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Where old school meets new school in Mighty No.9

When development studio Comcept USA set out to make the spiritual successor to side-scrolling platformer Mega Man, it faced a challenge: How could it make an old school-feeling game that reminded people of Mega Man without making it feel outdated and irrelevant? The answer, according to studio lead and original creator of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, was in the game speed. Speaking to Polygon, Inafune said while designing Mighty No. 9, a game that was successfully funded on Kickstarter, the studio walked a fine line between maintaining classic game mechanics while ensuring there was enough modern gameplay so the game would feel like it had evolved with the times. "If you look at some of the older games from the 1980s, the original 8-bit and 16-bit games, they moved a bit slower," Inafune...

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Mega Man X4, X5 coming to PlayStation Store as PSOne Classics

Mega Man X4 and Mega Man X5, two PlayStation games that debuted in 1997 and 2000, respectively, will come back in September as PSOne Classics on the PlayStation Store, Capcom said today. Mega Man X4 arrives Sept. 2 and Mega Man X5 hits Sept. 9. Both will be available on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita Stores, where other Mega Man titles, like Mega Man 9 and 10, the original Mega Man through Mega Man 4 and Maverick Hunter X also are available. Capcom's put six games from the Mega Man back catalog on the Nintendo 3DS eShop back in May.

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Inafune: Gunvolt hits eShop Aug. 29 for $15

Azure Striker Gunvolt, a 2D action platformer for the 2DS and 3DS executive produced by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, hits Nintendo's eShop on Aug. 29 for $14.99, Inafune announced today. The game was developed by Inti Creates, a Tokyo-based indie developer best known for their work on Mega Man 9 and 10 and the Mega Man Zero series. The studio, which specializes in 2D handheld titles, is also working on Inafune's Mighty No. 9. You can check out a video of the game right here.

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Mighty No. 9 begins new fundraising campaign, teases animated TV series

Mighty No. 9, the sidescrolling platformer from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, has opened a second funding campaign with the purpose of delivering English voice acting to the project, due to release in 2015. Mighty No. 9 already has raked in $4 million from last year's Kickstarter, exhausting all stretch goals in the process. Inafune says that anything collected in the new funding round will be put toward new features, and that the second round is meant to give those who missed the original Kickstarter a chance to contribute to the project still. This round of funding is being conducted through PayPal. Additional stretch goals are anticipated but not yet named. Also, as promised, Mighty No. 9 will deliver an animated TV series. It is being produced by Tokyo-based Digital Frontier,...

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Mighty No. 9 offers more gameplay video and a peek at a new playable character

Mighty No. 9, the crowdfunded platformer helmed by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, delivered another update to backers over the weekend, including another 90 seconds of gameplay and a look at a character who was made playable when the campaign hit a stretch goal. The character's name is Call, and some work-in-progress animations show her crawling, a maneuver that should be useful for getting her into or out of tight spaces. She also appears to have some sort of pink jetpack, though it is not shown in action. The video above showcases more from the Mighty No. 2 and No. 5 stages, including a boss battle. Additionally, Inafune will be hosting a panel at this weekend's Anime Expo 2014 in Los Angeles. It sounds as though he will reveal more about the game at the panel. Mighty No. 9 is...

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We mapped our past: Our readers share their favorite hand-drawn video game maps

We asked for your maps, and you sent them in. Sometimes with a story. Here are a few example. "Saw your article about hand drawn game maps. I still have a duotang of Final Fantasy 1 maps I drew as I played the games back in the 90s," one reader said. "I mapped most of the major dungeons/shrines." My favorite part of this map is that I had to look up the word "duotang." The next e-mail was long, but it's a story worth telling. "My sister and I didn't always play well together, we had very different personalities and it didn't always mix well while playing pretend. But we did play the heck out of the Quest for Glory series, and were somehow able to do it together, as a team. That series, and Commander Keen, was our first exposure to video games as a whole, so we had no idea the...

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Mighty No. 9 gameplay teases Mighty No. 2 and Mighty No. 5's stages, hits Spring 2015

Mighty No. 9 work-in progress gameplay footage offers a first look at the Mighty No. 2 and Mighty No. 5's stages, as well as glimpses at the boss battles. Backers are also invited to take part in a two-for-one survey special for the next step in the Support Character Naming and Coloring campaign, allowing participants to vote on user submitted designs. More details are located on the game's official forums. Developer Comcept USA funded the Mega Man spiritual successor on Kickstarter last year. The campaign raised more than $3.8 million, surpassing its $900,000 goal, and earned more than $4 million combined with its PayPal contributions. Mighty No. 9 is slated for a Spring 2015 release, according to the video, on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Linux, Mac, Windows...

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These are the six Mega Man games headed to 3DS in May

Mega Man developer Capcom is bringing six games to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in May, according to a post on Capcom Unity. Games headed to the handheld include Game Boy titles Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4, Mega Man 5 as well as Game Boy Color titles Mega Man Xtreme and Mega Man Xtreme 2. Fans of the games can visit Capcom's blog by 1 p.m. ET April 14 to vote on which game is released first on May 1. The remaining games will be released on subsequent Thursdays in what Capcom is calling "Mega May." Capcom teased the 3DS release for these Mega Man games last July. Games in the franchise are also available on several other platforms, including Wii U and iOS. Nintendo announced this February that Game Boy Advance titles are headed to Wii U beginning in April. Last week, it r...

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Mega Man board game pre-orders begin at $79.99

Classic gaming franchise Mega Man is being adapted into a board game by developers at Jasco Games, a collective best known as as publisher of the Universal Fighting System collectible card card. A crowdfunding campaign to aid in the funding of the board game, cards and other materials success came to an end late last year after reaching $415,041 in pledges - hundreds of thousands over its initial $70,000 funding goal. Those who missed out on the Kickstarter campaign but who are interested in Mega Man: The Board Game can now pre-order the release for 79.99 in the U.S. and $94.99 in Canada and Mexico from the developer's website. Mega Man: The Board Game is estimated to launch in October of this year.

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Mighty No. 9 live-action adaptation in the works

Contradiction Films writer and producer Tim Carter today revealed on EP Live that his production company is currently working on a live-action adaptation of Mighty No. 9. Carter, who has served as a writer on Sleeping Dogs and producer for the first season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy told EP Live that the production team is in the early stages of creating a digital series to the spiritual successor of Mega Man. "We are building the story right now," he said "Inafune-san created [Mega Man], and he has now created Mighty No. 9. We don't have the rights to Mega Man, obviously, but we are working with him on a live-action adaptation of it." Carter added that he initially had concerns about how the game might translate culturally in a live-action production for a North American audience, but...

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