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  • Writer's pictureCourt Lalonde

Nintendo Indie World Showcase: A Roundup of All the Exciting Announcements

Indie World

Nintendo showcased today some exciting new games at their Indie World Showcase. If you didn't have time to check it out today, we will break it down here. Everything showcased today will arrive on the Nintendo Switch this year and beyond.

The games they announced today are coming to the Nintendo Switch family of consoles.


Shantae: Risky Revolution from WayForward

Shantae, the fan-favourite Half-Genie, is back in this authentic retro follow-up to the 2002 original, completed and released after 20 years. This action-adventure platformer features all of the hair-whipping, belly-dancing action that Shantae fans have expected, along with multiple chapters, numerous towns and labyrinths, six creature transformations, fierce bosses and a four-player versus mode. A new play mechanic allows Shantae to create new paths through each area by repositioning the foreground and background layers and moving between layers to navigate and explore. Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution launches for Nintendo Switch in 2024.

Outer Wilds: Archaeologist Edition from Mobius Digital and Annapurna Interactive

In this open-world adventure, scour multiple planets searching for clues, strange signals and ancient alien texts to decipher. However, the solar system is trapped in a time loop, and each earth changes dramatically during each loop. Delve into an underground city before it's swallowed by sand, dodge sky-high cyclones and more. Find the keys to unlock the mysteries of this solar system in the most hidden and dangerous places, then unravel the deepest secret of them all in the included Echoes of the Eye expansion. Outer Wilds: Archaeologist Edition touches on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7. Pre-orders begin today in the Nintendo eShop.

On your tail

On Your Tail from Memorable Games and Humble Games

As the intrepid young detective Diana, you'll explore the charming seaside village of Borgo Marina in this narrative life sim. But mysteries await behind the village's idyllic exterior. Search the streets and shops for leads and collect Clue Cards to help unmask the thief who's menacing this once-peaceful town. When not solving mysteries, you can enjoy a personal seaside vacation by hitting the beach, hanging out with friends, playing games in the arcade, fishing and more. On Your Tail launches on Nintendo Switch as a timed console exclusive in 2024.

A Highland Song from Inkle

Guide Moira as she runs, jumps, climbs and scrambles her way forward in this narrative-led 2.5D platformer with rhythm-action elements. Journey through the peaks and valleys of the Scottish Highlands, using hundreds of different routes, and discover shortcuts and surprises along the way. Time is a factor as you try to reach the sea as quickly as possible, with rain, storms and snow attempting to slow you down. Some valleys contain exciting "music runs," in which you must jump in time to fast-paced Scottish music to progress quickly. A Highland Song launches on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 5. Pre-orders begin today in the Nintendo eShop.

Backpack Hero

Backpack Hero from Jaspel and Different Tales

This deck-building roguelike with a twist isn't just about what you carry but how you organize the items in your backpack – find the right spot to unleash their true power. Xplore the ancient Dungeon, fight foes in turn-based battles and encounter a variety of colourful allies. Lay as one of five Backpack Heroes, each with unique powers, mechanics and items. With the loot you capture in the Dungeon, you can help your hometown, Haversack Hill. ebuild, expand and decorate it, earning the gratitude of the locals and becoming a true hero in the community. Backpack Hero launches on Nintendo Switch later today!

Howl from Mi’pu’mi Games and Astragon Entertainment

A fairytale world is being ravaged by the Howl, a sinister plague spread through sound alone. Only a deaf prophet can find the cure and bring peace back to the realm. You will need to use both your weapons and your wits to progress in this turn-based, tactical folktale illustrated in a beautiful “living ink” art style. Engaging combat challenges you to foretell the actions of your enemies, planning up to six moves in advance and using the interactive environments to your advantage. Defeat monsters to collect resources and upgrade your ever-expanding arsenal of abilities, then plot your route on the world map to find secret paths and uncover new skills. Howl arrives on Nintendo Switch later today! A free demo will also be available in Nintendo eShop at the same time.

Blade Chimera from Team Ladybug/WSS playground and PLAYISM

In a future dystopian Osaka, a group known as the Missa Association is charged with protecting the city from demon attacks. One of its members heads out on this deadly assignment when things take an unexpected turn in this 2D action pixel art game. Wield the powerful Lumina Sword, a demon transformed into a deadly weapon. This blade not only cuts down foes but can also interfere with time itself – restoring once-destroyed stairs, bridges and platforms to reach new areas. Can you master the Lumina Sword’s powers? Blade Chimera slashes onto Nintendo Switch as a timed console exclusive in spring 2024.

Death Trick: Double Blind from Misty Mountain Studio and Neon Doctrine

In this non-linear detective visual novel set in Morgan’s Traveling Circus, star magician Hattie has gone missing. An unlikely duo – one a fellow magician, the other a private eye with a bout of amnesia – investigate Hattie’s disappearance alternatively, each using their own perspective and information. With only a limited number of actions, they must carefully decide which leads to pursue, looking out for contradictions in the evidence. Sorting through clues and getting to know each whimsical character, they must crack the case by challenging anyone who seems deceitful. Death Trick: Double Blind launches first for consoles on Nintendo Switch in 2024. A free demo will be available in Nintendo eShop later today.

The Star Named EOS from Silver Lining Studio and PLAYISM

Delve into a beautiful hand-drawn panoramic world and immerse yourself in a first-person storytelling puzzle adventure game that explores photography and the ways we can capture the fleeting moments that shape our lives. Play as Dei, a young photographer tracing the footsteps of his mother. Find and collect items filled with memories, and help Dei find the truth behind his mother’s absence. The Star Named EOS releases for Nintendo Switch in spring 2024.

Moonstone Island from Studio Supersoft and Raw Fury

This creature-collecting, dungeon-crawling, deck-building life sim features 100 procedurally generated islands in the sky to explore with the goal of becoming a world-renowned alchemist. There are over 60 adorable Spirits to collect in compelling card-based combat. While kicking back and becoming part of the community, you can craft items, tend to your farm, brew potions, decorate your home, befriend the local villagers and even fall in love. Moonstone Island launches on Nintendo Switch as a timed console exclusive in spring 2024.

core keeper

Core Keeper from Pugstorm and Fireshine Games

Explore a vast cavern full of creatures, relics and resources in this mining sandbox adventure, where up to eight players can work together in online co-op multiplayer.* As an adventurer drawn toward a mysterious relic, it’s up to you to uncover the secrets of this long-forgotten world. Whether you choose to take it slow by gathering resources, growing crops and building bases, or dive into the action by levelling up your skills, battling ancient bosses and exploring the everchanging landscape, Core Keeper invites you to play the game your own way when it launches for Nintendo Switch in summer 2024.

If you would like to watch the showcase, you can check out the video below from Nintendo's YouTube at this link.

Let us know what your favourite game from the showcase was in the comments.


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