Hey, remember Mighty No. 9? Honestly, a lot of people would be happy to forget the unfortunate Mega Man imitation, but the game’s back in the news because it finally delivered some of its promised Kickstarter physical rewards, and surprise, surprise, they’re terrible.
Pitched by Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune as a spiritual successor to the classic series, Mighty No. 9 was the recipient of a lot of fan cash (over $4 million) and good will. And then came the delays, lame excuses, and weirdly offensive marketing. Mighty No. 9 wasn’t as terrible as some would have you believe, but it wasn’t good enough to smooth over the thoughtless way the game’s developers treated their fans.
Case in point, the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter promised backers various goodies, including a physical game box and “retro-style game manual” if you pledged over $60. They just arrived this week, over a year after Mighty No. 9 came out, and the box is just that – an empty box that you have to make yourself. The manual, which was promised to be full color, is actually black-and-white, and, most absurdly of all, doesn’t fit in the box. Needless to say, fans are not terribly impressed.
my KS-backer physical copy of Mighty No. 9 just arrived and..lol pic.twitter.com/uwWcuwPgpe— w i nt e rc u t e (@Isfet) July 25, 2017
To be fair, the manual does (barely) fit if you got the “American style” box.
At this point, none of this is terribly surprising – at least the box and manual eventually arrived, which I suppose is something. It’s clear Mighty No. 9 was mishandled on multiple levels right from the beginning, which is a shame, because a decent Mega Man successor is something the world needs.
Mighty No. 9 is currently available on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and Wii U.