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  • 09/07/17 10:30 PM

    Nintendo's Nindies Showcase Rundown

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    Jesse "Chime" Collins

     

    Nintendo has really given a spotlight to the independent developers as of late, which is great for lesser known devs to get some spotlight in such a crowded world. The Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and 3DS systems all have a smattering of indie games, both good and bad. The Nintendo Switch is no different. Nintendo’s “Nindies Showcase” plucked out some of the finer examples of “indie” coming to the Switch over the next 6 months.

     

    Super Meat Boy Forever

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    In a silly start to the showcase, the trailer shows off Meat Boy and Bandage Girl from Super Meat Boy on a new adventure to rescue their child named Nugget from Dr. Fetus. If you haven’t played anything from the series, I might sound insane, but the games have always been enjoyable, chaotic platformers. This game will adapt to player experience by making levels beefier and more difficult as you play, as well as updates to the entire control scheme and layout. It’ll be out sometime in 2018.

    Shovel Knight: King of Cards

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    Shovel Knight has been putting out side games the focus on other characters within the Shovel Knight story, ultimately called Treasure Trove. Shovel Knight: King of Cards is the final game in the saga and focuses on King Knight, an all gold, armored knight with a crown and cape. The game brings four new worlds and more than thirty new courses to the beloved franchise. The game will be out sometime early in 2018.

    Mom Hid My Game

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    This game is a simple puzzle game where players seek and find their gaming system in different ways. The game will be out on the Switch and 3DS in late 2017.

    Golf Story

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    This game looks not-unlike Stardew Valley at first glance, with the 16-bit look and RPG elements. But, the fact that the character is a golfer adds to a very different way of play. Players find new courses, traverse a very vivid world, and follow along a deep, well told story. This is definitely a game to keep an eye out for when it comes out this month on the Switch.

    Floor Kids

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    This is a break dancing rhythm game in a sketch-drawn style. With original beats by Kid Koala, hundreds of moves to use, and several locations, the game is a definite grab for rhythm gamers when it comes out Holiday 2017.

    Wulver Blade

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    Wulver Blade takes the form of a 1980s and 1990s beat ‘em up-style game with a twist. The game depicts real people in their own way, very much like the Assassin’s Creed series does. The hand-drawn art add to the cinematic appeal and will be a great game to snag this month, when it comes out.

    Poly Bridge

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    This game is inspired by tons of online browser games with similar ideas. Poly Bridge is a bridge building game that tasks players with figuring out challenges and the best ways to keep a bridge from collapsing, all while dealing with obstacles and events. Bridge builders should grab the game this holiday 2017 on the Switch.

    Kentucky Route Zero TV Edition

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    Kentucky Route Zero came out in 2013 on Steam and has been a smash hit indie game ever since. Their plans to add a final act, named “Act V”, to the already established game prove to make the “TV Edition” (Their name for the console ports) a definitive edition. It’ll be out early 2018.

    Earth Atlantis

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    Earth Atlantis gives a real story to a side-scrolling shooter game, focusing on a sub that’s deep underwater. Power-ups about as players shoot ‘em up across many levels and bosses. Expect the game this Fall.

    Next Up Hero

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    Make by Joe Tringali, of Scribblenauts and Drawn to Life fame, brings a new type of multiplayer game to the Switch. Taking turns, players fight their way through tons of enemies to their very eventual death. When someone dies, the next player can revive your “echo” to play as an AI companion for their turn. This formulaic system keeps players in the game as often as possible and is expected early 2018.

    SteamWorld Dig 2

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    During the first “Nindies Showcase” back in February, Nintendo announced SteamWorld Dig 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed indie game. They proceeded to leave out when it was due out, which this showcase finally announced as coming this month, September 21st, 2017.

    Mulaka

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    Mulaka, upon first look, is a beautiful game that takes root in Tarahumara Mexican culture and ideas. Fighting monsters and embarking on a journey, this action-adventure game is definitely among the most appealing to look at on this list. Players can expect it out early 2018.

    Yono and the Celestial Elephants

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    This game takes the cake as the “cutest game”, featuring an adorable elephant protagonist named Yono. This puzzle-platformer game is due October 12th, 2017.

    Dragon: Marked For Death

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    This side-scrolling action-RPG comes from Inti Creates, the same people that brought Blaster Master Zero and Mighty Gunvolt Burst. This game follows thirty enormous quests, following several main characters to choose from. The game will be exclusive to the Switch sometime during Winter 2017.

    Battle Chef Brigade

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    Adult Swim Games has been knocking it out of the park when it comes to indie games as of late. Battle Chef Brigade, developed by Trinket Studios, is no different. This is an action platforming game mixed with a “match 3” system. Following the story, players find out different cooking styles of each character and earn ingredients to use during the cooking portion of the game. This will be out this holiday 2017.

    Morphies Law

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    “A Robot Morphology Driven 3D Shooter”, Morphies Law takes the shooter genre and turns it on its head. Depending where players shoot the opponent depends on what mass they gain in their own bodies. Headshots make your own head bigger, etc. This adds a whole level of strategy needed when you’re too big to enter a doorway. As you steal mass, the background giant “avatar” gains mass as well. Biggest avatar at the end of the match wins. Expect to see this game during winter 2017.

    Sausage Sports Club

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    This is totally a party game where cute animals with sausage necks and bodies compete in different modes and challenges against each other. Definitely a good game for having people over when it comes this Fall 2017.

    Light Fingers

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    Light Fingers is a 1 to 4 player game where players control the map and outcome as it progresses, meaning players can work together or not. The game provides tons of game play options, possibility of player misdirection, and tons of loot as the players move along a procedurally generated game. People with friends might pick this game up early in 2018, if they might not want friends anymore.

    Nine Parchments

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    This game seems heavily inspired by games like Gauntlet, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and the entire “beat-em-up” genre. Follow a group of wizards as they take down bosses, unlock new spells and characters, and level up their arsenal when the game comes out this holiday 2017.

    No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again

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    Suda51’s No More Heroes was an absolute hit on the original Wii and it’s only fitting that “Travis Strikes Again” is exclusive to the Switch. The game takes place 7 years after the original game, where the “Phantom game console” sucks him and “The Bat” into the system. Players have to beat all six of the games and their bosses within the system. This fan-favorite is coming in 2018, exclusively on Switch.

    So, what new indie game for the Switch are you the most excited for? Sound off below!



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