Nintendo does not mess around with their Indie World Showcase streams, and this was no exception, featuring twenty-five minutes of surprise launches, console exclusives, and… other good stuff.
Like last time, I’ve taken the liberty of listing the lot below with links (where applicable). So without further ado…
Venba (Spring 2023)
Play as an Indian mother, Venba, who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Players will cook various dishes and decipher long lost family recipes. Through branching conversations, explore a story about family, love, and loss.
Sports Story (December 2022)
Sports Story is a game about sports, but not always. Various non-sporting pursuits provide variety. Alternate activities like dungeon exploration, stealthy infiltrations and fishing expeditions mean something unexpected waits around every corner. Sometimes it is even sports.
GOODBYE WORLD (November 2022)
“GOODBYE WORLD” is a narrative adventure game. Play through 12 stages of a puzzle platformer while following the two protagonists through 13 chapters of their story.
Have A Nice Death (22nd March 2023)
Have a Nice Death is a 2D action roguelike where you play as an overworked Death, whose employees have run rampant, completely throwing off the balance of souls – and his vacation plans. In order to restore order, you’ll have to grab your trusty scythe and show your employees who’s boss.
Aka (15th December 2022)
Find inner peace in a small, open-world game. On these carefully handcrafted islands, you can take a nap on a giant monster, feed baby dragons, take care of the fauna and flora… …but demons from your past might come back to remind you what you want to forget.
Pepper Grinder (2023)
Pepper Grinder is an action-packed 2D adventure blending traditional platforming with an alternate drilling mode that allows you to dive in and out of the earth like a dolphin swims through water.
Shipwrecked and robbed of her treasure, Pepper must spin up her trusty sidearm to reclaim what the mischievous Narlings stole. Armed with Grinder, Pepper burrows through terrain & water, controls machines, and pulverises all enemies blocking the way towards recovering her missing fortune – with interest!
Coffee Talk Episode 2 – Hibiscus & Butterfly (Spring 2023)
Dust off your coffee machine and prepare your warmest smile to meet your customers again in the second episode of the much loved coffee brewing and heart-to-heart talking simulator; Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly.
ONI: Road to be the Mightiest Oni (9th March 2023)
Kuta, a demon, once challenged a man to a battle and was defeated.
At last, he arrives at Kisejima Island. He and his partner Kazemaru, whom he met on the island, overcome their ordeal as one, gaining new strength along the way. This time, will the duo be able to achieve victory?
Desta: The Memories Between (Early 2023)
Desta: The Memories Between is a character-driven rogue-like, featuring an immersive story, strategic turn-based tactics and… a metaphorical ball-game?
From the creators of Monument Valley, Desta: The Memories Between is a story of broken relationships, words left unsaid and the chance to explore your own dreams for answers.
A Space for the Unbound (19th January 2023)
A Space For The Unbound is a slice-of-life adventure game that tells a story about overcoming anxiety, depression, and the relationship between a boy and a girl with supernatural powers. Follow two high school sweethearts, Atma and Raya, on a journey of self-discovery at the end of their high school years.
Dordogne (Spring 2023)
Play as Mimi, exploring stunning landscapes in hand-painted watercolors, and embarking on a vibrant journey to find out precious recollections of your childhood and the times shared with your late grandmother. As past meets present, confront your adult choices with fond childhood memories to uncover lost family secrets.
Botany Manor (2023)
Botany Manor is an exploration-puzzle game set in the 19th century, a time of great scientific discovery. Playing as a retired botanist Arabella Greene, explore a complete historical English manor and its grounds. There are many rooms and gardens to discover, as well as puzzles in the form of growing plants. Figure out each fussy plant’s ideal habitat, prepare the right conditions, and help them flourish!
Once Upon A Jester (Today)
Travel the kingdom as Jester with his best friend Sok to improvise theater shows and perform on stages far and wide. Sing your hearts out, crack jokes and impress audiences to become the stars of the famous Royal Theatrical Spectacle!
Rogue Legacy 2 (Today)
Today you are a colorblind Knight, tomorrow a lute playing Bard with Vertigo. Each heir is different, but everyone can be a hero. Earn countless riches, expand your castle, and strengthen your legacy as you uncover the mysteries within an ever-changing Kingdom.
Blanc (14th February 2023)
Blanc is an artistic cooperative adventure that follows the journey of a wolf cub and a fawn stranded in a vast, snowy wilderness. They must come together in an unlikely partnership to find their families.
Wrestlequest (May 2023)
TAG TEAM WITH DESTINY! Pro wrestling and RPG fantasy collide in the ultimate pixel powered adventure. “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, and tons of other icons guide your way to glory beyond the ring. This hero’s journey ain’t just an epic quest, it’s WRESTLEQUEST!
Wobbledogs (17th November 2022)
Wobbledogs is a 3D pet simulation where you raise your own personal hive of rapidly mutating dogs, physically simulated all the way down to their guts! It’s a casual and chill sandbox experience for players of all ages who want to care for their very own virtual pets in a surprising, unique, and stress-free environment. The dogs start out relatively normal, but mutate and behave in surprising ways as the game progresses and their evolutionary lines advance.
Storyteller (23rd March 2023)
Storyteller is a unique and creative spin on the puzzle genre. You’re given a variety of iconic characters, settings, and emotions to build tales of love, betrayal, and revenge. You’ll create everything from supernatural fantasies and Shakespearean tragedies to myths of creation and much more!
World of Horror (Summer 2023)
The Old Gods are reawakening, clawing their way back into a world that’s spiraling into a mysterious madness. In a small, seaside town of Japan, the population’s sanity is dwindling and otherworldly, grotesque creatures terrorize those who call the place home. It’s the end of the world and the only solution is to confront the terror reigning over the apocalypse.
Curse of the Sea Rats (Early 2023)
Curse of the Sea Rats is a ‘ratoidvania’ platform adventure with lovingly crafted, hand-drawn animations. Embark on the epic journey of four prisoners of the British empire, transformed into rats by the notorious pirate witch, Flora Burn. To regain their human bodies, they will have to fight dangerous bosses, uncover the secrets of the vast Irish coast, and ultimately capture the witch who cursed them.
Inscryption (1st December 2023)
From the creator of Pony Island and The Hex comes the latest mind melting, self-destructing love letter to video games. Inscryption is an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still are the secrets inscrybed upon the cards…
A Little to the Left (Today)
Sort, stack and organize household objects into just the right spot in A Little to the Left, a tidy puzzle game with a mischievous cat who likes to shake things up! Come enjoy a calming world with an observational puzzle game with surprises around every corner. With charming illustrations and surprising scenarios, A Little to the Left is satisfying and curious with 75+ delightful puzzles to discover.