While we’re waiting for this year’s E3, Nintendo is keeping their cards close to their chest. Which means that they’re keeping mum on their upcoming games for the rest of 2018. So if you’re for news on Super Smash Bros., the new Pokémon, Metroid Prime 4, or Yoshi if you’re really into that, we’re going to be met with silence up until June.
That doesn’t mean our Switches will be collecting dust, though. There are a bunch of great games released so far, and even if they’re re-releases of older games, it doesn’t make Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Bayonetta 1 & 2 less enjoyable.
But there’s also a bunch of cool indie games out for the Switch as well. Do yourself a favor and pick these up while waiting for this year’s big hitters. Just to get you started, here’s a sampling of games you need to try:
A Robot Named Fight!
If you finished Axiom Verge and you still need your classic metroidvania itch scratched, A Robot Named Fight! is the game for you. It’s a roguelike metroidvania. I don’t know how that’s supposed to work, except that it does.
It’s not a new game. It’s been out since 2017, and it’s been critically acclaimed. The Switch version of A Robot Named Fight! is published by Hitcents and includes 100 percent feature parity with the current Steam build – with support for seeded runs, new weapon and power-up combos, and even a new (secret) ending.
A Robot Named Fight is a 2D action adventure roguelite focused on exploration and item collection. Take on the role of a lone robot tasked with stopping the entity known as Megabeast. Explore procedurally-generated labyrinths, uncover randomized power-ups and artifacts, find secrets, and blast meaty creatures in this deliciously gory adventure.
Or maybe bullet hell is more your speed. Personally, this genre isn’t for me, but I do enjoy a good co-op experience when I bring the Switch over for parties and such. I have the crowd pleasers like ARMS, Street Fighter, or Fast RMX on the ready, but if those games get old, maybe a little cooperative play can spice things up. Aperion Cyberstorm is perfect for this as it can be played by up to five players.
Things can – and will – get hectic, and you can use the vast arsenal of weapons the game will provide so you can fight off wave after wave of enemies. Or you can use those skills that you’ve learned to fight off each other in Versus mode and end a friendship or two. I can’t tell you what to do. I’m not your mom.
The twin-stick bullet hell for 1-5 players! Three modes of play for intense cooperative/competitive action
Unleash destruction alone or with your friends in the 2D twin-stick bullet hell Aperion Cyberstorm!
Find new Elements and Abilities, and mix them for more destructive power – Beat your enemies with plasma-coated spiral rockets, scrap them with electric mines, or overwhelm them off with devastating lasers.
Travel to vast hostile worlds in Campaign to find your old team. Push through the factions standing in your way to the truth. Also, with cooperative play, experience an added challenge as the enemies you fight become tougher.