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Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch in April

Cuphead coming to Switch hints at the future of Microsoft and Nintendo’s partnership

Cuphead - flying past towers Studio MDHR
Chris Plante co-founded Polygon in 2012 and is now editor-in-chief. He co-hosts The Besties, is a board member of the Frida Cinema, and created NYU’s first games journalism course.

Cuphead, one of Microsoft’s most critically acclaimed Xbox exclusives, is coming to Nintendo Switch on April 18. The release date was announced Wednesday during Nintendo’s Nindies Showcase, which focused on independent games coming to Switch.

In the promo reel for the 2D action game, Nintendo thanked both Cuphead developer Studio MDHR and “our friends at Microsoft.” Over the past year, the two competing game console makers have begun to cooperate in surprising ways. In June 2018, Nintendo released a video promoting cross-play on Switch and the Xbox One. In February, Microsoft announced Xbox Live would arrive on iOS, Android, and Switch. Around the same time, rumors swirled that Microsoft could bring its GamePass and Project xCloud services to Nintendo Switch, along with bringing Microsoft games to the Nintendo eShop.

I praised Cuphead in Polygon’s 2017 review. “Instead of frustration,” I wrote, “I’ll remember the dozens of tiny breakthroughs, when the impossible became possible, and a game that built an identity around difficulty helped me to feel, however briefly, undefeatable.”

Cuphead is currently available on Xbox One and Windows.

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