Update: As of the afternoon of September 2nd, Mighty No. 9 has raised over $950,000, surpassing the Kickstarter goal with 29 days to go. At this rate, it appears that the game will have no problem reaching its stretch goals.
Keiji Inafune, creator of the original Mega Man series, has launched a new Kickstarter to fund Mighty No. 9, a spiritual successor to his classic franchise. The campaign, which was launched earlier this evening, hopes to raise $900,000 over the course of the next 30 days. So far, reception has been incredibly positive, with fans of Inafune and Mega Man having donated over $100,000 in less than a few hours.
Judging by the Kickstarter's description of the game, Mighty No. 9 will not only look an awful lot like the iconic side-scroller, but will play like it as well. Players control Beck, the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one not infected by a mysterious computer virus. Players will have to run, jump and shoot their way through six or more stages, depending on whether the game meets its stretch goals or not. The stages can be played in any order, and each one features one of the eight more powerful robots. Players can also steal weapons and abilities from the bosses they defeat. Is any of this sounding familiar?
Working off of Mega Man's huge fanbase, Mighty No. 9 is climbing closer to its goal at rapid speeds. If funded, the game is expected to release in the spring of 2015. Backers will also be treated to a variety of bonuses, depending on how much they donate. These add-ons include a digital or physical copy of the game, T-shirts, a strategy guide, the chance to appear within the game and even a chance to have dinner with Inafune himself.