Knytt Underground, the curious game of subterranean exploration, will come to the Wii U eShop, courtesy of indie publisher Ripstone. Originally developed by Nicklas 'Nifflas' Nygren for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, Knytt Underground borrows and occasionally mocks the structure of games like Super Metroid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and other victims of their pervasive portmanteau.

Ripstone has also announced a downloadable Wii U version of Pure Chess, a classic game in which two dueling kings send out L-shaped horses and cylindrical rookies until a "gotcha" is declared. It's been a while.

Knytt Underground and Pure Chess will be available on the Wii U's eShop near "the end of 2013/start of 2014."
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RIPSTONE BRINGING PURE CHESS & KNYTT UNDERGROUND TO Wii U

Ripstone show their support for Nintendo eShop

13th August 2013: Indie publisher Ripstone are pleased to announce their support for Nintendo eShop, making the award-winning Pure Chess and critically acclaimed Knytt Underground available on Wii U towards the end of 2013/start of 2014.

Nintendo fans will have already seen the Nintendo Direct update last week which highlighted a plethora of indie games heading to the Nintendo eShop; check out the Europe and Australia Indie Spotlight Trailer here!

Phil Gaskell, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Ripstone enthuses: "We're committed to helping developers bring their games to as many digital channels as possible and this announcement demonstrates that commitment. We think Nintendo gamers are going to love spending hours exploring the world of Knytt Underground and will be blown away by the visual quality of Pure Chess, and we hope to announce more games for eShop in the future."

Pure Chess is being developed for both Wii U & Nintendo 3DS by the talented team at VooFoo Studios, and aims to reflect the beauty and depth of the widely respected game. Chess is one of the world's most played, popular and recognized games and to reflect this, Pure Chess was developed with the aid of a chess Grandmaster, the highest title a chess player can attain. The game aims to appeal to a wide audience with various tutorials to allow beginners to take part, improve their chess skills and become a Grandmaster in their own right.

Knytt Underground is the brainchild of Nicklas 'Nifflas' Nygren and is being developed for the Wii U platform by Mathias Kærlev; you can also vote for Knytt Underground on Steam Greenlight. The game puts you in the shoes of Mi – a mute, but extraordinary sprite; with an array of thrilling quests to complete, unique zen-like gameplay and plenty of dynamic characters to meet and guide you on your adventure; Knytt Underground delivers a captivating and unparalleled experience that will not disappoint.

Both Pure Chess and Knytt Underground are currently available on the PlayStation®Network for PS3 and PS Vita.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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