Keiji Inafune has spoken to 4Gamer about the incredible success of the Mighty No.9 Kickstarter campaign. Inafune says a backer in the Middle East was so impressed with the project that he emailed him to say that he would like to fund for all of the pledges. Here’s what he had to say about the project’s success on Kickstarter.
“Yes it is, but the reaction is quite different from them when compared to the Japanese, starting with the very first word spoken when we meet. From developers to publishers, the first thing they say is ‘congratulations on your successful Kickstarter campaign!’ but in Japan, while my fellow developers do congratulate me—and it’s not that they don’t have as much of a reaction—I think it’s that most people aren’t aware of [Kickstarter].”
“…Just the other day someone from the industry told me, ‘if I only had 200 million yen ($2 million) I still wouldn’t be able to make a game,’ so I think it’s also because of such a mindset. …but speaking of money, those in the Middle East are amazing. Previously, I got an email from a funder who lives in the Middle East, and he said ‘I’d like to make a fund for all of the pledges, is there any way to make that possible?’ and he was really serious about it.”
“It makes me really happy to know that everyone is pleased. To have over 40,000 backers [at the time of the interview] and have them spend their money on a game that has yet to be released, is really quite something else. Mighty No. 9 is content to which we own the rights to, so I’ve been invited on numerous occasions from others who want to use the rights to make something together.”
“From this point on, Kickstarter will most likely become part of the main battlefield. The thing I’m most pleased to have done this time, is having opened the ‘gate’ that is Kickstarter. I hope to become some sort of reference to those who will be coming in afterwards.”