A slew of new indie titles have been announced during Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase, including Xbox Game Studios’ Ori and the Blind Forest.

Ori and the Blind Forest is renowned for its gorgeous hand-painted visuals, fantastic music, and tight platforming. It made quite a splash when it initially launched on Xbox One in 2015, and now Nintendo Switch owners will finally be able to get their hands on this wonderful game on September 27. The Switch is getting the Definitive Edition of Ori, which includes a number of enhancements and new features. Ori marks the second Xbox One console exclusive game to make the jump to Switch following Cuphead earlier this year.


Each Nintendo presentation usually comes with a few shadow drops, and Indie World is no exception. The innovative puzzle/shooter hybrid Superhot, where time only moves when you do, is out now on Nintendo Switch. The Hotline Miami Collection is available now as well, packaging the original and its sequel together for the first time on a Nintendo system.

Sometime in the next month, Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to Risk of Rain 2, the 3D sequel to the original 2D roguelike. Risk of Rain 2 has been out on Steam in Early Access for some time, and this will be the first time the game will be playable on a console. The release window is sometime this summer, but considering there’s only a little over a month left until summer is officially over, it’s safe to say Risk of Rain 2 will release on Switch pretty soon.

In September, Torchlight II heads to Switch. It’ll be released on the same day as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of the game (September 3), and each platform has an exclusive pet. Just three days later, Creature in the Well brings its unique blend of pinball and dungeon-crawling to Nintendo Switch as well. On September 10, Team 17’s side-scrolling hack and slash game Blasphemous launches on Nintendo Switch as well as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Viking strategy game Northgard will release on September 26, and over-the-top side-scrolling shooter Freedom Finger, where you use enemies’ weapons for yourself, will cap off September indie releases on September 27.


Cat Quest II, the sequel to the feline-centric 2D RPG, is out this fall and will include a dog partner that a friend can take control of in local co-op. The 2D Zelda inspired Sparklite will also find its way onto Switch this fall, as will Munchkin: Quacked Quest, a dungeon-themed party game. Trine 4 will launch on October 8, and it was revealed during Gamescom Opening Night Live that the Switch version of The Witcher 3 will be available on October 15.

Toward the end of 2019, Earthnight, a game that attempts to put a unique spin on the auto-runner genre, will be out on Switch, as well as Close to the Sun, a first-person horror game set in the later 19th century. Kine is a 3D puzzle game about machines that want to be musicians, and Switch owners can get their hands on it later this year. Puzzle fans can also look forward to Youropa, a gravity-defying puzzler starring a character with suction cups for feet.

For the more action-oriented, there’s Hypercharge: Unboxed, a cooperative game about toy soldiers that will be available sometime this winter. What the Golf? is an absurd golf parody game that is “made by people who know nothing about golf.” You can look forward to that this winter as well. Roki, a point and click adventure inspired by Scandanavian folklore, will be out sometime this winter. One Finger Death Punch 2 is out this winter too, but this one actually has a date: December 2.

2020 is full of Switch indies too. Dungeon Defenders Awakened is a spin-off of the criminally underappreciated co-op game that will be a timed console exclusive when it launches on Switch in February 2020. Best Friend Forever takes the formula of a dating sim and sprinkles in dog management on top. It’ll be out on February 14, 2020. Speaking of dogs, Phogs! lets you play as a double-ended dog, and it’ll be available in the first half of 2020.


Eastward is a new game published by Chucklefish that fits in nicely with their other gorgeous pixel-art games like Wargroove. It’s due out in 2020. Skater XL is a Skate-inspired game currently out in Early Access on Steam, and it’ll hit the Switch sometime next year. Lastly, Spiritfarer a boat-building game about death, will launch on Switch next spring.

To get a more in-depth look at every indie hitting the Switch in the coming months, you can check out the full Indie World presentation below.

Nintendo will be sharing more about notable Switch titles releasing later this year, including Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, throughout the week at Gamescom, so stay tuned to The Outerhaven to make sure you don’t miss any big Nintendo news.


About The Author

Diego Perez

When he's not playing video games, Diego's talking about video games, and he does both a lot.