While it’s true that this fall may be a bit light on game releases for the 3DS and especially the Wii U (Paper Mario: Color Splash being the only first party game left for the remainder of the year), some of that emptiness will be filled with indie games, or Nindies as Nintendo likes to call them. For the month of September there will be a featured Nindie game every week. The week of launch these games will be 10% off normal eShop prices.
Some of the games, like Axiom Verge, have previously appeared on other consoles. However, very often they may have little improvements and extra features, like off-TV play or a persistent map. All told there will are 16 Nindie games scheduled to release this year on the Wii U and 8 on the 3DS.
As Nintendo prepares to show off a number of cool indie games at PAX West in Seattle, the video game maker is making sure that game lovers all across the country can get in on the action from afar: The esteemed “Nindie” community has come together to put the spotlight on independent games in Nintendo eShop on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Every Thursday in September, a new digital release will hit Nintendo eShop for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS or both at an introductory pricing promotion of 10 percent off during the first week of launch. Additionally, the featured developers will share video stories about their projects’ development in Nintendo eShop. The featured developers will also curate a shelf in Nintendo eShop highlighting some of their favorite games.
“Our Nindie partners have been hard at work creating amazing content for Nintendo fans,” said Damon Baker of Nintendo of America’s Publisher and Developer Relations. “The #Nindies Summer Jam promotion not only makes it easy for fans to check out all the latest and greatest indie games on Nintendo eShop, but to also learn more about the developers that have worked so hard to create them.”
The release schedule is as follows:
Axiom Verge from Thomas Happ Games – In this retro-style action-platform-exploration game, use the Wii U GamePad as your map, a way to easily swap between weapons or for Off-TV Play. A failed scientist dies in an accident, only to awaken in a mysterious, alien world. Where is he? How did he get here? And why do the fundamental laws of reality appear broken? Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It’s a thin line. It’s Axiom Verge. Available on Wii U.
Jotun: Valhalla Edition from Thunder Lotus Games – Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. In Jotun, you play Thora, a Norse warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Jotun: Valhalla Edition features Valhalla Mode, a boss rush mode with even fiercer versions of the already challenging jotun. Exclusive to the Wii U version, the map is always displayed on the GamePad and God Powers can be activated using the touch screen. The game launches on Wii U first, and its GamePad features make this the definitive version. Impress the Gods!
Noitu Love: Devolution from MP2 Games – The year is 2288. The city is protected by an organization called “The Peacekeepers League” and everything is swell except that it’s under attack by a robot army lead by professor Darnacus Damnation! Or is it… ? Available on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS with intuitive, touch-screen controlled gameplay.
Severed from Drinkbox Studios – Take control of a one-armed warrior named Sasha, who wields a living sword on her journey through a nightmare world in search of her family. Available on Wii U. Features include: Cross-Buy between Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Wii U Off-TV Play, in-game Achievements, HD graphical optimizations.
Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 from INTI CREATES – Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 is a 2D action-platforming game in the style of the Japanese classics of yesteryear. The great controls, crisp graphics, unique play mechanics and epic boss battles from the first installment are all here, along with a host of new features. Available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.
Check out all of these games, as well as a variety of Nindie games for the rest of the year and beyond in the list below or in the #Nindies Summer Jam Sizzle Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-IM7S4ByvM.
Available Game Developer Sept. 1 Axiom Verge Thomas Happ Games Sept. 8 Jotun: Valhalla Edition Thunder Lotus Games Sept. 15 Noitu Love: Devolution MP2 Games Sept. 22 Severed Drinkbox Studios Sept. 30 SteamWorld Heist Image & Form September FAST Racing Neo – Neo Future Pack Shin’en September Zarvot SnowHydra Games September DubWars WOBBL3 Entertainment October Ectoplaza Syndicate Atomic October Soul Axiom Wales Interactive October Antipole DX Saturnine Games October Rocket Fist DanielSnd October Shantae Half-Genie Hero WayForward/XSEED December forma.8 MixedBag December Hollow Knight Team Cherry December Stardew Valley Chucklefish Games Q1 World to the West Rain GamesNintendo 3DS
Available Game Developer Sept. 15 Noitu Love: Devolution MP2 Games Summer Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure Mastiff Sept. 29 Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 INTI CREATES October Antipole DX Saturnine Games October Punch Club tiny Build Games December forma.8 MixedBag Fall Severed Drinkbox Studios Q4 Runbow Pocket 13AM GamesTo find a full listing of games and game details, visit http://www.nintendo.com/games/nindies-summer-jam.