Feature 24 Indie Games We're Excited About On Switch In 2023
Make room on your SD card!
We've updated this list with lots of new entries for 2023, and included release dates on some long-awaited titles. Happy wishlisting! 2022 is dead, long live 2023. Let's hope this year is better and brighter than the last, eh? We've already rounded up our most-anticipated games for 2023, but that tends to cover the big...
News Sports Story Version 1.0.5 Is Now Live, Here's What's Included
More changes to the "Secret Dev Room"
Update [Sat 25th Feb, 2023 03:05 GMT]: The Version 1.0.5 update for Sports Story is now live. Developer Sidebar Games says more updates are coming soon: Original [Wed 22nd Feb, 2023 02:55 GMT]: The indie title Sports Story didn't get off to the best start last year when it was shadow-dropped. Since then,...
News Boxing Sim Punch Club Getting '80s Inspired Cyberpunk Switch Sequel In 2023
The first rule of Punch Club...
Indie publisher tinyBuild games has announced it will be launching Punch Club 2: Fast Forward on the Switch at some point in 2023. This boxing management simulator by Lazy Bear Games is a sequel to the original Punch Club, which was released on the Switch eShop in 2018 and 3DS in 2017. This follow-up features a...
Random Indie Dev Giving Away Free Game Codes Until Nintendo Closes Wii U & 3DS eShops
Both eShops will close this March
It's now officially 2023 and that means we're getting closer to the closure of the Wii U and 3DS eShops. The last part of the closure will take place on 27th March 2023 and after this you'll no longer be able to purchase in-game content, download demos, add funds or redeem download codes. In response to this, indie...
News Excellent Sci-Fi Survival Horror Signalis Scores A Physical Switch Release
Arriving towards the end of February
One of the highlight survival horror experiences on the Nintendo Switch last year was the indie title Signalis. If you've been holding out for a local physical release, you're in luck - with the developer Rose-engine announcing a hard copy published by Humble Games. It will release towards the "end of February...
News Two New Side-Scrolling Action Platformers Are Coming To Nintendo Switch In 2023
Publisher PID Games confirms
Publisher PID Games has today announced its plans to bring two new action-platformers to the Nintendo Switch and multiple other systems in 2023. First up we've got Gravity Circuit by Domesticated Ant Games - a "flashy" action packed 2D platformer drawing inspiration from the classics of yesteryear. Players take control...
News Celeste Creator Shares "First-Look" At New Title Earthblade
At The Game Awards earlier today, the team behind the award-winning indie hit Celeste, gave fans a first look at its new 2D platformer Earthblade. Platforms and a specific release date have not been announced yet, but it won't be out until 2024. "NEW game by EXOK Games, the creators of Celeste! You are Névoa, an enigmatic child of...
News It's Official, The Roguelike Hit Hades Is Getting A Sequel
Early Access launches in 2023
Supergiant Games has lifted the lid on its next big title, Hades II. It'll star the "Princess of the Underworld" and will be available in early access in 2023. Platforms and a specific release date haven't been confirmed just yet, but it will "eventually" make its way across to consoles. According to Supergiant Games...
News Dark & Disturbing Indie Hit 'Inscryption' Scores A Physical Switch Release
Pre-orders open December 1st
One of the many highlights at this week's Indie World was the "dark and disturbing" deckbuilding roguelike Inscryption. If you were hoping to display this one on your shelf, you're in luck - with publisher Devolver Digital announcing there'll be a hard copy of the game for the Nintendo Switch. It'll be handled by...
News Smash-Style Indie Brawler Slap City Gets A Surprise Release On Switch eShop
Featuring new characters and online crossplay
Nintendo Switch is home to all sorts of brawlers and if the existing lineup of offerings wasn't already enough, Ludosity (the same team behind Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl) has today released Slap City. Slap City is an indie-themed platform fighter featuring characters like Ittle Dew and Ultra Fishbunjin...
News Oxenfree II For Nintendo Switch Has Been Delayed Until 2023
"Thank you for your patience"
Back in April last year, an Indie World presentation went out with a bang - revealing Oxenfree II: Lost Signals for the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, it seems the same title has been delayed again. In an update on social media, developer Night School Studio said it needed some more time to make the game "truly...
News Video Game YouTuber Dunkey Launches His Own Indie Publishing Company
"I'm sick of all the spam"
YouTuber Jason 'Dunkey' Gastrow has announced his very own indie game publishing company called Bigmode. In a five-minute upload on his YouTube channel, Gastrow explained how he felt he had been sitting on the sidelines for too long, waiting for "great games" to appear, and now wanted to leave a mark on the industry by...
Hands On All Of The Exciting Upcoming Games We Played At PAX West 2022
Indies, Nintendo Switch titles and more!
Recently, we sent our American video producer Zion Grassl to PAX West 2022 to try out the latest and greatest games coming out in the near future. Now that he's completed his assignment, he's put together the above video - where he and his friend, Zach Driscoll, share their impressions about all the games...
Round Up Eastasiasoft Showcases 10 New Switch Games, Coming Soon
That's a lotta titles
Eastasiasoft today revealed its 'Fall 2022 Showcase', providing a rundown of everything that the studio will be releasing over the coming months. The showcase revealed 13 new titles, 10 of which will be playable on the Switch. The presentation comes in at 10 minutes in length, with highlights across a wide range of genres. We...
News Playasia Celebrates 20 Years With New Video Game Publishing Branch
Expect "amazing indies & games from Japan"
The online independent retailer Playasia turns 20 years old this year, and to celebrate this special occasion - it's launching its own publishing label. Playasia Publishing is officially described as a "new video game software branch" that aims to "further the goal" of providing games for video game fans...
Round Up Eastasiasoft Showcases 13 Switch Games, Releasing In "Early 2022"
Size this up
Eastasiasoft earlier today held its "Spring Showcase" for 2022 - covering 14 titles across multiple platforms. 13 of these games will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch in "early 2022". The nine-minute presentation featured all sorts of games - some of the highlights include gameplay footage of the localised release Seven Pirates H, a...
Round Up Eastasiasoft Announces Eight Switch Games, Releasing In "Early 2022"
A great way to start the New Year
Eastasiasoft earlier today premiered a special "New Year Showcase" to promote a bunch of indie titles scheduled to release in "early 2022" on multiple platforms including the Nintendo Switch. The eight-minute presentation featured all sorts of games, and all up eight of the nine games on show are locked in for a...
News The IGF Award Nominations Are In, Celebrating The Past Year's Best Indie Games
Unpacking and Inscryption lead the way
Ahead of GDC 2022 in March, one of the event's major highlights is already gearing up. The Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF 2022) take place at the expo, and today the nominations highlight a lot of terrific Indie games. The biggest award is the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, and you can see the nominees...
Soapbox The Term 'Indie' Is Losing Meaning, But Maybe That's A Positive Sign
The games industry has come a long way in a short time
Back in the pre-internet / download store days of the Console 'Bit' Wars, the way we bought and enjoyed games could not have been more different. Video games were expensive store purchases, and often you'd rely on renting games that you couldn't afford or couldn't 'commit' to buying. No...
News asobu Indie Showcase To Air Ahead Of BitSummit Next Week
Will include 20 BitSummit selections
We've had some intriguing streams recently that have promoted a wide-range of games. Another event that's got our attention ahead of its premiere next week is the asobu Indie Showcase, the second of its type that will be broadcast the day before BitSummit. asobu is based in Tokyo and its stream is focused on...
Watch Gamescom Awesome Indies Show 2021 & Future Games Show - Live!
Over 40 games on the way!
Gamescom's online expo is now well and truly into the swing of things and its second major showcase stream is the Awesome Indies Show, which is being run in partnership with IGN. It'll feature over 40 games, and with the enthusiasm that Indie developers and publishers have for the eShop we'd bet a decent number will be...
News Kickstarter Success Farming Sim 'Cloudscape' Gives Us Fantasy Life Vibes
Coming to Switch 2023
Cloudscape is an extremely cute farming-fighting-friendship game in the vein of Littlewood, Stardew Valley, Fantasy Life, and Animal Crossing, with added inspiration from A Link to the Past — and it just hit a total of $208,806 on its completed Kickstarter campaign. Like Animal Crossing, the island you wash up on at t
News Umurangi Generation Wins Grand Prize At The IGF Awards
Genesis Noir and Arrog also nabbed awards
Last night was the IGF and GDC Awards, a twin billing of awards shows that aims to celebrate indies (at the Independent Games Festival Awards) and blockbusters (at the Game Developers' Choice Awards). The IGF portion was hosted by Victoria Tran, community director at Among Us studio Innersloth, and the GDCA...
News INDIE Live Expo Will Showcase More Than 300 Games Next Week
The biggest INDIE Live Expo to date
If you're into your indies, you might want to keep an eye out for next week's INDIE Live Expo digital showcase which is set to show off no fewer than 300 upcoming games. The event will feature news and announcements from a variety of indie studios and publishers, including the likes of 505 Games, INTI CREATES,...
News Nintendo Shares Colourful Graphic Of The "Great Indie Games" Released On Switch In 2020
How many have you played?
2020 was another amazing year in terms of the indie titles released and the Switch was lucky enough to get most of them. There were games like Streets of Rage 4, Shantae and the Seven Sirens, Moving Out, Carrion, Spiritfarer, Hades
News These Were The Best-Selling Switch Indie Games Of 2020
Seems like we have great taste
It's been a brilliant year for indie games, if nothing else, and Nintendo's latest Indie World video is proof. With metroidvanias, side-scrolling brawlers, co-op party games and in-depth RPG adventure games all represented on their 16-game long list of bestsellers, it's a pretty good year to own a Nintendo Switch...
Video Missed The Wholesome Games Direct? Watch The Whole Thing Here
More than 50 games covered
Yesterday, the world of gaming was treated to a Direct presentation a little different to the usual, fast-paced offerings from Nintendo. Called the Wholesome Games Direct, this laid back show introduced more than 50 indie titles that look ideal for those who enjoy relaxed gaming sessions. Not all of the games shown are...
News The Escapist Is Airing A "Direct-Style" Indie Showcase On 11th June - Will Feature Over 70 Games
Exclusive reveals, developer diaries, and more
E3 2020 might have been officially cancelled, but that doesn't mean there won't be any other announcements taking place. In its place this year are a bunch of online events. The latest one announced is the Indie Showcase by The Escapist, in partnership with GOG.com. This digital event will run from...
News Brazilian Devs And Nintendo Fans Band Together For Unofficial Nintendo Direct
Unofficial event aims to attract official attention
A group of game development studios, content creators and fans have joined forces in Brazil to launch their very own 'Nintendo Direct' tomorrow evening at 8pm Brasilia time (midnight in the UK, 4pm PT, 7pm EST). The event - which is 100% unofficial - is designed to attract the attention of...
News Sony Doesn't See Nintendo As A Major Rival, More Worried About Microsoft Next Generation
And the potential threat of Google
The Wallstreet Journal has published a detailed report about Sony's next-generation PlayStation. According to the source, the company's aim is to target hardcore gamers and double down on big exclusives and publishers. In regards to market competition, a Sony representative explained how Microsoft was seen as its...
News Nintendo Wants To Release 20-30 Indie Games Every Week On Switch
Too much of a good thing?
It's pretty safe to say that the Switch has a lot of games. Just last month, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé revealed that the console library already had a staggering 700 games available (in just 16 months of the system being on sale) and it seems that Nintendo has absolutely no intention of...
News Nintendo Wants To Hear From Indies Interested In Developing For Switch
Just get in touch!
Nintendo has gotten off to a great start with the Nintendo Switch, ensuring a steady stream of quality indie games each week to compliment the slightly less rapid release of quality boxed retail games. We've already had delights such as Graceful Explosion Machine, Thumper, Kamiko and Snake Pass, to name but a few...
Video Indie Roguelike TumbleSeed Works Surprisingly Well as a Co-Op Game
HD Rumble in the tumble
Playing single-player games in a co-op fashion isn't a new idea for those playing the Switch, but most of the time it's monstrously impractical. That's not the case for upcoming Switch game TumbleSeed that employs its controls so simply that a Joy-Con per person is not only a reality, but it's a lot of fun. The difficulty...
News Excellent Shovel Knight Sales Prove That Indie Games Sell Well On Nintendo, Says Capy's Nathan Vella
30 percent sold on 3DS, 20 percent on Wii U
Yacht Club Games may have removed Shovel Knight's Nintendo exclusivity in recent months, but the game has still performed best on Nintendo consoles. According to Nathan Vella, president and cofounder of Capy Games, 30 percent of sales have been on the 3DS, with 20 percent of total sales on Wii U. 14...
News Take More Risks With Your eShop Purchases, Pleads Nintendo's Damon Baker
"Nintendo fans and consumers...gravitate towards nostalgia"
Nintendo's Damon Baker has lamented the fact that fans don't seem to be leaving their comfort zones when it comes to buying eShop games. The senior manager of marketing in Nintendo of America's licensing department has been speaking to Gamasutra about indie games on Nintendo systems, and...
Interview Dan Adelman on the Indie Scene, the Nintendo Years and His New Venture
Still in the indie's corner
Dan Adelman's official job title at Nintendo of America used to be Head of Digital Content and Development, but in practice he was regarded by many as Nintendo's most recognisable ambassador for download and 'indie' games. Well known and liked among developers, he's widely attributed as helping to drive Nintendo towards...
News Dan Adelman Formally Launches New Independent Business
States that Nintendo's download policies are in good hands
Earlier today it emerged that the well-known Nintendo of America Head of Digital Content and Development, Dan Adelman, had left the company; his official title didn't make clear the fact that, to many, he was the face of Nintendo's drive to attract independent developers to its download...
News The Man Responsible For Reviving Nintendo's Relationship With Indies Has Left The Company
So long, Dan Adelman
Nintendo's approach to indie developers has undergone a massive overhaul in recent years, and that is partly thanks to the considerable efforts of one man: Nintendo of America's Head of Digital Content and Development, Dan Adelman. Adelman was instrumental in getting indies on board with the Wii, Wii U and 3DS, and has been...
News Curve Studios And Dakko Dakko Heap Praise On The "Inspirational" Wii U
"The Wii U is a perfect system for indie development right now"
While big-name publishers such as EA, 2K Games and Bethesda are happy to ignore the Wii U, Nintendo's console isn't short of support from indie developers. Smaller studios are usually faster and keener to pounce on new ideas, and the concept of second-screen play has clearly captured...
News Hush Is An RPG All About Courage, And It Could Be Coming To The Wii U eShop
Game Studio 78 is looking to bring its debut to Nintendo's system
The Wii U's appeal to indie developers continues, with Portuguese company Game Studio 78 being the next developer to pledge its support to the system. The fledgling studio is currently preparing an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign for its first title, which goes by the name of Hush...
News Paradise Lost: First Contact Makes Wii U A New Priority
Initial funding of $70,000 now guarantees a release on Nintendo's console
Previously we reported on the Kickstarter project Paradise Lost: First Contact and the team's controversial decision to leave development on Wii U as a final stretch goal, behind even other home consoles. The decision prompted debate on whether Nintendo's innovations...
News Paradise Lost: First Contact Leaves Wii U Stretch Goal Till Last
Wii U target is more than three times the initial $70,000 goal
By now we've come to understand that Nintendo's innovations have many developers excited by the possibilities, and many more simply scratching their heads. The Kickstarter project for acclaimed indie game Paradise Lost: First Contact by developer Ashtree Works has left its Wii U port...
News River City Ransom: Underground Dev Wants To Bring The Game To 3DS And Wii U
Conatus Creative looking to bring River City Random "home" to Nintendo
We reported last week on a Kickstarter campaign for an officially licensed sequel to the NES classic River City Ransom (known as Street Gangs in Europe). When the campaign went live there was no word on which consoles it would be released on, should it find the required funding...
News Nintendo: We Need To Do A Better Job Of Attracting Indies To The eShop
"We've learned a lot of lessons over the past five or six years"
If there's one thing you learn from speaking to indie developers working on the Wii U and 3DS eShops, it's that Nintendo is a much easier company to work with these days when you're a small-scale studio. The nightmare days of WiiWare are long gone, but that doesn't mean that the...
News TowerFall Creator Has Been Approached By Nintendo
Game takes inspiration from Smash Bros., GoldenEye 64 and Yoshi's Island
TowerFall may be a time-limited Ouya exclusive for the next few months, but the game has been getting some serious attention thanks to its gorgeous 2D visuals, frantic multiplayer gameplay and surprising depth. Creator Matt Thorson — who cites Super Smash Bros. Melee,...
News Liege Channels Fire Emblem And Final Fantasy Tactics, And It Could Be Marching To Wii U
Coda Games is awaiting Wii U developer approval
We're massive fans of both Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics here at Nintendo Life, so you can imagine how interested we were in Liege when we discovered that the game takes inspiration from both. Developer Coda Games has expressed an interest in bringing the tactical RPG to the Wii U eShop, and...
News NES-Inspired Action Platformer Odallus Could Be Hacking Its Way To Wii U
Yup, it's another Wii U-related stretch goal
Indie studio JoyMasher has revealed that its NES-style action title Odallus: The Dark Call might be Wii U-bound — assuming it reaches its crowd-funding stretch goal of $55,000. Inspired by the likes of Ghosts 'n Goblins, Castlevania and Demon's Crest, the game is an action platformer
News Every Wii U eShop Developer Gets A Free Unity Licence And Can Self-Publish
According to Retro City Rampage developer
Back in the bad old days of WiiWare, developers constantly complained about how hard it was to turn a profit on Nintendo's download service, largely because you had to reach a certain quota of sales before you saw any cash. This — combined with Nintendo's apparent indifference to indie developers — made...