Keiji Inafune’s decision to create Mighty No. 9 [official site], presumably by chanting “Mega Man” into an old mirror until it was called into existence like some sort of eternal Gilgamesh, suggests the kind of industry power I too hope to one day yield. “What year is this?” I’d bellow to my staff. “It’s 2015, Ma’am,” they squeak and shudder. Then, as if planned ahead of time, I’d point knowingly at the Blossom fan club newsletter I’ve been writing on my IBM and remind them it’s 1994 and it has been for over 20 years.
This is the sort of dedication to retro I expect went into Mighty No. 9.
It’s in this spirit, I imagine, that the developer’s have brought out a Retro Hero mode for you guys who pre-order. In it hero Beck (??) dons a retro-inspired suit, complete with 8-bit pew pew audio effects and access to an insta-death mode where one hit results in doom.
The insta-death mode actually isn’t exclusive to pre-orders: the core game will include a slightly different one-hit death mode that can be unlocked, although the studio isn’t quite ready to speak in detail on that.
Mighty No. 9 is launching September 15th in North America, then worldwide on September 18th. You’ll be able to wrap yer grimey fingers around it on Windows, Mac or Linux for £14.99 – which translates to $19.99 in the colonies.
In the meantime, you can check out Comcept’s latest 60 FPS gameplay trailer, which is called “Beat Them At Their Own Game,” while you wait for launch day to roll around.