entry »

Medarot 8’s Reception

11 10 2014

BwBPnSICQAAX28U.jpg largeRocket Company and Delta-Arts published Medarot 8, the latest entry in the robot-battling RPG series on August 28th in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS. Now that the game has been out for a few months, it’s about time to reflect on how the latest outing performed.

Japan’s most popular gaming magazine Famitsu reviewed the title. Their four editors awarded the game a total score of 31/40, or split as 8/7/8/8. This is the best result an RPG entry has seen from the outlet, topping the 30/40 scores granted to Medarot Navi, DS and 7. However this is a single point decline from last year’s Medarot DUAL, the action spinoff developed by Jupiter. Each of Famitsu’s four reviewers each gave that game an 8.

In a rare English review, Bri Bri of Japanese 3DS gave the game a 7 out of 10. Praise was directed toward the robot customization while the length of battles drew criticism. Overall he felt that Medarot 8 “is a really fun game with good (not great) visuals, an excellent soundtrack and a wonderful array of characters.” Read the rest of this entry »


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