On Saturday, February 10 at 11 A.M. PST, tinyBuild Games held their first #HelloSwitch event, a pre-produced stream announcing six games coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime this year. These are titles currently available on home consoles and/or Steam, but all feel right at home on Nintendo’s hybrid console.
THE FINAL STATION
The Final Station, a 2016 a side-scrolling action survival game, has you traveling through a post-apocalyptic wasteland on a train full of frightened and helpless survivors. This pixel-sprite style game puts you in charge of protecting civilians, managing scarce resources, and killing the infected that approach the train. It’s a great balance of action and survival-horror with a great art style and soundtrack. It has found success on other consoles, but the hybrid nature of the Nintendo Switch makes it a perfect addition to Nintendo’s catalogue.
Clustertruck, the zany first-person puzzle platformer, launches you from semi-truck to semi-truck through dangerous and physics-bending stages. The video described it as a more intense take on “The Floor Is Lava,” and the trailer is hard not to crack a smile at. This 2016 release will likely be a hit party game for players of all skill levels.
Punch Club, the tongue-in-cheek nostalgia-filled street fighter management game, is a humorous combination of Pokémon and The Sims, demanding you manage your fighter’s life at home and in fight clubs. This 2016 title found success on the Nintendo 3DS, but it’s still a phenomenal game for the hybrid console.
Party Hard is a beautiful pixel-art game that mixes elements of Hitman and Hotline Miami as you navigate through your neighbor’s obnoxious parties and assassinate guests without being discovered. I’m sure that if this game finds success on the Switch, Party Hard 2 will also be coming to the platform in the future.
STREETS OF ROGUE
Streets of Rogue, an intense rogue-like action game with a remarkable soundtrack and enticing retro visuals, takes you through procedurally generated levels of violence and mayhem, and will likely become one of the more popular rogue-likes on the console.
The prolific developer and publisher included a “one more thing” kind of announcement at the end, revealing its most recent and ambitious title, Hello Neighbor, is coming to Nintendo Switch this year. Hello Neighbor is a critically acclaimed stealth-horror game with impressive, stylized 3-D visuals akin to a Pixar movie, which makes the horror aspects even more sinister. It’s releasing in 2018 both digitally and physically, which is likely exciting news to a large portion of Nintendo fans.
This #HelloSwitch event is an exciting development in the Switch’s indie catalogue. Not only is it an announcement of six quality games coming to the console, but it was also presented in a similar fashion to Nintendo’s own Direct announcements. The video package itself emulated the sliding news-style presentation punctuated with cuts to the presenter. It was also promoted similarly, with a Twitter announcement only a day before the event.
This shows how indie developers and smaller publishers are evolving and taking cues from Nintendo in their presentations, and that any publisher can release Nintendo Direct-like content at any time. It’s hard to believe, but following Switch’s release schedule just got even harder to predict.
You can watch the announcement video above.