The Evercade has been talked about a lot lately on the internet but exactly what is the Evercade? Just to recap the Evercade is a new cartridge based handheld system and the system is releasing with some of our favorite retro games of our childhood but for me, it has been lacking something. Personally, on a new cartridge based system like the Evercade I would love to see new indie platformer games that never seen a physical release get the much-needed respect they deserve and the makers of Evercade have listened but let’s take a look at Ten Indie Platformer Games That Should Be On The Evercade.

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I Do Love A Good Platformer!

There are so many good new digital platformer games that never seen a physical release and they deserve to. Platformers are games in my opinion that never age and still hold up well today. Companies like Limited Run Games and Strictly Limited are starting to give these games the respect they deserve but image these platformer games make it on a tradition cartridge. The Evercade has an opportunity to release these games on the physical media they belong on and they have listened but we will get into that on another post but for now, let’s stop babbling.

Alwa’s Awakening

Alwa’s Awakening is a Platformer from Elden Pixels that release last year that I purchase on Steam but never got around to playing and now that I have it was a big mistake. At first, the game just didn’t touch base with me because the games background music I found to be a little dull but after playing for a few minutes and progressing through the game I instantly had a change of heart. I don’t want to go too far into detail until I write a full review but Alwa’s Awakening takes the main character Zoe on a Journey through the land of Alwa to solve puzzles, defeat enemies that threaten the land and set it free. There are many secrets to uncover and many challenges to overcome in this charming 8-bit adventure platformer that I believe needs a physical release on the Evercade.

Micro Mages

Micro Mages

Micro Mages is a game that I backed on Kickstarter and I love seeing new platformers or new retro games that release for the original retro gaming consoles. Micro Mages from Morphcat Games is an homage to the NES-Era platformer where you can play solo or with 3 other players for a total of four simultaneously. The players can choose to go head to head to see who can get the better score of work together to overcome challenging levels. Now even though you had the option of getting a physical NES cart when you backed the kickstarter I would love to see a release on the Evercade and makes its way on to a handheld console. Full review and video soon on the We Deem Channel!

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy

By now most gamers have heard of Super Meat boy and know it to be extremely difficult but for some reason found themselves having a hard time putting the game down. Now for me, this isn’t the case because no matter how much I have wanted to play the game I just haven’t pick-up a copy yet, I know sad and I have to get on that! Super Meat boy was designed by Edmund Mcmillen and Tommy Refenes. The game was developed by “Team Meat” and it is the successor to Meat Boy. In this great platformer, you control Meat Boy which is a red shaped, well cube of meat and you attempt to rescue your girlfriend Bandage Girl from Dr. Fetus (lol). You must run, jump and time your moves just right to avoid sudden death from over 300 hazardous levels. Now this game has seen physical releases but on a physical cartridge and It definitely belongs on the Evercade.


Here is a platformer that definitely deserves to be in physical form, Celeste a charming platformer where you play as Madeline and must survive your journey to the top of Celeste Mountain. You have to use your special ability to avoid and overcome obstacles while defeating the many enemies that try to get in your way. Honestly, the challenges and obstacles kind of remind me of Super Meat Boy! The Celeste game deserves a physical release and what better than a handheld like the Evercade.

Shovel Knight

Now I know Shovel Knight has seen a physical copy on most platforms but I would love to see it get a physical release on a smaller handheld like the Evercade… Either way Shovel Knight is a 2D side-scrolling platformer developed by Yacht Club Games, it was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3ds and Wii U in June 2014. Later the game has seen releases on all other platforms in 2015 and the Nintendo Switch in 2017. As the Shovel Knight, you collect treasure and fight against the Order of No Quarter. The game has a beautiful 8-bit pixel graphics and a great 8-bit soundtrack that brings back so many NES memories from my childhood!

The Messenger

The Messenger, an action-platformer developed by Sabotage Studio and published by Devlover Digital. The game is a side-scrolling platformer which obviously is inspired by the classic Ninja Gaiden series but in this game, you control a ninja known as well “The Messenger” and go on a quest to deliver a scroll. The game at first comes off as a linear level-based adventure split into two eras, the past which is in an 8-bit graphic style and then the future which uses a 16-bit approach. The Messenger Game has a unique gameplay style but also pays homage to the original 8-bit and 16-bit era.

The Expendabros

Expendabros is a side-scrolling run and gun. The game was developed by Free Lives and published by Devolver Digital. This game has seen releases on Windows (which is where I first experienced it – steam), OS X, Linux, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. The player controls a Bro, a Muscle bond freak similar to Rambo who fights terrorists and rescues his bromates. I love the pixelized graphics and the hilarious in-game humor. The Expendabros has sadly never seen a physical release and I would love to see the game release on the Evercade Retro Handheld.


Iconoclasts is an action platformer developed by Swedish company Joakim “Konjak” Sandberg and published by Bifrost Entertainment. The player takes control of Robin who explores, fights enemies and solves environmental puzzles which are all the elements of a good Metrovania style game. There are three other characters, Mina, Royal and Elro that join Robin in certain parts of the game to help defeat enemies. Throughout the game, you find and utilize several different weapons which each have their own abilities that help you progress through the game. Iconoclasts are just another great platformer that deserves a physical release and what better system then the Evercade.


Spelunky a 2D platformer where the player controls an unnamed cave explorer known as the spelunker that explores underground tunnels, avoid traps, and enemies while discovering treasure. The Spelunker can whip or jump on enemies and also pick up items to defeat nearby enemies. What’s unique about this platformer is the randomly generated levels, items, enemies, terrain and special features so each experience is new to the player. The game was influenced by Spelunker which was released in 1983 but Spelunky has updated graphics and a great soundtrack.

Dead Cells

dead cells

Dead Cells is a MetroidVania rogue platformer developed by Motion Twin and it has seen some physical releases but I would love to see it on a new retro handheld like the Evercade. The player takes on the role of a slime creature which takes control of a corpse in the dungeon and must fight their way out. There are various weapons, treasures the other items that help gain abilities which help defeat enemies and overcome obstacles. Dead Cells has a unique concept, challenging gameplay, and beautiful visuals.

Final Thoughts

The list above is ten indie platformers I would love to see on the Evercade, I am not claiming they are the Top ten indie platformers but just really good platformers I would love to see in a special edition physical for the Evercade. Some of the games have seen physical releases on other platforms and some have only been digital. There are many other digital games I would love to see physical releases of and Limited Run Games has done a really good job of bringing those digital games into the physical world on current platforms. However, I would love to see a new handheld that releases digital games into the physical world and allows us to add these great games to our collection.

The Evercade seems to be a system that brings us multi-carts but I personally would be willing to pay the same price that the multi-cart cost for a special edition single cart of the games listed above and it will be exciting to see what the developers of the Evercade have in store. Let me know below what digital games you would love to see on the Evercade? What game releases would make you pick-up the Evercade Retro Handheld?