The most interesting indie games shown off in the March Nintendo Indie World Showcase
Nintendo had a new Nintendo Direct today, and the subject was indie games. Around this time of the year they always have an indie showcase ready for GDC, but just because GDC was canceled doesn’t mean these games are!
Blue fire is a really interesting new platformer that combines Ninja style action with 3D Mario style platforming. There are lots of double jumps, wall jumps, and creative jumping solution to platforming puzzles. If you are looking for a collect-a-thon with some interesting battle mechanics, then this is right up your alley. Personally, I was sold as soon as I saw its skull faced main character. It will be available as a timed exclusive releasing this summer.
Baldo is an action adventure RPG that looks just like a Ghibli movie. If you are having some Ni No Kuni vibes, then this is the game for you. It’s also worth noting that this is an open world game, and one of the first to use this animation style. It will release this summer as a timed exclusive for the Swtich.
I Am Dead
Well this is a game that does what it says on the tin. You play, well, as a ghost, wandering around a tiny island and unraveling its mysteries. Of course, that means that you have access to a whole bunch of ghostly powers, including walking through walls. It’s a bit like a game set to noclip, except that’s also the main game mechanic. It will release as a timed exclusive later this year.
Bark: Bio-Interstellar Ark
I love it when indies take on interesting genres that don’t get love in the AAA field. Bark is a 2D side scrolling shoot-em-up with SPACE DOGS! Well space animals of all types really. It’s a family friendly co-op game, but it has all the elements of shmups that you love including upgrades, massive weapons, and screens filled with bullets. Bark will be available as a timed Switch exclusive later this year.
Cyanide & Happiness – Freakpocalypse
There’s really not much to say here. This is an adventure game that takes place in the apocalypse done in Cyanide & Happiness style. If you are an avid reader of Cyanide & Happiness then you already know you will love this game. If you aren’t…. what’s wrong with you? Freakpocalypse will launch as a timed console exclusive on the Switch this summer.
Summer in Mara
What do you get when you combine Stardew Valley with Moana? You get Summer in Mara a game simultaneously about building up and managing your small homestead on an island and also exploring the vast wide oceans to explore the secrets they hide. Koa will make friends, farm, and explore more than 30 islands as you craft your own world while exploring the ruins of someone else’s. It will release this spring as a timed exclusive on the Nintendo Switch. Switch players will also get free DLC including an “I Heart Mara” t-shirt and sunglasses combo costume and a koopa shell backpack.
Speaking of interesting genre mashups, Quantum League is an FPS with a time-loop mechanic. It only allows for 1v1 and 2v2 play, but the real neat catch is that the actions of every round play out in each consecutive round with time clones. This means that you aren’t necessarily just aiming at your opponent, but you also are aiming at their future self. Stick by their spawn and shoot a hail of bullets and you probably won’t get a kill this round, but you might get one next round as your opponent runs out of his spawn only to be killed by your past self. Quantum League will be available in late 2020.
The Good Life
So here’s a weird one. There’s been a murder and it’s up to you to solve it, and also to pay off your debt, and also you turn into a dog or a cat at night. Yeah. It’s quirky, but it’s probably worth a small look and it’s out this year on the Switch.
The Last Campfire
Every Nindie showcase has to have one artistic game that seems like it’s engineered to make you cry, and this year’s The Last Campire. I mean, just listen to that theme song. Your main character will be wandering through a ruined world filled with the corpses, spirits, and stone remnants of his old society. It’s mostly an exploration game, and it’s being done by Hello Games, the same people behind No Man’s Sky. It will be available on the Switch this summer.
Pixeljunk Eden 2
Techno beats, procedurally generated stages, sensory experiences, co-op play, this is one of those indie games that loves to screw around with how audio interfaces with gameplay. It’s no Tetris Effect but it’s sure to be an interesting title to check out when it releases this summer.
Faeria is an interesting combination of hex grid turn based strategy and collectible trading card game. It’s been out on PCs for a while now, but it will make its way to the Switch with some exclusive card packs this March.
Considering that this has “souls” in the title, you can pretty much surmise the genre. Eldest Souls is basically “what if Dark Souls was a top down twin stick shooter.” Of course, that’s a little reductive. This is more of a boss rush battler, just with some Dark Souls mechanics thrown in. Eldest Souls will launch a a timed console exclusive on Nintendo Switch this summer.
And of course… the sizzle reel
Here are some of the other games coming to the Switch in the near future.
- Blair Witch – Summer 2020
- Ghost of a Tale – Spring 2020
- Sky – Summer 2020
- Sky Rocket – Later Today!
- Superliminal – Summer 2020
- Wingspan – Spring 2020
- Dicey Dungeons – Late 2020
- Bounty Battle – Summer 2020
- Moving Out – April 28th
Exit the Gungeon
Enter the Gungeon has been remade into a brand new 2D side scrolling rogue-like run’n’gun game. Exit the Gungeon launches on the Nintendo Switch later today as a timed exclusive! So pick it up!
Watch the entire presentation below: