Still here? We've got a few more 2023 releases lined up here, as well as some titles we think will hit the eShop later in the year, but haven't had an official release date yet. Dig in!
Oxenfree II: Lost Signals - 2023
"Five years after the events of OXENFREE, Riley returns to her hometown of Camena to investigate mysterious radio signals. What she finds is more than she bargained for."
Pepper Grinder - 2023
"Pepper Grinder is an action-packed pirate adventure starring the titular Pepper, a seafaring soul with a passion for prospecting, and Grinder, her super-powered drilling device. Shipwrecked and robbed of her treasure, Pepper must spin up her trusty sidearm to reclaim what the mischievous Narlings stole."
SacriFire - 2023
"For as long as we have worked on SacriFire, we’ve held to one simple but ambitious concept: to take the best of the games we grew up with (Vagrant Story and Xenogears amongst them) and to combine those elements with contemporary storytelling and QoL improvements in order to create an RPG experience that feels simultaneously nostalgic and modern."
Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley - 2023
"A musical adventure game in which Snufkin needs to restore the harmony of Moominvalley, after a series of grotesque parks has appeared and ruined the valley's natural balance. The game is an ambient and wholesome experience for both kids and adults, and combines open world-mechanics with puzzles, stealth and melodic elements."
The Plucky Squire - 2023
"When the malevolent Humgrump realizes he's the villain of the book - destined to lose his battle against the forces of good for all eternity - he kicks the heroic Jot out of its pages and changes the story forever. Jot must face challenges, unlike anything he's ever seen if he is to save his friends from Humgrump's dark forces and restore the book's happy ending. "
Wargroove 2 - 2023
"Wargroove is back! Embark on an all-new adventure, filled with unlikely friendships, unknown adversaries, and ugly revenge plots. Wage war against your foes with a cast of new Commanders and utilise their new tiered ‘groove’ ability system to sway the fight in your favour. Design and share maps, cutscenes, and campaigns with easy-to-use editors and in-depth customization tools."
Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends - TBD
"A non-linear platformer based on Winsor McCay’s groundbreaking 1905 comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland, which follows the adventures of a 7-year-old boy in the world of his dreams. Players control Nemo and his 3 friends: each character has their own unique powers for exploring the many surreal environments as they confront Fiends threatening to destroy Nemo’s happy dreams forever!"
Mineko's Night Market - TBD
"Explore a large handcrafted world filled with unique resources, diverse townsfolk to meet, and crafting goods to sell, all while unravelling the island’s mysteries behind the mythological Sun Cat, Abe. Or what was always believed to be a myth…"
ONDE - TBD
"Catch a wave in this smooth sound-surfing platformer: Let ethereal tunes carry you fluidly through serene abstract landscapes, tune into soothing sound spheres and revel in a meditative journey of life."
Rune Fencer Illyia - TBD
"An intense, atmospheric action-platformer with a heavy focus on exploration and combat. Traverse an enormous, mysterious and dangerous world, meet strange allies and enemies, and outfight your numerous foes with fast-paced swordplay and powerful runic magic."
Snacko - TBD
"Former big city kitties Momo and Mikan are starting a new life on a seemingly deserted island. Unravel its mysteries while you rebuild a community, farm, fish, and explore the island and beyond!"
She Dreams Elsewhere - TBD
"A deeply personal narrative dealing with real world themes such as mental health and self-identity combined with strategic turn-based combat, mind-bending levels, and a surreal, visually-striking world ripe for exploration."
2023 is looking pretty good — make sure to check out our other list for the bigger games coming this year, too! And, if you're more about looking to the past, you can read our Best Switch Games article that covers everything up to this year.
Which indies are you looking forward to in 2023? Are there any "TBD"s you'd love to see sometime soon? Let us know in the comments!
Instantly gonna snap some of these up when they go on sale. Wait, they are already cheap? Sold!
The Plucky Squire looks amazing. Can't wait for that one.
Tony thor looks creative with the hammer bouncing physics
Holy fuzzy fuzzballz some of these games look adorable. Mineko’s, in particular, has caught my eye.
My partner introduced me to Tove Jansson last year and i read all the books and watched the biopic. So the Snufkin melody game will be preordered.
A couple games not on this list that i am eagerly anticipating, games that are a bit further off, are Wizard with a Gun and Moonstone Island.
Excellent and helpful list here.
Afterimage, Sea of Stars and Plucky Squire are in my list. And now also Little Nemo, I didn't knew there was a coming up game from him. I used to play the NES game and it was really good (hard but really good).
I feel like there is another one missing... what was that game called? "Satin Music" or something? Sequel to "Empty Soldier"?
I dunno... It's on the tip of my tongue. 😏
Plucky Squire looks absolutely fantastic, instant buy
Sea of Stars is my most anticipated game of 2023 after Zelda TOTK and Xenoblade 3's expansion DLC.
Lots of games previously announced but have gone silent. Braid, El Shaddai, Alien Hominid, Kingdom Come, Outer Wilds, etc.
I mean The Plucky Squire. 😅
As a fan of Windwaker, A Short Hike, and Kiki’s Delivery Service, I’m really hoping that Mika and the Witch’s Mountain will be good.
Bo and Snuffkin for me
Snuffkin looks absolutely gorgeous. It's like the best season of Moomins - the anime from the 90s - came to life. It's more than we could ask for.
Pepper Grinder looks like a creative and awesome platformer. Looking forward to that one for sure.
Probably need a review for most but they pretty much ALL interest me.
There are sequels to Coffee Talk and Wargrove which will most likely be insta-downloads.The latter is a particular fav of mine in the Indie sector.
Sea of Stars is obviously a strong consideration too as is Cassette Beasts.
As I say though, a lot of strong potential there! Looking forward to reading about them and playing many or most!
Sea of Stars and Pepper Grinder for me. I'm also looking forward to Gunbrella.
Sea of Stars has been on my radar since finishing The Messenger. Really excited about that one.
Sea of Stars has some of the best pixel art I've seen. I wish the writing matched the tone set by the visuals, but given how The Messenger was, I guess it's not a surprise that it doesn't really take itself seriously.
Two upcoming games that deserve mention are Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes and Freedom Planet 2. We should be receiving both this year.
Mika and the Witch's Mountain
@yacsama Yeah, I thought Tiny Thor looked the best these, it would be great to get a physical release.
Well... What's about Braid: Definitive Edition and Alien Hominid Invasion?
Afterimage, Tiny Thor, Plucky Squire, Bo, Pepper Grinder, man, there are some truly awesome indie games coming.
They keep me coming back to my Switch, I have way more indie titles than anything else on my Switch.
I hope they get physical copies.
Keep them coming.
Out of all of the ones listed, I think the ones I would most likely purchase are The Garden Path, Bilkin's Folly, The Plucky Squire, and She Dreams Elsewhere. All of those look up my alley. I am most interested in She Dreams Elsewhere. Something about it intrigues me.
Definitely some fun looking games here.
Sea of Stars and Plucky Squire on the top of my list. Definitely keeping a few others on my radar and will check out the reviews once they drop.
@Magician Alien Hominid Invasion gets semi-regular development updates on The Behemoth's YouTube channel, actually, and just got a 2023 release window as well
Was hoping to see Victory Heat Rally up there. I’m dying for that to come out
Dear Plucky Squire,
Please be awesome and not a letdown.
Some lookers, that's for sure.
What about Have a Nice Death?
sea of stars is a no brainer...
A lot of these were not on my radar. Thanks
I Hope nintendo release a switch 2 soon most of these games look like they would run on my mobile.
I’ve filled my SD Card and was just looking at upgrading it to a 1TB. I still have 30+ games in my wishlist so add a bunch of these and yeah…I gotta upgrade!
I’d not heard of Onde before but I’m intrigued. The visuals and musical theme make me think of Electroplankton if the series had continued and grown beyond it’s initial concept. And I mean that in a very positive way!
So many cool indies on Switch this year and beyond, pretty much all these interest me just like @LEGEND_MARIOID so I added the ones available on Deku Deals to my wishlist if they weren't there already!
Sea of Stars and Tiny Thor look the best to me.
I ADORED the demo for Sea of Stars, so that's a Day 1 purchase for me. I might not be able to play it then, but I cannot wait.
Dordogne's art style looks like the game smells like natural, woody incense. I don't know why but I could smell it while watching. It just looks lovely.
Sea of Stars, The Plucky Squire, Bō, Tiny Thor and Snufkin most immediately appeal to me, but a bunch look intriguing. Trailers without gameplay make it hard to judge.
The style of battles in She Dreams Elsewhere remind me of Earthbound. I'll keep an eye on it, but tend to avoid thematically heavy games.
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