Us, You, and Mighty No. 9

mno9banner Greetings folks. Yesterday's announcement from Keiji Inafune was something else, no? There appears to be a lot of excitement for this project, especially since just 12 hours after launching, the Kickstarter drive is already nearing half of its minimum required funding. And the vast majority of responses to Mighty No. 9 I've seen have been positive. But now we'd like to air some thoughts on all of this, and we hope you'll take the time to read ahead, as this affects the course of the site.

The Mega Man Network is, as I'm sure you're aware, a Mega Man fan site. Covering Mega Man is what we do, and it's what we'll continue to do. But we're also aware there could be considerable interest in covering Mighty No. 9, too.  Now this is a fan site; we have absolutely no affiliation with Capcom or any other company, and thus are free to post about whatever we like. But we're also not just a simple Mega Man blog. All that we do here, not just the news but the media collecting, the community interactions, and the prize giveaways, is for those of you who come and read this site. And we've wanted to make The Mega Man Network a fun place for fans, since in recent years Mega Man has, aside from occasional licensed goods, fallen mostly dormant.

So rather than making this decision ourselves, we're giving the choice to you. We'd like to hear from you if you want us to cover Mighty No. 9 in the same way we cover Mega Man. How that may play out in the future, whether it might be determined this site needs re-branding, or have Mighty No. 9 break off into its own site, or so on, remains to be seen. But ultimately we want to do what serves you best. I know a lot of people have very strong, passionate feelings about Mega Man.

Just speaking on my own behalf, I would like to cover Mighty No. 9. I'm always going to love Mega Man, and Mighty No. 9 isn't going to change my feelings about past games. But really, it just feels good to be excited for a new game again. We've still gotten other cool stuff in the interim, and I earnestly believe a lot of people, such as the fine folks at Capcom Unity, are on our side and have been fighting the good fight for us. But at the end of the day, it comes down to the games. That's what brought us into the fandom, and that's what we subsist on. When you take games away, little else can substitute.

Ideally, I don't want just to see Mighty No. 9 succeed and be a great game. I want it to spark ambition in Capcom of Japan to answer back with a good Mega Man of their own. Rivalries have brought out some of the best games; people around in the Nintendo/Sega era know this well. But my pessimistic side worries that the only thing it will spark is lawsuits.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to give this a read, and we hope you make your voices heard. We imagine a lot of you would welcome the coverage, but we didn't want to make this choice without you. Without all of you, none of what we do here would matter!

Another Summer Giveaway! Grab a Doujin Music Compilation!

cdsHow's the summer treating you? I don't know about other places, but there've been record highs in Japan this month. I'm seriously ready for things to cool off... and I'm Heat Man! But this giveaway might only heat you up more. We're offering two copies of the 25th anniversary celebratory doujin album Mega Rock Carnival, presented by EtlanZ. I originally talked about this album early last month (where you can hear some samples as well). And as promised, we're going to give away copies to two lucky people!

So what do you need to do? Simply post a comment on this article discussing which Mega Man series has your favorite music. You can go into as much detail as you please, but pick one! After the deadline passes, we will randomly select two comments to be chosen as the winners. Please only leave one comment, and please use a real e-mail address so we can contact you!

The deadline for this giveaway is September 1st, the stroke of midnight PST. Good luck!

Now to Announce the D-Arts Forte Giveaway Winner...

dartsforte We put out the call for a chance to win Bandai's D-Arts Forte action figure, and had you suggest your own ideas would Bass star in his own game. There were some pretty interesting ideas! For being a baddie, Bass is pretty popular. Nevertheless, only one response could be chosen. And then response ended up being from... DigiRock!

A “What if” story game that kind of runs parallel to a Mega Man story. Each level Bass battles through errant robots in his way as Mega makes his way through a Robot Master dungeon. If Bass gets to the Robot Master first, he can dispose of him and face Mega Man himself with the Robot Master weapon in his arsenal to impede his progress. After the eight bosses are played through, he can meet up with Mega Man to finally see who is the strongest.

If you manage to beat him using only your buster and have avoided dying, you can go after Wily and get rid of him, so the true ending would be Bass carving out his own destiny.

Very cool stuff. Congrats, DigiRock! And thank you to everyone who entered! I know we can only provide so much, but rest assured that chances to win more goods are coming down the road! Good luck everyone!