Okay it may not be the best portmanteau in gaming history but the announcement of “nindies” is still a positive one. Basically Nintendo have decided to join Sony, Steam and Microsoft in pushing all things indie alongside the big hits. Gamers considering a move to the Switch need no longer miss out on smaller titles. More than 64 indie games will be coming to Switch in the next year. Gives a whole new meaning to Nintendo 64 doesn’t it? I don’t think that was an accident in marketing…
New games will be released every week and will be downloadable through the eShop. This is clearly in a similar style to the more established formats.
Not all of the games due to be released were shown in the video showcase; some were confirmed in a later news release. Here are the confirmed titles and any exclusivity that has been announced.
Steamworld Dig 2: Released on Switch Summer 2017.
Yooka-Laylee: Switch will receive multiplayer modes first.
Overcooked Special Edition: The special edition will include HD Rumble integration for the Switch Joy-Con controllers.
The Escapists 2: Released in 2017.
Gonner: Released in 2017. Exclusive Switch content.
Kingdom Two Crowns: Released in 2017.
Runner3: The game will be a Switch exclusive when it launches in Autumn 2017. N.B. Runner3 had previously been confirmed for PS4 and XB1. This may mean it is a timed exclusive.
Blaster Master Zero: Released on March 9th.
Flipping Death: Released in 2017.
Graceful Explosion Machine: Released in April as a Switch timed exclusive.
Dandara: Released Summer 2017.
Mr. Shifty: Released in April as a Switch timed exclusive.
TumbleSeed: Released in Spring 2017.
Shakedown: Hawaii: Release imminent.
Pocket Rumble: Released in March 2017 as a Switch exclusive.
WarGroove: Released in 2017.
Stardew Valley: New multiplayer mode will debut on the Switch this Summer.
Thumper: Released in Spring 2017.
Perception: Released in 2017.
Ultimate Chicken Horse: Released in 2017.
Rogue Trooper Redux: Released in 2017.
NBA Playgrounds: Released in 2017.
Celeste: Released in 2017.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth: Released in March 2017.
Fast RMX: Switch launch title.
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment: Switch launch title.
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove: Switch launch title.
Kudos where Kudos are Due
There is no doubt that this lineup greatly increases Nintendo’s indie credentials. It’s a strong list and bodes well as a starting block. It yet again shows that Nintendo are working hard to make the Switch a success. And I think they just might get away with it…