The Nintendo Switch is not planning to stop anytime soon. Reaching the end of the year, the console has received a number of excellent first party titles almost on a monthly basis. Indie games, baptised as “Nindies”, have also jumped into the catalog. And, luckily for us, January is shaping up for a great start already.
Quillswitch is our own monthly column in which we’ll highlight the upcoming indie games for the Nintendo Switch. Without further ado, here are the titles for January listed by date:
— The Game Bakers (@TheGameBakers) January 4, 2018
“The jailer is the key. Kill him, and you’ll be free”. Furi is an indie gem from 2016, a mix between hack & slash with bullet hell elements in a boss rush experience. What’s so unique about it? The amazing soundtrack, the character’s narrative and backstories, and the art style, all together form a game that you won’t want to miss. Oh, and this version also includes the DLC.
Studio: The Game Bakers
Publisher: The Game Bakers
Price: $19.99 USD/€
Nintendo Store page: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/furi-switch
Draw a Stickman: EPIC 2
— Draw a Stickman (@DrawaStickman) January 2, 2018
Hey, not everyone has born with an unique talent for drawing. That’s why Draw a Stickman: EPIC 2 lets you create your own stickman and set them in a fantasy adventure. Meet all kinds of characters, fight bosses and enjoy whole new adventure.
Price: $7.99 USD
Nintendo Store page: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/draw-a-stickman-epic-2-switch
I really miss Breakout. But, thankfully, Energy Invasion is here to bring back memories while also adding new elements. Inspired by the mentioned classic, players will be able to enjoy over 50 levels in three game modes, including Endless.
Studio: Sometimes You
Publisher: Evgeniy Kolpakov
Price: $2.99 USD
Nintendo Store page: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/energy-invasion-switch
Moorhuhn Knights & Castles
Set in Scottish Highlands, Moorhuhn Knights & Castles lets you build a castle from scratch, prepare all kinds of weapons and control them to defeat a series of enemies in over 36 levels. There’s also a seamless multiplayer mode that will have you earning crowns, a special currency pushes you up the periodically changing global leaderboard.
Publisher: Young Fun Studio
Price: $29.99 USD
Nintendo Store page: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/moorhuhn-knights-and-castles-switch
OF MICE AND SAND -REVISED-
Of Mice and Sand -REVISED- is a curious exploration game with crafting, building and management systems. Add sleeping quarters to keep your mice well slept, or even add a jukebox to give ’em a boost. Aside from the initial 3DS version, -REVISED- brings new elements to the game.
Studio: Arc System Works Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Arc System Works Co., Ltd.
Price: $9.99 USD
Nintendo Store page: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/of-mice-and-sand-revised-switch
Super Meat Boy
— Team Meat (@SuperMeatBoy) December 24, 2017
A modern classic, and one of the first hit indie games from the past years. Super Meat Boy will bring its unique fast paced gameplay to the Nintendo Switch, with a really cool addition called Race Mode. In this new mode, you’ll get to play against a friend on split-screen using the joycons, competing to progress farther than one another in the least time possible.
Studio: Team Meat
Nintendo Store page: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/super-meat-boy-switch
Super Meat Boy on Switch will actually be $14.99/€12.99/£11.99 like it is on every platform. We've submitted these prices but it hasn't come through yet. https://t.co/7PdjcbIubJ
— Team Meat (@SuperMeatBoy) January 3, 2018
— PolyKnight Games (@PolyKnightGames) January 3, 2018
Remember when pretty much all games had you engaging combat or shooting a firegun? Thankfully it’s something that has been changing throughout the years. InnerSpace is a great example of that, setting exploration as a main attractive along with gorgeous visuals.
Studio: PolyKnight Games
Publisher: Aspyr Media, Inc.
Price: $19.99 USD
Nintendo Store page: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/innerspace-switch
The Darkest Dungeon
Nintendo Switch release date announced!
— Darkest Dungeon (@DarkestDungeon) January 10, 2018
After its successful Kickstarter campaign, followed by Early Access and ports to other platforms, Darkest Dungeon seems like the perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch. A dungeon crawler with party and town management systems, a unique Stress meter that can completely change your characters, eldritch horrors and a narrator that will get stuck into your head for weeks. This version includes touch controls, and both of the released DLCs will also be available at launch.
Studio: Red Hook Studios
Publisher: Red Hook Studios
Price: Darkest Dungeon – $24.99 USD
The Crimson Court – $9.99 USD
The Shieldbreaker – $3.99 USD
Nintendo Store page: Not available yet
Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator and Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast
Yes, you read it right. The Switch will be receiving two titles from the famous insult simulator saga called Oh…Sir! on the same day. Battle against the CPU, against a friend (or foe) in couch mode or against people online, becoming the worse educated person in the world.
Studio: Good Shepherd Entertainment
Publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment
Price: $1.99 USD / $2.99 USD
Nintendo Store page: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/oh-sir-the-insult-simulator-switch / https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/oh-sir-the-hollywood-roast-switch
World to the West
In a couple of months, Switch owners will have the chance to explore a brand new continent and learn more about the universe behind Teslagrad. World to the West is coming on January 18th! https://t.co/jZMQaoKvuk pic.twitter.com/Zoousw9GMq
— Rain Games (@rain_games) November 16, 2017
From the creators of Teslagrad, Rain Games, World to the West introduces itself as an adventure game with four totally unique characters to take control of. In this single player experience, you’ll have to switch between the characters in order to solve all kinds of puzzles.
Studio: Rain Games
Publisher: Flyhigh Works
Price: $19.99 USD
Nintendo Store page: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/world-to-the-west-switch
— Noel Berry (@NoelFB) January 11, 2018
From the developers behind Skytorn and Towerfall, Celeste presents over 600 levels inside a mysterious mountain. In this character-driven story, you’ll have to move fast and change your form to solve puzzles. During the Nintendo Direct Mini the devs announced an Assist Mode, which lets you lower the difficulty for a more relaxed experience.
Studio: Matt Makes Games Inc.
Publisher: Matt Makes Games Inc.
Price: $19.99 USD
Nintendo Store page: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/celeste-switch