Yesterday, we were treated to a brand new Nintendo Indie World Showcase, giving us a glimpse at some of the brightest indie games set to launch on Switch.
More than 20 games were shown in what felt like a particularly strong presentation all around. If you missed it, or just want to keep track of everything that was announced, we've got you covered below.
Nintendo Indie World Showcase April 2021 - The Whole Presentation
Feel free to watch the full show above if you missed it the first time around. Once you're all caught up, let's take a closer, more detailed look at each game:
In a narrative-focused game with a mix of adventure, exploration and puzzle-solving, Road 96 tells a procedural story with thousands of potential paths to take. Meet characters from all walks of life and learn their intertwining stories. The decisions you make – both big and small – can drastically alter your experience. There are many roads. Which one will you take? Road 96 drives onto Nintendo Switch later this year.
Read more: Road 96 Is An Intriguing Procedurally-Generated Story Game Where You Call All The Shots
OXENFREE II: Lost Signals
From: Night School Studio
Published by MWM Interactive, OXENFREE II: Lost Signals is a supernatural narrative adventure game about a researcher who stumbles upon ghostly happenings. Five years after the events of OXENFREE, Riley returns to her hometown of Camena to investigate mysterious radio frequency signals causing curious disturbances. OXENFREE II: Lost Signals comes to Nintendo Switch in 2021.
Read more: Oxenfree Gets A Surprise Sequel, Coming This Year
The bold new entry in the OlliOlli series is here! In OlliOlli World, tear up the streets of Radland and search for the mystical skate gods in this slick action platformer. With super-tight controls and level design that flows with your combos, you’ll have a blast mastering tricks, meeting colourful characters and discovering the hidden secrets of this vivid and vibrant world. OlliOlli World launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.
Read more: OlliOlli World Grinds Onto Nintendo Switch This Winter
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
From: Tribute Games
With a blend of retro and modern visuals, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge finds the four favourite turtles kicking some serious shell in classic arcade-style beat-’em-up action. Up to four players can play locally* or online in this bodacious game developed by Tribute Games and published by Dotemu, who also published Streets of Rage 4 and Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge launches for Nintendo Switch later this year.
Read more: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge Confirmed For Switch, New Trailer
From: Studio Seufz
With a beautiful hand-drawn art style and an intriguing story, The Longing is unlike anything you have played before. The big twist: You don’t actually have to play to see how it ends. But that doesn’t mean you should just sit idly by. As main character Shade, you must wait 400 days for your king to awaken. While waiting, you can explore dark caves, complete time-based puzzles and collect items.
Read more: The Longing Makes You Wait 400 Real-Life Days To See The End, Launching On Switch Today
Hindsight, and Last Stop
From: Annapurna Interactive
Hindsight from developer Joel McDonald is a poignant narrative game about an older woman reminiscing about her family. The objects from her past serve as portals into long-lost memories, revealing a decision that forever changed her life. Learn more when Hindsight launches for Nintendo Switch this year.
Last Stop from developer Variable State is a single-player third-person adventure set in modern-day London, where you play as three separate characters whose worlds collide in the midst of a supernatural crisis. What connects these three strangers? Where will fate lead them? Find out when Last Stop launches for Nintendo Switch in July.
Read more: Annapurna Interactive Confirms Last Stop Release Date, Unveils Hindsight for Switch
Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield
This is not your typical “runner” game! Run, jump, slide and dash through a futuristic Tokyo-styled Detroit to a head-bopping soundtrack as the protagonist Wally to save what’s left of the future. Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield slides onto Nintendo Switch on 19th May. A demo will be available on Nintendo eShop later today.
Read more: Aerial_Knight's Never Yield Dashes Onto Switch In May
Gomez is a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Or is he? When the existence of a mysterious third dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent out on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space. Use your ability to navigate 3D structures from four distinct classic 2D perspectives. Out now!
Read more: FEZ Will Bring A Cool Hat And Gameplay To Switch Today
Aztech Forgotten Gods
If you’re looking for a grand adventure inspired by Aztec mythology, look no further than Aztech Forgotten Gods from Mexican studio Lienzo. Gain powerful arm upgrades, traverse different areas within an advanced Mesoamerican metropolis and encounter all sorts of characters to uncover ancient secrets. Aztech Forgotten Gods soars onto Nintendo Switch this autumn.
Read more: Aztech Forgotten Gods Blends Mexican Storytelling With Anime-Inspired Action-Adventure
There is No Game: Wrong Dimension
From: Draw Me A Pixel
Despite its title, this really is a game! There is No Game: Wrong Dimension is a point-and-click comedy adventure filled with riddles and puzzles. If you’re looking for something different and experimental that’s full of surprises, look no further. There is No Game: Wrong Dimension launches for Nintendo Switch later today.
Read more: There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension Takes You On A "Silly" Journey Through Video Game Universes
From: Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK
Drawing inspiration from classic and modern JRPGs, Cris Tales incorporates time traveling into its storyline and combat with a variety of surprise effects, like making enemies younger and thus easier to defeat. While exploring this handcrafted, dark fairy-tale world, you’ll recruit a diverse cast of allies and discover new realms. Cris Tales lands on Nintendo Switch on 20th July.
Read more: Cris Tales Gets Final Release Date And Switch eShop Demo
GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon
From: Konami Digital Entertainment and GuruGuru
Showcasing a stylized Japanese aesthetic, GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon delivers a dynamic hack-and-slash roguelite experience, filled with perilous dungeons, fierce boss battles and intense, skill-based combat. GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon launches for Nintendo Switch next year.
Read more: Konami Is Bringing GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon To Switch In 2022
Beasts of Maravilla Island
From: Banana Bird Studios, LLC
In this 3D adventure game, take on the role of a young wildlife photographer who traverses Maravilla Island’s magical ecosystems to discover extraordinary creatures, learn their behaviours and, most importantly, photograph their majesty. Beasts of Maravilla Island launches for Nintendo Switch in June.
Skul: The Hero Slayer
From: SouthPAW Games
Take on an entire army to rescue your king in this 2D fast-action roguelite. And the best part? To progress in the game, you’ll need to swap abilities, which is done by swapping … heads. With 90 playable character variations, each with their own special abilities, you might think you’re out of your skull in real life. Skul: The Hero Slayer launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.
Read more: Skul: The Hero Slayer Is Getting A Switch Release This Summer
art of rally
From: Funselektor Labs Inc.
Will you master the art of rally? Drive iconic cars inspired by the golden era of rally racing on challenging stages through stylized environments set around the world. art of rally launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.
Read more: Art Of Rally Drifts Onto Switch In The Summer
From: Stonewheat & Sons
KeyWe is a cute, cooperative postal puzzler starring two small kiwi birds working in a whimsical post office. They must jump, flap and butt-slam across an interactive landscape of levers, bells and buttons to get those messages delivered on time. KeyWe launches for Nintendo Switch in August.
ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights
In this dark fantasy 2D action-RPG, encounter horrific enemies against whom a moment of inattention could be fatal. Overcome these hardships and seek the truth with the help of fallen knights. ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights launches for Nintendo Switch on 22nd June.
From: Follow the Feathers
Call your Weaver and soar across a stunning woven landscape. Set out on a journey to explore ancient dungeons, solve puzzles, wrap up your foes and unravel the great mysteries of a long-forgotten past. Weaving Tides, a charming single-player adventure set in a world of magic and textile, launches for Nintendo Switch in May.
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective
Adapted from the children’s book series, Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective takes you across incredibly detailed mazes to retrieve a powerful artifact. On your quest, you will interact with more than 500 items or characters, find over 100 hidden objects and wander about in beautiful locations. Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective launches for Nintendo Switch this spring.
Read more: You May Get Lost In Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective This Spring
The House of the Dead: Remake
From MegaPixel Studio
The classic arcade rail-shooter is back with a new makeover and exciting gameplay changes. In this multiplayer game, you’ll suit up as a pair of government agents sent to investigate disappearances only to find hordes of undead monstrosities. The House of the Dead: Remake launches for Nintendo Switch later this year.
Read more: House Of The Dead: Remake Shoots To Switch Later This Year
Phew! That's quite a long list, huh?
Make sure to let us know which games took your fancy with a comment below.
What ever happened to that Poker one from the last Indie Direct, you could learn to cheat or bend the rules, it had a story mode of some sort?
Looked it up, Card Shark, 18th century, you played against nobles and such. Where's that game at!
There weren't really any particular standouts for me this time around but there's probably quite a few I'll end up buying. Already grabbed FEZ.
@bluemujika You mean Card Shark? Still scheduled for sometime this year as far as I'm aware.
It was fine I guess. Not much for me personally but eh.
Most of the games that looked interesting to me seemed to be in the sizzle reel (House of the Dead remake and KeyWe for example), but hopefully people found something out of it.
There was a lot that didn’t grab me ‘immediately’, because it was all new. But after seeing the trailers again I actually am now looking forward to a lot of them!
I will pick up FEZ and ‘there is no game’ this weekend.
Also, Ender Lilies looks like a Hollow Knight clone that looks very promising to me!
Always wanted to play Fez, so looking forward to that. And loved Oxenfree so will pick up the sequel! Not too shabby for a Nindie Direct overall. I assume Hollow Knight is going to get the full Nintendo Direct treatment!
Very generic in general. Everything is just copying something else. That Pokémon Snap rip-off looks reasonable and it’s interesting to see a new version of House of the Dead. But in general, it’s hard to get excited by the umpteenth roguelike to come out this week.
I'm so happy that Cris Tales got a release date because I loved the demo.
I bought and started playing Fez last night; I like it. I'll admit that I'm a big kid; I'm really excited about TMNT: Shredder's Revenge. Seeing OlliOlli Oxenfree reminds me of childhood games of tag. (I know it's actually two separate games, but my brain finds it amusing to mash them together.)
It was a decent event, although the only game to catch my interest, was the new TMNT game.
Fez and House of the dead (if light gun is released) is on my physical watch list now
Oh, i saw Beast of Maravilla Island looks like photography games with 3D Adventure. I saw some potential there.
And of course i already knew KeyWe from play-asia.
Very nice indie world. 7 games I know I want and 5 I am curious about. My bank account is sad though.
I'd forgotten about that kiwi game until now but it looks so lovely.
Good stuff! If you just allow me to be spoilt: where was Baldo?
Was hoping for release dates for Baldo and especially Eastward, but not a bad presentation.
Skul, Labyrinth, Getsu and Aztech seem promising. Looking forward to hear more from them.
But for now, I finally used the Indie sale to get may hands into Dead Cells, which I hope will keep me entertained at least half as much as Hades.
Turtles looks like a lot of fun! Looking forward to that
Fez, TMNT, House of the Dead (if gyro), Oxenfree 2 & OlliOlliWorld are the big 5 for me there.
Certainly an interesting presentation but nothing really grabbed me bar those 5. Maybe the relaibale reviews of the others will uncover something in the overall game that I would like?
Turtles could be a game of the year contender for me. Fez, olliolli, and house of the dead were nice surprises to.
The Fez soundtrack is a bop.
@Vriess I was similarly hoping for some mighty goose news, but alas, we still got some cool new games.
I didn't expected much and now I'm pretty excited! Some people might find it bland because there wasn't any big known title, but for me it is good to see new projects.
Also, they're getting a bit loose with their definition of "indie" game...
Ehh wasn’t a great indie world.
Fez looks ok, and I might pick up Skul but apart from that it was rather boring.
To those of you expecting Silksong and Axiom Verge 2, I'm sorry
@stinky_t ...and Sports Story.
@Tandy255 I knew there was one I was forgetting
is there a way to look only at the 400 games that are part of this specific sale? I dont want to sift through the other +600 games that are also on sale 😬
Once again I am angry that there were so many great games I want to play but not enough time to play them.
I hope Nintendo will add a couple hours to the day in a future Direct. Surely they have that power.
@JackBlue thank you - I know about these filters I was really referring to this specific sale, since I was interested to see how Nintendo curated it.
ENDER lilies has really high steam user reviews and really intiguing art style.
This and the Longing will be my game picks for the next 3 months.
Hope to get soon on the switch:
Griftlands and loop hero.
@jaronimoe if you go to Nintendo.com there’s is a page for the indie world sale only showing those games
Def getting Olli Olli World, TMNT and about to try the demo for Never Yield, that game looks sick, I like the music a lot and it looks super fun. House of the Dead remake is intriguing af but price point and how they deal with the light gun will sway me or not. Oh and Pierre the Maze Detective is in my sights too. I thought it was pretty a pretty solid indie world!
That Aztech game looks pretty dope honestly. But I know TMNT and Skul I will buy for sure
There Is No Game looks particularly delicious, but there's a lot of other stuff to go on my wishlist besides. Road 96, Aztech, Beasts of Maravilla Island (fancy getting a new Pokemon Snap AND what looks like an inspiration drawn from Pokemon Snap in one year), Oxenfree II, OlliOlli World... and that's just the new stuff, without the earlier known highlights like Cris Tales, KeyWe or Ender Lillies. I also frankly gave up on expecting a Switch port of Fez by now, but here we are!
Good Indie Direct overall. Nice variety of titles.
Unfortunately everything revealed seems like either Furry Bait or Alternative Aesthetics Inc.
Fez and Labyrinth City are the only two games that look legitimately unique and interesting, IMO.
After A Short Hike, Evergate and Bad North, I’ve learned to never underestimate indies that don’t initially look appealing. While the only one that caught me this time was TNMT (mostly for nostalgia), I’m keeping my eyes wide open for gems in this list.
Nothing this time that appeals me unfortuantly .
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