Nintendo is just hours away from launching their latest console, Nintendo Switch. The system hits retailers tomorrow and the firm released new details surrounding a slew of indie games that will come to Switch.
Among the many games listed were games such as Overcooked: Special Edition, Yooka-Laylee and The Escapists 2. All three of these games are coming from the publisher Team17. Overcooked is available now on other platforms and originally debuted during the summer of last year.
Yooka-Laylee is in development at the independent studio Playtonic Games and will launch April 11. We do know Yooka-Laylee will launch on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Linux and Mac. It would be a surprise to see the game not debut on Switch when it releases on other consoles. I expect Switch to have Yooka-Laylee at the same time other consoles do. It is, after all, the most Nintendo game I have seen in a while.
If you have not had the chance to play Overcooked, it’s a game I recommend to everyone. For how unassuming and simple it may seem, the game has a ton of depth to it. If you’re ever sitting around with friends and can’t find a fun, inclusive game to play, step into this game and say goodbye to the rest of your night. It is that much fun.
The Escapists made its debut back in 2014 and its sequel will arrive sometime this year. Team17 and Mouldy Toof have yet to provide an official date, but it is expected to launch in 2017. The Escapists 2 will support “drop-in/drop-out co-op for up to four players (additional accessories are required for multiplayer modes, and are sold separately). Players can tie together knotted sheets and use them to climb down high windows in new multi-level prisons, and find other new ways to make a break for freedom,” Nintendo wrote.
Nintendo says there are over 60 games coming to Switch throughout the course of this year. Many of these titles will utilize the unique features Switch has to offer. These themes will include Switch’s play modes like TV mode, handheld mode and tabletop mode. Nintendo highlighted some of the indie games that are development for Switch in this new video.
Nintendo’s ability to include unique, new franchises on the Switch console will be important. Nintendo of America Vice President of Publisher and Developer Relations Steve Singer spoke about the variety of content coming to Nintendo Switch.
“Our Nindies Showcase gives fans a taste of some of the great content on its way to Nintendo eShop. We’re working with both mainstream and independent developers to make Nintendo Switch the destination for entertaining games and experiences,” Singer said. Below is a list of the notable games that Nintendo wanted to call out specifically in their release:
- Runner3 from Choice Provisions: Runner3 continues the joyous adventures of CommanderVideo from BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Runner2. Players will encounter quests, branching paths, item shops, new Retro Challenges, new character moves, new dance moves and a roster of characters that somehow manages to rival the strangeness of Runner2. The game is scheduled to launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch this fall.
- SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form Games: In the sequel to the award-winning original, you must dig deep, gain riches and explore an underworld riddled with danger. The game is scheduled to launch this summer.
- Blaster Master Zero from Inti Creates: The same elements that made the original Blaster Master a hit are back, including side-scrolling vehicular combat, top-down adventuring and a huge sci-fi landscape, in addition to a host of new and improved gameplay systems. The game includes a two-player mode and will have numerous character cameos coming soon. Blaster Master Zero launches exclusively on both Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family systems on March 9.
- Pocket Rumble from Chucklefish Games and Cardboard Robot Games: This deep 2D fighter makes players want to throw down, anywhere, anytime. The battles get even more intense with the inclusion of HD rumble: When players get hit by a weak attack, it’ll feel very different from getting rocked by a strong one. The game is scheduled to launch as a console exclusive for Nintendo Switch in March.
- Flipping Death from Zoink Games: Welcome to Flatwood Peaks, a small whimsical town with a problem – Death is on vacation. Play as Penny and help the ghosts with their peculiar problems on The Otherside. This puzzling adventure game is scheduled to come to Nintendo Switch later this year.
- Mr. Shifty from tinyBuild and Team Shifty: Shift through bullets, and master lightning-fast takedowns in a new kind of action game. Mr. Shifty follows a teleportation-fueled heist to break into the world’s most secure facility. Shift through walls, through bullets, cover huge distances and be everywhere at once. One shot kills. Survive on skills. HD rumble allows players to feel every punch, shot and crash. The game is scheduled to launch first on Nintendo Switch this April.
- Wargroove from Chucklefish Games: This turn-based strategy game offers local and online matches for one to four players. The game is scheduled to launch later this year.
- Stardew Valley from Chucklefish Games and ConcernedApe: Nintendo Switch will be the first console to support the game’s new multiplayer feature. The open-ended, country-life RPG is scheduled to launch this summer.
- Shakedown Hawaii from vBlank: This 16-bit spiritual successor to Retro City Rampage aims to be twice as good with twice the bits. From the boardroom to the streets, Shakedown Hawaii parodies big business and the white collar crimes that go alongside. Build your empire, monopolize the markets and collaterally re-zone the island’s destructible sandbox. It’s scheduled to launch first on Nintendo Switch this April.
- Graceful Explosion Machine from Vertex Pop: Skillfully pilot the advanced Graceful Explosion Machine (GEM) fighter while blasting swarms of crystalline enemies with your ludicrously overpowered quad-weapon array. This side-scrolling arcade shooter features HD rumble support, which means players will really be able to feel those machines explode. The game is scheduled to launch first on Nintendo Switch this April.
- Tumbleseed from aeiowu: A small seed heads up a mountain to save his home in this physics-based game. More than 30 unique upgrades help the seed overcome challenges and enemies. HD rumble means players will feel seeds traversing across the screen. The game is scheduled to launch on Nintendo Switch this spring.
- GoNNER from Raw Fury and Art in Heart: GoNNER is a tough-as-hell, score-based, procedurally generated platformer with roguelike elements. GoNNER is also a story about friendship between Ikk, Death and a space whale named Sally. You will die. A lot. The console version of the game launches first on Nintendo Switch with additional content tailor-made for the system later this year.
- Kingdom: Two Crowns from Raw Fury and Noio: In Kingdom: Two Crowns, attend to your domain, border to border, or venture into the wild to discover its wonders and threats. First revealed today, two players can come together in co-op mode to rule a kingdom. Their choices bring hope or despair to their subjects. The game is scheduled to launch later this year.
- Dandara from Raw Fury and Long Hat House: Dandara has awoken to reshape the world. In this strange world of quirky characters, nothing is at it seems. In this bizarre, gravity-bending world with hidden beauty, it’s up to Dandara, jumping from surface to surface, to restore order and direct a directionless world. The game is scheduled to launch on Nintendo Switch this summer with exclusive features and functionality, including HD rumble support.
Nintendo Switch launches tomorrow marking a massive shift for the firm. It’ll be interesting to see how Switch evolves and performs over the rest of this year and beyond. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Switch.