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Today’s Wholesome Direct livestream was quite the serotonin booster, and left a lot of us here wishing we could play a number of the games that were shown right now. Fortunately for all of us, one of the titles featured in today’s showcase, Beasts of Maravilla Island, is playable now – in fact, it was released today!

This gorgeous (and yes, very wholesome) photography game from Banana Bird Studios and Whitehorn Games puts players in the role of a young Wildlife Photographer on a quest to fill her grandfather’s photo book. Her journey takes her to Maravilla Island, a tropical paradise loaded with breathtaking scenery and captivating animals to encounter and photograph. 

I’d like to personally request that someone in the scientific community find a way to make the in-game banana birds or feathered monkeys a real thing, because they might just be some of the cutest creatures ever imagined.



“Beasts of Maravilla Island is a 3D adventure game where you take on the role of a young wildlife photographer who traverses Maravilla Island’s magical ecosystems to discover extraordinary creatures, learn their behaviors, and, most importantly, photograph their majesty.



  • Take on the role of an aspiring photographer and embark on your journey to fill your grandfather’s photobook with the magic of Maravilla Island.
  • Traverse a beautifully unique world freely by running and climbing to discover and engage with the local wildlife.
  • Includes over 50 extraordinary creatures and plants to photograph, each with their own appearance and behavior such as the Sparkling Lamp lily, the Maravillan Mango Kakapo and the Prism-Winged Butterfly.
  • Complete puzzles that rely on your cooperation with animals, including playing hide and seek with an Otter Crocodile or helping a Bird Monkey find his perfect match.
  • -Explore three distinctive ecological zones, the Singing Jungle, the Glimmering River, and the Painted Plateau- each containing their own unique flora and fauna to uncover.
  • Put your photography skills to action by taking breathtaking shots, however you like! Choose an angle and adjust the height and zoom to get the perfect shot of Maravilla’s many mysteries.
  • Curate your photo book to your liking by capturing multiple photos of each animal and choosing the best ones to showcase.”


Beasts of Maravilla Island is available now on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $9.99.





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Written by Marcus Ramirez

A writer and dreamer who loves all things tropical, bright, colorful, and shiny. Marcus is obsessed with Kingdom Hearts and patiently awaits its triumphant return to Nintendo hardware. He has a (totally real) court order that requires him to always have a 3DS or Switch on his person when leaving the house for more than a few hours.