A game by Inti Creates for 3DS and PC, originally released in 2014.
Mighty Gunvolt is an 8-bit style action game that was released alongside Azure Striker Gunvolt. The game stars three playable characters: Gunvolt from Azure Striker Gunvolt, Ekoro from Gal*Gun, and Beck from Mighty No. 9, all of which were developed in whole or in part by Inti Creates. At the time of the game’s release, Mighty No. 9 was still under development, so it also acted as an introduction to that upcoming title as well.
The connection to Mighty No. 9 is also notable due to the fact that it was under development in conjunction with Comcept, headed by Keiji Inafune, who was one of the creators of the Mega Man series. Mighty No. 9 shares a number of design similarities with the Mega Man series, and Beck’s appearance and abilities in Mighty Gunvolt are very reminiscent of those of the Blue Bomber.
Per 8-bit conventions, the story is a bit nonsensical and has virtually no influence on what happens during the game itself. Furthermore, since this is a game inspired by classic Japan-developed 8-bit games, it also contains a number of misspellings and Engrishisms. Even the end credits show the classically-abbreviated names of the developers, including Keiji Inafune’s now-famous "INAFKING".
Each of the three characters has different movement abilities and special attacks. The player is free to select any of the characters from the menu at the start of the game, but cannot switch between them during the adventure. All of the characters have a 2x variable jump and a weapon that allows for three projectiles onscreen at a time.
In addition to his 2x jump, Gunvolt has a double jump that brings him up to 3x, allowing him to reach higher areas than the other characters. He is also able to hold and charge his weapon to unleash a continuous medium-range electrical attack, which can then be swept up and down to destroy nearby enemies, and it is able to pass through walls. Gunvolt cannot move or change directions while using his electrical attack.
Ekoro, an angel, can fire arrows, and charging her attack allows her fire off a large heart. Killing an enemy after hitting it with a heart will cause it to change alignments and fight alongside Ekoro. The converted foe floats behind her, slowly firing off projectiles directly at other enemies, and these projectiles can pass through walls. Support characters can’t sustain much damage before they are destroyed, and charging another attack dismisses the character. By jumping and holding the JUMP button, Ekoro can hover for a short time and move left or right while hovering.
Beck, appearing in a blue outfit with an arm cannon, can slide along the ground to pass through narrow spaces (although he slides head first instead of feet first). By holding down the ATTACK button, Beck sucks in energy and unleashes a powerful dash attack that sends him charging forward. Beck is slightly shorter than Gunvolt and Ekoro, which makes it difficult for him to defeat pop-up enemies, as his shots move just below them.
Score pickups are numerous and make appearances as candy, pieces of fruit, and gems. Also available are small hearts that offer partial health restoration, large hearts that refill the health meter to full, and the occasional 1UP, which is represented by a “G” icon. Each of these may be found spread around the environment, hidden behind breakable blocks, and dropped by killed enemies
Mighty Gunvolt was developed by Japanese studio Inti Creates. The company is the developer behind a number of latter day entries in the Mega Man series, including the Mega Man Zero series, Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, Mega Man ZX, and Mega Man ZX Advent.
The studio has also collaborated with other developers, including working with Alchemist on Gal*Gun, working with Keiji Inafune’s company Comcept on Mighty No. 9, and working with WayForward on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.