Everything from the December 2019 Nintendo Switch indie showcase
Nintendo’s Switch has become the de facto indie machine, the one place apart from the PC where developers can take offbeat ideas and hope to find an audience. Every few months Nintendo features several of these independent titles in a video showcase. Today’s video showed off 16 titles headed to the Switch over the coming months.
Pixelly RPGs are no stranger to the Switch, and this one from Sidebar Games looks like it borrows from Camelot’s Mario Golf and Mario Tennis RPGs on the Game Boy Color. In this sequel to Golf Story, the protagonist is shown using a variety of sports equipment to hit golf, tennis, and volleyballs into various goals, mashing up multiple sports into something new. We’ll find out why a baseball pitcher was throwing toasters at you when Sports Story launches in mid-2020.
Lizardcube, Dotemu, and Guard Crush Games bring back this classic Sega beat-em-up with a new look inspired by pulp comic books. A new character named Adam Hunter was revealed during the showcase, a shades-wearing brawler with fiery kicks and punches. The character’s brother was introduced in Streets of Rage 2, and his daughter Cherry will be another playable option when Streets of Rage 4 comes out sometime in the first half of 2020.
Gleamlight has a unique aesthetic inspired by stained-glass windows. Not much was shown of this platformer, but it seems you’ll be playing the part of a special sword in the hands of a red-clad protagonist. The visuals are striking, and the developers made the choice not to cover them up with any user interface elements. The developer for this title is DICO, whose name you might recognize from their contract work on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Expect this one in early 2020.
Streamline Games brings us this co-op action brawler, which seems to be taking inspiration from Overcooked. Players can either work together or compete with up to three other players to defeat monkeys made of bread and sacrifice them to the Guardians of Dough. This one should come out in summer of 2020.
Digital Continue is the studio behind this love letter to 8 and 16-bit games from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The concept behind Supermash is fascinating, allowing players to choose two genres and combine them into a single game which borrows elements from both playstyles. This one’s available now on the Epic Games Store and will be headed to the Switch, PS4 and Xbox One in May 2020.
This first-person puzzle game has been out for a while on other platforms, but the Deluxe Edition is the first time it’s been available on a Nintendo console. Fans of Portal should like this game, which puts you in the role of an android who must solve puzzles to progress deeper into a mysterious island. The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition is available now.
Sail Forth lets you explore a pretty, cel-shaded ocean from the deck of a tall ship. Players will have to deal with wind, pirates and sea monsters as they chart a course from island to procedurally-generated island, rescuing sailors and looting the wreckage of sunken ships. Later in the game, it’ll be possible to command an entire fleet, giving orders to the boats you’re not personally commanding. Sail Forth will be available for Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PS4 sometime in 2020.
Not strictly an indie game, Epic’s free-to-play Monster Hunter clone has been available on PC, Xbox One and PS4 for a while now, but it’s finally making its way to the Nintendo Switch. Dauntless on Switch launched immediately following the presentation, and players who log in on the Switch will receive the cosmetic Skyfighter armor and Skymetal weapon set. Since Dauntless supports cross-platform play, it may be worth logging in on the Switch just for the bonus goodies.
Coming soon from Media Tonic and the Irregular Corporation, this murder mystery combines picross-style puzzles with the visual novel style found in Phoenix Wright games. Set in the mid 1990’s, Murder By Numbers features music by Phoenix Wright’s Masakazu Sugimori and character designs by Hatoful Boyfriend’s Hato Moa. This will be a timed Switch exclusive when it releases in early 2020.
Originally an Xbox exclusive, this 2005 shooter has gained a cult following over the years and is well-regarded as one of the best games to come from the Oddworld universe. You play as a bounty hunter named Stranger who uses live ammunition (bugs, rodents, what have you) in his unique crossbow as he tries to save up enough money for a mysterious, life-saving operation. The Switch version will feature gyroscopic aiming when it releases in January 2020.
This adorable game features a variety of chubby birds on skateboards, wearing tiny clothes and grinding their way through cardboard skate parks (Note the “Thrusher” magazines that feature in the ramps). Originally a Kickstarter project, this game takes clear inspiration from Tony Hawk. And you can play as a tiny hawk. Expect SkateBIRD in late 2020.
With a visual style borrowed from black-and-white indie comics, Liberated tells a story set in a near-future dystopia and will let players experience the story from many different points of view. The gameplay shown brings to mind cyberpunk classics such as Shadowrun. Another timed Switch exclusive, Liberated will release in 2020.
This is exactly what it sounds like. A game in which you explore a dungeon to find weapons which transform into eligible bachelors, Boyfriend Dungeon combines a dating sim with isometric dungeon crawling for those who were disappointed all the weapons in Xenoblade Chronicles turned into females. Kitfox games is working on this title, which will release sometime in 2020.
Yet another timed exclusive, Afterburner Studios brings us this solemn action RPG which promises deep combat and procedurally generated levels based on dreams and nightmares. The puppety characters and fuzzy visuals help give this title a surreal, dreamlike quality. Expect Dreamscaper to release early in 2020.
Set in the same world as Team 17’s The Escapists, this survival game lets you train monkeys to do your dirty work as you explore a procedurally-generated desert island. Up to four players can work together locally or online to build, craft, and try to survive the hostile environment. The Survivalists will release in 2020.
One of the better indie Metroidvanias of the past few years is getting a sequel. The original Axiom Verge was all the more impressive because it was programmed by a single person over a period of five years. Since then, Thomas Happ has been hard at work on a sequel, set to release in the Fall of 2020. It looks like players will be controlling a different character with some different abilities, but we hope the Glitch Gun from the first game will still make an appearance.
You can watch the full presentation from Nintendo below: