Three Indie eShop Games That Deserve a Physical Release

Three Indie eShop Games That Deserve a Physical Release

Digital games are becoming more and more common, but many people still like to own a physical copy. Unfortunately, retail releases aren’t always made, especially when it comes to indie games. Here are three indie games available on the eShop that deserve a physical release.

Gunman Clive


The Gunman Clive games may be short, but they’re among the best platformers available for the 3DS and Wii U, with fast-paced sidescrolling action. Both Gunman Clive and Gunman Clive 2 are available separately on the 3DS eShop, and they were bundled together as the Gunman Clive HD Collection for the Wii U eShop. Why not take it a step further and release the bundled collection as a retail release?

Maybe if there’s ever a Gunman Clive 3…



Severed is a dungeon crawler, released first for the PlayStation Vita and then later for the Wii U, 3DS, and iOS devices.  Its touchscreen-based combat made these systems the natural choices. Severed stars Sasha, a one-armed warrior fighting her way through a strange world as she searches for her family. Its unique atmosphere and solid gameplay won it many fans who would love to own a physical copy.

While we’re at it, the developer’s previous game, Guacamelee!, is another eShop-only title that deserves a physical release.

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge


Another game we discussed as one of the best non-Mario platformers was Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, which will be released physically for the 3DS on October 18. The upcoming sequel, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, is also getting a retail release. And the first game in the series, Shantae, was a physical Game Boy Color game.

That leaves the second game, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, as the only game in the series unavailable physically. Like the rest of the series, it’s a solid platformer, and it would be nice to see a retail copy. Limited Run Games has announced an upcoming PlayStation 4 physical release of Risky’s Revenge, so maybe there’s hope for the same to happen for a Nintendo system.

In Conclusion

Gunman Clive, Severed, and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge are only three of the many fantastic indie games that remain eShop-only. What other indie eShop games would you most like to see get a physical release?

Samantha is a published horror and fantasy writer, a professional freelance writer, and a longtime gamer. As a result, writing about games is one of her favorite activities. She likes a wide range of genres, especially RPGs, survival horror, and visual novels. More information can be found at her website:

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