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7 new indie games coming to Switch today

Here’s what you can grab after the showcase

a pixelated grape in garden story fishes Image: Picogram/Rose City Games
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The Nintendo Switch’s indie catalog continues to grow in power.

At its Indie World showcase presentation on Wednesday, Nintendo announced fan favorites like Loop Hero and Tetris Effect will be making their way to the portable console in the future. However, you won’t have to wait for everything.

As has been the case with previous indie showcases, you will be able to download a handful of games from the Nintendo eShop starting today. There are seven games in total coming, like the adorable RPG Garden Story and a port of the first-person farming game, Slime Rancher. Read on to see the full list of the seven games launching today.

Axiom Verge 2

Axiom Verge 2 is a Metroidvania and sequel-prequel to Axiom Verge. Polygon named the original Axiom Verge as the best indie Metroidvania on the Nintendo Switch. The sequel continues in the tradition of the first and adheres to the classic pixelated graphics the early Metroid games on the NES were known for.

Boyfriend Dungeon

In Boyfriend Dungeon from Kitfox Games, you’ll fight with your weapons and then date them. That’s right, as you make your way through this dungeon crawler, your weapons will transform into beautiful baddies that you can woo. It’s a playful fusion of two genres: dating sims and dungeon crawlers.

Necrobarista: Final Pour

Pour coffees for the dead in Necrobarista: Final Pour from Route 59 and Coconut Island Games. This anime-style visual novel will come to the Switch with new features, additional story content, and remastered visuals.

Islanders: Console Edition

Grizzly Games and Coatsink’s Islanders is a peaceful strategy game where you develop that land by putting miniature buildings on it. It’s a relatively straightforward concept where you place items from an inventory to rack up points, but has relaxing vibes.

Garden Story

If you caught the Wholesome Games Showcase, Picogram and Rose City Games’ Garden Story might look familiar. This top-down RPG allows you to play as a cute little grape on a quest to restore its community.

Slime Rancher: Plortable Edition

First-person slime-farming game Slime Rancher is coming to Nintendo Switch. Monomi Park’s game got an official release in 2017, so it’s nice to see the franchise finally come to Nintendo Switch. Also, a Switch release is a perfect excuse to pick up the series in anticipation of the upcoming release of its sequel, Slime Rancher 2.

Curious Expedition 2

Curious Expedition 2 is a narrative roguelike set in a fictionalized version of the late 19th century. The developers released a content update in May that expanded on the original version of the game for free, which will be part of the Nintendo Switch version as well.

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