Keiji Inafune knows a large amount of fans for Mighty No. 9 are Nintendo fans, and given that Nintendo has opened the door to third-party Amiibo figurines this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster for Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune’s crowdfunded spiritual successor to the Mega Man series. It’s been delayed and criticised, with the difference between the game’s visuals and the original concept art making some backers particularly irate. The association with the Red Ash project also left a sour taste in mouths of the gaming public, while Comcept is also working on ReCore in the background.
But in an interview with USGamer, Inafune happily revealed that the studio would be open to Mighty No. 9 Amiibo provided the fans were interested. “That’s definitely an option for us, and if we have the opportunity to do it, then we’ll definitely take the chance,” Inafune said.
It’s nice to be receptive to the idea, but it’s worth remembering that if Comcept wants to get into the Amiibo game, they’ll have to manage the entire manufacturing process right down to the packaging. The makers of Shovel Knight revealed recently that while Nintendo helped advise on the production of Shovel Knight Amiibo, they were basically licensing the technology and therefore it was down to them to handle manufacturing, distribution, and all of the associated negotiations.
Inafune added that he believes Mighty No. 9 “has the potential to become something bigger and wider for the audiences”, although that sentiment might not sit well with people who just want to get their hands on the game first.
You can read the rest of the interview with Inafune at USGamer; it’s a great insight into Inafune’s thinking and direction for the 2D platformer, as well as the way Comcept hopes to manage all of their properties going forward.