Let’s face it. There is something surreal, almost magical plowing through the truly classic games even if they were from the 16 or even 8-bit era. Who doesn’t remember the time they finally beat Sephiroth in Final Fantasy 7, or typing in the invincibility code to finally get through the original Doom. If these accomplishments don’t ring a bell with you, you are truly missing out on an intricate time in game development. Luckily, one creator isn’t letting the past simply fade into nothingness.
Keije Inafune is probably most known as the creator of the always famous Mega Man series. The side scrolling hit, engaged early gamers for hours on end as they worked their way through level after level, tackling one boss battle after another. For Inafune’s new project, Mighty No. 9, he didn’t turn to the big studios that have traditionally funded his widely popular hits. This time around, he wanted to break out of the rut so many Japanese developers had been mired in and turned to Kickstarter to do it.
Launched on August 31st, Mighty No. 9 already has almost 30,000 backers pledging over 1.7 million dollars. This side scrolling game looks similar in style to the series that put Inafune into gaming greatness with his Mega Man series. You play as Beck, the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one not infected by a mysterious computer virus that has caused mechanized creatures the world over to go berserk. Using an enormous supply of weapons and abilities taken from the enemies you destroy, you must battle your way through at least six stages. As funding for the game increases, it is likely more levels will be added.
The game is being developed for PC and will be available on Steam by spring of 2015. If you are looking for a classic 2D side-scroller with a modern twist, than this game is definitely for you. Much like the classic Mega Man, with a character that is ever changing throughout the game, you will definitely not be bored.
If you would like more on Mighty No. 9 or would like to donate and become part of it, take a look at the Kickstarter page.