Nintendo managed to sneak in one last update before the end of the year and they were back with their Indie World Showcase. It’s one of my personal favorite showcases they put on, as you always discover some great games coming to Nintendo Switch, and in some cases, some of the best games of the year are finally coming to the platform. Today I’ll run through what was shown including some really exciting looking games including Sea of Stars, Endling, River City Girls 2, Chicory, Grime, and Omori.
Sea of Stars
First up we had the new game from the team that brought us The Messenger. Set in the same universe as their previous game, this is a pixel art RPG inspired by classic Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. This was the stand out game for me, plus it features some music by the composer from Chrono Trigger, Yasunori Mitsuda. This one is set for release in Winter 2022.
Aliisha – The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses
This one is a puzzle co-op game about two sisters trying to navigate a temple. This one is coming in Spring 2022.
This is a classic point-and-click adventure, plus it’s been picked up by Chucklefish. They always publish quality games, so that made it really stand out. Made by two brothers, this one is set on the Royce Express. This looks like a detective game, with plenty of puzzles and tongue in cheek humour too. This one is set for Summer 2022.
This one is by the same developer as Coffee Talk, Mohammad Fahmi, and is set in Jakarta. It’s about a young musician, Rama, who’s suffering due to a death of a loved one. It’s described as a “unique mix of dating sim, rhythm game, and narrative adventure”. Afterlove EP is due to be released in Summer 2022.
This is a 2D sidescrolling action-platformer, where you battle and traverse an underground environment. You have to fight and explore your way to safety against the undead. This one is available right now on the Nintendo eShop.
Figment 2: Creed Valley
This is the sequel to Figment, and it’s a puzzle-adventure game. Most noticeably there are two world states, open-minded and close-minded and there’s two-player local co-op. This launches in February 2022, and there’s a demo available right now on the Nintendo eShop.
Let’s Play! Oink Games
This is a collection of board games – Deep Sea Adventure, Startups, A Fake Artists Goes to New York, and Moon Adventure. This one is out right now as a timed exclusive on the eShop.
Endling: Extinction is Forever
This one looks like it’s all about nature, with us controlling a mother fox in a crumbling world. You have 3 cubs and you have to hunt on your journey. This one comes out in Spring 2022.
We got another look at OlliOlli World from Roll7, and we had new gameplay looking at skateboarding + platforming. It looks very good, and I’m looking forward to this one coming out. This one is set for release on 8th February 2022.
River City Girls 2
I didn’t think I’d be into a game called River City Girls 2, no offense intended for fans of the game, but then I found out this was a retro-inspired scrolling beat em up, and looking at the graphics and the gameplay, I might just have to give this one a shot. Compared to the first game there’s new moves, levels, enemies, items plus there is also local and online co-op play for two players. River City Girls 2 is due in Summer 2022.
Next up we had a montage of various games, some of which are coming out soon, or right now, or coming next year. There was a couple of great titles that caught my eye from the 2021 release schedule on other platforms including Chicory: A Colorful Tale and GRIME are two which stood out to me. Other notable entries include Parkasaurus and Don’t Starve Together.
The one more thing was Omori, this is a weird and wonderful turn-based RPG. It has a similar feel to Earthbound, but it also covers some pretty tough topics including depression, anxiety and suicide. It got plenty of praise when it first came out, and it’s coming to Nintendo Switch in Spring 2022.
Let me know if anything there caught your attention and what you are looking forward to.