Mighty Gunvolt Video Shows Some Of Its Retro-Style Action

By Sato . August 19, 2014 . 11:05pm


We recently got a first look at a new Nintendo 3DS collaboration project, Mighty Gunvolt, with characters from Mighty No. 9, Azure Striker Gunvolt, and Galgun. Inti Creates shared a glimpse of the NES-style 2D side-scrolling game in action in their latest video.



The video starts out with Keiji Inafune giving a brief introduction about Azure Striker Gunvolt, as an homage to old-school Japanese 2D side-scrolling action games, and gives us a look at its latest trailer.


The video footage explains a bit about the story of the game, followed by a look at Gunvolt and his moves, along with a look at some of his friends. At the 1:52 mark, they show off some more of Gunvolt’s friends and the game’s main villains. Then, At 3:40, Inafune makes another appearance to talk about the recently announced Mighty Gunvolt.


Mighty Gunvolt is a bonus title that is available for free to those that purchase Azure Striker Gunvolt prior to November 19, 2014, in Japan.


Inafune explains that Mighty Gunvolt is a game with the taste of the nostalgic 8-bit-style action games from the ‘80s, and gives us a first look at it in action at the 4:26 mark, where we get to see the three heroes, all of whom all have their own unique characteristics.


Gunvolt looks like he’ll put his electrifying abilities to use, while Galgun’s Ekoro has a lock-on shot that can charm enemies to turn them into allies. We don’t get to see much from Mighty No. 9 protagonist Beck, but it looks like he’ll play similarly to the NES-era Mega Man.


Mighty Gunvolt is currently available for free in Japan for those who purchased Azure Striker Gunvolt until November 19, 2014. Inti Creates have yet to announce it for the west, but we’ll likely hear about it soon as North America’s launch date of August 29 approaches.

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  • gk2012

    Is it weird that I’m more hyped about Mighty Gunvolt?
    I hope it gets released for free in NA too.

    • 하세요

      Or at all, since we never got Gal Gun over here. They could remove her from the roster I guess, unless they don’t mind everyone having no idea where she’s from.

      • Herok♞

        I think most people playing Gunvolt will know what she is from even if her game was never released outside of Japan, so I doubt it would be a big deal to just keep her in

        • 하세요

          I never heard of her. I knew Gal Gun existed because of “What crazy Japanese game is this?” videos but no one actively talks about it.

          • Herok♞

            Fair enough

  • TiamatNM

    you should do a story on the latest cuts:


    • 하세요

      Not really sure what this means, let alone if anything is “cut.” It could just be confirming there’s an option to turn off text during gameplay.

      • TiamatNM

        click the link to read the full conversation

        • 하세요

          Ah, I see now. Well, I guess we have to see what the stuff even translates to be. It may not even be story content, just Gunvolt vs Boss talking random shit to each other such as “I will defeat you!” “Ha, in your dreams!”

          I’m not going to lose sleep off of something that petty.

          • story text includes dialog during the map . . .
            this is a terrible thing to do. I usually don’t moan and groan about these things and I couldn’t care less if the voice acting was cut but cutting out the story is a terrible thing to do they just didn’t want to translate the text so they cut it out . . .

          • 하세요

            I suppose. I guess I just don’t care about story with these games. Hell, recently played through X1-6 and Zero 1-4 and I could not tell you the story to save my life. I only care for story in FPS (even then, Sci-Fi only) and RPGs.

          • Attribule

            There’s some important dialogue but usually it’s for moments that stop you anyway. The dialogue that pops up while moving seems like it’s mostly small-talk and random information.

            I was watching a friend play Gunvolt and often times those dialogue images would cover important things on the screen. At one point one of the boss’s attacks hit him because the dialogue image was blocking the corner where the attack was originating from so he couldn’t see the tell for it.

            It’s actually a complete design flaw that fans shouldn’t even want in the first place. I’m not joking on that. I know otaku love to hate companies for cutting things but this is definitely a good decision. The original JP version shouldn’t even have had these dialogue images in the first place, either. They’re obtrusive during actual gameplay.

    • hng qtr

      Kinda funny how a good developer can be such an utterly terrible publisher.

    • gk2012

      Really disappointed to hear about that. -_-
      I hope they find the time to release a patch later on that brings back the stuff that were taken out.

    • Herok♞

      Glad I am only really interested in the game for the gameplay since, it really irritates me they couldn’t do the English dub if they were going to be cutting text anyway.

    • Göran Isacson

      So if I got this right- they cut the text that belonged to the cut lines? Huh…

      On the one hand, clogging up the screen with text-mid battle might not have been the best choice since speed and keeping up a high pacing are often the way to create a good action game.
      On the other hand, if they want to engage gamers with their story, cutting some of it out probably isn’t going to serve them well. I suppose that in the end it comes down to what’s the most important for the game- fast pace that’s unbroken by dialogue, or connecting with the character through the story.

    • The best part is we get to jump and shoot through the stage without interruptions!

  • Ekoro is so cute~. 8-bit cuties making me want this game. ♥

  • d19xx

    Must resist port beg…. hnnng

    Seriously, I’m more interested in Mighty Gunvolt than Mighty No. 9 and ASG…

    • Go2hell66

      that makes no sense

  • Awesome! Time to dust of your 3DS’s and kick some 2D & 8-bit butts :)

  • Anontastic

    Good lord! It’s like Inafune is doing EVERYTHING he can to steal the essence of Mega Man back from Capcom!

  • smash

    downloading now can’t wait to play it

  • Whoa, the graphics are so old school like MM. I’ll get this.

  • Aoshi00

    Just bought Gunvolt over on Jpn e-shop last night (since US ver won’t have full voices I hear), and then it would give you a code to d/l the 8-bit game. played the 1st stage of both, quite fun. But I’m actually more looking forward to mighty no.9. Kinda wish Gunvolt is on console too, my Jpn 3DS is pretty small, not XL :(

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Oh shit Gunvolt is out in Japan?! Whats the best way to purchase it? I never bought anything on the JP eShop before cause I have all physical copies.

      • Aoshi00

        yeah man, just out on 8/20 my bday lol. I just refilled my eshop credit on my Jpn 3DS w/ a Visa cc, pumped in 2000 yen (1000 x 2, other denomination is 3000 yen) since the game is 1960 yen. It takes Visa & Master but not Discover (which sucks since Discover doesn’t charge me foreign exchange fees). 3DS & Wii are region locked, but it’s easy to import digitally since it accepts a US credit card, unlike PSN or XBL where you need to buy yen and MS point cards as they only accept Jpn CCs.

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          Is it possible to use Paypal? Cause my CC is lookin’ pretty empty right now. Also awesome that you can import directly with a US credit card.

          Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY :DD

          Edit: Nevermind. Downloading it now. Hype City Hype City!

          • Aoshi00

            nah, unfortunately just 3 options on eshop JCB (I think it’s a paying service in Jpn or CC), or Visa/Master. Still it’s actually the most convenient that it accepts a US credit card, and exchange rate is pretty good in recent months, around 100yen to $1 :) for PSN or XBL I had to import PS tickets or MS point cards before. You have until Nov to grab the freebie though if you’re importing. I wonder how much less dialogue the US ver would have. Otherwise I wouldn’t mind waiting till 8/29 and it’s cheaper for $14.99.. it’s not like I have much time to play anyway lol..

          • Aoshi00

            Thanks bro! Cool, yep, it’s easy to import digitally on Jpn eshop :) thought we would get the more complete version if possible lol..

          • FitzpatrickPhillips

            Yeah I forgot about the US version being gimped. Starting it right now. Where is the code stored for Mighty Gunvolt? Just to make sure I have it.

          • Aoshi00

            The code appears right after you finished d/ling Gunvolt I think. You could copyit down but better d/l it straight away after the main game, it’s small so..

          • FitzpatrickPhillips

            Really? Must have missed it. Playing Gunvolt now, I love the music.

            Do you know where the code is located? I can’t find it at all.

          • Aoshi00

            dang, afterwards I’m not sure. after I redeemed the code, it’s in my purchase history.. I’m not sure if you only get 1 shot, before the purchase went thru, it asks people to make sure to copy the code down.. maybe you could check there? it would suck if you could only redeem it then and there, but I kinda doubt.. see if it’s in your purchase history right above Gunvolt, you see Mighty Gunvolt.

          • FitzpatrickPhillips

            Yeah I see it now. Thanks dude.

  • Bigabu Beaze

    Im so sick of 8 bit games. What a f***ing cop out.

    • Herok♞

      I don’t know how a free 8 bit game that came out of nowhere is a cop out in any way, seeing as it was free, its out now and no one was expecting it. I know most gamers are never pleased but this is silly

      • Bigabu Beaze

        Yeah I know its free but with all the money MN9 got and all they should of been able to make something better. Anyone can make an 8 bit game nowadays.

        • Herok♞

          Just because Beck is in the game doesn’t mean that this game was made using the money from MN9. I think was a game made by the Gunvolt team anyway. Also the MN9 money is being used for that game and not a free extra.

          • Bigabu Beaze

            How do you know that? Are you Comcept’s accountant?

          • Herok♞

            Actually yes, I took the position just to verify that they weren’t using any of the MN9 funds on this project, any of questions you want me to answer?

          • Bigabu Beaze

            Yeah, did you get a CPA license before or after you took the job?

          • Bigabu Beaze

            and how much money went straight to Inafune’s account?

    • Christopher C

      it’s free, just something extra. There’s no harm in it. It’s for the gamer, not cash.

  • Göran Isacson

    Man, an 8-Bit minigame too? I kinda wonder why this feels… a bit too much for me? I think it’s partially the fact we’re getting a game like this when we haven’t even released EITHER Mighty Nr 9 OR Gunvolt, partially that it feels like they’re not so much just banking on nostalgia as they have sacrificed their firstborns to it, doing all in their power to sell this to people based on “HEY YOU LIKED THIS IN THE PAST RIGHT YOU LIKE IT NOW RIGHT”, rather than the games merits? I dunno. I just feel like I have no urge to get this whatsoever. Mighty nr 9 and Gunvolt, sure, but a crossover game this early on? It feels little too soon.

    • Rafael Budzinski

      …well, actually, Gunvolt’s already released…

      • Göran Isacson

        Ah, in Japan right? Well, to be fair I hadn’t considered that could be a factor in it- this might be more for the Japanese audience, to drum up hype for MN9.

        • Christopher C

          there’s no confirmation we’re even getting the 8bit game.

        • Rafael Budzinski

          …probably. As a free gift, I’m really into it (and hoping for an ocidental release). But I do agree with you, it sounds a bit soon to me too, talking about MN9.

    • J_Joestar

      Well, it is a free bonus…

      • Göran Isacson

        Mm, that it is. I guess that while it could work as some neat PR, and perhaps isn’t TOO much work to put out an 8-Bit throwback game as a free add-on, some part of me just kind of wants to see MN9 itself- I want to see if the game actually earns all these side products before it’s even released. Guess you could call it hype- burnout.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    looks great and its free? sold I mean freed

    • Elizabeth ‘Ely’ Moreno

      Free them

  • XiaomuArisu

    No idea how Gungal fits but cool

    • ArmoredBoar

      Galgun was made by Inti Creates.
      Plus, PS3 Galgun has “Mom’s Back” mode which turns your lewd action into an 8-bit Megaman scene.

  • J_Joestar

    I loved the bonus 8-bit game that came with ZXA and this looks to be in-line with that.

    • I didn’t even know that! I actually own this game but I’ve yet to play it…

      Seems that you need to beat the game on Hard to unlock it? How hard is hard?

      • J_Joestar

        IIRC, you get it during a new game+ as an item in your inventory you use to unlock it.

  • Shouldn’t it be called Mighty Galvolt?

    Anyway looks awesome. Reminds me of Shockman.

  • Shippoyasha

    Such adorable character sprites! That Galgun angel looks so cute!

  • Seizui

    Looks interesting! Even cool that the Mighty Gunvolt game is free if you get the actual game. …Though, I would say that this would feel more ‘Gameboy Color’ than NES. Don’t know why. GBC has a verrry different feel. Anyone else feel the same or am I crazy?

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