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Mighty No 9's new Masterclass trailer sparks fan backlash ahead of release

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Stephen Somogyi
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The trailer shows off the game's various gameplay mechanics including dashing, changing together combos and the ability to absorb enemies' abilities.

However, rather than implementing a "show, don't tell" strategy as Polygon says, the trailer features a "dad-voiced narrator" who reiterates how "freaking cool" and "crazy addictive" the title's gameplay is through corny, '90s-era humour.

The video has already drawn harsh criticism from viewers and fans for its "cringeworthy" narration that derides the game's target audience as well as its poor quality graphics.

"Nothing about this looks like it had a 4 million dollar budget," said another.

Mighty No 9 garnered nearly $4m in crowd-sourced funding backed by more than 67,000 through a Kickstarter campaign in September 2013 and was originally set to release only on Windows PC.

The game's several delays past its originally planned 15 September 2015 launch date, which were blamed on the title's extra platforms and additional multiplayer features, also drew ire from fans.

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