Today Nintendo hosted their Summer Nindies Showcase for the year giving information on lots of exciting looking games from popular indie developers. We’ll have updates on several of the Nindie Games we’re looking forward to the most as the months go along. For the time being, Nintendo made things super simple with a nice recap of today’s announcements. Like with the Smash Direct, I decided to break everything down in a different order. I’ve got the games organized by release date. I’ve added trailers and synopsis where I can! Looks like a good couple of months for Indie lovers on the Switch.
Nintendo wasn’t the only one with announcements today! Capcom announced Onimusha: Warlords would hit the Nintendo Switch January 15th, Bit Kid confirmed Chasm will arrive on the system later this year, Anti-Gravity’s tower defense/Action RPG Hell Warders is out this Fall, and Yacht Club gave a first look at the multiplayer expansion for their insanely popular platformer Shovel Knight.
Into the Breach – Today!
The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to hold off this alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game from the makers of FTL.
The Messenger – August 30th
As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises, and humor.
Hyper Light Drifter – Special Edition September 6th
The wait is over, the worldwide acclaimed game Hyper Light Drifter is finally here with this impressive Special Edition! Runs at 60fps, includes new exclusive content and all the previously released remastered for a perfectly immersive gaming experience to play anywhere.
Bastion – September 13th
Bastion, the smash-hit action RPG with a reactive narrator who marks your every move, is available on Nintendo Switch starting September 13, 2018!
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut – September 13th
The Wasteland’s hellish landscape is waiting for you to make your mark…or die trying. With over 80 hours of gameplay, you will deck out your Desert Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone, test the limits of your strategy skills, and bring justice to the Wasteland. Coming to Nintendo Switch on September 13!
Undertale – September 18th
Light Fingers – September 20th
Light Fingers, the game of friendly pilfering & fiendish provocation, steals its way to Nintendo Switch on September 20, 2018!
TowerFall – September 27
TowerFall, the beloved archery combat/party game, ascends to Nintendo Switch. Featuring Switch-exclusive 6-player battles, guest characters Madeline and Badeline from Celeste, and more! Coming to Nintendo Switch on September 27.
Zarvot – October 2018
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – October
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an exploratory action adventure with an emphasis on audiovisual style. Traverse a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle & evoke sworcery to solve mystical musical mysteries.
Jackbox Party Pack 5 – October
Bullet Age – November 2018
In this co-op action game, players can team up with another player in an intuitive mix of sword-and-gun gameplay. Bullet Age also features challenging platforming, fully upgradable weapons and a charming cartoon art style. Players will feel HD Rumble when they attack and when locating hidden secrets.
Levelhead – November 2018
Levelhead is a creative platformer for 1-4 players where you build and share levels with the world. Become GR-18, a delivery robot in training, as you run, jump, and warp up the Levelhead Division corporate ladder. Play through the single-player campaign, design mind-bending levels and publish them to your following, ride explosions, punch robots, and get those packages shipped!
Transistor – November 1st
Transistor, the sci-fi action RPG where you battle through a stunning futuristic city using an extraordinary weapon, is available on Nintendo Switch starting November 1, 2018! Visit supergiantgames.com or follow @SupergiantGames for more.
Desert Child – December
In Desert Child, you are a young and talented hoverbike racer who needs to figure out how you can scrape enough cash together through racing and odd jobs to punch your one way ticket to the Red Planet to enter the biggest race in the universe, the Grand Prix.
Dragon Marked for Death – December 13th
The tale of the Dragonblood Clan can finally be told! Dragon Marked for Death is coming to Nintendo Switch on December 13, 2018!
Treasure Stack – Winter 2018
Treasure Stack fuses falling block puzzle mechanics with platformer elements to create a gameplay experience, unlike anything you’ve played before. Use your platforming skills to navigate the playfield, snatch falling blocks with the grappling hook, and stack them to create matches! Test your skills in Challenge mode, compete with friends in Local Versus mode, or jump into Online Versus and battle head to head across Nintendo Switch and other platforms with Crossplay.
Mineko’s Night Market – Early 2019
A game about crafting crafts, eating eats, and catting cats.
Samurai Gunn 2 – Early 2019
This sequel to the original lightning-fast Bushido brawler features a new adventure mode. Players can explore a medieval metropolis on the brink of crisis to discover the mystery behind Gunn City’s ghostly threat. Classic Versus Mode returns, with up to four players battling it out in sword-and-gun battles.
The World Next Door – Early 2019
The World Next Door is a narrative-driven, action-adventure game that follows Jun, a rebellious teen girl trapped in a parallel world inhabited by magical creatures. Inspired by the emotional storytelling and thrilling action of both anime and indie games, players can expect to meet and develop friendships with an eclectic cast of characters while uncovering the mysteries hidden within this world.
King of the Hat – Early 2019
Throw your hat, risk your life. Crush your opponents hat before they crush yours. Fast-paced, hat-based fighting game.
Untitled Goose Game – Early 2019
Untitled Goose Game is a slapstick-stealth-sandbox, where you are a goose let loose on an unsuspecting village. Make your way around town, from back gardens to the high street shops to the village green, setting up pranks, stealing hats, honking a lot, and generally ruining everyone’s day.
The full release from Nintendo is down below.
REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 28, 2018 – Over the next several months, Nintendo Switch will see its already deep game library grow even more with the release of a diverse lineup of games from independent developers. During a Nindies Showcase video presentation, Nintendo highlighted just a slice of this varied lineup of indie games, which includes indie hits like Into the Breach, Hyper Light Drifter – Special Edition and TowerFall, as well as first-time releases like Zarvot and Bullet Age.
“The ever-growing community of talented independent developers sees the benefit of releasing creative games on the versatile Nintendo Switch, a system that can be played at home or on the go,” said Steve Singer, Vice President for Nintendo of America’s Publisher & Developer Relations team. “We are happy to support their work and contributions on our platform as we further grow our strong relationship.”
To view the Nindies Showcase video in its entirety, visit https://live.nintendo.com/. Highlights of the presentation include:
Into the Breach: The hit turn-based strategy game is headed to Nintendo Switch. In the stylish Into the Breach, players will suit up in powerful mechs and defend against the Vek infestation across randomly generated islands. Players can perfect their strategy and build the ultimate mech by finding powerful new weapons and unique pilots throughout the campaign. Into the Breach is available for Nintendo Switch starting … TODAY!
Hyper Light Drifter – Special Edition: In the Nintendo Switch version of this critically acclaimed action/adventure game, players can equip an exclusive outfit that will help them locate hidden items. The Special Edition also includes new weapons like the Crystal Shot and deadly Blade Caster. Hyper Light Drifter – Special Edition is available for pre-purchase today, and launches for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 6.
TowerFall: Anyone who is interested in the indie game scene has most likely heard of TowerFall. The extremely popular action game is beloved by many people for its slick fast-paced gameplay and raucous local multiplayer matches. This version of the game includes all the original and add-on content, as well as a new six-player battle mode, four additional Variants and the ability to play as Madeline and Badeline, two characters from indie game Celeste. TowerFall ascends onto Nintendo Switch on Sept. 27, but is also available for pre-purchase starting today.
Treasure Stack: Treasure Stack adds a unique platforming mechanic with hookshots and grappling hooks to the traditional falling block puzzle formula. In the game, players control a whimsical cast of heroes as they navigate obstacles to stack treasure chests and solve puzzles. With cross-platform play with Xbox One and PC, players will be able to stack online with even more players. Treasure Stack launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.
Zarvot: Charcoal and Mustard are the stars of this charming arcade game about friendship among cubes. In the game’s story mode, players adventure through nine worlds as they attempt to cheer up their best friend. And in Versus Mode, friends can challenge friends to some cutthroat cube action across five game modes. Zarvot launches first on Nintendo Switch in October.
Mineko’s Night Market: While Mineko’s Night Market boasts more than 20 hours of story-based gameplay, including four regions to explore, diverse villagers to meet, interesting quests to undertake, and activities like sewing and woodworking to partake in, it also features cats. A lot of them. But even though this is a game starring cats, dog people will love it as well! Mineko’s Night Market opens for business first on consoles on Nintendo Switch in early 2019.
Samurai Gunn 2: This sequel to the original lightning-fast Bushido brawler features a new adventure mode. Players can explore a medieval metropolis on the brink of crisis to discover the mystery behind Gunn City’s ghostly threat. Classic Versus Mode returns, with up to four players battling it out in sword-and-gun battles. Samurai Gunn 2 launches on Nintendo Switch in early 2019.
Bullet Age: In this co-op action game, players can team up with another player in an intuitive mix of sword-and-gun gameplay. Bullet Age also features challenging platforming, fully upgradable weapons and a charming cartoon art style. Players will feel HD Rumble when they attack and when locating hidden secrets. Bullet Age launches as a console exclusive on Nintendo Switch in November.
The World Next Door: Influenced by anime, The World Next Door is a story-driven game that follows a rebellious teenage girl trapped in a parallel world inhabited by magical creatures. Players will meet and develop friendships with an eclectic cast of characters by means of a reputation system, which features branching dialogue based on player choice. The World Next Door becomes a friendly neighbor on Nintendo Switch in early 2019.
Levelhead: Players that have a head for level building have found a game for them. In Levelhead, players can design their own game levels using a robust level maker using both touch-screen and traditional controls. Subscribing to other people’s content allows players to create a curated feed of levels they can play. With leaderboards, level sharing and couch co-op, the possibilities are endless! With cross-platform capabilities, content can be shared with players on all platforms that also support Levelhead, including PC, iOS and Android. Players can also take control of GR-18, a delivery robot in training, through a full-fledged single-player campaign. Levelhead launches on Nintendo Switch in November.
King of the Hat: This fast-paced, hat-based party game finds players crushing their friends’ hats before they crush their own! All in game, of course. No actual hats were harmed in the making of this game. Matches in the game are short and action-packed – perfect for playing on the couch or on the go. And thanks to simple two-button controls, anyone can pick up and play in local or online multiplayer. King of the Hat launches on Nintendo Switch in early 2019.
Untitled Goose Game: With a name like Untitled Goose Game, what’s not to love? In a game that defies all genres, Untitled Goose Game is part stealth, part sandbox and all goose simulator. Play as a goose to take on challenges and cause general goose chaos. Untitled Goose Game launches on Nintendo Switch in early 2019.
In addition to all these games, the Nindies Showcase video also detailed a new channel on the Nintendo Switch system that will entirely focus on indie games. Featuring updates and announcements about indie games, the Indie Channel is live starting today, and can be found by searching in “Find Channels” in the handy News app.
Additional indie games that are coming to Nintendo Switch this year include the following:
The Messenger (Aug. 30)
Bastion (Sept. 13)
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut (Sept. 13)
Undertale (Sept. 18)
Light Fingers (Sept. 20)
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (October)
Jackbox Party Pack 5 (October)
Desert Child (December)
Dragon Marked for Death (Dec. 13)