The Nintendo Switch has quickly (and deservedly) earned a reputation as a new home for indie games since the system’s launch over three years ago. Surely, there’s no shortage of games from independent developers big and small to pull from on the eShop (or limited physical runs, if you’re lucky). However, as a major Sonic the Hedgehog nut, the platform is currently lacking the Blue Blur’s back 3D catalogue pre-Sonic Forces. It wasn’t until I picked up an indie game called Defunct on a whim the other day, letting me zip across maps at insanely high speeds, did I realize what the Switch was still missing.
While Sonic’s next venture is still unknown, playing Defunct had me thinking of another indie series in turn. Developed by Felipe Ribeiro Daneluz, a pair of games I hope to see on Switch someday is the Sonic and Kirby-inspired 2D platformer Spark the Electric Jester, and its 3D-oriented sequel.
Lessons learned from the Blue Blur
Daneluz, also known as LakeFeperd, made a name for himself in the Sonic community through a series of self-developed games. Before Mania, fan games like Sonic: Before the Sequel and Sonic: After the Sequel were the talk of the town. It wasn’t long before Daneluz took to Kickstarter to successfully crowdfund development on an original game. Heck, I wound up backing the project myself after playing through Daneluz’s Sonic fan games ad nauseum. Thankfully, I came out of that experience enjoying the cheesy story, the Sonic-esque platforming, and Spark’s wide range of abilities. I especially loved the game’s killer soundtrack, complete with the same team of composers behind the amazing music in Feperd’s earlier fan games. Even now, I still play the soundtrack over and over, three years since Spark first released.
My unlikely dream indie Switch port
Naturally, it wasn’t long before Daneluz tried his hand at a 3D game with Spark the Electric Jester 2. While available on Steam since last year, I’m still shy a PC before I can give it a proper try. Watching Fark (Spark’s robotic doppelganger) blitz up, down, and all around these long maps is really making me itch to play it someday! Sadly, Daneluz disclosed that Spark 2 was apparently turned down for the Switch when he first submitted it to Nintendo. It’s a shame as the game genuinely looks fun to me; there aren’t many games that take cues after 3D Sonic on the Switch right now.
Unlikely it may be, I still hope Spark the Electric Jester and its sequel makes it on the Switch somehow. But that’s enough of my rambling! What indie games on Steam or other platforms would you like to see on Nintendo Switch? Sound off with your wishlist in the comments.