Mighty Gunvolt Burst has arrived from seemingly outta nowhere. Now, If you’re like me and you’re itching for a new title to play on your Nintendo Switch, and you’re a fan of MegaMan, has Mighty Gunvolt Burst answered our prayers? Oh. By the way. The ‘mighty’ in Mighty Gunvolt Burst? Yeah. That’s for Mighty No. 9. Familiar with the Azure Striker Gunvolt series? Did you want a sequel for either? Well, you’re in luck. Because apparently, this game is a sequel to a crossover game of those 2 series already. So, as someone who has never played any of these titles, I had no idea what to expect.
The story is nothing too mind blowing, but it has a slight difference depending on which character you pick. As stated before, this is a crossover title and the story set up basically involves both characters meeting each other. The player as Beck is sent to a VR training session. As Gunvolt, the player is involved in a robot fighting tournament. Either way, they become trapped and have to fight their way through bosses from the Mighty universe.
If you’ve ever played a MegaMan game, then you’ll feel right at home with Mighty Gunvolt Burst. The controls are tight and the same old jump and shoot gameplay is what’s being aimed for here. Neither character is really different from the other so you’d be having a near mirror experience with either. There are 12 stages including the opening, 8 core and final stage, in which you are tasked with defeating the 8 bosses, known as the Mighty Numbers.
Throughout each of the 12 levels, you can find power-ups and other collectibles which only really serve a purpose for completionists. The power-ups serve as pieces to customize your characters. The customization piece is a little confusing at first but is easy and quick to pick up. You can change the elemental firepower of your weapons. Other updates that can be added include the trajectory of the weapon, speed, and armor. Additionally, there are different foods that can be picked up. In true retro gaming fashion, the little robot can then use the food to regain health. As is set up by the plot you have 2 characters to pick from. There is Beck aka Mighty No. 9, of, well, Mighty No. 9 fame and Gunvolt from the Azure Striker Gunvolt series.
The game holds the player’s hand in a way that almost takes away from the experience. Each time the player dies you are automatically taken to a checkpoint which only ever really is a few screens away. Even more so with the boss battles, there’s a mini entrance area which the player respawns. Now, typically this would be fine. Except for the fact that you have unlimited lives and each time you respawn any fruits you used in the boss battle or after the checkpoint are automatically restored. Although beating the game does unlock a hard mode, it’s more the game’s checkpoint system that makes the game feel easy.
The game itself is not breathtaking, to say the least, in the visual department. In 2017, the whole retro 8-bit scene has been done time and time again. With that said, there’s something charming this time around. It truly feels like a MegaMan game. From the soundtrack to the level layout, it hits you right in the nostalgia in one of the best ways possible. If I didn’t know any better I would assume this was, in fact, a MegaMan spinoff. The game’s overall look and feel are smooth and although familiar, maintain their own identity. The music even though not exactly memorable does find itself having a number of catchy tunes. The team behind the title did an amazing job to immerse you in the world they’ve created.
Mighty Gunvolt Blast is a (pun intended) mighty blast. Being a huge fan of the MegaMan series and taking into account the game’s backstory as a tribute to everyone’s favorite blue bomber, I absolutely love everything this title offers. So much so that I found myself scurrying around the internet for information on the 2 main characters. To my delight, the Azure Striker Gunvolt series will be finding its way onto the Nintendo Switch come August. I am in no way a MegaMan pro but although I did find this game to be rather easy, I completed the story in under 2 hours. However, the platforming segments were challenging enough that they left me knowing that if I died, it was a bonehead mistake on my part.
That’s what the genre is all about, and at only $10. This is a solid recommendation and a steal. In fact, I insist everyone with a Nintendo Switch and even a casual admiration for MegaMan purchase this title. The best way to describe it, if you ever had an interest in the MegaMan series, but found it perhaps too hard. This is for you. If you’re a fan and looking for something new to ease the pain of the lack of new titles, this is also for you.