Nindies, or independent developers of Nintendo software, are bringing some of 2015’s biggest titles to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop today. From futuristic high-speed racing to Sci-Fi steampunk robot action to open world exploration, mining and adventure, there’s bound to be something worthwhile for fans.
First up is FAST Racing NEO, a Wii U racing game from German studio Shin’en Multimedia. And it’s one of the most anticipated indie games of the past two years among fans — dating all the way back to January 2014 when we interviewed their team. In our recent review, we gave due praise to the game’s ability to “deliver the studio’s trademark aesthetic polish while applying it to an otherwise fully-fledged package that racing fans will lap up.” If you’ve been waiting for FAST Racing NEO, sit down, buckle up, and prepare to be blown away as you pilot an all-star lineup of lighting-fast racing machines across plenty of scenic environments.
SteamWorld Heist (Nintendo 3DS)
Couldn’t get enough of 2013’s SteamWorld Dig from studio Image & Form? Fear not. SteamWorld Heist, also a turn-based strategy shooter, is at least ten times bigger than Dig. The developers promise the new entry will take players between 20 and 25 hours to complete.
Fans who purchase SteamWorld Heist on or before December 31, 2015 will receive an exclusive 3DS HOME Menu theme. If you’re waiting for a Wii U version of Heist, you’re in luck; be on the lookout in early 2016 when it blasts to Wii U, Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, and iOS.
We’re currently reviewing SteamWorld Heist so check back for our thoughts in a few days.
Terraria (Nintendo 3DS)
Grab your pick axe and prepare to explore the vast open world of Terraria on Nintendo 3DS. The premature listing for the game on Amazon last January eventually turned out to be true when developer Re-Logic Games confirmed the game for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS; however, the Wii U version will come at a later date.
In Terraria, players mine for resources, craft items, build, and fight enemies with guns, swords, bows, and even magic spells. The Nintendo 3DS touch-screen provides players with a convenient way to manage inventory and craft new items.
There’s plenty to look forward to in the eShop this week — ahead of next week’s final video presentation dedicated to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on December 15. If you plan on picking up any of these three titles today, be sure to let us know what you think about them.
In other news unrelated to nindies, it’s worth mentioning that Valhalla’s hack and slash shooter Devil’s Third is finally releasing in North America tomorrow, December 11. Europe and Japan received the title a few months back, in August.