The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is taking over San Francisco this week, and Nintendo is there.
Instead of announcing any new first-party games, Nintendo has focused on "Nindies" -- that is, independent game titles from smaller developers. The Switch has already successfully built a repository of excellent indie titles. While the newest batch may not have a standout like Rocket League or Stardew Valley (and cult favorite Undertale still doesn't have a release date), several notable mobile games like Reigns and Banner Saga are coming, along with a revamp of the PlayStation classic puzzler Lumines.
Nintendo is promising that most of these games are either system exclusives or games that will launch on the Switch first.
- Mark of the Ninja Remastered: a classic Xbox 360 Arcade game by Microsoft Studios gets a revamp.
- Fantasy Strike (summer): an arcade-style fighting game previously on Steam.
- Just Shapes and Beats (summer): a long-awaited abstract music rhythm game.
- Garage (spring): a top-down retro arcade horror game infused with "VHS style" graphic effects.
- Pool Panic (Switch exclusive): Adult Swim Games' crazy-looking cartoon-style adventure involving living pool balls.
- Bomb Chicken (summer): a platformer puzzler involving bombs... and chickens.
- Lumines Remastered (spring): one of the best music puzzle games ever made, getting a new version.
- Reigns Kings and Queens (spring): the mobile title, with both versions included.
- Light Fall (spring)
- West of Loathing (spring, Switch exclusive): cartoon stick figures in a Western-type world.
- Pode (spring)
- The Messenger (summer)
- Bad North (summer)
- Banner Saga 3 (summer): the latest version of a hit strategy mobile and indie game.
- Banner Saga 1 and 2 (TBD): also coming.
You can watch the full stream live here.
We'll follow up with more news and impressions throughout GDC.
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