Here’s a lot more info about the 22 games from Nintendo Switch Indie World 2020 Showcase 3/17

Here’s a lot more info about the 22 games from Nintendo Switch Indie World 2020 Showcase 3/17

With the way of the world shifting to live-stream events rather than in-person gatherings, Nintendo has been ahead of the game in digital presentation of their products to consumers for years. Their most recent presentation has released today with a slew of excellent indie games coming to Nintendo Switch this year (with a great number of them being exclusive / timed exclusive / etc).

The Indie World Showcase 2020 comes at a time when gamers will have Animal Crossing as the final first party Nintendo exclusive confirmed for the rest of the year. With recent rumors that flagship Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 could be delayed and a general concern over a drought on Switch as the result – Nintendo’s move to showcase Indie World right now will give a huge boost for a lot of great games that may have otherwise gone unnoticed by the larger market.

We encourage you all to take a second look at the games which were featured in Indie World 2020 and consider if the right fit for you awaits among these titles to help you fill the gap between games (and whenever you need a brief break from Animal Crossing)

#1. BLUE FIRE

Nintendo Switch Exclusive (Timed)

3D Action Platformer / Graffiti Games + Robi Studios

Release: Summer 2020

After an introduction, logo, and sizzle reel showing off the games to be featured in the show, Indie World 2020 kicks off with the world premiere of fast-paced action in an upcoming 3D platformer called Blue Fire by Graffiti Games and Robi Studios. The playable characters have a cute chibi style look to them while enemies are more sinister and monstrous. The game’s makes use of polygonal graphics as well as cell shading techniques in subtle ways for a combined effect of highly artistic visuals and smooth frame rates.

In addition to the Reveal Trailer debuted at today’s Indie World 2020 the creators of the game have provided some details about what players can expect come Summer 2020 when it releases.

  • Dark world with interesting enemy creatures
  • Quests, Collectibles, Boss Fights, Rewards
  • Survivors who lived to tell the tale of these forgotten lands
  • Discover loot in the once rich kingdom for trading at shops

The Press Release also talks about “The Void”, a mysterious secondary location offering up more twists on gameplay.

  • “Upgrades – No great warrior can battle the dangers lurking in Penumbra without the proper equipment. Upgrade your swords, collect valuable amulets and unlock new abilities to transform into a fierce fighter.
  • Lost in the Void – Far from Penumbra, there is a lost land called The Void. Find Void entrances throughout the world to uncover abstract platforming challenges-“

#2. BALDO

Nintendo Switch Exclusive (Timed)

Action Adventure / Naps Team

Release: Summer 2020

Right away the art style of Baldo has been drawing attention on the basis that it strongly resembles the work of Hayao Miyazaki and the well known Studio Ghibli, widely regarded as one of the most successful and respected Anime and Manga creators of all time.

Interactive environments, an emphasis on story, and a familiar feel all blend together to provide an exciting prospect for Baldo, which has already been receiving much praise and hopeful eyes in the Switch fanbase. There are some questions as to how deep the RPG mechanics will go, but that is not yet known at this time. Certainly a real time action RPG inspired battle system is present by the looks of things with puzzles, cool special abilities, and exploration.

#3. I AM DEAD

Nintendo Switch Exclusive (Timed)

Puzzle Adventure / Hollow Ponds + Annapurna

Release: TBA 2020

Puzzles, mystery, intrigue, and narrative are looking to be the strong points in the latest game by Richard Hogg and Hollow Ponds (Creators of Hohokum and Wilmot’s Warehouse). I AM DEAD which involves controlling the recently-deceased Morris Lupton. When alive, this man was a museum curator for Shelmerston but now he will live through an afterlife experience in which he has unfinished business.

Looking inside of the true nature of an object or person, Morris found himself at the center of a catastrophe which might be avoided if he uses his abilities wisely. With the ghost of his old dog Sparky by his side, Morris will need to experience the memories of his family and friends and find out secrets, rumors, legends, and any other information that could help prevent their island’s volcano from erupting.

#4. B.ARK

Nintendo Switch Exclusive (Timed)

Side Scrolling Co-Op Shooter / Tic Toc Games

Release: Late 2020

A family-friendly couch co-op game takes center stage next during the Indie World 2020 presentation as B.Ark’s dev team shows off Bio-Interstellar Ark, the last chance for beloved Earth animals like puppies, cats, bears, to save us from a space empire of evil aquatic life forms.

  • Four Player Co-Op
  • Four Class-based Animal system
  • Over 20 Milky Way based levels

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“Navigate the galaxy, create unique attack strategies with your crew, upgrade your ships, and explore the solar system to find challenging intergalactic tales!

Play as Barker, a loveable and friendly pug who heals his friends and turns his enemies into frenemies! Or Felicity, a fierce leader who’s cat rage can really boost her firepower. There’s also Walker, the Bear with a protective spirit and Marv, the speedy rabbit that can zip around in his enemies with ease!”

#5. FREAKPOCALYPSE

Nintendo Switch Exclusive (Timed)

Point and Click Adventure / Cyanide & Happiness

Release: Summer 2020

After successfully completing a Kickstarter and raising $575,377 ($275K higher than the original goal) Cyanide & Happiness will soon have its own adventure game. The game is shaping up to be an incredibly interesting experience too, regardless of whether or not you’re a huge Cyanide & Happiness fan. It’s been on its way for years, and for fans of the genre should be especially interesting!

#6. SUMMER IN MARA

Nintendo Switch Exclusive (Timed)

Farming Adventure / Chibig

Release: Spring 2020

Summer in Mara takes the island vibes of Moana and combines them with seafaring, farming, fishing, swimming, crafting, and exploring the large open world. There’s lots of story, hidden secrets, and over twenty characters to help give life to the adventure. The development team has been known to bring out the best of nature and it has inspired their games which have developed a strong following as well as previously Deiland, tiny Planet, and Ankora.

#7. QUANTUM LEAGUE

Nintendo Switch Exclusive (Timed)

Online First Person Shooter / Nimble Giant

Release: Late 2020

Combining clones who replicate your previous actions alongside your own live input gives way to new possibilities against opponents doing the same in Quantum League; a new kind of shooter. One vs One and Two vs Two matches are played on tight, small maps to get right into the chaotic action which must be dissected and analyzed by players in order to avoid crossfire and take out the real opponent.

Nimble Giant describes this as a ‘Time Paradox Shooter’ which is highly competitive and allows players to team up with their past and future selves. The art style and soundtrack certainly take a page out of Fortnite but gun design and overall concept are original. We look forward to seeing the potential for new takes on the genre, as always, and will try it out when we have the chance.

#8. THE GOOD LIFE

Mystery / White Owls

Release: TBA 2020

Described by its developers as a ‘Debt Repayment RPG’ this game takes place in what is called the ‘happiest town in the world’ but players will uncover a huge secret hidden under the surface. The secret is…

At night all residents of the town turn into dogs and cats!

This mystery title certainly lives up to the bizarre promise of variety and weirdness factor. Characters openly speak about aliens and generally act suspicious. There is also a high variety in the things players will get to do in The Good Life including control of animals, photography, various chores and tasks to earn money, detective work, sleuthing for clues, solve crimes, and much more.

#9. THE LAST CAMPFIRE

Mystery / Hello Games

Release: Summer 2020

An emotional game from the creators of LostWinds (now part of Hello Games) is being presented as a Hello Games Short which takes inspiration from Pixar Shorts as a way to bring more creative projects to the industry through indie development traditions.

The newest trailer which was shown off by Nintendo presents us with a closer look at the game which was revealed at The Game Awards last year. Puzzles, narrative, and a heartfelt message appear to be the focus of the game which sees a character mourning its ancestors as they explore an unknown territory and learn about the past from its ruins. Rekindle your hope with The Last Campfire.

#10. PIXELJUNK EDEN 2

Action / Q-Games

Release: Summer 2020

A Japanese studio focused on gameplay-centric titles, Q-Games returns with a sequel to PixelJunk Eden which originally launched in 2008 for the PlayStation Network on PS3 during the height of Sony’s indie games craze. Characters engage in a one-of-a-kind arcade style gameplay loop while abstract and artistic visuals and soundscapes are presented in synchronicity to the action. We always admire works of art, especially when they are refreshingly unlike anything else we’ve played before, and this deserves a try.

#11. FAERIA

Strategy Card Game / Abrakam + Versus Evil

Release: March 2020

Faeria is a card collecting game with elements of board games and turn-based strategy built in for a massive single player experience as well as multiplayer mode. Many fans of the game say that it doesn’t translate well to trailers, so you’ll want to definitely give this a play for yourself before deciding what to think of it.

#12. ELDEST SOULS

Nintendo Switch Exclusive (Timed)

Action Adventure / Fallen Flag Studio + United Label

Release: Summer 2020

Seemingly inspired by the 2015 hit indie title Titan Souls, Fallen Flag Studio is a fresh out of school indie team of 6 best friends who have crafted a beautiful pixel art, boss rush title which will be easy to pick up but harder to master. There’s very good news too, Fallen Flag is taking the concept further than Titan Souls did with customizable abilities, unlockable talents, upgradeable attacks, different loadouts for different scenarios, and more.

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“The Old Gods have long been imprisoned. Humanity has prospered. Great Kingdoms have arisen from the now forsaken temples of worship. But no longer…
In their final act of revenge, the Old Gods have unleashed a great Desolation upon the world. Farmlands have turned to desert, rivers to dust.

The Great Crusade sent to slay the Imprisoned Gods once and for all, is all but vanished, and the human Kingdoms in disarray. A lone Warrior approaches the Citadel, ancient prison of the Gods. His objective is simple: slay them all.

Explore and discover the mysterious, ancient Citadel. Prison of the Old Gods, this monument of the Human’s triumph has long be forgotten, and something dark has taken root deep within its mazes.”

#13. BLAIR WITCH

Survival Horror / Bloober Team + Lionsgate

Release: Summer 2020

Towards the end of the Indie World 2020 event we were given a much quicker flash of various games which will make their way to Nintendo Switch this year. One of these was Blair Witch. This is a port of the game released in August 2019 for PC and Xbox by publisher Lionsgate Games and developed by Bloober Team. This game is a psychology based survival horror based on a 1999 film many may remember as one of the first pieces of viral content ever made, The Blair Witch Project.

The film debuted as an experiment in which three college students attempted to document a local witch legend only to disappear and have their footage found. The idea was that we were actually watching that found footage, and everything was a true event. Everything was recorded on a home camera giving the film a very creepy vibe and with only a $60,000 production budget the film grossed over $250 million making it an unprecedented success in global reach as well as profit.

#14. GHOST OF A TALE

Action Adventure / SeithCG + Plug In Digital

Release: Spring 2020

In this indie action adventure players will control a rat who is on a mission. Visuals look inspired by Moss but with a much creepier concept, and interactive environments as well as traditional RPG style questing are definitely part of the charm for this game which released for PC, PS4, and Xbox in 2018.

Excerpt from the Original Press Release:

“Ghost of a Tale is an action-RPG game in which you play as Tilo, a mouse and minstrel thrown into a perilous adventure. Through stealth and cunning you’ll be able to explore the secrets of Dwindling Heights Keep and navigate its dangers.”

#15. SKY

Adventure / ThatGameCompany

Release: Summer 2020

From the studio which brought us Journey, Flower, and Flow comes a brand new adventure with over 10 million downloads and coming in April for Android and making its console version debut on Nintendo Switch. With artistic excellence, Sky: Children of the Light will allow cross-play in the future but first will become available for Nintendo Switch.

#16. SKY RACKET

Side Scrolling Co-Op Shooter / Double Dash Studios

Now Available for Nintendo Switch

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“Sky Racket is the world’s first Shmup Breaker, mixing the classic genres of shoot ’em ups and block breakers! Blast bullets back at baddies while flying over whimsical worlds filled with vivid, kooky colors!”

#17. SUPERLIMINAL

Puzzle / Pillow Castle

Release: Summer 2020

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“Superliminal (previously Museum of Simulation Technology) is a 2019 puzzle video game released by Pillow Castle. The game, played from a first-person perspective, incorporates gameplay elements around optical illusions and forced perspective; notably, certain objects when picked up can be moved towards or away from the player, but when placed back down, scale to the size as the player had viewed them, enabling the player to solve puzzles to complete the game.”

#18. WINGSPAN

Digital Board Game / Monster Couch

Release: Spring 2020

An adaption of the beloved board game Wingspan is being developed for gamers to enjoy on the Nintendo Switch which revolves entirely around bird enthusiast culture and trivia in a wonderfully crafted and enjoyable multiplayer experience.

#19. DICEY DUNGEONS

Rogue-Like Adventure / Distractionware Limited

Release: Spring 2020

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“In this new fast-paced deckbuilding roguelike from Terry Cavanagh (Super Hexagon, VVVVVV), Chipzel, and Marlowe Dobbe, you’ll fight monsters, find better loot, and level up your heroes as you work together to take down the Goddess of Fortune, Lady Luck herself. Balance your carefully planned strategies against the unknown of a dice roll.”

#20. BOUNTY BATTLE

2D Multiplayer Fighting / Dark Screen Games

Release: Summer 2020

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“Bounty Battle is the ultimate indie fighting game: a new multiplayer 2D fighter, where you can pit your favourite indie heroes against one another! Indie heroes from games like Guacamelee! and Darkest Dungeon, to Dead Cells, Owlboy & more battle it out in this fighter frenzy.”

#21. MOVING OUT

Casual Co-Op / SMG Studio, DevM Games, Team 17

Release: April 28, 2020

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“Moving Out is a ridiculous physics-based moving simulator that brings new meaning to “couch co-op”! Are you ready for an exciting career in furniture? As a newly certified Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician, you’ll take on moving jobs all across the busy town of Packmore.”

#22. EXIT THE GUNGEON

2D Tower Shooter / Dodge Roll + Devolver Digital

Now Available for Nintendo Switch

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“Exit the Gungeon is a bullet hell dungeon climber immediately following the adventures of the misfit ‘Gungeoneers’ and their journey for personal absolution in Enter the Gungeon.”

OFFICIAL INDIE WORLD PRESENTATION

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