Nintendo has shared another look at the future of indie games on Nintendo Switch thanks to today’s Indie World Showcase. In this roughly 25-minute presentation, Nintendo shared updates on previously released titles, a couple of exciting ports, and some brand new surprises.
From Sports Story — the Golf Story sequel first announced way back in 2019 — finally getting a release month, to indie darling Inscryption making its way to Nintendo Switch, here’s everything that happened during today’s Indie World Showcase.
Sports Story Comes to Nintendo Switch in December
The long-awaited sequel to 2017’s Golf Story is finally hitting Nintendo Switch next month. Sports Story is about a lot more than golf, and even about more than sports. The wacky trailer showed off golf, tennis, soccer, BMX, volleyball, and cricket. But when you’re not competing, you’ll be exploring dungeons, hanging out at the mall, or solving mysteries.
Rogue Legacy 2 Is Available on Nintendo Switch Today
Esteemed roguelite Rogue Legacy 2 is coming to the Switch eShop later today. The Switch version includes the Fabled Heroes update, which includes dozens of new sub-classes and items.
Rogue Legacy 2 launched earlier this year, and we called the game amazing in our review, saying, “Rogue Legacy 2 is a transformative sequel that essentially rebuilds the extraordinarily influential 2013 original into a modern roguelite that stands nearly shoulder to shoulder with the best of the genre.”
Pepper Grinder Is a New Action-Adventure From Devolver Digital
Treasure hunter Pepper has been shipwrecked and robbed, forcing her to use her trusty grill to take back what’s hers. This gorgeous pixel-art action-adventure features super fast action with fluid drill combat. Along the way, you’ll collect treasure and other riches and use them to upgrade Pepper or unlock more paths on the world map.
Pepper Grinder is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2023.
Have a Nice Death: Roguelike Starring the Grim Reaper Hits Switch Next Year
This roguelike impressed us last year ahead of its PC release, and now Have a Nice Death is coming to Nintendo Switch. The game stars the grim reaper himself, with a corporate twist. Death is an overworked CEO who has to restore the work-death balance at his company by fighting his own subordinates. It has crazy fast hack-and-slash combat with combos and spell and weapons upgrades.
Have a Nice Death is coming to Nintendo Switch on March 22, 2023.
Explore the French Countryside in Dordogne
From French indie studio Un Je Ne Sais Quoi, Dordogne is an immersive narrative experience starring Mimi: A Woman who returns to her late grandmother’s home where she used to spend every summer. You’ll play as Mimi in the past and present, as you uncover family secrets and explore the French countryside.
Dordogne is coming to Switch in Spring 2023.
A Space for the Unbound Is About Young Love in Rural Indonesia
This slice-of-life adventure game is set in the late 1990s in rural Indonesia. A Space for the Unbound tells the relationship of a boy and a girl with supernatural powers, who are forced into action when a mysterious power threatens their towns existence. The gameplay largely recolces around exploring the town and meeting the townsfolk to uncover secrets about the town and each other.
A Space for the Unbound is coming to Nintendo Switch on January 19, 2023.
Once Upon a Jester Brings Improv Theater to Nintendo Switch
Once Upon a Jester attempts to infuse the world of improvisational theater into a video game. It stars best friends Jester and Sok, who have hatched a scheme to steal a Royal Diamond. To do so, they must be admitted to the Royal Theatrical Spectacle. This takes them to a bizarre kingdom where anything can happen, and no two performances within the game are the same.
Once Upon a Jester will be available on Switch later today.
Desta: The Memories Between Features Dodgeball In Your Dreams
From the creators of Monument Valley, Desta: The Memories Between takes the isometric viewpoint of its well-known mobile game and adds elements of dodgeball. In this game, players compete in a metaphorical ball game during their dreams, where perfect throws and trick shots can change the course of the narrative. With a heavy focus on story and conversations, the game also features a full voice cast.
Desta: The Memories Between comes to Switch in early 2023.
Goodbye World Is About the Struggles to Develop a Video Game
Goodbye World is about as meta as it gets, as it’s a video game about two friends trying to find the perfect idea for their next video game. While following the characters’ day-to-day struggles, you’ll also play a retro-inspired puzzle platformer on a handheld that resembles a Game Boy.
Goodbye World is coming to Nintendo Switch later this month.
Aka Takes Players on a Journey to Find Inner Peace
Aka puts players in the shoes of retired warrior Aka, who is seeking inner peace on an isolated island paradise. In this cozy open world game, you can take care of a garden, build a shelter, feed baby dragons, or lie on top of a giant capybara. Aka can also set out on quests to meet characters, and face the ghosts of their past.
Aka is coming to Nintendo Switch on December 15.
Blanc Is a Textless Co-op Adventure Starring a Fawn and a Wolf Cub
Also featured in May 2022’s Indie World Showcase, Blanc is a textless co-op adventure starring a fawn and a wolf cub. Two players must coordinate and use their individual abilities to navigate the snowy landscape. The game features both online and local co-op.
Blanc is coming to Nintendo Switch on February 14, 2023.
Solve Plant-Based Puzzles and Tend to a Garden in Botany Manor
Botany Manor is all about gardening. You play as Arabelle Green, a retired botanist who lives in a 19th century historical manor. By solving plant-based puzzles, you’ll preserve a collection of forgotten flora and take care of the manor’s garden. Players will need to inspect the manor to find clues, newspaper clippings, and more to help grow your own gardening skills.
Botany Manor is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2023.
Cook Delicious South Indian Dishes in Venba
Venba is a wholesome narrative cooking game set in the 1980s, where an Indian family recently immigrated to Canada. You play as the mother of the family, who is looking to reconnect with her heritage by cooking a variety of South Indian dishes. Branching conversations tell a story of love and loss, and the game’s soundtrack is inspired by Indian musicals.
Venba is coming to Nintendo Switch in Spring 2023.
Oni: Road to be the Mightiest Oni Is a 3D Action-Adventure
Oni: Road to be the Mightiest Oni is a 3D action-adventure game with an art style somewhat reminiscent of Dragon Quest. You play as a vengeful demon warrior who joins forces with a spirit to fight ancient demons. Both characters are controlled simultaneously using a single Joy-Con controller. But you’ll need to be careful, as some demon enemies are invincible, and your only choice will be to run.
Oni: Road to be the Mightiest Oni comes to Nintendo Switch on March 9, 2023.
Organize Everyday Objects in A Little to the Left, Out Today
If you love organizing your household objects to look as neat as possible, A Little to the Left is the game for you. There are over 75 puzzles to solve, where you organize household objects into satisfying arrangements. Many of the puzzles have multiple solutions. And, there’s a cat who will interrupt your organization sessions, which I can tell you from personal experience, is extremely realistic.
A Little to the Left is available on Nintendo Switch today.
Coffee Talk Episode 2 Has Even More Quirky Characters to Meet
Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly is a sequel to the 2020 indie game Coffee Talk. As a barista of a late-night coffee shop, you meet quirky characters ranging from an opera singing banshee to an orc who develops video games. You’ll listen to their stories while figuring out the perfect cup of joe for each customer, all set to a chill, lo-fi soundtrack.
Coffee Talk Episode 2 comes to Nintendo Switch in Spring 2023.
Nintendo Indie World Showcase Featured a Sizzle Reel of Upcoming Games, Including Inscryption
Nintendo also shared a sizzle reel of indie games coming to Nintendo Switch. Here’s a list of the games that were featured:
- WrestleQuest, May 2023
- Wobbledogs Console Edition, November 17
- Storyteller, March 23
- World of Horror, Summer 2023
- Curse of the Sea Rats, early 2023
- Inscryption, December 1
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.