Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase unloaded game after game set to release today as a quarter of the games–six of 24–are releasing today, with demos for another two out as well.
Spiritfarer–a zen management game about helping spirits of the dead make it to the afterlife–is one of several games with a death motif. While it has you customizing your boat (very Charon of you) and exploring, another afterlife inspired game in Evergate will focus more on puzzle mechanics. Another puzzle of a different kind, Manifold Garden, is also releasing on Nintendo Switch later today.
Takeshi and Hiroshi is perhaps the most visually striking game of the bunch. The clay art style follows older brother Takeshi (a “young game designer to-be”) as he crafts RPGs for his younger brother Hiroshi. He wants to create a “just right” challenge that strikes us as a single-player take on one of our favourite tabletop experiences: Welcome to the Dungeon.
Two timed console exclusives are also in the mix. A Short Hike is a character driven light survival game starring an indifferent world. We’ll have more to say on it shortly but are very excited to see its release. Raji: An Ancient Epic joins it as a timed console exclusive, a challenging action/adventure game inspired by Hindu mythology and the unique architecture of Rajasthan.
Both Hypnospace Outlaw and Unrailed! will have demos out today as well. In the case of Hypnospace, the developers also announced extensive new content for both PC and console players will arrive as the game hits consoles next week.
A host of other games were shown of as well–including garden story, a pair of Subnautica games, Bear & Breakfast, Card Shark, Torchlight III, and a sizzle reel comprising of Haven, Going Under, The Red Lantern, Struggling, IMMOST, She Dreams Elsewhere, Grindstone and GONNER2.
Those announcements were wedged between two heavy-hitters. The show opened with a reveal of Supergiant Games’ Hades making the move to Switch. The so-called roguelike is action heavy and features incredibly dark, complex, and funny characters throughout your runs. Cross-save support is enabled meaning PC players can pick up where they left off and play on the go.
Read: Good Games Writing’s round-up of the best writing on Supergiant Games’ works including Hades
The always irritating goose is back and it found a friend to boot. House House have announced a free two-player update is coming to Untitled Goose Game–along with a physical Switch release later on–September 23rd. The game will also make its way to Steam and itch.io at that time.
Nintendo’s first party line-up of games for the coming months is relatively spartan. Continued DLC support for Pokemon Sword and Shield, a Pikmin 3 port, and another yet unannounced character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are about it on the calendar right now. While we expect more games to come this injection of indie games should help tied game-starved fans over until more announcements are made.