Mobile Menu
 

 
 

#Nindies Get Ready to Jam In September And Beyond

The Wii U has been home to many indie games since the system came out. The 3DS has also been home to some cool indies too. But Nindies, as Nintendo indies have been nicknamed, are only getting started this year! Nintendo released a press release and a trailer today showing off Nindies that are coming next month through December. Its a very impressive list! We have Nintendo’s press release, the trailer, and my thoughts on the Nindies below.

Graphic_NindiesSummerJam

We have seen a lot of good indies on the Wii U and 3DS this year. We haven’t seen anything yet though! Take a look this press release from Nintendo. We will be seeing a lot of indies coming to the two systems from September-December:

“A New Independent Game Launches Every Week on Nintendo Platforms

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 25, 2016 – 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:Sept. 1
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.

Sept. 8
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!

Sept. 15
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.

Sept. 22
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.

Sept. 30
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.

Wii U

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 Games
Nintendo 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 Games
To find a full listing of games and game details, visit http://www.nintendo.com/games/nindies-summer-jam. “

 

Axiom Verge looks like a really exciting upcoming game. I wrote about here before. I also wrote about Jotun here. I think they are a perfect start to the September-December indie lineup. I’m also a huge fan of Steamworld Heist and I think it’ll be great on the Wii U. Stardew Valley, Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure , Severed, Shantae, Runbow Pocket, Hollow Knight, and Soul Axiom all look very interesting too! The whole Wii U/3DS Nindies lineup is impressive and it looks like there will be a game there for everyone. I also think the 10% discount for some games in September is an excellent idea. And I look forward to seeing the behind the scenes videos on the eshop!

But you all know this list is just the tip of the iceberg right? No list or video can fit all of the indie games that are coming to Wii U and 3DS! I mean, come on, where are Twisted Fusion, Y2K, and Worcle Worlds?! There are many other indies coming too. The Wii U and 3DS eshop lineup is always full of surprises. 2016 is a fantastic year for Wii U/3DS indies (and World to the West looks to continue the trend in 2017!)

Take a look this video Nintendo released for the Nindies Summer Jam:

What do you think of these upcoming Nindies? Are you looking forward to any of them? Also: is there any indie that you think should be on this list/video?

 

Article By

blank Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

Follow Daniel on:
Twitter: @df2506