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A brand new puzzle-platformer for the Nintendo Entertainment System!

A young boy has been kidnapped by a Dark Sorceress! It's up to his best friend, a young Witch, to rescue him but it won't be easy! Over 100 levels of brain-melting puzzles stand between the two, and it's up to you solve them all!

Limited Edition Physical Copies 



Not just retro-looking...
This is a real NES game that runs on real NES hardware! Play the ROM on your PC, or copy to an EverDrive/PowerPak and play on your NES!
Battery save included 
No passwords required! Witch n' Wiz is built with full battery save support, and has multiple save slots, so the whole family can play on one cart!
Undo your mistakes
Rewind time 1 move, or 100 moves, so you don't need to restart the entire puzzle when you make a mistake.
Evolving gameplay
Designed to introduce a new gameplay twist every 5-10 levels to keep the game feeling fresh start-to-finish.
The most accessible game on the NES
Find out more at https://www.witchnwiz.com/a11y/
Technical details
NES Mapper: MMC1
Size: 256KB (128KB Code/Data + 128KB Graphics)
Code Language: C (CC65)
Development Time: 1 year

Purchase Includes:

  • Witch n' Wiz NES ROM (Free NES Emulator required to play. FCEUX or Mesen Recommend)
  • Manual (Digital PDF)
  • Digital Box Cover (For display in NES Classic, EmuStation, etc)
  • Original Soundtrack (16 Tracks in MP3 & NSF Format)
  • Wallpapers (Desktop & Phone)
  • Prototype ROM (NESDev Compo 2020/21 Version)

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Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Cover.png 2 MB
Manual.pdf 3 MB
Wallpaper Desktop.png 1 MB
Wallpaper Phone.png 2 MB
Witch n' Wiz NESDev Compo 2021 Demo.nes 64 kB
Witch n' Wiz.nes 256 kB
OST.zip 18 MB
Witch n' Wiz (SNES).sfc 1 MB

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Hi Matt!  Just wanted to share my video about your game with the folks on this page. Here is a link to it; this game rocks. 


Thanks so much for covering the game, and for the kind words!



I loved your game. Me again.

Awesome, thanks again! FYI the game came out in 2021, not 2017.


You’re Welcome!

Got it, fixed the error.


I have not bought it yet, but it looks rly fun!

No time like the present! :)


Brilliant! ❤️



You're welcome! ❤️


What Nintendo games lack is satisfying movement. Well, Nintendo has UPIXO In Action: Mission in Snowdriftland, but they didn't make it, but this game has such smooth movement.

Thanks for saying so. It was a challenge given the grid based movement.


Make free because I dont have money 0$

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Then I won't have money. 😉


I got it as a Christmas gift from a friend and finished it a little a couple days ago. I loved it. I grew up with a NES, playing a lot of the popular but also a few of the obscure titles. This game feels totally at home with the console but it also has some modern implementations that are useful and unique.

 The graphics and music are beautiful and the puzzles mechanics felt fresh constantly and challenging at times. I certainly had at least 5 of them keeping me scratching my head for over a day which is fun! 

 It's a lovely game and I'll keep recommending it for sure. 


Thank you so much for the kind words! I grew up on the NES as well, and I really do aspire to create games that would be at home next to my favorites on the system. It means a lot to hear that you think it would!


Played through recently thanks to the PiePacker version. Some puzzles made the playthrough grind to a halt, but I got there in the end. :-) 

Thanks for playing and sharing. Glad to see you pushed through to the end!


Sucks I just found out about this game after the physical copy deadline. No chance any are left? 

Sorry, no. 


hi! i'm unable to install the do to an "no manager to install unknown" error. is there something obvious i'm doing wrong? any help appreciated 

There is no installer. You just open the .nes file in an NES emulator (I recommend https://www.mesen.ca/ or https://fceux.com/web/download.html).

Does that help? If not, please give some more details on what exactly you are trying to do (maybe include some pictures).


i got it running! thanks for your help! im really glad i decided to support your creation, and i hope i can make something like it one day!

Great! Thank you

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So, the ones who bought the physical version, can't access to the digital ROM on ithc.io, right? :(

"Digital ROM (will be emailed to you some time after purchase)"

If It would be a lot better to have acess to the itch.io site to download it :(

Thanks and regards.

You will get a download code for the Digital Collection here on Itch.io. it's not just the ROM. It's exactly the same as what costs $10 on here.


This game is fantastic. Outstanding job! One bit of feedback is not having the music reset with each new level, as on shorter levels it made the music sound a bit repetitive. 

I only noticed this during the initial levels however since the later ones take longer to solve. Just a suggestion though, not sure how easy that is to implement, and certainly not a deal breaker for an otherwise excellent game.


Thanks for checking the game out!

I did consider not reseting the music, but I thought it could sound odd because there is another music track that plays at the end of a level, so starting up the level music where it was before might not sound great.

I don't know though. I agree those early levels don't sound great as is.


Fair point, it could be equally as jarring with the music not resetting. Might be worth testing but honestly with how challenging game dev can be to create a polished product, it's a small annoyance in the grand scheme of things.


I recently discovered Catrap and Fire 'n Ice, and they quickly became some of my favourite puzzle games of all time. So when I saw you mention them as influences in your interview with Limited Run I didn't hesitate to order Witch 'n Wiz. I'm about halfway in now and it does not disappoint! I love all the twists to the formula and the clever puzzle design that somehow is never frustrating but still provides a good challenge and makes me feel smart when I figure out the trick to a level. Very impressive! Can't wait for the physical version. Gues I'll have to figure out if my old and dusty NES still works in the meantime😅

I'm so happy to hear that! Thanks for letting me know.


This looks so good and well done for an NES game.  I hope one day to be able to make something like this!

Thanks! If you want to get into NESDev you might find this blog post I wrote useful.



Thank you for the info

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Awesome! ❤️


No, you're awesome!


I am! 😀


Can I Buy the Soundtrack (MP3) Type without the Collectors Edition on LRG anywhere too?

Yes, sound track is included with the digital version sold on this page for $10. It is not for sale by itself atm.


How to download the demo ?

There isn't a demo but you can play the whole game on PiePacker if you like:


well, the one that was submitted (and available publicly) for the competition was called "witchnwiz_2021_02_22_nes_dev_v_1_0_0.nes" if that is any help.

Compo forum/thread looks like it's down for maintenance .

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I'm trying to avoid the NESDev Competition build as being looked at as a "demo". It's really more of a pre-alpha (or "prototype") build and it doesn't really represent the final quality of the game.

I would much rather people just try the game on PiePacker if they are curious, as that is the full version.

The NESDev build is included with the purchase here on Itch FYI.


right on trying the PiePacker version. i really enjoyed the Comp submission on my AVS/EverDrive-N8 Pro. cool puzzle mechanics.

congrats on the release. 


Thanks! I appreciate the support!


you are welcome.


How much levels in the full edition ?


Over 100 (although not all are puzzles). Play time seems to be about 3-5 hours, depending on how much of the nesdev compo version you played (since those puzzles are in there too).

Tx and do you have a price range ?


Physical will likely be $65-70USD. Digital will likely be $10-20USD. Nothing firm yet though.

This high for the physical ?

Yup. It's sold out though.


I loved the game but couldn't finish it.

Thanks for trying 😄

You're welcome!

Amazing game. Catrap is my favourite puzzle game on the GB and this is a truly impressive spiritual succesor. I will happily buy the full version upon release. Congratulations on your work.


I am glad to have done the game justice! Lots more twists on the formula in the final release to come. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think!

I just found out about the beta! I just filled out the form and joined the discord. Hope there's still some room to keep up with the beta and final development! 

very good



Hmm.  I apparently like your game a LOT.  I beat it a few times and I started making a game about a cat and the big plot twist is that he lost his witchy owner (I wonder who that could be...).  I did all the music (Famitracker), art (Gimp), programming (GML/GLSL), etc.  I also started making a game for the NES, but it's a dungeon crawler instead.  Anyway if you ever think you can use me, let me know!  I also got Witch N Wiz on an SD card so that I can play it on my Analogue Nt console.  O__O!  


Wow that's amazing! Maybe I'll get to send out my first cease and desist! (I'm kidding)

The game looks really cool. It's funny, I actually had a similar idea for Witch n' Wiz, with a Cat or Spider that could climb walls. Seeing what you did it makes me want to do it even more. Such a small change could add a lot of new puzzles!

From my notes on new ideas for Witch n Wiz!

From my notes on new ideas for Witch n Wiz!
If you feel like doing some levels for Witch n' Wiz, let me know. I have a very small group of people testing out the level editor, and I'd be happy to have you on board!

Oh, cool.  That would like make my wildest dreams come true, heh.  Ya, I'd love to add some levels...  Is it easier to chat on discord?  My username is stephenwhoskins#5668 (I'm not very creative when it comes to user names.)

Should I continue doing a Cat game and link it with Witch n' Wiz?  I can add a little witch hat on top of the cat.  =)

I sent you a Friend Request on Discord. We can talk more there.

Thanks!  =D


Great little preview and thanks. When this comes out, I will buy it happily!

Thanks for playing! 

Make sure the hit follow so you get notified! 😄


Was going through the NES compo games last week and -wow- this game absolutely was a delight! So much polish and love put into this game, I really can't wait to see the final version!

Awesome! If you liked the compo build, you are going to love the full release! Some much more going on in it: new levels, art, gameplay mechanics, music, story. It's really a huge leap.


Game looks interesting but it runs in any emulator?? cos in Rockness and virtua doesn´t work.

Runs in FCEUX 2.3 and above, as well as Mesen. It uses Mapper 28, which is some what obscure, so some emulators don't support it.

The full release uses the very common Mapper 1 (MMC1), so it will have compatibility with pretty much everything.

The old one is cuter and better.


You mean the Pico8 version or one of the old school versions of pitman/catrap?

Yes it did

I don't know which version you are talking about. 😀

the old pico 8

Would love to know what you liked about the old one, beyond graphics. Maybe I can bring those things into the NES version.

In terms of graphics, check out some of the latest screenshots of the in-development levels and let me know what you think!



What does that mean?


Awesome Game!!!

Thanks for playing!



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Those levels were so good. Solving them was fun. It really made me think

So happy to hear that! Thanks!

This game crashed

It crashed in your browser? Or your whole broswer crashed?


How do I download the game?

It is only playable in the browser right now. Do you think it would be valuable to provide a downloadable version?

yes it would to play anywhere where no internet :

I love this game but,,, I Can't jump?

That adds a whole new level of difficulty. If you can jump, can you tell me? 

But either way, I love this game and it's sprites.

No jumping


This game was fantastic! GG!


Thanks for playing! Tell all your friends! :D

how did you make the game tho i want to make one too

it's made in Pico-8.

this look like anime

it is

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this is the speedpaint i made

Wow, my first ever fan art for a personal project. Thanks so much!




also what age range is the prisoner? are they young like the witch?

Yup, both adolescence.

*whispers* What in the world is adolescent?

Harry Potter

Also what is the witch's name? if she doesn't have a name i can name her

She is unnamed :)

Then her name is going to be Meyi (Me-Eye)

I like it! Consider it canon :)

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