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[Let’s Talk] Which indie games are you looking forward to on Switch?

Posted on March 18, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Let's Talk, Switch eShop

The verdict is out on just how much third-party support Switch will receive. If there’s anything we can count on though, it’d be indie support.

The Switch Nindies Showcase from the end of February proved just how much smaller developers are comitted to the platform. SteamWorld Dig 2, Runner3, Flipping Death, and Wargroove were just some of the games announced.

These aren’t dinky little games we’re talking about here. The SteamWorld series has received wide acclaim. Everyone knows just how good the Runner games are. Flipping Death is the spiritual successor to Stick it to the Man. Wargroove should interest Advance Wars fans who haven’t been shown much love lately.

And again, this is just a tip of the iceberg. Yooka-Laylee, Stardew Valley, Pocket Rumble, Shakedown Hawaii, TumbleSeed, Graceful Explosion Machine, Overcooked, and Thumper are among the many titles in the pipeline. Even better, most of these titles are coming this year.

So what’s on your radar right now? Are there any games in particular that tickle your fancy? Let us know below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – March 2017


Zelda, Bomberman, some 1-2 Switch, and Shadow Warrior 2 on the PC/Shield TV. Zelda is on another level though and the other night I sank 7 hours into it like it was nothing.

The Switch is a dream console and everything just comes together so elegantly. The HD Rumble, portability, motion controls, and pro controller give you an experience that you can’t get anywhere else. Also, I love that Nintendo went back to cartridges. I don’t have to worry about my kids handling games anymore and they’ll just last longer in general now.


Like most, I’m playing a TON of Zelda. I’ve never experienced a game quite like it. Phenomenal. But I’m also enjoying bit sized sessions of 1-2 Switch and Snipperclips with my daughter. I was VERY tempted to grab Fast RMX because it seems like a pick up and play, frantic fast paced race game which is sometimes exactly what a person needs. But for as much as people were skeptical about 1-2 Switch, we are having a blast with it and Snipperclips is surprisingly robust and fun. I’m good till Mario Kart. Fast RMX though, might have to take the plunge and get it…


A ton of Zelda. Every day.


I have been playing Zelda between worlds and wind waker (NGC) because the switch hasn’t came, the parcel service (UPS) is very bad

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  • Vigilante_blade

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  • AJK

    I’m not generally an indie game fan. Saying that I am loving Snipperclips and Shovel knight is one of my favourite games of the last few years. I am really excited for Yooka Laylee, and am hoping it isn’t too far behind the other systems with release or I might have to get it for my ps4. I am also very much looking forward to Bloodstained. Hearing that it is coming to Switch means that I will cancel my WiiU copy on kickstarter in favour of Switch.

    • JasonBall

      Snipperclips is published by Nintendo and developed with assistance from NST. Not an indie game.

      • ForeVision

        And it seems (don’t know about it personally) that once and Indie gets published, they no longer count as an “indie” or so I’ve heard. Probably quite a lot of those on the list would count for this, again not sure if there’s any truth to it.

        • JasonBall

          Uh yeah they do

      • AJK

        lol. That might be why its actually good then I guess 🙂

  • nemo37

    There is a bunch of indie games that I am excited for including Runner 3, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Terraria, Oceanhorn, Rime, Yooka-Laylee, Flipping Death, Shakedown Hawaii, Overcooked: Special Edition, Strawdew Valley, Toejam and Earl, Cave Story, Portal Knights,and Treasurenauts. I have already purchased FastRMX, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Blaster MasterZero, and World of Goo.

    Honestly if Nintendo matches all of this with a strong first-party/secon-party library (quantity wise similar to 3DS, and quality wise on a bigger scale than 3DS), a strong VC library (NES, GB, SNES, GBC, N64, GBA, DS), some ports or remakes of memorable games from GC, Wii, Wii U then I can see the Switch becoming the ultimate console for me (particularly as a portable gamer). As for third-party support (outside of indie games), I am not expecting too much, but getting Sonic Mania, Sonic Forces (hopefully the games is the same as the other versions and runs at 60 FPS), Skyrim, Minecraft, Rayman Legends, and perhaps a few other gems (a port of Pac-Man CE2 would be nice, and maybe a few exclusives commissioned by Nintendo like Bayonetta 2) is all I really ask for.

  • JasonBall

    Yooka-Laylee is the only one for me, because I don’t like indie games on both principle and in practice, and I don’t consider this to be one, but instead a grand reunion of one of the best developers ever that got fractured by Microsoft.

    • Hidden Flare

      Why don’t you like them exactly? From what I hear its basically compannies with less money and being less known make games. I mean I don’t have much money to give and probably go for sales but besides that whats the issue?

      • AJK

        For me, most indie games just feel really unpolished. They tend to have good ideas but poor execution. For example floaty jumping on platformers and bad collision detection. The art style on most is really clumsy too, like they try to go for a retro 8 bit look, but end up with an aesthetic that would have looked messy on the NES.

        • Hidden Flare

          Hmm I see, to be far some companies didn’t make great games at the start, hmm I guess I can think of Wayforward technoiges seeing they are kinda indie, their original shanties game for gameplay color had many issues, you can say that back then the cliches and tips for gaming were not as well known but they still had issues. But if you look at their newest game now, dang its pretty and fun.

          Though I defiantly agree on certain art styles. I understand not everyone can ask disney to create high quality animated graphics for their game but some just look so bad, espically when I’m someone who isn’t fan or 8bit stuff that much, heck even some 16bit stuff doesn’t look that great. SO I can see what you mean there.

          Honestly this is pretty much a case where you have to reley on something like youtube to see if the first level online makes the game look fun enough to buy.

        • Fisaulerod

          “most indie games just feel really unpolished”
          Correction. Most games, indies or not, are unpolished (even from big companies) . In fact most games that are released are just garbage (again, a lot from big companies). You are just being biased.

          ” The art style on most is really clumsy too, like they try to go for a retro 8 bit look”
          That’s not entirely true, there are a lot of indie games with “modern” graphics. In any case, you are again being biased. Yes, there a lot of indie games which have terrible 8 bit graphics, but you are just focusing on the bad games. I can say that most videogames (all the videogames) are unpolished and have poor graphics (which is true), so should I say that videogames in general are bad? Of course not.

      • JasonBall

        I don’t like the idea of teams of dozens of college educated, paid R&D people losing money or ground to bums in basements.

        • Hidden Flare

          Are you saying all indie games are just bums in basenents? You also make it sound like no one is allowed to make a game unless they are with a big company? Of course I could be misunderstanding your points.

          • JasonBall

            Well, I understand the need for indie games in a broader market sense, but yeah, I only buy big company games.

          • Hidden Flare

            I understand but I do think some indie games can offer enough for everyone depending on the price and amount of content they go for. But I do understand that big companies (mostly) deliver bigger and better content. Still I can’t say I agree with your main idea, I’ll agree to disagree.

    • Same here, I don’t like indies much.

  • Jack Bankhead

    There’s lots for me… too many.

    I added up the amount of money I’d need to get the games by looking at their prices on Steam. I’m screwed. It amounts to more than $300 dollars.

    Most of these are niche games which is my favorite type of game, and most of these have local multiplayer. Local multiplayer is the best! But I’m screwed.

    • Yeah, there’s 17 confirmed indie games so far that are guarantee purchases for me.

      We’re both screwed

  • hi v3.0

    When I get the Switch I will get Fast RMX, Yooka Laylee, Snake Pass and Shovel Knight. That’s all the indies I need for now
    I will consider The Binding of Isaac though

    • ibo

      Fast RMX is such a great game that’s all i had to play on my Switch for two weeks :V

  • Hidden Flare

    I don’t play too many indie games, its just I don’t have too much money on me to get a game that isn’t on sale. I may get yaka-laylee but I’m not sure if much else at the moment.

  • wew


    • Booooo! Get of the stage!

  • Carlos

    Since I’m a backer, I can’t wait for Yooka Laylee to finally come out. I also can’t wait for Stardew Valley(since I’ve never played it) and hopefully Bloodstained. I would also say Shovel Knight, but I still haven’t beaten the original.

  • James Fox

    For me
    – Shakedown Hawaii (b/c i loved Retro City Rampage DX)
    – Overcooked: Special Edition
    – Stardew Valley
    – Graceful Explosion Machine (primarily for my Geometry Wars fix)
    – Pocket Rumble
    – Treasurenauts
    – Jackbox Party Pack 3
    – Has-Been Heroes
    – Battle Chef Brigade (very curious about this game)
    – Constructor HD (*likely to import the physical release from the UK)

    • Do you know if Constructor uses a mouse pointer like New Frontier Days?

  • SpectralDynamite

    Yooka-Laylee, Pocket Rumble, Runner 3, WarGroove, and eventually Bloodstained.

    Fast RMX and Shovel Knight are already getting a lot of attention from me when I’m not playing Zelda.

  • ShadowDragoon

    Not interested on any game actually, to be honest i have never been a big fan of Indie games, not for any particular reason, just personal preference.

  • Reggie

    Definitely looking to get Yooka-Laylee when it comes out. I’m also seriously considering Stardew Valley, although I’m torn whether I should just get it on Steam instead. Wonder Boy also looks very good.

  • Reiianuo

    Very excited for Pocket Rumble and especially Runner 3. I’m pondering on Stardew Valley, since it’s not usually my type of game, but maybe the portability of the Switch can make it appealing

  • silkylove

    I already have Fast RMX and Shovel Knight TT. I’m most looking forward to Battle Princess Madelyn which I backed on kickstarter. I love Ghosts n Goblins so that was a no-brainer. I also really hope Inside gets a port. I played it a bunch on steam but I’d love a portable version. Yooka-Laylee looks like a great appetizer before Mario Odyssey. I hope it’s not released too long after the other versions. Not sure if Project Octopath Traveler counts since I think Square is backing it, but it definitely has that indie vibe.

  • ForeVision

    Has been Heroes may be something I’d try, but I’m more of a physical person and I don’t see any of these getting physical copies aside from Shovel Knight. That and I rarely buy indies, probably because the games that I do tend to buy, have to have a preferably incredibly long and engaging lifespan to deal with my copious amount of time, as well as be genres of my liking, to which I’m rather specific.

    That said, I do own both Terraria and Stardew Valley, but both on PC, so I have no reason to purchase these again.

  • Yolkghost

    I’m really looking forward to the stuff I couldn’t play before on a Nintendo system but had fun playing with others, namely enter the gungeon and towerfall Ascension. But I can’t wait for the stuff that hasn’t hit consoles before like wargroove or hollow knight. The switch’s portability just really sparks an indie interest in me.

  • jbmindtrick

    As I am not a huge epic AAA third-party game fan, one because I have been all Nintendo for more than 20+ years and two because I don’t have time to devote to multiple epic games (Zelda BOTW is the exception) and three, not a shoot-em up COD etc. type (Splatoon the exception); the indie games are perfect for me. Honestly, I am looking forward to and open to all of them and I think they will be an awesome complement to the Switch. What I want out of Nintendo is the Switch getting first dibs to all indies along with Steam then other consoles later.

  • Justmadeanaccount2

    I want almost every indie game they showed. My top games are Shakedown Hawaii, Pocket Rumble, Wonder Boy, Monster Boy, Steamworld Dig 2, Away, Enter the Gungeon, and Wargroove. So far I only have Blaster Master Zero and The Binding of Issac.

  • dbizal


    I’d rather have some more AAA titles to play rather than a few throw-away overpriced indie titles.

  • Pocket Rumble is the one I’m looking forward to the most. I already bought Fast RMX and it is crazy hype. It’s a shame that it couldn’t just be F-Zero though.

  • R.Z.

    I’m really looking forward to all the “nostalgia stuff” that the contemporary market doesn’t do anymore, meaning Yooka Laylee (if it gets a physical release on Switch) and Bloodstained mostly.
    I just dicovered that Hover : revolt of gamers that I have backed on a whim some years ago gets a Switch release too, so i’m looking forward to that too.

    I’m pretty excited for Rime and Binding of Isaac too, I’m not sure whether I’ll get them immediately, but they are an option.

    Aside from that, I really want to see what some indie studios that I had been following during the WiiU/3Ds era have in store for the future.
    I’m looking forward to the future output of both parts of the Renegade Kid Split (don’t ask me to remember their names), Bertil Hörberg, Team Meat, Shin’en

  • capitalism1023

    Looking forward to Pocket Rumble, Shakedown Hawaii, Mr. Shifty, Yooka Laylee, and the Escapists 2. Definitely liking all the variety that Indies are bringing to the eshop. It doesn’t feel as much like platformer city like the Wii U eshop did. Don’t get me wrong I love platformers, but when every other eshop title is a platformer it gets boring.

    Also thanks for featuring my comment in the highlights from last week’s discussion. I was pleasantly surprised when I seen that.

  • Lolo

    I really want to get Freedom planet 2. The first one was awesome on the Wii U, and I need a dose of more Lilac, Carol, and Milla!

  • Adrian Brown

    Pocket Rumble looks sick, I hope it sells well on Switch. I’m looking forward to that and Yooka-Laylee.

  • Διονῦς84

    Snake Pass and Yooka Laylee.

  • DeltaPeng

    Celeste, and have an eye on Pocket Rumble, Wonder Boy The Dragon’s Trap, Freedom Planet 2, Rime, Yooka Laylee, Dandara / Mr Shifty

  • masterjedi

    I am super interested in Overcooked. Other than that I have to rely on reviews to decide which ones to try. I’ve seen a lot of people excited about Snake Pass so I’ll probably look into that one.

  • YoshiIsBetter

    Non-indie wise, I want Super Mario Maker 2. ALOT.