Recap: Nindies Showcase Summer 2018

The Switch has really become an ideal home for indie games and Nintendo is doing its best to highlight them. Not only did we get the Nintendo UK Indie Highlights presentation from Gamescom last week, but yesterday we got a Nindie Showcase (from Nintendo of America) – another short ‘Direct-like’ presentation of even more indie games making their way to the Nintendo Switch soon. There were one or two surprises and lots of highlights so be sure to check out our breakdown of all the games shown below (all videos and descriptions are as per the Nindies Showcase video):

Hyperlight Drifter (6 September)

2D Action RPG set in a ruined world of dreams and nightmares (with Nintendo Switch exclusive content).

TowerFall (27 September)

The archery combat party game from the creators of Celeste comes to the Switch, now with a new 6-player battle mode. It also includes both Dark World and Ascension expansions, 4 player co-op mode and Celeste characters Madeline and Badeline are also playable.

Treasure Stack (Launches this Winter (US))

A falling block puzzle game with a unique platforming element thrown in for good measure. Crossplay is enabled.

Zarvot (October 2018)

Arcade game all about friendship… and bright coloured cubes… and evil bananas, bad milk cartons and even lasers? Yup, plus there’s story and versus modes to boot. And exclusively for the Switch… Joy-bot (a single Joy-con powered baddie).

Mineko’s Night Market (Launches early 2019)

20 hours of story-based gameplay which includes cats planted in gardens, carpentry-related jellyfish boxes and the search for an… err the Abe? Be sure you’re into cats before trying this one

Samurai Gunn 2 (Launches early 2019)

Gunn City is under a supernatural threat and it’s up to figure out why while exploring and all new adventure. Including 4 player versus mode and accompanying graphic novel.

Bullet Age (November 2018)

After nuclear fallout, it’s up to Ash to save New Haven and what it has become. Co-op action game, with swords, guns and even a little platforming.

The World Next Door (Launches early 2019)

A narrative-driven game which takes place in a magical parallel world. Branching dialogue, stories that alter depending on your choices and even multiple creepy-looking puzzle battles are all included.

LevelHead (November 2018)

Oddball humour wrapped around a level building game where up to 4-people can co-op to build, play and share together. Think Mario Maker – less Mario, more mayhem.

King of the Hat (Launches early 2019)

Ever felt like you really needed a party game themed around knocking your friends’ hats off their heads? Well, look no further because that game is here. Fast-paced action, two-button controls, plus local and online play mean you’ll be the hat-wearing washing machine with the last laugh.

Untitled Goose Game (Launches early 2019)

It’s a game where you play the role of a goose, and honestly, that may be all you need to know. Maniacal goose simulator anyone?

A few other games were also briefly shown as the showcase began wrapping up including:

  • Desert Child (December 2018)
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut (13 September 2018)
  • Bastion (13 September 2018)
  • The Messenger (30 August 2018)
  • Undertale (18 September 2018)
  • Jackbox Party Pack 5 (October 2018)
  • Transistor (November 2018)
  • Dragon: Marked For Death (13 December 2018)
  • Lightfingers (20 September 2018)
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP (October 2018)

A new indie-specific channel on the Nintendo Switch was then announced. The new channel will include the “latest announcements, In-depth Q and As, Developer stories and more” and is available now.

And of course, there was the “oh and one more thing…” game reveal:

Into The Breach (Available now)

The world is being threatened by giant creatures breeding underground. The World has been left decimated, and it is up to you controls mechs to hold off the threat. Sound familiar? Well, time travel is also somehow involved in this ‘minimalistic, turn-based combat’ single player game.

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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