Nintendo’s “Nindies” Sure Look Promising (or, If I Only Had a Switch)

PAX West wrapped up earlier this week, and from it came a slew of game announcements. High among the highlights that caught my attention was Nintendo’s Summer Nindies Showcase, which featured several independent game titles that will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. In a mere twenty minutes, Nintendo packed in a dazzling array of familiar names and new faces. Check out the full showcase below.

Now the only problem is that I don’t have a Nintendo Switch! So the question I have to ask is: does this sway me towards getting one? I have to admit that I’ve so far been in the “pass” camp when it comes to the Switch. Not only do I not need another game console right now, but Nintendo and I have been on the outs lately. I don’t have much need to play games on the Wii U these days, and any desire I once had to obtain Breath of the Wild for the console has long faded.

But the Switch…oh, the Switch. The more I see of it, the more tempting it becomes. And having portable access to smaller games such as the ones featured in the showcase is a definite draw. Plus, how nice it is to Nintendo take a sizeable step away from its Mario/Zelda safety net. It doesn’t hurt that Nintendo has provided players with solid outings for those franchises, but a kingdom can only go so far on the backs of princesses and plumbers. While I remain unready to invest in Nintendo’s newest experience, seeing them open up the console as they’re doing is enough for me to at least consider heading in that direction eventually.


If you’ve not yet jumped on the Switch bandwagon, do the “Nindies” or any of the console’s current games make you think about joining the team? Or does the console remain a “someday, maybe” or “never in a million years” purchase?

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. parkerozgood says:

    I really want to play some Super Mario Odyssey! I might need to get me a switch!

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    1. cary says:

      Yeah, the more I see of that game, the more I also want to play it! Having played Mario games for so many years, the thought of forgoing one is a little painful. What’d be nice is if the Switch came down in price a little when SMO is released, but I’m pretty sure that’s wishful thinking. 😉

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      1. parkerozgood says:

        Well, if we all get together and wish at the same time!

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  2. I’m still unconvinced by the Switch, I need it to get proper 3rd party stuff. I’m not buying a console for indies.

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    1. cary says:

      Indeed. That’s hardly enough reason to invest in one. The bigger games need to be solid as well. Hopefully though, the advent of these smaller titles a future of 3rd party development on the console, but we’ll see.

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  3. duckofindeed says:

    To be honest, Nintendo already had me at Super Mario Odyssey. The only problem is, I don’t have the money for it at this time. So I’ll get it when my wallet gives me the thumbs up. The eventual release of Metroid Prime 4 will certainly help, too.

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    1. cary says:

      Ah, right, Metroid Prime 4! That’s another major draw as well. Sadly, I’m already hearing of potential Switch shortages come the holidays, which I guess isn’t all that big a surprise, but still.

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  4. Every little helps, right? Nothing in the latest Direct blew me away but there were several intriguing/fun looking games, notably Steamworld Dig 2, Dragon: Marked for Death and Golf Story. Still, as a console gamer who doesn’t own any of the “next-gen” systems, the most exciting indies for me on Switch are Overcooked, Sonic Mania and Stardew Valley. Between those and the big releases, I’m planning on grabbing a Switch sometime in the not too distant future.

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    1. cary says:

      I hope you’re able to get your hands on one when you want! (They’re still hard to find in my next of the woods.) Just having more variety on the Switch – over your big, familiar titles – will likely help push it over the edge for some folks. Of course, having the Nintendo “standards” helps too, but a little variety in selection (that doesn’t rely solely on a back catalog) can go a long way.

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  5. cary says:

    Reblogged this on Recollections of Play and commented:

    When it comes to the Nintendo Switch, I’ve been in the “don’t need, don’t want” camp since day one. Or, at least, that’s where I thought I had firmly planted myself until a couple months back when Nintendo released its “Nindies” Summer Showcase. Seeing it made me, for the first time, question my decision, which I wrote about here on Virtual Bastion. After all, Mario and Zelda aside, it’s hard to ignore such a fun line-up of games. And…and I’m only human goshdarnit!

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