March Nindie Roundup Features Garage, A Timed-Exclusive Nintendo Switch Shooter from tinyBuild

Here's the breakdown for all of the announcements from the showcase, including links to the breakout stories.


The indie gaming train on the Nintendo Switch continues full speed ahead with today’s Nindie Showcase. Indies have continued to have success on the Switch and part of that is Nintendo’s efforts to highlight and promote the many games indie devs are bringing to them.

The Banner Saga and Fantasy Strike highlight today’s showcase, but the stream was a rapid fire of updates. One of the standouts is Garage, a top-down shooter coming from tinyBuild that will make its Nintendo Switch debut on May 10.

"Inspired by the gloriously gory VHS era of B-movies, Garage is a top-down shooter set in a gritty underworld. Slay hordes of the living dead using a variety of weapons and skills. Garage launches first on Nintendo Switch this spring."

Here are all the additional tidbits revealed during the Nindie Showcase:

- Mark of the Ninja Remastered (Klei Entertainment): Originally released in 2012, this high-definition remaster of the critically acclaimed stealth action game is coming this fall. The game really makes players feel like a ninja, as they use silence, agility and wits to navigate beautifully designed 2D levels.

- Just Shapes and Beats (Berzerk Studio): This “musical bullet hell” game might be a genre all its own! Navigate deadly shapes solo or in local or online co-op multiplayer, all to a soundtrack composed by 20 chiptune artists. Just Shapes and Beats launches as a timed console exclusive on Nintendo Switch this summer.

- The Messenger (Sabotage and Devolver Digital): The Messenger allows players to transform the game from an 8-bit platformer into a gloriously rendered 16-bit time-traveling adventure. Players will find upgrades, new abilities, hidden levels and great speed-running opportunities as they journey through a cursed land. The Messenger launches on Nintendo Switch this summer.

- Pool Panic (Rekim and Adult Swim Games): More than 100 levels await players in this game, in which everything – from jungles to deserts to cities – is one giant cartoon game of pool. The weird and wild game has the option to play in local multiplayer with up to four players. (Additional accessories required for local multiplayer mode; sold separately.) Pool Panic launches first on Nintendo Switch later this year.

- Bomb Chicken (Nitrome): Who wouldn’t want to play a good old-fashioned chicken platformer? That’s the question asked by Bomb Chicken, a fast-paced game that combines action, puzzles and arcade gameplay. Lay bombs to escape tricky situations and discover secret areas when Bomb Chicken launches first on Nintendo Switch this summer.

- Pode (Henchman & Goon): Two unlikely travel companions embark on an adventure in this co-op exploration puzzle game. Pode is inspired by Norwegian art and culture, resulting in stunning environments and gameplay. Pode launches this spring.

- West of Loathing (Asymetric): West of Loathing is a slapstick comedy stick-figure Wild West adventure role-playing game. How’s that for a genre? The hilarious game, full of puzzles, quests and turn-based combat, launches on Nintendo Switch as a console exclusive this spring.

Lumines and Reigns were also revealed to be making their debut on the Nintendo Switch. Lightfall, a stylish platformer, and the roguelike tactical game Bad North are a couple of the lesser-known titles that featured during the stream as well.

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