Azure Striker Gunvolt, known as Armed Blue Gunvolt (蒼き雷霆 ガンヴォルト Amudo Burū Gan'voruto) in Japan, is a platform game released by Inti Creates for the Nintendo 3DS eShop released in August 2014. In addition to utilizing gameplay similar to Mega Man Zero, Azure Striker Gunvolt also introduced new gameplay elements such as Gunvolt's ability to "tag" enemies and target many at once, adding an additional layer of complexity to the genre. The game also got a PC version on Steam, featuring full Japanese voice acting and some lines cut from the 3DS version.
Azure Striker Gunvolt is a side-scrolling action platform game. The player controls the eponymous Gunvolt, who is able to jump, dash, and utilize a gun with special bullets that "tag" their targets, which grants a homing effect to Gunvolt's electric fields. The player's actions are limited by an energy bar, which depletes when using the electrical field, using additional movement abilities such as double-jumping or air dashing, or being hit by enemies.
Gameplay focuses heavily on the player's technique and skill in moving through levels. While finishing a level is relatively easy, the game provides a ranking system as well as several optional challenges. The game introduces a "chain" system in which the player's score is constantly increased so long as the player avoids being hit by enemies, with special actions such as defeating an enemy in the air or defeating multiple enemies at one time providing an additional bonus. The game uses an item-forging and equipping system, the former of which is instrumental in achieving the game's true ending.
The chain system (referred to as "Kudos" in-game) is designed to challenge players to combine speed and tactical planning. It naturally increases as GV shocks tagged enemies, with some bonus applying. For example, defeating an enemy with 3 tags give a 10 Kudos "Full Strike" bonus. Should GV be hit, he will lose all his Kudos even if he doesn't take damage. Kudos can be banked in by using a special skill or by touching a checkpoint. If Gunvolt reaches 1000 Kudos in a level, the standard music will be replaced by a J-pop song sung by Lumen.
There is also a Speedrun Mode which challenges the player to complete stages as fast as possible, with an online ranking and leaderboard system. The Steam version adds Christmas mode (where points are determined by presents collected as they fall from the sky), and Perma-Anthem mode (which grants a permanent Anthem buff, but disables Prevasion, makes spikes instant death, and overall makes the levels harder).
Azure Striker Gunvolt is set during an unspecified date in the near future, in which several people called "Adepts" have developed "Septimal powers".These powers enable superhuman feats including flight, the use of powerful energy weapons, and manipulation of the elements like fire, water, and electricity. The world is at peace thanks to the efforts of a world-spanning corporation known as the Sumeragi Group. However, the Sumeragi Group is, in reality, controlling and experimenting on adepts. Gunvolt, one of the most powerful adepts, has the ability to create electrical fields and works for an organization known as QUILL, which is seeking to reveal and put a stop to Sumeragi's ulterior motives.
One day, on a critical mission to destroy Sumeragi's Adept radar, the virtual pop idol Lumen, Gunvolt is shocked to discover that Lumen is in fact a young Adept girl named Joule, whose Septima, The Muse, is being used to hunt down Adepts. Rather than going through with the order and killing her, Gunvolt instead breaks her out, and vows to protect her as her guardian, resulting in his leaving from QUILL.
Determined to preserve Joule's new freedom, Gunvolt, and his remaining allies at QUILL, continue their war for Adepts, all the while, a shadowy, powerful figure in Sumeragi continues his hunt for his lost Muse...
Gunvolt - The main protagonist. Also known as "The Azure Striker" or "GV", Gunvolt was a member of the resistance group QUILL until he came across Joule. Instead of killing her as his orders say, Gunvolt takes her in and leaves QUILL, though he still accepts missions from them.
Joule - Joule is an adept who was being controlled by Sumeragi because of her Septimal power.
Lumen - Lumen, also known as the Muse, is a projection of Joule's power. She is used by the Sumeragi to control adepts. Some of her songs are played during the game and she can "reincarnate" Gunvolt.
Asimov - The leader of QUILL. He is the one who rescued Gunvolt and effectively raised him, becoming a father figure to him. Like Gunvolt, he is an Azure Striker, and can be fought if Gunvolt has the seven jewels scattered throughout the stages and fulfills certain requirements.
The Sumeragi Swordsmen - Seven high-ranking adept members of the Sumeragi Group. Representing the seven deadly sins, they serve as the game's main bosses. Their names are Merak, Carrera, Jota, Elise, Viper, Stratos, and Zonda.
Copen - Gunvolt's de facto rival. Also known as "The Adept Slayer", Copen works against both QUILL and Sumeragi, with the vengeful goal of wiping out all adapts.
Nova Tsukuyomi - The main antagonist, also known as "The Mighty". A young, mysterious Sumeragi lieutenant, Nova is Sumeragi's most powerful adept and the commander of the seven adept bosses. He is in charge of the equally mysterious Project Muse, for which he desperately needs the power of The Muse.
Azure Striker Gunvolt was developed by Inti Creates, the Japanese video game development company that also created the Mega Man Zero series,Mega Man ZX, and both Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10.
Inti Creates later released an update for the game on March 5, 2015 on the Nintendo eShop. The update fixes typos in the game's dialogue, fixes various bugs in the game, the ability to transfer save data from the demo version to the purchased version, new features only available to the New Nintendo 3DS, and more new and/or updated content.
Special Promotion Edit
If Azure Striker Gunvolt was purchased before November 28th, the owner received a code on their receipt to download Mighty Gunvolt. After the promotion ended, Mighty Gunvolt became available on the 3DS eShop for $3.99. A similar promotion occurred during the Steam release of Azure Striker Gunvolt.
Azure Striker Gunvolt sold over 100,000 units six months after its release. Its sales have been described as doing well "as a download-only Nintendo 3DS game." Inti Creates later announced that Azure Striker Gunvolt sold 150,000 units as of April 1, 2016.
Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Edit
A physical compilation of the game and its sequel, subtitled Striker Pack, will be released on the Nintendo 3DS in October 4, 2016. It will also be published by Yacht Club Games, famous for developing its hit platformer Shovel Knight.
This is the first trailer (Remaster: HD) of the game, it shows the history and the mechanics that will appear in the game. We cant see much of the other content inside the game but it's already possible to know what's coming up.