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We check out Mighty No. 9 (from the creator of Mega Man and Recore) at E3

Nothing hurts worse for fans than when a popular property's creator sits on the property instead of using it. Quite often the IP creator has no say in the franchise's future and has left the company in the years since its inception. That's the whole reason Yooka-Laylee, the upcoming spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie exists – because Microsoft and Rare haven't made a new 3D platformer in years.

The same applies to Capcom's Mega Man series (although the publisher at least announced Mega Man Legacy Collection just before E3). As such, the series' creator Keiji Inafune (who is also working on Recore) has teamed up with Japanese developer Comcept (with Deep Silver publishing) to create the upcoming Mighty No. 9 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, and other platforms. Mighty No. 9 is a 2.5D action-platformer starring a robot who gains powers from the bosses he defeats, much like the Mega Man games of yore.

We interviewed Mighty No. 9 producer Yu "Nick" Yu at E3 2015. Read on for our full preview with interview and gameplay video!

Rise of the robots

Mighty No. 9 takes place in a futuristic world in which humanoid robots compete against each other in a battle coliseum tournament. The protagonist Beck is the weakest and most human-like member of the Mighty Numbers, a team of battle robots. A scientist named Dr. White designed Beck and his teammates, based on technology developed by Dr. Blackwell.

One day, all of the Mighty Numbers except for Beck become infected with a mysterious virus and turn on their human masters. Now Beck must team up with his female android friend Call (designed by a third scientist, Dr. Sansa) to stop the rogue robots and discover the source of the virus that started the trouble.

Mighty No. 9

A mighty adventure awaits

The structure and gameplay of Mighty No. 9 should be immediately familiar to anyone who has played the Mega Man games. After completing a tutorial stage, Beck can tackle any of the eight primary stages in the order of his choice.

Presiding over each stage is one of the Mighty Numbers. By defeating these imposing bosses, Beck will gain new weapons and abilities that increase his offensive powers and allow access to new areas. Some bosses are weak to weapons from other bosses, so the order you play the stags in can change the experience as well.

Mighty No. 9

After defeating the Mighty robots 1-8, our hero Mighty. No 9 will, of course, proceed to face an even greater threat. Who pulls those puppets' strings, I wonder?

Although games in this genre have traditionally been quite challenging, Mighty No. 9 will offer four difficulty levels that will accommodate a broad range of players. The toughest problem, Maniac Mode, causes Beck to die in one hit from any enemy. Only the best players will stand a chance on Maniac!

Mighty No. 9

In addition to the main game, Mighty No. 9 offers at least three extra modes. Co-op Challenge allows two online players to team up as Beck and his partner Call and take on unique co-op stages. Online Battle Race tasks players with completing stages as quickly as they can while competing against friends. Boss Rush pits Beck against all of the game's bosses in a row.

Mighty No. 9 will arrive on Xbox One and 360, PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita, Wii U and 3DS, and Windows, Mac, and Linux on September 15 this year. That's a lot of platforms!

Did any of you guys back the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter way back in 2013? Which platform will you be getting the game on?

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

32 Comments
  • Looks like a kid's game
  • Must. Resist. Urge. to make snarky reply... You made it tough but I must be in a good mood today.
  • So does Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, still a great game.
  • I know you have internet in India from not so long ago. That could explain why you're clueless of what you're talking about
  • Indeed. Kids do play games,too. At least here in the states, they do.
  • True, but Mighty No. 9 (while appropriate for all ages) is actually aimed at an older crowd. Of course, he'd have had to read the article to know that.
  • Shut up and take my money!
  • Oh God
    I miss MegaMan 8
  • Played all the Megaman games on my 8-bit Nintendo.  LOVE it.  Haven't been into a game in decades, but this might be the one I actually buy and get back into it.  Megaman 3 and 2 are still my favourites.
  • I'm so excited for this game!
  • Wish me luck for my chemistry mid term exam! :P
  • Wooohooo! I'm sooo gonna get this!
  • Still want.
  • I was hoping for a revolutionary local coop mode
  • A Mighty backer here. Platform of choice PC. It's very invigorating to be involved indirectly and to some levels - directly into creating this game. Especially when it came from the hands of Keiji Inafune :) 
  • Very cool! Thanks for helping make this game a reality. :)
  • Sounds like MegaMan from another dimension. Nothing wrong with that.
  • Aww, one of my favorite franchises of all time was Mega Man.  I'm glad to see something modeling its game play style.  It's pretty nifty that they're making it available on nearly every known platform. LOL.  Thanks for the interview, I'm looking forward to seeing it in action.
  • Can't wait to play this, mega- er mighty no 9 here I come!
  • My favorite MegaMan game is still DuckTales.
  • Well, DuckTales does use the same engine... They really don't play that much alike though.
  • At first glance, maybe. But dig a little deeper, look at the concepts. Both DuckTails and the MegaMan series let you play the levels in the order you choose. Both grant the player items after defeating a boss that change the gameplay (MegaMan gives you new weapons, DuckTails opens up areas in levels).
  • That's true. They're not entirely dissimilar. Mega Man and Mighty No. 9 have shooting/action elements that distinguish them from traditional platformers though, s'why I think of them as different.
  • It's remind me mega man a little but mega man x series and Zero series are amazing I played many time.. !
    Just wish any new part comes out like ZX or megaman x9 ... :D
  • Ahhh... The Zero series. I loved those.
  • Looks like a fun game. Love how you combinded game play with a the interview. Makes it extra intresting for me ADD person lol. :D:D:D
  • i hope this came would arrive to windows mobile.. hihihi
  • I backed this during their kickstarter and I can't wait to play it on my X1. Looking forward to September.
  • Didn't back it, but looks like a lot of fun
  • Great coverage - reminds me of a mix of the retro Sega game Vectorman, MegaMan series, updated with current graphic styles :-)
  • I look forward to this. Missed  megaman
  • Love mega man wish they would redo that mega man 3rd person adventure type game that was on ps1. But can't wait for this game getting it as soon as it's available.