Xbox Stealth Release Surprises Fans With Former Nintendo 3DS Exclusive

Xbox users on Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X just got a stealth release, and the game in question is a former Nintendo 3DS exclusive. It’s not often that Xbox consoles get a stealth release, with a majority of surprise releases going to the Nintendo Switch side, or occasionally the PlayStation gamers side. This time it was Xbox gamers who received the stealth version, courtesy of Inti Creates.

If you are using current generation Xbox machines or last generation Xbox machines, you can now purchase, for $14.99on the Microsoft Store, Azure Striker Gunvolta game that debuted in 2014. Specifically, the 2D side-scrolling action platformer, known as Armed Blue: Gunvolt in Japan – debuted on August 20, 2024, but only in Japan. Nine days later it arrived in North America, before hitting Europe the following year. Upon release, the game was a Nintendo 3DS exclusive, although Nintendo had no involvement in its release. In the following years it came to PC, then Nintendo Switch, then PS4 finally in 2020. And now it’s on both generations of Xbox consoles.

Upon release, the game – on which legendary developer Keiji Inafune served as executive producer – earned a 77 on Metacritic. Its user reviews score on the platform was very similar to this, reaching 8.1. Below you can find out more about the game, thanks to an official blurb straight from Inti Creates. And below, you can check out the original Nintendo 3DS trailer for the game, as there was no news that came with the Xbox version.

Azure Striker Gunvolt is a 2D action game featuring the talents of star creator Keiji Inafune as executive producer and action supervisor. With the “septimal” power to create and manipulate lightning, Gunvolt faces off against the massive conglomerate known as the Sumeragi Group. Intense battles unfold against ultra-powerful Sumeragi adepts (those with septimal powers) as Gunvolt fights to keep his nation free.”

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