A Year of Nicalis and Nintendo
Nicalis has supported Nintendo platforms for years, but 2017 was an especially good year for fans of their games, as Nicalis brought numerous indie games to the Nintendo Switch and announced more for 2018. Let’s take a look back and see what 2017 was like for Nicalis and Nintendo.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ – March 17
Nicalis announced its first Switch ports before the Switch was even out, and on March 17, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ was released for the Switch. This dark roguelike was developed by Nicalis and Edmund McMillen (who designed Super Meat Boy), and the Switch version included both of its previous expansions.
Cave Story+ – June 20
While not everyone was pleased with yet another version of Studio Pixel’s Cave Story being released (since it has appeared on numerous platforms in the past, through various versions and remakes), Cave Story+ came out for the Switch in June and delighted fans who either hadn’t played it before or wanted to experience it again.
Tiny Barbarian DX – October 10
The next game Nicalis published for the Switch was Tiny Barbarian DX, a retro-style action platformer from StarQuail Games. Taking place across multiple self-contained episodes, it let players experience the action alone or in two-player co-op.
Knight Terrors – October 24
Released in time for Halloween, Nicalis brought Knight Terrors from FreakZone Games to the Switch so fans could enjoy hacking and slashing their way through numerous terrors in a simple side-scrolling experience.
Ittle Dew 2+ – November 14
As an action-adventure game in the style of Zelda, Ittle Dew 2+ from Ludosity charmed players with its world and puzzles when it came out in November.
VVVVVV – November 17
Just a few days later, Nicalis brought Terry Cavanagh’s VVVVVV to the Switch, a delight for fans who enjoyed how this unusual puzzle platformer uses gravity mechanics for a new twist on the typical platforming formula.
The End is Nigh – December 12
Fans of challenging platformers were excited by the announcement of The End is Nigh, developed by Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac) and Tyler Glaiel. Nicalis took on the task of publishing the Switch version, and it came out on the Switch just a couple weeks ago, to general acclaim.
As you can see, Nicalis started out 2017 with a couple early Switch releases, but then really stepped it up in the later part of the year. That wasn’t it for their announcements, however, as they have significant Switch support planned for the future.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – 2018 (physical)
Not to be confused with the spiritual successor also coming to the Switch, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is a remake of Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap, developed by Lizardcube. This action-adventure is already available from the eShop, but Nicalis is handling the physical release due out in 2018.
Runner3 – 2018 (physical)
Runner3 is the next game in the Bit.Trip rhythm game series by Choice Provisions, and it is due out for the Switch in early 2018. Nicalis will be publishing a physical version of the game.
Despite being one of the earliest games Nicalis revealed for the Switch, 1001 Spikes from 8bits Fanatics isn’t out yet. Nevertheless, fans of brutal platformers are eagerly awaiting its release. It should be out in 2018.
Blade Strangers from Studio Saizensen is also coming soon, and this hardcore fighting game brings together characters from the developer and publisher’s previous games, like Code of Princess and Cave Story+. Its released date is currently unconfirmed, although some retailers have begun to list a March 2018 date.
Save me Mr. Tako
Another game Nicalis has announced is Save me Mr. Tako, a retro-style game from Christophe Galati that pays tribute to the Game Boy and deals with a strange world of humans and octopi. Don’t forget to read our interview with the developer to learn more about it!
The fast-paced racing game Redout from developer 34BigThings is highly anticipated by anyone who enjoys arcade racing. Originally planned for an October release, it was delayed to 2018.
90s Super GP
That’s not the only arcade racer on its way, either. This racer from Antonis Pelekanos (Pelikan13) has suffered a lot of delays over the years (originally planned for a release on the Wii U under the name 90s Arcade Racer), but it was eventually re-announced for the Switch. We don’t know when it will be out, but we hope to see it in 2018.
Nicalis has proven to be a strong supporter of the Nintendo Switch, whether they’re porting older games, handling physical releases, or bringing brand-new games to the Switch. Which of their games released in 2017 have you played? Which of their future releases are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!