I hope you like indie games, because Nintendo’s slinging a whole plateful of steaming-new as well as finely-aged and re-released indies for you to feast on over the next year.
Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase gave Switch owners a reason to keep their eyes on the Nintendo eShop for hot indie titles. The indie game goodness includes Fez’ release onto the digital store the day of the event as well as a whole host of other indie newcomers and classics making their eShop debut throughout the year.
In addition to the day-of Nintendo Switch re-release of Fez, a nearly ten-year-old classic, the indie world showcase also flaunted a cabaret of new titles to rustle your independent gaming jimmies for the next year.
Get excited: I’m bringing you the Indie World Showcase’s best-of-the-best, and I’m doing it in the form of mega-mini-micro write-ups for the best of the games showcased. What’s a mega-mini-micro write-up? Well, read on to find out.
The developers of Road 96 promised the game will be a procedural narrative title inspired by ‘90s road trip movies. In other words, I’ll finally have the Fear and Loathing meets Natural Born Killers meets Vegas Vacation dream I’ve been waiting for.
Road 96 casts you as a hitchhiking, bus-commuting, taxi-cab-waving teen making their way across the road with a bespectacled kid. As you go about your adventure, you play out procedurally generated Telltale Games-esque narrative vignettes.
The developers behind Road 96 promise surprises and bursts of emotion around every corner of whichever road you choose to take.
Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield
Who’s ready to jump in an endless runner with the most style, hottest beats, and slickest gameplay? Well, get ready to sprint through future Detroit in Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield.
The game’s developer Neil “Aerial_Knight” Jones excitedly flaunted the game’s slick comic-book-y style and absolutely killer soundtrack by Daniel Wilkins.
Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield will be hitting the Nintendo eShop on May 19.
Keeping up the momentum of games which move you forward on a 2-D plane, OlliOlli World is shredding its way to the Switch this winter.
The OlliOlli series started off as a pixel-based skating game focusing on grinds and flips which felt like a cross between the speed developed in 2-D sonic titles and the skills-based 2-D trickery of Trials Fusion.
OlliOlli World, on the other hand, takes things to the next level with an adorable cartoon art style akin to something you’d see on Cartoon Network and branching 2-D skate paths.
Do you remember impatiently riding in the car with your folks as a kid and playing the waiting game, dreaming of when you’d get to step out of the car and stretch your legs? The Longing is basically that, but if the car was a cave, your folks were a dead king, and it’d be about 400 days ‘till you got to stand on solid ground and breathe fresh air again.
The Longing, inspired by a folk tale from the developer’s home of Germany, casts you as the last servant of an underground kingdom who passes the time wandering the kingdom, waiting for it to awaken once again.
The Longing is available now through the Nintendo eShop.
There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension
Nope, no game to be seen here. Move along. There are more games further in the article.
Well, since you’re still here, I really do need to insist that there isn’t a game titled There is No Game: Wrong Dimension where you comedically play through a host of not-games not-riffing on various not-video game genres.
Nope, There is No Game: Wrong Dimension definitely isn’t currently available through the Nintendo eShop.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
What the shell? There’s yet another TMNT arcade-style beat-‘em-up making its way to the Switch later this year?
Riffing on classics in the TMNT franchise such as Turtles in Time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge picks up and polishes the side-scrolling beat-‘em-up action of TMNT games past and will be available for Switch later this year. Developer Tribute Games took a contemporary classic group of teenage turtles and turned them into revamped, reinvigorated crack-fighting squad. We’re excited to see our favorite group of green guys pop out of the sewer and eat some pizza, doing that special deed which mutant turtles do best: ninja work.
And those are the highlights from the showcase. Of course, there’s also: the turn-based RPG Cris Tales; GetsuFumaDen, a feudal Japan-style 2-D hack-and-slash rogue-like; Aztech Forgotten Gods, a sci-fi hack-and-slash brawler; Skul: The Hero Slayer, another rogue-lite hack-and-slash-the-dude-game; and the whole suite of other indie games teased to come to the Nintendo eShop later this year. So, what are you waiting for? Get on the Nintendo eShop and pick up some of these sweet sweet titles today.