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Red Art Games is giving Xeodrifter a physical release on Switch, Red Art Games has announced. Pre-orders open tomorrow on the company’s website starting 2 PM UTC.

Xeodrifter’s physical release is a simple edition with a sleeve. 2,800 units will be produced in total.


Thanks to AbdallahSmash026, we have a lengthy look at Xeodrifter on Switch. Watch an hour of gameplay in the video below.

Atooi has published a new trailer for Xeodrifter ahead of its February 15 launch on Switch. Take a look at the video below.

Xeodrifter is just a few weeks away from arriving on Switch. Atooi founder Jools Watsham has confirmed that in both North America and Europe, the game releases on February 15.

Here’s the news from Watsham’s Twitter page:

Xeodrifter is a Metroidvania that originally debuted at the end of 2014. It’s currently out on both 3DS and Wii U.


Xeodrifter, a Metroidvania game developed by Renegade Kid, is now on its way to Switch. Atooi tweeted out a photo today confirming the news.

The official tweet is below:

Atooi teased last week that the studio has three Switch games planned for 2018. Xeodrifter should be one of them.


Jools Watsham, co-founder of Renegade Kid and new mobile studio Atooi, recently wrote an article on Gamasutra discussing his decision to partake in the mobile gaming space, promoting his new game Totes the Goat, and why that game didn’t make it onto Nintendo platforms like previous titles he’s worked on.

He goes into great detail on what it’s like working in the environment, but the most notable is his description on why Nintendo didn’t make the cut for his new IP this time around:

“For many years I have been 100% dedicated to developing games for Nintendo handhelds. Sure, some of our games have also been ported to other platforms. But, they were all originally made for Nintendo platforms. Part of the reason for this when we started Renegade Kid was that it was a logistically sensible thing to do, considering my experience with the SNES and N64 prior to the release of the Nintendo DS. The other portion of my reasoning was my love for Nintendo, and my love for Nintendo handhelds. I love them, you see!”

“What has changed? Well, my love for Nintendo hasn’t changed. But, the market isn’t quite as healthy as it once was for us. I think it began with the launch of Moon Chronicles for the 3DS in May 2014, and was cemented with the release of Xeodrifter for the 3DS in December 2014. Naturally, everyone has their own opinion regarding creative works, so I accept that not everyone will agree with mine. From my perspective, Moon Chronicles and Xeodrifter are both great quality games that were released into a healthy market – a combination for success, right?”

“Neither game has sold very well, unfortunately. This is not based on my perception of what I think is a good number of units to sell. It is based on the revenue needed to fund a team of four with reasonable salaries and no office space overhead – basic return on investment (ROI). Sure, there are 100 reasons why these games may have not sold more, but the inescapable reality is that the tremendous effort required to create those games versus the reward did not add up in the end. It wasn’t for lack of trying on our part. It wasn’t for lack of support from Nintendo, either. It just didn’t work out.”

There are tons of fans for Xeodrifter, Moon Chronicles, and the newly released remake of Dementium: The Ward on 3DS, so it’s interesting to see that the sales just weren’t up to par to warrant another title coming to 3DS and/or Wii U this time around, given the marketing and word-of-mouth involved within the gaming space regarding Renegade Kid IP.

The installed base is undoubtedly much larger on mobile with virtually everyone having a phone with them, but with its oversaturation of banal titles, games like Totes the Goat and plenty of others that would benefit being on a dedicated gaming system with tangible buttons ultimately get buried until someone stumbles upon it through an ad in yet another unrelated disposable app.



Xeodrifter is coming to Wii U on July 30, Renegade Kid has announced. Studio co-founder Jools Watsham made the announcement during Nintendo World Rapport.

If you’ve previously purchased Xeodrifter on 3DS, the Wii U version will be free of charge. Cross-buy is also supported for new buyers of the game.

Update from Brian: Bumped to the top. A solution has been found, and Xeodrifter for Wii U will be available for free to those who previously purchased the game on 3DS.

Renegade Kid had originally planned on giving early adopters of Xeodrifter on 3DS a free download code for Wii U owners, however it seems that due to certain limitations, this may no longer be happening according to the co-founder and director of Renegade Kid, Jools Watsham.

It’s unfortunate to see this type of thing happen in the industry. Unfortunately, Jools cannot disclose exactly what’s going on and for what particular reason, but judging from the responses to these tweets, the fans are extremely supportive despite the unfortunate setback, and are still “double dipping” because of their love for the title. For those that don’t have Xeodrifter yet, however, you will get codes for both versions when you buy one as it will be a cross-buy title once the Wii U version releases.

Xeodrifter is currently available in the Nintendo eShop for 3DS, with the Wii U version arriving soon.

Nintendo World Report has captured 13 minutes of footage from Xeodrifter’s Wii U version. Check it out in the video below.

Last week, Renegade Kid said that it hopes to have Xeodrifter out in Europe on June 18. That date is now final. A listing for Xeodrifter on 3DS has gone up on the eShop, which comes with an official June 18 launch date. Xeodrifter will cost €8.99 in Europe.

Next up for Xeodrifter is the game’s Wii U version. It’s unclear when it’ll be coming to Nintendo’s console, but it should happen in the somewhat near future.


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