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Nintendo highlights new eShop indie games headed to Wii U, 3DS

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While Nintendo's systems may be experiencing a bit of a lull in terms of 3rd party releases, the company today proudly touted their upcoming indie release schedule for the Wii U and 3DS.

Some of the highlights include Retro City Rampage: DX for the Nintendo 3DS (which launches tomorrow) and then Siesta Fiesta and Moon Chronicles in March, and Treasurenauts in May.

On the Wii U end of things, Wooden Sen’SeY is scheduled to hit the eShop this month too. Shovel Knight is set for a March 31st Wii U and 3DS release followed by 1001 Spikes for both in Q1 2014.

Take a look at a few screens and additional info including the upcoming list of eShop releases.

3DS/Wii U indie titles:

There are a number of additional games scheduled to launch on both platforms too, so read on.

With each week, Nintendo continues to grow the number of fantastic digital titles available on the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Talented independent developers are showcasing their creativity through upcoming releases, representing a variety of styles and genres, and might even be inventing a few new ones along the way. Key upcoming releases include:

For Nintendo 3DS

Retro City Rampage: DX (VBlank Entertainment Inc.) – release date: Feb. 6

  • Jump into the 8-bit open-world. Steal cars and outrun the law while jumping on pedestrians for coins and collecting power-ups. Retro City Rampage: DX fuses modern with retro, in a celebration and send-up of the ’80s and ’90s. It features a full Story Mode of open-world missions, along with Arcade Challenges for quick pick-up-and-play action. If free roaming’s your thing, the interactive city full of shops, mini-games, customizations, collectibles and special guest stars should keep you busy too. This definitive version of the game on Nintendo 3DS includes content not found on other platforms.

Siesta Fiesta (Mojo Bones) – target release: March

  • Mojo Bones is proud to present Siesta Fiesta: a colorful blend of block-breaker, pinball and side-scroller. Join the snoozing Siesta – and the fun-loving Fiestas – on this one-of-a-kind adventure across Fiestaville’s eight fun-filled regions, each with its own wacky contraptions and power-ups to interact with. Bounce, boost and rebound your way through frantic time trials, exciting Piñata bosses, a multitude of game mechanics and the madness that is Fiesta mode. Siesta Fiesta lands on the Nintendo 3DS eShop this March.

Moon Chronicles (Renegade Kid LLC.) – target release: March

  • Experience Renegade Kid’s award-winning first-person shooter remastered in glorious 3D. Rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of Nintendo 3DS, Moon Chronicles delivers an atmospheric first-person sci-fi adventure with enhanced graphics and intuitive touch-screen controls for a truly immersive experience. Join Major Kane on a mysterious mission to Earth’s moon to investigate a unique hatch of unknown origin. Moon Chronicles is the first Nintendo 3DS title to be launched with episodic content. With each new episode, players are brought one step closer to understanding the secrets that lie beneath the surface of the moon.

Treasurenauts (Renegade Kid LLC.) – target release: May

  • The famous Treasurenauts have been marooned on a perilous, uncharted island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – courtesy of Bad Pirate Pete. His terms for escape are simple: Collect $1 million worth of treasure before he returns to the island, and offer it as payment for passage back to the mainland. Littered with fiendish foes, creepy crawlies and treacherous traps, exploring the many mysterious labyrinths found on the island is a challenge that only the most skilled and fearless Treasurenauts can handle. Even having the choice of equipping a sword, a gun or bombs will only help so much. Enjoy playing Treasurenauts as a single-player adventure or team up with a friend for a cooperative multiplayer expedition via Download Play. Many secrets are to be found on this rambunctious romp, bestowing you with bounties of treasure, extraordinary new abilities and much more.

For Wii U

Wooden Sen’SeY (Publisher: Neko Entertainment; developer: Upper Byte Studio) – target release: February

  • Wooden Sen’SeY is an action-platformer set in a unique “Japan Steam Rock” universe with tons of humor, varied game play and attitude to spare. You follow Goro, a village chief, as he seeks revenge through a variety of levels. He will defeat his enemies using his axes to slice, dice, squash and grapple. The game features nine original environments, each with its own original music and unique game mechanics. As one of the first Wii U digital titles to be developed with the Unity engine, this game features off-TV game play and integrated motion controls using the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers.

For Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games) – release date: March 31

  • Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome game play, memorable characters and an 8-bit retro aesthetic. It’s a hot mashup of new and old. You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this land with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and quest for his lost beloved. He wields a ShovelBlade: a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of “Shovelry”: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly! The Wii U version of the game features off-TV play and Miiverse integration, while the Nintendo 3DS version uses StreetPass for a unique versus mode sure to be a hit with fans.

1001 Spikes (Nicalis) – target release: Q1

  • Discover the lost treasures of Ukampa in South America as Aban Hawkins goes to look for his estranged father, world-famous archaeologist Jim Hawkins, who mysteriously disappeared while exploring the ruins. Aban Hawkins races into the frozen tundra of the Antarctic, undiscovered temple ruins and the vast caverns of South America in search of his father and the legendary treasure rumored to lie behind the Golden Door of Poko-Mum. In this classic 8-bit style platformer, Aban has 1,001 lives to complete the 100+ levels filled with devious traps and dangers that will test the limits of his skills, reflexes and patience. The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game will both feature one- to four-player simultaneous game play, cooperative multiplayer and unlockable characters.

Below is just a taste of some additional current and upcoming Nintendo eShop games from independent developers. More games are added every week. Note that game titles and launch timing are subject to change.

Nintendo eShop for Wii U
TitlePublisherAvailable
UnepicEnjoyUp GamesNow
Knytt UndergroundRipstoneNow
CastleStormZen StudiosNow
Ittle DewLudosity ABFebruary/March
Ballpoint UniverseArachnid GamesMarch 18
ArmilloFuzzy Wuzzy GamesMarch 24
NihilumbraBeautifun GamesMarch
Scram Kitty and His Buddy on RailsDakko Dakko Ltd.March
Squids OdysseyThe Game BakersMarch
Monkey PiratesHenchmen StudioQ1
TeslagradRain GamesMarch/April
QUBE Director’s CutToxic GamesApril
Assault Android CactusWitch Beam GamesQ2
Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS
TitlePublisherAvailable
Jett Rocket 2Shinen MultimediaNow
EDGETwo Tribes PublishingNow
Shantae and the Pirate’s CurseWayForward TechnologiesQ1


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