Nintendo eShop Spotlights Indies for September

Nintendo eShop Spotlights Indies for September

Nintendo's #Nindies Summer Jam takes the spotlight for the end of the season.

While Nintendo's independent developer program may not get as much shine as Sony or Microsoft, the company still provides a platform for indies on consoles. Ahead of PAX West, Nintendo has announced the #Nindies Summer Jam, highlighting the best of its upcoming slate.

Every Thursday in September, a new indie title will be released digitally in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U or 3DS. Every game will be 10 percent off for the first week of launch and each developer will have a curated eShop shelf of their favorite or related games.

"Our Nindie partners have been hard at work creating amazing content for Nintendo fans," said Nintendo of America publisher and developers relations' Damon Baker. "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 participating games can their release schedule is as follows:

September 1 - Axiom Verge by Thomas Happ Games (Wii U)

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.

Here's USgamer's review of the PlayStation 4 and Vita versions of the game.

September 8 - Jotun: Valhalla Edition by Thunder Lotus Games (Wii U)

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!

Here's USgamer's preview of the PC version of the game.

September 15 - Noitu Love: Devolution by MP2 Games (Wii U, 3DS)

Peacekeepers League" and everything is swell except that it's under attack by a robot army lead by professor Darnacus Damnation! Or is it... ?

September 22 - Severed by Drinkbox Studios (Wii U)

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. This title will be cross-buy on Wii U and 3DS, but the 3DS version does not have a release date yet.

Here's USgamer's review of the Vita version of the game.

September 30 - Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 by Inti Creates (3DS)

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.

Here's USgamer's review of the original Azure Striker Gunvolt!

The Nintendo NX may be on the horizon, but Nintendo wants fans to know it still has some great indie games coming until then. Here's a list of the indie games coming to Wii U and 3DS for the rest of this year.

Wii U

  • 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

  • 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

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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