Mighty No. 9 Needs Your Cash Again.

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Few Kickstarter projects have been as successful as The Mighty No. 9, the spiritual successor to Mega Man which cleared over $3,845,000 in pledges in its funding campaign last year, nearly four times what was asked in the first place and yet, despite this huge success the game’s creator Keiji Inafune is retuning to the fans to ask for even more money.

“You heard it right, Keiji Inafune and the Mighty No. 9 team is pleased to open up a new funding campaign for the project via PayPal!”

Reads a post on The Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter page which continues from there to outline that, although there has been enough money raised to make The Mighty No. 9 game as promised Inafune and his team simply have so many more ideas rattling around their heads that they’d like to use some more of your money to make them happen as well. Said ideas listed include full English voice acting and an animated series which you can see a teaser video of here, but one must ask themselves, are these goals really not possible with the money already raised and if not then maybe Mr. Inafune could use whatever profits he makes from selling The Mighty No. 9 to fund a television series himself instead of attempting to re-milk the fans.

Mighty No. 9 Needs Your Cash Again.

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6 Comments

  1. I think some developers are starting to get greedy with Kickstarter. Given that the Kickstarter attracted four times what they wanted there is clearly interest in the title. If they want more funding they should invest their own money because it is clear that when the game comes to market it will make a profit. I am looking forward to this game, but I don’t see why they should make it for free and they pocket all the income risk free.

    1. The Mighty No. 9 looked good from day one but this has taken the sheen off it a little, I mean is 4 million really not enough to pay for voice acting? This story also got me thinking, how much of the 4 million is going on Keiji Inafune and his staff’s wages? Now I know these people need to get paid, their doing a job after all but if they get paid out of the Kickstarter funds what happens to all the profit The Mighty No. 9 eventually makes, does Inafune pocket it all? That’s one of the problems with Kickstarter me thinks, we never really know how all the money goes.

      1. I’ve been worried about Kickstarter lately. They’ve allowed so many projects to get paid, just because the amount promised is completed, but what about the donors? I think the issue with this whole thing is that shady business is too easy to milk. Maybe Kickstarter should start creating policies to empower the donors with some sort of stake holding or demand the recipient to produce financial reports?

        Otherwise, I think it best to have them move to Patreon, and not continue on Kickstarter. If they actually are earning profit, they shouldn’t need the fans’ help. Unless they’re giving this away for free, then by all means, ask the fans! Amanda Palmer’s already doing it for her music, and she’s a big hit in her industry. Why can’t they?

        I personally would look into their annual report, or demand for one, when their fiscal year ends. Being left in the dark kills a good relationship in any account.

      2. I think more accountability and more disclosure would be a very sensible move going forward but what I’d ultimately like to see is Kickstarter only being an option for those not wanting to or who are unable to find traditional funding elsewhere, I’m talking Real niche or radical projects, people trying to do things a different way (Amanda Palmer as stated) or simply creators who don’t want to be restrained by the bottom line and the need to sell sell sell. I’m probably being a little too idealistic here though but that’s me.

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