Mighty No. 9 Looks To Be The Megaman That Fans Want
While the Kickstarter model has come into question quite a number of times, there are in fact some success stories out there. One in particular, was Mighty No. 9. The game is produced by Keiji Inafune who is best known for his work on the Megaman series. Megaman fans have been clamoring for a sequel to their beloved franchise, yet Capcom continuously casts a blind eye on the community, not having released a fully fledged Megaman game in years. Keiji took matters into his own hands and promises that his game, Mighty No. 9, will be both a tribute and a reimagining of the classic 2D side-scroller that is loved by so many.
Name: Mighty No. 9
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
Publishers: Keiji Inafune
Release Date: April 2015
Mighty No. 9 can be seen as a clone of a Megaman game, but that is kind of the point of the game entirely. It aims to recreate that classic Megaman formula with the tight controls, difficult but enjoyable combat and fun platforming. It’s basically the Megaman game that every fan has wanted for such a long time, just rebranded with new names. The interest for a new Megaman game was huge as evidenced by the game receiving over $3.8 million in funding via Kickstarter, well over its initial goal by 400%.
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The game follows an android named Beck, one of the Mighty Numbers, a type of robot created by the scientist, Dr. White. A virus has infected the world and Beck’s fellow Mighty Numbers, turning them corrupt and it’s up to Beck to defeat his corrupted brethren as well as the villains responsible for this virus. Upon defeating each Mighty Number, Beck gains the power of the one he defeated, much like Megaman where one of the main features of the game was gaining numerous new powers to use by defeating bosses.
The game is structured into 8 main levels as well as an intro and final encounter. Each level contains a new boss to defeat and in turn a new power to gain, helping Beck on his journey. This mission structure is much like classic Megaman games that have you playing through levels in order to defeat a “something”-man (such as Leafman or Waterman etc.) and upon defeating them all, encountering the final boss. Mighty No. 9 is very much a loveletter to the classic formula that Capcom made back when Megaman was first imagined.
The game is a side-scroller, but in a 2.5D plain meaning that the side-scrolling is done in 2D, but the world around you is 3D. This type of art style has not really been imagined by past Megaman games and it would have been the inevitable evolution of the series if Capcom decided to continue the franchise.
The levels in the game would make increased use of the powers that Beck has gained throughout the game with him being able to climb walls using magnetic limbs or even transform into a tank in order to traverse spikes. It seems the more the game progresses, the more options will open up to the player as well as new features being introduced.
The main combat system is much like Megaman where you can jump around on different plains and shoot a blaster at enemies. The combat is also claimed to be a little tricky, much like previous Megaman games that were not that easy to defeat. However, the developers say that the game is satisfying rather than frustrating with regards to difficulty.
Mighty No .9 is basically the Megaman game we have all hoped for, but never gotten. Its releasing on literally every platform barring mobile and is shaping up to be quite the great side-scrolling game. If you loved Megaman, then you certainly will love this game by the look of things.
Suspected Selling Points
- The pedigree behind it is excellent.
- Megaman games have always been renowned for their quality and a game based solely on this franchise can’t be far from the same.
- The gameplay looks smooth and responsive.
- It looks like genuine passion has been put into this project.
- The powers might be underwhelming.
- With just 8 main levels, it can also be a very short game barring additional difficulties and such.
- 2D side-scrolling platformers are a dime a dozen these days and Mighty No. 9 will have to do something really special to separate it from the pack.
Megaman fans rejoice, you are getting a new Megaman game. It’s just called something else, but if you close your eyes and imagine, this can be the thing that you’ve been hoping for for so long. It’s amazing to see fans take matters into their own hands with regards to their favourite franchises and Mighty No. 9 looks to be a testament to this passion.