The Nintendo Switch has already been receiving a ton of indies every week, but here are nine spectacular indie games I would love to see on the platform. Prefer video? Be sure to check out Wood Hawker’s (BeatEmUps) video version below! Let’s jump in!
Spelunky is one of those games you can easily pick up and play every night before bed. This award-winning roguelike platformer was developed by the indie studio Mossmouth. It initially launched on PC way back in 2008. However, after being remade and catching critical acclaim in 2013, Spelunky has been loved by millions of gamers spanning across just about every platform. Explore, loot, and upgrade your titular hero as you trek across randomly generated environments. It’s a gameplay loop that never seems to lose its fun factor. This charming yet extremely challenging roguelike would feel right at home on Nintendo Switch. Plus, it’s another opportunity for the game to reach even more gamers who have yet to play it.
Hotline Miami 1 & 2
Hotline Miami is a fast-paced and insanely brutal top-down shooter by Dennaton Games. It’s set in the 80’s and is completely and utterly ball-to-the-walls fun! I have never died so many times in a game and been so eager to try again. It is pure adrenaline from start to finish and I can’t believe it hasn’t hit the Nintendo Switch yet. The good news is that Devolver Digital went on record saying it would be releasing over a dozen games on the Switch before the end of 2019. I have hope that the publisher will announce Hotline Miami 1 & 2 for Nintendo Switch in the near future.
Jonathon Blow’s Braid is one of the first indie games on console to really make a splash. Not only is the story of Braid unique and intriguing, but the gameplay is damn near perfect. You have the ability to manipulate time as you platform your way across levels. The game continues to throw different gimmicks your way. However, it’s the implementation of these gimmicks that really make Braid a unique platformer. The game forces you to be extremely specific with your abilities, which can lead to infuriating moments, but those moments to lead to triumph and victory. It’s still one of the most satisfying platformer-puzzlers out there and easily earned its spot on this list.
Beginning development not long after Braid, Jonathan Blow and the Thekla, Inc. team started what would become an extremely long development process for The Witness. The game finally launched in 2016 and was worth the wait. Garnering multiple 10/10s across the board, The Witness is a puzzler that keeps you thinking about it even when you’re not playing it. Unlike Braid, it is a first-person puzzle adventure game that has you traversing an island exploring numerous structures and solving puzzles. While simple in concept, the game offers some of the most engaging and satisfying puzzles to ever exist in a video game. The Nintendo Switch audience would totally eat this game up.
Castle Crashers is a 2D beat ’em up developed by The Behemoth. Ten whopping years after its initial launch, Castle Crashers is still just as charming and fun to play as before. I mean, the game did manage to stand out from the pack even though it launched during a time when indies weren’t thriving and hugely popular AAA titles like Halo 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV were hogging the mindshare. Despite all the odds being stacked against it, Castle Crasher‘s zany art style, over-the-top action, and incredible pacing helped it go down as one of the pioneer indie games that would change the indie space forever. So, of course, it would be awesome if it came to Nintendo Switch, the new home for all the greatest indies!
Speaking of beat ’em ups, here is another one I would love on Nintendo Switch. Gang Beasts is a hilariously fun beat ’em up that’s currently available on PlayStation 4 and PC. This is a beat ’em up that will make you want to wring your friend’s neck (in a good way!). This is largely due to the game intentionally having unresponsive controls and overall wonky mechanics. It’s not about being competitive but rather just sitting down and laughing with friends, which is a nice change of pace. The Nintendo Switch already has a slew of party games, so having Gang Beasts become a part of its growing catalog would be fantastic.
Geometry Wars (series)
With what originally began as a minigame in Project Gotham Racing 2, Geometry Wars would go on to become the most downloaded game on Xbox Live Arcade. Not only that, but it would also spawn two successful sequels and a spinoff. All this due to the fact that it’s some of the best twin-stick mechanics out there. Seriously, this stylish series shouldn’t go unplayed by any gamer. Unfortunately, it’s been quite a while since we have received a new game in the franchise. I’m hoping sooner or later we get ports on Nintendo Switch, as the platform could definitely use some more twin-stick love.
Pyre features incredible tactical battles, a beautiful art style, and an emotionally gripping story. One thing I love about the game is how you have to make gut-wrenching choices throughout it. The story is told in the same vein as a Fire Emblem game, and you’re introduced to memorable characters along the way. Also similar to Fire Emblem, the outcome of a match could decide the fate of a character you’ve grown close to. Along with that comes an engaging real-time battle system that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You’ll shuffle through different characters and utilize their special abilities throughout the 20-hour campaign. Pyre is a must play and I would love for Switch owners to be able to check it out.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Seriously, when will we be able to play Scott Pilgrim vs the World again? After being stripped away from digital stores due to (most likely) the license expiring, we haven’t seen a re-release of this stellar indie title on any platform. It’s a shame too because it was quite a good beat ’em up. We can only hope that one day it rises from the grave and becomes playable for the masses again. Until that day comes, I guess I’ll have to wipe the spider-webs off of my old Xbox 360 to play it.
I wrote this article a few days ago before publishing, and since then, ABZU has been confirmed to be heading to Switch! But I decided to keep it part of the article to spread the word!
ABZU is a gorgeous adventure game that released a few years ago on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The team that worked on the game consists of developers who previously worked on the critically acclaimed PS3 title, Journey. Including the director Matt Nava and the composer Austin Wintory. And it is immediately apparent when booting up ABZU, as it’s a beautiful, eerie, and an overall engrossing game just like Journey. This jaw-dropping game uses a stylish art direction that, I think, should have no problem running on the Nintendo Switch hardware.
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