Guns 'n' Roses/Mega Man X5 mystery solved by... Claire Redfield

Our modern age leaves little room for mystery. We know the photo of the Loch Ness Monster was a toy submarine. We've heard from the pranksters who started the crop circle phenomenon. And now one more vexing question has been answered: how the bosses in the English-language version of Mega Man X5 came to be named after the members of Guns 'n' Roses. It should come as no surprise that the nagging oddity was put to rest by the intrepid (albeit fictional) Claire Redfield. Sort of.

“Apparently the localization I did for a Capcom game is infamous,” tweeted Redfield voice-actress Alyson Court this weekend. Court went on to explain how her then-husband was a big Guns 'n' Roses fan in 2000; with the band on indefinite hiatus, the poor fella's fandom was waning, so Court changed the names of Spike Rosered, Shining Hotarunicus, Crescent Grizzly, Volt Kraken and Tidal Makkoeen to Axle the Red, Izzy Glow, Grizzly Slash, Squid Adler and Duff McWhalen.

Above: A sentiment expressed rather less delicately in many of Mr. Rose's own lyrics 

Doubtless Mr. Alyson Court found solace in blasting the G'n'f'n'R stand-ins during those lean years when the only new Gunners track was a subpar contribution to the End of Days soundtrack. But “when fans started complaining, he got mad at me,” laments Court: “I meant well!” The two have since separated. We're not saying the transformation of Dark Necrobat into Dark Dizzy caused the separation... but then, we're not not saying it.

[Via: Rockman Corner]

May 2, 2011




  • NotSteve - May 3, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    When I found out about the GnR connection a few years ago, I thought it was just weird. Now that I have context, I think it's pretty cool. Mazeltov, Ms. Court.
  • Tomgoulter - May 2, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    @Codystovall: Google "Surgeon's Photograph" and prepare to lose a little of your sense of wonder. Also, it's now all but certain that Chupacabra was a particularly sickly dog. If it helps, while several people have come forward claiming to have worn the monkey suit in the original Bigfoot footage, none of their claims have been substantiated. You'll always have Sasquatch.
  • PretzelBoy - May 2, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    @BackwaterRifle Taking "Chinese Democracy" into account, you could be forgiven for not even thinking of Guns 'n Roses at all.
  • mach1920 - May 2, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    @jackthemenace Chrono Trigger had boss names from Rock/Metal icons too, Ozzy, Flea, and Slash.
  • codystovall - May 2, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    It was a toy sub?
  • BeerBaron - May 2, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    @BackwaterRifle - Just keep fighting the good fight! "Is it bad that when I see the letters GNR the first thing that comes to mind is Galaxy News Radio?"
  • tlopezkid - May 2, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    Megaman is the shit, especially the "X" series. If putting GNR in the game makes more fans gravitate towards the series, do it more often...with what other bands??? hmmm...
  • BackwaterRifle - May 2, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Is it bad that when I see the letters GNR the first thing that comes to mind is Galaxy News Radio?
  • jackthemenace - May 2, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    WHOA O.o So... Metal and gaming merged BEFORE Brutal Legend...!?
  • chrisantistas2inchpenis - May 2, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    Megaman + GNR = Godly
  • BlackElement17 - May 2, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Now thats some hard hitting journalism.
  • 8bitBaby - May 2, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    haha case closed. *credits roll*
  • RODTheMaster - May 2, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    As a huge GNR fan, I approve of his actions. The game is better because of it.
  • bonerachieved - May 2, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    And how come nobody commented this yet? that's awesome in a pretty cool way.

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