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Rivals of Aether

Switch fans have long been waiting for Rivals of Aether: Definitive Edition, the acclaimed fighting game from Dan Fornace. The good news is that it’ll finally be launching in just a few days.

Rivals of Aether: Definitive Edition is now confirmed for release on September 24. It will be sold digitally for Switch via the eShop.

We’re told that Rivals of Aether: Definitive Edition “is fully loaded with content including six additional characters on top of the base eight and two of them are guests from popular indie games Ori and the Blind Forest and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove.” It also comes with “new features including 4 Player Online Multiplayer and a new Tetherball Game Mode.”

Here’s a rundown of what’s included, along with a trailer:

Rivals of Aether: Definitive Edition has been a long time coming on Switch. It was at the start of 2018 when we first heard about a possible port of the fighter, and a release on the console was officially confirmed last August.

While we knew that  Rivals of Aether would land on Switch this summer, it seems that the team originally hoped to have the game ready sometime this month. That won’t happen in the end, but the final launch isn’t too far off. September is the new target and creator Dan Fornace says it will “announce as soon as we have a date locked in.”


Tying in with the news about Rivals of Aether: Definitive Edition landing on Switch this summer, a new trailer is in showcasing the “Definitive Edition” release. Watch it below.

At the Genesis 7 tournament today, a new release window was provided for the Switch version of Rivals of Aether. The fighting title will launch on Switch this summer.

Here’s an overview of the game, along with a trailer:

The indie fighting game Rivals of Aether was first brought up for Switch back in January 2018. At the time, creator Dan Fornace said the team was looking into a release on Nintendo’s console, but stopped short of confirming plans officially.

Fornace provided an update at Super Smash Con this past weekend. The developer appeared in a video message to provide a status update for the game overall, and confirmed that a Switch release is indeed happening.

The newest character for Rivals of Aether was announced today. Shovel Knight is joining the fighter, as is his Troupple Pond.

Here’s the news straight from the team plus a first look at Shovel Knight in action:

Rivals of Aether is a very likely candidate for Switch. In a new blog post, creator Dan Fornace said that Switch is being prioritized. Right now, the team is “currently looking into developers who can help us port the game out of Game Maker Studio so we can release on the Switch.”

Originally released last year, Rivals of Aether is a fighting title “set in a world where warring civilizations summon the power of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.” Each Rival in the game can use classical elements and animal movement in battle.

You can learn more about Rivals of Aether with the overview and trailer below.