Nintendo rolled out a celebration this week for indie games, proclaiming that the Switch has become a bastion for up-and-coming developers and hinting that there is still plenty more to come. Sales are strong, the library is huge, and in addition to pointing out the ten best-selling indie games in the console, Nintendo also introduced three more indie favorites that will be added to the roster this summer.
Without question, the one we are most looking forward to is a game weâ€™ve followed since the very first days of its record-breaking Kickstarter run and a game weâ€™ve begged to see on the Switch since we first learned of the console.
Hyper Light Drifter!
Yes, the pixelated, post-apocalyptic favoriteÂ Hyper Light Drifter has finally been confirmed for a release on the Switch. Issues between Nintendo and the gameâ€™s engine GameMaker led to the Wii U portâ€™s cancellation, and they also held back the Switch release longer than expected. However, those issues are finally resolved and fans can enjoy this staple of the indie market portably for the first time.
Hyper Light Drifter is a beautiful game with a unique world and pioneeringÂ graphic style. I realize that many games nowadays turn to a similar style of pixelation, but when it first entered the gaming sphere, Heart Machineâ€™s now-classic struck such a chord that it gained over 2400 percent of its original Kickstarter goal.
Fans were turned on toÂ Hyper Light Drifterâ€™s combination of classicÂ Legend of Zelda combat and weird gizmos similar the tools found inÂ Metal Gear, granting several ways to approach enemies. They werenâ€™t let down by the game upon its Steam release either, which was met with much praise.
Hyper Light Drifterâ€˜sÂ Switch release has been a long time in coming, and for good reason. Its design allows for both a perfect â€œpick up and playâ€ adventure that can be played anywhere and a meaty set of mechanics that demand to be perfected. It fits nicely alongside the classics that inspired it such asÂ Link to the Past and other indie favorites that borrow from retro favorites likeÂ Stardew Valley andÂ Shovel Knight.
Itâ€™s definitely a game youâ€™ll want to pick up immediately upon release.