This week’s Nintendo Switch eShop update is lacking in big names, unless you’re a die-hard fan of the Shining role-playing games, SNK’s classic Samurai Shodown or, uh, Hotel Transylvania. But there is one other interesting release hitting this week.
Pocket Rumble is a simple 2D fighter that was inspired by Neo Geo Pocket Color fighting games. The game only requires two buttons to play, and has a number of offline and online modes that encourage players to train up before taking on the big leagues.
Pocket Rumble seems like a sweet, if niche, release. But excitement for it has built up over the past four years, when developer Cardboard Robot Games launched a Kickstarter campaign for the project. Pocket Rumble hit its modest goal of $22,000 by the campaign’s end, and development continued on until the game launched in Steam Early Access in 2016. It remains there to this today, with 107 “mostly positive” reviews.
In 2017 it was revealed that the game would be a Switch console exclusive, with a March release date.
It was playable at GDC, where it attracted widespread attention from Switch owners looking for a throwback fighter. But the developers ended up pushing the game’s launch back just before its planned March 2017 release, due to unforeseen issues with the online multiplayer component. Updates from both Cardboard Robot Games and publisher Chucklefish came throughout the year to remind fans that the game was still in the works.
The good news is that Pocket Rumble is now here, playable and available to download on Switch. The fans who have been waiting for 18 months are going to have a very good day.
Pocket Rumble is the star of this update, but there are several other intriguing indies on the list, including an “adult” version of the Jackbox Party Pack games called Awkward; a port of adventure game classic Another World; and the very pretty point-and-click episodic game The Lion’s Song. The full list is below.
- 20XX — available July 10
- ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN V
- Another World — available July 9
- Bomber Crew — available July 10
- Disease -Hidden Object-
- Hotel Transylvania 3 Monsters Overboard — available July 10
- Hyper Sentinel — demo
- Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Two Crude Dudes
- Kill The Bad Guy
- Miles & Kilo
- Muddledash — available July 10
- Mushroom Wars 2
- Neverout — available July 10
- Pato Box — available July 9
- Pocket Rumble
- Rento Fortune Monolit — available July 8
- Shining Resonance Refrain — available July 10
- Squids Odyssey
- Super Rock Blasters!
- Survive! MR.CUBE
- The Journey Down: Chapter Three
- The Lion’s Song — available July 10
- The Wardrobe — available July 6
- Ultra Space Battle Brawl