The Best Indie Games on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo have long preached their dedication to the Nintendo Switch’s vast collection of “Nindies,” Switch games from indie developers. They’ve certainly kept their promise when it comes to ensuring the Switch has a wide variety of quality titles from smaller studios. Below, we’ve spotlighted ten of our favorite indie games available for the Nintendo Switch. If you’re finally exhausted Breath of the Wild and are looking for something different to play, check these out!

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight – Launch Trailer – Nintendo E3 2018

Forge your own path in Hollow Knight for Nintendo Switch! An epic action adventure through a vast ruined kingdom of insects and heroes. Explore twisting caverns, battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs, all in a classic, hand-drawn 2D style.

Switch Release DateJun 12, 2018
Developer

Team Cherry
Price$15.00

Hollow Knight offers a smooth, polished, challenging and unforgiving Metroidvania experience. You’ll take on the role of a brave little insect in a sprawling and dark world known as Hallownest. The beautifully drawn animations and wonderful soundtrack do an excellent job of setting the tone of this rich exploration-based adventure. You can customize your hero’s abilities by taking advantage of collectible items. There is a welcome complexity to the game. Hollow Knight on the Switch is packed with content, offering four expansions that are completely free to download, including new bosses, enemies and items.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley – Trailer (Nintendo Switch)

Stardew Valley is available now on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch. #StardewValley #NintendoSwitch #Nintendo #eShop Official website: https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Stardew-Valley-1287587.html Facebook Nintendo Switch: https://facebook.com/NintendoSwitchUK Twitter Nintendo UK: https://twitter.com/NintendoUK Instagram Nintendo UK: https://instagram.com/NintendoUK Twitch Nintendo UK: https://twitch.tv/NintendoUK YouTube Nintendo UK: https://bit.ly/2cREWfu

Release DateOct 5, 2017
Developer

ConcernedApe
Price$14.99

You’ve likely heard of Stardew Valley, and it certainly deserves all the hype. A spiritual successor to the Harvest Moon series, Stardew Valley offers a charming farming simulation. Its rich 2D graphics are oozing with pixelated charm and its soundtrack sets the perfect mood for a hard day’s work in the field, or deep in the nearby mines. Its sole developer, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, has done an excellent job of crafting a story you can actually care about, with characters that you’ll learn to love.

Celeste

Celeste – Nintendo Switch Trailer

Celeste is a platformer about climbing a mountain from the creators of TowerFall. Unravel the secrets of the mountain and overcome your limitations to reach the summit. Learn More About Celeste! http://www.celestegame.com/ #NintendoSwitch #Nindies #Celeste Subscribe for more Nintendo fun! https://goo.gl/HYYsot Visit Nintendo.com for all the latest!

Release DateJan 25, 2018
Developer

Matt Makes Games Inc.
Price$19.99

Celeste is easily one of the best platformers on the Nintendo Switch, combining navigation of dangerous maps with the compelling story of Madeline, the young protagonist facing self-doubt in her attempt to climb Celeste Mountain. As the mountain is both literal and figurative, you may find yourself touched by Celeste’s emotional story. Even if you aren’t moved by the story, you’ll certainly appreciate Celeste’s tight platforming, excellent level design, fluid controls, and awesome soundtrack.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Nintendo eShop – Shovel Knight Launch Trailer

Available in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Official Website: http://yachtclubgames.com/ Like Nintendo on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Nintendo Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/Nintendo Follow us on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/Nintendo Subscribe for more Nintendo fun! https://goo.gl/HYYsot Visit Nintendo.com for all the latest!

Release DateMar 3, 2017
Developer

Yacht Club Games
Price$24.99

The widely popular Shovel Knight is considered by many to be one of the best 2D side-scrolling platformers of all-time, and with good reason. Pick up your shovel and dig and bounce your way through tons of levels and bosses, collecting treasure and powerful items unlocking new abilities. Shovel Knight and its expansions features co-op, and two people can play with just a single pair of Joy-Con controllers. You may have noticed a Shovel Knight cameo in other indie titles, and there’s even a Shovel Knight assist trophy in Smash Bros. Ultimate! If that isn’t hitting the big time, I don’t know what is.  

Overcooked!

Overcooked: Special Edition – Launch Trailer (Nintendo Switch)

Take Overcooked: Special Edition on the road! The game is available now on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch! #Overcooked #Nintendo #NintendoSwitch Official Website: https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Overcooked-Special-Edition-1206975.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=youtube&utm_campaign=eShop%7COvercookedDLC%7Cw31 Facebook Nintendo Switch: https://facebook.com/NintendoSwitch Twitter Nintendo UK: https://facebook.com/NintendoUK Twitch Nintendo UK: https://twitch.tv/NintendoUK Instagram Nintendo UK: https://instagram.com/NintendoUK YouTube Nintendo UK: https://bit.ly/2cREWfu

Release DateJul 27, 2017
Developer

Team17 Digital Ltd
Price$19.99

There simply aren’t enough couch co-op games anymore, but the Switch is seeing to that. Overcooked! reminds us just how fun they can be, offering a hilarious and hectic local cooperative kitchen management experience that will have you shouting, “I NEED A CHICKEN!” It’s relatively simple design offers a wacky spin on traditional time management games (think Diner Dash) by challenging you not only to create recipes correctly, but deal with level-specific mechanics, including moving platforms, rats, ghosts, and more. There’s a sequel available, Overcooked! 2, for any chefs that need more on their plate.

GoNNER

GoNNER Launch Trailer – Nintendo Switch

GoNNER is is a tough as hell procedurally-generated 2D platformer with roguelike elements, following the largely misunderstood and altruistic Ikk on a journey to cheer up his only friend in this world-a giant landbound whale named Sally-by searching for just the right trinket in the deep and dark places nearby.

Release DateJun 29, 2017
Developer

Raw Fury
Price$9.99

There’s certainly no shortage of 2D platformers on the Nintendo Switch, but so many of them are awesome. GoNNER is no exception. A challenging platform shooter experience with familiar roguelike elements, GoNNER’s procedurally-generated levels explode with color. Its trippy soundtrack will keep you immersed in every level. If you’re looking for a challenge and a few hundred deaths won’t turn you off, go to GoNNER.

Owlboy

Owlboy Trailer – Nintendo Switch

Pick up your friends and bring them with you as you explore the open skies. Overcome obstacles and great enemies in one of the most detailed adventures of this era. Being a mute, Otus struggles living up to the expectations of owl-hood. Things spiral from bad to worse with the sudden appearance of sky pirates.

Release DateFeb 13, 2018
Developer

D-Pad Studio
Price$24.99

An adventure eleven years in the making, Owlboy impresses with its beautiful pixel art, echoing and improving on the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis era. Its graphics are beautiful, its story is endearing, and the platforming is on point. Playing as Otus, the charming silent protagonist, you’ll make your way with the help of a motley crew of characters, each offering unique abilities and aiding you in your fight (and flight) when picked up.

Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods Trailer [Nintendo Switch]

Good news, everyone – the award-winning 2017 GOTY Night in the Woods is coming to the Nintendo Switch on February 1st!

Release DateFeb 1, 2018
Developer

Finji
Price$19.99

In a world of indie platformers, Night in the Woods focuses primarily on speaking with locals while occasionally balancing off a street light. Less adventuring, more killing time in Possum Springs. The cast is relatable, with poignant commentary on the struggles of the young and aimless in small town America. While things take a while to turn for the weird, you’ll still likely find yourself hooked by the Love and Rockets mystique. There’s a Guitar Hero-style minigame that will drive you nuts.

Enter the Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon: Advanced Gungeons & Draguns Expansion – Launch Trailer – Nintendo Switch

Enter the Gungeon: Advanced Gungeons & Draguns is a massive new expansion that extends and refines the original game with new features and incredible variety. Master Gungeoneers will face new challenges with hundreds of new rooms, new enemies, new bosses and a reflex-testing Turbo Mode.

Release DateDec 14, 2017
Developer

Devolver Digital
Price$14.99

One part roguelike, one part bullet-hell, all parts amazing. Enter the Gungeon features a polished and satisfying dungeon-crawling experience, offering more than enough looting and shooting to keep you busy. The game has multiple playable characters lost in procedurally generated dungeons. All filled with enemies, traps, and tons of other threats more than happy to take your life. Repeatedly. Oh, and there’s guns. Lots and lots and lots of guns. More guns than you’ll know what to do with.

SteamWorld Dig 2

SteamWorld Dig 2 – Nintendo Switch Trailer

Grab your pickaxe and dig into the sequel to the award-winning SteamWorld Dig! A platform mining adventure forged in Metroidvania flames. In search of her lost friend, a lone steambot and her unlikely companion must dig deep, gain riches, and explore an underworld riddled with danger. But time is running short…

Release DateSep 21, 2017
Developer

Image & Form International AB
Price$19.99

SteamWorld Dig 2 offers (yet another) absolutely beautiful Metroidvania, featuring all the exploration you could ever ask for. It’s a little on the short side, but those hours are filled with engaging gameplay with a charming story, challenging puzzles, fun unlocks and upgrades. You’ll likely find yourself squeezing in every hour of gameplay possible in search of all of SteamWorld Dig 2’s hidden secrets.