For those of you unfamiliar with it, the Humble Bundle is a project where independent game manufacturers will agree to sell their products at a ridiculously low price. How low? You literally name your own price. It can be anything from $1 to as much as you want. Traditionally, the Humble Bundle has been limited to PC game producers, but that’s changing.
As most of you know, the vast majority of games for Nintendo products are first-party games from Nintendo itself. As you also probably know, third-party developers have been fleeing the Wii U and the 3DS en masse. In some cases it’s a good thing (I don’t miss the shovelware products that some fly-by-night publishers inflicted on the Wii one bit). On the other hand, it’s a crying shame that a lot of the big publishers like EA and Ubisoft, are abandoning the platform–even after titles like EA Sports Active and My Fitness Coach made them tons of money from us.
The great news is that there are still independent developers making some really great stuff. These developers don’t have the marketing muscle to come up with snazzy packaging, TV commercials, or mass market distribution. But some of their games are really amazing.
Which is why I’m excited to see the Humble Bundle working with Nintendo eShop. Instead of purchasing downloadable software, you purchase game codes that can be redeemed on the eShop.
The games (which you can get for as little as $1 for all of them) include:
Guacamelee for Wii U: An action, side-scrolling platforming game, inspired by Mexican culture and folklore, where you control “Juan” as he rescules El Presidente’s daughter. Think of it as a Mexican, slightly more adult version of Mario. It was rated 9.1 from IGH.
Woah Dave for 3DS: This is a game that’s fashioned like a classic arcade game. The graphics are in old 8-bit style but as most of us fans of ancient arcade games can attest, that only works to help you focus on the gameplay itself, which is a load of fun.
Mighty Switch Force for 3DS: This is a puzzle, side-scrolling platformer in a style slightly reminiscent of Mario where you control “Patricia Wagon” as she jumps and shoots her way to capturing a group of escaped convicts. IGN gave this an 8.0.
If you pay more than $10, you’ll unlock two more games
Stealth Inc 2 for Wii U: Another side-scrolling platformer where you control a goggle-wearing clone and use different types of equipment to solve puzzles and unlock new areas. This was native for the Wii U and uses the GamePad in new and innovative way, something I can’t say for too many other publisher, indie or not.
SteamWorld Dig for BOTH Wii U and 3DS: This is an action-adventure platforming game where you control “Rusty” the miner to investigate mines under an old Western town. It got a 9.5 out of 10 from IGN.
And if you pay more than the average price people are paying (currently $9.20), you’ll unlock:
The Fall for Wii U: Another side scrolling game which got its start on Kickstarter. It contains both puzzle and action elements.
OlliOlli for BOTH Wii U and 3DS: A 2-D side-scrolling skateboarding game that mimics real physics as you attempt to perform and land tricks.
Moon Chronicles for 3DS: A first-person shooter game for the 3DS spread out over four episodes. You get episode 1 here.
More “mystery” games to be announced this coming week.
While most of these games are also able to be purchase on other platforms and mobile devices, I prefer to play games like these on my Wii U and 3DS consoles, where you enjoy bigger screen action and more familar control with the Wii U than you get on a PC and 3D action and better controls with the 3DS than you get on a telephone screen.
Bought individually, these games would go for over $80. But with this deal, you can get most of the game for under $10 and ALL of the games at $10.
And the best thing about it? Your purchase not only helps bring awareness to these great indie games, you can also choose whether your money goes to the developers or Code.org, a non-profit that helps expand the knowledge of computer science and coding to schools and especially to underrepresented populations.
Convinced or want to learn more? Check out the Nintendo Humble Bundle here.