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All The Games From Nintendo’s Indie Highlights Presentation

Nintendo just wrapped up its first presentation of the new year, an Indie Highlights presentation, which we previewed yesterday, and it was full of all the Indie-goodness you’d expect. During the brief sixteen-minute presentation they showcased nine upcoming games for Nintendo Switch.

First up was Wargroove, a tactics-based game featuring gameplay for up to four players. It features a full story campaign—complete with beautiful animated cutscenes—and includes local and online multiplayer modes. It also has a creative mode, allowing you to create your own maps, cutscenes, and branching campaigns to share with others. If you are itching for some Fire Emblem-style gameplay before the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses launches this Spring, then Wargroove looks like a great candidate to scratch that itch!

The next game showcased was Double Kick Heroes, which was described as a “Metal Rhythm Shooter.” This unique genre mash-up blends stylish 2D pixel art with more than 30 original tracks. Shred notes and shoot hordes of zombies when this game arrives this Summer, first on Nintendo Switch.

Next up was a game called When Ski Lifts Go Wrong, described as a physics-based construction puzzler. Gameplay looks to be a blend between Bridge Constructor and the Trials series. You will be creating bridges and other infrastructure to ensure each passenger reaches their destination safely. This game releases today on the Nintendo eShop.

Forager was shown off next, a game which blends 2D open world gameplay with base-building and dungeon-crawling combat. The game looks like a blend between Stardew Valley and Enter The Gungeon, or any top-down bullet-hell action game. Certain aspects showed tending to a farm, upgrading and placing buildings on a map, and expanding the map grid in any direction you see fit. Forager will be coming soon to Nintendo Switch.

Goat Simulator: The GOATY followed next, with all the familiar over-the-top goat physics that has been featured on just about every platform by now. The GOATY edition is complete with all DLC added to the game, and is available today on Nintendo Switch.

One of the most-promising games from a mechanical standpoint that was showcased during the Indie Highlights presentation was Inmost. This game is an atmospheric 2D puzzle platformer. The footage we saw seemed to draw some inspiration from games like Limbo coupled with the tight, precise platforming of a game like Celeste from last year. You will be controlling three different characters in a single connected story. Inmost releases later this year.

Inmost showcasing its beautiful pixel art and atmosphere

The next game was Unruly Heroes, a 2D action puzzle platformer for up to four players. The beautiful artwork is reminiscent of the Rayman series of games, with some Trine-style gameplay. There was also a clip showcasing a battle-like mode similar to Towerfall. You can play Unruly Heroes later today on the Nintendo eShop.

Another promising game debuted was CrossCode, a 2D action RPG that blends SNES-era graphics with a deep, engaging sci-fi story. Much of the footage seemed to call back to some of the best RPGs during the 90s with games like Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana. The gameplay looks fast-paced and chaotic at times, but seems to slow down with gorgeous pixel art cutscenes. CrossCode will be coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019 featuring exclusive content.

CrossCode blends SNES-era pixel art with an engaging sci-fi story

The final new game during the Indie Highlights presentation was a surprise to be sure. SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is the upcoming game from Image & Form games, known for the SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist series of games. The new game, Quest, blends turn-based, card-style battles similar to Slay the Spire with the beautiful 2D art style the series is known for. This game will be coming to Nintendo Switch first later this year.

Nintendo ended the presentation with a sizzle reel, showcasing many of the popular Indie games that can be downloaded right now, including games like: Celeste, Stardew Valley, Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, The Messenger and more!

What upcoming indie game are you most excited for? Let us know your favorites in the comments below, and for all other gaming-related news, stick with Mammoth Gamers.

Matthew is a Freelance Gaming Journalist and also the Host and Creator of In Your Element--A Gaming Podcast.