Nintendo gave us another Indie World Showcase on August 11, 2021, which was filled with announcements about various independent games coming to the Nintendo Switch. While we knew some of them were coming, others were a complete surprise. Check out the full list of games below along with their release dates/windows.
- Bomb Rush Cyberfunk (2022) — In this graffiti-action-adventure, grind, paint and combo your way up to become an All City King, one of the best graffiti artists in a sprawling metropolis.
- TOEM (Fall 2021) — 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.
- Loop Hero (Winter 2021) — Instead of playing as the hero in this innovative card-based RPG, you must craft the world that the hero travels through.
- FAR: Changing Tides (Early 2022) — Set sail for a new journey in this atmospheric vehicle adventure set in the post-apocalyptic universe first introduced in FAR: Lone Sails.
- Necrobarista: Final Pour (Aug. 11, 2021) — 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.
- Garden Story (Aug. 11, 2021) — Become the Guardian of the Grove and explore a vibrant island to inspire its inhabitants, fend off the invasive Rot and rebuild your home.
- Boyfriend Dungeon (Aug. 11, 2021) — In this heartfelt dungeon-crawling dating sim, use the in-game cash you earn from fighting monsters to woo your weapons on romantic outings.
- Axiom Verge 2 (Aug. 11, 2021) — 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.
- Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon (Winter 2021) — With Puzzle Knight as your guide, fight foes, recover relics and battle bosses both new and familiar in this action-packed puzzle-adventure mashup.
- ISLANDERS: Console Edition (Aug. 11, 2021) — This relaxing, procedurally generated strategy game sees you developing an island by placing buildings from your inventory.
- Metal Slug Tactics (2022) — A fresh take that moves the classic action franchise into a new dimension, retaining fan-favorite elements such as the detailed pixel art and explosive action, but adds tactical combat mechanics and roguelike elements to the mix.
- Tetris Effect: Connected (Oct. 8, 2021) — 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.
- ASTRONEER (January 2022) — Explore and reshape distant worlds, set during the 25th century Intergalactic Age of Discovery, where Astroneers explore the frontiers of outer space, risking their lives in harsh environments to unearth rare discoveries and unlock the mysteries of the universe.
- Hundred Days (Winter 2021) — You will have complete control of a new Winery. First choose which vines to grow, learn how to grow them and when to harvest. Then following the entire winemaking process deciding on the type of wine you want to produce or the market requires. You will also have to sell the wine produced to allow your company to expand.
- Slime Rancher: Plortable Edition (Aug. 11, 2021) — The tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the ‘Far, Far Range’ where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes.
- LumbearJack (2022) — Jack is a humble bear with a simple dream: to return nature to its former glory with the help of his trusty axe and his animal friends. Slice and dice through machinery, slap some sense into wasteful humans, and work with wacky woodland critters to thwart the sinister plans of up-and-coming industrial giant Evil Works.
- Curious Expedition 2 (Aug. 11, 2022) — Discover a turn-based narrative roguelike set in a reimagined version of the late 19th century. Weaving procedural gameplay that masterfully combines compelling story elements to create epic adventures every time you play.
- Gang Beasts (Fall 2021) — A silly multiplayer party game with surly gelatinous characters, brutal slapstick fight sequences, and absurd hazardous environments, set in the mean streets of Beef City.
- Eastward (Sept. 16, 2021) — Discover a beautifully detailed post-apocalyptic world in an action-adventure RPG with puzzle-solving and dungeon elements.
What do you think of all these games? Which ones are you excited to play? Which ones will you skip? Let us know in the comments below!
And if you missed didn’t get a chance to watch the showcase, feel free to click play on the video below.
[Sources of game descriptions: Nintendo of America press releases and website]
Steve is the Senior Editor of NintendoFuse and co-host of the NintendoFuse Podcast. He’s been a Nintendo gamer since age 6 and has been on staff with NintendoFuse since 2008.