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Indies target Nintendo consoles in September with 'Axiom Verge' and much more

Nindies Summer Jam
Nintendo has a slate of independently produced games launching for the Wii U next month — including acclaimed titles like Axiom Verge, Severed, and Noitu Love: Devolution — as part of its Nindies Summer Jam event.

Nintendo 3DS owners can also look forward to a collection of indie games premiering over the next several months from developers such as Tiny Build Games, Drinkbox Studios, and Inti Creates.

The Nindies Summer Jam kicks off on September 1 with the digital Wii U launch of Axiom Verge. Released for PCs and PlayStation platforms in 2015, Axiom Verge is an exploration-driven platformer that channels Nintendo’s Metroid series, making it a solid fit for the Wii U’s eShop.

Thunder Lotus Games’ Jotun: Valhalla Edition will deliver Norse mythology-inspired action to the Wii U on September 8, while September 15 marks the multiplatform launch of Konjak’s run-and-gun shooter Noitu Love: Devolution for the Wii U and 3DS.

Guacamelee! creator Drinkbox Studios will return to the Wii U eShop on September 22 with a port of Severed, a unique, gesture-driven dungeon crawler. Severed is also due for a 3DS release this fall, though a firm release date for the upcoming portable edition has not yet been announced.

Mega Man 9 developer Inti Creates will bring the Nindies Summer Jam event to a close September 29 with Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, a side-scrolling platformer in which players manipulate electrical fields to take down their enemy targets. Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 will also hit retail on October 9 as part of the series-spanning cartridge compilation Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack.

Nintendo’s Wii U indie release schedule will continue through the end of the year, with WayForward’s Shantae: Half-Genie Hero launching in October and Stardew Valley premiering in December. Upcoming 3DS indies include highlights like Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure, Forma.8, and Punch Club.

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