Nintendo’s latest Indie World showcase was a vibrant display of independent game creativity, tailored for Switch enthusiasts. The event unveiled a plethora of new titles, ranging from platformers and life sims to tactical adventures and narrative-driven experiences. This showcase highlighted the depth and diversity of indie games, offering something for every type of gamer.
Highlighting Upcoming Indie Gems
The showcase featured a variety of games, each with its unique charm and gameplay mechanics:
Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution
Resurrecting a canceled Game Boy Advance title, this platformer from WayForward allows players to transform Shantae into different animals and manipulate stages. It also includes a 4-player local battle mode, set for release next year.
A mining sandbox adventure by Pugstorm, set in a procedurally generated cave system. Players must survive, build, and uncover ancient mysteries, set to release in summer 2024.
On Your Tail
From Memorable Games, this sleuthy story-driven life sim takes place in an Italian seaside town. Combining mystery-solving with life sim elements, it’s a timed console exclusive hitting Switch next year.
A turn-based tactical folk tale by Mi’pu’mi Games, set in medieval times and centered around a deaf protagonist fighting plague-infected beasts. It’s available now on Switch, with a demo on eShop.
The Star Named EOS
This first-person narrative adventure by Silver Lining Studio involves photography and puzzle-solving in a hand-drawn world. It’s slated for a spring 2024 release.
Jaspel’s roguelike adventure combines dungeon exploration with inventory management. It features different heroes and a story mode, available now on eShop.
Team Ladybug’s 2D cyberpunk adventure in Osaka, featuring the Lumina Sword, which can control time. It’s coming to Switch in spring next year.
A Highland Song
From Inkle, this narrative-focused platformer set in the Highlands is full of exploration and musical elements, arriving on December 5th.
An open-world life-sim by Studio Supersoft, featuring creature collecting and card-based combat. It’s launching as a timed console exclusive in spring 2024.
Death Trick: Double Blind
A non-linear detective visual novel by Misty Mountain Studio, offering two perspectives to solve a magician’s disappearance. A demo is available now on eShop, with a full release next year.
Archaeologist Edition: Mobius Digital’s acclaimed game arrives on Switch on December 7th, including the Echoes of the Eye expansion, with a physical release planned next year.
Other Notable Mentions and Releases
The showcase also briefly featured other exciting titles:
- Planet of Lana: A cinematic sci-fi puzzle adventure coming in spring 2024.
- Enjoy the Diner: A point-and-click-style narrative game available now on eShop.
- Heavenly Bodies: A physics-based space game releasing in February 2024.
- The Gecko Gods: A reptile-themed exploration adventure set for release next spring.
- Passpartout 2: The Lost Artist: A painting adventure available now on eShop.
- Urban Myth Dissolution Center: A paranormal mystery game arriving next year.
- Braid, Anniversary Edition: Scheduled to hit Switch on April 30th, 2024.