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When Keiji Inafune's Mega Man spiritual successor Mighty No. 9 launched its Kickstarter campaign way back in 2013, developer Comcept offered a cardboard box and full-colour manual as collector's items for the devoted 16,155 backers who pledged $60 or more. Now, more than a year after the game's oft delayed launch, premium backers are getting their goods, but the results are a little lacking.

Mighty No. 9's new trailer isn't going down well

Mighty No. 9's new trailer isn't going down well

89 per cent of YouTube ratings were negative.

Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune's spiritual successor to the Blue Bomber, Mighty No. 9, has received a new trailer and the reaction hasn't been good.

The latest trailer (below) currently has 5234 downvotes and only 583 upvotes on YouTube.

The overwhelming majority of the criticism seems to focus on its generic graphics, cringe-inducing dialogue, and atrocious voice-acting. The trailer's narrator in particular makes some painfully unfunny jokes, like that your power-ups will "make the bad guys cry like an anime fan on prom night." Eek!

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Mighty No. 9 finally has a release date "set in stone"

Mighty No. 9 finally has a release date "set in stone"

Will launch in June, for reals this time.

Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune's crowdfunded spiritual successor to the Blue Bomber, Mighty No. 9, will finally launch on 24th June in Europe.

Those in North America and Asia will receive it three days earlier on 21st June.

Mighty No. 9 has become somewhat notorious for its many delays. Originally targeting a September 2015 release date, it was pushed back to February, then delayed once again until "spring" 2016.

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Mighty No. 9 game modes shown off in new trailer

Mighty No. 9 game modes shown off in new trailer

Co-op, versus, and One-Hit-Death Maniac Mode.

Mighty No. 9's latest trailer shows off a series of game modes available in Keiji Inafune's Mega Man spiritual successor.

Aside from Mighty No. 9's main campaign, there will be a Boss Rush Mode, VR Challenges, One-Hit-Death Maniac Mode, and online multiplayer allowing players to work together or against one another.

After many delays, Mighty No. 9 is set for a 12th February release on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. North Americans will receive it three days earlier on 9th February.

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Mighty No. 9 gets a new release date in February

Mighty No. 9 gets a new release date in February

Handheld versions to follow. Demo out now.

Mega Man spiritual successor Mighty No. 9 will arrive in Europe on 12th February, publisher Deep Silver has announced.

The Americas will receive it three days earlier on the 9th.

Unfortunately, this is only for the PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac and Linux versions. The Vita and 3DS ports will be released later at an unannounced date.

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Mighty No. 9's demo has been delayed

"We just ask that you be a little more patient."

Last month Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune announced that his Blue Bomber spiritual successor Mighty No. 9 would be delayed until 2016. Originally it was set to come out tomorrow. To make up for this, Inafune revealed that an exclusive three stage demo would be coming to all Kickstarter backers on 15th September. Well, it looks like that's been delayed as well.

Mighty No. 9 demo coming to backers in September

Inafune suggests Mighty Gunvolt 2 is happening.

All Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter backers will receive a code for a three-stage demo on 15th September, developer and Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune announced today at a PAX Prime panel attended by Eurogamer.

Mighty No. 9 delayed to early 2016

Because bugs and online.

Keiji Infanue's Mega Man successor Mighty No. 9, which raised $3,845,170 on Kickstarter, has been delayed to early 2016. It had been due out on 18th September 2015.

VideoVideo: We play through a full level of Mighty No. 9

Including a rather tricky boss fight.

Donlan and I sat down to play Mighty No. 9 a few weeks ago and had an awful lot of fun with it. Although we were hoping for a game that more closely resembled that initial artwork, it was difficult not to be won over by the gameplay itself.

FeatureKeiji Inafune: video gaming's harshest critic

"The true meaning of game design has been lost."

"Wouldn't it be nice if I could just say that I'm done and retire?" Keiji Inafune, implausibly 50, lounges on a bench, back against the wall, legs outstretched, crossed at the ankles, arms folded. The translator laughs to mask the sense of unease in the room. But it's not unexpected. Inafune, whose career in Japanese game development began in the late 1980s when he joined Capcom as an illustrator (he helped design the original Street Fighter's iconic characters, Ken and Ryu) has a reputation for bolshiness. After designing Mega Man, a game series that sold tens of millions of copies, Inafune rose Capcom's ranks to become global head of production. It could have been a job for life, but in 2010 Inafune announced on his blog that he was leaving to "start...life over." Freedom of employment (he started his own company, Comcept) seemingly brought with it freedom of speech: during a talk at the 2012 Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, Inafune accused the Japanese video game industry as being in a "tragic state." The verdict made him few friends.

Mighty No. 9 gets a September release date

Mighty No. 9 gets a September release date

Deep Silver now publishing it.

Mighty No. 9, the spiritual successor to Mega Man by the Blue Bomber's creator Keiji Inafune, will arrive in the UK on 18th September for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, Mac and Linux, developer Comcept has announced.

The Americas will receive it three days earlier on Tuesday, 15th September.

Vita and 3DS versions will follow at a later date.

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FeatureBuilding a better Mega Man

Can Keiji Inafune's Mighty No. 9 escape the orbit of his own legacy?

There's a mantra running through my head while playing Mighty No. 9, the new game from Keiji Inafune, a clockwork rhythm that is as appropriate as it is distracting.

Mighty No. 9 launches second crowdfunding campaign for "bonus" content

Japanese developer Comcept has launched a second crowdfunding campaign for side-scrolling platformer Mighty No. 9.

Comcept and design star Keiji Inafune launched a Kickstarter for Mighty No. 9 last year and on 1st October it was funded with a whopping $3.8m raised from over 70,000 backers.

Now, it's going back to crowdfunding via PayPal in a bid to raise more money for bonus content, a move Comcept said was sparked by feedback from the game's fans. There's only one stretch goal announced so far: full English voice acting for $100,000.

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This Mighty No. 9 gameplay is absolutely, definitely not at all Mega Man

Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has revealed the first non-prototype gameplay footage of his upcoming blue bomber spiritual successor Mighty No. 9.

As one can see, it looks a lot like Mega Man. It's just different enough that Capcom can't sue, but a drastic reinvention this is not.

Of course, that's not entirely a bad thing as Mega Man is fantastic. There's a reason it's spawned more sequels than any other video game series ever, and while Mighty No. 9 looks incredibly similar, it does have a few key differences - like its switch to detailed 3D models, and player character Beck's nifty dash maneuver.

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See how Mighty No. 9's shaping up in gameplay video

See how Mighty No. 9's shaping up in gameplay video

Watch Inafune play nearly a minute of it.

Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has revealed a minute of early footage showing how his blue bomber's crowdfunded spiritual successor Mighty No. 9 is coming together.

From the brief glimpse we get of Inafune playing this early build, we can see player character Beck shoot and stun some robot octopus-like enemies before dashing into them. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Beck's animations, which are a lot more dynamic than Mega Man's. He bounces and stretches as he bounds around, which stands in stark contrast to the blue bomber's simple, more static avatar. It's not much to go on, but it gives some idea of how it will look in motion.

In other recent Mighty No. 9 news, the game is being adapted into a live-action series by Contradiction Films, the studio behind the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series.

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Mighty No. 9 live-action series is in the works

By the studio that made Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

Contradiction Films - the studio behind the Mortal Kombat live-action web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy - is developing a live-action series based on Keiji Inafune's upcoming Mega Man spiritual successor Mighty No. 9.

Mighty No. 9 confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One

Mighty No. 9 confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One

UPDATE: Kickstarter concludes at $3.8m. 3DS and Vita versions confirmed.

UPDATE# 2: The Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter has ended with a total of $3,841,001.

Not bad considering it was initially only looking for $900K. In the time since then it hit every one of its stretch goals. Well, technically it fell short of its $4 million Online Battle Race mode, but the Kickstarter has it scratched off its stretch goal list, so ostensibly some Paypal funds made up the difference.

The campaign had 67,226 backers when it concluded.

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Mighty No. 9 Vita Kickstarter stretch goal announced

Mighty No. 9 Vita Kickstarter stretch goal announced

UPDATE: First documentary video released. Wants $3.5m for Vita/3DS ports.

UPDATE# 2: The first of four documentaries covering the development of Mighty No. 9 has been publicly released.

The video series is being handled by 2 Player Productions, the documentarians behind the Broken Age Kickstarter videos and Minecraft: The Story of Mojang.

Can you spot EG US news editor Jeffrey Matulef's cameo?

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Mighty No. 9 confirmed for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U

Mighty No. 9 confirmed for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U

Needs another $1.1 million for Xbox One and PS4 stretch goal.

Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune's spiritual successor to the blue bomber, Mighty No. 9, will be coming to PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U after all, following its $2.2 million Kickstarter stretch goal.

Due circa April 2015, this current-gen console port will join its already announced PC, Mac and Linux brethren.

You may wonder about next gen consoles, given the project's far-off release window, and developer Comcept has confirmed that it will make a PS4 and Xbox One port should the crowdfunding campaign reach $3.3 million. This is looking likely as Mighty No. 9 has already acquired $2,225,994 in 17 days and it still has 14 to go before its 1st October deadline.

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FeatureKeiji Inafune on Mighty No. 9, Mega Man, and getting older

"There's actually tons and tons of differences between both character designs."

There's an episode of Californication where David Duchovny's writer character is asked to provide a treatment of a screenplay by rapper Samurai Apocalypse (wonderfully played by the Rza). The script in question is called Santa Monica Cop. "Oh, like Beverly Hills Cop?" the Duchovny character asks. "Nah, man. It's Santa Monica Cop!" Apocalypse deadpans. This pretty much sums up my interview with Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune about his new Kickstarter project, the recently launched retro throwback Mighty No. 9.