Nintendo has been celebrating indie games on the Switch, first with its Nindies Spring Showcase, and now with a huge sale on indie games in the eShop. The sale is currently only available in the United States, and includes discounts of up to 30% on a number of the console's best indie games.
The sale is currently ongoing, and will run until March 27 at 8:59 AM PT/11:59 AM ET. It applies a discount to 21 well-known indie titles available on the Nintendo Switch, and all of them cost less than $20.
If you're a fan of platformers and puzzles, make sure to pick up Iconoclasts by Bifrost Entertainment for $14.99 (usually $19.99). The game originally released for PC and Playstation 4 and received almost universally positive reviews, earning a Metacritic score of 86. Iconoclasts was also nominated for the "Fan Favorite Indie Game" at the Gamer's Choice Awards.
The game is a typical 2D metroidvania platformer that mixes fighting enemies with solving environmental puzzles. Players must uncover the plot by advancing through levels and defeating bosses using the protagonist's mechanic tools. Iconoclasts features over 20 different bosses, a colorful cast of characters, and highly detailed environments, all in beautiful pixel art.
Another great puzzle platformer title is INSIDE, the spiritual successor to Playdead's Limbo. Where Iconoclasts features a dystopia disguised in bright, jewel-toned colors, INSIDE is far darker and more atmospheric.
In fact, the game has almost no color, light, or sound at all. The player controls an unnamed boy being chased by an unnamed group of people through woods, farmland, and a derelict city, all eerily devoid of life. At least, devoid of all life that isn't crazy, killer pigs and zombie people. There's not much in the way of explicit plot, but INSIDE definitely manages to make an impression. Get it for $13.99 (usually $19.99).
Because you can never have too many dark platformers, get the 8-bit Castlevania-like Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon for $6.99 (usually $9.99). IGN said it "treads a thin line between homage and outright theft," but the game still managed to earn a Metacritic score of 82 by appealing to fans of the classic NES era.
If you like Castlevania, Metroid, or other NES platformers, pick up Bloodstained:Curse of the Moon for more demon-slaying, castle-destroying, fashionably gothic action.
If platformers aren't your thing, check out Moonlighter, a mix of shop simulator, build-a-town, and dungeon crawler for $16.74 (usually $24.99). The game has players running a small shop by day, which involves managing money and an inventory of goods. Players can then use the money they make from the shop to upgrade the town, adding a potion vendor and a blacksmith. The money can also be used to craft weapons and armor, upgrade equipment, buy potions, or hire a part-time worker to help run the store.
After the store closes, however, the simple shopkeep turns into a monster-bashing hero. Players can explore dungeons and take out enemies to get sweet loot, which they can then sell in their shop for more money. And the whole cycle begins again.
If you like Nintendo, you're probably a fan of Legend of Zelda. And, if you're a fan of Legend of Zelda, you'll probably enjoy Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King for $9.99 (usually $14.99). The game is inspired by the 2D Legend of Zelda era, particularly Link to the Past, and features a similar open fantasy world with emphasis on solving puzzles, defeating bosses, and saving kingdoms in danger.
Blossom Tales follows Lily, a knight of the Blossom Kingdom, as she attempts to rescue the king from an evil curse. To do so, she needs to collect different weapons to solve puzzles and explore the world to find the three ingredients needed to break the curse. It's a standard Zelda plotline, but Blossom Tales manages to keep things fresh by narrating from the perspective of a grandfather telling the story to his granddaughters. All three characters chime in during important plot points, which makes an endearing addition to cutscenes.
For a more modern take on the open world adventure, try Night in the Woods from Infinite Fall for $13.99 (usually $19.99). The game is a very story-driven exploration game that follows the adventures of a college dropout as she discovers unexpected changes in her hometown. Investigating these changes leads to dark discoveries, including disappearances, and Lovecraftian cults.
This is just a taste of all the great indie games that are on sale right now at the Nintendo eShop. Beyond the sale, there's also thousands more games waiting to be discovered and played. It's easy to get stuck in a rut with big game franchises, especially when it comes to Nintendo, but don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.