All The Cool Indies Nintendo Announced Today For The Switch

Creature in the Well

The Switch is a very good platform for indie games, and it’s only getting better. During today’s “Nindies Showcase,” Nintendo announced 16 independent games newly coming to the Switch, including Cuphead, Stranger Things, and a Crypt of the NecroDancer/Zelda mashup.

Out Today

Blaster Master Zero 2
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  • It’s a surprise Blaster Master Zero sequel! Blaster Master Zero 2 is out today from Inti Creates.
  • Vlambeer Studio makes its Switch debut with Nuclear Throne, the brutal co-op action game with crazy characters and procedurally generated levels.

The Next Few Months

My Friend Pedro
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  • The rumors were true: Hardcore animated indie darling Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch on April 18.
  • Katana Zero is an intense platforming action game with a rewind feature, arriving alongside Cuphead on April 18.
  • Another game from Vlambeer, the classic Super Crate Box, is slated for an April release.
  • And even more Vlambeer with Vlambeer Games, a growing collection of mini-games that kicks off this spring with a shooter called Ultra Bugs.
  • Acid Wizard Studio’s survival horror game Darkwood comes to the Switch this May.
  • In June, fly around shooting bad guys as a sentient banana in Crazy Games’ My Friend Pedro.
  • Cadence of Hyrule mixes the rhythm action of Crypt of the NecroDancer with characters from The Legend of Zelda this spring.
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Neo Cab

Before The End Of The Year

  • Driving adventure Neo Cab is coming to the Switch this summer from Chance Agency.
  • Double Fine Productions brings Rad, an isometric 3D action RPG with a mutating hero, to the Switch this summer.
  • Decoy Games’ underwater multiplayer shooter Swimsanity jumps from Steam to Switch this summer.
  • Another summer release is Bloodroots, a twisted Western action game from Paper Cult. It looks very cool.
  • Creature in the Well is a stylized pinball action game from developer Flight School. Hitting pinballs with swords happens this summer.
  • The Stranger Things retro game, technically announced during the Game Awards last year, arrives just in time for season three of the Netflix show on July 4.
  • Pine is a third-person, open-world action role-playing game featuring tons of crafting and exploration. It’s due out in August.
  • Overland, a squad-focused turn-based strategy game from Canabalt creator Adam Saltzman, is due out in the fall.
  • Timberline Studios’ The Red Lantern is a story-driven adventure survival game about a woman who gets stranded in the Alaskan wilderness while training for the Iditarod dog sled race. It comes to Switch later this year.

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