Nintendo recently held its latest Indie World showcase event, debuting a number of trailers for forthcoming Switch titles developed by small studios. While there were plenty of nifty indies teased for the future, or even surprise-released, some highly anticipated titles were notably absent from the event, leading to a mix of excitement and disappointment among fans.
One of the most eagerly awaited games from indie developer Team Cherry, Hollow Knight: Silksong, was noticeably absent from the event. This omission left fans speculating on the game’s release date and availability, as the waiting game continues for those eagerly anticipating the sequel to the popular game, Hollow Knight.
While Hollow Knight: Silksong may have been missing from the event, the showcase did see some big metroidvania news with the announcement of a new Shantae game. Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution has been in development for over 20 years, originally intended for the Game Boy Advance. The game features multiple layers that the protagonist, Shantae, can move between to uncover secrets, and is set to be released sometime next year.
The event also highlighted a number of highly anticipated games, including Moonstone Island and Core Keeper. Moonstone Island, a game described as a combination between Pokémon and Stardew Valley, has been a hit on Steam and is set to arrive on the Switch in spring of next year. Core Keeper, a mining-themed roguelike that has garnered a lot of attention on Steam, is scheduled to make its way to the Switch in 2024, promising addictive gameplay and a robust multiplayer component.
In addition to these games, the showcase also featured the surprise launch of Howl, a tactical RPG set in medieval times where players must fend off a plague that turns people into feral beasts. With its strong graphics and art style, Howl is already drawing attention from fans of the genre. Another eagerly anticipated release, A Highland Song, is set to launch on December 5th. This sidescrolling adventure promises an adaptive narrative that changes along with player choice, as well as a soundtrack exclusively populated by Scottish folk bands.
These titles are just a few of the many trailers shown at the Indie World event. The Nintendo Switch is also set to receive a refresh of the iconic indie game Braid, along with other upcoming titles such as Backpack Hero, Passpartout 2: The Lost Artist, and many more, all releasing in the near future.
Overall, the showcase event was a mix of excitement and anticipation, as fans eagerly await the release of these highly anticipated indie titles on the Nintendo Switch. The event highlighted the diverse range of indie games coming to the platform, promising something for every type of gamer. With so many highly anticipated releases on the horizon, the future looks bright for indie gaming on the Switch.