Everything From Nintendo’s Nindies Spring 2019 Showcase

Everything From Nintendo’s Nindies Spring 2019 Showcase
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Nintendo just wrapped their Nindies Spring 2019 Showcase where they debuted a plethora of indie games headed to the Nintendo Switch this year. There were many futuristic and post-apocalyptic themed games, as well as a few surprises. Let’s break down each of the 18 games announced today.


The Nindies Spring 2019 presentation opened up with a big surprise, Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch! The fan-favorite game is making its way over from Xbox and PC and can be played solo or with a friend locally using the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers. Cuphead is a brutally-hard side scrolling shoot-em-up that will have you taking on a number of bosses before settling the score with the Devil himself. The game features beautiful, hand-drawn artwork in the style of 1930’s-era cartoons, and includes a fantastic live jazz soundtrack. Cuphead is available to pre-purchase today on Nintendo Switch and will be releasing on April 18th.


The next game showcased is a squad-focused turn-based strategy game called Overland. In this game, you will be travelling across a post-apocalyptic United States headed for the West Coast. As you travel westward, things will become much weirder, and all characters and levels encountered are randomly-generated. You can check out Overland this Fall.

My Friend Pedro

Finally we got some more information on My Friend Pedro, the hyper-stylish game being published by Devolver Digital. In the game, you’ll be jumping, flipping and skating around enemies as you craft perfect executions. You’ll wield a variety of weapons, including dual-wielding certain types, as you defeat your enemies in this violent ballet experience. You’ll even have the ability to slow down time to ensure utmost precision as you dodge incoming bullets and navigate the chaos. My Friend Pedro is a console exclusive on Nintendo Switch and will be available this June.

Neo Cab

In Neo Cab, you play as the last human driver in a dystopian future that is overrun by robots and automation. As you drive the streets of Los Ojos, a fictional city in California, you’ll pick up various characters that all have their own unique story arcs. Your goal is to build up your rating as a driver, while trying to save your friend Savy from an evil mega corporation. Neo Cab launches this Summer on Nintendo Switch.

The Red Lantern

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a professional musher? Well, in The Red Lantern, you can do just that. Take control of a pack of dogs as you train them to participate in the Iditarod, Alaska’s famous dog-sledding gauntlet. In this roguelike story-driven adventure game, you’ll tend to your dogs, heal your wounds and try to avoid the danger found in the wild tundras as you work towards your goal of finishing the race. The game also supports gyroscopic control in handheld mode. The Red Lantern races onto your Switch later this year.


In Darkwood, you take control of a character trying to navigate dangerous environments in a procedurally-generated survival horror experience. The game is played from a top-down view with a limited field of vision. You’ll be exploring during the day, crafting weapons, preparing traps and fortifying your hideout before the night falls. Once it becomes dark, danger is sure to come looking for you. Darkwood comes to Nintendo Switch this May.

Katana Zero

Katana Zero is a stylish, action-platformer that features hyper-fast movement and swordplay. Your character has the ability to manipulate time, but can also be defeated by enemies with a single hit. If you fall, time is instantly rewinded, bringing you back to the beginning of the level so you can face the challenge once more. Katana Zero slices onto Switch April 18th, and can be pre-purchased beginning today.


The next game from Double Fine is called Rad, and well, it looks pretty rad. In this game, you’ll navigate a neon-soaked post-apocalyptic wasteland full of mutated enemies. Your character can absorb abilities from enemies, even taking on their physical body parts, that you can then use against them in combat. The gameplay is an isometric 3D brawler that features a variety of different weapons and abilities. Rad is heading to Switch this Summer.

Creature in the Well

Creature in the Well made its world debut today on the Nindies Spring 2019 Showcase and is a top-down action adventure game heavily-inspired by pinball. Your character has access to over 15 weapons, each interacting differently with energy orbs that are consistently fired at the player. You’ll play through eight handcrafted dungeons that all feature classic pinball table components. Creature in the Well releases this Summer on Nintendo Switch.


Bloodroots looks like an interesting game. The game is a top-down action game that touts the “world is your weapon.” In the trailer, we see the player using barrels, trees and other items in a series of fast-paced combat scenarios that encourages you to improvise. Bloodroots makes its way to Switch this Summer.


One of the more ambitious titles shown during today’s Nindies Spring 2019 presentation was Pine. In this stylized, third-person action-adventure game, you’ll explore an open world featuring six unique biomes. Gameplay looks very similar to The Legend of Zelda, with sword-based combat as well as a bow and arrow. In Pine, you’ll scavenge, barter, harvest, craft and sell items. There are five factions of creatures to encounter, all adapting to your choices. You can check out Pine this August.

Super Crate Box

Super Crate Box is a 2D arcade-style game that will feature fast-paced gameplay and a multiplayer mode that is exclusive to Nintendo Switch. The game launches in April.

Nuclear Throne

This arcade game features 2D top-down roguelike action set in a post-apocalyptic environment. Nuclear Throne can be played solo or with a friend in co-op, and is available today.

Vlambeer Arcade

This bite-sized collection of arcade-style games will be adding more games over time. It begins with a game called Ultrabugs, a space shooter where you power up by defeating enemy space bugs, while racking up a high score. Vlambeer Arcade launches later this year on Nintendo Switch.


The 2D side-scrolling shooter genre is expanding to an underwater biome in SwimSanity. In this game, you can play with up to four players–online or couch co-op–in five versus game modes. The online component features in-game voice chat and a party system. There are also five worlds to take on in solo mode. The control schemes available are dual-stick aiming or motion aiming, depending on your preference. SwimSanity makes a splash on Nintendo Switch this Summer.

Blaster Master Zero 2

The follow up to the indie-hit Blaster Master Zero is here, featuring interplanetary travel in this retro-styled 2D action platformer. There are also upgrades to Jason, including the ability to counter enemy attacks. You can pick up Blaster Master Zero 2 today on the Nintendo eShop.

Stranger Things 3: The Game

Stranger Things just got a full Season 3 trailer today, and fans are excited to see what happens next. Stranger Things 3: The Game was also announced today for Nintendo Switch and will follow the events of the popular Netflix series. This is a 16-bit isometric action game that features local co-op where you’ll solve puzzles and battle enemies as one of 12 playable characters. Stranger Things 3: The Game launches the same day as the series on Netflix, on July 4th.

Cadence of Hyrule

What may have been the biggest unexpected surprise of today’s Nindie Spring 2019 Showcase was Cadence of Hyrule. This crossover indie game comes from Brace Yourself Games, developers of the hit 2015 rhythm-based dungeon crawler, Crypt of the NecroDancer. In Cadence of Hyrule, you’ll join forces with Link and Zelda to take down Hyrule’s most dangerous enemies, all to the rhythm of many iconic Legend of Zelda tunes. Cadence of Hyrule comes to Switch in Spring.

Are you excited for these upcoming Nindies for Nintendo Switch? Let us know which indie games you’re looking forward to playing most in the comments below! For all your other Nindie needs, keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers!

My name is Matthew Adler. I am a Freelance Video Game Journalist and also the Host and Creator of In Your Element: A Gaming Podcast. In Your Element is a general gaming podcast with an emphasis on indie games. I feature a variety of different guests each week for discussion around specific topics. Check it out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other major podcast services!