Spring 2019 Nindies Showcase is Full of Surprises and Cool Games

Spring 2019 Nindies Showcase is Full of Surprises and Cool Games

A showcase bookended with two unique reveals. See all the trailers here.

Today Nintendo kicked off the Nintendo Spring 2019 Nindies Showcase at 9am PT/12pm ET. With the annual Game Developers Conference going on right now, it's the best time to focus on the work of independent developers. There were a total of 17 games outlined in the livestream event, and they represent just a fraction of the indie games coming to Nintendo Switch in the coming months.

Cuphead

The livestream started with a creepy commercial for milk, which was revealed as an announcement for a port of Cuphead for Nintendo Switch. The former Xbox One exclusive is heading your way Switch owners! You'll get a chance to play Cuphead on Switch on April 18, 2019.

Blaster Master Zero 2

Inti Creates' another sequel to the classic NES title Blaster Master! Jason and his transforming ship, the G-Sophia are back in an all-new adventure on Nintendo Switch. There are multiple planets to explore and you'll run into other pilots during your journey. Surprisingly, Blaster Master Zero 2 is available on Switch today for $9.99!

Rad

Double Fine Productions showed up on the Nindies stream with a brand-new title, Rad. This action-adventure has your lone wanderer marching across another post-apocalyptic landscape, bring new life in their wake. At some point, you can seemingly undergo random mutations that give you new abilities. Rad is being published by Bandai Namco on Switch this Summer.

Katana Zero

A game I've been waiting for is finally around the corner! You play the Dragon, an assassin that can slow down time itself to dispatch his enemies. It's an absolutely fantastic action game, and I'm looking forward to playing the full game finally. Check out my last look at Katana Zero, and get ready for the Switch release on April 18!

Overland

Coming from Finji, Overland tasks players with road-tripping across a post-apocalyptic landscape. As you stop at each site, you'll have to scrounge for resources, fight weird creatures, and decide which survivors you want to take with you. Your choices determine how long your journey will be, though most will end in death. Overland is coming to the Switch this Fall.

My Friend Pedro

What happens when you combine John Woo-style slow-motion dual-wielding gunplay and a sentient banana? You get My Friend Pedro! Pedro is a banana that talks to you and leads you on your journey to murder others with bullets, flips, and pirouettes. It's another weird Devolver Digital game, coming as a console exclusive to Nintendo Switch this June.

Neo Cab

This is a unique adventure game where you play a rideshare driver in a dystopic future. Your best friend is wanted by the megacorp Capra, who controls the city with its automated workforce. You're the only human driver left. Pick up riders, explore their stories, make their rides a smooth experience, and make sure you have enough money to keep going. Neo Cab is coming to Switch this Summer.

The Red Lantern

From Timberline Studio, comes a game all about the Iditarod dogsled race. The Red Lantern is about a young woman who is heading to Alaska to be a part of the race. It shares the same minimalistic art style as Firewatch or The Long Dark, combining roguelike elements to make a new experience each time. It'll be available later this year.

Darkwood

In this overhead survival horror game, you'll wander through the Russian landscape. You'll need to craft weapons and fortify your shelter with materials you find out in the darkened forest of the town. You'll want to explore by day and hunker down at night, as things seek to drag you into the underbrush. The woods themselves are procedurally-generated, so they change with each playthrough. Darkwood is coming to Nintendo Switch this May.

Creature in the Well

Part pinball, part action adventure game, Creature in the Well is trying something new. The eponymous giant creature in the deep well has mired the countryside in an endless sandstorm. It's up to you to use your weapons to fling energy orbs about the environment, with each weapon offering different types of interaction. Creature in the Well is coming this Summer

Bloodroots

This western-inspired adventure stars a wolf out for revenge. Bloodroots wants players to improvise with items in the environment, Jackie Chan-ing your way across the world with immense combos. This is another game coming to the Nintendo Switch this Summer.

Pine

Open-world action-adventure game where the world adapts to your choices. You're seemingly the lone human in a world of five animal factions, you have to trade with them and scavenge to survive. Who do you think deserves to be on top of the food chain? Pine is coming this August to Nintendo Switch.

Vlambeer

That's not a game, that's a developer! Vlambeer is bringing a number of games to Nintendo Switch. The procedurally-generated roguelike shooter is available on the eShop today, and side-scrolling action title Super Crate Box is coming in April. Finally, there's a new game coming later this year: Vlambeer Arcade. This is a repository for various smaller experiences from Vlambeer and it's meant to grow over time. The first game will be Ultra Bugs, a bullet hell shooter where killing enemies only makes more.

Stranger Things 3

The hit streaming series becomes an isometric action-adventure. There are 12 playable characters and co-op play, as you explore the events of the third season of Stranger Things. In fact, the game will available on July 4, the same day the season goes live on Netflix.

Cadence of Hyrule

From the folks that brought you Crypt of the Necrodancer, comes a brand-new sequel with characters from The Legend of Zelda! The hero of the previous game returns in another music inspired quest, with Link and Zelda backing her up. The art style reminds me of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, but the gameplay looks to be the same beat-matching musical action of the first game. Spike Chunsoft is helping out with this release, coming to Nintendo Switch this Spring.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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