Indie developer Elden Pixels has confirmed Alwa's Awakening, the 8-bit-style platformer that combines NES-era looks with modern mechanics, will be heading to Nintendo Switch in time for the summer. Originally unveiled in 2015, the throwback was initially slated for Wii U before the arrival of Ninty's new hybrid hardware shifted the studio's focus to a new platform (as well as releasing its soundtrack on a NES cartridge).

You'll be able to explore a large interconnected map in true ‘Metroidvania’ style, with plenty of upgrades to unlock and items/abilities to find. With an optional Assist mode (offering quick respawns and the option to turn item locations on and off) and a completely new 8-bit soundtrack with over 25 new original tracks to listen to while you're at it, this new and improved version sounds like a moreish mixture of new and old.

With a price tag of $9.99 / €9.99 attached, be sure to add this little retro gem to your radar in the coming months. Check out the trailer above and share your thoughts on this incoming addition to the Switch eShop...