Mighty Gunvolt Burst is a retro art style platformer in the vein of Rockman/Megaman with a more modern twist, featuring a crossover of Beck (Mighty No. 9) and Gunvolt (Gunvolt series).
Price: $9.99 (US) / £8.99 (UK) / €9.99 (EU) / ¥980 (Japan)
Platforms: Nintendo Switch (reviewed) / 3DS
Where to buy: Nintendo eShop
What this game is about
The game flow will be extremely familiar if you have played any of the Inafune Keiji platformers (Rockman/Megaman series, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Mighty No. 9).
You start off with a tutorial/introduction stage, after which you can play any of the available stages in any order you wish, as well as re-play them to find the hidden goodies. After completing the stages, you will proceed to the final boss stage(s).
Hardcore blue bomber fans might ask: “What’s new?”
- Firstly, hidden items are much easier to find (but not to get) as you can turn on “Dousing” in your weapon customization which makes use of HD Rumble to let you know when you are near a breakable wall.
- Sliding kicks are no more! Instead you can have multiple air-dashes which is great once you get the hang of it!
- Weapon customization: Ever wanted to change not just the looks, but also the entire behavior from speed, trajectory, spread, curve (and more!) of your shots? Mighty Gunvolt Burst offers an extremely deep weapon customization system for you to craft and optimize the dream weapon that suits you best!
- No Game-over: The only penalty for dying is just points, which is capped at a certain amount, so you can keep trying until you complete the stage. You keep the important items when you die, so you don’t need to do the crazy areas over and over again.
- Burst: As part of the title, this is a new feature in the game for score-fanatics. Simply kill enemies within close range to increase the Burst counter and aim for a high score at the end! S-rank is not enough!
Why should you care
- For those unaware, the “father” of Rockman/Megaman Inafune Keiji is behind this game, under his company Inti-creates.
- If Mighty No. 9 left a sour taste, have a good rinse! This game will not disappoint you
- 2 characters – Beck and Gunvolt to play as, each with their own story
- The weapon customization is the main selling point for a good reason – it’s so extensive you can come up with crazy combos that suit your play-style
- Charged-shot, for the first time, is based on your custom weapons – you can select ANY of your custom shots as your charged shot
- It’s very reasonably priced
- It comes in 2 languages (I got the Japanese eShop version) – English, Japanese and you can toggle in the Settings menu in the game
What you may not like
- Retro graphics, but this is purely subjective. Personally I think it looks gorgeous on Switch’s screen
- Difficulty: For those who have not grown up playing sadistic platformers, this game can be quite difficult. For those who find it easy though, there are options to raise the difficulty, and you can also challenge yourself to get S-rank for every stage.
- Game length: Again, this is subjective as the price is not very high to begin with given that it offers even more content than the old Rockman games.
- Extra tip: You may need a Pro Controller for this game as I personally feel that the D-pad works better than the analog stick/4 separate directional buttons on the joycon.
- Try the different weapons! Each of them actually provide a slightly different set of customization options and some “extreme” options can only be found in specific weapon type(s) (eg Explosions x5 for Missiles).
- Evade! Evading is the main skill you require for the game. No damage means no consuming of precious fruits you find through the stage which can net you tons of points at the end if you didn’t eat them.
If you loved the oldschool Rockman/Megaman games (especially the X series), or have played Azure Striker Gunvolt, what you will get is that the quality way exceeds the price they are asking for, considering that the older games used to cost a lot more.
If you are not familiar with the Inafune platformer games, you will need to know that this game can be hard but the controls are spot-on. If you do not like platformers, it will probably not change your mind. However if you end up loving this game, do check out the old Rockman games (Rockman 1-8, Rockman X1-X4 are my personal recommendations).
Official site: http://mightygunvolt.com/en/MGB/
Nintendo Switch Promo Page: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/mighty-gunvolt-burst-switch