On December 29, 2020, Indie World at Nintendo did a recap video of some of the best indie games brought to the Nintendo Switch in the past year. These games really show the kind of comfort and escape we were all looking for this past year in the midst of all the chaos.
The video isn’t too long – it comes in at just under three minutes – but it shows enough of each game to give the viewer a satisfying glimpse of everything the indie games on the Switch for 2020 had to offer.
Without further ado, check out this amazing collection of games that rocked the indie scene on Nintendo Switch in 2020.
Hades from Supergiant Games came out on September 17, 2020, after an early release in December of 2018. An action-packed RPG with plenty of exciting fights and an added element of being in the Underworld, Hades takes you through a dark dungeon landscape on your quest to defeat the god of the dead.
Streets of Rage 4
Streets of Rage 4 follows in line with the previous games in the series in a ragey, take-em-out form of fighting. It came out on April 30, 2020, and was a perfect way to release tension over this rather intense year. With a long list of characters and intriguing street spaces to fight in, this fourth installment adds quite a bit to the Streets of Rage series of games.
Released on August 18, 2020, Spiritfarer is an action game with a very peaceful design. With several characters you can play as and many soothing journeys to work through, Spiritfarer brings some much needed calm joy to the indie game collection of 2020.
Moving Out made its debut on April 28, 2020. This game puts you through all of the usual hurdles of moving out, with the exaggerated difficulty of powered-up physics. Truly, what more could you ask for in a game about moving out?
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps from Moon Studios joined the indie gaming scene on March 11, 2020, and in the short time it has been out, it has been praised for its stunning visual effects, storyline, and soundtrack. This game looks both adventurous and absolutely magical, which is exactly what many of us need after this whirlwind year.
Carrion from Phobia Game Studio and Devolver Digital entered the indie horror scene on July 23, 2020. This reverse horror game has you playing as the red tentacled monster in the above photo, working your way through the game and killing as you go along. There aren’t many games out there where you get to be the bad guy, and this alone makes Carrion one of the most interesting indies of 2020.
What the Golf
Golfing often leads to endless fun in gaming, and What The Golf from Triband brought even more fun to the world of golf gaming in September of 2019, and then to the Nintendo Switch on May 21, 2020. This game combines golf, goofy, over-the-top animation reactions, and delightful graphics. If you love golf and easy-going fun, this is the game for you.
Shantae and the Seven Sirens
Shantae and the Seven Sirens, which came onto the scene originally on September 19 2019 and onto the Switch on May 28, 2020, is the fifth game in the Shantae series from WayForward. This game fits into a niche with people who love the series of games featuring Shantae, the Half-Genie Hero, and the visuals of the game have been praised, even by those outside of the typical fangroup of this series of games.
Super Mega Baseball 3
Super Mega Baseball 3 hit a home run with baseball fans when it premiered on May 13, 2020. This third installment of the series from Metalhead Software Inc. features many new levels of play for baseball fans, and is an excellent way for those who are new to baseball to become acquainted with America’s favorite pastime.
Superliminal from Pillow Castle came out first on November 12, 2019, and it came to the Switch on July 7, 2020. This trippy puzzle game is absolutely amazing, my mind was blown just by watching the video of it, and I cannot imagine actually playing it and keeping my head on straight. If you’re looking for a game to entertain you and twist your reality a bit, check this one out.
The Devils and the Details
The Devils And The Details, from Jackbox Games, was announced for The Jackbox Party Pack 7 on April 2, 2020. This adorably designed game with all sorts of devilish challenges is perfect for anyone who has been feeling cooped up by routine this year.
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
Entering the indie scene on November 10, 2020, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin from Edelweiss and Marvelous is a Japanese role-playing game with stunning graphics and an enticing storyline. If you like a game that keeps you occupied and is so visually beautiful it almost hurts, this is the game for you.
Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition came to the Switch from Annapurna Interactive and Cardboard Computer on January 28, 2020. It is a “magical realist adventure game about a secret highway running through the caves beneath Kentucky and the mysterious folks who travel it” (Cardboard Computer). That intro from Cardboard Computer sums it up as well as anyone could, the only comment left out is the exceptionally unique design of the game.
CrossCode is an action packed game from Radical Fish Games and Deck13. It was initially released on May 15, 2015, and came to the Switch on July 9, 2020. Filled with adorably old-school visuals, puzzles galore, and so much to explore, CrossCode is the perfect throwback to bring into the future with the Switch.
Bloodstained: Curse of The Moon 2
Bloodstained: Curse of The Moon 2 from Inti Creates is another excellent retro-esque game to take you back to your first gaming adventures. Joining the indie world and the Switch on July 10, 2020, this game is part of the series of Bloodstained: Curse of The Moon, and Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night. Packed with demons, adventure, and delightful design, this game is sure to please everyone, young and old alike.
Last but not least, Neon Abyss, from Veewo Games, joined the party on July 4, 2020. This game would be delightful for the neon design alone, but on top of the colorful display, it also incorporates exceptional action, exciting items, and a singularly unique dungeon setting. I haven’t played it yet, but after researching this game, I am planning on playing it soon!
All these games new to the Nintendo Switch in 2020 are games that remind us of the past, but also carry us joyfully into the future. They show that indie games continue to tap into new potential and create beautiful new experiences in gaming scenarios that we know and love. Here’s looking forward to all the wonderful indie games to come in 2021.