Nintendo unveils exciting new indie games in latest Indie World showcase

The latest Nintendo Indie World showcase has provided some exciting news, including the first trailer for Blasphemous II and the release dates for Bomb Rush Cyberfunk and Oxenfree II: Lost Signals. However, there were many other noteworthy titles that were featured at the event as well. Among them were Mineko’s Night Market and Crime O’Clock, as well as Rift of the NecroDancer and Animal Well. This article provides a summary of all the games that were shown during the April Indie World showcase.

Mineko’s Night Market, a game developed by Meowza Games that “celebrates Japanese culture while presenting a heartwarming story of friendship, tradition, and lots of cats,” will be available on September 26 for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, according to publisher Humble Games. In this title, players take on the role of Mineko, a girl who has just moved to a new home on an island inspired by Japan, situated at the foot of Mount Fugu.

The superstitious island inhabitants worship Nikko, the Sun Cat, but what was once an ancient legend seems to have become a reality as locals have recently reported sightings of the feline. Mineko must uncover the secrets of the village and restore the town to its former glory while managing her daily activities.

Rift of the NecroDancer is a new spin-off of the rhythm game Crypt of the NecroDancer, with a release planned for this year, at least for Nintendo Switch. In this installment of the franchise developed by Brace Yourself Games, players must help Cadence “navigate the modern world while repairing the rifts that have shattered her life.” To do so, they must participate in rhythmic battles through the Rift mode, mini-games, and boss battles, all set to a new soundtrack composed by Danny Baranowsky (Canabalt, Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac, and Crypt of the NecroDancer).

Crime O’Clock, a time-based investigation and exploration game with a “deep storyline,” has announced its release for June 30 on Nintendo Switch and PC. In this title, players must investigate cases across time and evolving maps, uncovering a story with multiple connections. Each map has multiple temporal markers that can be visited to solve different cases (murders, thefts, hacking, etc.) across time, allowing players to solve crimes before they happen.

The rest of the games (along with their respective trailers) that were shown at the April 2023 Indie World showcase include:

My Time at Sandrock: the sequel to the sandbox game My Time At Portia will arrive this summer on Nintendo Switch. PlateUp!: combines restaurant and kitchen management with strategic planning and development. Available in October for PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Game Pass, and Nintendo Switch. Quilts and Cats of Calico: an adaptation of the board game where you make quilts and meet cats. Available in autumn for PC and Nintendo Switch. Animal Well: a title developed by a single person that transports players to a pixelated world where they must search for treasures. Available late 2023 for PS5, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Teslagard 2 and Teslagard Remastered: both action-adventure games are now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Shadows Over Loathing: this role-playing game featuring stick figures is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop. The physical edition will arrive in autumn.