Mega Man creator just kickstarted a side-scrolling semi-sequel

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Sep 3, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

Get ready for a flashback to the 8-bit era, because one of Mega Man’s creators just crowdfunded a semi-sequel to the iconic videogame franchise. Say hello to Mighty No. 9.

Veteran videogame designer Keiji Inafune, best known for his decades of work on the Mega Man franchise dating back to the character’s creation, launched a Kickstarter to fund the new videogame, which is being called a “spiritual successor” to Mega Man

From the concept art that’s been released, it definitely looks like a unique project. Think an '80s-style, side-scrolling mentality combined with all the beauty and effects of the modern era. In a good way. Seriously, it looks super-cool.

The funding drive launched this weekend in an effort to raise $900,000, and has already broken that goal at $1.1 million (with another month still to go). That’s definitely some solid buzz for an indie game, and we’re curious to see just how much cash this thing will raise on the way to its eventual 2015 release date.

Here’s the setup for the story (which has a definite Mega Man vibe, we might add):

You play as Beck, the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one not infected by a mysterious computer virus that has caused mechanized creatures the world over to go berserk. Run, jump, blast, and transform your way through six stages (or more, via stretch goals) you can tackle in any order you choose,using weapons and abilities stolen from your enemies to take down your fellow Mighty Number robots and confront the final evil that threatens the planet!

Check out the project’s video pitch below and let us know what you think:

(Via The Verge)