Best indie games for Nintendo Switch iMore 2021

Nintendo consoles are built on the backs of flagship titles like Mario and Zelda, and that's not much different on the Nintendo Switch. But over the last few years, Nintendo has embraced indie gaming in a big way. Some of the best games on the Nintendo Switch aren't big blockbuster titles. Instead, they're made by smaller indie developers. These developers can explore themes outside of gaming norms, experiment with gameplay tropes, and tell stories that haven't been told before. Here are the best indie titles on the Nintendo Switch.

Hades Nintendo Switch

★ Fight your way out of the Underworld: Hades

Staff Pick

Hades is the latest roguelike to steal the hearts of gamers all over. As Hades' son, Zagreus, you must fight your way out of the Underworld and through tons of procedurally generated dungeons while learning more about the Greek pantheon of gods, demons, and heroes.

Stardew Valley on Switch

Settle down and stay awhile: Stardew Valley - Nintendo Switch

Videogames can sometimes be hectic, difficult, and time-consuming, so why not take a trip to Stardew Valley? Build your farm and meet the locales, all while playing at your pace. The farming game has continued to grow with consistent updates from its developer and is now better than ever.

Dead Cells

Fight. Die. Repeat.: Dead Cells - Nintendo Switch

Another roguelike bursting with hours upon hours of gameplay, Dead Cells is a difficult 2D platformer that's perfect for quick, action-packed sessions. It looks and runs great on the Switch.

Among Us Accusations

Who is the imposter?: Among Us

Everyone knows Among Us — the multiplayer game received a huge resurgence in popularity recently, climbing from only dozens of players to thousands upon thousands in a matter of months. The viral hit makes the jump to the Nintendo Switch and includes cross-play, so you can play with your friends on other platforms.

$5 at Best Buy
Streets Of Rage 4 Switch

Rage in these streets: Streets of Rage 4

Streets of Rage 4 is the insanely excellent sequel to Sega's classic beat 'em up franchise. A new art style, updated music, and satisfying co-op gameplay elevate Streets of Rage 4 to must-play status.


Who is the imp- no, the Gnosia?: Gnosia

Gnosia is a sci-fi social deduction RPG where you must try to deduce who among you're your crew is a Gnosia, a deadly threat that has infiltrated your ranks. Players will have to gather clues to determine who they think is a Gnosia and then vote to put them into cold sleep. Gnosia is a unique spin on the genre with tons of replayability with multiple special events and an eclectic cast of characters.

$25 at Nintendo
Kentucky Route Zero Tv Edition Switch

A slightly different reality: Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition

A magical realist adventure game told in five acts, Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is an experimental game that draws inspiration from theater, film, and electronic art, as well as the history of videogames. An art-house treat for the Nintendo Switch.

Spiritfarer Scene

Learn to let go: Spiritfarer

Spirtfarer is a cozy management game about dying. While on the surface, that may seem dark, Spirtfarer is anything but. You play as Stella, ferry master to the deceased, as you build a boat, befriend and care for spirits before releasing them into the afterlife. Spent time with your new friends, create memories, and learn how to say goodbye to your loved ones.

$30 at Best Buy
Enter The Gungeon Switch

Light 'em up!: Enter the Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon has enjoyed massive success on the Nintendo Switch and can be credited for bringing so many roguelikes to the system. Combining dungeon crawling with twin-stick shooter gameplay, Enter the Gungeon will keep you shooting for a long time.

Sea Of Solitude

Find yourself again: Sea of Solitude: The Director's Cut

Sea of Solitude: The Director's Cut is the updated version of the 2019 Games for Impact nominee. You play as Kay, a girl so hopeless that she turns into a monster. Featuring a new cast of voice actors, updated cutscenes and animations, and a rewritten script, there's no better way to experience this emotional journey than on the Nintendo Switch.

$20 at Nintendo
Gato Roboto

More than just a kitty: Gato Roboto

In Gato Roboto, you are a cat in a cozy armored mech suit on a journey to save your stranded captain and his crashed spaceship. Using a combination of your feline instincts and awesome mech suit, journey through this monochromatic Metroidvania. Adventure awaits!

$8 at Best Buy
Hollow Knight Switch

What lurks below?: Hollow Knight - Nintendo Switch

Hollow Knight is a gorgeous Metroidvania game that brilliantly blends exploration with combat. You'll need more than just your wits to survive these difficult boss encounters.

Cadence of Hyrule screenshot

New school Hyrule: Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda

Crypt of the Necrodancer was a unique spin on the adventure genre, combining typical dungeon crawling with a rhythm game. The last thing we expected from a sequel would be a crossover with Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series, but that's exactly what we got. Jump and slash to the beat in familiar Zelda locales and even control Princess Zelda and Link.

Celeste Switch

Conquer your demons: Celeste - Nintendo Switch

Celeste is a deeply moving platformer that deals with the difficulties of crippling anxiety and self-doubt. The difficulties of those illnesses are a couple with a challenging platformer. You'll feel relief along with Madeline as you conquer each challenge and climb to the top of Celeste Mountain.

Untitled Goose Game Switch

HONK!: Untitled Goose Game - Nintendo Switch

Technology has reached its peak. You are a goose set loose upon an unexpecting populace to do goose things. Honk your heart out and cause mischief.

Undertale Switch

Despite everything, it's still you: Undertale - Nintendo Switch

Undertale is an RPG that is delightfully strange and witty, undercut by a creeping sadness throughout. Its simple graphics and gameplay make room for some excellent storytelling.

$15 at Best Buy
Slay The Spire

Build a deck worthy of greatness: Slay the Spire

Roguelikes and card games are all the rage in the indie scene, so what would happen if you combined them? You get Slay the Spire, a unique and addictive card-battling roguelike. Craft a unique deck, battle bizarre and grotesque monsters, and climb the spire.

Wargroove Switch

Advance the war!: Wargroove - Nintendo Switch

If you've ever found yourself pining over Nintendo's long-dormant Advance Wars series, then Wargroove is for you. The strategy game is colorful, and most importantly, very fun. It's a deep tactics game with lots of content to sift through.

$20 at Best Buy
Sayonara Wild Hearts Switch

The fool no more: Sayonara Wild Hearts

Overcome heartbreak and start anew in this dreamy arcade shooter with a fantastic pop soundtrack.

What's your favorite?

As indie games continue to flood the Nintendo eShop, we'll make sure we update this list with our favorites. Just make sure you have an SD card with enough storage space to download these indie gems. If you're looking for the cream of the crop, look no further than Hades. It's a roguelike that's fun and fluid, but it's the art, voice acting, and storytelling that will keep you going back for more every time you die — and you will die a lot. If you enjoy Hades, you'll find lots to enjoy with Dead Cells.

For those looking for a more laid-back experience, Stardew Valley is the perfect match for you. With no goal except to build up your farm, Stardew Valley has hours of content to enjoy at your own pace. Fans of Stardew Valley will also enjoy Spiritfarer, a cozy, feel-good game that deals with heavy themes.

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