11 Indie Games We Want To See On The Switch

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target Of all the stereotypes about Nintendo, one of the most enduring has been the belief that their consoles are only worth buying for first-party games. And certainly in past generations that was mostly true – how many Wii games were third-party shovelware compared to the Mario and Zelda entries? But starting with the Wii U and moving forward to the Switch, the big N has started to loosen the reigns a little bit for smaller developers, resulting in numerous exciting indies finding a new home on the hybrid platform.Recent weeks have seen the release of games like World of Goo and The Binding of Isaac for the Switch, and in the future we can expect indie titles like Mini Metro and 2064: Read Only Memories to hit the system. All this small-game goodness has inspired us to put together a list of lesser-known games that we home get the same treatment.CupheadThe run and gun platformer genre got its start on the original NES with Capcom’s Mega Man games, and we’d be very surprised if 2017’s breakout indie hit didn’t make its way to the Switch sooner or later. Cuphead has a window of exclusivity on Windows and Xbone, but when that contract’s up it’s only logical that the devs will want to wring every penny they can out of their painstakingly hand-drawn art. But this one’s more than just a pretty face – the difficulty is finely tuned and there’s a wealth of power-ups and modifiers you can equip to give yourself more challenge – or less, if that’s what you’re into.Dead CellsRetro-styled games do well on Nintendo platforms – just look at Shovel Knight – but Dead Cells has a lot more going for it than mere nostalgia. The bone-hard side-scrolling roguelike is a great distillation of some of today’s hippest trends. As you progress through dungeons, you pick up a wide variety of weapons with unique effects, bonuses and drawbacks and use them to slaughter the bizarre beasts that hinder you. As with any great roguelike, each run feels different, forcing you to really learn the systems to survive. The developer has dropped hints about a possible Switch release, so our fingers are crossed.Heat SignatureThis PC indie hit seems perfect for the Switch’s unconventional controls and mobile capability. Playing something like a Hotline Miami with considerably more tactical depth, you control a group of mercenaries taking on jobs in deep space that can easily cascade into all-out chaos. Every mission seems different, giving you a wide variety of weapons and gadgets to solve problems your way. It’s nail-bitingly hard, surprisingly funny and eminently replayable. Porting it to the Switch might be a tough job for the small team – it’s still in Early Access – but it would definitely be worth it.SpelunkyOne of the most lauded indie games of all time, Spelunky‘s mix of airtight side-scrolling platforming and roguelike exploration through randomly generated caverns made it a massive hit across multiple platforms, including the PS Vita, PS3 and PS4. It hasn’t wound up on any Nintendo system yet, though, which is a little perplexing as it feels in many ways like a strange synthesis of Metroid and Mario. There’s a sequel coming sometime this year, but they’ve only announced it for PC and PS4. Surely being able to delve into caves on the go is a worthwhile thing to pursue?Rain WorldAdult Swim dropped this long-awaited tale of exploration and survival on PC and PS4 last year, and we haven’t heard any rumblings about ports since then. This one is probably the most polarizing game on the list, with players either loving or hating its uncompromising style. As a “slugcat,” a weird little creature with few defenses against predators, you must fill your belly and get to shelter before the toxic rains come each night, contending with a complex ecosystem that really isn’t interested in your survival. It’s a compelling and brave take on the Metroidvania concept that deserves more exposure.Slime RancherNintendo has made their bones by caring about casual players as well as the hardcore, and sometimes you just want to sort of bliss out and perform repetitive tasks in a candy-colored world while numbers go up. Few indie games scratch that itch quite like Slime Rancher, which casts you as an astronaut who travels to a faraway planet to care and feed a flabbergasting variety of cute little slimes. By feeding them different stuff, they evolve and morph into all sorts of critters with different personalities. It’s gently addictive and a perfect choice for the Switch.Keep Talking And Nobody ExplodesThe Switch was definitely sold as a social gaming experience, and one of the most compelling multiplayer games of recent years would do great on the portable platform. The basic gimmick of Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes is simple: one player must defuse an on-screen bomb, but they don’t have any idea how to do it. The other players have access to a detailed bomb-disposal manual, but they can’t touch the bomb. What results is a wild and frenzied cooperative experience that’s unlike anything else the system has to offer.Hidden FolksThis beautiful and charming experience is like “Where’s Waldo” given a shot of mutant growth hormone. Developers Adriaan de Jongh and Sylvain Tegroeg created a hand-drawn universe teeming with life and set gamers loose to discover everything they could inside it. Hidden object games got a bum rap due to PC shovelware, but Hidden Folks is something different – it’s overflowing with personality and charm and would be a great addition to Nintendo’s stable. Porting it from iOS to the Switch’s touchscreen seems like a pretty simple proposition, but we’re not codemasters so we can’t say for sure.Butt Sniffin’ PugsTaking inspiration from Animal Crossing, quirky indie Butt Sniffin’ Pugs lets one or two players morph into squish-faced canines and sets them free to explore a huge and detailed park stocked with humans, other dogs, birds and plenty of stuff to sniff. The developers have demoed the game using a bespoke controller shaped like a huge tennis ball with a dedicated “sniff” button, which lets you learn new abilities from your pug buddies. It’s a sweet and funny game that would land right in the sweet spot for Nintendo’s audience.Caves Of QudVisually low-fi and complicated as hell, Caves of Qud doesn’t seem like a natural fit for a Nintendo system. But this deep, bizarre role-playing adventure actually hearkens back to the earliest days of the company’s software, where games weren’t terribly concerned with being “friendly” and depended on the grit and gumption of players to work out their secrets. And there are a lot of secrets to be found here. This game is “Nintendo Hard” in the best, truest sense, and although it’s quite a longshot we’d love to be able to tote it around on our Switch, even if the baroque control system needed to be simplified a bunch.UndertaleProbably the most beloved indie game of the last decade, Toby Fox’s Undertale takes major inspiration from the big N’s classic Earthbound, but creates a role-playing experience that’s quirky and unique. As a lost child in a mysterious underground world, you encounter dogs, robots and other creatures. The big gimmick – that you don’t have to kill anyone to complete the game – manifests in the unique combat system that features action-based dodging coupled with negotiation, conversation and more. It’s already on Sony platforms so the Switch shouldn’t be any more difficult.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img