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Axiom Verge Announced For Wii U

One of the standout Indie games released for the PS4 last year was Axiom Verge. It’s a sci-fi 2D sidescrolling adventure game that borrows heavily from the Metroid playbook. I played quite a bit of the game on the PS4 and thought it was pretty well designed, especially when you consider that a single person created the entire game. I’m excited to hear that the game is making its way to the Wii U and I hope the Game Pad can be utilized for a map or inventory management and off-screen play. No word on a release window just yet, but I wouldn’t expect it until the end of the year.

Tom Happ announced today that he will be bringing his critically acclaimed game, Axiom Verge, to Xbox One and Nintendo eShop on Wii U later this year.

Axiom Verge is a retro-style action-platform-exploration game done in a 16-bit style and was heavily influenced by games like Metroid, Contra, Blaster Master, and other classics, but with very modern design sensibilities. It also gives you power over glitches like those found in classic games, allowing you to scramble enemies, corrupt environments, and enter hidden areas as you explore this hostile alien world and uncover your role within it.

The entire game (programming, design, art, animations, music) was created by one person, Tom Happ, during evenings and weekends over the course of 5 years. Previously released on PS4 and Steam, it has received more than 24 independent review scores of 9/10 or higher and won multiple game of the year awards.

Axiom Verge Features:

  • Over 40 weapons and tools
  • Almost 100 upgrades
  • Over 80 creatures
  • Almost 1000 rooms
  • 6 supported languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese

Media quotes and recognition:

  • Nominee, Indie Game of the Year, The Game Awards 2015

  • Winner, Hardcore Gamer Best of 2015

  • Winner, PlayStation Blog Editor’s Choice

  • Winner, Destructoid’s Best of PAX East 2015

  • Winner, GameSpot’s Best of E3 2014

  • GameSpot’s Best Game Made By One Person Special Achievement Award

  • Giant Bomb’s Editor’s Top Games of 2015: Jeff Gerstmann’s #3 Game of 2015, Dan Ryckert’s #4

  • Jeremy Parish, US Gamer – 5/5 “Simply one of the best games I’ve played in years” (from Axiom Verge PS4 Review: Play It Again, Sam)

  • Jeff Gerstmann, Giant Bomb – 5/5 “Axiom Verge is positively terrific.” (from Axiom Verge Review)

  • – “Breathtaking… This work of love is one of 2015’s best yet” (from PS4 Review: Axiom Verge)

  • The Huffington Post – Indie Hit ‘Axiom Verge’ Shows How One Person Can Take On Video Game Giants

  • – Axiom Verge Feels Like a Brand New Metroid on PS4: An Indie Developer Picks up Where Nintendo Left Off

  • More than 24 independent review scores of 9/10 or higher

Here’s the launch trailer for Axiom Verge on the PS4. We are awaiting footage from the Wii U version, but expect it to look nearly identical.

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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