SteamWorld Dig coming to Wii U

Mining platformer making the jump to Nintendo's console this autumn

The well-received SteamWorld Dig is planned for release on Wii U this autumn.

A mining platformer developed by Swedish indie studio Image & Form, it stars a character called Rusty who inherits a mine from his uncle and travels to a small western town called Tumbleton to claim it.


The gameplay consists of exploring Tumbleton's mines, uncovering its secrets and gathering resources and ores.

Originally released on 3DS eShop last August, the game made its way to PC, Mac and Linux in December, and to PS4 and Vita in March 2014.

Image & Form announced the Wii U version in a blog post: "We're aiming for a fall 2014 release and are overjoyed by the fact that we'll soon have our very first release on a Nintendo home console. It may relate to the fact that most of us at Image & Form have been major Nintendo fans since childhood.

"Wii U is a powerhouse, which is extremely cool. The Wii U GamePad and Miiverse are fun to explore but we've yet to decide on how we'll utilize them. Anyway we're certain that SteamWorld Dig is perfect for Wii U."

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CVG sister publication Official Nintendo Magazine described SteamWorld Dig as a "western-themed robo-steampunk Minecrafting Metroidvania".

ONM's 90% review said: "In the story's lean six hours (procedurally generated caverns mean you can squeeze out multiple playthroughs) we ran the gamut of a full-length Metroidvania, from scared child, to seasoned explorer to demigod.

"That Dig manages this while introducing whole new twists on the genre in the meantime is perhaps its most beautiful feature of all."