Nintendo Nindies Showcase Spring 2019 Roundup

Today Nintendo hosted a 25-minute long livestream to showcase and announce a whole bunch of new and exciting indie games coming to the Switch. If you aren’t familiar with these by now, the Nindies Showcase (short for Nintendo + Indies Showcase) is essentially a smaller version of Nintendo Direct, where Nintendo showcases a host of new indie games coming to their platform. You can watch the full video here, but if you don’t have time, here’s the roundup of everything that was revealed during the showcase.

Cuphead on Switch

The jazzy side-scroller Cuphead was officially announced to be coming to Nintendo Switch on April 18th 2019, less than a month from now, and is available for pre-purchase as we speak. Notorious for its 1930s cartoon-inspired art style and formidable difficulty, Cuphead was a huge hit when it launched in 2017 on Xbox and PC.

It was rumoured last month by French news outlet Jeuxvideo to be coming to the platform along with other critically-acclaimed Xbox title Ori and the Blind Forest, though only Cuphead was officially announced, so Ori fans on Switch will have to hold their breath a little longer.

The Red Lantern

The Red Lantern was announced as the debut title from Timberline Studio. It’s a rogue-lite, first-person narrative game which appears to incorporate survival elements, where you have to find your way home after a bear attacks you and your dog-sleigh team.

Aside from the mentally scarring image of a husky being mauled by a grizzly bear, the trailer gives a stunning first impression. Anyone who is a fan of narrative games should keep a keen eye on this one. It’s available at some undisclosed time this year on the Switch, with more details to come.


If you’re looking for something spookier, you may be interested in Darkwood, a top-down survival-horror with a procedurally generated world. Released in 2017 to high praise, you may remember it as the game which was released on torrent site Pirate Bay by its own developers in an attempt to stop people buying the game through key reselling sites, as noted by Eurogamer shortly after its launch. Heavy on atmosphere and low on jump-scares, Darkwood is coming to Nintendo Switch in May 2019.

My Friend Pedro

My Friend Pedro looks absolutely bananas, and onlookers will be pleased to hear that the game’s release window was narrowed down to June 2019. A 3D side-scroller full of tricks, flips, and guns, think of if Max Payne was a side-scroller with acrobatic gameplay and published by Devolver Digital.

Katana ZERO

Katana ZERO is another Devolver Digital published game that was showcased. This one may have flown under your radar, but keep an eye out if you have an interest in games with ninjas, superpowers, one-hit kills, and intriguing stories. The launch date for this one has been revealed as April 18th 2019 and is available for pre-purchase now.


The 80s were RAD, and so is the new game from Psychonauts and Headlander developers Double Fine. I mean, it literally is RAD… That’s what it’s called. RAD appears to be a third-person RPG about bringing back life to a desolate landscape, with some form of character mutations also coming into play. It looks pretty stylish, and it will be available sometime in Summer 2019.

Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the Necrodancer

Crypt of the Necrodancer is a unique take on the dungeon-crawler genre in which you have to move your character and attack enemies to the beat of the game’s catchy soundtrack, and now it’s getting a sequel (sort of). It’s called Cadence of Hyrule and it appears to be very similar to the original Crypt of the Necrodancer, only this time you also get to play as Link and Zelda. This announcement came as quite a surprise given how Nintendo doesn’t just loan out their IPs to anyone. That being said, the original is very well regarded, so this new title is worth keeping an eye on for sure, and it’s coming Spring 2019.

Everything Else

Those are just some of the announced Switch games from today’s Nindies Showcase, but there are a tonne more, too many to list individually here, so here are all the rest:

Overland – A turn-based, procedurally generated road trip game set at the end of the world with an emphasis on choices. Releasing in Autumn 2019.

Neo Cab – A survival game where you play as a taxi driver looking for your friend in a neon-filled future with a wealth of management systems, coming Summer 2019.

Creature in the Well – A top-down action-adventure game set in pinball machine-inspired dungeons. Releasing Summer 2019.

Bloodroots – Another top-down action game, in which you rapidly navigate through levels killing enemies in creative ways using the environment. Also releasing Summer 2019.

Pine – A Zelda: BotW-esque fantasy open-world RPG with a range of biomes and enemy factions, coming in August 2019.

Super Crate Box, Nuclear Throne – A 2D shoot ‘em up, now with multiplayer support, releasing in April 2019, and a top-down roguelike set in a post-apocalyptic world, available today.

Ultra Bugs (Vlambeer Arcade) – A 2D bullet hell style game where you pilot a spaceship and destroy bugs to gain high-scores. The first game included in Vlambeer Arcade, a continuously growing collection of small indie games, releasing at some point in 2019.

Swimsanity! – A co-op underwater side-scrolling shooter with a host of competitive modes. Releasing Summer 2019.

Blaster Master Zero II – Sequel to Blaster Master Zero, a 2D shooter with side-scrolling tank shooter gameplay and top-down shooter gameplay, and an arcadey pixelated art style. Available today.

Stranger Things 3 The Game – A top-down, pixel art adventure game that goes through the events of the third season of Stranger Things, with local co-op support. Releasing July 4th 2019.

That was everything announced during today’s Nindies Showcase. There’s a lot to be excited about, with everything from the blockbuster hit Cuphead miraculously making its way to the Switch, to the announcement of some pretty exciting looking new titles from experienced developers like Double Fine and Vlambeer. Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Feel free to let us know in the comments or on any of our social media channels.

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