Indie World Aug. 2021 roundup: Nintendo’s biggest Switch announcements

Nintendo streamed a new Indie World presentation — the company’s series of Nintendo Direct-like, indie game-focused showcases — revealing all-new Switch games and offering updates on stuff we knew about. It was a lot: There are seven new Switch indies dropping today on the eShop, with plenty more coming later this year and through 2022.

Here’s everything Nintendo and its indie partners announced at Indie World today.

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is coming to Switch

Developed by Team Reptile (Lethal League), Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is a graffiti-skating adventure in the style of Sega’s beloved and stylish Jet Set Radio games. It’s coming to Switch (and other platforms) in 2022.

Loop Hero is coming to Switch

Coming to Nintendo’s console-handheld hybrid this holiday season, Loop Hero is a card-based RPG where you build the world for a hero’s adventure. Place enemies, buildings, and terrain, earn loot, and fight the time-looping lich that terrorizes you.

Shovel Knight’s new game is coming to Switch

Image: Vine/Yacht Club Games

Shovel Knight, the star and guest star of dozens of games, will explore a new genre in Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon, a puzzle-dungeon-crawler from Yacht Club Games and Vine. Pocket Dungeon was previously announced, but a Switch version (and amiibo support) is now confirmed.

Tetris Effect, Toem, and Metal Slug Tactics are coming to Switch

The surprisingly emotional puzzle game Tetris Effect, already released on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, is coming to Nintendo Switch. It’s the Tetris Effect Connected version, which includes competitive and cooperative multiplayer. Nintendo also confirmed ports of the adorable black-and-white photography adventure Toem and Metal Slug-but-this -time-it’s-turn-based Metal Slug Tactics for Switch.

Chucklefish’s Eastward comes to Switch next month

The publisher behind Stardew Valley, Risk of Rain, Starbound, and Wargroove has a new role-playing game coming called Eastward. First announced at an Indie World in 2019 (!), Eastward will let players “journey through a society on the brink of collapse and adventure into the unknown.” Eastward launches on Nintendo Switch on Sept. 16.

Axiom Verge 2 and six other indies are out on Switch now

Axiom Verge 2, the long-awaited sequel-prequel to Thomas Happ’s Metroidvania Axiom Verge (2015), is out today. After multiple delays, Axiom Verge 2 hits the Nintendo Switch eShop, as well as the PlayStation Store and Epic Games Store.

Also newly available on Nintendo Switch as of Aug. 11 are Boyfriend Dungeon, Necrobarista: Final Pour, Garden Story, Islanders: Console Edition, Slime Rancher: Plortable Edition, and Curious Expedition 2.

New Switch release dates

A bunch of other Nintendo Switch ports got release dates, including Astroneer (January 2022), Hundred Days — Winemaking Simulator (“this winter”), Gang Beasts (“this winter”), LumbearJack (2022), and FAR: Changing Tides (early 2022).

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