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Introducing sci-fi shooter Red Ash
Keiji Inafune and Comcept have wrapped development on Mighty No. 9 and are now returning to Kickstarter to fund their next project, Red Ash, a spiritual successor to Mega Man Legends. Announced today at Anime Expo in Los Ange...

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Red Ash

Keiji Inafune probably making Mega Man Legends successor


Red Ash
Jul 02
// Steven Hansen
Keiji Inafune is at Anime Expo, which starts today in LA, to make a "special announcement," that "may interest Mega Man fans." The Mega Man co-creator left Capcom and formed Comcept, which recently has worked on two Meg...
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Inafune

Inafune is coming to Anime Expo 2015 with a 'special announcement'


'May interest Mega Man fans'
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Mighty No. 9 is just around the corner, and famed producer Keiji Inafune will be heading over to Anime Expo 2015 once again to make a "special announcement." The convention will be held from July 2 until July 5, and Inaf...

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Robots

Keiji Inafune still loves robots, talks about ReCore


The humans are dead
Jun 23
// Steven Hansen
"Robots play a very important role in this adventure, and there will be many more robots that will lead to a rich experience." Okay, Inafune, we get it. Newly announced ReCore is your third (3rd!) Not-Mega-Man game. It's jus...
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Comcept

Keiji Inafune and Metroid Prime devs unveil Xbox One exclusive ReCore


Coming Spring 2016
Jun 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Well, this was certainly unexpected. Today at Microsoft's E3 showcase, the company pulled an ace from its sleeve, revealing a gorgeous new project with a compelling pedigree. It's called ReCore and its being co-develope...
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Mighty No. 9

Mighty No. 9 has a one-hit-death mode


Uh, thanks but no thanks
Jun 03
// Jordan Devore
A few Mighty No. 9 updates to talk about today. First, all launch-window versions of the game will come with the Retro Hero DLC, which gives protagonist Beck a blocky, weirdly Minecraft-esque appearance and, good lord, a one...
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No more April/May window
Development for Mighty No. 9 was coming along nicely earlier this year. We got a look at a bunch of levels, and developer Comcept noted that they were "basically done" recently -- they just needed to figure out how to la...

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Kaio: King of Pirates

Kaio: King of Pirates, that long-delayed Inafune project, is canceled


Bummer
Mar 13
// Chris Carter
Don't think that I've forgotten about Kaio: King of Pirates. I've been following its development pretty closely for years now, and I was excited at the prospect of it finally coming to light. Maybe it was delayed because...

Keiji Inafune reveals new stage for Mighty No. 9, game 'almost done'

Jan 01 // Chris Carter
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That art style is really the plan eh?
Mighty No. 9's Keiji Inafune is ringing in the New Year with a look at a new stage for the game. It seems to have a castle-like feel to it, with red carpets and fancy chandeliers. According to the producer/director, the game...

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Mighty No. 9

Comcept seems to think we want Mighty No. 9 DLC before the game is even out


What is the plan for this game?
Oct 31
// Chris Carter
Comcept has released its newest plans for Mighty No. 9 -- post-release DLC. The DLC goal is $190,000 in additional funding, and involves a new rival boss character for Beck named Ray (a name that could be changed). Yep, ...
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Get your first hands-on with the game now
If you're interested in Mighty No. 9 and pledged at least $80 to its Kickstarter, check your email today -- you may have gotten a beta key. Redeemable on Steam, this key will allow you to play a single level from an ear...

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Inti Creates

Mighty No. 9 Gunvolt GunGal crossover confirmed, NES style


Capcom is beat to the punch yet again
Aug 19
// Jonathan Holmes
When I saw the recent 3DS Streetpass puzzle featuring original sprite Mega Man in 3D, I immediately thought "Capcom should make a game like that!" Just like how I used to think Capcom should make a new 2D Mega Man for home co...
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Azure Striker: Gunvolt

Azure Striker: Gunvolt hits 3DS later this month


Mega Man creator's latest endeavor arrives August 29
Aug 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Azure Striker: Gunvolt is leaping to Nintendo 3DS in North America starting August 29, Inti Creates announced today. The action platformer will be available via the eShop for $14.99. Gunvolt Official EN [Twitter]
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Keiji Inafune

Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity


More like Comcept art...wait, wrong Mega Man clone company
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
Keiji Inafune's other not Mega Man game, Azure Striker: Gunvolt, is coming to Japan (via 3DS eShop) on August 20. No word on a specific North American release date. Inti Creates' Takuya Aizu explained...
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Beck and Call
Developer Comcept has done a great job of keeping its fans updated on the Mighty No. 9 project -- and for some fans, overly so. Although this new video has a fair amount of recycled footage at the start and the end, the midd...

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Mighty No 9.

Would you play Mighty [No] Legends from Inafune?


I think a lot of people would
Jul 15
// Chris Carter
Keiji Inafune and crew have yet to deliver Mighty No. 9 (it's still a long way away), but its massive Mega Man fanbase has jumped ship, and is already wanting multiple Mighty games. Last weekend at SGC 2014, fans a...
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Blue baby butt face

Go kill half millipede, blue butt face Gigas in Soul Sacrifice Delta


Also, new costumes
Jul 04
// Steven Hansen
I actually played a bunch of the Soul Sacrifice demo, but never ended up diving into the full thing. Soul Sacrifice Delta has been updated with a new encounter and some whacked out threads (definitely some of the weirder...
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Azure Striker: Gunvolt

Azure Striker: Gunvolt footage looks just stunning


Debuting in Japan this August
Jun 29
// Kyle MacGregor
New footage of Azure Striker: Gunvolt, the upcoming Nintendo 3DS project from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune and Inti Creates, has made its way out in the wild.  The side-scrolling action platformer appears to be s...
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Mighty No 9.

This new footage for Mighty No. 9 is looking great


Can't wait!
May 30
// Chris Carter
Spring 2015 seems eons away. That's probably because I want to get my hands on the final version of Mighty No. 9 as soon as possible, and this new trailer isn't helping. It shows off some new manuevers, including the st...
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Inafune

Keiji Inafune will hold a Q&A at Anime Expo in LA


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May 27
// Chris Carter
Heading out to LA from July 3rd to the 6th? Well you might get a chance to see the legendary Keiji Inafune in person, over at Anime Expo 2014. The site has revealed that he is attending as a Guest of Honor, and will hold an a...
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Soul Sacrifice Delta

Here's a trailer to remind you Soul Sacrifice Delta launched today


Reminder that it's also digital only
May 13
// Brett Zeidler
I was never able to really get into Soul Sacrifice when I played it around this time last year, which probably had something to do with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate still getting plenty of attention from me at that point in tim...
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CENSORSHIP!!!!!!

Azure Striker compromises appeal to boys 10-14, adds braid back


Gravure liker
Apr 17
// Steven Hansen
Keiji Inafune's other not Mega Man game is Azure Striker: Gunvolt. Its main character, Gunvolt, was viciously censored for the planned Western release, as you can see below. And by viciously censored I mean his designed was c...
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One of my most anticipated 3DS games of the year
Keiji Inafune and his superstar development collective are hard at work with creating Mighty No. 9 for every platform under the sun -- but who knows when it's actually coming out. As confirmed to us at BitSummit 2014, we...

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Soul Sacrifice Delta

Soul Sacrifice Delta may be coming to the west


According to a Spanish retailer
Apr 02
// Chris Carter
Soul Sacrifice Delta, an expansion/semi-sequel of sorts for the original PlayStation Vita game Soul Sacrifice, is apparently coming to the west, according to a listing from a Spanish retailer. According to the listing the fo...
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Inafune: Mega Man has indie roots, and those remain with Mighty No. 9


From his GDC talk
Mar 19
// Dale North
In Keiji Inafune's GDC talk, titled "Meanwhile, In Japan...," he recalled that the feeling around the first Mega Man game was comparable to that of indie game making today.  "Mega Man was the first original total that ca...
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Does Keiji Inafune still believe that 'Japan is over' now?


From Inafune's GDC talk
Mar 19
// Dale North
Keiji Inafune's GDC talk, titled "Meanwhile, In Japan..." opened by addressing a comment he made a couple of years back during another GDC talk. He was quoted as saying "Japan is over" back then. Today he was asked if he stil...

First details on Azure Striker: Gunvolt

Mar 07 // Dale North
Story In the near future, a new type of psychic power has evolved, and those with the powere were initially feared. A large conblomerate known as the Sumeragi Group took it upon themselves to round up those that posess these powers to bring order to the world. But it turns out that their shelter was actually a concentration camp for those with the powers, and that experiments were being conducted daily on them. A group called Feather was formed after learning of these concentration camps, and they work together as a human rights organization to protect the psychics. One member of Feather, a 14-year-old boy named Gunvolt, sets out on his first mission to assisinate Lumen, a virtual pop star. Characters Gunvolt -- Gunvolt is a nickname -- his true name remains his secret. His power, Azure Striker, allows him to control lightning. He starts out as a member of Feature, but he leaves when he meets a girl named Joule. Joule -- Joule is a 13-year-old psychic created in a lab by the Sumeragi Group. Her power lets her enhance the power of other psychics through song. She is rescued by Gunvolt, and they begin living together. Lumen -- Lumen is the most famous pop star in the country. She's actually the avatar of Joule. The Sumeragi Group is using her as sonar to find other psychics to capture them. Lumen claims she only reflects the person Joule wants to be deep inside. Combat Conductor Gun -- Gunvolt has a rapid fire gun that doesn't do much damage. Holding down the fire button allows for continuous fire. This gun can be used in conjunction with the lightning ability to lock onto targets to increase its damage power. Lightning -- By activating lightning (by pressing R button), Gunvolt can generate a protective ring that works as a shield. It also does damage to any enemy that comes in contact with it -- they'll slowly lose their health while touching it. Offensively, lightning lets Gunvolt lock onto enemies to damage them, and that damage can be increased up to three times by continuing to hold down the R button. This ability can be aimed at several enemies, and this allows for attack chaining, which helps the player reach higher scores. Lightning also lets Gunvolt levitate, giving him a platforming advantage. Instead of falling down pits, Gunvolt can ease down while shooting. He can also float upward, allowing him to get in more shots than he would with jump shooting. Platforming and gameplay Gunvolt can jump and double-jump, as well as dash. Used together, he can perform mid-air dashes. Beyond these moves, he'll learn new ones as the game progresses. We only saw one of his special abilities: Voltic Chain. By tapping on a touch button on the 3DS bottom screen, this attack sends giant chains across the screen, and then he charges them with electricity to do damage to enemies. Enemies Daytona — Fire is Daytona’s psychic ability, and it allows him to create explosions. His slide and leap attacks make him difficult to dodge. Melac — Melac is able to create wormholes, and his attacks are unpredictable and hard to dodge. He is able to send an attack through one wormhole and have it come out another. His special attack lets him send laser beams through several wormholes at once. 
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Characters, powers, and story
We were among the first to get our hands on Keiji Inafune's / Inti Creates' new 3DS side-scrolling action game, Azure Striker: Gunvolt here at BitSummit 2014 in Kyoto, Japan. We now have the first details on the game's story, world, and characters, straight from the developers.

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Here's the first video for Azure Striker: Gunvolt


Inafune's new game on 3DS
Mar 07
// Dale North
We will have more images and details coming from Keiji Inafune's / Inti Creates' new 3DS game later, but we wanted to be sure to share this band new trailer right away.Azure Striker: Gunvolt looks absolutely stunning in person. Don't get me wrong: this trailer looks great, but the real deal is wowowowoowow. Enjoy.

Inafune's new game: Azure Striker: Gunvolt first hands-on

Mar 07 // Dale North
In the near future, a new psychic power has emerged, and a group called the Sumeragi have emerged to make sense of these powers, taking to supervising those that possess it. But it turns out that they're actually running a concentration camp, and are holding experiments on those held captive in it. A group called Feather has risen up against them, and our hero, Gunvolt, is given his first order to carry out. Inti Creates calls this a high speed, high action 2D side-scrolling action adventure game. I call it my next obsession. I couldn't stop playing. I felt bad hogging the only 3DS kit at BitSummit that the game was on, but didn't feel as bad after hearing that the guy before me had played it five times already. Gunvolt is a 14-year-old boy that can control lightning. This power works as a secondary weapon and a power-up, as it allows him to wear down the enemy slowly with its power, or it can tag up to three enemies to focus his primary gunfire (which is continuous with the button held) from his Conductor Gun onto. It's like a sweep to set up to three auto targeting points. For quick kills, a single enemy can be tagged three times with lightning to turn up the damage. Aside from attacks, this charge can also disarm enemies, release traps, unlock doors, and much more. When not in use as a lock-on trigger, the stored charge can be used as a shield against enemy attacks. The lightning power has a gauge that depletes during use, and will recharge when dormant. Successful gameplay involves keeping this power in check, using it when you need to to turn up attacks against enemies, but also setting enough aside to take care of other matters. Skilled players will use it to turn up the heat, while novice players might forego using the power to keep defenses up. Lightning also plays a role in platforming. Aside from the previously mentioned unlocking ability, it also allows Gunvolt to levitate. And floating while shooting is just as cool as it sounds. This might sound like a lot to juggle for one ability, but it comes together beautifully. Getting the hang of lock-ons, shielding, and levitation can have your score flying high. It took me a second play of one of the demo levels to get there, but when I did, it felt good. It felt really good. Gunvolt's gameplay has some solid Mega Man roots, as you might imagine from the development team lineup. There's dashing and jumping and... well, dash jumping. Jump shots were the name of the game in the stages I played. There's everything you'd hope for in this kind of game: wall jumping, crazy platforming, and plenty of ultra-challenging, asshole-ish enemy placement. The level designs in the two demo stages I tried had me grinning -- brilliant layouts around every corner Any Mega Man fan would be pleased. I really enjoyed a forest stage where I had to use lightning charges to force tree branch obstacles away to clear the way for platforming. Swarms of insects would create a cloud that wiped across the screen, forcing Gunvolt to use his lightning shield as a defense. The end of the stage brought me to a multi-tiered flower boss battle where I had to dodge slow floating pollen orbs while wall jumping to make sure I could hit it enough times to have it opening up. Once open, I mashed a touchscreen button to use a saved special attack, sending a barrage of chains across the screen to kill it off. Even the producer was impressed with my battle! I was impressed by Gunvolt's visuals. Inti Creates has the 3DS singing with crisp, beautifully animated visuals. This is console- quality stuff on the 3DS. And I know you won't believe me, but the 3D looks outstanding -- easily the best I've ever seen on the system. Again, I had to apologize a couple of times for hogging the only system here at BitSummit to play Azure Striker: Gunvolt. I grew so attached to it in 20 minutes that I threatened to run off with the system. They laughed. I wasn't joking. Inti Creates has given us a wonderful game to hold us over until Mighty No. 9 comes out. But Azure Striker Gunvolt is so good that it's really its own main event. This isn't some appetizer. From what I've seen, this game looks done and ready to go. But it's not. unfortunately. Inti Creates told Destructoid that only three stages are done so far, and that they're currently working with Nintendo to get the game finished quickly for both Japan and North America. Our friends in Europe might have a bit longer of a wait, though. Azure Striker: Gunvolt is scheduled for release this summer.
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Keiji Inafune's new 3DS side-scroller
At BitSummit today, Inti Creates and Keiji Inafune announced a brand new side-scrolling adventure called Azure Striker: Gunvolt. It's coming this summer to the 3DS via Nintendo's eShop. Listen up, Mega Man fans: Keiji Inafune...

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Keiji Inafune talks Mighty No. 9, shows Mighty No. 7


Mighty No. 7 final design shown
Feb 06
// Dale North
Comcept's Keiji Inafune came to D.I.C.E. Summit 2014 today to talk about the potential of crowdfunding and how the games industry might change for the better through the freedom they provide. But he also took the opportunity ...

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