Nintendo shared his latest Showcase of the indie world just yesterday (November 9th), and with it came an incredibly diverse selection of games that are both interesting and delightful at the same time. All of this will be coming to the Nintendo Switch console in 2022 and 2023.
We’re honestly spoiled for choice when it comes to upcoming indies to choose from. There are roguelikes, adventures, puzzles, narrative plays, and so much unique art to look at. So, without further ado, here’s every game featured at Nintendo Indie World.
Sports Story – Arriving in December
The star of the show had to be Sports Story, a sports RPG that follows 2017’s title Golf Story. Now you can carry on as before and focus on being a golf pro, or you can try your hand at soccer, tennis, cricket, BMX and more. Furthermore, Sports Story isn’t just about your athletic ability; You’ll also explore ruins and dungeons, go to the mall, and take part in mini-games while meeting a variety of characters.
Slightly to the left – Arrived today
A Little to the Left seems like another game for cat owners, or for people like me who long for a cat but can’t really take responsibility for a living being. In the game you’ll solve short, satisfying puzzles around your home and put things in order while life (and your very mischievous cat) gets in your way.
Blanc – arriving in February
A co-op adventure that tells the emotional story of an unlikely friendship. In this black and white game, Blanc sees a wolf cub and a fawn get together to help each other find their way back home, with each cute character having their own unique strengths that will help them.
Blanc is also completely text-free and can be played both online and locally cooperatively, making it even easier to learn.
Rogue Legacy 2 – Available today
Rogue Legacy 2, the sequel to 2013’s Rogue Legacy, was released for PC in 2020. Now, the roguelite platformer is coming to Nintendo Switch starting today, along with the Fabled Heroes update. With that, there are a dozen classes to try out in the vibrant 2D platformer as you try to maximize your runs, collect your riches, and replay.
Botany Manor – Arrivals 2023
In Botany Manor, you take on the role of retired Arabella Green, who takes care of a 19th-century mansion. Throughout the game, players will solve plant-based puzzles around the mansion and build their own collection of forgotten plants. Perfect for anyone who loves to unwind with puzzles and plant pruning.
GOODBYE WORLD – Arriving this month
GOODBYE WORLD follows two friends and game developers as they try to conjure up their next idea. As you explore and solve puzzles in the retro-inspired platformer, you’ll be privy to the daily struggles of these two characters as they try not only to create their game, but to make ends meet. Will their friendship survive?
Aka – arriving in December
While I’m clearly super excited for Sports Story, Aka may have to be the next game on my Nintendo Indie World list. As a retired warrior and red panda, Aka, this little game is all about finding inner peace. As he navigates the island paradise, Aka has this joyful world at his fingertips; He can take care of plants, build a shelter, explore mountains, feed baby dragons and much more.
You will also encounter the ghosts from Aka’s past on her journey.
Dordogne – arrival 2023
Dordogne focuses on Mimi, a girl who spent much of her childhood in Dordogne, France. In the game, Mimi returns to her late grandmother’s house and through a series of letters, secrets and more, Mimi discovers that there is much to discover.
Players can jump between past and present, explore Mimi’s memories and current experiences, and ultimately learn more about her relationship with her grandmother.
ONI: The Road to be the Mightiest Oni – Arriving in March
ONI: The Road to be the Mightiest Oni is heavily inspired by Japanese folklore, and it shows. Throughout the 3D action game, you play as Kuuta, an incredibly cute demon warrior trying to defeat even more ancient demons.
Kuuta also teams up with Kazemaru, who you can control simultaneously on a single Joy-Con controller. ONI doesn’t seem like my thing, but the colorful nature of it and the fact that Kuuta looks like an angry, horned wooper won me over.
Venba – arrival 2023
Set in the 1980s, Venba sees you helping an Indian mother who recently immigrated to Canada. Throughout the wholesome, storytelling journey, you’ll help this mother reconnect with her heritage by helping her cook some delicious-sounding South Indian dishes.
It appears to be a touching story of love, loss and memories as you help this person reconnect with their past and restore old family recipes.
A Room for the Unbound – Arriving in January
A Space for the Unbound is a slice of life adventure game with a beautiful pixel art style, so I’m already obsessed with it.
Set in rural Indonesia in the 90’s, this game lets you uncover the story of a boy and a girl and their relationship. The girl also happens to have supernatural powers that eventually mess things up, forcing these two characters to uncover mysteries and face the end of the world.
Have a nice death – Arriving in March
Take on the role of Death himself in this fully hand-drawn 2D roguelike. In Have A Nice Death, explore the procedurally generated departments of Death Incorporated as you wield weapons, spells, and curses as you attempt to round up your rogue employees stealing souls from Earth.
You might think that’s a lot of games. Well, there’s more. Pepper Grinder is an action-adventure title where you take on the role of a keen treasure hunter with your grinder. Then there’s Once Upon a Jester, which looks like a pretty wacky fantasy adventure that follows two friends who are up to no good.
We’ll also see Inscryption, the perfect blend of roguelikes, deck building, and psychological horror, coming to Nintendo Switch in December. Also coming in November is Wobbledogs Console Edition, a sort of animal simulation that looks odd if satisfying. Additionally, Desta: The Memories Between makes its console debut, a character-driven roguelike with… a metaphorical ballgame. Interesting.
In May, WrestleQuest will also be available on handheld, so players can live the dream of pro wrestling. And for those who fancy reliving a story that doesn’t involve pro wrestling, there’s Storyteller, out in March. In this puzzle game, players tell their own stories, from Shakespearean tragedies to supernatural fantasies.
Heading into Summer 2023, WORLD OF HORROR is coming to Switch now. This is a 1-bit roguelite RPG that, as the name suggests, is full of horror and inspired by Japanese folklore. Well, finally, perhaps one of the more epic games coming to Nintendo is Curse of the Sea Rats. Following a bunch of swashbuckling rats, this hand-drawn adventure is what you might call Ratoidvania.
That’s it (finally) for Nintendo Indie World. Which games caught your eye and which ones are you looking forward to the most? For me, Sports Story, Aka, GOODBYE WORLD and Blanc are absolute must-buys.
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