With over 20 games across multiple generations of consoles, it’s safe to say that Mega Man was a pretty successful franchise. Whether it was the hard as fuck Mega Man series on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, the Mega Man X series on the Super Nintendo and later Playstation consoles or even one of the Mega Man offshoots like Mega Man Soccer, that little blue bastard managed to jump, slide and mega-blast his way into hearts and homes across the world.
Alas, Capcom have neglected the fan favourite in recent years. So much so, that when Keiji Inafune stated he was working on what he claimed was the ‘spiritual successor’ to the Mega Man franchise, the internet lost their collective, nostalgia ridden minds.
Keiji Inafune is no stranger to Mega Man, he was hired to refine, and even create some portions of Mega Man’s initial artwork in the little blue robot’s first ever adventure, way back in 1987. His work is so critical to the original game, that Inafune is commonly credited with being Mega Man’s creator.
Mighty No. 9 is the brainchild of developer Comcept, whom Inafune founded, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the resemblances to Inafune’s previous work.
Resemblances put aside, fans of Inafune’s work have been waiting with baited breath for any information on a release date for Mighty No. 9 since the kickstarter smashed it’s goal, and originally slated the game for release in Dec… of 2013! After 2 years of delays, excuses and long periods of silence in what many describe to be a troubled development, Mighty No. 9 has gone gold! More importantly, we have a solid release date!
For the USA and Asia, get your calendars out and put a big blue circle around 21st June, for the rest of the world, chuck a circle around June 24th.
It’s been a long time coming, let’s just hope the game is as good as we were all hoping it would be.
If you can’t wait until June, then check out the extended gameplay trailer from last years E3, below.