Oh, Beck. No matter how fast, how far, or how frequently you dash, trouble always seems to be right behind.
Following the merger of Comcept with Level-5, the studio issued an update at long last about the status of backer rewards for the Kickstarter campaign that started it all. As promised, physical rewards from the campaign are beginning to find their way to backers. Yet, almost true to form, new problems have emerged along the way.
As Kotaku reports from a number of accounts on Twitter, those who backed at the appropriate tiers have begun receiving their physical copies of the manuals and the boxes for the game. The boxes are arriving unassembled (presumably to avoid damage in shipping), but when folded correctly, the manuals don't fit inside.
Or at least, that's the case for the Japanese version of the box.
The English version of the box, featuring original art designed by UDON Entertainment's Matt Moylan and Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz (that wound up printed off-center), appears to fit the manual inside just fine.
Fortunately, Fangamer is quite aware of the problem, as GoNintendo posted the following statement from the company:
"The English manuals fit the NES-style boxes correctly. Unfortunately, the Japanese manuals were printed at the same size as the English manuals, which don’t fit the Famicom-style boxes. We will be shipping a properly sized replacement manual to everyone who got the JP box+manual (at no additional charge, of course)."
Some think this marks the end of Mighty No. 9's troublesome tale, but there are still other rewards yet to be received.
Well, at least we've got Mighty Gunvolt Burst.
Now if you've managed to steer clear of this whole Kickstarter rigamarole but are still interested in playing the game anyway, there's some potentially good news for you. Oakie620 sends in a tip that the game is being offered as part of a Humble Saints Row Bundle in what is currently the $5.42 average tier. In addition to Mighty No. 9 and the games shown above, it will also include the games from the $1 tier, which are Risen 3: Titan Lords Complete Edition, Deadlight: Director's Cut, Homefront, and Saints Row 2.
So if any of these tickle your fancy, it makes for a good, low-risk way to give Beck's adventure a go.
Finally, some of you might recall an article posted here in better times about what has been dubbed "The Great Mega Man Finger Phenomenon," which examined that bizarre thing that so many characters in the franchise do where they hold their middle and ring fingers together while posing (and if not, well, the link is right there).
I'm not sure if it's been mentioned here before, but some Mighty No. 9 observers such as Santiago Casale have noticed that the same gesture has carried over into Inafune's successor series. You can check out a gallery of various art and cutscenes (the good drawn kind, not the in-engine kind) from the game featuring characters doing that thing with their fingers here.