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The highly awaited NES remake is finally here!

Originally released in 2017, the NES version is finally here! With the same challenging and exciting gameplay, this version feels like the original but there's also new and exclusive content added such as new levels and new music.

Use your magic staff and progress through a large interconnected world where you'll solve puzzles, fight enemies and defeat bosses in order to help free the land of Alwa. Explore and uncover the secrets by using your platforming skills in this challenging and charming 8-bit adventure game.

This is NOT the PC version. You'll need an NES emulator to run this game

In order to play this game you need to download a separate NES emulator. At the bottom of this page you can find a link to the one we recommend. If you're just looking for the original version of this game, please see the base game Alwa's Awakening.

An NES game with new and exclusive content

  • A new challenging NES game inspired by such classics as Battle of Olympus and Solstice. The original game has been completely rebuilt from scratch with new and exclusive content added, such as new levels and new music.

Use your magic staff

  • Equip a magic staff that holds many mysterious powers. Use it to solve puzzles and defeat enemies in over 400 unique rooms. Upgrade your staff by finding new gemstones.

You are Zoe

  • Play as Zoe who has been sent for to help free the land of Alwa. With easy to understand controls, you'll jump and fight your way through the many different challenging rooms.

Explore the land of Alwa

  • Explore a large interconnected map in true ‘Metroidvania’ style. Play the game any way you want and find your own way through the land of Alwa.

Find new items and learn new abilities

  • Find and unlock a slew of different objects throughout the adventure that will both give Zoe new abilities as well as unlock new areas.

An 8-bit soundtrack

  • Listen to a completely new 8-bit soundtrack with over 25 new original tracks composed by Robert Kreese. Also features a special guest track by Prof. Sakamoto.

This is NOT the PC version. You'll need an NES emulator to run this game

For more information, please see the ReadMe.txt file included in the download.

Download an NES emulator here

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(17 total ratings)
AuthorElden Pixels
TagsFemale Protagonist, Indie, Metroidvania, Pixel Art


Buy Now$9.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $9.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Alwa's Awakening The 8-Bit Edition 944 kB

Download demo

Alwa's Awakening The 8-Bit Edition (DEMO) 267 kB


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saludos desde Mexico gracias por darle mas vida al NES

I recently bought the game on Steam and was a bit disappointed that it didn't work on N8 China Clone, but with the mappers update from the following link it works now!!!😄


As far as homebrews go this is incredible. Great soundtrack, beautiful pixels and fun gameplay. I loved using my abilities in the little puzzles, which weren't too challenging at all (but that's a good thing imho).
It's so well made I actually forgot I was playing a NES game. My recommended choice of emulator is, and has always been, Mesen.

Will the GOG version go on sale? I already own licenses for your games there and would prefer to have that all on a single site. Fingers crossed...

Yes, it'll go on sale hopefully later in October. :)

Thank-you. I hope it will be close to the same deal.😍

The GOG sale is live! 🥳

very good game! nice fantasy-setting and very good atmosfear

I couldn't wait for NES ROM to be available so I bought it for PC from GOG, from Steam and from itch.io. After missing the pre-order and looking for it for hours online, I FINALLY found a retailer with copies of the Digical version.  I LOVE this game. I'm hoping to someday see Alwa's Legacy in an 8-Bit Edition. Another completely new Alwa's game would also be great.

Alwa's Legacy would be more like a 16-Bit Edition.

I am looking forward to Alwa's Legacy SNES version 

Game Clear!

The game is Wonderful!

I am looking forward to Alwa's Legacy SNES version and Alwa's Awakening NES version BGM

Doesn't work on Everdrive cart, unknown ROM format. Shame :(


According to our Discord it should work on both Everdrive N8 and Everdrive N8 Pro, make sure it's updated.

I'm reviewing it for Hackinformer right now using the rom from this site on my Everdrive N8 and it works. I couldn't get it to show up at first. I had to move everything off of the SD Card to my PC. Then I reformatted the SD Card and put the files back onto it. Then it worked like a charm!

It works perfectly on a real Everdrive N8 and N8 Pro. I've tested it on 3 N8 Pros and 1 N8. Tested on both NES and Famicom versions. I tested all Everdrives in an Analogue Nt Mini Noir. I have had no issues at all. It even runs from the flash card of the Analogue Mini Noir running the jailbrake firmware. Is your flash cart a genuine Everdrive or a clone copy of the Everdrive? It's possible the clones of the N8 won't work.

Is the book of Sutter working? I can't tell the difference.

Never mind. I think it is, I just thought it applied to magic as well.

Amazing game! I'm definitely recommending it to others.

Thanks for offering the ROM by itself! I passed on the physical NES game and the physical digital version as well previously even though I thought they looked like amazing products. I was just hoping it would be available digital only and now it is. Going to hopefully boot it up on mister sometime soon or through an Everdrive. Thanks again

An excellent game that practically you don´t have to play, it´s  just enough to see it to know that is an awesome game. If you play it, this game will conquere you

Hi will this rom work on the everdrive?

According to our Discord Everdrive N8 and Everdrive N8 Pro should work.

There's a demo to download if you want to try :)

Thank you it worked on my N8 Pro


The NES version of Alwa's Awakening was awesome, and I hope you keep it up and make it a new classic.It is a miracle. Now I am very interested in the story behind your creation of Alwa's Awakening. Could you share your initial idea of creation with us,^-^


Congrats on the release! Cant wait to play through it!

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Awesome game! I really like this NES version. It'd be great if you could also include the Digital Instruction Manual. Thanks!


Is the digital manual available anywhere?

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Hello! The digital NES manual will most likely be added in a future update. Right now it's exclusive to the USB release.

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Hey your demo does not work on a NES emulator for my hand held ANBERNIC device. I am getting a PRG file missing similar to this error:

I am using the installed FCEUX emulator.


The error is "MAPPER TEST FAIL: PRG RAM MISSING! with some other statements related to the above with INES MAPPER 

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We don't offer support for emulators unfortunately, please reach out to the makers of the emulator. There's also an emulator channel on our Discord, where you can get help. According to discussion there the game should work in FCEUX 2.6.4.

When will the full version be released?

Today at 1 pm CEST :)

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Thank you so much, I was waiting for it for so long, and it coincides with me replaying the game... Coincidence? I think not!

This is awesome!



Me sitting here hitting refresh until it goes live. I just got a Retroid Pocket 2+ that is ITCHING to have this on it. :)

So what will be the difference from the demo and the final version?

Well, the demo only had one dungeon and the town but the final version will have lots of dungeons and towns :)

where and when  we can get the fianl version?

In a few hours :)


I will be the 1st to buy it! I can't wait! I'll be streaming this tonight on my YouTube channel to get people pumped up!


Hello! The release date is July 1st and the price will be $9.99. Thanks!