The Two Biggest Indie Titles Coming to Nintendo Switch This Spring

Nintendo recently streamed one of their Nindies showcase presentations, spending roughly 30 minutes going over the various indie titles heading to Nintendo Switch in 2019. While there were several notable game announcements throughout the direct, two significant titles stood out from the rest. 

The first big-name indie title is Microsoft’s critically acclaimed run-and-gun platformer, Cuphead, heading to Nintendo Switch April 18th. 

This brutally challenging Xbox exclusive first launched in 2017 on Xbox One and the Windows Store. The game is inspired by the cartoons of the 1930s, with traditional hand-drawn cel animation, watercolor painted backgrounds, and an original jazz soundtrack. In the game, you play as Cuphead or Mugman as you fight your way through several extremely challenging boss battles. 

Microsoft and StudioMDHR have confirmed that they are working to bring Xbox Live features to the Switch version too. With the tease out of GDC 2019 of Microsoft bringing Xbox Live to the Nintendo Switch as well as other platforms, it looks like Cuphead will be one of the first opportunities to experience Xbox Live outside of Microsoft’s ecosystem.  These Xbox Live features are said to come to the system “in the coming months” with no confirmed release date yet. 

The next big game that closed out the Nindies showcase was the indie-developed, brand new Zelda adventure titled Cadence of Hyrule. With the highly anticipated Link’s Awakening remake, another 2D Zelda game coming in 2019 came as a big surprise, since this is the first time an indie studio has solely developed a Zelda title.

Brace Yourself Games, the studio behind Cadence of Hyrule is known for their popular indie title, Crypt of the Necrodancer, a rhythm-based adventure game. Cadence of Hyrule looks to be very similar to Crypt of the Necrodancer but will feature the music, enemies, and locations of the Zelda series. Zelda and Link will also be playable characters.   

Cadence of Hyrule is slated to release in the Spring as a Switch exclusive.

What did you think of the Nindies presentation? Let us know in the comments!

Published by Nick Forsythe

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