Things have not gone smoothly for Mighty No. 9, the game that was infamously billed as "better than nothing" last year. It was delayed multiple times. It wasn't very good. And the boxed edition of the game, promised at the $60 Kickstarter tier, has been nowhere to be seen. Until now, that is: As reported by Kotaku, the boxes and manuals have finally started arriving. And in perfect Mighty No. 9 form, they're completely half-assed.
First things first, a description, taken directly from Kickstarter pitch: "Satisfy that inner-collector/old-school-gamer itch by having Mighty No. 9 take its place among the side-scrolling action games of yore on your desk, shelf or Ocean's-Eleven-style laser-tripwire-protected display case. This will be shipped to you with the printed instruction manual already inside ... the Western-style box will be patterned after the NES game box dimensions and style, while the Japanese version will be Famicon-esque."
As for that manual, it's "an actual, physical, full-color instruction booklet to go along with your actual, physical game box—just like the old days!"
As a fan of game boxes, I think that sounds pretty great, and obviously so did the 7289 backers who ponied up the money to get one. But what actually showed up, more than a year after the game's release, was a flat box—backers have to fold it themselves—with no cardboard insert to retain its shape, and a grayscale owner's manual that, to pile one last insult on top of everything else, is too damned big to fit inside.
A year after release, my Mighty No. 9 box finally showed up. The manual is too big to fit inside. "It's better than nothing." -#MightyNo9 pic.twitter.com/sFTfJhQwiNJuly 24, 2017
I finally got my Japanese manual and box from the #mightyno9 kickstarter and the manual DOES NOT FIT IN THE BOX! One last knife to twist pic.twitter.com/WFCWH7np7kJuly 25, 2017
I know these are going straight into the garbage can. #mightyno9 #EpicFail pic.twitter.com/bJ3UKtCwRgJuly 26, 2017
#mightyno9 couldn't get any wor.... pic.twitter.com/VZLtDnEGesJuly 25, 2017
THE MANUAL DOESN'T EVEN FIT INSIDE THE BOX. #MightyNo9 #ThankYouForThisGift pic.twitter.com/Jyt2CPwmnVJuly 25, 2017
Look what finally arrived. XD #MightyNo9 #Megaman pic.twitter.com/QXRiHhwhIIJuly 26, 2017
When does this shit end? #mn9 #mightyNo9 pic.twitter.com/K1LmQPGGIFJuly 25, 2017
I think it really speaks to just how much of a mess this whole Mighty No. 9 business has been that many backers don't seem upset or angry about this final slap in the face, but just glumly resigned to its inevitability. And there is one bright spot: With the box finally delivered and everyone presumably anxious to forget that the whole thing ever happened, the disappointments are (hopefully) over.
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Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.