At over $3,000,000, the Kickstarter campaign for Comcept USA’s Mighty No. 9 has undeniably blown away its pledge goal of $900,000. The reception to this campaign was overwhelmingly positive, so much so that with 73 minutes to go, as of this writing, the campaign’s 65,000+ backers have shattered all but one of the fundraiser’s stretch goals. Less than $300,000 would bring the campaign to the $4,000,000 stretch goal of an online battle race mode.
This means Mighty No. 9 will certainly be appearing on both Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. In fact, Mighty No .9 will appear on 3DS, Wii U, Mac, Linux, PS Vita, Playstation 4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, and will also include a multitude of other additions opened by the stretch goal marks, such as a challenge mode, additional stages, boss rush mode, and more.
Closing in on its end with 66 hours to go, WayForward’s Shantae: Half-Genie Hero also exploded with optimism and support, although not quite to the extend of Mighty No. 9′s success, surpassing its $400,000 pledge goal with over $553,000 raised. Shantae’s $500,000 stretch goal, which unlocked a full side-campaign for Shantae’s arch rival Risky Boots, was just recently surpassed.
Meanwhile, a few other Kickstarter campaigns are slowly but surely heading toward their pledge goals. Still, with increased amounts of support uncertain, these campaigns may find darker clouds and troubling storms as they reach their project end date.
Eden Industries’ Citizens of Earth – A Modern RPG, while at almost 700 backers, is only at ~$18,000 CAD of its pledged $100,000 goal. With 18 days left, this could make reaching the $160,000 and $170,000 goals for the Wii U and 3DS ports, respectively, a little more difficult than previously thought. Note that Eden Industries does have a Wii U dev kit, as they make clear on the campaign page, so keep that in mind.
Citizens of Earth is by no means out of the game, though, as 18 days is more than enough time to pledge the rest of the game’s minimum funding. Potential contributors can check out the game’s Windows demo if they want to get a taste of the game first-hand before they invest.
In its final week, TreeFall Studios’ point-and-click puzzler Night Detective has just recently had its second stretch goal revealed: an added member to the development team at $1,000, which TreeFall claims will, “speed up production and allow you all to receive your game and rewards faster than ever!” At ~$780 pledged of its $750 goal, the campaign will head toward its October 6th end date with a successfully funded project and possibly some stretch goal-aided add-ons, such as an additional challenge mode (unlocked at $850). Night Detective is expected to launch on PC, Windows tablet, Wii U, 3DS and Xbox 360.
And, finally, at ~$32,700 pledged of its $130,000 goal, Lexis Numerique’s Taxi Journey is quite honestly one of the most peculiar and interesting projects on Kickstarter. This eerie adventure is being developed by a team with a 20+ year history in game development, especially for PC, mobile, PSN and XBLA games.
At first sight, Taxi Journey might look like a classic side-scroller platformer. But Taxi Journey is a bit different. First, dexterity is not a key element (though it can help in secondary quests). Second, you’ll have to interact with the environment in a truly unique way. Gino can grab anything by its reflection. As for Zoey, she can catch immaterial things like electricity or sounds and reuse them later.
The title will launch on Wii U (and Windows) if the $130,000 stretch goal is met. 10 days remain until the campaign ends.