Imagineer absorbs Rocket Company

15 05 2016

rocketlogoStarting July 1st, 2016, Rocket Company will be no more. The Japanese publisher behind the Medarot games will be merged with its parent company Imagineer. The move is being made as Imagineer plans to transition its business to focus less on packaged software for dedicated gaming devices and more on games for smart phones/tablets. While the company will continue to release games on dedicated platforms, worsening market conditions will see fewer titles launch as they review their business strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

Medarot turns 15!

28 11 2012

It’s crazy to think, but exactly 15 years to the day the very first Medarot game launched on the Nintendo Gameboy. The initial entry in the popular series starred Hikaru Agata (Henry in English releases) and his Metal Beetle. Since then the series has spawned countless spinoff manga, anime, action figures, trading cards, and of course video games. While the past fifteen years hasn’t always been roses, with a long period of hibernation in the mid-2000s the series looks poised to reclaim the spotlight. Check back to Project Rising Beetle for the latest updates in the world of Medarot!

If that’s not enough, take a walk through the past with our special Youtube series showcasing the opening animations from every Medarot game!

Medarot Episode 1 anime fansub now available

1 10 2012

Before we get into this, I’d like to say that this was a struggle for me to post. Project Rising Beetle was founded under the guise of fans supporting official releases to get more Medabots here, but ultimately I decided that sharing this news was worth more. It also helps that there is no official release for the Japanese version of the anime outside of importing the Japanese R2 DVDs, and add in the fact that the rights holder for the anime in the west appears to have relinquished those rights back to Japan leads me to come to this decision. Fansub group (Note: Language warning) are in the process of fansubbing the entirety of the Medarot anime series, and have in fact released the first episode. This is the first time the anime series will be viewable for those who do not know Japanese. The group are looking for anyone who would be willing to help with quality control and dedicated pre-timer tasks. If you can help, drop them a line at their site. You can find a torrent download for the first episode, and a streaming version of the anime’s opening theme below: Read the rest of this entry »

Medarot 7’s reception

23 09 2012

Medarot 7’s currently out in Japan, and of course we’ve got some reviews, and sales figures to look over. On the review front famed Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu gave the game a solid 8/8/7/7 score totaling to 30/40. This score actually happens to be the exact same as what Medarot DS received in 2010. 4gamer reader reviews give the game an 85 compared to DS’s 75. After 25 user reviews has Medarot 7 at a great 4 stars out of 5. Comparatively, Medarot DS has a 3.5 from 19 ratings. Read the rest of this entry »

Japanese Medarot Popularity Poll 2012 Results

30 07 2012

Over on the Furuani Max channel on Nico Nico Douga Horumarin and his assistant voice actress in training, Iku Arino have revealed the results of the 2012 Japanese Medarot Popularity Polls held earlier this year. Some of the results are surprising, while many are not: Read the rest of this entry »

Medarot 7 to be at TGS, 3 exclusive AR cards to the first 10,000 visitors

27 06 2012

The Medarot 7 official site updated today to reveal that Rocket Company will be demonstrating the game at the Tokyo Game Show in September. This will be the first time Medarot has an official presence at the trade show in 13 years! The first 10,000 visitors to the booth will receive 3 exclusive holographic augmented reality cards for use in Medarot 7. But there’s a catch. You see, TGS 2012 is from September 20, to the 23rd. Medarot 7 will have been out for a week by then, so the booth will just be showing the game to those who haven’t bought it yet. As such, Rocket Company is requiring users to bring their instruction manual from the game to be stamped in order to get the free pack of AR cards. The company has yet to announce which characters will be on the AR cards.

Imagineer reports lower sales, blames the lack of Medarot titles

8 01 2012

Let’s kick off 2012 (15 years since Medarot was first released on GameBoy) with some goods news!

Imagineer, the owner of the Medarot franchise via its Rocket Company video game publishing company reported their Q3 2011 fiscal results a while back, and surprisingly, Medarot means a lot to the company. This year Imagineer has been posting their quarterly results, and we can compare some things. Let’s start this off with Q2 2011 compared to Q2 2010. For those who don’t know the business lingo, sales quarters are broken up into blocks of 4 with 3 months each. So quarter 2 corresponds to April, May, and June sales periods. Read the rest of this entry »