Inti Creates, the developer behind the upcoming Azure Striker Gunvolt for the 3DS, as well as a collaborator with Comcept on Mighty No. 9, has announced Mighty Gunvolt, a spinoff of Azure Striker Gunvolt with crossover elements among some of the studio’s other games, poised to hit the Japanese 3DS eShop sometime this winter.
As the screenshots indicate, Mighty Gunvolt is a side-scrolling action game meant to be reminiscent of ’80s classics that were released on systems such as the NES, TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine, and the Sega Master System. Indeed, not only are the controls set to be limited to just the d-pad and a button each for jumping and shooting, the main staff members heading up the game’s development include a number of Japanese industry figures who are known for their involvement with franchises such as the Mega Man and Mega Man X series, including executive producer Keiji Inafune, director Ryota Ito, producer Takuya Aizu, and composer Ippo Yamada.
Three characters thus far have been announced as being playable, each of whom have their own unique abilities and play styles that affect how the game’s stages can be approached. Front and center of the lineup is Gunvolt, the eponymous protagonist of Azure Striker Gunvolt. His special abilities include a double jump, as well as an electrified laser beam for his charge shot. Filling in for the mighty part of the game’s title is Beck from Mighty No. 9. His claim to fame is the ability to slide through small gaps, as well a charge shot that can be used to hit enemies midair. Finally, Ekoro, an angel from the Japan-exclusive rail shooter Gal Gun, can hover in the air, as well as use a lock-on shot that makes enemies fall in love with her and fight at her side like in her native game. Additional hidden characters are said to be present in the game as well.
Design-wise, Mighty Gunvolt is said to be catering to a number of a different tastes, ranging from those predominantly interested in playing games for high scores to those who like discovering new enemies and stage gimmicks at every turn. In line with the game’s ethos of paying homage to the ’80s, in addition to hidden characters, players can also expect the game to come built in with “secret techniques” that can be exploited to their advantage. DLC stages and bosses are also stated to be planned as well.
Mighty Gunvolt currently has no set release date beyond winter 2014 and no price as of yet. Those who buy the Japanese release of Azure Striker Gunvolt on the 3DS between release day on August 20 and November 19 will receive a download code that they can redeem to download Mighty Gunvolt for free once it’s out.
Check out the first set of art and screenshots at the gallery.