Nintendo is continuing its Nindie program by seeking out independent developers and getting their games onto Nintendo 3DS. This month, they’re launching the Nindie Summer Jam, and will be releasing one new to 3DS indie game every week.
The Summer Jam starts today with the 3DS debut of Axiom Verge. Debuting in May of 2015, Axiom Verge is a Metroidvania that is clearly inspired by the genre’s NES roots. A hit with critics around the web, the game has stylish weapons and a great synth soundtrack. If you haven’t picked up the stylish action game on Steam, Vita, or home consoles yet, you can grab it on Wii U for $20 right now.
Next week, Jotun: Valhalla Edition comes to Wii U. This hand-drawn action-exploration game stars a dead Viking warrior who must impress the gods he once worshiped in order to earn his way into Valhalla. This version of the game is an improved version of the original Steam release, and will also be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Next up, Noitu Love: Devolution launches on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on September 15th. The game is a 2D beat ’em up that was originally released on Steam and other PC platforms back in 2008. The game’s unique mouse based controls have been transcribed over to Nintendo’s touch screens, and everything else about the game appears to remain intact.
On August 22nd, Severed finds its way to Wii U after its impressive debut on the PlayStation Vita. Our own Jeff Parnell scored the game a 9/10, stating that it presented “a grim tale of grief and vengeance that offers deceptively deep combat”. The must-own Vita title will surely be just as well received on Nintendo’s home platform later this month.
Finally, in the last week of September, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 will debut on Nintendo 3DS. Developed by Inti Creates and published by Yacht Club Games, Gunvolt 2 continues the Mega Man Zero-esque adventures of Gunvolt on its original platform of choice. Shovel Knight will also be joining in on the fun as a guest character, so fans of retro action will surely want to mark their calendars for this one!
If you want to play all these titles, you may be in luck. Nintendo will be running a Twitter contest during the Summer Jam event that will allow one lucky winner to get all five new Nindies, as well as curate a section of the eShop all their own.