There were so many great-looking games crammed into today’s Indie World Showcase that you’d be forgiven for missing some of the fleeting moments during the highlight reel towards the end of the presentation.

The biggest reveal here was that of House of the Dead: Remake, which surprisingly didn’t get its own individual segment. As the name suggests, the game is a remake of Sega’s original 1997 arcade lightgun classic with updated graphics. According to a press release from Nintendo of America, players can expect “a whole new entourage and gameplay changes to suit modern gaming standards.”

Going by the trailer, it seems that there will also be new voice lines for the dialogue, albeit with the B-movie-style acting of the original game intact.

 

 

A Nintendo Switch release of the multi-award-winning 2012 puzzle-platformer Fez was revealed, with the game available on the Nintendo eShop today. Players take control of Gomez, a 2D creature that stumbles upon the existence of a mysterious third dimension. You can navigate 3D structures by rotating between four sides, each providing a unique 2D perspective to help you progress and solve puzzles.

 

 

KeyWe is a cooperative, bird-based puzzle game we first reported on a couple of months back. The game stars two small kiwi birds (Jeff and Debra) that work in a post office and will have players jumping, flapping, and slamming their way through levers, bells, and buttons in order to get all of their designated mail delivered on time. KeyWe will launch on Nintendo Switch in August 2021.

 

 

Art of Rally is a top-down racer that lets you choose from “iconic cars inspired by the golden era of rally racing,” with tracks set in “stylized environments set around the world.” It will cross the finish line on Nintendo Switch in Summer 2021.

 

 

Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is a game adapted from the children’s book series of the same name. Players will navigate highly detailed mazes in search of a powerful artifact, with over 500 items and characters to encounter throughout the journey. It will launch on Nintendo Switch this spring.

 

 

Weaving Tides offers a beautiful, textile-based landscape for players to soar across on the back of dragon-like creatures known as Weavers. This woven world has puzzles to solve, dungeons to explore, and many foes to face. It will release on Nintendo Switch next month (May).

 

 

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights is a dark fantasy 2D action RPG starring Lily, a young girl who awakens in the depths of a church. She must overcome horrific enemies known as the Blighted and enlist the help of fallen knights in a journey through a fallen kingdom ravaged by the Rain of Death. Lily’s journey begins on Nintendo Switch on June 21st.

 

 

Beasts of Maravilla Island is a 3D adventure wherein players control Marina Montez, a young wildlife photographer who is exploring the magical ecosystems of Maravilla Island in search of weird and wonderful creatures. You can use Marina’s camera to capture majestic photos of 50 different species, studying their unique behaviors across three distinct zones. Explore Maravilla Island for yourself when it arrives on Nintendo Switch this June.

 

 

It looks like this year’s release schedule for Nintendo Switch will be packed with interesting games, with so many indie releases such as these launching between the triple-A big hitters!

 

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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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