Japanese games continuing decline, says Inafune

Mega Man designer laments challenges, touts alternative options as his own Kickstarter tops $1.26 million in three days

In recent years, Keiji Inafune has been critical of the Japanese game development scene, saying his fellow developers need to take more cues from their Western counterparts to compete in today's industry. Although it appeared recently that he might have been softening his position on the matter (or at least being less vocal about it), the former Capcom executive and Comcept founder told GameSpot this weekend that was not the case.

"Ultimately, it's probably gotten worse than when I was talking about it before," Inafune told the site. "And that's a shame. But there are options out there. And there are many options that Japanese independent developers can pursue to gain more control, to own their own IP, et cetera."

Inafune is embracing one such option in Kickstarter. During a panel at PAX Prime this weekend, Inafune announced a campaign to fund Mighty No. 9, a thinly veiled successor to one of his most famous titles, Mega Man. Capcom owns the Mega Man IP, but much to the dismay of fans, hasn't done much with it since Inafune left the company in 2010. There were two announced Mega Man projects in the works before Inafune left, Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3, but both were cancelled in the months following his departure.

There's apparently ample demand for a new Mega Man-like game from Inafune, as the project quickly hit its $900,000 funding goal. Just three days into its month-long run, the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter campaign has more than $1.26 million in backing.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 8 years ago
Mighty No.9 looks great, Im certainly looking foward to it. And CAPCOM hasnt been doing anything great with there frenchises. Dragon Dogma was probably the only game Ive recently liked from them. There hot franchises like Resident Evil, MegaMan havent done much recently and DMC was ok but not memorable, then we have lost planet 3 which is just average. And finally we have yet another updated street fighter game, not a full game.

Oh wait i forgot about breath of fire 6. Im currently playing breath of fire 2 on my Gameboy Advance/DS. Breath of fire is probably my favorite RPG franchise, and when I heard news of the new breath of fire six i was heart broken to know it was a F2P, mobile platform game....And they are going through more trouble trying to be "American" than just simply making good games. Any game wether its japanese or not, if its well designed it will be well recived. Already Mighty No.9 looks better than any megaman game. And its just in the design fase. Capcom lost the heart and passion to make games. They just focus on doing any project that makes money. They behave more like a publisher than a developer. They are greedy, they lost perspective or what it was that they used to do. They lost all there best talent. For what... to make Lost Planet 3, Resident Evil 6? With Shinji Mikami making his own survival horror game, The Evil within and Keiji doing his own version of Megaman in Mighty No.9

I for one would like to see new breath of fire, Megaman, Viewtiful Joe 3, A new Power Stone, a final fight, Rival Schools, ghouls & Ghosts, Gargoyles quest. I guess the only game Im waiting for right now is Strider HD.

Capcom is pretty much dead to me. Seeing Capcom drive all there IP to the ground is just frustrating. I used to love there japanese games. They dont have to change that. All they have to do is simply make better games. I can figure out so many things they can do with there franchises, like Megaman, Breath of Fire, final Fight, Street Fighter. And they dont do anything.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 3rd September 2013 5:38pm

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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 8 years ago
I don't understand this guy's position. He has previously been blaming the publishing structure (specifically Capcom really) in Japan for choking any amount of risk taking and how that is squandering creativity. And his response to that is to make a sequel to Mega Man?
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 8 years ago
I really like Keiji Inafune but sometimes I think he hates the Japanese gaming culture as much as the Japanese gaming community hate the Xbox systems and nobody should have that much hate in their heart.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange8 years ago
Nintendo currently has a collaboration project with CAPCOM, heads will explode if this turns out to be Megaman Legends 3 for Wii U and the 3DS. Then again, it could be just another Monster Hunter, or a new fighting game featuring Pokemons.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
@Andy: It would be even better if it's MM Legends 1 and 2 remastered in HD with that Tron Bonne game as a chaser before MML 3. The older games have been out of print for ages and dropping a new sequel makes less sense with a TON of current gamers who haven't played the previous entries. They're super expensive as used copies and a bit tough to find, so even digital versions on the eShop will sell well if Capcom decides to do this...
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange8 years ago
I love the MML series but I highly doubt CAPCOM would go that far for Megaman fans. PlayStation games have never been announced for the Virtual Console. But with the Blue Bomber appearing in Smash Bros. who knows.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
I love the MML series but I highly doubt CAPCOM would go that far for Megaman fans
And therein lies the problem. They'd sure as hell sell on PSN and Vita if it was a go as a project.

Also, MML was ported to N64 and PC, so it's not like it would be out of the question entirely. Capcom needs to do something huge like this to win back some favor, as Smash Bros. isn't going to cut it for folks who want a game starring MM. I think M #9 will spur Capcom to do something cool and for me, this would do it.
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