At the Anime Expo in July, it was revealed that Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 and Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack will launch on September 30th. The Striker Pack is a physical release of both Gunvolt titles which will sell for $30. Unfortunately, publisher Yacht Club Games recently announced that Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack has been delayed by a few days and will now launch on October 4th. Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is still due to release on September 30th for $14.99 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
Will you be picking up Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 or Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack? Let us know in the comments!
Shovel Knight has become one of the most popular indie characters ever after his titular game released in 2014, appearing in multiple other indie titles like Runbow and Road Redemption and even receiving his own Amiibo figure. Now, Yacht Club Games has announced that the Shovel Knight Amiibo will work with Inti Creates’ Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 when it releases later this year. The figure will unlock a boss fight against Shovel Knight, making this appearance different than his playable appearances in other games.
You can check out the fight in action by watching the trailer above!
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 was announced earlier this year, along with a plethora of new information. The game features Gunvolt’s previous rival as a playable character, as well as tons of other new gameplay features and story elements. However, at the Anime Expo yesterday, the game was revealed to release on September 30th for $14.99 on the eShop. They also revealed a physical bundle of both Gunvolt titles called Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack. This pack will sell for only $30, but it may not be available in North America and PAL regions immediately. In addition to all this new information, a teaser trailer was shown for the Gunvolt anime that will be coming this winter.
Are you excited for this next entry into the Azure Striker Gunvolt series? Let us know in the comments!
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, coming to the 3DS this year, has had new details released by 4Gamer regarding its companion characters. This new information includes screenshots from the game as well as some artwork.
The first of these characters is Joule, a spirit who served as Gunvolt’s companion in the original game. Joule has a more child-like appearance and bolder personality compared to the previous game and can assist Gunvolt by singing.
The next character, RoRo, serves as a guard, aid, and companion to the new playable character Copen. She guards him automatically from projectiles when his energy is full and acts like a sassy younger sister. She also has the ability to recreate the weapons—called Ex Weapons—of enemies that you have defeated, although doing so takes away energy and therefore disables her auto-guarding ability.
One of these Ex Weapons is a multi-hitting drill called the Tail Banker. Another is the Wide Circuit, which creates a laser attack that can be focused on one enemy or scattered for a wider reach. The third Ex Weapon to be revealed is the Spark Stellar, which fires electricity directly in front of Copen.
The game will also have an April 26th reveal event that includes discussions from the producers and actors, an appearance by Keiji Inafune, and a performance by Lumen.
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is coming this summer for 3DS, and Inti Creates, the studio behind the game, has just released a slew of character and plot details. The plot features our hero, Gunvolt, teaming up with Copen, his arch-rival from the last game, to defeat a currently unknown enemy. Copen is joining the game as a playable character, featuring a heavy-hitting acrobatic playstyle as well as his ability to copy defeated bosses’ abilities to use himself. The game will be released sometime this summer on the 3DS eShop for $15.
Here’s the release directly from Inti Creates:
The flames of war between adepts who possess supernatural septimal powers, and those who do not, are being fanned once again. Although some time has passed since his battle with the Sumeragi Group, Gunvolt is called back to the battlefield once more to confront a formidable new enemy.
Gunvolt reprises his role as the main protagonist, and joining him this time around as a new playable character is Copen, Gunvolt’s rival from the first game. Between Gunvolt’s running & gunning, electrifying play style and Copen’s high-flying, acrobatic in-your-face play style, the two characters will feel very different from one another.
Since Copen’s the newcomer here as a playable character, let’s talk a little about what he can do. Copen can dash through the air, slam into his enemies to lock onto them, then unleash a devastating homing shot! Also, just like he did in the first game, Copen can copy the abilities of defeated bosses and use them as his own! Now that players can take control of Copen himself, the limitless possibilities of utilizing these new powers are waiting to be discovered!
Since we’re talking about the characters, let’s have a closer look Gunvolt, Copen, and a brand new character, Ouka!
Gunvolt (VA: Kaito Ishikawa)
Gunvolt is an incredibly powerful adept with the ability to control lightning. He fights using a gun that fires special darts that when locked onto an enemy, allow him to strike with pinpoint accurate electrical attacks. The soul of a departed adapt named Joule now resides within him, and with them perfectly synchronized as one, his power has been increased to its absolute utmost limits. Still reeling from the profound loss and pain he experienced from his past battles, his chance meeting with a girl named Ouka helped him get back on his feet.
Copen (VA: Kosuke Masuo)
Copen is the son a famous scientist whose research detailed the dangerous threat that adepts pose to society. To honor the dying wish of his late father, Copen fights to eradicate all adepts from the world. While he may be a normal human without any septimal powers, his technological prowess and combat abilities exceed that of many adepts. Since the events of the last game, Copen has completely revamped his gear. His new gear is designed for maximum mobility, which allows him to dash through the air and perform mid-air attacks like never before. He is also now accompanied by LoLo, a combat bot that aids him offense, defense, and mobility.
Ouka (VA: Reina Kondo)
Ouka is an ordinary girl with no septimal powers. Recently, she was on the wrong end of a nasty encounter with a murderous adept, and only made it out alive thanks to Gunvolt. Since that day, she has been taking shelter at Gunvolt’s home. Ouka was born into a family that runs a massive financial conglomerate, and lived by herself, hidden away from society in a large estate until the day that she crossed paths with Gunvolt. She can be a bit of an airhead sometimes, but she has a kind and gentle demeanor, and is a tremendous moral support for Gunvolt.
What do you think of this new character team-up? Let us know in the comments!
Nintendo has revealed a few details on the upcoming Azure Striker Gunvolt 2. The side scrolling 2D action sequel for the 3DS has a ton of new features, many of which were shown in the Direct. The game’s main rival is now a playable character, who has special abilities including being able to mimic boss abilities. There is no set date for the game yet, but Nintendo stated that it would be available on the 3DS eShop this summer.
Will you be trying out Azure Striker Gunvolt 2? Let us know in the comments below!
MAGFest is gearing up for its fourteenth year, and attendees can expect tons of great games, music, and entertainment. Joining the party this year is the vaunted sound team from Inti Creates, developers of Mega Man Zero, Mighty Gunvolt, Mighty No. 9, and more. Ippo Yamada, Godspeed, Yamajet, Luna Umegaki, Megu Sakuragawa (Lumen), and other special guests will perform two special concerts: one entitled Lumen Super Live 2016 featuring music from Azure Striker Gunvolt, and the other being a special Inti Creates 20th Anniversary concert featuring music from games they worked throughout their history such as Mega Man Zero.
This year’s MAGFest kicks off on February 18th, and tickets are going fast. With the addition of Inti Creates concerts to the lineup, they event is now expected to sell out with over 20,000 attendees. If you’re interested in attending, you’ll want to get your tickets while you can.
It’s been one year since the Mega Man Zero-inspired Azure Striker Gunvolt first launched on the Nintendo 3DS. So, to commemorate this occasion, developer and publisher Inti Creates is launching the title onto the PC today for $14.99! Available through Steam, the PC iteration of Gunvolt isn’t just a straight port, as it hosts a number of new features – including a Speedrun Mode and Japanese voiceover – that weren’t available in the 3DS original.
“To celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the release of Azure Striker Gunvolt on the Nintendo 3DS, the Steam version of the game packed full of brand new features! The following are just some of new features only found in the Steam version of the game:
Speedrun Mode – With the addition of Speedrun Mode, it’s time to put your electrifying skills to the test. Future updates will expand the capacities of this mode, so keep an eye out for those as well!
Two Screens – You can play the Steam version on two screens just like the original. Screen sizes and layout can be freely adjusted to your liking!
Japanese Voice Mode – Enjoy the original Japanese version of the game complete with Japanese voiceovers and ample mid-stage dialogue, all translated into English.
Play the game in 8 languages
Russian (new for Steam version)
Stream Trading Cards – Collectors will have a new set of Steam trading cards to add to their collections.
Game Updates – New updates coming every month for the first 6 months!” — Inti Creates
There is no word on whether the new Speedrun Mode, added Japanese dialogue, Russian language support, or additional updates will later be made available for Nintendo 3DS owners, though all signs currently point to these being Steam-only.
Mirroring the original 3DS launch last year, those who purchase the game during the month-long promotional period will also receive a free download code for Mighty Gunvolt. The retro-inspired crossover stars Gunvolt, as well as Ekoro from Gal*Gun and Beck from Mighty no. 9, as playable characters. Mighty Gunvolt will launch on Steam on September 29.
After a successful run with the [email protected] initiative in June, Canadian indie developer 13AM Games is almost ready to launch Runbow, their colorful 9-player platforming racer for Wii U, but the company has decided to drop one more tease before its release at the end of the month. With a new trailer, a staggering – yet numerically appropriate – nine more crossover characters from all over the Nindie scene have joined the already bombastic roster, ready to race with the game’s own Hue and Val alongside previously announced guest stars.
As it stands, the unofficial Super Smash Bros of indie games hosts a truly diverse cast short of 20 characters in all! Though it is not yet known if this will be the final roster, Runbow will feature the following playable characters:
Hue and Val*, native to Runbow (13AM Games)
Gunvolt from Azure Striker Gunvolt (Inti Creates)
Teslamancer from Teslagrad (Rain Games)
Clone from Stealth Inc. (Curve Digital)
ARID from The Fall (Over the Moon)
Max from Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid)
Xeodrifter (Renegade Kid)
Princess from Chariot (Frima Studio)
Drifter from Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Unity Japan’s mascot character, Unity-chan
Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games)
Juan and Tostada from Guacamelee! (DrinkBox Studios)
Rusty from SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form)
Scram Kitty from Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails (Dakko Dakko)
CommanderVideo and CommandGirlVideo from BIT.TRIP (Gaijin Games)
Swift Thornebrooke from Sportsball (TOO DX)
*It is worth noting that Hue and Val will also have a wide range of alternate costumes available.
Get ready to Runbow once 13AM Games launches their game on August 27th for $14.99 in the North American Nintendo eShop. Those who downloaded the demo from the [email protected] program during the E3 2015 season will receive a 15% discount!
Come July 20th, Tokyo’s Akihabara district will be met with the Cross News Midsummer Game Experience Gathering. Inti Creates is poised to take part, and they will have a number of their own games – including the upcoming Mighty No. 9 – out on display as playable demos. However, with their lineup comes a surprise announcement: Mighty Gunvolt, an 8bit era-inspired platformer that first launched on the Nintendo 3DS last year, will soon appear on Sony’s Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita later this summer.
Rebranded as Gal Gunvolt for the coming release, the crossover title stars heroes Ekoro from Gal*Gun, Gunvolt from Azure Striker Gunvolt, and Beck from Mighty No. 9 as playable characters, each with their own different methods of gameplay. As it stands, it appears to be a direct port of the 3DS iteration, and it comes with the additional DLC stages (Highway, Bio Lab, Gym, and Factory) from that version as part of the base game, making a total of nine stages and series-appropriate bosses in all.
Gal Gunvolt will release in Japan on August 6th for 500 yen.
While there is yet to be word of a Western localization for the PlayStation Store, who among you would be eager to try this game out for yourself? To those who have played Mighty Gunvolt on their Nintendo handheld, what were your thoughts on the game? Sound off in the comments!
New Nintendo 3DS offers enhancements like an improved CPU and more buttons, and one indie developer has stepped forward to take advantage of them. Inti Creates has revealed that Azure Striker Gunvolt will receive a patch in Japan on March 11 that allows the game to take advantage of the newer hardware. The patch will speed up the game’s loading times and allow for the ZL and ZR buttons to be used for quickly switching weapons. The patch will also add some new songs and Boss Rush mode. No details have been given yet for the patch’s release outside of Japan.
Inti Creates, the studio behind the Mega Man Zero series, released a fairly experimental game known as Azure Striker Gunvolt. The game was Mega Man-esque, but featured a much different combat system. Instead of racking up damage through shots, you’d “tag” enemies with your gun and use an electric sphere to shock them. It was really odd at the time, but it definitely worked.
Now, Inti Creates just confirmed that a sequel will be making its way to the 3DS. While no exact details were given about the upcoming side scroller, I’m just glad this franchise is getting a second installment.
Are you as excited for Azure Striker Gunvolt as I am? Let us know in the comments!
Keiji Inafune was once the Global Head of Production at Capcom before leaving to form his own indie development company called Comcept. Currently he and his team are hard at work on Mighty No. 9, a sidescrolling shooter that bears more than a little resemblance to a Capcom classic. Inafune helped create Mega Man while at Capcom, and Mighty No. 9 serves as a spiritual successor. Additionally, Infaune is helping with the development of Azure Striker Gunvolt, which also borrows elements from Mega Man. Has the Capcom legal team come calling yet? Click below to see what Inafune had to say!
Speaking with Game Informer, Inafune revealed that so far there have been no complaints or reports of anger over his post-Capcom career.
“Honestly, we have not heard anything from the people we know at Capcom about it, about any sort of frustration or stress. There are a ton of 2D sidescrolling games. There are actually a ton of sidescrolling games where you shoot, and there’s actually a ton of games that have robots in them, as well. I think those comparisons are drawn because it’s me that made those original games and now I’m making another game that’s in a similar genre, but you can’t tell a painter to change his painter style. He paints how he paints. For us, we’re just doing what we’re naturally good at, and if we felt it was something that obviously was dangerous from a patent or a copyright perspective then I don’t think we would’ve gotten to this level.” — Keiji Inafune
Capcom has not developed any Mega Man games since Inafune’s departure (although they did give their blessing to fan project Street Fighter X Mega Man), and they chose to cancel development of several titles that Inafune had previously been in charge of.
It has been a year since Keiji Inafune and his team started the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter. In their one-year anniversary post, Comcept announced they would be flavoring September, the ninth month of the year, “Mighty Month,” and part of this is the launch of the game’s beta, which will be available to everyone who backed $80 or more. Most backers should be getting their keys today, according to the post, so keep your eye out for it if you’re expecting one.
For those of us who did not back quite enough to get into the beta, Comcept is also running a series of other promotions throughout the month to keep excitement high. A new thread on the Mighty forums entitled the “Mighty Month Trivia Thread” will slowly fill with tidbits about the game’s development from the developer’s side of things, and Comcept will be holding a fan art contest as well. Those who have been following Azure Striker Gunvolt, another rather Mega Man-esque game Inafune has his fingers in, may be glad to hear the crossover title, Mighty Gunvolt, will be given out to all Mighty No. 9 backers to tide over our thirst for jumping and shooting in the meantime.
As we reported earlier, Mega Man X3 is hitting the Wii U eShop today, but that’s not all! Nintendo has just released a press release regarding this week’s eShop additions, and the Mega Man-inspired Azure Striker Gunvolt is also coming to eShop, although it will be on 3DS. Crossover title Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will also release on 3DS eShop this week, and a special sale has select Capcom games priced at up to 60% off. There’s lots to play this week, so check it all out in Nintendo’s full press release below, and let us know what game you’re most excited for. I can’t wait to get my hands on Mega Man X3!
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Join forces with expert investigator Professor Layton and ace attorney Phoenix Wright in this unbelievable crossover adventure. Find out what new twists they bring to the courtroom as they solve puzzles and debunk witnesses’ lies. Cross-examine multiple witnesses at the same time to uncover the mysteries of the magical city of Labyrinthia. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at midnight ET on Aug. 29.
Azure Striker GUNVOLT – From Inti Creates and featuring the talents of Keiji Inafune, the creator of the Mega Man series, Azure Striker GUNVOLT takes the best aspects of Japanese 16-bit classics and updates them with new play mechanics and slick graphics. For a limited time, the game comes with a free digital code to download the 8-bit nostalgia-fueled MIGHTY GUNVOLT as well. Azure Striker GUNVOLT will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Aug. 29.
Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter – Pilot one of three Skyfighters across alien worlds to protect Earth. Push your dogfighting skills to their limits in this futuristic 3D aerial shooter, available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Mega Man X3 – Every Thursday in August, Nintendo and Capcom are bringing classic Mega Man games to the Virtual Console service in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Mega Man X and his partner, Zero, must discover why an antivirus has failed to turn robots from destructive Mavericks into peace-loving Reploids. Run, jump, dash, scale walls, avoid obstacles and fight enemies in eight challenging stages as you hunt for the latest cure.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
SteamWorld Dig – After its positive reception on Nintendo 3DS, indie hit SteamWorld Dig is making its way to Wii U for the first time. In this platform mining adventure, take on the role of Rusty as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Explore an underground world full of secrets, treasure and terrors with interface elements that use the Wii U GamePad controller.
The Fall – Explore an alien world in this unique blend of action game play and adventure-game puzzles in The Fall, which launched Aug. 26. Take on the role of ARID, the artificial intelligence within a high-tech combat suit, as you struggle to save the suit’s unconscious human occupant. Get ready for a disturbing and engrossing journey as you explore the world of The Fall.
Nintendo eShop Sales
Select Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games from Capcom are now up to 60 percent off in the Nintendo eShop. This offer is valid until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 4.
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.95) from 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 3 through 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Soccer Up 3D is 71 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $1.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 17 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight – Sept. 1 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
Nobunaga’s Ambition – Sept. 4 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist is being reduced to $19.99 (from $39.99) starting Sept. 1 on Wii U.
Also new this week:
Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Virtual Console on Wii U)
Outback Pet Rescue 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
The Mega Man franchise may be dormant, but its presence is still very much felt today. Inti Creates, the development team behind the Mega Man Zero series, is hard at work on a 3DS exclusive called Azure Striker Gunvolt, and Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune is lending a creative hand as well. If that combination of talent isn’t enough to convince you this game is worth a shot, or if you just want to see as much of the game as possible before it comes out, you can check out a video preview of the game by clicking above.
Mega Man creator and former Capcom head Keiji Inafune is devoting most of his time to working on Mighty No. 9 right now, but he is also lending a helping hand to the Inti Creates game Azure Striker Gunvolt. While this upcoming 3DS game is its own thing, you can definitely feel the Mega Man influence on it, and a new trailer featuring Keiji Inafune has been released. It’s all in Japanese, of course, but you can still get a very good sense of the action via gameplay footage. The video also features a teaser for the upcoming retro-styled crossover game Mighty Gunvolt. Check it all out by clicking the video above!
In what looks to be one hell of a crossover game, the main characters from Gal*Gun, Mighty No. 9, and Azure Striker Gunvolt are all teaming up for a 3DS eShop title called Mighty Gunvolt. Beck, Gunvolt, and Eriko will all be playable in the game (which we can only assume is a 2D sidescrolling shooter) and the game has a retro theme. Development of Mighty Gunvolt will be handled by Inti Creates, the team that made the Mega Man Zero games. That’s all we know for now, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more information!
In addition to leading Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune is producing the electrically-charged Azure Striker Gunvolt. The main character is the electromancer Gunvolt, while his rival, Acura, is like an antagonistic Mega Man. According to a Weekly Famitsu, Acura will be the one stealing the powers of his enemies by defeating them, though as he is described as a “rival” as opposed to a “villain,” so he and the protagonist may end up having more of a Mega Man and Zero relationship than a protagonist-antatonist one.
The quote from Famitsu translates to:
“[Acura is] a psychic hunter who does not belong to any faction, but harbors a strong hatred towards the Sumeragi Group psychics. While he does not possess any psychic powers of his own, he is able to steal and analyze the psychic power factors of other psychics. He wields a weapon that mimics such powers and stands in Gunvolt’s way.”