Devolver Digital was thrilled to announce via Twitter today that the recently released Katana Zero is the publisher’s “second fastest selling Nintendo Switch game”. The Austin based company (also behind other Switch releases like Gris and Pikuniku) added that Katana Zero’s popularity was only surpassed by their addictive offering Enter the Gungeon.
No exact sales figure was provided for Katana Zero’s successful launch, but we do know that Enter the Gungeon “surpassed all expectations” when it sold more than 75,000 copies in its first two weeks.
Katana Zero is a stylish 16-bit side-scrolling platformer, with an aesthetic steeped in neon-noir. As a samurai assassin addicted to a powerfully effective time-altering drug, you’ll slash, roll, dodge and wall-jump your way through a glowing metropolis.
Developed by Askiisoft, Katana Zero currently stands at 84 on Metacritic. You can check out a preview of the game in the trailer below, which features a soundtrack of the retro synths and ominous static that enhances the atmosphere.
Katana Zero is yet another creative indie game to do well on Nintendo’s unique device. The Switch is rapidly becoming a more indie-friendly and indie-filled platform as time goes on, both for new releases and ports alike.
Chief Creative Officer Luc Bernard of the studio Arcade Distillery offered his insight on this trend in an interview with Twinfinite last year. Bernard described the Switch as the “easiest to work with” and added that “Nintendo has done a total 180 to overtake Sony for releasing games”.
Since that interview, we’ve seen a plethora of new indie titles filling the Switch eShop, and a wide array of upcoming releases highlighted at Nintendo’s special indie-focused event “Nindies” last month.
Katana Zero (released on April 18) is out now for both Nintendo Switch and PC. You can learn more about the game in our hands-on preview via Pax East.