Retail versions of digital indie games on the Wii U will release under the new Nintendo eShop Selects line starting in Europe on Sept. 30, the company announced on Tuesday.
The first two games part of the eShop Selects will be SteamWorld Collection and Fast Racing NEO, with both being made available on disc.
SteamWorld Collection combines two games in the franchise by Swedish developer Image & Form, SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt (2013) and SteamWorld Heist (2015). Downloadable content for SteamWorld Heist called The Outsider will also be included in the package. The Outsider includes a new playable ally, extra missions, weapons and gear.
Fast Racing NEO from the German studio Shin’en Multimedia will also see a retail release under Nintendo Selects. The disc version of Fast Racing NEO will come with the base game and downloadable content called the Neo Future Pack also launching on Sept 30. The DLC adds eight more race tracks, 10 vehicles and new music to the game. Fast Racing NEO is a futuristic, high-speed racer that includes various game modes and online multiplayer. Fast Racing NEO retails for $14.99 on the Wii U eShop.
Rising Star Games will be publishing SteamWorld Collection in North America. The company has put out many other independent games, with recent releases like Lumo this year, La-Mulana EX (2015) for PlayStation Vita and Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut (2013) for PlayStation 3 and PC.
Prices for both retail versions weren’t confirmed, although each will cost $49.95 AUD. Nintendo of Europe will be publishing both games in those regions. The eShop Selects will also launch in Australia and New Zealand on Oct. 1, with countries like Italy getting the releases on Oct. 28. North American release dates for each title also weren’t confirmed or announced by Nintendo but SteamWorld Collection is being published by a third party.
SteamWorld Heist, the sequel to SteamWorld Dig, first released for the 3DS last December. Heist is a tactical, turn-based strategy game with a pirate crew set in space. The Wii U version is scheduled to launch on Sept. 30, with the game already ported to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Vita last month. SteamWorld Heist retails for $19.99 while The Outsider add-on is a separate $4.99 download. SteamWorld Dig is a mining platformer set in the wild west that can be downloaded for $9.99.
This will be the first time that games from the eShop and releases from independent developers will be added to Nintendo Selects. The budget Selects line already exists for some of Nintendo’s most popular first and third-party games on the Wii U, 3DS and Wii, discounting their prices down to $19.99. Some of the games include Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (2011) and Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010).
Watch the trailer for SteamWorld Heist: