RIVE is the last game by Two Tribes, with the founders of the company that brought us the Toki Tori franchise signing off with a full-on and explosive 2D shooter. As a nod to ideals of old-school difficulties and game styles it's an excellent title, but sadly its Wii U eShop version looked doomed and is now officially dropped. The good news is that an 'expanded' version of the game is coming to Switch this year.
Part of the reasoning for this game moving away from Wii U related to performance, with the developers eager that the game run at a solid 60fps, as befitting its genre. In a press release confirming the Switch version that target is re-emphasized - Engine Software is pitching in with development and the Switch will get an 'exclusive' and expanded version of the game, which came out on various platforms in 2016.
Now, we can finally reveal what we've been up to: RIVE was bumped from Wii U to Nintendo Switch, where it'll be playable in ultra-fast and super-challenging 60 FPS glory.
We're developing RIVE on Nintendo Switch together with Engine Software. Details about the game's exclusive Nintendo Switch expansion, as well as a release date, will be announced later on.
Two Tribes has always had a strong Nintendo tradition. Toki Tori on Game Boy Color was our debut, way back in 2001! Since then, many of our games have appeared on Nintendo platforms, including Toki Tori 2+ and RUSH. Lots of fans have let us know they'd like to play RIVE on a Nintendo system. So we can't wait to finally bring RIVE to Nintendo Switch!
RIVE is a great fit for Nintendo Switch. It was always intended as an explosive ode to the action games of the early nineties. Nostalgic, yet thoroughly modern. And we feel that Nintendo Switch, too, is all about bringing the experience from our youth, playing deep and skill-based games together, to the current day.
We were impressed with RIVE when we played it on PC, so this is definitely one to watch.
Is this going on your Switch eShop wishlist for later in the year?