Mighty No. 9: The latest genius from Keiji Inafune
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 22:09
Who says retro gaming is dead?
Not the users of the Internet, that’s for sure. They made that inherently clear when they funded over $1 million to the development of Mighty No. 9, the newest creation of Mr. Keiji Inafune and Comcept Inc., via Kickstarter late last week.
Mighty No. 9 was announced as a classic, retro-style side scrolling action game, highly influenced by classic Japanese style gaming, which would generate funds through the group funding website Kickstarter. The game will star the robotic hero Beck, as he and his partner Call travel across the game’s world to defeat the other eight robots in the Mighty series, which have gone rogue and need to be destroyed. Keep in mind, however, that the game is still quite young in its development, and highly subject to change.
The game seems to serve as a spiritual successor to the classic “Mega Man” series, which has fallen on hard times on recent years. As it states on the Kickstarter, “[Mighty No. 9] takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics…and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics.” The gameplay takes heavily from the Blue Bomber, which also features a young, blue-clad robot in a 2D side scrolling adventure, as he journeys from zone to zone, defeating powerful robots and taking on their powers. At its most basic level, it’s hard to not see the similarities between MN9 and MM.
The reception to the game has been enormously positive. At the time of this writing, the promised funds stand at over $1.95 million, with another 21 days left to fund the campaign. As the original level of required funding was only $900,000, over four of the promised “stretch” goals have been reached, allowing the development team to not only add more stages, new game modes and a making-of documentary, but a Mac/Linux port, giving everyone access to the game.
There’s still more to unlock as well. Another $1 million would not only bring gamers two more game modes, but more stages, an online co-op mode and a port to the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
Multiple rewards are available for those who choose to support the game, ranging from a digital copy of the game, an enemy plush, a classic NES-style game box and manual, and (for the truly well meaning) dinner with Mr. Inafune himself in Japan, available at the low price of only $10,000. The real reward, however, is to know that you played a small, but integral part in the development of a game that is almost guaranteed to go down in gaming history as a remarkably historic moment.
Mr. Inafune himself is a veteran in the industry, and is perhaps most well known as the co-creator of Mega Man, the former head of R&D at Capcom and publisher of the zombie killer thriller, “Dead Rising.” Alongside him are other former members of Capcom, such as Naoya Tomita and Manami Matsumae, both of who worked on the original Mega Man.