Well, with only a day's notice Nintendo has broadcast another Indie World Showcase filled with 23-ish minutes of indie goodness. It was a tight broadcast with over twenty titles shown off and a host of games surprise launching today (they may very well be available on eShop by the time you're reading this!).
While many fans are still waiting on a full-fat Nintendo Direct (one that, realistically-speaking, may not come this year at all), there were still plenty of great games to get excited for in today's presentation. Raji: An Ancient Epic looked particularly intriguing (and is out today), as did Torchlight III, Manifold Garden (also launching today), Hypnospace Outlaw, and of course, hounding innocent villagers as a pair of rowdy nameless geese! It was a packed little presentation all right, with arguably a little something for everybody.
But what did you think? We're keen to hear your thoughts, so let us know by taking part in the poll questions below (and feel free to go into more detail in the comments):
Let us know below if the August 2020 Nintendo Indie World Showcase hit the spot for you with a comment in the usual place. Will you be downloading any of those shadow-dropped indie games?
Kinda feels like this could have been asked in the last article.
Still, nothing listed got me too excited, personally, other than coop untitled goose game.
I want hades but I'll get it on sale through steam later.
(Supergiant Games are so good - glad we get this, too!)
"Raji" got me curious. Might take a visit to the eShop tonight.
Is there any reason they sometimes said "autumn" and sometimes "fall"? I'm german and thought the first one is just the british word for it and the latter the american variant?
@StefanN they are interchangeable
Around 8 there I am monitoring closely. Will keep an open mind about any reviewed "surprises" that are not in those 8 as well
@RPGamer so you were interested in games until you found out you could get them now?
And then you were interested in Hades until you found out you might have to die while you play it?
"Raji" is a game that I've always posited but never seen develop. Curious to see more about it!
For me, though, I was looking to see if this Indie World talked about WayForward at all, what with all of the ported games, merch, and undetailed SatSS content that we know are coming next month! You'd think that no mention would be heartbreaking, but given how the "leak mill" has been sounding recently, it's even better chance for it all to be in a main Direct! This is it! FP2-2! Now or never! Let's goooo! #shantaeforsmash
Raji looked interesting based on setting alone, otherwise no. Still waiting for Nintendo to do a full Direct.
Not for me.. none of those games announced speaks to me.. not even RAJI though it looks good. Will wait for baldo and Eastward also silksong to come out before i will spend my GREENS...
Great. But people here will say that Switch has no games because they only play and consider nintendo games even though a lot of games released just today lol (except if those games aren't on their tastes like clubhouse games, Fire Emblem, Astral Chain, etc) because Nintendo fans on the internet are awful in general.
Picked up Spirit, Takeshi, and Transistor (on sale @ $3!!! US)
Debating on Short Hike.... can anyone that gets it tag me and let me know how it is please?
Also getting Hades and Torch 3 once they release!
Card Shark looked cool I really enjoyed Reigns and this looked deeper and better as well. That was my standout
@Nemesis666 you are on a website filled with Nintendo-lovers. if you think they're awful then stop complaining.
For an Indie Direct it was good. Expected nothing, saw at least 2 or 3 games I would like.
I'd call that a success
There were one or two games that I'd maybe try if they got a deep 70%+ discount at some point. In general, though, nothing grabbed my attention. Horrible Direct.
Some really great stuff in there. Hades is a modern day classic and all I really could have asked for that wasn’t there was Disco Elysium. Of course, these are all games that I played on PC and loved but wouldn’t double dip on so who knows why I’m commenting 😂😂
I'll just copy what I said in the forums.
I gave it an honest shake, but there honestly wasn't anything in that Indie World that excited me. I do enjoy indies from time to time (Shantae & most Inti Creates games, for example), but they're not a regular part of my gaming diet.
Absolutely nothing of interest for me
@KingBowser86 The leak mill sounds like a really horrible STD from the 1800s.
That was a fantastic direct! Plenty of variety, and perfectly suited for the Switch.
I thought it was great. A Short Hike being shadow dropped was reason alone to love it.
This was probably the best Indie Direct ever! All of the shadow drops made it a real event, including the demos. Always a great thing to tie a video direct straight into real gameplay right afterward.
Spiritfarer, Naji and A Short Hike were standouts for me. I caved on A Short Hike since it was under $10 with Firewatch vibes, and it is so fun and charming! Beautiful 3D pixel art and great dialogue. Very satisfied with this showcase.
Must be much easier to please than most people here. Thought there were several good games which looked enjoyable: Hades, Card Shark, Raji, Torchlight 3, Manifold Garden, Evergate ... all seem like good games. If we had games such as these on WiiWare or WiiU shop we would be screaming with joy.
Subnautica on Switch is probably the most significant news here.
The Goose game would have got my attention with more content - two player is cool I guess, but not significant enough without more tasks/levels.
Yes that looked good as well. I would love a game like Endless Ocean.
I think two things. One the show was great. Two the leakers had no clue what would be in the show.
Nothing for me but I can appreciate the variety and structure of the presentation itself! Glad many others found games they're excited about!
I'm really interested in Raji, but apart from that I didn't care for anything else shown.
I thought it was an excellent showing. Maybe it's because I'm partly a PC gamer, and I've been reading sites like RPS rave about stuff like Hypnospace Outlaw, Hades, and Subnautica for ages. These are major indie games, and Hades, in particular, looks like a great fit for the Switch. I'll probably be getting that one. Hypnospace I'm really interested in, but that's obviously more of a PC experience. Also, we got surprises like Raji, which looks extremely interesting.
I was pretty satisfied. I mean, it's an Indies showcase. We weren't going to get Metroid, Bayonetta, or Zelda news.
@Apportal Yes, I'm also in a company where there's tons of awful people working with me and it's not because of this that I won't say they aren't awful. What a thinking.
Uh... WHAT WAS THIS??? Goose Game 2 Player, Evergate, Hades, A Short hike. Ok. I was expecting more. Blech
Just checked out some info on Hypnospace Outlaw and it's supposed to be very good. 10/10 from 1200+ Steam reviews and 82% on Metacritic. It seems to be a very unique experience too, an 'Internet simulator', whatever that means?
I voted yes. Only because it was nice to see somethings coming up. That’s not necessarily a knock on Nintendo.
@nessisonett Or a speakeasy. "C'mon, toots, let's go down to the Leak Mill." 🤣
Nothing interesting for me. 😒
Only two players update for Untitled Goose Game caught my attention.
As I said before:
Great show, overall. Too bad some random person on the internet told me Indie games aren't games, so I must hate this presentation.
@Anti-Matter Hades has lots of hunky boys. You’d love the character design!
More horrid Directs.
Thought they surprise with Wasteland 3 or Trouble Shooter. Disco Elysium is now in the Switch void with Doom Eternal
And why is Nintendo wasting time getting $25 indies like Raji as "time exclusives" 🤦♂️
that haven game seems awkward, like you're being a voyeur. wasted opportunity, being a third wheel is fun.
Wow, a lotta whiners in these comments. I thought it was great! Probably the best indie presentation Nintendo’s ever done. I’ve been thinking about getting a Playstation 4 (not dissatisfied with Nintendo, just figured this would be a good time to get one), but now I’m thinking I’ll be too busy playing Spiritfarer and Raji to bother.
I was disappointed that there were too many interesting games and I won't have time to play them all.
The biggest problem with any indie game is the ability to stand out. As the years go on and I watch these directs I find it hard to get excited about another Ori or Dead Cells or or Shovel Knight graphic clone- it’s just so hard to come up with something that stands out. In fact a lot of the time I think things are sequels and they turn out not to be. I think that’s why Goose game was so big because it didn’t look like anything else. Perhaps being all put together makes visual identity even harder than if you had one or two contrasted against first party Nintendo titles and 3rd party stuff like Assassin’s Creed and The Witcher in a more traditional Direct.
I’m sure there are some real gems in there, but I’m finding it hard to remember anything beyond the Anime Death Ferryman game, which at least looked different. (Although I can’t remember the name).
I didn't even care with those trivial things.
The game was HELL NO for me.
I'm honestly too famished for a proper Direct to care about an indie Direct right now. If they showed off a proper Direct already I would've been more interested in this.
Not to tear on indie games of course. After all Celeste for one has become one of my top favourite games of all time. But I'm just tired of all these smaller announcements without anything bigger to look forward to. As a result, nothing in this showcase looked appealing to me.
I'll probably rewatch it after the next real Direct. Whenever that will be.
Not a bad direct, but nothing about the games shown sparked for me. I was hoping to hear updates for Blue Fire or even Axiom Verge 2.
Raji got me some serious Sands of Time vibes. Probably gonna pick it up. And on a related note; WHERE THE HECK IS MY SANDS OF TIME TRIOGY ON SWITCH!?!?
This was a solid presentation, although the March one was better in my opinion. Still liked some of these - Raji is from my country, Bear and Breakfast seems really interesting. Not sure about Hades though, although people rave about Transistor, I find it quite boring and pretentious. And honestly, I still don't get what is so special about the Goose Game? And to those who are whining about this presentation, it's not like Nintendo didn't do a proper Direct because they had to do this one. They did this one because they don't have anything first party or AAA to show as of yet. It's the indies which are keeping Nintendo on the news, not the other way round.
I enjoyed the presentation. Great to see such variety so I did not feel it was the same room painted 6 different colors. I hope Nintendo can live up to the expectations of our next Direct that seem to be growing at a rate more reactionary than that of the multiplication table.
I stayed up late to watch it live and was very pleasantly surprised.
I'm generally a supergiant fan. Loved bastion, didn't actually like transistor (with you @San_D) but could recognize it's quality, even if its specific gameplay loop didn't appeal, and had my eye on Hades on PC for a while. So when that was the lead, I got hyped.
Seriously considering all the shadow drops, and will keep my eyes open for Hades, subnautica and a couple others. That said, will wait for reviews, backlog is big enough already.
Overall, I thought it was amazing, particularly given how underwhelming the partner direct mini was.
Evergate looks like it has potential. And surprisingly, Card Shark caught my eye.
Nothing really for me. A pretty bland lineup if I’m being honest. Torchlight III maybe? Aside from that nothing striking...
really hoping Nintendo has something up their sleeves to drive us into the holiday season.
@Kalmaro The style of Hades looks great and much quicker than their other two games.
Pity I'll have to wait for Subnautica. Fun game for those into the survival genre.
Noticed I had the coins and credit left over to get Short Hike also. And added the 90s Internet one to my list cause it looked interesting and I grew up with that stuff.
A decent Indie World with a few games I was interested in. I do wish one of the 3 (Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo) would break the silence on the holiday lineup though.
Just got A Short Hike after the presentation, it’s well worth $7. That’s a rare example of a polished game with the right price tag for what it offers.
@StefanN Hmm didn’t notice that myself; sounds like the presentation needed better editing, because those words are indeed the same
@rushiosan See, the name always made me think it’s a short game: he takes a hike— and that’s it! However I do own this game several times over from various PC bundles, I just never got around to playing it. But finally seeing it in action does make me want to try it now.
@muscpt “ I hope Nintendo can live up to the expectations of our next Direct that seem to be growing at a rate more reactionary than that of the multiplication table.”
Boy that’s an understatement if there was one!
I mean... meh. On second thought, I’ll stick with my Diet Pepsi
I’m really, really interested in Raji: it looks beautiful and it’s one of few games actually developed from out of India. However even though it’s $2 off right now, I fear it might be a short game.
@StefanN Yes 'fall' is an American term for Autumn. British people do not say 'fall', unless they watched too much American TV.
Downloading Manifold Garden tonight, very interested in Raji and Hades, waiting for more info on Garden Story and Bear and Breakfast. Also looking forward to Subnautica next year, as I've heard a lot of hype about it.
Torchlight 3 might be cool but is a lower priority for me. I get tired of that kind of thing pretty quickly unless it's superbly done. Even Diablo 3 is fun but doesn't keep me interested for too long.
Overall, a really good Direct which should keep me happy for a while.
@NintendoPok I mean, literally nobody mentioned BOTW2 except for you.
I see that Raji: An Ancient Epic seems to be the most talked about game here. Out of the whole video that was the one that I thought looked the coolest.
i was pleasently suprised how strong this Indie presentation was, with Raji, Avare Garden, Spirit Fare and Evergate be the stand out games of this Indie presentation, if the rumored general Nintendo Direct of next week is strong like this Indie World, i will be very satified.
@Grumblevolcano me too, lets hope the rumored general Nintendo Direct of next week turn up to be true, to know Nintendo holiday title for this year.
I must just be super easy to please, because I saw about a dozen games I’m interested in trying out, with Manifold Garden, Hades, and Card Shark at the top.
@Coach_A I absolutely don't understand the first point either but as for the second, not everyone likes Roguelikes. The procedurally generated, never have the same experience twice nature of it has a tendency to get very dull and samey for some people as there's only so many ways to rearrange a floor and none of those ways have the same magic as a level that was meticulously crafted with secrets, challenges and set pieces. Couple that with a lot of Roguelike's core design, generally starting out too weak to complete the challenge until you've spent enough time unlocking abilities, powerups or even player level. This means that just by being a Roguelike, you've now added a ton of grinding to someone's favorite genre that didn't necessarily have it before and not everyone wants to do that
If I could have Subnautica take all of my votes, it would. I've had 3 indie games that I've wanted to come to the switch, and this was the 2nd of the 3, with the first being A Hat in Time. Now, if we could just get Slime Rancher, my Indie list would be complete.
@StefanN @Moistnado In eastern Canada (or even northeast USA) the English term is usually "fall", but then again, this country has quite enough forest yet to teach people the meaning of the term. Less fortunate places might have to settle for "autumn" I didn't even notice the disparity during the presentation, so, thanks for noticing!
Now you have me thinking of that shrine on Satori Mountain I have to start planning my Fall colours road-trips...
Was not interested in it at first, but it won me over.
..Meh?..I didn’t find any games compelling.
The only thing in that presentation I found to be appealing was Shruti Gosh’s on point 💅 manicure.
Didn't watch it, myself, but maybe I'll check some out down the road. I've had a lot of meh experiences with indie games I download on a whim, so I generally prefer to stick to the ones that have good buzz. If one of these turns out to be another Messenger or Celeste in terms of quality, sign me up!
I'm glad Nintendo is continuing to give us dedicated livestreams to showcase indie titles. Indies may never have the same production value as the triple-A Nintendo Switch games, but there are always hidden gems, whether it's a game that suits your preferences or it's a game that plays similarly to your favourite big title.
I’ve had money burning in my pocket to buy games that aren’t Cross Code. Immediately bought Raji. If I don’t like it, oh well, but the soundscapes and Indian inspired setting excites me.
Hades was somewhat interesting, but... “roguelike” ugh. I’ll wait for a sale. I was mad at myself for buying Dead Cells when I first got my Switch, so I’ll wait for the low-low on Hades.
As everyone knows, Hyrule is somewhere in the vicinity of the Indian subcontinent, but Raji spoke more to me of a 3D Hyper Light Drifter (only easier, I'd imagine). Interesting how that turned out. I look forward to NL's review of this game, and responses from those commenting here.
They did this one because they don't have anything first party or AAA to show as of yet. It's the indies which are keeping Nintendo on the news, not the other way round.
If we had games such as these on WiiWare or WiiU shop we would be screaming with joy.
@San_D @georgesdandre As you say. I am glad that Nintendo seems capable of learning from the mistakes of prior console generations. Now, if they can only work on Joycon drift and local save files...
If it's true that a proper full direct is on the immanent horizon, then this is the direct that had to happen now. If Nintendo has a collection of Mario 3D remasters or other large games for the Christmas season, then they would drown out these indie games. This is a good window for them to get some attention- especially with almost half of them dropping immediately and being part of a sale.
Nintendo has been way to cagey with its plans this year and onward, even considering greater circumstances, but as we've already waited this long, waiting a week or two more to spotlight smaller games is probably the right move... just so long as that big direct IS coming soon...
Nintendopes think they're owed a direct every week and every rumor that's reported somehow Nintendo is hiding or withholding from them... Nintendo fans are a joke.
Shame nobody seems to care about Grindstone, but I guess lot of folks have Apple.
Can't help thinking that it's all window dressing, or smoke and mirrors, to disguise what is really happening........ Nothing.
The games just looked like hundreds of other indie in the eshop. And the pricing of each game is so random, it makes you wonder......
Personally I thought it was a bit lackluster, but that might just be because none of the games (bar Spiritfarer which, idk, simply just seemed "fun" in every single way, as well as being a bittersweet experience?) really spoke to me.
I was happy to see Inmost coming soon, but then I read the review on here and as a result won't be getting the game day 1, but on a sale instead (I like properly paced games, rushing things out in the last 25% sounds bad and makes me not want to pay full price. Even if the ending is good or makes sense.)
I had very much hoped to see a Sports Story or Silksong trailer building a bit more hype for that, but I can understand Sports Story not being there as it was delayed. I've no idea how Silksong is plodding along, but it looked amazing last time I saw a trailer.
TL;DR Only 1 game that resonated with me, otherwise nothing super exciting, and the lack of meatier indies like Silksong/Sports Story made it fall a bit flat.
EDIT: And yes, I probably won't be satisfied with anything until that full fat Nintendo Direct comes. I'm sorry, but it's just been too long.
Nothing, just the suprise of co-op goose game as its so short I'm guessing they are putting in more "quests" honk
Poop, where's my proper Direct?!
I Thought it was a great Indie Direct!
So many great games shown.
Puts my mind at ease that there are some great games coming and some awesome 'Later Today' games.
Raji looks very interesting and SpiritFarer looks, right up my street. But I can only choose one at those prices. I might take a look at the weekend and get the other one on sale in the future.
Still, i would like a big Direct from Ninty soon.
Raji and the Goose Game update are the main things I'm interested in. Everything else looked ok I guess. I was expecting Info about some bigger games.
Looked fine but I think they're doing the indie devs a disservice by having a Nindies ahead of the proper Direct. Same with Partner or Pokemon or Smash directs.
This was probably the best Indie World showcase yet, for me, A Short Hike really gave me some DS nostalgia, and Raji looking very interesting
@elpardo1984 This is more like doing them a service, if this came after a full fledged direct, no one, and I mean no one would've cared about anything shown here, because why bother talking about Indies while leaving out the big stuff? This is just you being salty because Nintendo didn't show off Breath of the Wild 2 news, boohoo
One of the best Indie World presentations ever done. Loved it.
People getting mad at Nintendo and demanding a "proper" Direct should seek professional help.
@Slowdive Normally yes, but I think the butthurt at a lack of a proper direct is going to give a lot of people negative thinking before it even starts.
Maybe I'm overthinking it the poll results would indicate that.
@COVIDberry @shazbot Indeed, good to see sections of the community dish out the due respect to the indie developers, who I feel are the ones actually innovating in the industry. Hats off to them!
Haven deserved more on-screen time, it's such an interesting concept.
Some really interesting stuff, lots of variety and one of the best Indie presentations we’ve seen so far in the Switch era. At times when you see the quality of what Indies are putting out it really makes the booted Mainstream “AAA” market look so staid.
Did it hit you indie feels?
I'm in laughter from that wording!
Honestly, 2-3 games from my predictions confirmed in this direct and I enjoyed it as I mentioned in a previous article before. Recently, I noticed the improvment in terms of quality and the variety of indie games from nostalgic pixel games to clever and innovative titles in the last directs and it makes me happy the fact than Nintendo Switch collects and supports the best indie diamonds available. Only downside for me, that Ori inspired game.
Very impressed, I liked a lot of the games showed off, to the point where I wonder how I'm going to play them all.
The games that interested me the most were Raji, Spiritfarer, A Short Hike, Evergate, and Garden Story.
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