On Wednesday, Nintendo hosted its annual Nindies Spring Showcase. Running for nearly 30 minutes, the Direct-style video presentation provided us with a look at a bunch of new games headed to Nintendo Switch this year, including a couple that are available right now.
Among the highlights of the event was word that Cuphead, previously an Xbox One and PC exclusive, is headed to Switch. We also learned of a Zelda-themed successor to Crypt of the NecroDancer called Cadence of Hyrule. Below, you’ll find a roundup of all the games and news from the event, along with many of the best new trailers. For more, check out our coverage of the new Switch game sale that’s now live on the Eshop in the US.
Also of note, this presentation didn’t include all of the day’s Nintendo Switch news. Separately, during Epic’s GDC keynote, publisher Funcom and developer The Bearded Ladies announced that XCOM-like game Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden will release for Switch on June 25. It will launch alongside a new DLC expansion.
Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda
Brace Yourself Games is making this spin-off follow-up to its 2015 indie hit. Cadence of Hyrule takes the familiar rhythm gameplay from Crypt of the NecroDancer, but this time Cadence finds herself in the land of Hyrule, assisted by Nintendo’s Link and Zelda. It’s coming this spring.
Switch Gets Zelda-Themed Crypt Of The NecroDancer Crossover This Spring
The acclaimed 2D action game Cuphead, noted for its gorgeous 1930s cartoon-style visuals and brutal difficulty, is officially coming to Switch. Notably, the Studio MDHR-developed game was previously an Xbox One and PC exclusive. The showcase specifically shouted out Nintendo’s “friends at Microsoft” for helping to make this port possible. The game releases on April 18.
Cuphead Coming To Nintendo Switch Next Month
Stranger Things 3: The Game
The retro Netflix show is getting a game to match, with this co-op action game that sports a 16-bit style. In Stranger Things 3: The Game, you can fight your way through Hawkins and the latest threats from the Upside Down as one of 12 playable characters. It will release alongside the Season 3 of the show (which just got a new trailer) on July 4.
Red Lantern is set against the harrowing backdrop of the real-life Alaskan Iditarod race. As the Musher for a team of five sled dogs, you’ll have to contend with bears, frostbite, and catching food to survive as you navigate the wilderness and make your way back home. It’s coming this year.
Double Fine is teaming up with publisher Bandai Namco for an action roguelike called Rad. A post-apocalyptic wasteland is crawling with monsters and mutants, but you’ll develop your own mutations to unlock new powers and attacks as well. It’s coming this summer.
Devolver Digital’s stylish action-platformer Katana Zero arrives in the Switch Eshop on April 18. As an assassin known enigmatically as “The Dragon,” you’ll cut your way through side-scrolling levels, using your precognitive powers to see into the future and manipulate time. You’ll need to tread carefully, however, as a single hit from an enemy will be enough to bring you down–but even if you fall in battle, you’ll rewind to the beginning of the level and get another chance.
Vlambeer’s Nuclear Throne is out today for Switch. The roguelike-style shooter first launched for PS4, PS Vita, and PC in 2015, but is now available for download on Nintendo’s hybrid console.
Super Crate Box
Another Vlambeer game coming to Switch is Super Crate Box, which releases in April. It’s a single-screen action game in which you fight off an endless horde of enemies and collect weapon crates in an attempt to set a high score. On Switch, there will be exclusive multiplayer modes for two players, with co-op and competitive options available.
Vlambeer Arcade with Ultrabugs
Whereas the previous two Vlambeer games are existing ones, the third is something new and different. Vlambeer Arcade will serve as a collection of “bite-sized games” that will expand over time. The first of these games it will include is Ultrabugs, an action game in which you kill enemies using a spaceship but then have to deal with the additional enemies those spawn when defeated. Vlambeer Arcade is slated to launch with Ultrabugs later this year.
My Friend Pedro
My Friend Pedro is a quirky balletic action game that has you running and gunning and pirouetting through a series of gangsters, with the help of a talking banana named Pedro. The game from Devolver Digital and developer Deadtoast is coming this June.
Creature in the Well
Blaster Master Zero 2
Blaster Master Zero II is another of the games that is already available for download from the Switch Eshop. It’s a sequel to the 2017 3DS platformer Blaster Master Zero, itself a remake of the NES’s 1988 title Blaster Master.
Described as a primeval fantasy, Pine stages a war between anthropomorphized moose, foxes, and alligators. Five different factions do battle across six biomes, and you’ll have to harvest and craft your wares to take on the other tribes. It launches in August.
Bloodroots is a top-down action game built around pulling off combos and using every tool in the environment to your advantage. The fast-paced revenge tale launches this summer.
The squad-based survival game Overland is coming to Switch this fall. The procedurally generated levels will get increasingly hazardous as you make your way westward, in a post-apocalyptic roadtrip.
Darkwood is a survival-horror game played from a top-down perspective. It doesn’t feature a single linear path and is said to not rely on jump scares to terrify you. The game is set in a European forest where evil is abound, and you’re forced to fight back by injecting an “essence” from mutated plants into your blood to obtain new powers. It releases in May.
Neo Cab is a narrative-driven survival game from Fellow Traveler and Chance Agency that puts you in the shows of Lina, the last human rideshare driver in a city driven by automation. You’ll need to pick up fares and control your emotions while searching for your missing friend. It’s coming this summer.
Swimsanity is a side-scrolling multiplayer shooter that is set underwater. You can play with a total of four players (or bots) through online and local multiplayer in co-op and competitive game modes. Based on what we saw, the game has a vaguely Castle Crashers-like vibe to it. It releases this summer.