Hyper Light Drifter, Nidhogg 2, Bad North, and More Coming to Nintendo Switch

The Switch indie train just keeps on going.

Like the PlayStation Vita before, the Nintendo Switch has proven to be the platform that indies are flocking to in the console space. The system is powerful enough to run a variety of titles, but its hybrid nature also means games can be played at home or on the go. Developers have found success with their Switch releases, so it's no surprise that other devs are jumping onto the platform.

During today's Nindies Showcase, Nintendo showed off some of the games coming from its independent partners, with other titles were announced in tandem. Here's some of the best and brightest coming to the Switch.

Hyper Light Drifter

Following the Nindies Showcase, Nintendo announced that Heart Machine's difficult ode to adventure games like The Legend of Zelda, Hyper Light Drifter, would be coming to Switch this Summer.

Nidhogg 2

Another post-Showcase announcement was that Nidhogg 2, Messhof's recently-released dueling action game, would be finding its way to Switch later this year.

Mark of the Ninja Remastered

Klei Entertainment is digging into its back catalog with the announcement of Mark of the Ninja: Remastered for Nintendo Switch. The title offers the 2012 original in high-definition graphics, allowing players to sneaking and slice as only true ninjas can. Mark of the Ninja: Remastered is coming to Nintendo Switch this Fall. Hopefully, this means we can expect more Klei titles on the Switch, including Don't Starve and Invisible, Inc.

Bad North

Raw Fury and developer Plausible Concept are bringing this real-time strategy title to Nintendo Switch this Summer. Defend your citizens against incoming Viking-esque hordes in this unique title. The Switch will have a timed exclusive release for Bad North, before the game comes to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Bomb Chicken

Developer Nitrome is offering this very weird spin on the Metroidvania-style adventure game. In Bomb Chicken, you are a chicken that can lay bombs instead of eggs. Infinite bombs! Your chubby, flightless chicken can kick bombs or stack them to reach new heights. Bomb Chicken is coming to Nintendo Switch this Summer.

Lumines Remastered

The old PlayStation Portable puzzler is getting a new lease on life on Nintendo Switch. We've already written about it elsewhere on the site, but Lumines Remastered is coming to Switch this Spring!

The Messenger

Developer Sabotage brings a bunch of 8-bit action games together to form something new. The Messenger recalls games like Ninja Gaiden, Shinobi, The Legend of Kage, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Metroid and more in a lovely nostalgia fest. Master the ninja arts and transition the game from an 8-bit love-in to a 16-bit adventure! The Messenger is coming to Switch this Summer.

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga was a lovely indie strategy experience that was followed a few years later by The Banner Saga 2. Today, developer Stoic Studio announced that not only would The Banner Saga 3 be coming to Nintendo Switch this Summer, but the first two games in the series are also making the transition.

Fantasy Strike

The fourth title from Sirlin Games, the studio of former Street Fighter tournament player and game designer David Sirlin, Fantasy Strike is meant to be a fighting game that's accessible to everyone. Fantasy Strike will be heading to the Nintendo Switch this Summer.


TinyBuild is offering its first Switch exclusive release! Garage is top-down shooter where you play as a survivor of a horrible zombie apocalypse. According to the publisher, the game is inspired by VHS-era B-movies and will be coming to Switch on May 10, 2018.

West of Loathing

The developers of Kingdom of Loathing return with another stick-figure comedy. West of Loathing is a slapstick Western adventure game, with players wandering through the Old West fighting creatures, solving puzzles, and generally being a nuisance. West of Loathing is coming to Nintendo Switch this Spring.

Just Shapes & Beats

I've covered this excellent music game previously on the site, but Just Shapes and Beats is coming to Nintendo Switch this Summer! Part music game, part bullet hell shooter, Just Shapes and Beats is a new experience for music game fans.

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