Back in 2015 we reported on the development of a NES-style platform adventure by the name of Alwa's Awakening, a faux-retro homage to the likes of Battle of Olympus and Solstice.

The game is now available on Steam, and to mark this occasion the developers have announced a special collector's edition which comes with the complete soundtrack - on a NES cartridge.

Sadly, it seems that plans to bring the game to the Wii U eShop have now been abandoned, and at the moment the team behind Alwa's Awakening aren't looking to port it to any other formats - although they're not ruling anything out in the future and think it would be "awesome" to see the game on consoles.


Here's the PR:

8-bit Soundtrack from Alwa's Awakening on a NES cartridge!

Alwa's Awakening is a retro style indie game that draws inspiration heavily from old NES-games such as Faxanadu and Battle and Olympus. Everything from the graphics, music and sound effects is made to authentically sound and look like a NES game, down to the limited color palette.

The Steam game will be released on Steam for PC, Mac and Linux on February 2. Coming later this spring is the Collector's Edition which will feature a NES cartridge with all 25 tracks from the game and a few more goodies.

Alwa's Awakening Collector's Edition

+ Comes on a black NES cartridge
+ 24 original chipmusic tracks composed by Robert Kreese
+ Features one guest track by Prof. Sakamoto
+ Works both on NTSC and PAL machines
+ Change track, pause and navigate using a NES controller
+ A 30 page full-color manual
+ Comes with a digital Steam code to Alwa's Awakening

The soundtrack is available right now on YouTube and a Spotify release will follow later.

Use your magic staff and progress through a large interconnected world where you'll solve puzzles, fight enemies and defeat bosses in order to help free the land of Alwa. Explore and uncover the secrets by using your platforming skills in this challenging and charming 8-bit adventure game.

Alwa's Awakening is a game that tries to stay as close as possible to the authentic 8-bit look with sweet pixel art, a soundtrack filled with catchy chiptunes and so much charm it'll bring you right back to the NES era. With easy to understand controls the game is easy to learn but tough to master, just like how games were in the old days!

We've played a bit of the game on Steam and think it's rather brilliant, so hopefully we'll see a Switch port at some point in the future - this is a game that feels like it belongs on Nintendo hardware.