We’re right in the midst of Gamescom 2019, which Nintendo have kicked off with their Indie World Showcase: a presentation with all the biggest and best indie games that’ll be coming to the Switch over the next 12 months. There were plenty of reveals, announcements and surprise drops, so let’s break down the biggest news from today’s Indie World Showcase.
Risk Of Rain 2 Coming To The Switch
It was revealed that the popular roguelike Risk of Rain 2 will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch this Summer, though a solid release date wasn’t given. Up to four players can team up to face off against a random bevy of foes, earn loot and try to survive as long as possible. The game has received overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam, so let’s hope the transition to the handheld platform is a smooth one.
Who knew you could make friends in the post-apocalypse? Certainly not us, but that’s the premise of Eastward, a charming adventure game being developed by Pixpil and published by Chucklefish. With a beautiful art style and the infectious retro soundtrack, Eastward could be a must-have indie title when it launches on Nintendo Switch in 2020.
Honestly, we’re sold on this premise alone, purely because it means we’re flipping everyone the bird all the time, but Freedom Finger looks like it could be a solid side scrolling shooter, boasting the voice talents of Nolan North and John DiMaggio, along with a unique mechanic where you can use your enemies as weapons. Plus, the rock soundtrack is always a plus. Freedom Finger launches on September 27th.
You wait years for a skateboarding game and two come along at once. First it was Session, now it’s Skater XL, which is currently in Early Access on PC but will launch on the Switch in 2020. Skater XL boasts full control over your skater and board, with no two tricks ever being the same. Skater XL will also be coming to the Xbox One, which was an announcement from last week that seemed to fly underneath everyone’s radar.
The top-down RPG Torchlight 2 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on September 3rd, bringing with it the hack and slash looting action but on the go. We guarantee someone will miss their stop on the daily commute because they were raiding a dungeon. Switch owners will also receive an exclusive in-game pet in the form of a pink unicorn, which is nice.
Another game that’s been available on the PC for a while, Youropa is a gravity defying adventure that combines puzzles, platforming and the ability to paint weird eyes on your character. The mind-bending level design shown in the trailer should make for a truly unique adventure when Youropa launches on the Nintendo Switch this year.
Dungeon Defenders Awakened Is A Timed Switch Exclusive
Looks like Nintendo have joined in on the timed console exclusivity shenanigans, as it was revealed that Dungeon Defenders Awakened will be launching first on the Nintendo Switch in February 2020. Dungeon Defenders will see up to four players work together to set up defenses, take on hordes of foes and the occasional boss, and try to survive the endless waves.
Superhot And Hotline Miami Collection Available Today
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Things are getting Hot on the Nintendo Switch, as The Hotline Miami Collection and Superhot are both available on the eShop today. We’ve already published a news post about Superhot, though it’s surprising that Hotline Miami hasn’t made its way to the Nintendo Switch sooner. Either way, you can download and enjoy the brutality of both games from today.
It’s the Dragon apocalypse, so it’s up to a 14-year old and a freelance photographer to batter some dragons and take back the Earth. Yeah, that doesn’t seem like a fair fight, but it’s the premise for EarthNight, a 2D platformer making its way to the Nintendo Switch. It’s a roguelike platformer with some amazing looking dragon designs, and we can’t wait to give it a go when it hits the Switch later this year.
It was only a matter of time before we saw this, considering Cuphead is now available on the Switch, but Ori and the Blind Forest will launch on the Nintendo Switch on September 27th, though we imagine there will be plenty of players who aren’t quite ready to re-explore the emotive world of Nibel. Now, the question is if Will of the Wisps will also come to the Switch.
And that’s the most important announcements coming out of Nintendo’s Indie World. What’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments.