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Bird-centric skateboarding game, Skatebird, coming to Nintendo Switch

Move over Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

A pink bird wearing headphhones doing a sick grind Image: Glass Bottom Games
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Glass Bottom Games’ skateboarding game Skatebird is coming to the Nintendo Switch in late 2020, according to an announcement during Nintendo’s Indie World event.

The developer launched a Kickstarter for Skatebird on June 11, 2019, and it was fully funded only a day later. Skatebird ended with $67,220 in funding from backers, well over its original $20,000 goal.

Players will control colorful skateboarding birds in “bird-sized parks” made of bendy straws, staplers, cardboard, and sticky tape. Glass Bottom Games said the game’s also got an original low-fi soundtrack with a bunch of clothes, mixtapes, and “birbs that need your help” around the skate parks.

Skatebird will also be released on Windows PC via Steam and itch.io, according to the Kickstarter.

It looks like Skatebird will be a delightful companion game to Victoria Smith’s Toripon, which was released last week on PC. Toripon is a pixelated photography-and-chill game in an apartment full of birds, and it’s the closest thing to Pokémon Snap we’ll get in 2019.

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