In further proof that the words "Mega Man" cause a violent reaction in money that makes it leap out of wallets and hurl itself kamikaze-like into screens, the Kickstarter for the Mega Man Board Game ended yesterday with almost six times the funding it initially requested.
Jasco Games's Kickstarter finished at around $415,000 after setting a goal for $70,000. An army of stretch goals were blazed through on the way, adding robot masters Time Man and Oil Man plus a bevy of additional figure pieces (now in colour), card packs and dice, among other things. In short, backers will have a lot coming in their board game boxes.
Backing is still possible through PayPal, according to Jasco, and pledges may still be modified through BackerKit. The Mega Man Board Game is currently expected to be released in October 2014.
It looks like Mega Man and tabletop fans alike will have plenty to play with when this game comes out. If you backed the project, let us know below what excites you most about it!
[source kickstarter.com, via blog.jascogames.com]
Nice to see independent guys doing well, but I'd much rather see Capcom actually do something themselves with Mega Man for once which isn't a terrible iOS game...
It bothers me this is becoming a thing now, why couldn't capcom actually use money to make this board game a possibility by working with the company. I feel this new use of kickstarter to offset the risk involved in making a product not only flys in the face of point of kickstarter but is a dangerous trend as kickstarter doesnt give any protection that investors would because you are essentially an "advanced customer".
@Warruz I agree stuff like hardware projects that need loads of capital I think it is a good thing but not Software. Not sure about this.
@unrandomsam It's not even what kind of project it is, its when kickstarter is being used. For a new company or person working on a new product, by all means create a kickstarter, I even plan to do something similar in the future.
But for an existing company its just an abuse of the system to advert risk on projects that normally would be funded by investors who have rights while "advanced customers" dont have the same rights.
Looks like everyone's on board with new Mega Man games expect for Capcom.
@sleepinglion I suspect even Capcom would reconsider for the amount Mighty Number 9 got up front.
(Especially when Megaman 9 cost then $50,000 to make that is all).
Was wondering what happened to this glad it didn't die off.
@Warruz You do know Capcom is not the company making this?
@unrandomsam Good call! I'm really excited about that game, though, and look forward to giving it a spin. I was very happy with MM9 and 10, but had hoped for, at the very least, an updated compilation disc with unreleased (in the US, anyway) gems like the Mega Drive's Mega Man: The Wily Wars. I've been able to try it via emulation and it's a neat take on the 1st three games.
"In further proof that the words "Mega Man" cause a violent reaction in money that makes it leap out of wallets and hurl itself kamikaze-like into screens."
Great, yet another Mega Man disappointment arises only this time it isn't Capcom's doing for once! I'm so sick of these new hypes coming up trying to get everybody's hopes up. I'm so done with Capcom and all these inferior franchise products popping in hopes of revitalizing the franchise up until we can have something real/revolutionary to its legacy again, and I don't mean Mighty No. 9, either. (Yes, i'm well aware this isn't being made by Capcom,as either way I honestly have no incentive to buy it.)
Boardgame looks awesome from the screenshots
Do people still play board games?
@CaptainSquid : I don't know for UK and the rest of the world, but in France and Germany, we're in a era of release of new boardgames with awesome ones better than playing video games (Agricola, Caylus, Myrmes).
This new kind of boardgame with wonderful theme (Fantasy, zombi, medieval, etc...) and appealing mecanisms have their popularity and sales which have greatly increased recently.
Here, boardgames are no more the old ones with dull and random mecanism. Monopoly is really far away from that now... fortunately !
Funny, according to capcom, MegaMan is a franchise that wouldt sell.
And here we have a board game in the age of digital "spin the bottle" games, backed with almost 500000$ of "fan money".
Capcom, do you NOW realise how utterly stupid and insane you were, when you canceled Legends 3 on the 3DS ?
Not only did u completely misjudged the popularity of ahem one of the biggest, most beloved game franchises ever, you also missed the opporunity to establish said franchise on the biggest, most beloved and certainly best selling systems to day.
Would someone finally put a duncecap on capcom and guide it to the corner of shame ? When EA is the worst company, capcom should be considered the dumbest
@Unca_Lz Yes, but my guess is it's not that this small company had the funds to just purchase this license for Mega Man and even from the kickstarter page the wording implies this is some sort of partnership to make this thus Capcom has their hands in it (much like how Gameworkshop is involved in all WH products).
Funny, according to capcom, MegaMan is a franchise that wouldt sell.And here we have a board game in the age of digital "spin the bottle" games, backed with almost 500000$ of "fan money".Capcom, do you NOW realise how utterly stupid and insane you were, when you canceled Legends 3 on the 3DS ?
If Mega Man had been in MvC3 and Mega Man Legends 3 had been released at retail without any problems, Mega Man fans wouldn't have become crazy obsessive and this board game wouldn't have anywhere near as much backing. The only reason Mega Man is hyped to high heaven among the fans right now is because he isn't making appearances in crossovers and having games cancelled.
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