The second 8-bit mashup of Azure Striker Gunvolt and Mighty No. 9 releases for Nintendo platforms in just under a month.
Mega Man Zero and Azure Striker Gunvolt developer Inti Creates revealed Mighty Gunvolt Burst at Bitsummit this weekend. A sequel to 2014’s retro-inspired side-scroller Mighty Gunvolt, Mighty Gunvolt Burst sees Inti Creates and Comcept heroes teaming up once again, sans Gal*Gun‘s Ekoro as the missing third character. Players guide Mighty No. 9‘s Beck and Gunvolt of Azure Striker Gunvolt fame through various worlds inspired by both properties, twisted together and reimagined in both 8-bit and 16-bit stages.
Though Mighty Gunvolt Burst is a Mega Man-influenced side-scroller at its core, a new “Burst” mechanic has been added for players who prefer a more intimate approach towards defeating enemies; Gunvolt and Beck can execute a “Burst” strike at close range, resulting in an explosive high-scoring attack and the potential for more “Cost Points”; efficient players can chain consecutive Bursts for a Burst Combo.
The previously-mentioned Cost Points can be used to acquire new upgrade modules for Gunvolt and Beck; at any given point, players are free to customize the properties of either character, assuming they have enough Cost Points. Additional collectibles take the form of “Pixel Stickers”, hidden 8-bit icons modeled after characters from both Azure Striker Gunvolt and Mighty No. 9. Nintendo Switch owners will have a considerable edge over 3DS players in finding Pixel Stickers, as the console version will include a passive “Dousing” feature; the Joy-Con controllers will rumble when players approach secret items within each stage.
Mighty Gunvolt Burst will release first for the Nintendo Switch on 6/15, followed by its Nintendo 3DS counterpart on 6/29.