In case you doubted Nintendo’s lineup of games for 2019, just today, they showcased a bunch of indie titles to push that doubt aside. From puzzle-platformers to tactical RPGs, here’s every indie that Nintendo confirmed for Switch in their most recent showcase.
Chucklefish, the publishers of both Stardew Valley and StarBound are releasing an Advance War-inspired tactics game called Wargroove on Switch! Not only that, but it will be coming out on the same day as the previously announced Steam version.
When Chucklefish revealed Wargroove last year, one of the major tenants was its complex campaign creator, which allowed you to create and share your own worlds and levels, à la Super Mario Maker. Thankfully, that full level of customization will be just as present on Switch as on PC, so no matter your platform of choice, you’ll be able to edit and play with friends to your heart’s content.
Wargroove is set for release on February 1st, but you can pre-order on Switch right now for $20.
Double Kick Heroes
Take a passing glance at Double Kick Heroes, and you might think it’s an arcade-era shooter—not so! It’s no understatement that developer Headbang Club’s pixelated punk metal game is just that: a rhythm game inspired by the likes of Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and (more recently) Beat Saber. You shoot down enemies behind your car in gory, pixelated fashion by pressing buttons in perfect timing to heavy metal tunes. Depending on the precision of your rhythm, you’ll either decimate or be decimated by the horrific post-apocalyptic monsters chasing you down. We love it.
While you can go grab the early access version of Double Kick Heroes on Steam right now, the full version comes to Switch first for a summer release.
When Ski Lifts Go Wrong
Bridge construction games are always a genre that has done the best on mobile. The touchscreen controls lend themselves well to quick micromanagement and delicate construction fixes. Thankfully, the Switch’s touchscreen also happens to work incredibly well for these types of games, as last year’s Bridge Constructor Portal proved (and, yes, that is remotely related to Valve’s beloved Portal series).
When Ski Lifts Go Wrong takes the concept of bridge construction and adds an X-Games twist, if you will. Your goal is to build a ramp for a skier to easily glide across, skiing from one end of the mountain to the other with no hitches. You’ll have to manage ramps, pulleys, air cannons, and a plethora of other contraptions to land the mission successfully.
In developer HopFrog’s own words, “Forager is an open world, adventure and exploration game inspired by The Legend of Zelda and more modern titles such as Terraria, Stardew Valley & Minecraft.” Your responsibility is to explore a diverse open world, collecting resources and exploring dungeons. You build up your central base using the best items you’ve collected, and increase your knowledge of the environment through gradual exploration, puzzle solving, and combat. Plus, it has a cute top-down art style that reminds us of Ittle Dew, Super Meatboy, and The Binding of Isaac.
You can try a demo of Forager on HopFrog’s own website, or wait for the full release when it comes to Switch this year.
Goat Simulator: The GOATY
The infamous meme-spawning sensation Goat Simulator is out on Switch right now in the form of Goat Simulator: The GOATY. In case you’ve buried your head in the sand for the past five years, Goat Simulator is exactly what it sounds like: a virtual sandbox where you control a goat and pull off shenanigans in an open world.
In many ways, Goat Simulator is similar to Garry’s Mod in how open-ended and player-driven it is. It has been the source of countless memes and mock-up videos over the years, primarily because of the game’s hilarious physics engine that allows you to literally launch your goat hundreds of feet in the air.
You can enjoy the timeless thrills and spills of Goat Simulator on your Switch…right now!
Another Chucklefish game, Inmost is visually stunning…in a dark, atmospheric sort of way. Inmost sets you as one of three protagonists, exploring a bleak, colorless, contrast-filled world with the mechanics of a platformer. You’ll hookshot your way across chasms, stab through grotesque spiders, and navigate the ruins of what Chucklefish calls “a ghoulishly atmospheric, yet beautiful pixel art world.” This gives strong vibes of a Playdead game like Limbo, but with the mechanical finesse of a Dead Cells or Celeste. We love it already.
You can look forward to the ominous world of Inmost on Steam and Switch sometime in 2019.
Action-puzzle-platformer Unruly Heroes draws much of its visual design from Rayman Legends—or at least, that’s the vibe we got from it. Set in 16th century China, Unruly Heroes has you and your friends playing as either a monk, pig, monkey, or brute, as you explore a vibrantly colored, China-inspired world. According to the website, Unruly Heroes draws most of its inspiration from the Chinese novel Journey To The West, considered one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature. Obviously, developer Magic Design Studios is aiming for the stars with this one.
Sure, Breath of The Wild is great and all. However, if you’re still longing for a top-down Zelda game, Radical Fish Games has got you covered.
CrossCode is an action RPG inspired by a mix of Secret of Mana and Zelda that sets you in the role of…a gamer? So, you play as a mute MMORPG player, stuck in the world of a fictional Phantasy Star-esque MMO called Crossworlds. As she hacks and slashes her way through the Zelda-inspired dungeons, her “online friends” wonder why she isn’t able to talk. As Radical Fish puts it, “a deep mystery surrounding CrossWorlds will be unraveled—and you may come to understand why a mute player is stuck in this game in the first place.”
Steamworld Dig Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh
Image & Form Games is fantastic at spinning the Steamworld series into brand new products. The first Steamworld Dig is a procedurally-generated Metroidvania. Steamworld Heist is a brilliant tactical RPG. Steamworld Dig 2 is one of our favorite Metroidvanias out there. And now, Steamworld Dig Quest seeks to uphold that legacy of improvisation and improvement with a card/turn-based combat system that’s similar to Slay The Spire.
You draw cards at random from a pre-determined deck, fighting enemies in a tactical, turn-based version of a classic Final Fantasy. Knowing Image & Form’s track record, we expect nothing but great things from this one.
Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh comes out on Switch first sometime in 2019.
And that’s everything! Are there any other indies that you’re dying to see brought to Nintendo’s hybrid console? Personally, this writer would love to get addicted to Spelunky all over again (c’mon Derek Yu, make it happen). In the meantime, be sure to read our favorite indie games that are already on Switch, and our favorite indie games of 2018. For everything else video games, stay tuned to Culture of Gaming.