Yesterday, the world of gaming was treated to a Direct presentation a little different to the usual, fast-paced offerings from Nintendo. Called the Wholesome Games Direct, this laid back show introduced more than 50 indie titles that look ideal for those who enjoy relaxed gaming sessions.
Not all of the games shown are coming to Switch - indeed, some games are so early in development that platforms haven't yet been decided - but a fair few will definitely be popping up on the Switch eShop over the next year or so and some are already out as we speak.
If you play across other platforms and PC too, you'll want to check out the entire video, but we've got a full list of all the titles shown below and highlighted any that already appear to Switch bound (remember, more could be confirmed for Nintendo's console at a later date). Thanks to Reddit user Number224 for compiling the Switch-specific games:
[Bold = out on/coming to Switch]
- Button City
- Errand Boy
- Kind Words
- The Spirit and the Mouse
- Sayri: The Beginning
- Mondo Museum
- Bird Alone
- Little Witch in the Woods
- Winding Worlds
- Tokotoko: Hako & Friends
- When the Past was Around
- A Space for the Unbound
- Book of Travels
- Garden Story
- Dépanneur Nocturne
- Rainy Season
- Wayward Strand
- Tracks of Thought
- Melon Journey 2
- Weaving Tides
- A Fold Apart
- Sylvan Meadows
- Tracks - The Train Set Game
- Later Daters
- Creature Resort
- Pushy and Pully in Blockland
- Onsen Master
- Old Friends Dog Sanctuary
- Critter Cove
- Roots of Pacha
- A Monster's Expedition
- The Other Side
- BattleCakes: A Snack-Sized RPG
- Alchemic Cutie
- Ollie Oop
- To The Rescue!
- Rolling Hills
- Orange Island
- Elliot & Ko
Sometimes, and especially in times like these when things can feel a bit crazy, chilling with a relaxing game can be a perfect way to wind down. It's a nice format for a new digital show, that's for sure, so we hope you'll discover a few games that pique your interest.
Anything stand out to you? Any games that you really hope do make it to Switch one day? Let us know with a comment below.
All N’indies? I scrolled through the list hoping for some more big PS4/XB ports. Shrugs. Don’t care for any of them on the list. Just me.
I think Bird Alone looks nice; I'm not exactly sure what the game is about though.
Perhaps someone can edit the video when the platforms have been determined - I'm not interested in an indie unless it's on Switch.
I’m confused. Why and how is it called a Direct if it isn’t exclusively game announcements for Nintendo platforms? That seriously muddies the ‘Direct’ brand. They could have at the very least broken out those games confirmed for the Switch.
@Tsusasi It wasn't made by Nintendo, lol
@Tsusasi The word direct isn’t really a brand ...
Nintendo obviously doesn't have control over the word Direct, nor should they, but it is synonymous with them and makes something like this more confusing than it needs to be
Not for me sorry. We already got tons of mini amateur games, its new AAA titles we're missing
@Tsusasi because..marketing and they’re just attaching themselves to the good reputation Nintendo has built around the word “Direct” to describe a video games presentation.
Onsen Master? Master of...sitting in a hot spring!?
@CTmatic Yeah, they said that from the start this was all indies.
@dimi - Going to be honest, I haven'tfoubd myself too entirely hyped for many AAA games for some years now. Always inundated with piecemeal DLC, breaking bugs, or "games as a service." Got the most excited seeing Turok get ports (all I need now is Rage Wars) last year, second only to Luigi's Mansion 3. This year it's been Ep. 1 Pod Racer and Paper Mario. I didn't feel interest in FF7R to see what the hype was about.
@gcunit - They are indies, I would say 80% of them minimum will eventually hit the system, easy.
This is amazing. There are a couple titles already on my wishlist, but more were added. Only down size: most of them don't come out this year so the wait will be long.
@dimi People thinking only big budget games are good are bad for the industry. If you dropped videogames entirely we would get more diversity in gaming.
Should have called it wholesome state of play.
I can't wait for Orange Island!
Pretty much... all of them... looked like they took a BIG chunk of inspiration from Animal Crossing...
Wow!! And were getting another 10 of these indie "directs" promising dozens of games each in the next couple months. Seems like its almost too much at this point. Hopefully the real gems are celebrated so I can actually hear about them lol!
So this was not an official Nintendo broadcast, correct? The article is unclear.
@mousieone actually, yes. It is. What is the first thing that pops into mind when someone says 'there's a new Direct out'? That is branding. It's not about intellectual properties or trademarks. Brand is much more than that.
@TeslaChippie no one says it was, just that it steals the look, feel, overall presentation and 'Direct' of Nintendo. That is Nintendo's brainchild and preferred method of communicating new games, content and gaming events. And at the very least, if they're going to steal a concept from top to bottom, the least they could do is give Nintendo a nod by featuring games coming to the Switch as a grouping.
Some fascinating games, there. Agree with the general sentiment that using "Direct" was misleading. I mean it probably worked for them? But the confusion and the ill-will that they might get for it has to be in the balance, and it's just ... I don't know, maybe I'm just still sentimental about Iwata. Understandable that many would react negatively to the choice to use "Direct" including much of the style.
Hopefully no kick back against these indie developers who have some great looking stuff here, though!
@Tsusasi 1) dictionary definition of Branding
“The promotion of a particular product or company by means of advertising and distinctive design”
2) As far Nintendo doesn’t actually use “direct” they use “Nintendo Direct” and its “Indie World” and “Nintendo Direct Mini”. Even in the Twitter hashtags. These are very specific in the world of marketing. You may have boiled the word down to “Direct” but it’s not “Direct” it’s a “Nintendo Direct” which is a brand.
I get the confusion but it’s still not a brand.
Hoa, Little Witch in the Woods, and Orange Island caught my attention. A few of them unfortunately just made me want to play better versions of other Indies with more polish and production value.
So the Bold text for Switch and what about the Normal text ?
Are those indie games for other machines (PS4 / XBOX ONE) ?
Edit: Wait, i saw a DDR Machine from Button City game ! 🤯
OMG !! 😀😀😀
I can't take the word "wholesome" seriously anymore thanks to Wholesome 100 Keanu Pickle Chungus memes
@mousieone the word book isn't a brand either, but if you make a company called [noun]book you will get sued regardless
@Mijzelffan You can sue over anything obviously Someone keeps trying to sue Nintendo over the Switch, your point?
Mine was that word “direct” isn’t a Nintendo brand, not that it’s not confusing.
@Paraka wish we had FF7R in Switch, its a system seller.
Potentially Errand Boy, Sayri, Garden Story and Haven... Will check out more on those. There were some others which only had the potential to show some more footage which then may have piqued my interest. For instance The Mouse and the Spirit had nothing, nor Rainy Season, nor Critter Cove. The online RPG one just had someone walking around... No wonder it was exclusive footage, jeez. Baffling choice on some of the "game play" clips. I mean Ollie-Oop clearly ends at 32:28 but the published couldn't even tell and marked the next game 32:34. Nintendo Direct may have influenced others, but clearly not every publisher will be good at the format.
@Tsusasi Yacht Club Games did the same thing twice.
@dimi - So is AC, seems like it did way more than FF7R. And here I thought the roles would been reverse considering the hype.
Where's the Nintendo Direct for Evil Games (Shooter)?
Nintendo better release more games now or NintendoLife has to keep writing Animal Crossing articles.
@mousieone Distinctive design though, the font they used is almost, if not entirely, identical to the Nintendo Direct font. That's the problem here. They are clearly "cashing in" on the confusion.
@mousieone you seem to have no knowledge about copyright law at all, please educate yourself
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