The newest Mighty No. 9 trailer is getting pummeled by negative responses due to its hokey marketing combined with the latent frustrations of those who are still bitter about the game’s numerous delays.
The newest trailer for Mighty No. 9 is doing nothing to curb the ire of gamers still annoyed by the drama surrounding the game’s release date and instead seems to be fueling it. With a corny voiceover that is unforgivably bad, it appears to have completely missed its target audience and it shows. At the time of this story, the like to dislike ratio for the trailer stands at 1,395 to over 11,000, but that number is steadily climbing.
The trailer is prefaced with the question, “Do you like awesome things that are awesome?” Ironically, the trailer is anything but, in the eyes of many consumers. While its intention is to give viewers insight into some of Mighty No. 9‘s gameplay mechanics, it is nearly impossible not to be distracted by the trailer’s copious amounts of cringeworthy jokes. Feeling like a 90s gaming commercial sans the camp appeal, the trailer sounds like an out-of-touch adult trying to explain a game to a young person, but given that the game is family-friendly this could be intentional. Additionally, the trailer has the mettle to ask, “Are you ready to play?” Which is a really poor question to pose to an audience who has waded through a year’s worth of delays.
As a spiritual successor to Capcom’s long absent Mega Man games, Mighty No. 9 gained popularity with gamers who missed the classic series. When its Kickstarter went live back in 2013, it only took 48 hours to meet its $900,000 goal; an impressive feat. Originally scheduled for release back in 2015, it has since been delayed so many times, most have either lost count or given up keeping track altogether. Now that Mighty No. 9 has gone gold, it does have an official and final (hopefully) release date of June 21, but there are likely some doubters out there, which is understandable – “fool me once…” and all that, after all.
The reviews may not be kind, but, in its defense, the trailer is still somewhat informative and worth a look for anyone still intent on buying the game. Besides, it is always better to see and judge for yourself, rather than listen to the internet mob. The game itself could turn out to be as fun and addictive as the trailer suggests, but the world will ultimately know if the wait was worth it when the game is released next month.
Mighty No. 9 is set to see a retail release for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U – as well as a digital release on all other systems (i.e. PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita and 3DS) on June 21, 2016.