The Switch Is Getting A Fighting Game With The Hyper Light Drifter Dude

Brawlout is a fighting game in the vein of Super Smash Bros. that’s full of uppercuts and special attacks. The upcoming Switch port will let players bring their fighting game on the go while adding a surprising fighter to the roster: the sword-slinging hero from Hyper Light Drifter.


While there’s no Smash Bros. for the Switch yet, Brawlout is a punchy substitute. It’s in early access on Steam, and the Switch port is aimed for the end of this year. But really, the most important thing is the Drifter. Holy crap, they look badass.

The announcement trailer shows them slashing and shooting like an awesome combination of Fox and Marth. Hyper Light Drifter is a great game with challenging boss fights and nail-biting combat. Leaping from a top-down action RPG into a party-time fighting game looks like a surprisingly good fit.

Brawlout was first announced at EVO last year, and a Switch port with an additional roster of neat indie characters might be just what it needs to really take off. There’s two more unannounced characters, which means I’m going to spend the rest of the day thinking of some awesome grudge matches. Maybe Quote from Cave Story gets in a fight with Shovel Knight? A girl can dream...

Former Senior Writer and Critic at Kotaku.


Stanley Kirk Burrell

This makes me wish even more that nintendo would just port the latest smash bros to switch so I can sell my wii u and upgrade to the switch. I like to keep the number of consoles in my house to a minimum.