Mighty Gunvolt Burst on 3DS is a blast

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A few years ago, Azure Striker Gunvolt arrived for Nintendo 3DS. Created by developer Inti Creates, the game quickly gained a following. The series is a high-octane, fast-paced, Mega Man-style romp through a grandiose story. The artwork and visuals follow a traditional anime look and many of the bosses are larger than life. The protagonist, Gunvolt, has the ability to harness the power of electricity, in combination with a bolt gun and some special attacks to destroy his enemies. When the game arrived on the console, a bonus game arrived with it, simply called Mighty Gunvolt.

Mighty Gunvolt was a Mega Man clone at its core, but a worthy side-quest to Azure Striker Gunvolt. Players could play as several different characters in this 8-bit remix of the original game. Later, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 arrived and now, we have Mighty Gunvolt Burst, which appeared first on the Nintendo Switch and more recently on the Nintendo 3DS. This review will refer to the Nintendo 3DS version.

I chose to play through the game as Gunvolt, which is a unique experience to playing as Beck. Both modes offer different challenges and are worth taking the time to play. The game offers extensive customization, challenges and more to make it worth playing more than once.

Here’s a quick review:

Graphics: The graphics are what you would expect from a typical 16-bit era game. Visually, it looks like the Mega Man X series regarding sprites and environment. The levels are colorful and well-designed.

Sound: The audio is comparable to any soundtrack in a Mega Man game. Some of the level music rocks out quite a bit and I have a feeling I will find myself humming several of the tunes over the next few weeks.

Gameplay: Mighty Gunvolt Burst, much like its predecessor, is a retro-style platformer/shooter similar to Mega Man. This makes sense, as the developer is also responsible for Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10 and Mighty No. 9. As such, Mighty Gunvolt Burst plays much like those games. Gunvolt can use his signature rail gun and energy attack as he goes through each level. He can also learn new skills and abilities which he will pick up along the way.

Story: The story is basic and follows Gunvolt’s adventures in destroying robots across a city. It isn’t much more involved than that.

Overall: The game is incredibly fun and addictive and I highly recommend it to any fan of the Mega Man, Gunvolt or Mighty No. 9 series.

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David Buck

David Buck is an author, musician, copywriter, and voice over artist based in Colorado. His work has appeared on Nerdvana Media, The Nintendo Times, Star Trek.com, EN World, SyFy Wire and across the web. In his spare time, he composes music, writes science fiction, and paints miniatures.