Alwa's Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition


Retro-Bit Publishing releases Alwa’s Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition and introduces a game-changing way to add to your collection with Digical! 

Pomona, CA - September 14th, 2021:  As more game companies look toward the future with digital releases, Retro-Bit Publishing® continues to find new ways to preserve gaming history with multiple physical releases.  This provides retro gaming fans an opportunity to own rare and exciting titles that may not have been released in certain regions or are scarce in the market.  Additionally, it offers an alternate way to own an officially licensed title while avoid paying exorbitant market prices.

This approach has brought official releases from publishers and developers such as Capcom®, Irem®, and Toaplan which has yielded 9 releases over the past 4 years including the recent Mega Man®: The Wily Wars Collector’s Edition earlier this year.  The latest partner is independent developer Elden Pixels with Alwa’s Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition.

Alwa’s Awakening is a Metroidvania-style game centered around Zoe, a young girl transported to the land of Alwa and tasked with bringing peace to the land.  Originally released on Steam in 2017, with its sequel Alwa’s Legacy later released in 2020.  Elden Pixels teamed up with independent NES® Developer Brad Smith to create the 8-Bit version of Alwa's Awakening.  This process involved making the 280 MB original game fit into a 512 KB NES® cartridge but also includes 2 new songs and  3 new areas to explore and a different way to experience the world of Alwa.  Elden Pixels’ homage to 8-bit classics is now available for a limited time during the pre-order window from September 14th - October 17th, 2021 for the Nintendo Entertainment System® - just as the team originally planned years ago.


Alwa's Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition - NES


Alwa's Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition includes: 

  • Frosted 8-Bit Cartridge 

  • Full colored instruction manual 

  • Cartridge Packaging with Exclusive Slipcover

  • Behind the Game Developer Interview 

  • Certificate of Authenticity 

  • Animated Lenticular Card 

  • Mini level poster 

In addition to this release is a new idea Retro-Bit Publishing has developed called Digical.

What is a DIGICAL?

Digical combines aspects of both DIGItal and physiCAL releases. Thanks to feedback from the community, Retro-Bit Publishing developed a simple and groundbreaking method to provide gamers a new option in owning a game.  This allows customers to continue supporting the developers while foregoing all the extras included in a physical release.

For $19.99, you receive the Digical of Alwa’s Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition which includes the game ROM file on an exclusively designed 8 GB USB® drive that features the game’s main protagonist, Zoe.  This is your game to own, collect, and play as you wish in addition to all the digital items included on the drive.  “We are all for diversifying the way fans choose to play, so we wanted to bridge that request by delivering a unique experience to commemorate each release,”  said  Ron Pang, Chief of Business Development for Innex - the exclusive distributor for Retro-Bit®. 

This will be a limited exclusive run available only during the open pre-order from September 14th - October 17th, 2021.


Alwa's Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition - Digical


The Alwa's Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition Digical Release includes:

  • Displayable Packaging

  • Zoe Retractable USB® (8GB)

  • Alwa's Awakening: 8-Bit Edition ROM*

  • Detailed Digital Instruction Manual

  • Behind the Game Developer Interview 

  • Digital Wallpaper Featuring Exclusive Artwork

*ROM will work on most popular emulators - Results may vary

“While our mission remains with the privilege to re-release sought-after classic game titles for their original platforms, we understand the demand for digital releases. We wanted to provide gamers the opportunity to own the game without the need to buy a complete physical edition, while still supporting the developer. We hope that this concept will be embraced so that we can continue to release more of these in the future!” added Ron Pang.

What you get in the Digical is yours to keep - there is no DRM and no servers to ping.  With Alwa’s Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition Digical release, there is hope that this concept can be embraced by the community so that more classics can be released in the future using this format.  

The Digical Zoe USB® will also fit into the acrylic diorama scene that comes with the full Alwa’s Collection released by Clear River games (sold separately). The Alwa’s Collection features both Alwa’s Awakening and Alwa’s Legacy for the Nintendo Switch® and PS4® (sold separately) along with a Mary-themed USB®  which houses the soundtracks for both games and more!  This exclusive collectors edition will be available at Limited Run Games for $69.99.  

Alwa’s Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition will retail for $59.99 while Alwa’s Awakening: 8-Bit Edition - Digical will retail for $19.99 and Alwa’s Collection will retail for $69.99**, each will be available for pre-order for a limited time from September 14th - October 17th, 2021 at Limited Run Games, Castlemania Games, and Dragon Box Games, Spel & Sant, and Strictly Limited Games for Europe.  

For more details on Alwa’s Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition, visit

**Alwa’s Collection is available only at Limited Run Games.



About Retro-Bit Publishing

Since 2007, Retro-Bit® has been a pioneer of the retro-gaming community.  One of its counterparts, Retro-Bit® Publishing has brought gamers the physical form of many rare and exclusive titles in the retro-gaming industry.  In order to provide this new way to play, Retro-Bit Publishing has re-created rare games into physical media and brought them to where they were never released.  Retro-Bit Publishing gives gamers and collectors across the globe the opportunity to experience an alternative way to play, and own one-of-a-kind and limited-edition exclusives that include many extra collectible items.Retro-Bit can be found online at, Facebook (@Retrobitgaming) and Twitter (@RetroBitGaming).

About Elden Pixels

Elden Pixels was founded in 2016 when a group of friends started making games together. A few years later with several of their own games developed and released and one externally developed game published, Elden Pixels is trying to cement themselves as purveyors of quality boutique game releases.

About Innex Inc.

Innex Inc was founded in 2004 on the principles of innovation, fun, and a commitment to customer service.  Over a decade later and they continue to offer the Innex Experience of offering customers a wide variety of video-game-related toys and peripherals at a competitive price.  Innex is an exclusive distributor of world-renowned brands such as Retro-Bit®, Stubbins®, KMD®, and Level Up Labs® Pixel Frames.

Innex is an award-winning leader in global distribution offering multiple services and shipping plans. They partner with the most recognizable and trusted brands and licenses in the industry. More information can be found online at

Retro-bit and Retro-bit Publishing are registered trademarks of Kool Brands LLC. Nintendo Entertainment System and Nintendo Switch are registered trademarks of Nintendo of America Inc. USB is a registered trademark of USB Implementers Forum, Inc. PS4 is a registered trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Inc. Capcom and Mega Man are registered trademarks of Capcom Co. LTD.  IREM is a registered trademark of Irem Software Engineering, Inc.

All other mentioned trademarks are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. This product is not endorsed, manufactured, produced, sponsored or licensed by Nintendo of America, Inc., USB Implementers Forum, Inc., Capcom Co. LTD, Irem Software Engineering, Inc. or any of their worldwide affiliates. 

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© 2017-2021 Elden Pixels. © 2021 Clear River Games. All rights reserved.

Due to a policy of continuous product improvement, Retro-Bit reserves the right to change specifications and content without notice.

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Marketing Contact:

Richard Igros

Innex Inc.



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