New Indie World Showcase Reveals Next Slate of Top Indie Games Coming to Nintendo Switch

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 19, 2019 – In a new-look Indie World presentationlivestreamed globally today, Nintendo highlighted an exciting selection of independent games that are coming to the Nintendo Switch system soon, thanks to the passionate efforts of indie developers around the world who have found a home with Nintendo.

The innovative first-person shooter SUPERHOT and Hotline Miami Collection, which features both games from the high-octane Hotline Miami series, are available to purchase on Nintendo eShop today. The online* multiplayer roguelike Risk of Rain 2, from Gearbox Publishing, was revealed as coming to Nintendo Switch this summer, while strategy- and mythology-inspired Northguard from Shiro Games, and pinball-inspired dungeon crawler Creature in the Well from Flight School Studio, are available today for pre-purchase. Furthermore, the critically acclaimed action-platformer Ori and the Blind Forest will be coming to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 27 as Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition.

“Since the system’s launch in 2017, Nintendo Switch has become a go-to platform for indie developers,” said Kirk Scott, Nintendo of America’s Indie Partner Manager of Publisher and Developer Relations. “With the diverse lineup of upcoming indie content showcased today, Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to expanding their digital libraries even further with a variety of quality indie games to play at home or on the go.”
A full list of games featured in today’s Indie World video include:

  • Explore the mysterious and beautiful forest of Nibel in the visually stunning action-platformer Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, developed by Moon Studios and published by Xbox Game Studios. Winner of multiple prestigious awards, the game tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, and features hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performances and a fully orchestrated score. The Definitive Edition is scheduled to launch on Nintendo Switch on Sept. 27, and will also include numerous new features.
  • Hotline Miami Collection features both games in the neon-soaked, brutally challenging Hotline Miami series, developed by Dennaton Games and published by Devolver Digital. Mixing hard-boiled gunplay and skull-crushing close combat with a grippingly surreal and mysterious storyline, this heavy-hitting two-pack of violent top-down action is available today on Nintendo Switch.
  • Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, SUPERHOT from SUPERHOT Team is an innovative and stylish first-person shooter in which time only moves when the player moves. With no regenerating health bars or conveniently placed ammo drops, players must shoot, slice and maneuver their way through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets. SUPERHOT is available today for Nintendo Switch.
  • Risk of Rain 2, developed by Hopoo Games and published by Gearbox Publishing, is the sequel to classic multiplayer roguelike Risk of Rain, adding an extra dimension and more challenging action. Players can take on the game solo, or team up with friends to fight their way through hordes of monsters, unlock new loot and find a way to escape the planet. Risk of Rain 2launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • Torchlight II, developed by Panic Button/Runic Games and published by Perfect World Entertainment, is an award-winning action RPG launching soon for Nintendo Switch. The game offers solo adventuring or online* multiplayer for up to four players, with a huge world to explore full of bloodthirsty monsters, bountiful treasures and sinister secrets. The Nintendo Switch version includes an exclusive in-game pet in the form of a chubby pink unicorn.
  • Discover a beautifully detailed post-apocalyptic world in Eastward, an adventure game with RPG elements from developers Pixpil and publishers Chucklefish. In a near-future society on the brink of collapse, a hardworking miner called John discovers a young girl named Sam in a secret underground facility. This unlikely pair will embark on an emotional journey across a wonderfully weird world, exploring bustling towns, curious campsites and shady forests. Eastward is scheduled to arrive on Nintendo Switch in early 2020.
  • Freedom Fingerfrom Wide Right Interactive is a music-driven, side-scrolling shooter that sends players blasting, punching and smashing their way across 37 levels of crazy cartoon action. Shoot ’em up, punch ’em and smash ’em up when Freedom Finger launches fully uncensored for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 27.
  • Make the trip you always wanted in action-adventure game The Touryst from Shin’en. Players will have the chance to discover exotic islands, explore ancient monuments, climb into deep mines and uncover secret passageways. The Touryst is set to launch for Nintendo Switch in November.
  • Skellboy, from developers Umaiki Games and publishers Fabraz, is an action-RPG in which players can swap out not only their weapons and equipment, but their body parts too! As an accidentally resurrected hero from ancient times, players will set out on an epic journey across a vibrant fantasy world, set to a background of rocking chiptune tracks. Skellboy hacks and slashes its way onto Nintendo Switch on Dec. 3.
  • Developed by Polygon Treehouse and published by United Label, Röki is an adventure game inspired by Scandinavian folklore – a dark contemporary fairy tale underpinned by a touching narrative, alluring art style, ancient puzzles and atmospheric exploration. With its nonviolent gameplay, approachable controls and universal themes, Röki is coming to Nintendo Switch this winter.
  • Developed and published by frecle, Youropa is a gravity-defying puzzle-platform paint adventure about breaking rules, being upside down and thinking outside the box. With physical puzzles, riddles, ferocious enemies, environmental hazards and more, Youropa is a mind-bending adventure that will challenge players’ perception of the third dimension. Youropa will come to Nintendo Switch in 2019.
  • EarthNight from Cleaversoft is a beautifully hand-illustrated 2D platformer about the dragon apocalypse, and a love letter to classic arcade games. Humans have been exiled to space, dragons have taken over the Earth and it’s up to a 14-year-old schoolkid and a freelance photographer to stop them. EarthNight launches on Nintendo Switch in 2019.
  • Dungeon Defenders: Awakened from Chromatic Games is the newest installment in the popular Dungeon Defenders franchise. The gameplay of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is the ultimate combination of action-RPG and strategic tower defense, where players can choose from four unique heroes and join forces with friends in up to four-player split-screen** cooperative gameplay. Dungeon Defenders: Awakened launches as a timed console exclusive for Nintendo Switch in February 2020.
  • From Easy Day Studios Pty Ltd, Skater XL is the next evolution in skateboarding video games that brings the fun, creativity and culture of skateboarding to the digital world. Created by a team of passionate skateboarders, Skater XL allows players to add style and expression to their tricks without the limits of pre-made animations. Skater XL comes to Nintendo Switch in 2020.

Players can look forward to even more great indie games coming to Nintendo Switch in the near future, including:

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Featured games like Cuphead, Ape Out, To the Moon, Graveyard KEeper and My Friend Pedro. All in Japanese though.

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SteamWorld Quest has a release date!

If you have been listening to my content for any length of time you’ve probably heard me extol the virtues of the SteamWorld games. Each time they put out a new Steamworld game they reinvent something or tackle a new genre, and its made Image & Form Games one of my favorite developers.

In a recent Nintendo Direct, we had the first look at Steam World Quest, a turn based RPG with card mechanics. Yes Please! Anyway, we now have a release date, and its sooner than you think. April 25th. SWQ is exclusive to the Switch for the time being, and will cost $25.

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Alwas Awakening dev Elden Pixels asks Nintendo to work on Zelda

Once we saw that Nintendo was allowing an indie dev to work on the Zelda franchise, it seemed like the posibilities were endless for Nintendo IP. Looks like we aren’t the only ones. Elden Pixels the developers of Alwas Awakening a Zelda 2 inspired side-scrolling adventure asked if they could have a crack at following up Zelda 2!


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New Edition of Astro Bears Coming Soon to Nintendo Switch

Current owners of explosive interplanetary party hit will receive tons of new content for free
Warsaw—February 19, 2019—SONKA announced today that Astro Bears, a new edition of the compulsively playable hit for Nintendo Switch will be touching down soon in the Nintendo eShop Astro Bears has been updated with a load of new features to amp up the fun, and, as a special thank you to fans, existing owners of the original Astro Bears Partywill get the new game for free. The sleeper hit was a smashing success on the eShop, hitting #1 in both the US and EU regions as word spread about its fast and furious gameplay and quirky, engaging style.
“When we originally released Astro Bears Party, we never envisioned that it would become such a phenomenon,” says Rafal Sankowski, CEO of SONKA. “The community embraced our core concept of a very simple, straightforward game that is tons of fun to play, and we are thrilled to reward our loyal fans with all this new Astro Bears content for free.”
Four new Astro Bears join the fun, each with its own unique playstyle and sound effects. The famous World War II bear Private Wojtek who helped soldiers carry ammunition in the Italian campaign even makes a special appearance. Party Mode has been revamped to feature a new Huge Planet, and players may now choose a finite ribbon and randomized mode settings for extra challenge. Jetfish Hunting can now be played with two and online leaderboards have been added. New gameplay color themes, music and gameplay improvements enrich the lively Astro Bears experience, and optional tutorial prompts make it easy for new players to join in the fun.
Competitive Mode is a new 1v1 tournament play option to support the growing Astro Bears esports community. In this Best of 5 competition, players select 3 different Astro Bears and selects one that best fits the randomized environment. Play continues in rounds to 10 points, at which point the next random environment appears. The winner is the player who wins with all three Astro Bears.
Astro Bears is expected to launch this spring for $6.99, with existing owners of Astro Bears Party receiving the new content for free. For all the latest news, follow on Twitter at @Astro_Bears.
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