December 5, 2023

Nintendo dropped a bombshell on us this month with a shock Indie World Showcase. Within the 26-minute video, I noticed all kinds of bulletins, with some long-delayed video games lastly receiving launch dates. And, as all the time with the Nintendo Direct format, there have been additionally a handful of shock drops within the indie scene.

The showcase featured greater than 20 new indie video games plus DLCs for already-existing titles. And one of the best half? A few of these have dropped. Let’s take a look at a few of this April’s Indie Showcase highlights.

Mineko’s Night time Market

I’ve needed to play Mineko’s Night time Marketplace for years, so you may think about my glee when the builders lastly tossed us a launch date. After eight years of growth, Meowza Video games’ Mineko’s Night time Market will launch on September 26, 2023, on the Nintendo Swap (it’s additionally introduced for PC).

Mineko’s Night time Market was first introduced in 2015. It turned heads resulting from its concentrate on Japanese mythology, stunning watercolor-style graphics, and hordes of cats. Did I point out there are going to be cats on this recreation?

As Mineko, you may craft objects, discover, discuss to townsfolk, and take part within the native night time market, the place you may promote the supplies and objects you discover. The method isn’t something new per se—if something, it’s giving me Fantasy Life vibes. However the artwork makes it stand out from the remainder of the flock. Moreover that, Mineko’s Night time Market guarantees many stage performances, enjoyable parades, and… cat races? Anywho, you may take a look at the trailer should you’re the least serious about what you’re listening to.

My Time At Sandrock

The creators of My Time at Portia—Pathea Video games—showcased the Nintendo Swap model of their sequel, My Time at Sandrock. Right here you should restore a decrepit, post-apocalyptic desert group to its former glory by scavenging for assets and relics, battling monsters by means of melee fight, and assembling outdated machines to rework a torn-down workshop right into a fine-tuned facility.

Pathea Video games shared that My Time at Sandrock attracts inspiration from the Gobi Desert. The sport is in Early Entry on Steam, however we lastly have a launch date for the Swap model. In the event you’re itching to discover historic ruins, you’ll be glad to listen to that My Time at Sandrock will land on the Nintendo Swap within the Summer season of 2023.

Rift of the NecroDancer

A spin-off of Crypt of the NecroDancer, Rift is a rhythm recreation the place you should make the most of lane-based fight (much like what you see in Guitar Hero) to defeat highly effective monsters and managers. It’s primarily Guitar Hero however with monster battles. Every monster has a special motion sample you must be conscious of.

In Rift of the NecroDance, you should assist Cadence—the protagonist—navigate the trendy world whereas repairing the rifts which have torn her life (therefore the title). The sport is ready to function a brand new storyline and a number of characters. As of now, it’s one in every of 2023’s standout video games, and I can’t wait to play it in the case of the Swap later this 12 months.

Blasphemous 2

Blasphemous is likely one of the greatest hack-and-slash platformers on the market, so I used to be ecstatic when The Sport Kitchen introduced its sequel. The most recent trailer for Blasphemous 2 options the OG recreation’s pixel artwork, the return of The Penitent One, and lots of extra. A few of the notable highlights coming to the sequel embrace newly-added weapons, development methods, customized builds, and an expanded moveset in your character.

The unique Blasphemous was hailed for its beautiful animations and fight; it was an eerie Metroidvania that provided a variety of brutal action-platforming. Now, we are able to count on extra of that when it arrives this summer time.

Oxenfree II: Misplaced Alerts

Oxenfree II: Misplaced Alerts is the follow-up to the favored indie title—Oxenfree–by Netflix and Night time College Studio. The narrative journey recreation is ready 5 years after the primary recreation, the place it’ll star Riley as she returns to her hometown. There, she’s tasked with investigating the unusual electromagnetic waves that plague the world.

Oxenfree II will function a brand new walkie-talkie system, permitting Riley to speak with different characters, however you may count on the identical marvel and mind-bending twists when it drops on July 12. Pre-orders are already out there immediately by means of the Nintendo eShop. The sport was initially delayed in order that Night time College Studios might work on it additional, however fortunately, now we now have a schedule.

Crime O’Clock

Rise and shine; it’s Crime O’Clock! Unhealthy Seed and Simply For Video games introduced their investigation recreation on the newest Indie Showcase, and it appears to be like like a hoot to play. The crime-solving recreation stretches throughout a number of dimensions, that includes instances set in a number of eras, like a cybernetic future and the Misplaced Age.

The occasions in a single period can change what’s going to occur in one other. The map will unlock extra mysteries in different eras as you resolve instances. It may be a little bit of a doozy for people who aren’t puzzle followers, however the beautiful hand-drawn visuals and dense mechanics make up for it. In the event you’re interested by Crime O’Clock, you may try extra evaluations when it releases on June 20, 2023.

2023 Has Been Nice for Indie Video games So Far

2023 has been a robust 12 months for indie video games up to now. As we’re wrapping up the primary quarter of the 12 months, we see some high quality titles already, and you may count on many extra to affix the record of ‘must-plays’ this 12 months. What are among the indie video games you’re wanting ahead to enjoying? Tell us within the feedback!