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2:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Soul Sacrifice Delta may be coming to the west

Soul Sacrifice Delta, an expansion/semi-sequel of sorts for the original PlayStation Vita game Soul Sacrifice, is apparently coming to the west, according to a listing from a Spanish retailer. According to the listing the fo...

Chris Carter

7:33 PM on 03.19.2014

Inafune: Mega Man has indie roots, and those remain with Mighty No. 9

In Keiji Inafune's GDC talk, titled "Meanwhile, In Japan...," he recalled that the feeling around the first Mega Man game was comparable to that of indie game making today.  "Mega Man was the first original total that ca...

Dale North

7:17 PM on 03.19.2014

Does Keiji Inafune still believe that 'Japan is over' now?

Keiji Inafune's GDC talk, titled "Meanwhile, In Japan..." opened by addressing a comment he made a couple of years back during another GDC talk. He was quoted as saying "Japan is over" back then. Today he was asked if he stil...

Dale North

7:30 AM on 03.07.2014

First details on Azure Striker: Gunvolt

We were among the first to get our hands on Keiji Inafune's / Inti Creates' new 3DS side-scrolling action game, Azure Striker: Gunvolt here at BitSummit 2014 in Kyoto, Japan. We now have the first details on the game's story, world, and characters, straight from the developers.

Dale North

3:11 AM on 03.07.2014

Here's the first video for Azure Striker: Gunvolt

We will have more images and details coming from Keiji Inafune's / Inti Creates' new 3DS game later, but we wanted to be sure to share this band new trailer right away.Azure Striker: Gunvolt looks absolutely stunning in person. Don't get me wrong: this trailer looks great, but the real deal is wowowowoowow. Enjoy.

Dale North

2:46 AM on 03.07.2014

Inafune's new game: Azure Striker: Gunvolt first hands-on

At BitSummit today, Inti Creates and Keiji Inafune announced a brand new side-scrolling adventure called Azure Striker: Gunvolt. It's coming this summer to the 3DS via Nintendo's eShop. Listen up, Mega Man fans: Keiji Inafune...

Dale North

1:19 PM on 02.06.2014

Keiji Inafune talks Mighty No. 9, shows Mighty No. 7

Comcept's Keiji Inafune came to D.I.C.E. Summit 2014 today to talk about the potential of crowdfunding and how the games industry might change for the better through the freedom they provide. But he also took the opportunity ...

Dale North

4:00 PM on 02.01.2014

Zombies make out in this Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z video

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z looks disgusting; over-the-top; insane; and unabashedly offensive, yet I still can't wait to give it a go. The latest trailer above sheds some light on a few of the game's more interesting costumes, and let's just say the school girl outfit is not quite what one would expect. Will you be picking up Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z when it drops this March? 

Wesley Ruscher

11:00 AM on 12.10.2013

Inafune's pirate game, KAIO, delayed into 2014

Hey remember in 2011 when we told you that Inafune's adorable pirate game KAIO: King of Pirates was coming in 2012? Well he heard that you like delays, so he put a delay in his delay, and now it's dropping in 2014 -...

Chris Carter

8:15 AM on 11.21.2013

Mighty No. 9 opens up official site and backer forums

If you backed Mighty No. 9, you should be getting an email soon with your login information for the new website, which has officially launched. Right now there isn't a whole lot you can actually do on it, but news updates wil...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 10.10.2013

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z gets a Dark Horse digital comic

Dark Horse Comics have teamed up with Keiji Inafune and Team Ninja to create a digital comic to introduce fans to the world of upcoming game Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. Writers Tim Seeley and Josh Eamons and art from Rafael Ortiz ...

Dale North

10:00 PM on 10.01.2013

Mighty No. 9 funding closes with over $4 million raised

Keiji Inafune's Might No. 9's Kickstater is over, and as of closing (combined with PayPal donations) has reached $4,046,579 in total donations. The Kickstarter began at PAX Prime 2013 last month, asking for just $900,000. Aft...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:00 AM on 10.01.2013

Mighty No. 9 will rock the PS4 and Xbox One

THREE. POINT. THREE. MILLION. DOLLARS. GOD. DAMN. I was honestly worried for a while there, but the PS4 / Xbox One stretch goals were met with just a day left to go! The Unreal Engine-powered Mighty No. 9 is making people hap...

Tony Ponce

6:00 PM on 09.30.2013

Here's a test video of Mighty No. 9 on Unreal Engine

No time to rest! The Mighty No. 9 train keeps right on rolling through the final day! Choo choo! The Monday update brings word that Mighty will take a page out of the Guilty Gear Xrd playbook and run on the Unreal Engine. A ...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 09.29.2013

Mega Man 2 composer joins the Mighty No. 9 team

With just two days left before donations close, the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter is exploding with all kinds of tasty treats. I hope you remembered to vote on your favorite Call design! Here's another bit of wonderful news: We we...

Tony Ponce

4:00 AM on 09.28.2013

Vote on Mighty No. 9 support character Call's design

Good news, everyone! The Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter received a sudden boost in its donation rate. We've cleared $2.75 million, which means we are getting online co-op! Yay! Now that we'll be able to play as Beck's partner Call,...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 09.27.2013

Vita/3DS goal added to Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter

The heat is on. With four days left before its Kickstarter ends, Mighty No. 9 is now looking at PlayStation Vita and 3DS versions as a possibility -- but it's not going to be easy. The new goal for these ports is priced at $...

Jordan Devore

11:30 PM on 09.16.2013

Mighty No. 9 now OFFICIALLY coming to PS3, 360, and Wii U

You better believe I've had my eyeballs on the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter like a vulture. I wanted to spread the news as soon as the console port goal was finally cleared. That's right! Mere minutes ago, the donation amount cro...

Tony Ponce

6:00 PM on 09.09.2013

Inafune's Mighty No. 9 adds PS4 and Xbox One goals

Keiji Inafune and the folks at Comcept have been taking the internet by storm recently, raising nearly two million dollars of funding for Mighty No. 9 -- Inafune's spiritual successor to Mega Man. While the gaming is coming t...

Chris Carter

1:20 AM on 09.09.2013

Soul Sacrifice Delta anounced for Vita, coming March 2014

Soul Sacrifice Delta is coming to PlayStation Vita in Japan in March 2014, Keiji Inafune announced at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan press conference today. The title features a myriad of additional elements, including new monsters, items, magic, and a third neutral faction. Soul Sacrifice Delta will be playable at Tokyo Game Show.

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 AM on 09.07.2013

Rock and piano covers of the Mighty No. 9 theme

Is anyone else playing and replaying the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter video and jamming out to the theme song? Because that is totally what I'm doing. It's so great to hear Mega Man 1 composer Manami Matsumae hard at work again,...

Tony Ponce



Keiji Inafune dropped mad Mega Man secrets on me photo
Keiji Inafune dropped mad Mega Man secrets on me
by Tony Ponce

Keiji Inafune, are you Kamen Rider?

"As a child, of course, I watched lots of Kamen Rider, so I love that show, but I unfortunately cannot definitively say that I have experience being the masked rider. But I may at one time or another have worn a mask and a suit that was breakaway and gone into my nude form!"

That is an actual question I got to ask the outspoken former Capcom producer during an interview on Sunday, September 1, at the Grand Hyatt hotel smack in the middle of PAX Prime weekend. I never thought I would score the privilege of meeting my game industry hero in person, much less twice in just under three months. For all my whining and moaning, I really am a fortunate guy.

I maintained my composure long enough to make it through our half-hour session, during which I probed Inafune's brain about the recently announced Mighty No. 9 and other gaming happenings. Of course, I also came armed with a few Mega Man queries, the answers to which are nothing short of mind-blowing. Where does the nickname "Inafking" come from? Why does Mega Man's helmet have an exclamation mark on it? And why do the series' characters sometimes look like they're flashing gang signs?

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2:00 AM on 09.06.2013

Watch all of Keiji Inafune's 'mighty' PAX panel

Keiji Inafune won PAX Prime 2013, no contest. If you attended PAX and didn't go to his panel, you missed out on being able to personally witness the biggest middle finger to ever be waved in Capcom's general direction. Of co...

Tony Ponce



Homeworld, Dragon Age, Mighty No. 9, and some sad news photo
Homeworld, Dragon Age, Mighty No. 9, and some sad news
by Max Scoville

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I hope you're all safe and sound following PAX 2013! I got to drunkenly shout moist pleasantries in the vicinity of a bunch of you, and that was absolutely lovely. For those of you who missed it, you have my deepest sympathies.

Today on the show, we discuss Dragon Age: Inquisition, and how it looks incredible, how Gearbox is turning Hardware: Shipbreakers into Homeworld: Shipbreakers, and has two brand new IPs in the works. The Xbox One supports up to eight controllers, the Xbox Live Marketplace has been renamed, and Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has absolutely wrecked shop with the Kickstarter for his new game, Mighty No. 9. There's a new Grand Theft Auto V trailer... and then some other announcements.

The exciting news: Niero and company have announced Destructoid HUGE, a premium membership program for the site, which will give members ad-free site access, discounts on merch, automatic contest entry, exclusive content, and more, for a measly $2.99 a month, or $29.99 a year. As the saying goes, "you get what you pay for" and considering how much Destructoid rules for free, just imagine how cool it'll be when there's money rolling in. It's only a matter of time until there's a whole portal full of exlusive Jonathan Holmes sexy muscleman pin-ups.

The sad news: The Destructoid Show is coming to an end. Tara and I will continue to crank out stuff full-time over on Rev3Games, but we're parting ways with our beloved red-eyed robot overlord Mr. Destructoid. 

Destructoid's founder, and the man who got me my start in this kickass industry wrote up his thoughts, which you can read after the break.

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9:00 PM on 09.03.2013

Inafune: Japanese game industry has 'gotten worse'

It's been a few years since Mega Man creator and former Capcom honcho Kenji Inafune made waves by saying Japan makes awful games. He hasn't really stopped ringing the death knell since. Earlier this year he declared Japan's g...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 09.03.2013

Renegade Kid offers to help bring Mighty No. 9 to 3DS

Inafune's Mighty No. 9 might be fully funded, but right now that only guarantees a PC version (and the inevitably close Mac/Linux stretch goal). In order to come to consoles (specifically 360, PS3 and Wii U) the project needs...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 09.02.2013

Inafune's Mighty No. 9 reaches goal in just over 24 hours

Inafune's next project, Mega Man HD Mighty No. 9 has reached its $900,000 goal in just over 24 hours, which means the PC version is basically a given. But Inafune and co. have a full 29 days to go, and they'll need it to...

Chris Carter



Inafune Kickstarts spiritual successor to Mega Man, No. 9 photo
Inafune Kickstarts spiritual successor to Mega Man, No. 9
by Chris Carter

For all of you who wanted Capcom to do Mega Man justice with a brand new HD style game, prepare to have your prayers answered by the big mega gaming man himself, Keiji Inafune, with some help by his company comcept, Inti Creates, and a whole mess of other former Mega Man devs. It's called Mighty No. 9, and it literally looks like a true Mega Man game from top to bottom.

The protagonist is named Beck, and he's the ninth robot in a line of ones [eight robot masters] who were infected by a virus [Mavericks]. He'll run through six stages [Mega Man 1], and copy abilities from his fallen foes with support from his female friend [Roll], as he fights various lesser enemies throughout the landscape, one of which is themed after a construction object [Metools]. Reading through the Kickstarter, fans of the Blue Bomber will spot even more references, which has me even more giddy to see it in action.

Right now the game is slated for the PC platform (with gamepad support) by way of Steam and a few other avenues, but stretch goals include Mac, Linux, and consoles.

As a Mega Man fan, I can't express how excited I am for this!

Mighty No. 9 [Kickstarter]

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What questions should I ask Keiji Inafune at PAX? photo
What questions should I ask Keiji Inafune at PAX?
by Tony Ponce

PAX attendees are in for a super special treat next week. The infamous Keiji Inafune will be delivering an hour-long panel in the Kraken Theater on Saturday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. He'll run through his 25-year industry career, make comments about how Western development is better that Japanese development, and probably take a little time to discuss Mega Man. If you can't attend, there will also be livestream so you can catch the action from home.

And wouldn't you know it, I get to have another one-on-one interview with the man on Sunday! My dream came true when I got to meet him at E3 this past June, but our discussion was unfortunately limited to Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. This time, no topic is off the table! I can grill him however I see fit! So exciting!

This is a chance to get some real answers to long-pondered questions, yet I don't want to leave any of you guys out. I have my own set of questions, but it's obviously very stacked in favor of Mega Man. Perhaps by reaching out to the Destructoid community, I can get a little variety cooking. If there is something you are dying to learn from the man, let me know in the comments below. I'll try to ask as many of your questions as I can.

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Review: BUGS vs. TANKS! photo
Review: BUGS vs. TANKS!
by Chris Carter

The idea of shrinking objects and placing them into ridiculous situations is not new. But in the case of Comcept and Keiji Inafune's BUGS vs. TANKS!, it's somehow fitting to pit a tiny World War II German tank battalion against an endless swarm of insects because of ... well ... reasons.

BUGS vs. TANKS! is one part survival horror, one part arcade style action, and one part historically accurate (wait, what?). Yep, it's a pretty wacky game, which is why it works as an entry in Level-5's Guild02 collection.

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I met Keiji Inafune! We discussed Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z! photo
I met Keiji Inafune! We discussed Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z!
by Tony Ponce

Guys. I met Keiji Inafune at E3. I interviewed Keiji Inafune at E3.

I've achieved everything I've wanted to accomplish in my relatively short career as a games journalist. There is literally nothing else for me to do except pack my things and move on. I'm kidding, of course, but I'm not joking about how big a dream come true this was.

My meeting with Inafune was a complete surprise. Each of the Destructoid writers had been handed a list of appointments, and I saw Tecmo Koei on my schedule. I rightly assumed it was to discuss Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, but I had no idea whether I'd be speaking directly with someone from the dev team or not.

If I had known Keiji Inafune, the man whose work has had such a profound impact on hobby and my life, would be standing behind that door, I would have come prepared with a better list of questions. Nonetheless, I stepped in the room, put on my most professional face, and did my absolute best not to squeal like a schoolgirl.

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2:40 PM on 06.16.2013

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is your new horror action comedy

Under Itagaki's watch, the Ninja Gaiden series was about big production values, precise action, and serious-face gameplay. Those days are over. With Inafune at the helm of this new Ninja Gaiden spin-off, the tone has gone th...

Jonathan Holmes



Xbone'd, Solid Sutherland, & Ninja Gaiden Balls Z photo
Xbone'd, Solid Sutherland, & Ninja Gaiden Balls Z
by Max Scoville

Hey hey! It's Friday. Woo.

So, today's Destructoid Show, in a nutshell: The Last Of Us is a good game, Kiefer Sutherland has replaced (?) David Hayter as Snake in Metal Gear Solid V, Respawn Entertainment's top secret next game is Titanfall, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z looks ridiculous, Diablo III on consoles has a launch date, and the Microsoft answers a few more questions about the Xbox One.

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3:00 AM on 06.07.2013

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z trailer takes a page from MadWorld

GameTrailers has the exclusive debut trailer of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, the zombie-infested Ninja Gaiden spin-off being handled by the trinity of Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited, and Keiji Inafune's new studio Comcept. Damn, does...

Tony Ponce

11:30 PM on 05.30.2013

PSA: Free Soul Sacrifice DLC now available

Despite less than stellar system sales, the PlayStation Vita does have a fair amount of gems, not the least among them them being Soul Sacrifice. Live on the PlayStation Network store is a key for eight new quests to run thro...

Abel Girmay

3:00 AM on 04.30.2013

Soul Sacrifice tips and starter guide

Soul Sacrifice can be a pretty deep, rewarding experience, but it can also be a bit difficult to learn at first. The confusing menu system and large variety of spells can be extremely overwhelming. But once you've bested a fe...

Chris Carter



Review: Soul Sacrifice  photo
Review: Soul Sacrifice
by Jim Sterling

PlayStation Vita owners know a lot about compromise. One has to wait an excruciatingly long time between remarkable, must-have releases, but when those releases come, many would agree the wait was worth it. It's fitting then, that the latest must-have is all about compromise. 

Soul Sacrifice asks the player exactly how much they're willing to give up in exchange for raw power -- a question the PS Vita itself embodies so well. My own history with the Vita has indeed seen me surrender much of my patience and goodwill ... but the rewards, such as they are, make up for it. 

True to itself, Soul Sacrifice is one such reward. 

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7:00 PM on 04.26.2013

More free Soul Sacrifice DLC details emerge

We knew that DLC was coming for Soul Sacrifice, but today we're getting a better look at two more of the ten free new bosses that will be offered up, in addition to a new forbidden art. Ghost and Ouroboros (which, as a side ...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 04.25.2013

Talks are ongoing for Soul Sacrifice sequel, says Inafune

Speaking to IGN, Soul Sacrifice designer Keiji Inafune shared his interest in working on a sequel to the upcoming PlayStation Vita game, which shouldn't come up as much of a surprise. The same could be said of countless ...

Jordan Devore

10:10 AM on 04.17.2013

Nintendo Direct: All three Guild02 games coming to US

It was previously announced that two of the three games in Level-5's Guild02 compilation, Bugs vs. Tanks! and The Starship Damrey, would be localized for the US eShop. Missing from that news was any indication that ...

Tony Ponce