Today brought us the Nintendo Switch Nindie Showcase, which contained a whole lot of intriguing reveals of download games. If you want to catch up on all the notable announcements check out our Nintendo Switch and Switch eShop channels (mainly the latter).
In addition, though, Nintendo unveiled an awesome infographic showing off Nindie content coming in 2017. It's below, for reference, so we thought we'd take those on the list that are surprises or unfamiliar and break them down. We've taken out games confirmed in the Showcase or covered by us before, focusing on those that are we haven't previously mentioned or are 'new'.
There are a lot of games there, so we're going to adopt short and snappy summaries and let footage do the talking, where possible. Hopefully the list will give you an idea of the Switch downloadable goodies on the way this year, so let's get to it.
Celeste - Developed by the team behind the excellent Towerfall Ascension, this is all about an adventure climbing a mountain, solving mysteries and dealing with your character's shortcomings.
TowerFall Ascension - A welcome port on the way to the Switch, as this was a big hit on consoles and PC for its chaotic multiplayer, in particular.
The Fall Part 2: Unbound - This should be familiar, as it's a sequel that's also coming to the Wii U eShop; here's hoping the intriguing premise and gameplay come through well in this follow-up.
Thumper - This looks like one to be rather excited about, described as "a rhythm violence game: classic action, breakneck speed, and brutal physicality". It's been much acclaimed on PSN and PC.
Splasher - An extremely colourful action platformer that just recently arrived on PC through platforms such as Steam. It's had 'Very Positive' reviews on that store so far and has an aesthetic that will be right at home on Nintendo hardware.
NBA Playgrounds - To be blunt, we don't know what this is and can't find any real information about it (by all means correct us in the comments). The logo is in the infographic, and that's it.
Enter the Gungeon - Now we're back on more solid ground with a Dodge Roll game published by Devolver Digital. Already out on PS4 and PC, for example, it's a chaotic dungeon crawler with gunplay at its heart.
Cave Story and 1001 Spikes - Yes, we're bundling these together, because you know probably know these games from multiple releases across Wii U and 3DS (and beyond with Cave Story). That's not to say they're not welcome on Switch, but if you want information on them there are plenty of reviews around the site; we wrote this after a long day, so please understand.
Unbox: Newbie's Adventure - Released last year on other platforms by Prospect Games, "Unbox is a 90s style 3D platformer about the ultimate postal service, self-delivering cardboard boxes!" It looks pretty interesting in the trailer below.
NeuroVoider - From Flying Oak Games, this is a twin-stick shooter 'RPG' that you can play in "coop with up to 4 friends, or go alone in an adventure of hack'n'slash rampage, with a pinch of rogue-lite, and some permadeath". This seemed to make a good impression on PC and other consoles last year.
Pankapu - A title that's previously arrived on Steam in episodic form and seems to have been well received, it's a "narrative and episodic platform/action game that takes place in the dreams of Djaha'rell, a child once troubled by a tragic incident."
Duck Game - By Adult Swim Games, this is a bit of a cult classic on PC, in which various animals in hats blow each other to bits in creative ways. It's one of those fun local multiplayer games, and could go down extremely well on Switch.
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove - Another one from Adult Swim Games that is sure to play on nostalgia, this "is a mash-up of the best features from game one and two with a major pile of new presents, earthlings, and a brand new co-op mode thrown in".
Space Dave! - A familiar name as this was previously announced for Wii U, this is a follow-up to the rather enjoyable Woah Dave!. With Choice Provisions also bringing Runner3 to Switch, it's clearly a publisher backing Nintendo's new hardware.
Terraria - Previously out on Wii U and 3DS, you probably know what this is all about; we have reviews of those previous iterations on the site.
Perception - This is an interesting one, a multi-platform title revealed back in 2015; it caused quite a buzz. The development team includes former Bioshock staff, and this one promises much as a new take on the haunted house trope. It looks rather slick, and it's pleasing that Switch is getting in on the action.
Hover: Revolt of Gamers - This was one of those early Kickstarter success stories that met a Wii U eShop stretch goal but, as you can tell by the fact it's still not out, it's taken a while to arrive. It still looks like a promising game, so hopefully the long wait will be worth it.
Away: Journey to the Unexpected - A bit like NBA Playgrounds, this has a logo but we can't find out what it is. Time will reveal all!
Portal Knights - If Minecraft and Dragon Quest Builders had a baby, it would maybe look a bit like Portal Knights. Rather popular on PC and recently announced for PS4, this has the tools to go big on Switch.
The Next Penelope - A title that we loved playing in early access (PC) and had high hopes for on Wii U, sadly it was recently confirmed as cancelled on Nintendo's previous system. The prospect of a Switch version was floated with that news, and it seems that's now on the cards for this year.
Battle Chef Brigade - This one has been getting some buzz ahead of its PC release due to its quirky concept. Fantasy characters hunt monsters but then try to cook them into tasty dishes in a sort-of reality TV cooking contest. It's explained below...
Ittle Dew 2 - The first game (which came to Wii U) was so heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda that in its early stages it was even pitched to Nintendo. It became its own game, of course, and now the sequel is confirmed to be heading to Nintendo Switch.
Phew, so that's a lot of different games that popped up in that infographic. Let us know which ones stand out to you in the comments.