Gamers everywhere are in luck, as Nintendo‘s eShop has a huge sale going on. Hundreds of titles for the Nintendo Switch are currently on sale, offering major discounts on hit bundles from major gaming studios and even dozens of AAA titles. Now is the perfect time for players to finally pick up that game they’ve been eyeing or try something completely new.
With all the excitement from these blockbuster deals, the indie games that are also a part of the sale might just get lost in the madness. Indie titles can offer players a wholly different experience from their AAA contemporaries, often paving the way for innovation. For those interested in exploring some indie gems at a discount, here are a few stand-out titles from Nintendo’s eShop sale that are worth checking out on the Switch.
From Texas-based studio Devolver Digital, Death’s Door is a fun game that has been likened to classic The Legend of Zelda titles as well as Dark Souls. Players control a world-hopping crow who, while collecting souls for a bureaucratic afterlife office job, slowly unravels a dark conspiracy. The game has been lauded for its balance of simplicity and difficulty, making the game easy to approach but not so easy to beat, especially with its challenging boss fights.
The in-game world is dark and bleak, full of secrets and fascinatingly odd characters, making this perfect for anyone who likes an engaging game with a bit of a darker tone. Its combat allows players to switch between using melee weapons, ranged weapons, and magic to defeat enemies, with character customization also being available. Death’s Door is somber yet comedic, combining exploration, puzzles, and combat to create one of 2021’s best indie games.
Neon White is the first game from developer Angel Matrix, and it’s quite the debut. A first-person game that’s perfect for fans of Mirror’s Edge, the game combines elements of first-person shooters with puzzle platformers to create a unique and engaging indie game. Focusing on timed challenges, Neon White follows a demon hunter named Neon who is meant to clear the demons out of a given level as fast as possible.
The game uses Soul Cards, a type of playing card that the player collects as they make their way through various levels, allowing them to either use the card as a weapon or activate its secondary ability by burning it. It has an interesting anime-inspired visual style and has been complimented on its level design, story, and challenge. Neon White is clearly a game meant for speedrunners, but anyone can enjoy this fast-paced, fun game.
This game should be no stranger to anyone familiar with indie games, as it received quite a few game-of-the-year nominations after its initial release in late 2019. Sayonara Wild Hearts is a rhythm-based game where the player travels through a surreal landscape, encountering enemies and avoiding obstacles.
Starring Queen Latifah as the narrator, this dreamy game acts as a love letter to both arcade games and the lo-fi genre, putting an interesting twist on the rhythm game genre. While many have noted that the game is more style than substance, with most people noting its soundtrack and visuals as being the best parts of the game, it’s great at what it does and really makes the player adore the world that it creates.
Dead Cells is an action-platformer roguelike that clearly takes a lot of inspiration from classic games like Metroid and Castlevania. Developed by Motion Twin, the game makes use of procedurally generated maps like many other roguelikes. However, much like Hades, it doesn’t seem repetitive as the character development, lore, and narrative elements between each run make for an engaging game.
Dead Cells features an addictive playstyle where the player can experiment with various weapons, which helps combat feel fresh from run to run. A beautiful pixelated art style makes the game feel like a classic already without being clunky or outdated. For those who can’t get enough, DLC for the game is also available in this sale.
Gris is a beautiful game developed by Barcelona-based Nomada Studio. Against a gorgeous watercolor backdrop, the story follows a young woman named Gris as she deals with a painful life experience. Serene and evocative, the game is filled with engaging puzzles, challenges, and platforming sequences. An interesting element of the game is that there are no fail states, as it instead focuses on emotions and telling a story that has a lot to do with mental health. However, this doesn’t at all take away from its gameplay.
With a stunning art style and soundtrack, Gris is minimalist yet very elaborate. While it’s a game in itself, Gris also acts as a piece of digital art. Overall, it’s a great exploration of how video games can allow people to tap into their emotions.
While these are only a few of the many indie games available in the sale, there are countless others available alongside the hundreds of AAA games also being offered. The sale runs until Sep. 26 through the Nintendo eShop.