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'Mega Man' creator takes to Kickstarter to fund spiritual successor

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Mighty No. 9
Mighty No. 9

Keiji Inafune has taken to Kickstarter to fund his next project, a side-scrolling action game called Mighty No. 9. Inafune is best known for his work on the Mega Man franchise, and his latest effort has quite a bit in common with the Blue Bomber. Not only does the game star a similar-looking young robot, but as you defeat enemies you'll be able to use their powers to take down bosses — one of the staple features of the Mega Man series. Mighty No. 9 does feature at least a few new ideas, though, including a mechanic that lets the game's robotic hero transform into different shapes, like a tank or grappling hook.


A veteran team

Aside from Inafune, the veteran Mighty No. 9 team also includes both the level designer and composer from the first Mega Man game, as well as the character designer behind games like Street Fighter Alpha 3 and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. The group is looking for $900,000 in crowdfunding to get the project going, and if it reaches $2 million the development process will be documented with three 30-minute videos from 2 Player Productions, the studio behind the Minecraft: the Story of Mojang documentary. Inafune is just the latest notable developer to utilize Kickstarter to fund his dream project, with the likes of Tim Schafer and Peter Molyneux having successfully funded games using the platform.

Mighty No. 9 is slated for a PC launch, with other platforms listed as stretch goals, but it will be quite a while before you'll get to play it — the release date is currently listed as spring 2015.