Here’s a riddle for everyone- when is a Mega-Man game not a Mega-Man game? Answer, when the blue bomber’s creator Keiji Inafune takes his talents to Kickstarter. That’s right folks; the father of Mega-Man brings a new IP to the pages of Kickstarter to make the next gen Mega-Man game you know you always wanted. The Mighty No. 9 takes multiple cues from the beloved franchise the Inafune helped build as he attempts to bring back the classic 2D side-scrolling adventures that send children of the 80’s into nostalgia fueled flashbacks.
The story revolves around Beck, the 9th robot in a line of mighty robots designed to help make human life easier. However, we wouldn’t have a game if everything went according to plan, now would we? Robots No. 1-8 have been infected with a virus that turned the robots against humanity and it’s up to Beck to step in and save the day by taking down his fellow bots and taking their powers. Yes, we know, its sounds a hell of a lot like Mega-Man. But Capcom hasn’t done much with the license in recent years, so hush. This is the gaming world’s best chance to get a current gen Mega-Man game, so let’s enjoy it and back the project.
Currently, Mighty No.9 is currently pegged as a PC game due out in Spring 2015. But, the beauty of Kickstarter lies in the stretch goals. While the target amount rests at $900,000, the included stretch goals leave the team the leeway to make version for Mac, Linux, PS3, Xbox 360, and the Wii U down the line. The prospect of having Mighty No. 9 for the PS3 has me doing mental backflips, that’s the highest stretch goal set at 2.5 million dollars. At present, the project has accumulated almost $600,000 of the goal with a month left to go, so it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility.
I know what you’re thinking, but Dan, haven’t a large number of the video game based projects funded via Kickstarter been lackluster? Yes, the track record hasn’t been spotless for the studios that have turned to the crowd-funding juggernaut. However, none of those projects had the father of the 2-D side scroller genre at the helm of the development team. Mighty No. 9 has the potential to be a fantastic game and the best Mega-Man game of the 21st century. Those possibilities alone are worth backing this project, even a little bit. Hey, if you have 10 grand burning a hole in your pocket, you can donate it to the Kickstarter and have dinner with Inafune. That’s worth the price of admission right there. Mighty No. 9 has a tentative due date of Spring 2015.