Nintendo Indie World Showcase recap – here’s everything to look forward to

Nintendo’s debut of a new Indie World Showcase featured over 20 indie games coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2023 and beyond. Here’s everything you can look forward to:

Mineko’s Night Market

In this narrative adventure-sim, players take control of the charming Mineko, undertaking various chores, meeting townspeople, and manufacturing a variety of doodads for the weekly Night Market. With activities like parades, cat races, and stage performances, Mineko’s got a lot more on her plate than just the Night Market – and that’s not even counting the riddles and mysteries to discover. Mineko’s Night Market opens on the Switch on Sept. 26.

My Time at Sandrock

In the sequel to My Time at Portia, players are entrusted with rebuilding a post-apocalyptic desert village to its former grandeur – meeting and taking on hundreds of characters and side missions along the way. Acquire materials, construct machines and turn a run-down workshop into a well-oiled machine. Why not go scavenging for antiquities in ancient ruins or just take a peaceful walk through town and make some new friends? You can do it all and more in My Time at Sandrock – coming this summer on Nintendo Switch.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach

In the latest chapter of the family-friendly Five Nights franchise, you’ll take on the role of Gregory, a small child who has been imprisoned overnight in Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizzaplex. Gregory must survive the near-unstoppable hunt of recreated Five Nights at Freddy’s characters – as well as new horrifying threats – with the assistance of Freddy Fazbear himself. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach is available now!

Shadows Over Loathing

Shadows Over Loathing is a comedy RPG set in the 1920s  of the West of Loathing universe. Explore a vast black-and-white world full of talking frogs, sentient maths, and eldritch monsters. There are also other positions to fill, ranging from marching to the rhythm of your own devious plots as a Jazz Agent to holding the cosmic curds in your hands as a Cheese Wizard. Shadows Over Loathing is available on Nintendo Switch today.

OXENFREE II: Lost Signals

Riley returns to her hometown of Camena five years after OXENFREE to investigate mysterious electromagnetic waves. Listen to the radio to connect with supernatural entities and affect the environment around you. Keep an eye out for a mysterious sect aiming to open a reality-altering gateway and use the new walkie-talkie chat system to interact with local acquaintances while touring the area.
Your decisions will influence Riley’s development, relationships, and the plot. OXENFREE II: Lost Signals hits the Nintendo Switch on July 12.

Quilts and Cats of Calico

In this adaption of the tabletop game Calico, you must create a purr-fect quilt out of patterned fabric scraps. Put pieces on a board and sew buttons to get points and attract cute kittens!
Each cat has a favorite pattern, so stitch in style to become a skilled quilt maker. Get comfortable with up to three pals in local** and online* multiplayer, join ranked matches against online players, or take on weekly challenges. Quilts & Cats of Calico will be available on the Switch this Fall.

Teslagrad 2 and Teslagrad Remastered

Harness electromagnetic powers to solve physics-based puzzles and move seamlessly through Scandinavian-inspired environments. Yet, this land holds many dangers, as fearsome beasts stand in your way. Master the art of Teslamancy and defeat them to discover additional areas to explore. Plus, play a remastered version of the first Teslagrad game with enhanced visuals and 10 extra challenge levels in the Teslagrad Power Pack Edition featuring both games when it bolts onto the Nintendo Switch system later today! You can also purchase Teslagrad 2 and Teslagrad Remastered separately later today, too.

A Little to the Left – Cupboards & Drawers

More puzzles await in the paid Cupboards & Drawers DLC*** for A Little to the Left. Get tidying across 25 new puzzles as you explore a world of small spaces, secret compartments and surprising bits and bobs stuffed into every drawer. Charming new illustrations and scenarios are also included in this DLC, which launches on Nintendo Switch this June.

Shovel Knight – Pocket Dungeon Puzzler’s Pack

Dig into more roguelite puzzle action in the free Puzzler’s Pack DLC*** for the Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon game. Venture forth as two newly playable characters, test your puzzle prowess with Quandary Challenges and make your way through the perplexing halls of Castle Quandary. You can also pay Mr. Hat a visit for over 20 in-game hats to modify runs or pick up some nifty new relics in Chester’s Shop. This DLC shovels its way onto the Nintendo Switch this spring.

Cult of the Lamb – Relics of the Old Faith

Expand your flock in this free update to the Cult of the Lamb game. Dozens of new items, relics, and enemies are scattered across remixed dungeons, guarded by new versions of the four guardian bishops. Take your spoils back to the cult with new buildings to construct and followers to recruit, plus a new unlockable quest. And after beating the game, keep the faith going with the new Permadeath, Gauntlet, and Boss Rush modes. Relics of the Old Faith launches on Nintendo Switch on April 24.

Blasphemous 2

Calling all calloused and wounded souls. Return to follow The Penitent One again through a mysterious land filled with nightmares in this sequel to the nightmarishly fun hack-’n-slash platformer Blasphemous. Explore a dark world that’s faithful to the original game with its skill-based combat and tricky platforming elements, that also improves upon its signature pixel art style and the range of abilities at your disposal. Featuring progression systems, custom builds and an expanded player move set, your judgment awaits on Nintendo Switch this summer.


In this atmospheric pixelated world, you’ll search for treasures as you gradually uncover a dense environment. Where you go is entirely up to you. Many interesting creatures live here, but some might be hostile, so stay alert. Any items you’ve picked up can be used in a number of ways, like making a quick getaway or even having friendly creatures help you out in a pinch. There’s a lot to uncover, so get crafty with your items and see what you find. Summon your courage and curiosity for ANIMAL WELL, launching on Nintendo Switch this winter.

Rift of the NecroDancer

In this spinoff of Crypt of the NecroDancer, move to the rhythm with a new musical twist to lane-based combat. Monsters will come flying at you, so match the on-screen prompts to kick ’em to the curb. Each one has a different movement pattern, and some take multiple hits to defeat. Look forward to boss battles that’ll really get you groovin’ and a special minigame to play for each of the five character storylines. Keep the beat alive when Rift of the NecroDancer launches on Nintendo Switch this year.


Create, decorate, and automate the restaurant of your dreams in the roguelite management-sim PlateUp!, the game where many hungry customers clamor for meals at lightning-fast speeds. Manage both the kitchen and front of house to keep your customers happy. At the end of every randomly generated shift, you can acquire new high-tech appliances like turbo ovens to upgrade your kitchen and make your next restaurant venture even more successful. Up to three friends can join you locally** or online* to help run your culinary empire. Serve up some deliciousness when PlateUp! launches on Nintendo Switch in October.

Crime O’Clock

There’s no time to waste in this puzzle-exploration game; you’ve got over 40 cases to solve across time and space. There are many eras to visit, from the Lost Age to a cybernetic future. In each era, you’ll see how crime scenes develop for different time ticks, and taking action in one era can change events in another. By traveling through time, meeting characters, and resolving each case, your map will change and more adventures will be unlocked. Set your alarms to Crime O’Clock when it launches on Nintendo Switch on June 30.

This Indie World Showcase also included an exciting montage of several more indie games arriving in the future for Nintendo Switch:

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk from Team Reptile, a game where you can dance, paint, pull off tricks, face off with the cops and reach new heights of graffiti, launching Aug. 18.

Paper Trail from Newfangled Games, an adventure game where you fold, twist, and rotate the world itself to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles, launching in August.

Little Kitty, Big City from Double Dagger Studio, in which a peaceful catnap turns into a whimsical adventure full of sandbox exploration and plenty of customizable kitties, launching in 2024.

Chants of Sennaar from Runedisk and Focus Entertainment, which launches on Sept. 5 and features an endless labyrinth where ancient languages are both the lock and the key.

Brotato from Blobfish and Seaven Studio, a top-down arena shooter roguelite that lets you play a potato wielding up to six weapons at a time to fight off hordes of aliens, launching this year.

Escape Academy: The Complete Edition from Coin Crew Games and iam8bit, featuring hand-crafted escape-room puzzles that can be played locally** or online* with friends, launching this fall.


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Carl-Edwin Michel

Carl-Edwin is a tech and video game enthusiast. He is the founder and CEO of Northern Arena - one of Canada's biggest esports tournament organizers - and TV and interactive production company Northern Arena Productions. He is also the owner of Mirage Esports, and the creator and executive producer of the Canadian Game Awards.

Carl-Edwin Michel has been reporting on the technology and gaming industry since 2009 as a freelance journalist, lecturer, and radio and TV personality.
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