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Mighty No. 9 Backers Are Finally Getting Their Boxed Rewards... but They're Unboxed

Build-Your-Own-Box.

News by Caty McCarthy, .

Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter backers are livid right now. This is because they're all hosting BYOB parties. Build-Your-Own-Box parties that is.

Mighty No. 9 released around a year ago, along with its pepperoni pizza-looking explosions and extremely lackluster platforming. Mighty No. 9 was a disaster on Kickstarter, whether through it being critically panned or because its staggered (and unfulfilled) rewards. Yet some unlucky Kickstarter backers finally got their rewards. And, like the game, they're not what fans expected.

Mighty No. 9's Famicom style boxes finally shipped, only they weren't really boxes at all. They were flat, unconstructed, and cost $60 on their particular tier. As an added bonus, the manual—which according to Kotaku's report, were supposed to be in "full color" as evidenced by its Kickstarter description—was instead a muted, plain booklet. A booklet that also doesn't even fit in the box that backers are expected to build themselves. Oh buddy. (At least the manual allegedly fits into the NES tier's build-your-own-box.)

Backers on social media are sounding off about the laughable "reward." Not only have the rewards arrived a year post-release (which in Kickstarter terms, is forever), they've come with a box and manual that don't even match the description as to what was supposed to be offered. For some fans, it's just a sad waste of money. For others, it's adding more hilarity to an already abysmal Kickstarter campaign.

The Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter will probably go down as one of the worst Kickstarters in history, and as such, players seem far more wary to back Kickstarters in result. Mighty No. 9 director Keiji Inafune has even taken to Kickstarter post-Mighty No. 9, only to see things be left unfunded (even if the game, Red Ash, will seemingly live on). The times, it seems, they are a-finally changin'.

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  • Avatar for Roto13 #1 Roto13 2 months ago
    If it's a cardboard box, doesn't "building" it just mean unfolding it? If it wasn't flat, it'd likely get beat up in the mail.

    People paying $60 for a cardboard box is a separate issue.
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  • Avatar for Kat.Bailey #2 Kat.Bailey 2 months ago
    @Roto13 A really bad $60 cardboard box.
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  • Avatar for Monkey-Tamer #3 Monkey-Tamer 2 months ago
    And this game is part of the humble bundle this week for pennies on the dollar compared to the original price.
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  • Avatar for evarofzentral #4 evarofzentral 2 months ago
    They're not books. They're just print outs.
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  • Avatar for LBD_Nytetrayn #5 LBD_Nytetrayn 2 months ago
    Does the box at least come with an insert?
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  • Avatar for Thad #6 Thad 2 months ago
    I guess we all learned a valuable lesson.

    Kickstarter is fine, but you need to understand what it is. Basically, there are two scenarios: either your reward doesn't exist yet, or it does.

    If the reward already exists, then treat it like a store. (For example, I contributed to the MST3K Kickstarter. The rewards included a bunch of classic MST3K episodes. Since those episodes already existed, I could contribute with confidence that I would get my reward; even if the project itself had fallen through and the new season had never gotten made, I'd have still gotten a bunch of old episodes at a good price. Another example: I regularly contribute to Kickstarters by Robin Snyder and Steve Ditko. In those instances, the comic I am Kickstarting is already complete and ready to send to the printer, and Snyder has been doing this for decades and knows what his costs are. If he meets his goal, those comics are getting printed and shipped, period.)

    If the thing you're Kickstarting doesn't exist yet, the next question is, is this somebody who has done this before? Do they have a history of successful campaigns, or at least similar independent efforts? Have they delivered in the past? If the answer is yes, then you can have reasonable confidence you'll get what you expect.

    And if the answer is no, well, then assume you're making a donation, and anything you get out of it is just a bonus.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #7 SatelliteOfLove 2 months ago
    "...at least there's Unsung Story, so we ain't the worst non-conjob KS, right?"
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  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior #8 KaiserWarrior 2 months ago
    @Thad Yeah, see, the problem with that reasoning is that it was Keiji Freaking Inafune, he of multiple decades of industry experience and success. It SHOULD have been the surest bet on Kickstarter. Instead, we've got this: stuff delivered a year late and slapdash at that.

    But that's kind of aside from the point, this whole "Kickstarter is just donations!" thing needs to die, and it needs to die hard. That's the go-to excuse for when people get ripped off, but this new form of "donation capitalism" is preposterous. You pay someone money for a product as described, you expect to get that product, and if you don't then you should have legal recourse to at least recoup your outlay.

    "Whoops, turns out we couldn't be bothered and we'll just keep the money" is not a "donation" or "investment" when it's presented to end-consumers, it's theft.

    "If you don't give us money it won't get made, but even if you do give us money it might still not get made and we'll just keep your money anyway" is not an acceptable offering, and it's a large part of why I will have nothing to do with Kickstarter.
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  • Avatar for themblan #9 themblan 2 months ago
    What a poopshow.
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  • Avatar for Thad #10 Thad 2 months ago
    @KaiserWarrior If you assumed that Inafune's work at Capcom meant he could have made a better game, that's totally fair.

    If you assumed that his work at Capcom meant he knew how to run a company, well, why would you think that?

    If you don't like Kickstarter's business model, that's fine; there's a lot to dislike about it. You're not a customer, and you're not an investor, and both those things are problems and even potentially predatory.

    But a failed or slapdash product is not the same thing as theft. There are Kickstarter projects that I think CAN accurately be described as theft or fraud, but this isn't one of them. When you confuse disappointment with theft, you're doing a disservice to victims of actual theft, and trivializing the behavior of actual thieves.
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