When grasping the planned repertoire of titles underway from Nintendo, fans understand a clear direction Nintendo is heading with featured titles such as Metroid Dread and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. However, the Japanese firm is also notable for its extended support to independent game studios and the growing amount of titles that populate the Nintendo eShop.
For more than a year at the very least, Nintendo has continued to give these projects a platform for more grasp to those unfamiliar with these smaller teams. Just this past April, Nintendo held its latest Indie World Showcase at the time which featured titles such as Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield, Cris Tales, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, and Skul: The Hero Slayer.
Now on Wednesday, Nintendo held another periodical Indie World livestreamed presentation and showcased more than a handful upcoming releases that might pique your interest. Those titles are:
Axiom Verge 2 – In this prequel to the original Axiom Verge, a new hero fights for her life, empowered by the same microscopic machines that gradually consume her humanity. With two interconnected worlds to explore and fight through, it’s time to discover the origins of the Axiom Verge universe.
Eastward – Discover a beautifully detailed post-apocalyptic world in Eastward, an action-adventure RPG with puzzle-solving and dungeon elements. In a near-future society on the brink of collapse, a hardworking miner called John discovers a young girl named Sam in a secret underground facility. This unlikely pair will embark on an emotional journey to discover the truth, traveling across a wonderfully weird world and exploring bustling towns, curious campsites and shady forests.
TOEM – A laid-back, hand-drawn adventure game in which you set off on a delightful expedition and use your photographic eye to uncover the mysteries of the eponymous TOEM. Talking to quirky characters and solving their problems by snapping neat photos, you can make your way through a variety of different, relaxing regions inspired by the Scandinavian countryside.
Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon – With Puzzle Knight as your guide, fight foes, recover relics and battle bosses both new and familiar in this action-packed puzzle-adventure mashup. Group together enemies to unleash massive chain attacks, and grab keys, potions and treasure as you try to escape the mysterious Pocket Dungeon. Over 10 heroes will be available, each with their own special power and play style. You can even take on a friend head-to-head in local multiplayer mode.* As an exclusive feature for Nintendo Switch, Shovel Knight series amiibo can be used to call on a familiar fairy friend.
Metal Slug Tactics – A fresh take on Metal Slug that moves the classic action franchise into a new dimension, Metal Slug Tactics retains fan-favorite elements such as the detailed pixel art and explosive action, but adds tactical combat mechanics and roguelike elements to the mix. Control familiar Metal Slug heroes such as Marco, Tarma, Fio and Eri in fast-paced, dynamic battles. As a tactical game, positioning is key – placing your troops correctly on the battlefield can activate the Sync skill, where multiple heroes deal extra damage to the enemy.
Tetris Effect: Connected – This version of the acclaimed Tetris Effect features the single-player Journey mode, but also the competitive Zone Battle mode (available locally* or online**) and the cooperative Connected mode. It also includes cross-platform multiplayer, so it’s easier to find people to play with – or against.
FAR: Changing Tides – Set sail for a new journey in this atmospheric vehicle adventure set in the post-apocalyptic universe first introduced in FAR: Lone Sails. Captain your own seafaring vessel and explore a vast flooded landscape, tackle mighty storms and overcome conundrums while embarking on a voyage to find a new home. It’s an emotional, meditative journey that doesn’t require prior knowledge of the FAR series.
Loop Hero – Instead of playing as the hero in this innovative card-based RPG, you must craft the world that the hero travels through. Using an expanding deck of mystical cards, place enemies, buildings and terrain along each unique expedition loop that the hero explores. Powerful loot can be recovered and equipped for each class of hero, and the more loops you complete, the more your options expand, with new cards, hero classes and guardian bosses being unlocked along the way.
Boyfriend Dungeon – In this heartfelt dungeon-crawling dating sim, use the in-game cash you earn from fighting monsters to woo your weapons on romantic outings. Multiple combat styles just mean more cuties to forge relationships with!
Necrobarista: Final Pour – In a story about coffee and death, this anime-style visual novel follows a dynamic cast of characters as they navigate a fantasy Melbourne’s coffee culture, the questionable ethics of necromancy and the process of letting go. This expanded Director’s Cut of the original game features new story content and remastered visuals. There’s even a new Studio mode where players can create their own dialogue and stories.
ISLANDERS: Console Edition – This relaxing, procedurally generated strategy game sees you developing an island by placing buildings from your inventory. Score enough points and you’ll get more buildings with which to keep growing your island settlement. Then, when you can’t build any further, just start from scratch and do it all again on a different island. With its minimalist approach, intuitive mechanics and almost infinite colorful islands to build on, ISLANDERS lets you create the city of your dreams over and over in no time at all.
Garden Story – Become the Guardian of the Grove and explore a vibrant island to inspire its inhabitants, fend off the invasive Rot and rebuild your home. Take on requests from villagers, solve puzzles and do everything you can to help restore the community!
Just this week, Microsoft also featured its own showcase in collaboration with Twitchgaming for indie games as well. The second installment of /Twitchgaming & ID@Xbox took place on Tuesday and presented an assortment of titles: some of which are on the way to Xbox Game Pass arriving this fall and into 2022.
Previously, Rectify Gaming reviewed one of the Indie World featured games – Loop Hero. Our critic Michael Merchant told “Loop Hero is a fantastic game and I highly recommend it to everyone! It may seem like a really simple game, but it has a lot of depth to it. It is a great addition to any roguelite fan’s gaming library.” You can read the full review by heading here.
Are you excited for any of the show titles from the Nintendo showcase this week?