Nintendo used its recent Nintendo Direct to highlight 17 of the biggest indie games that Switch owners can expect to play over the coming months, many of which were shown off for the first time. While you can watch the full video here, we’ve picked out some of the games that we are most excited to get our hands on!
SteamWorld Dig 2
We loved SteamWorld Dig when it released on 3DS and Wii U, and this direct sequel looks to build on everything that made the original such a hit. SteamWorld Dig 2 will see players take on the role of Dorothy, the shop owner from the original game, whose search for her friend takes her deep into a brand-new set of mines. Unlike the first game, the mines this time won’t be procedurally generated, which should take away a lot of the unpredictability that players sometimes found in the original title. It’s also great to see developer Image & Form’s long history with Nintendo continue on Switch.
This spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie is shaping up to be everything that fans of the N64 series have been hoping for. For the avoidance of doubt, Nintendo confirmed during the Direct that the game will arrive on Switch later this year and that it will also feature multiplayer. The Switch version will be the only one that you can take on the go with you, and with its vibrant art style, it’s sure to look great in both handheld and TV mode. While a firm release date hasn’t been set yet for the Switch version, it is available on other consoles on April 11, so we expect this to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
WarGroove is the Advance Wars game that Nintendo has decided that it doesn’t want to make for the time being, and it looks like it will satisfy all your medieval army turn-based strategy needs. The game features single player, local and online multiplayer modes and comes complete with a map editor for making your own levels. It’s coming to Switch sometime in 2017, but we hope to see more of this in the coming months.
From developer Zoink Games (creator of the similarly bizarre Stick it To The Man!), Flipping Death was one of the new announcements that particularly stood out to us, thanks to its bright art style and strong sense of humor. It’s an adventure platformer which lets you flip between the worlds of the living and dead, allowing players to possess the living in order to use them to solve puzzles. The game also promises to use HD Rumble in interesting ways and more information is expected to be announced in the coming months.
What more can be said about Stardew Valley? The massively popular farming sim is already available on other platforms, and has received a steady stream of content updates since release. It’s the Harvest Moon (aka Story of Seasons) game that other systems have lacked and, while the 3DS has just received Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, Stardew Valley‘s wide acclaim is for good reason. Nintendo also announced during the Direct that the Switch version of the game will be the first to feature a multiplayer mode, which is an added bonus for fans who have yet to pick this up.
Other games announced for the Switch during the Direct included The Escapists 2, Runner 3, Blaster Master Zero and Shakedown: Hawaii.
What were your favorite announcements from the Nindie Direct? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!