Heres All The New Nintendo Switch Games Shown During Spring 2018 Showcase

There's a lot of good-looking games coming to Switch this year.

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Nintendo today hosted a video livestream event to reveal new games for Nintendo Switch. Whereas it highlighted many of its own games during the big Nintendo Direct recently, this event--the Nindies Showcase Spring 2018--focused exclusively on indie games coming to the system in 2018. Although it ran for only about 10 minutes, it was an event packed with announcements for a lot of new games.

Many of these games are ports or remasters of existing titles--something that many of us have been asking for, given that games can feel like new experiences on the portable Switch. Others are brand-new games that have yet to be released. In all, there were more than a dozen games featured, and we've rounded up the basic details on all of them below.

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Mark of the Ninja Remastered -- Fall 2018

Nintendo started out the event with news that Klei Entertainment's stellar 2D stealth-platformer, Mark of the Ninja, is being remastered for Switch. Few details were shared, but it's getting a "high-definition remaster" for its release on Switch.

Fantasy Strike -- Summer 2018

Next up is a fighting game from Sirlin Games called Fantasy Strike. Despite having the appearance of a standard 2D fighting game--albeit with a cel-shaded look--it features an unusually wide variety of weapons. The brief glimpse we got showed wind, paint, and even a slot machine all being utilized in the middle of the fight.

Just Shapes & Beats -- Summer 2018

Launching on Switch before other consoles, Just Shapes & Beats is described as a "musical bullet hell" game. Bullet hell might be a stretch--we didn't quite see the screen completely flooded with enemy fire--but the game does feature a pleasantly minimalist visual style. It also features a story mode that can be played solo or with friends and music from 20 different chiptune artists (though none were called out by name).

Garage -- Spring 2018

Another game launching on Switch before other platforms, Garage is a top-down shooter from TinyBuild that Nintendo says was inspired by VHS B-movies. You'll deal with zombie-like enemies as you shoot your way through levels using a variety of weapons.

Pool Panic -- 2018

From Adult Swim Games comes Pool Panic, where you're effectively playing pool through a wide variety of unusual locations like the top of a rocking pirate ship. You'll knock around a cue ball and have to deal with a wide variety of other types of balls that don't conform to what you're used to seeing in billiards. There are more than 100 levels in the game and support for four-player local co-op. Pool Panic launches first on Switch.

Bomb Chicken -- Summer 2018

The aptly titled Bomb Chicken is a 2D platformer where you play as a chicken who can lay bombs, rather than eggs. Those bombs can then be used to destroy parts of the environment, block incoming fire, or push you up to hard-to-reach places. It launches on Switch before other platforms.

Lumines Remastered -- Spring 2018

Another of the remasters announced during the event was for Lumines, the classic puzzle game from Q Entertainment. It's described as an "HD remake" and features the involvement of Tetsuya Mizuguchi. It includes HD rumble support that matches up with both the beat of the music and the action on-screen, as well as local multiplayer support.

Reigns: Kings and Queens -- Spring 2018

Reigns: Kings and Queens packages together the two existing Reigns games (Reigns and Reigns: Her Majesty). Like the original versions, this humorous Tinder-inspired RPG has you swiping left or right on various cards to make decisions on how you'll rule. New for this Switch collection is a local co-op mode that allows you to make decisions with a friend.

Light Fall -- Spring 2018

Light Fall is a gorgeous 2D platformer set in Numbra, a "forgotten world." You'll use a magical box called the Shadow Core to navigate the environment. It'll be a timed console exclusive when it releases on Switch.

West of Loathing -- Spring 2018

West of Loathing is a comical RPG where you and everyone in the world is a stick figure. You'll solve puzzles and take part in traditional turn-based combat as one of several classes. It launches as a console exclusive on Switch.

Pode -- Spring 2018

Pode is a puzzle/adventure game inspired by Norwegian art that can be played with a single Joy-Con. Each of the two characters has special abilities they can use to help the duo navigate the world. Although it appears to primarily be a two-player co-op game, it can also be played solo.

The Messenger -- Summer 2018

The Messenger is an old-school 2D action-platformer where you play as a ninja who acquires a variety of abilities over the course of the game. What distinguishes it more than anything else is the ability to transition from an 8-bit-style game to a 16-bit "time-traveling adventure."

Bad North -- Summer 2018

A blend of real-time strategy and roguelikes, Bad North tasks you with defending small islands. Whenever you lose one of your commanders, they're gone permanently, and the game ends completely if you lose them all. It launches first on Switch.

The Banner Saga 3 -- Summer 2018 / The Banner Saga 1 + 2 -- "soon"

The upcoming conclusion to the Banner Saga series, The Banner Saga 3, is coming to Switch in addition to other platforms. This tactics game has a strong emphasis on story and allows progress to be carried over from one game to the next. To ensure players get the full experience, both The Banner Saga 1 and 2 will also be released on Switch "soon."

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On the Wii, we called this "shovelware".

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@hazydave00:

I find a lot more indies interesting when I can play them on a handheld/remotely. Side scrollers are meant for handhelds. A lot of indies I play on the Switch are stuff I'd never get around to on a console.

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@og_gamerzzz: Dude, as a kid and as an adult I never had to think of sidescrollers as some kind of hardware limitation. We're talking about video games here, and if the design fits the gameplay any sidescroller can directly compete with any AAA title. Celeste for example is up there in my top favorite games and there are a lot of AAA games taking full advantage of current hardware that didn't even make it to the list.

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@og_gamerzzz:

Pfff. You're missing out on some great games if you are that close minded. That's like assuming every $10-30 VR game is garbage cause it's not a $60 AAA game . . .

Shovel Knight, Axiom Verge, Metroid 2 remake, salt and sanctuary, etc.

I get more enjoyment out of games like that than copy and paste CoD type garbage that we've played a billion times before.

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@og_gamerzzz: nah loco's right, your grammar is anus and it makes your argument look dumb as shit. I agreed at first but there are a lot of great side scrollers still getting released. Terraria, starbound to add a couple more.

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@og_gamerzzz:

First of all I mainly game on my ps4 pro, but i also have a psvr, switch and gaming pc. You act like advances in technology and 3d gaming means 2d games are obsolete . . . thats no where close to accurate. I like the 2d Metroid games more than the 3d Metroid games or instance. There is a market for both.

It's just a genre you're not into. Do you say the same thing when it comes to turn based RPGs? Not every genre is for everyone, that doesn't make some genre obsolete cause theres more powerful consoles and engines that need more power.

You just have some irrational hatred for Nintendo. I couldn't give two shits about Labo, but its not meant for me. It'll be great for kids.

PUBG is some of the worst asset copy and paste out there. Minecraft looks like crap on purpose. etc. Not everything has to be cutting edge technology wise to be a good game or genre.

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@og_gamerzzz: Are you a political analyst or something? Just play some games and let off all that steam. It'll only give you bad cholesterol.

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Only yesterday i happened to see mark of the Ninja in my steam list and thought that I should redownload it soon and now this!

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Remaster, crap, crap, crap, remaster, crap, remaster, etc. Is it to soon to move on from the delusion that the Switch is a serious gaming platform yet?

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@BeefoTheBold: Serious = killing people? And now you will argue that video games don't promote gun violence?

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@ChrisAnetkaC:

No, serious as in "has actual new 3rd party AAA games" or "ever will in the future".

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@BeefoTheBold: If you're treating it as your primary gaming platform then I suppose it may look a little underwhelming at this point in time. I look at it as a side activity for Nintendo exclusives only and as such it performs adequately. I don't know where you get all that negativity from - it's nearly certain that next month Nintendo will announce a AAA title that will make everyone drool.

Personally I'd like Switch to become the platform where all games from Nintendo's last 4 generations are available, and not $200 a piece. That is why I give every remaster a standing ovation.

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@ChrisAnetkaC:

Perfectly reasonable. We're in agreement. Cheers.

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@BeefoTheBold: While these indies were a bit underwhelming, it's actually 100% ignorant and incorrect to say the Switch isn't a serious gaming platform. But I guess it's sales of 45,000 units a week and their huge support for both AAA and Indie titles isn't enough for you. Thats a bummer.

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@itsatm:

Huge support for AAA meaning "won't have nearly any future AAA games"?

Your translation is a bit odd.

And by "future" I don't mean "Dark Souls remaster". (Even though I'm really looking forward to it.) Future AAA is not Skyrim or Dark Souls.

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Underwhelming to say the least.

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Got a switch for BotW and expected great things to come, but holy sh*t I've never been so disappointed in something to this degree since No Man Sky. Just ports after ports after ports.

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@BoxOfPocky: I look at the Switch as a replacement for my Wii U and the small library of games that I have. With the upcoming release of the Super Smash Bros remaster they pretty much got my signature on the dotted line. It's not meant to be a replacement for the PC, XBOX or PS. Are you expecting a new Zelda every week? Do you want to kill those guys? You think they don't need any sleep? Where will you find the time to play a couple 100-hour games a week anyway?

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@BoxOfPocky: You clearly haven't played Mario Rabbids, Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Kirby, Lost Sphear, the list goes on. Not to mention that a ton more is coming. I haven't had nearly enough time to play everything, so I'm not sure how you got yourself so disappointed.

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@BoxOfPocky: I agree. Ive been waiting to buy one once they come out with more good games. But so far there is only like 3 games for the whole system I would want.. Games are horrible.

If Nintendo would even recreate its N64 lineup, id buy one haha.

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I'm not a Nintendo hater. I really like Nintendo, but these announcements are really disappointing. I liked 2 of the games in this video, and I think I only liked 1 from the last one.

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Maybe this time I will finish Banner Saga. I enjoyed what I played of the first one, but it just fell by the wayside when life got in the way, then other games took precedence. Maybe the quick game session aspect of the Switch will let me chip away at it more this time.

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Nevermind these titles. The real news that came out yesterday is that Hyper Light Drifter is coming to the Switch this Summer.

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Can someone tell me how many new exclusive non port games came out to PS4 in its first year on the market? I'd love to compare those numbers to all the haters out there.

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@MasterLink23: Can you tell me if Sony let PS3 die prematurely like Nintendo did with Wii U and focus on PS4 instead ? Nah it didnt happen. Because if Sony have done what Nintendo did with Wii U for example, games like Uncharted 3, The last of Us, GT6 etc would have been PS4 exclusives and then PS4s first year would have been epic, right ?

So you need to take into consideration the whole picture when you try to compare different products and what they had to offer. So care when you trying to start such arguments or it can backfire as you see.

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@AzatiS: Systems rarely ever have a good first year. Developers need to get used to the hardware and it takes time. It just seems like people are hating on the Switch for doing the exact same things that everyone else is doing. It doesn't make sense.

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@MasterLink23: I repeat. If Sony was about to dump PS3 2-3 years before they did can you imagine what kind of 1st year PS4 would have ? Thats why Sony is Sony, providing AAA titles few months before the next product when Nintendo letting their system in dead state.

So next time, when you try to diss PS4 for not having as strong first year as Switch you should take into consideration the whole picture.

And lets not speak about Zelda, a game that was a Wii U title and was ready for release for quite a while got delayed for over a year so they push Switch sales with it. You wont see such things from Sony. Sony released The last of Us for PS3 few months before PS4 release for example. So please. Lets compare even things because in the end of the day, PS4s rival is not Switch, was Wii U and that thing is dead already for years now.

If Nintendo needs 2 different products to compete in a single console generation vs competition doesnt let alot of room for Nintendo fans to diss other products imo. Switch had strong first year ? Yes it did. You need to ask yourself why though.

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@AzatiS: You're missing the point of what I am trying to say. I'm not saying anything about how well either console did. I'm saying that ported games happen all day everyday (especially in year one of a consoles life) and people are all up in rage that Nintendo is doing it. I'm just tired of hearing the same argument of "Oh wow no new games only ports" when it literally is just how gaming is today. The WiiU was a flop. Why would Nintendo keep releasing games for it toward the end of its life cycle?

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@MasterLink23: Well when you have people overhyping Switch for 2-3 years old ported games youll have some others do the opposite. To me, hype a system for having 2-3 years old games is QQ.

As for Wii U. PS3 was considered a flop back in the days but Sony never dumped it. And should i mention that Sony was in the verge of bankruptcy back then with Ps3 being in an epic loss its first 3-5 years at least ? Sony as a whole was almost done yet you saw game after game after game. And wanna hear something funny ? The VITA flop had more games than Wii U in total 2 years ago.

You ask why ? Because many bought a Wii U for Zelda. Out of respect alone they should had released it for Wii U and after a year or so port it to Switch like Sony did.

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@AzatiS: Nintendo released BotW on Wii U and Sony pushed Last of Us remaster on PS4, so I feel like you kind of countered your own point.

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@Ohaidere: Now thats some defense there. Lets talk facts.

Nintendo delayed BotW release to push Switch sales, letting Wii U owners waiting while had nothing to play with for 2 years. Botw was a Wii U game in the first place.

Sony release TLOU for PS3, months before PS4 release which clearly shows the difference between two companies ( when again at the time Wii was dead ) Aka, they didnt let their PS3 owners down to push PS4 sales and brag about " the strongest first year ever ". And then later on, they released the remastered version.

You think its the same ? LOL !!!

So, countered ? Try again. Bottom line is, Wii U is dead my friend, try counter that instead.

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@AzatiS: So is PS3, so....

I thought this announcement was lame too, but you're reaching.

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@Ohaidere: Well, we will see how well Switch is gonna do in 2020/2021 and beyond. No worries

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@MasterLink23: The problem is now you're in year 2, almost second quarter and there's no real good announcement of things to come. Smash bros was predictable but there's nothing elses on the horizon. At least PS4 or Xbox had plenty of good things to come that we'd know in the first year.

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@riptal: Have you finished playing through Mario Rabbids? Super Mario Odyssey? How about the 100+ hour adventure that is Xenoblade Chronicles 2? That's just to name a few. I personally haven't had nearly enough time to finish everything before the bigger releases in the coming months of 2018.

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@riptal: To be fair though Nintendo only announces whats coming out in the near future as in the next 6-8 months. How often do you watch e3 year after year and all the games announced on Sony and Microsoft (though to be honest Microsoft is worse tthan Sony about that) platforms still arent out? Wheres Crackdown 3, Days gone,Shenmue 3, Final Fantasy 7,Detroit etc?

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