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Nintendo Highlights Five Upcoming Wii U Indies

by Justin Mikos on Mar 04, 2015 at 08:20 AM

At Nintendo’s eShop Showcase, Nintendo recently highlighted the variety of indie games coming to the eShop this year. In addition to sharing five trailers for some of its most promising Wii U eShop games Nintendo also shared release date information for the games on both the Wii U and 3DS eShops.

Read on for some information about the five indies Nintendo featured, including Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Runbow, Swords & Soliders II, Affordable Space Adventures, and Never Alone. The release date information for both eShops is below the trailers.

Don’t Starve: Giant Edition

Don’t Starve: Giant Edition by Klei Entertainment will be arriving on the eShop sometime this Spring. The Giant Edition of the popular permadeath survival game features off-TV Gameplay and a new easy-to-access map. The Reign of the Giants DLC will be available at the launch of the Wii U version of the game.


Developed by 13AM Games, Runbow is a party game for up to 9 players. In addition to the main Run mode, a platforming challenge, the game also features six additional modes including an arena mode where players fight each other in a chaotic free-for-all, the Colourmaster mode where one player controls the colors and obstacles in the level, and a 30 minute endurance test called the Bowhemoth. The game promises to have hundreds of challenges, many achievements to shoot for, and tons of unlockable costumes for your runners.

Swords & Soldiers II

Swords & Soldiers II is a sequel to the popular 2D Strategy game that arrived on WiiWare in 2009. The Vikings, including their leader Redbeard, return from the original game and are challenging new factions including a demonic army. Players need to buy units, cast spells, and build structures to conquer the opposition on a 2D plane.

Affordable Space Adventures

Affordable Space Adventures tasks you to pilot a space ship in dangerous, 2.5D alien environments. You need to use the Gamepad to control all the systems of the ship to carefully avoid all of the hazards. The game features two difficulty levels, family friendly or extremely complex, and if you feel the challenge isn’t enough you can form a team of three to split up all of the work, which requires intense coordination.

Never Alone

Never Alone tells the story of Nuna and Fox as they journey to save their people from a mysterious eternal blizzard. Never Alone is a puzzle platformer and features co-op play. In addition to the 30 minutes of documentary footage that was included in the original game, the Wii U version features new Contextual Insights that appear on the Gamepad as well as Off-TV Play and 40 unlockable Miiverse Stamps.

Below is the Wii U and 3DS eShop release date information for 2015 organized by the developer, game, and release date.

Wii U

13AM Games Runbow Q3 2015

Ackk Studios LLC Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut August

BeautiFun Games Nihilumbra Spring

Bedtime Digital Games Back to Bed May

Breakfall STARWHAL Q2 2015

Curve Digital NOVA-111 Summer

Curve Digital OlliOlli March 5

Curve Digital The Swindle Summer

Curve Digital Ultratron May

Choice Provisions Woah Dave! Q2 2015

Choice Provisions Shutshimi Q2 2015

Digerati Distribution Slain! Q3 2015

Disparity Games Ninja Pizza Girl June

Flippfly LLC RACE THE SUN Q2 2015

Frogmind BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition Q2 2015

Frozenbyte Trine Enchanted Edition March 12

Hoplite Research, LLC Space Hulk May 2

James Montagna Dot Arcade March

Juicy Beast Studio Toto Temple Deluxe Q2 2015

KnapNok Games Affordable Space Adventures April 9

Klei Entertainment Don’t Starve: Giant Edition Spring

Mixed Bag forma.8 Q3 2015

Nintendo Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars March 5

Nintendo Art Academy 2015

PlayEveryWare Elliot Quest March

Prismatic Games Hex Heroes Q3 2015

Renegade Kid Mutant Mudds Super Challenge Q2 2015

Ronimo Games Swords & Soldiers II May

Saturnine Games Antipole DX Q3 2015

Super Icon Life of Pixel Q2 2015

THREAKS Beatbuddy Q2 2015

Tic Toc Studios Adventures of Pip May

Turtle Cream 6180 the moon Q2 2015

Robot Invader/Unity Games Windup Knight 2 April

Upper One Games Never Alone June

Wayforward Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut Q3 2015

Young Horses, Inc. Octodad: Dadliest Catch Summer

Nintendo 3DS

Big John Games Cube Creator 3D Q2 2015

Big John Games Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails Q2 2015

Curve Digital OlliOlli March 5

Choice Provisions Shutshimi Q2 2015

Engine Software Proun+ March 5

Image & Form SteamWorld Heist August

Nintendo Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars March 5

HAL Laboratory, Inc. BOXBOY! Spring

Renegade Kid Dementium: The Ward Q2 2015

Renegade Kid Mutant Mudds Super Challenge Q2 2015

Saturnine Games Antipole DX Q3 2015

Wayforward Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut Q3 2015