We had a wonderful surprise from Nintendo this week, as they had a showcase called Indie World. Much like the Nindies Direct, this showcase was aimed toward future and upcoming indie releases for the Nintendo Switch. I will briefly go over the presentation and touch upon the amazing selection Nintendo provided. Most of these titles you may have heard of, and some have already been released on other platforms. But when they hit the Switch, let's be honest, we all know indies feel the best when you can take them on the go.
First up, a beautiful trailer was shown of Risk of Rain 2, an action packed shoot 'n' loot multiplayer game developed by Hopoo Games. If you didn't piece this together, Risk of Rain 2 is a sequel to the classic roguelike Risk of Rain and finally gets its debut on the Switch. In Risk of Rain 2 you will tread beautifully crafted worlds while eliminating hordes of foes to loot any and everything you can possibly get your hands on. Sounds easy, right? Not a single run is ever similar to the last. The more you play, the more proficient you become. So, be keen and take down your enemies before they eliminate you first. Grab your friends and get ready for an epic adventure – Risk of Rain 2 hits Nintendo Switch this Summer (so very soon) and is currently available on PC.
Next, we get a spectacular look at Eastward – developed by Pixpil. Eastward is a charming adventure RPG that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Society begins to crumble and hits shockingly low numbers in population. John, a miner, meets this little girl named Sam in a mysterious looking underground facility. You'll have control over both characters as the pair ventures out to find facts on Sam's past and who she is. The journey will be long and perilous, for you will encounter a great deal of problems and creatures threatening local towns. Eastward has many amazing locales to visit and explore, and an amazing soundtrack to boot. The game has not been released yet, but is slated for release sometime in 2020.
The fun doesn't stop there! Rock em' and sock em' in this hardcore, headbanging shmup, Freedom Finger. Shmup fans, this one is for you! Though, it's not completely pleasing to the eyes in comparison to other shmups, Freedom Finger has that same tight experience with a bit of humor thrown in that won't go stale. Maneuver your ship/hand to smash and bash your enemies and to use them as weapons. Cause an uproar and devastate everything in your path – completing increasingly more difficult levels and giving your foes the bird of all birds. Freedom Finger is developed by Wide Right Interactive and hits Switch and other platforms this Fall. Steam has a release date for 27/9/2019, but don't hold your breath if you have to wait a little longer for this to hit Switch.
Any fans of point-and-click adventure games, like me? Well, you're in for a treat with this next one. Roki (Ro-ke) is our culprit this time, and boy do we have a gem here. The game is an ominous fairy-tale adventure, as they say, based off Scandinavian folklore. You play as Tove, a young girl traveling through a living, winter-wonderland of a forest. Meet all kinds of creatures and befriend them to aid you in your journey. On your expedition, you'll face a handful of challenges, and if you find yourself having a tough time overcoming those challenges the game does a great job at giving you the help you need. Developed by Polygon Treehouse, Roki is a game for everyone, and it releases this winter. So yes, that means either 2019 or 2020. Most likely 2020...
Torchlight 2, a game developed by Runic Games, is making its way to Switch, PS4 and Xbox One on September 3rd. In Torchlight 2 you'll have plenty to do in each run as you loot and grind your way through a procedurally generated world. Choose between four character classes, Berserker, EMBERmage (see what I did there?), Engineer, and Outlander. Each with unique attributes to fit your play-style. Heavily inspired by Diablo, Torchlight 2 brings lots of action for you and several of your friends to enjoy together. It captures the same thrill as the first game in the series, and will have you coming back time and time again. If you're itching to get in the action, PC players can enjoy the game right this very minute, which I might based on this trailer alone.
Want to relive your 90's where you wished you could skateboard as well as you could play Tony Hawk Pro Skater? I've got good news for you, Skater XL is pulling a 720 Ollie on to your Switch sometime in 2020. Pull off insane tricks and impress your friends by taking the Switch out of the dock, placing it on the floor and demonstrating just how good you are. JOKING. That would be quite the sight to see, though. Honestly, I don't really need to give a description of this game. These games speak for themselves, and I've got nothing against them. To me, it looks exactly the same as the 50 other skateboarding games out there, but I know a good handful of you like those games, so this one's for you. And now you'll get to enjoy skateboarding on the go, perhaps on a skateboard. Although I don't advise doing that either. We don't want Pokemon Go all over again. Skater XL is developed by Easy Day Studios Pty Ltd.
Defy the laws of gravity in Youropa, a game developed by frecle. Manipulate You, a Youropean, to use your wall walking abilities and to figure out how to piece together the broken fragments of the world. Youropa challenges you to break the rules, look at the world from a different perspective, and to test your knowledge of thinking in more than a single way. This game is meant to push the limits of your mind with complex and abstract puzzles/riddles along the way. Beware of crude enemies trying to stop you by any means of putting the world back in its place. Lest not forget, there is a level, map, and character editor so you can create a new world in you own way. Youropa is heading to Nintendo Switch this Winter, while PC players can pick this up right now!
Available today is the indie hit, Superhot. In this FPS, time only moves when you do, and you'll have to do your best to avoid getting killed by an array of bullets. You will be outnumbered – you will be outgunned – and that's what makes the game so thrilling. The game is meant to be fluid cause you want to be as precise with your decisions as possible. Take the red pill, and laugh at how poorly your enemies accuracy is when you slip by each and every shot, punch, etc. Superhot is developed by Superhot, so anytime anyone says superhot, the whole team perks up in question. *knee slapper*
Get ready to defend the dungeon when Dungeon Defenders: Awakened builds its fortress on Switch. Developed by Chromatic Games, Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is...well, a tower-defense game that is action-packed and ready to be played at any occasion. Selecting between four different heroes, you will experience a fantasy world, fending off orcs and goblins a plenty. Loot and level up, set traps and push back those pesky foes. Play solo, or bring some friends along to hold what is rightfully yours! For those of you that can't wait to get into the multiplayer action, there is online co-op, too. BUILD. DEFEND. COMMEND this to your friends so you can have a great time trolling them. Dungeon Defenders: Awakened releases February 2020 as a timed Nintendo Switch exclusive.
Pack your bags, grab plenty of socks and maybe a few pairs of blocks. The Touryst, an action adventure game, will have you doing just that. As you arrive at a place called Monument Islands, you'll have plenty to explore as you go for a swim, visit a retro arcade, surf, or dance to your hearts content at the beach party. You could, however, find what secrets lie on and beneath the island. What exactly lurks down below? How will you find your way out? Can you make it out alive? Did you apply sunscreen to your nose? All this and more when The Touryst washes ashore and on your Switch this November.
From the creators of the hit indie game, Slime-san, publisher Fabraz and developer Umaiki Games are here to announce Skellboy. Skellboy is a charming and unique action-rpg that will challenge your know-how, and reward you for being curious. Explore this expansive singleplayer experience in a new world known as Cubold. Skippy, a long forgotten hero, has emerged from the dead, though not intentionally. The king's evil court magician has recently been dumped by the princess, and he was left with bitterness and rage. So, the magician snaps, and decides to use his power to call upon evil spirits of another realm to resurrect the dead and many demonic monstrosities. Skippy comes fully equipped with the ability to swap out body parts for bigger and better equipment. Master all sorts of weapons, and take down the evil court magician! It's up to you...er, um I mean Skippy, to take a stand and be the hero once more! Skellboy has a release date for December 3rd of this year.
We all like dragons. Don't lie. I know you do. Well, in EarthNight, dragons have invaded earth and have now claimed it for their own. It's up to a 14-year-old high-schooler and freelance photographer, Sydney, to put and end to this dragon apocalypse. Somehow making your way into space, you'll jump and dash across the backs of dragons. The game plays kinda like an endless runner, but with a twist. You will switch perspectives and free-fall, maneuvering past any and all dragons in your path. Earn and unlock power-ups that play a vital role in how you play the game. Rock out to a spectacular soundtrack, composed and performed by chiptune musician Chipocrite. EarthNight is launching on Switch, alongside PS4 and Steam, this Fall and is developed by Cleaversoft.
Get ready to relive a classic. Hotline Miami Collection is coming to Switch and it's about as Cyberpunk as you can get it. If you haven't played any of the Hotline games, you can enjoy both on your Switch right now. Hotline Miami is a balls to the wall action game. Spewing raw brutality, off the chain gunplay, and fist in your face combat. Once you're finished with that, you can enjoy the stunning conclusion of Hotline Miami with Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. The sequel is riddled with revenge and forceful encounters where you'll need to do whatever it takes to stay alive. Do you have what it takes, or will you accept your fate? The Hotline Miami Collection was developed by Dennaton Games.
A game no one anticipated is making it's way to Nintendo Switch, September 27th – Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition. In this beautifully crafted platform adventure game, you'll delve deep into the forest of Nibel and learn that it is dying. A young orphan destined to save his home, finds the courage to confront a dark and malevolent foe. The definitive edition comes packed with all new areas, secrets, abilities, story sequences, multiple difficulty modes, full backtracking support, and loads more! Don't pass this one up, folks. With Ori and the Will of the Wisps coming up soon, I wouldn't be surprised to see that get a release on Switch, too.
I'll reiterate that once these indies hit the Switch, they'll feel right at home and better than ever. There are a handful of really great indie titles coming to the Nintendo Switch, as well as other platforms, within the coming months and I couldn't be more excited. What are some of your most anticipated titles for the Switch? Are there any titles you wish you would've seen that didn't appear in the showcase? For me, it probably would have been Cross Code, but I'm sure we'll see that soon enough. The hype doesn't stop there, though. I'll leave off with a few more titles to ponder upon in the video below. Check it out!
Sparklite looks spectacular...just saying.