It's no secret that Nintendo is world-famous for their incredible in-house titles and lovable staple characters. However, Nintendo is also known to team up with smaller production studios to provide a huge arsenal of indie games on their consoles. With advancements in gaming technology becoming more readily available and working with a generation that is hooked on nostalgia, indie games have become an increasingly huge part of the gaming world.
The Nintendo Switch is no exception to this trend. The Nintendo e-shop is loaded with hundreds of independent titles that add amazing variety to any gamer’s console. To save you some time looking for your perfect game, here are the top 10 best indie games available on the Nintendo Switch.
You simply cannot have a list of the best indie games without including Cuphead. The only reason it's placed so low on the list is because, at this point, it’s very unlikely that you haven't heard of this breakout success of a game.
Cuphead was originally released in late 2017, almost 2 years before its Switch debut in Spring 2019. Produced by StudioMDHR, Cuphead follows the journey of a little cup-looking creature as they battle all sorts of enemies in a 20’s style run and gun. This game has been received incredibly well by critics and gamers alike. It can be all yours for $19.99 USD on the Nintendo e-shop.
9 Spirit Sphere
Spirit Sphere is the perfect example of the best part of a video game is playing it with your pals. Released in 2018 by Fabraz, Spirit Sphere features an 8bit style court that looks like it belongs in A Link to the Past. Each player chooses their character from a variety of magical creatures, each featuring unique abilities. Then the players face off in a head to head battle that feels a lot like tennis meets air hockey.
The simple game is loads of fun and can keep you and your friends busy for hours. At only $10.00 USD in the Nintendo e-shop, this game is just what you need to get the party started.
On Feb 13, 2018, D-Pad studios introduced Nintendo fans worldwide to an adventure ten years in the making. OwlBoy is the action-adventure game that follows a young owl named Otus. Being a mute, Otus is struggling with his path to becoming a full-fledged owl. OwlBoy features unique gameplay in a world that feels very retro. As you explore the lands, you will recruit pals along the way, using their abilities to assist you in your journey. Fight sky pirates, make friends, and soar through the sky with OwlBoy available now for $24.99 USD on the Nintendo e-shop.
7 Inner Space
Inner Space was originally released in 2018 by Aspyr Media, Inc. This action/exploration game has you soaring through a mysterious realm to uncover lost secrets of an abandoned universe. Inner Space features stunning visuals and a unique gameplay like no other game currently on the market.
The bulk of the game has you exploring the world and solving a variety of puzzles to unlock new and exciting secrets. Inner Space is available now for $19.99 USD on the Nintendo e-shop.
6 Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is the 2018 games to come out of Prideful Sloth. The game takes place on the magical island of Gemea, that features 8 different biomes. As you explore the land you’ll befriend animals and trade materials to craft useful tools and weapons! An evil entity Murk has taken over the land and it's up to you to take it back using the help of the Sprites scattered all across the world. Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles provides hours of fun and is available on the eshop for $29.99 USD.
5 Wizard Of Legend
Similar to indie hit, Dead Cells, Wizard of Legend features a gauntlet/rogue-like style gameplay where you have to complete all the stages in one go or you must restart from the beginning. However, unlike Dead Cells, you play from a top-down perspective as a wizard attempting to complete the legendary Chaos Trials. You start with a base of 4 attacks in any of the 5 elemental classes (earth, wind, lightning, water, or fire); basic, dash, standard, and signature. The game also features local co-op which makes for an even more enjoyable experience! Released in 2018 by Humble Bundle, Wizard of Legend offers hours of challenging gameplay and can be purchased for $15.99 USD.
4 Lost Sphear
At this post in gaming history, RPGs are commonplace. Every major platform has adopted the game style and a lot of the troupes have long been played out. Lost Sphear rises above the clutter to offer a unique RPG experience. Lost Sphear follows the story of Kanata, who is trying to save their world by using memories of how things once were.
You’ll make friends and battle monsters in a typical RPG fashion with a gorgeous universe to explore. Originally released by Tokyo RPG Factory in January of 2018, Lost Sphear is available now for 49.99 USD.
3 Cadence Of Hyrule: Crypt Of The NecroDancer
Indie games often take inspiration from bigger, more well-known titles. However, it's not often that you will find an Indie game do a complete collaboration with a mainstream title quite like Brace Yourself Games did with Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer. The original Crypt of the NecroDancer was released on April 23rd, 2015, for Steam on PC, Mac, and Linux. Then, in June of 2019, it was reimagined for the Nintendo Switch featuring some of Hyrule’s beloved hero's. The gameplay is all rhythm-based and takes you through a whole new map of Hyrule. You can play as Link, Princess Zelda, Cadence, or Yves, the Deku Scrub. The game is loads of fun and is available on the Nintendo e-shop for only $24.99 USD.
In 2018, a Spanish game studio titled Nomada Studios released arguably one of the most stunning games to ever be developed; Gris. Gris is an adventure style game that reinforces the idea that video games can be art pieces. The soundtrack’s beauty is matched only by the completely immersive universe full of mysterious living creatures. Gris’ gameplay is rather simple but gets more and more complex as you play through the levels. Each level offers a new color motif and you learn new powers as the puzzles you encounter require new skills. Costing only $16.99 USD on the Nintendo e-shop, you can’t go wrong with adding Gris to your Nintendo Switch library.
Rime is the 2017 adventure game to come out of Tequila Works. Although not super well-known, Rime is an absolutely gorgeous game that gives off very strong Zelda meets Studio Ghibli vibes. Rime follows the story of a mysterious boy washed up on an unnamed island. Accompanied by his fox companion, the boy must explore the island and solve dungeon-based puzzles to unlock the secrets of his world. Rime features a fully-realized open-world map and the gameplay is reminiscent of PS2 classics like Jak and Daxter, with a few mechanics that feel like they came straight from The Legend of Zelda. Considering the size of this game, it's a steal at $29.99 USD and is available for purchase on the Nintendo e-shop and in physical form at select retailers.