Classic Japanese Side-Scrolling Action…
Many of you may have heard of the game “Mighty No.9” Which was announced a few weeks ago at PAX. The kickstarter has been online for nearly two weeks and already has more than double its original target!
A new game in the traditional MegaMan style! I was very excited when I heard about it and, of course, I have backed the project. The reaction that Keiji Inafune was thinking of creating a new 2D platformer was amazing at the event in PAX, you can see here just how excited everyone was to hear about it! Skip to 27:00 to see the announcement.
So, Who is Keiji Inafune and why is his new game so important?
Keiji Inafune is one of the most important Japanese Video Game Developers, Since the 8-Bit era he has been creating games. Since graduating school, he immediately went to work for Capcom as an illustrator for a new series, Street Fighter. From there he went onto create a new game, which would go onto become one of the most loved gaming franchises of all time, MegaMan. As well as this, he also made, Dead Rising, Onimusha, Lost Planet and more. In 2010 he left Capcom to set up his own studio, Comcept. So far in this new studio he has made a few games, Soul Sacrifice for the Vita, Bugs Vs Tanks (Part of Guild 02) for the 3DS and is currently working on Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z for PS3 and Xbox 360. Oh, he is also a spaceship in the new Hyperdimension Neptunia V…
Of course, I’m most interested in MegaMan. Being a fan of the series all my life, If you read my post “How a nintendo fan came to be.” then you will know that MegaMan 4 was one of the first games I ever played and left a lasting impression on me ever since. The classic 8-Bit series is one of my favourite series ever, and the X games are amazing too… Well they were up to X4. I haven’t played many after that point but by that point in the series Inafune was no longer in charge of the development. The X series was actually meant to end at the 4th installment. For me, the MegaMan side scrolling games are some of the best examples of 2D platforming at its purest, good level design, hard enemies and bosses, fun weapon powerups, great music. Everything you could want from an action platformer. There were also some RPG series, Legends, Battle Network and Starforce, all three were well received and got several sequels each.
Mighty No.9 looks set to offer the great platforming style of the MegaMan games, and add brand new ideas and a new graphic style to make what hopefully, will be Inafune’s new platforming series! Known for its unique, colourful art style, MegaMan has many characters, each one colourful and unique and has a name relating to music, Rock (Named MegaMan outside of Japan) , Roll, Bass, Tron Bonne Etc.
Mighty No.9 seems to be continuing this trend of having names which all relate to each other, the the moment, only the main character, Beck and his assistant(?) Call have been announced, but you can see how they fit together which i think is very clever and i hope the names of the other characters are this creative as well!
The art style is very similar to the MegaMan series, which is a good thing. I love the new designs, and the best thing is, there will be polls in the MN.9 community to help decide the final versions of the characters!
Before this, there was another community driven project, Megaman Legends 3. The project sadly got cancelled, upsetting many fans, and since then Capcom have cancelled many more Megaman games as well, including the online game Rockman Online, Megaman Universe (Which was set to have a full level editor and the ability to download and play user created levels!)And even an FPS game, Maveric Hunter, which was being developed by some of the team who made Metroid Prime!. http://www.polygon.com/2013/4/9/4179628/mega-man-fps-maverick-hunter
After all these cancellations, everyone had given up hope for a new proper MegaMan game, Inafune had left Capcom, and Capcom didn’t seem to know what they were doing with the franchise. Sure they released mobile versions of some older games and revealed some on Virtual Console, and the terrible Xover… But it wasn’t enough. The only game released for the 25th anniversary was a fan game that Capcom bought the rights to, Street Fighter X MegaMan.
Fans began to create their own MegaMan games such as the amazing MegaMan Unlimited. http://megaphilx.com/?page_id=26 They are even trying to remake Legends 3 in 8-Bit for PC as well. http://www.gamnesia.com/news/mega-man-legends-3-getting-an-8-bit-remake-capcom-staff-aiding-in-creation There is a website to bring back Legends 3, its called Get Me Off The Moon, or 100,000 Strong for bringing back MegaMan Legends 3. They recently made this video to thank the fans for reaching their goal.
Check out the Kickstarter page for Mighty No.9 for more details. They update regularly with new design ideas and making of videos! Now there is just the long wait until 2015 when the game will be released!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mightyno9/mighty-no-9 It only needs a bit more to guarantee a WiiU version so lets make it happen!!
I hope one day Capcom does decide to bring back MegaMan in a new platforming game, but until then, we have Mighty No.9 to look forward to!
Thanks for reading.