We reported yesterday that 1001 Spikes, Cave Story, and (maybe) Hydra Castle Labyrinth would be coming to Nintendo Switch, courtesy of Nicalis. Of course, The Binding of Isaac’s publisher had quite a bit of news for indie game fans, but even more software from independent studios has been announced in the past 24 hours.
Here’s a little recap of what has been unveiled on the Switch indie front in the past day.
New Shovel Knight information
Yacht Club Games announced that Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will be available sometime during the Switch’s launch window. The developer stated that the other console versions would “follow suit” and release in April, so expect to see Shovel Knight on Switch in March.
This new version of the hit platformer has a host of new features. You can play as a female Shovel Knight and male Shield Knight in Body Swap Mode, and can also play the previously Wii U-exclusive co-op mode. This is the case for all of the game’s other versions as well.
The new version of Shovel Knight is not a sequel, but rather a refined and updated experience.
It will cost $24.99 at launch and its first DLC, which launches alongside it, is priced at $9.99.
Yooka-Laylee’s got co-op
The spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie from ex-Rare staff over at Playtonic games will also feature multiplayer mode, as the trailer above reveals.
In the main campaign, a second player takes control of the Bee Team and collects items for the “main” player. The Bee Team can also lend a helping hand by disarming traps.
Eight arcade-style games can be played in local co-op mode, which supports up to four players. Kratos Karting is a racing minigame, Glaciators is an arena brawler, Blag the Flag is a capture the flag-type game, Gun-let Run is a shoop-’em-up and Jobstacle Course and Hurdle Hijinx will offer platforming challenges.
Arcade games can be accessed by collecting coins in the main game.
No Nintendo Switch release date has yet been announced, but Playtonic assures that it is “working very closely with Nintendo” to bring Yooka-Laylee to its next console. It is releasing on PS4, Xbox One and PC on April 11.
The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup is coming to Switch
The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup is being developed by Gory Detail, a studio comprised of Chris Seaver and Shawn Pile, ex-Rare devleopers who worked on Conker’s Bad Fur Day.
This game was originally announced for PC, Wii U and 3DS. The Wii U version has now been canceled, and the 3DS version may or may not see the light of day, as it is “dependent on resources and time”.
The game was originally announced in 2013, but very few details have been revealed. What we do know is that it’s a 2D puzzle-platformer “with dark elements”. One of its main mechanics is having the character move in and out of the screen, but no further information has been shared by its developers.
Here’s what Chris Seaver told NintendoLife about The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup’s Switch version.
“It’s great for us for a number of reasons; the buzz of a new console, the lack of software initially where we can slot nicely into – we always were a good fit for the Nintendo demographic – plus our core mechanic translates seamlessly onto the hardware. It must be noted I don’t have one yet, nor have I played with it, so it remains to be seen what nuances and hidden value the system has in terms of design; I look forward to having a good ‘tinker’ but as a whole the features seem very solid and sensible.”
It will likely come to Switch in 2018. The PC version should be out in September of this year.
Graceful Explosion Machine will get an early Switch release
Canadian indie developer Vertex Pop shared Graceful Explosion Machine’s Switch announcement trailer, yesterday. You can check it out above.
Graceful Explosion Machine is a colorful arcade-style shoot ’em up. “Lost in deep space, you’ll shoot, dash and combo your way through jewel-hued alien worlds, fighting to find a way home”, says Vertex Pop.
The game is expected to release in Spring, during the Switch’s launch window. Its PS4, Xbox One and PC versions will be available shortly thereafter.
Zombie Vikings Switch?
Zombie Vikings developer Zoink teased a Switch version of their brawler on Twitter. You can check out the video they shared above.
They stated in other tweets that the console is a “perfect fit” for the game because of its focus on local co-op via the Joy Con controllers.
The game supports up to four players and has been available on PS4 and PC since December 2015. No further information, including any sort of official announcement, has been shared by Zoink so far.