Everything shown and surprise-dropped at today’s Indie World Showcase

Chicory review

From Chicory to Omori, it was a pretty colorful cavalcade of games

Nintendo debuted a new Indie World Showcase this morning, spotlighting the independent games coming to the system this December and into the new year. It was a lineup that was filled with surprises, new footage, and of course, some surprise “available later today” announcements.

Opening the show was Sea of Stars, the classically-styled RPG from The Messenger developer Sabotage Studio. It’s got a great look, some good ol’ RPG combat, and features some music from Yasunori Mitsuda of Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross fame. It’s aiming for a holiday 2022 launch.

In the games that followed, there were some dates laid out for indies across the coming months. OlliOlli World locked in a Feb. 8, 2022 launch date for its skateboarding world, and River City Girls 2 has a window of Summer 2022. A few new surprises showed up, like point-and-click mystery throwback Loco Motive and the seemingly heartbreaking musical adventure After Love EP, both targeting the summer of 2022.

On the “out today” front, a few games will be available sometime today on the Nintendo Switch. The headliner is Chicory: A Colorful Tale, a wonderful game that seems very well suited for the Switch. Dungeon Munchies looks like a cool dungeon crawler with a focus on cooking your enemies to make yourself stronger. Puzzle game Timelie gets both a demo and a launch today, and board game collection Let’s Play! Oink Games also hits the Switch today.

Finally, closing the show out is Omori, the beautiful and haunting RPG from Omocat LLC that became something of a cult hit around the end of last year. It certainly comes bearing a content warning, but if you’re looking for an RPG that doesn’t feel like any other RPG you’ve played in recent memory, it seems well-suited to the task. Omori will hit Switch in spring 2022.

Here’s a list of everything shown during today’s Nintendo Indie World Showcase for December 2021, with release dates or windows:

  • Sea of Stars – Holiday 2022
  • Aliisha—The Oblivion of Twin Goddess – Spring 2022
  • Loco Motive – Summer 2022
  • After Love EP – Summer 2022
  • Dungeon Munchies – Later today – Nintendo eShop link here
  • Figment 2: Creed Valley – Feb. 2022, demo today
  • Let’s Play! Oink Games – Later today – Nintendo eShop link here
  • Endling—Extinction is Forever – Spring 2022
  • OlliOlli World – Feb 8, 2022
  • River City Girls 2 – Summer 2022
  • Parkasaurus – Spring 2022
  • Don’t Starve Together – Spring 2022
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale – Later today – Nintendo eShop link here
  • Baby Storm – Jan. 21, 2022
  • GRIME – Summer 2022
  • Gerda: A Flame in Winter – 2022
  • Timelie – Full game and free demo today – Nintendo eShop link here
  • Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery – Spring 2022
  • Omori – Spring 2022
Eric Van Allen