Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently hinted that the critically praised indie title Hollow Knight is selling great on the Nintendo Switch. You can read the quote from Reggie Fils-Aime below.
“This year we were fortunate. We were able to announce effectively at the close of the Direct that Hollow Knight would be available. And so there, the consumer is able to get at it right away. And I can tell you that Hollow Knight on Switch is doing exceptionally well.”
Hollow Knight was developed by Team Cherry and originally launched for Windows, Linux, and Mac in 2017. Hollow Knight for Switch had a surprise launch announcement during Nintendo’s E3 2018 showcase, catching the eye of thousands of gamer across the globe and hitting the eShop later that day. It is now available on Nintendo Switch for $15 USD.
I’m not surprised
Hollow Knight’s early success honestly does not come as a surprise to me. It seems like every couple weeks we hear about an indie game finding success on Switch. The Nintendo Switch is sort of becoming the new home for indies. I don’t think anyone saw this coming, not even Nintendo. Nintendo’s previous two home consoles, Wii and Wii U, weren’t really the go-to platforms for all the latest and greatest indie games. Toward the end of the Wii’s lifecycle was when the indie scene really started to take off. As for the Wii U, while it did receive a fair share of indie support, many indie devs just didn’t see viability in making games for the platform due to its small install base. Which begs the question, what is it about the Switch that has gamers nuts for buying indie games on it? Is it the probability? The ‘switch’ gimmick? Who knows! But at this rate, the Switch could end up with one of the highest attach-rates in video game history.
Not only are indie games selling well on Nintendo Switch, but some multiplatform indies are selling the most on Switch. A while back we reported that indie title Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap sold the most on the Nintendo Switch. Then, FDG Entertainment, the publisher behind the Zelda-inspired Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas, confirmed that the Switch version of the title sold more on Nintendo’s platform than all the other console versions combined just shortly after launching. That was an impressive feat considering the Nintendo Switch has a smaller install when compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
While I believe there are way too many mediocre games releasing on Switch every week, there have been quite a few indie gems thus far. The likes of Celeste, Golf Story, Owlboy, and a handful of others have become instant classics. Indie games don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. With hit titles like Towerfall Ascension and Killer Queen Black coming to the platform soon – among a bunch of others – the Switch’s library is growing at a rapid pace. Let’s just hope Nintendo’s curation gets better and it starts marketing the great titles above the mediocre ones.
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