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Binding of Isaac leads pack of today’s new Nintendo Switch games

“New” is a relative term

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The Nintendo Switch eShop has been updated to include four more games today, March 16, giving console owners a lot to get excited for. Leading the charge of this week’s update is The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, but the other three titles now on sale are just as well-known to gamers well-versed in the indie gaming scene.

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ was originally slated to launch alongside the console earlier this month, but the procedurally generated shoot-’em-up arrives in good time regardless. It’s perhaps the most violent and difficult game currently available on the Switch, with tons of bosses to fight and chances to die by their hands. The game’s ending has also been reworked, and there’s a new playable character and chapter to make the game worth dipping back into.

What’s most exciting about this enhanced port of the beloved, gory dungeon crawling game is that it’s hitting retailers, too: A physical edition of Afterbirth+ comes with a full-color instruction booklet — rare for Nintendo Switch games — some stickers and a reversible cover. It costs $39.99 and should be in stores tomorrow, March 17.

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The other three games available on the Switch today come from the Tomorrow Corporation, a publisher that’s helped build out Nintendo’s indie library since the Wii. World of Goo, a physics-based puzzle game, was one of the earliest WiiWare games, launching back in 2008 when the company was known as 2D Boy; it’s now available on the Switch, too, for $9.99.

Tomorrow Corporation’s also brought Little Inferno and Human Resource Machine to the Switch. Launched first in 2012 and 2015, respectively, they’re both puzzle games with unique mechanics and settings. Little Inferno is a game for aspiring arsonists, encouraging players to set as much on fire as they can, while Human Resource Machine takes place in an office and has players do some light programming to solve puzzles.

Both of those games also cost $9.99, and they’re also available on other consoles, like PCs, smartphones and Wii U. Maybe this isn’t the most exciting update for former Wii and Wii U owners — or dedicated indie connoisseurs — but anyone who’s jumping back into Nintendo consoles with the Switch, this week’s a good one for checking out some of the best indie games to grace Nintendo platforms over the last eight years.

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