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Nintendo Reveals The 10 Current Best-Selling Indie Games On Switch

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Screenshot: Team Cherry (Hollow Knight )

Indie games make up a crucial and vibrant part of the Switch’s great library of games, as evidenced by yesterday’s Nindies showcase. At the Game Developers Conference event today, Nintendo shared which indie games have sold best on Switch up until now. While many of them are familiar faces, like Stardew Valley, a few new games have crept onto the list, including Overcooked 2.


Here, in no particular order, are the Switch’s current all-time best selling indie games:

  • Stardew Valley
  • Hollow Knight
  • Overcooked 2
  • Undertale
  • Dead Cells
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Graceful Explosion Machine
  • Celeste
  • Golf Story
  • Overcooked

We don’t know how many units each sold, or how they rank relative to one another, but we can compare it to last year’s list and see what changed. In addition to Hollow Knight joining the list, Dead Cells, Graceful Explosion Machine, Overcooked 2, and Undertale also made the cut.

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Screenshot: 8-4 (Undertale)

Meanwhile, games that have fallen off the list include Kamiko, Fast RMX, NBA Playgrounds, SteamWorld Dig 2, and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. Yacht Club Games announced last April that Shovel Knight had at that point sold 370,000 copies on Switch. In light of that, it’s impressive that Undertale was able to overtake it, making it the oldest game on the list, having first released on PC back in 2015.

It’s also impressive to see indie studio Ghost Town Games snag not just one but two separate spots with its Overcooked series, which, according to Switch owners, is pretty well-done.

At the beginning of the year, GDC released the results of its 2018 survey, part of which showed that over half of respondents who released games on multiple platforms saw those games sell as well or better on Switch as on other platforms. Even if the Switch’s eShop is still a bit of a mess, it’s clear that hasn’t stopped a number of indie games from being able to find a lot of success there.

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I was never much of an indie gamer, but I love playing indie games on my Switch. I’ve always had at least two of the three “major” consoles, but was usually too focused on the AAA games.

But between becoming increasingly busy with my career and raising two kids, I just don’t have time to consistently sit down and plunk enough time in on Destiny or Spiderman on my PS4. But being able to quickly pick up my Switch and instantly resume where I was in Hollow Knight, or Into the Breach, has enabled to keep on gaming. The simpler games and quick accessibility just seem to have an enhanced appeal on the Switch, especially with my current circumstances. I’m excited to get the Master Blaster games once I finish HK.