The Next project was not that well advertised prior to the kickstarter campagne as well. So this is no rant about missing communication from MEGA65. :-) I just wanted to record my observations, about what I think makes the Next so successful during this fund raising phase. After all the projects are similar.
Additionally what I said above i see that:
* stretch goals are added over time not only about the hardware, but also delivering games that showcase the Next features.
* pledges are expanded over time (they ran out of pi-zero pledges pretty soon and added new zero pledges later)
* many online media outlets reported about the campagne.
Of course should the MEGA65 go a different route then a crowdfunding phase this is mostly irrelevant.