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Nintendo Switch: All the Indie Games Releasing This Year

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I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T, you know what that means?

Nintendo today announced a slew of indie titles headed for its upcoming Switch console, which is due to arrive this Friday, March 3. While some of the gaming community remains skeptical about Nintendo’s ability to lure third-party AAA games to the console, the “Nindies” event today shows that Nintendo very much as the suppot of the independent game development community.

Some big news to come from the event: Runner3, the sequel to rhythm-based platformer Runner 2, is coming to the Nintendo Switch as an exclusive. The game’s developer, Choice Provisions, released the previous title on 9 different platforms. As far as indies go, this is a big get for Nintendo. Runner3 is due in Fall 2017.


Nintendo Switch owners also get first dibs on Stardew Valley’s new multiplayer mode, which enables players inside the rural RPG’s world to play alongside one another. Stardew Valley is set to release in Summer 2017.

Other indie games showcased in the stream, with expected release dates in parentheses, include:

  • SteamWorld Dig 2 (Summer 2017)
  • Yooka Laylee (Soon, Nintendo says)
  • Blaster Master Zero (March 9, 2017)
  • Pocket Rumble (March 2017)
  • Flipping Death (2017)
  • Mr. Shifty (April 2017)
  • Wargroove (2017)
  • Shakedown Hawaii (April 2017)
  • Graceful Explosion Machine (April 2017)
  • Tumbleseed (Spring 2017)
  • Overcooked: Special Edition (2017)
  • The Escapists 2 (2017)
  • GoNNER (2017)
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns (2017)
  • Dandara (Summer 2017)

And here are the rest of the titles coming in 2017:

  • Rogue Trooper Redux
  • The Fall Part 2: Unbound
  • TreasureNauts
  • sU and the Quest for Meaning
  • RIME
  • Zombie Vikings
  • TowerFall Ascension
  • Oceanhorn
  • Thumper
  • Rive
  • Gungeon
  • NBA Playgrounds
  • 1001 Spikes
  • Redout
  • Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure
  • Splasher
  • Little Inferno
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • NeuroVoider
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  • Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
  • Pankapu
  • The Binding of Issac: Afterbirth
  • Duck Game
  • World of Goo
  • Terraria
  • Space Dave!
  • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Grove!
  • Fast RMX
  • Has Been Heroes
  • Human Resource Machine
  • Snake Pass
  • Celeste
  • Hollow Knight
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • WonderBoy: The Dragon’s Trap
  • AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected
  • Portal Knights
  • State of Mind
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 3
  • Ittle Dew 2
  • The Next Penelope: Race to Odysseus
  • Mutant Mudds
  • Battle Chef Brigade
  • Perception
  • Hover: Revolt of Gamers

Check back for more news on the Nintendo Switch as we approach its Friday release.

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