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UPDATE: The mystery fourth game in the Nicalis image has been uncovered as the 2011 Japanese indie game Hydra Castle Labyrinth.

The game is a dungeon-exploring game in the vein of Metroid, based on games for the classic MSX computer. We’ll have to wait for confirmation to see if this one is coming to the Switch.

In recent years the ways video games get announced has gotten increasingly varied, but nothing is quite as abrupt as Nicalis’ latest confirmation of 1001 Spikes and Cave Story for Switch. Rather than making a big spectacle out of the reveal, they simply sent out the following tweet (which has since been deleted):

Now it’s hard to say how far along the games are in development. We know Binding of Isaac is slated for launch, but the other two could be further afield. Either way they are two of the biggest indie darlings in recent years, so they’re a pretty major get for Nintendo’s new device.

It’s also worth noting the confirmation of what looks like a UI dark mode, as previous images of the Switch interface have been a sharp white. It’s nice to see Nintendo is maintaining some of the customization of the 3DS home menu, though time will tell if we can get as creative as we can there. Likewise, rather than Miis it seems we’ll simply pick a Nintendo icon to represent our online profile.

We’ll be sure to bring you more details on Cave Story and 1001 Spikes as they’re made available.

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.