The rumours were true, we did get a special video broadcast today - although it's not a traditional Nintendo Direct, but a highlight reel which shows some of the upcoming indie titles we'll be playing on Switch this year.
Titles such as Monster Boy, Night Call, Streets of Rogue, Windjammers, Everspace, Bad North and Morphies Law are all featured. All of the games showcased will be playable at Gamescom this week, so let us know if you're going along and which ones you're especially excited about by posting a comment below.
Here's some PR:
Morphies Law from Cosmoscope: We shoot to grow! We grow to win! Get ready for massively morphiplayer action in Morphies Law, a unique team-based shooter where your size affects your abilities, but bigger isn’t always better. Play 4-vs-4 online* multiplayer, and up to 8-person local multiplayer**, with offline play versus bots. Create your own weapons and customise your morphie, with motion-controlled aiming as an option. Morphies Law promises an all-new shooting experience when it launches on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch tonight (20th August at 19:00 CEST).
Bad North from Raw Fury: The King has fallen at the hands of Viking invaders. You must rise to take his place and lead the defence of your homeland in this real-time tactics roguelite that will challenge you to pick your battles and plan your strategy carefully. With a charming visual style and gameplay that is accessible to newcomers but offers plenty of tactical depth, Bad North is available now as a timed exclusive on Nintendo Switch. The Viking invasion is here! Will you resist?
Prison Architect: Nintendo Switch Edition from Double Eleven/Introversion Software: The BAFTA award-winning prison construction and management game is available to download now on Nintendo Switch. Look after your inmates by building a secure lockup, taking care of their needs, keeping them safe and healthy, and helping rehabilitate them into productive members of society. But be careful, inmates are people; treat them poorly and you’ll find yourself with a riot on your hands. Prison Architect: Nintendo Switch Edition is a premium edition which includes two popular expansions: All Day And A Night and Psych Ward, letting you up the challenge with new wardens and maps, as well as a new security class – the criminally insane. The Escape Mode DLC, which flips the script and puts the player in the shoes of an inmate looking to break out, will be tunnelling its way onto Nintendo eShop later this summer.
The Gardens Between from The Voxel Agents: In this surreal and original adventure puzzle game, the aim is to guide two best friends through a series of mysterious garden islands. The twist is that you don’t control the characters – you control time itself! Manipulate cause and effect to solve brain-teasing conundrums and watch a dream-like narrative unfold, when The Gardens Between lands on Nintendo Switch on 20th September. It’s available to pre-order from Nintendo eShop now.
Windjammers and Windjammers 2 from Dotemu: The perfect blend of sports, fighting games and 90s style, Windjammers makes a triumphant return on Nintendo Switch, launching on 23rd October. What’s more, an all-new sequel, Windjammers 2, will be slicing into town in 2019.
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom from FDG Entertainment: A legendary series returns with a grand new adventure! Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom borrows the best elements from the classic Wonder Boy in Monster World series to deliver a fresh, modern platforming adventure filled with shape-shifting gameplay, memorable music and stunning hand-drawn animation. Unleash your inner monster anytime, anywhere when the game launches for Nintendo Switch on 6th November.
Moonlighter from 11bit studios and Digital Sun: Play the part of an adventurous shopkeeper with dreams of becoming a hero in Moonlighter, an action-RPG with rogue-lite elements where you’ll have to stay sharp to take care of business – not only with a sword but also quite literally, as you manage your own shop. Coming to Nintendo Switch this autumn.
Children of Morta from 11bit studios and Dead Mage: Hack and slash your way through endless hordes of enemies in this narrative-driven roguelike, which can be played either single player or co-op. Experience what it means to be part of a family of heroes, as they fight to defend their legacy and each other. Children of Morta comes to Nintendo Switch in early 2019.
This War of Mine from 11bit studios: In war, not everyone is a soldier. In this gripping survival game inspired by real-life events, you do not play as an elite soldier but as a group of civilians merely trying to survive in a city under siege. Test your decision making and emotional resilience to the limits when This War of Mine launches on Nintendo Switch in November.
Streets of Rogue from tinyBuild: Streets of Rogue is the world’s only RPG/roguelike/ action/stealth/shooter/brawler megagame, and it’s rumbling on to Nintendo Switch this winter complete with 4-player co-op and exclusive enhancements. Choose from over 20 wildly different character types to fight, sneak and hack your way through randomly generated cities that make for almost unlimited replayability.
Everspace: Stellar Edition from Rockfish Games: Shoot, craft and loot your way to victory in this fast-paced single-player space shooter, which combines roguelike gameplay elements with top-notch visuals and a captivating fully voice-acted story. Everspace: Stellar Edition contains the main game and the Encounters expansion, and blasts its way onto Nintendo Switch in December.
Baba Is You from Hempuli: This unique and tricky puzzler lets you change the rules of the game as you go, leading to some surprising interactions. Experience the fresh and thought-provoking game design in Baba Is You when it comes to Nintendo Switch this autumn.
Slay the Spire from Humble Bundle: If you wish to ascend to the top of the Spire, you must choose your cards wisely! This fusion of deck-building card game and roguelike RPG is already a hit on PC, and now it’s on its way to Nintendo Switch in early 2019.
Night Call from Raw Fury: The clock is ticking and the meter is running! Night Call is a stylish investigative noire game set in Paris, in which you must balance the dual roles of sleuth and cabbie. Can you earn enough to pay your bills while also getting to the bottom of the murder mystery? Find out when Night Call launches for Nintendo Switch in early 2019.
Terraria from 505 Games/Re-Logic: Dig, fight, explore and build! The world is at your fingertips in Terraria, an action-packed game that blends classic adventure with the freedom of sandbox-style creativity. Watch out for it on Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Great list of indie titles <3 Cant wait to grab some of them on my switch <3 Good job!
I thought it will talking about 3D Indie games.
Let’s hope they’re not all massive downloads. My MicroSD card is pushing its limits.
Monster boy looks good. The rest ........
Well yet again another anticlimax
children of morta looked like it has very good potential to me
R.I.P Wallet. What did it mean stay tuned? How do you stay tuned to a YouTube upload?
@thesilverbrick Mine is already full, since Europe usually gets the short end of the stick in terms of physical releases...
I REALLY hope that portable HDD support is a thing soon...
As for the presentation itself, nothing much for me there.
Monster Boy looks great and i probably cave in and get Terraria...again, but other than that, good lineup, but nothing that peaked my interest.
Monster Boy looked superb, Everspace looks good as well. Nothing else was interesting at all for me unfortunately.
Are these all newly announced or did we know about them already? Still good to see more content coming.
Everspace is interesting, morphies law I was interested in but seeing as it really online only I won't be buying it ... Big shame about this direct
Well. Everspace looked alright.
G*DD****T I got so F*ng hyped and I hyped up everyone I know just for an indie showcase, atleast we had terrarria and prison architect. 😭
@thesilverbrick Use that handy Archive button. The icon and save data stay, but the game data is erased. You can easily redownload it later if you want it back.
I'm not hype for the massively multi-player one but the rest look kind of interesting although I could never get into TWOM or Terraria on any other platform.
But they look quality.
Oh my, as I said, I had just hoped for some more news on Bad North and a release date, but I did not expect for it to be available "Right now!" ... gonna load some store credit and download it right away! That's a really nice surprise for one!
Just finished, did they just tease a nintendo direct at the end 😱 “in fact, stay tuned for even more info coming very soon”
A lot of games I'm interested in, that was a good presentation. Shame I can never find the time to play them all.
Bad North, Prison Architect and Morphies Law are available now.
Monster Boy is one I'm looking out for, since it's from the original Westone developers who brought the classic Wonder Boy/Monster Land titles. This one is getting a physical release too as I recall.
Also nice to see Terraria heading Switch-bound, not that I will need it.
Monster Boy is the one I'm interested in. It seems that it's gonna cost 40 bucks.
Some really great looking games on show here.
There's not that many 3D indies, and for a reason : it's much harder to "look good" by today's standards with an indie budget.
Can't say I'm interested in any of the games highlighted though I wonder what "In fact stay tuned for even more info coming very soon" is hinting at.
Hurray for Slay The Spire! Was really hoping it would release on the switch!
A few games look like they have potential, but overall pretty meh. The only game I'm super interested in at this point is Terraria. (And Wargroove, but they didn't show it, only the logo at the end.)
I like Night Call, it has kind of a Papers Please vibe.
I’ve been interested in Moonlighter for a while now. Still am.
@Anti-Matter I'd rather get quality 2d like HK, there is plenty 3d trash.
I just cannot believe that Monster Boy song.
Child of Morta and Everspace were the stand out titles here, but I wouldn't say I'm going to, without question, buy either of them. Although it is cool that Switch is getting Slay the Spire, it's a good fit.
The best part of this Spotlight? It was a prerecorded video and I could fast forward the parts/games that didn't interest me.
Children of Morta and Slay the Spire look/ are splendid. I had hoped for Into the Breach (as my #1 missing indie game on the Switch) as well as FTL and Invisible Inc., but I guess we cannot have everything - at least not right away. Anyways, off to play Bad North now (which btw is only 232MB in size, should anyone care)
I thought this was a pretty decent showing, but I guess I can see why others felt it to be anti-climactic. I've had some friends recommend Slay the Spire to me before, but they made it look way more fun than the trailer did.
And what's up with WarGroove? Maybe the reveal is going to be done by the publishers themselves, hince the "stay tuned" message at the end?
@Ralek85 I loved Invisible Inc! I want something like that/Metal Gear Acid on the Switch sooo badly
Gonna watch it later, but thanks for the text list. This War of Mine could have made this video all by itself - while I have two more versions, the game's pace and need for thought feels a bit too loaded for Remote Play, and I've been reluctant to install the mobile port as with many such games lately (even if they control well on smartphones, there's often the memory space issue when you have 16 Gb on board and Android seems to be waging some kind of quiet cold war with external SD cards as a species). I'm curious about Everspace, too. Too bad Terraria isn't due until next year, but it's not like I have over 200 (probably already closer to 300) other Switch titles on my wishlist regardless. XD
Children of Morta looks promising, but with Diablo 3 coming soon I'm not sure if I need anything else in this genre. Everspace also took my attention but there's Starlink on a horizon & again I don't need two space shooters at the same time, will have to read reviews to make a choice between these two.
And where's AAAwesome Direct? Indies are just filling gaps between big releases so I can't wait for these new reveals, not 3+ years old ports but really new games.
I still don't see Freedom Planet 2.
@Tibob @RichardZ @NewAdvent
I was expecting 3D Indie games like :
2. My Time at Portia
For 2D indies, i was expecting :
1. 99 Vidas
2. Chuka Taisen
Because i knew those Indie games will be released soon this year, but alas.... still no updated information about those games yet. Maybe on the Next Direct again...
And i'm NOT looking for Dark & Negative themed Indie games like from that Direct just now. I want Bright , Colorful & Kiddie looking Indie games like those games i mentioned above. (Except 99 Vidas with Darker theme that i still accept due to similarity with Double Dragon NES)
No Wargroove? I am pretty disappointed by that... Been wanting that game for well over a year now.
 I did spy Wargroove listed at the end of the video. Still sad by any lack of a highlight though.
I didn't watch the Direct, any word if Terraria will have crossplay?
This War Of Mine on Switch... If you wanted to get depressed on the go or in the living room. The game is enjoyable (if one can call it that), but pretty heavy.
@Anti-Matter whilst I agree with you on most of the games in the direct being dark what about Morphies Law? It's the most colourful game I've seen all year, and also a 3D indie.
@oji I dunno, D3 hails from 2012, so chances are most folks who really wanted to play it - even on console - already have. It's a nice get for the Switch, but having been a big fan of Studio11 since their very first mobile game (shocking yes, I know, but Anomaly really was and still is a fun game) I am actually more excited for Morta. I mean Moonligter might be their 'worst' game yet, and even that doesn't imply it is by any means horrible.
Plus, Morta is certainly going to be much cheaper, probably like a quarter of D3 and some folks just might not cherish the idea of paying $60 for what still is in large part 2012 content.
Also, and we'll have to wait and see, but I figure Morta might be the 'better' looking game, assuming the trailer is anything to go by and as long as it also performs smoothly across the board. D3 will be a visual compromise for sure. It's an old game, but with the framerate they are targeting, there have to be cuts when the screen is as busy as it often gets in D3 with plenty of enemies and effects pushing the fillrate.
@Whalehome Absolutley, one of my favourite games in recent years and to me at least in some good ways very reminiscent to one of my all-time favourite games, Incubation
I don't want to play Shooter games.
Monster Boy, Everspace and This War of Mine all look great, not sure about Morphies Law, it kinda looks fun but something about it is off-putting, i can't put my finger on why.
Shame A Hat in Time wasn't announced, i mean i'm not expecting it but i would love it on Switch though.
I'm definitely interested in learning more about Everspace. The more games I can play similar to StarLancer, the better. Also interested in The Gardens Between, Bad North, and Monster Boy.
Still no sign of Hyper Light Drifter...Im worried.
Eugh, when are we getting a normal Direct 🤦♂️
Prison Architect is an intriguing concept, but the game just doesn't look like it would be any fun to play. If there's a demo, I'll have a look, but nothing else here is of interest to me.
Finally a release date for Monster Boy! Can't wait.
As far as indies are concerned, I thought this was a good presentation. Bad North looks awesome, and I'm a sucker for tower defense games.
Nintendo's 2018 line up is weak .......
Already announced fall line up and
Smash Direct 10 days ago and
Diablo 3 announcement a few days ago and
Today's nindies update
All say hello. My wallet is not ready!
I know you love the cute stuff. You make it sound like the direct should have satisfied your very precise taste. Not every game can be Yooka-Laylee, Crash Bandicoot or Spyro, sorry bro.
Monster Boy and Everspace are the two that really piqued my interest
And that's why i was frowning my face with disappointed feeling during & after the Direct.
And i don't have to like those Dark indie games.
During watching Direct from Youtube, i pressed the Right button rapidly to speed up the video playing by amount 10 - 30 seconds. Because i just skipped every single Indie games that i have no interest about.
@sandman89 Monster Boy looks amazeballs I agree.
Monster Boy is as cute and colorful as it gets. I know you want 3D not 2D, but then again : the narrower your tastes are, the less chances you have to be satisfied.
If I decide only black and white games where a waitress is the hero are worth my interest, I can't act surprised that there's not one in every Nintendo presentation.
Everspace was super in my groove definitely getting that when it launches in December as it looks a lot more interesting than Starlink to me.
I still wasn't sure about Monster Boy.
Did you try out Wonder Boy ? It'll be very close to that.
@AndrewJ pretty sure the messenger is coming out this month why need news about that?
Eh... Not interested at all with Wonder Boy.
Don't like the character design, theme, etc.
Hyper light drifter still MIA...
I was hoping to see more on Squadron 51 or get an update or something. Oh well, Monster Boy and Everspace look awesome.
I was not expecting much from this one, but I actually found a good portion of the games interesting - namely, The Gardens Between, Bad North, This War of Mine, Moonlighter, Children of Morta and Everspace (which looks much better than Starlink, IMO). Looks like my gaming wishlist for the next few months is suddenly far more cluttered than it was this morning... 😊
I didn't think there was a big difference between the two games.
Monster Boy looks beautiful
Morphies Law is a 3D game
Sadly, nothing for me here, except maybe, just maybe, Everspace.
Remember when Terraria was supposed to release in 2017? Guess I'm stuck with Minecraft still...
@Ralek85 Most maybe, but I am just about to finish D2 finally (most of the way through the DLC now after a year of scheduling a group to play) so... perfect timing for me.
Honestly, the fact that they didn't save some of the better looking titles on here for a September Direct is either really promising or really worrying, I'm not sure which.
Everspace and Morphie’s Law seem cool.
“Roguelike” is a very hot term right now, haha. It’s getting ridiculous.
WAIT STICK FIGHT IS COMING? WHY DIDN'T THEY SHOW THAT!?
That's like, one of my most played multiplayer games of the last year. Hopefully it'll be a little more stable on Switch, but even if it isn't that's half the fun.
@Anti-Matter Some of my favorite games of all time are games I wasn’t sure I’d like. You are missing out by being so closed minded about gaming. I get that you don’t like violence or shooting (I don’t really either), but there are a huge amount of games that you seem to skip because they don’t fit a very precise mixture of your preferred design choices and themes. I really feel like you would at least like Splatoon if you gave it a chance. Wonder Boy/Monster Boy also seems like something you’d like, but I guess I was wrong after reading your above comments.
Getting Morphies Law tonight.
Moonlighter, Children of Morta, The Gardens Between and Everspace are the highlights for me.
I really was hoping for maybe 1 game i like or atleast the release date.
My time at portia
Mineko's Night Market
But not any of those. I don't want to sound negative and dark. But again a list of releases wich are pure garbage. Except for moon lighter and the Gardens between. And those games i will not purchase to.
i really love to see more simulation games ont the switch. Like animal crossing, my time at portia. But have to wait for that.
I'm not an indi fan. For every good game there is a shed load of stuff that would look more at home on a mobile phone for free. Or at least if they all came with demo's we would get the opportunity to test before we buy. But that's not what the makers want, they would loose sales.
Nintendo did not even want to put this stuff into a proper Direct, maybe it would devalue the point of Directs.
Smoke and Mirrors. These Indi games, Ports and old 3rd party stuff deflects from the lack of new Nintendo games this year.
@link3710 D2? Oh my that brings back like high-school-type memories of lan-parties during the summer holidays, sleep deprivation, pizza-for-a-week and garden hose showers, but I am digressing ^^
I mean, I do not doubt that it will a economically viable release for Blizz. There are enough folks who could benefit from a portable D3 and also some that are heavily focused on Nintendo in their gaming, which simply did not have access to the game yet, and then there are the hardcore fans that might just buy the game a second or a third time no matter what! ^^
Personally I just rather take something new at this point and Children of Morta might, just might fit the bill there - we'll see.
@imgrowinglegs True, but I think it's important to remember that not unlike "Animation" it is not really a genre unto itself. There are vastly different rogue-likes available, just look at Ironcast, which is basically a match-3 type game in a steam-world setting, or Dead Cells, which is basically a Metroidvania with permadeath, or Bad North, which is a an RTS boiled down to it's most essential mechanics. I could easily name a dozen others (like Enter The Gungeon, which is basically a Top-Down-Shooter), so ... yeah, many of them are fantasy'ish top-down/sidescrolling action-platforming'ish titles, but certainly not all of them. There is a whole range there worth taking note off, and with games like Frost or the upcoming Slay the Spire you can add card games to that mix.
So I guess it is kinda ridiculous, but to me in a good way
That gardens between looks really good! Also makes me want Zack and Wiki 2...
What ever happened to "AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected"?
if my wallet lets me i will be buying most if not all of them
Glad to see Everspace get a release month. That game looks excellent.
thought Monster Boy were released aeons ago...
is this a sequel?
interested in Moonlighter since their Kickstarter campaign, also keeping an eye on Children of Morta and... whoa... Everspace looks just amazing!!!
what a time to be a indie gamer
@Heavyarms55 That was my disappointment as well, made worse by the fact that the YouTube thumbnail included that screenshot that was presented at the end - making me think the direct had Wargroove info in it. Definitely one of my most anticipated titles, I really hope we get some solid info out of the Gamescom show.
@zool it's all based on strategy... All the ports that have been announced are online focussed games.
Monster hunter (i think this will tank)
Even their own Smash game, all these games add value to the paid online service which is coming... If Nintendo drop their big IPS while their playing the online strategy, they would lose sales from those 3rd party games and that would bring less attention to their online.
I think next year we will see more Nintendo exclusives and even more online focussed games.
I have too many proper games to catch up on, i normally buy indies at the end of each console life, except Shovel Knights, thats just one of those games... Must play kinda game.
Wow, Reggie was right, Nintendo does have a ton of new games! Oh, these aren't by Nintendo? They're indies? What the hell then?? So much for believing Lying Reggie! Look, fall is like 1 month from today, if they were going to release these massive amounts of games in the fall, they'd have shown them already!!
Myyyy! That British girl sounds sooo.... well, British! I prefer the American guy's tone of voice.
Pretty meh for me. 1 or 2 look like worth finding out more but not that exciting. Hopefully additional get announced.
@Razer yes maybe next year. For now I'm looking at Diablo 111, Red Dead or Dark Souls ( not having played any before I'm looking at reviews as they come out) to fill a gap ahead once I finished Octopath Traveler as I am not a Pokemon or Smash fan.
Can't wait until the "Rogue" fad falls out of favor. I can't wait until the next crop of developers thinks, "What if, like, we made the levels our selves? Like, designed it and everything. The games would feel so much more organic."
@zool to be fair i'm not big on Pokemon myself, i do like some smash but its not a "system seller" for me at least.
Thing is im backlogged with games. I purchased a Switch in January just gone (i ordered in December but lol at "5 working days for delivery" in the holiday period 😂).
So i had some catching up to do, BOTW alone took me a month, so yeah I've yet to get Octopath Traveller, also i want a physical copy (for all my big games i got physical only).
Im hoping for some rabbit out of the hats with the online coming... Something like Twilight Princess HD digital download would be great.
Still waiting on updated info regarding Save Me Mr Tako that was announced in the fall nindies direct last year. When is that coming out Nintendo?!
I was hoping for a release date for Mark of the Ninja.
I'm going to get a few of these. Streets of rogue, Prison Architect, Bad North, Everspace, Terraria and more I've probably forgotten all looked great.
Edit: The spire one with the deck building. I'm getting that too.
Particularly as those who label their games as a roguelike tend to do so incorrectly. There is more to a roguelike than permadeath and/or randomly generated levels. Streets of Rogue is more roguelike than most others that claim to be so.
How many times did they force that poor girl to say rogue-like/lite?
A lot of these seemed to mesh together into one big conglomorate being. But a couple caught my eye, just hope they aren't the high end Indie's have been charging of late.
@Djgoa I'm a bit underwhelmed. Lots of 16bit graphics yet again. Altohugh I liked the look of This war is mine
@Farts_Ahoy that was supposed to come out back in January, and I’m also still waiting on Hawaii Shakedown
Roguelike, roguelike, roguelike...sigh.
Not shovelware but not all quality games.Overpresentation of "indies" can't hide the lack of 3d party AAA games.
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