[PRESS RELEASE – Singapore, Singapore, April 12th, 2023]
Famous developers of iconic game franchises, Mega Man and Tekken, will act as inaugural partners of Legends DAO with their original IPs, BEASTROID and BRAIN FIGHTER, on a new platform
Minnapad, a DAO launchpad and built-to-win NFT marketplace that provides access to renowned Japanese creators, announced the first two DAOs in a series planned for this year. The inaugural release will be in partnership with two game creators, allowing fans to co-create legendary DAO projects and own exciting new IPs from their respective heroes.
The first DAO will be in partnership with Keiji Inafune and will feature the new BEASTROID IP across video games, comics, anime, and physical media, as well as NFT collections. Minnapad will then launch BRAIN FIGHTER, an IP featuring brainwave controlled warriors, featuring Seiichi Ishii, who pioneered the 3D fighting game genre through his work on Tekken and Virtua Fighter. Both are scheduled for the second quarter of 2023.
Mr. Inafune is best known for giving the Mega Man franchise its distinctive visual style and producing several titles during his tenure at Capcom. Mr. Inafune is using his love for creating new IPs to push his new project forward. Mr. Inafune’s DAO aims to deliver original characters built around a compelling post-apocalyptic world where humans fight to survive.
Mechanized animal creatures called “BEASTROIDs” are humanity’s only hope of reaching a safe haven called Paradise. Minnapad and Mr. Inafune have partnered to breathe new life into the BEASTROID NFT starter set, inviting existing holders to DAO member pre-sale and providing utility in the Minnapad ecosystem in the near future. More information about the presale will be shared soon.
“Minnapad is doing something new with Japanese content, gathering the power of many opinions united as one,” said Keiji Inafune, creator of BEASTROID. “It’s the perfect platform for BEASTROID to come to life. It’s not just a game, but we will continue to develop it in different ways, together with other DAO members. Besides BEASTROID, I have high hopes that many new IPs will be born from this DAO.”
Interview with Keiji Inafune
BRAIN FIGHTER is the brainchild of Mr. Ishii, the visionary designer who laid the foundation for modern fighting games through his works, including several Tekken and Tobal titles, and as co-creator of Virtua Fighter. Mr. Ishii brings his traditional fighting game legacy to a new platform with his upcoming original IP. In this world, little robots called Brain Fighters controlled by people’s brain waves are all the rage. Each person becomes the protagonist of this world, controlling their own Brain Fighters and fighting against others in a tag team style for victory.
“I’ve been looking forward to collaborating with a group of like-minded people and enjoying the process of creating games together once again,” said Seiichi Ishii, creator of BRAIN FIGHTER. “The emergence of Web3 and DAO excited me about the possibility of taking on projects in a different way than before. The BRAIN FIGHTER IP I envisioned is something I could never achieve alone, so I look forward to working with the Minnapad community, whom we call ‘Minna-san’, to create a truly special new IP using new technology.” Interview seiichi ishii
Partnerships with Mr. Inafune and Mr. Ishii kick off Minnapad’s efforts to become the premier platform connecting everyday fans of Japanese content with legendary Japanese creators, dubbed “Legends.” The nature of the DAO gives its members intimate access and voting power in the creation of the BEASTROID and BRAIN FIGHTER IPs, and the direction the IP takes, giving equal voice to fans, publishers, and creators alike.
“Minnapad’s main goal is always to bring famous Japanese IPs to the web3 space. Who better to launch our platform than two giants of the Japanese gaming industry,” said Tatsuya Nishioka, founder and CEO of Minnapad. “I had the honor of working on Marvelous with Mr. Inafune in 2011, and a mutual friend who worked on Tekken introduced me to Mr. Ishii. Together with the Minnapad community, I am confident that together we will create amazing new IPs.”
The respective releases of BEASTROID and BRAIN FIGHTER are just the beginning of what’s to come from Minnapad. As the Minnapad community continues to grow and expand, the company is exploring additional DAOs in the gaming and anime spaces. More details on Episode 1 featuring Legends Mr. Inafune and Mr. Ishii collections, and upcoming new partnerships, will be announced in the coming months.
Minnapad is a DAO launch pad and NFT marketplace built for earning that provides access to legendary Japanese creators, or ‘Legends’, for the entertainment community at large. Using blockchain technology, users can now collaborate with their favorite Legends and work on distributed projects that offer decentralized forms of participation for new IP ownership. Minnapad is open to everyone (‘Minna-san’) who can bring value to make the next great IP. Founded in 2022, Minnapad is located in Tokyo and Singapore. The company aims to bring about positive change in today’s entertainment landscape and create equality between publishers, creators, and fans. More information can be found on the company’s official website: https://minnapad.com/.
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