If you’ve played some of the great indie games that have already made it to Nintendo’s eShop, like Terry Cavanagh’s VVVVVV for example, then you’ll know that while big developers are frequently releasing games that are more than a little by-the-numbers, indies are making crazy, super-fun games that go beyond what you’d usually find on store shelves. So let’s take a look at three titles that would make for a great addition to the eShop.
While it does reside on both PC (for free) and as an updated version for XBLA, seeing this rogue-like platformer (randomised levels and death meaning a full restart of the game) on the eShop would be great. Think Indiana Jones meets Megaman. It’s difficult, you can play it in short blasts whether you’re on the train or between Partypoker sessions, and it’s got great art regardless of whether you’re playing the original or the updated version, and it’s got considerable replay value.
If you like bullethell shooters, there’s something to be said for a Western-meets-steampunk shooter with huge bosses, crazy power-ups and awesome pixel art, then Jamestown is the game for you. This is the sort of game you’re going to have to focus on to quite a high degree, but it’s worth it when you start laying down some fire and progressing through the game – especially with 4-player co-op!
With two analogue sticks and a stylus, it’s pretty obvious that we need this game on the 3DS. The problem with the XBLA port is that the game simply needs a mouse, or some means of pointing and clicking. The stylus can pull this off pretty well, and is very accurate for when it comes to placing the various blocks that’ll make up your Doom Fortress.