ByJupiter Hadley, writer at
I am a YouTuber and writer of Indie Games. I cover many, many game jam games as well as smaller indie gems.
Jupiter Hadley

I am sure you have probably heard of the new console called the Nintendo Switch, which comprises of a portable tablet-esque device that has a docking station for at-home play.

What you might not know is that the Switch is brewing as a great place for indie games. The Switch is currently scheduled to have several indies released for it in 2017. Below are some of the ones that we're excited for.

Binding of Isaac Afterbirth +

is a dungeon crawler in which you follow Isaac, a tortured and abused child trying to escape from his mother.

In each room, Isaac fights monsters by shooting them with his tears, gathers items to help him along, and beats bosses to move onto the next level of the dungeon. Though this game has a grim story, the gameplay can sometimes be funny between the cute graphics and strange characters you get to take on.

If you purchase the release version of this game, you will not only get the Nintendo Switch cartridge, but you will also get two sticker sheets, Isaac sticker, reversible box art and a classic-styled 20 page instruction booklet as well! This looks like another great addition to the Binding of Isaac series.

Release Date: March 17, 2017


is a beautiful, pixel art platformer that puts you in the position of climbing up a mountain. This is no easy task — you need to time your jumps really well if you're going to make it. You do have a dash that will help you out, but there are several things to avoid like spikes and huge drops.

Along the way, you can collect pickups like gems and strawberries. Strawberries will give you a bonus in the game, while gems allow you to jump a second or third time if collected before you hit the ground.

New mechanics such as moving platforms or platforms that make you jump higher also start to appear. Sometimes you will run into other characters in the game who you can talk to and learn about. This dangerous mountain climb is going to be a long endeavor, but you are determined to make it to the top! Celeste really looks like an a well-made, beautiful game full of adventure.

Release Date: 2017

Snake Pass

is a unique, physics-based 3D puzzle platformer that allows you to control a snake! You get to play Noodle the snake and his friend Doodle the hummingbird as they look to embark on an epic quest to keep the peace in Harmony Foothills.

You and your friend are trying to slither, coil and wrap your way to the top of Haven Tor. Movement in Snake Pass is amazing — you have to sidewind and slither just like a snake in the wild in order to move.

Once you get the hang of this movement, you can start moving up the environment with easy. This colorful world is full of challenges, but you can also discover secrets along the way. Snake Pass is really clever in the way that the game plays, affording the player a truly unique adventure.

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine

is a stylish, side-scrolling arcade shooter that will put your aim to the test! "The Graceful Explosion Machine" is the name of your fighter. This ship is armed with four overpowered weapons.

You're lost in space, running into alien worlds and enemies on the way back home. You must fight off anything you encounter, dash through tight spaces and gain combos in jeweled alien worlds. This colorful game looks like a gem of its own, complete with tons of levels, fast-paced gameplay, and some challenge.

Release Date: April 2017


is an open-world platformer full of beautiful lands and unique creatures. The name, Yooka-Laylee, is actually the name of the two main characters put together. Yooka is a green lizard-like creature and Laylee is a big-nosed bat. Together they are on an epic adventure to take down corporate creep Capital B, who is trying to steal all the world’s books to make a profit!

This game is full of puzzles, enemies to take on, platforming challenges and plenty of other characters. You can find golden bounty to unlock even more worlds, each with their own new challenges and ways to play. Yooka-Laylee is a game to look out for, packed with tons of gameplay and charming characters you can interact with!

Release Date: 2017

Has-Been Heroes

is a strategy action game with some roguelike aspects in it. It has you embarking on an quest to take twin princesses to school! You control a group of champions that are renowned throughout the kingdom.

These champions include a wise monk, a giant-wrestling warrior and an anthropologist-turned-Mexican-wrestler just for a start! These heroes used to be very well known and needed, but over time the kingdom has become peaceful, the stories have faded, and now they aren’t really needed.

After such a long era of peace, the King has come to you with a quest — a very important quest that has you guiding his own daughters to school. You must use your skills, and combine spells and items, in order to make it to the school in one piece. Has-Been Heroes looks like a humorous yet challenging adventure that will have you meeting some interesting has-beens!

Release Date: March 2017

Stardew Valley

, a very pleasant and open-ended country life RPG, is also coming to the Nintendo Switch. You have probably heard of Stardew Valley before, but in case you haven’t, it's a game where you've given up your corporate office job in order to move to your late grandfather's large farm, which is now overgrown.

Once there, you're able to fix up the farm, grow crops throughout the different seasons and become a part of the community. There are tons of secrets, quests, stories, and fun to be had in this game.

You can talk to the different people in the community, getting to know them and eventually marrying one of them if you choose. You can explore the depths of the mines, fish in the rivers and lakes, and discover items for the town library. Stardew Valley packs hours upon hours of fun as you create your own stories and adventures.

Release Date: 2017


is a futuristic racing game that has you driving physics-based ships through a semi-abandoned Earth. Most of the humans that use to dwell on Earth have moved to various planets in outer space. Left on Earth are the slums, futuristic amusement parks and zoos. Earth still is a great place to race, however!

Your ship hovers slightly above the ground, allowing you to glide around tracks quickly. The buildings and landscapes will speed by as you race your friends around the track.

Collisions are high-speed and high impact, giving the player the full feeling of racing intensity. You can challenge up to 12 of your friends to play with. Redout looks like a new take on the classic racing games, bumping up the quality of graphics, the locations and the general feeling of older games.

Release Date: December 29, 2017

Dungeon of Zaar

is a turn-based, top-down strategy game that has you selecting your five person team and battling it out in many different arenas. Each of these characters you can choose for your team have their own abilities and skills you can use. As a bonus, you also get to select a few different items to help your team along.

Dungeon of Zaar has a variety of different strategies and tactics you can use to defeat your opponent. You can play against one of your friends or against a pre-set team in campaign mode. With the amount of different characters, items, and arenas to battle in, you will always be faced with new tactical situations with every game.

Release Date: 2017


is a property tycoon game in which you create a thriving city while driving other construction firms out of business. Unlike most tycoon games, Constructor doesn’t just have you building houses and neighborhoods. Instead, you must both deal and negotiate with different groups of "undesirables."

These groups of people can be used to your advantage if you play the game right. You can send thugs to terrorize neighborhoods, or hippies to squat on an opponent's empty properties.

These groups make it easy to hinder other players, giving you the advantage you need to create your city. The added competition and way to get ahead adds a lot of devious gameplay to Constructor.

Release Date: April 28, 2017

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

is a beautiful, 3D story-based game where you explore the islands of the Uncharted Seas. Its inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is hard to ignore.

You have woken up to a strange letter from your father, as well as his old notebook and a necklace, but he has vanished. You try to find out what has happened, so you venture forth to explore the islands of the Uncharted Seas.

This world is full of monsters to fight, puzzles to solve, and secrets to discover. You will learn to use magic and discover ancient treasures to help you on your quest. As you explore, you will discover secrets of the Kingdom of Arcadia and the sea monster, Oceanhorn. Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas looks beautiful, with a very interesting story and many monsters to defeat!

Release: 2017

Are you excited for any of the games coming out on the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below!


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