Since the release of the Nintendo Switch in March 2017 there have been many eager fans awaiting the reveal of the brand-new ‘Nindies’ – a catchy word for the independent Nintendo Switch games to be released across Nintendo’s platforms.
The livestream took place on August 31st and the reveals came thick and fast, with many new Nintendo Switch games receiving exclusive release dates.
However, while Switch’s offerings are ever expanding, there was an announcement of a sadder nature as well: the 3DS Wii U consoles are losing support – the Miiservice will be going offline worldwide on November 8th 2017.
Brand New Nintendo Switch Games
The announcements were dominated by excitement for 2 major releases: Super Meat Boy Forever and No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again, but there were plenty of smaller titles which were given release dates or Switch exclusive reveals.
- SteamWorld Dig 2 will release exclusively on Switch on September 21st and game developers Image & Form mentioned that the PlayStation 4 and Steam version would be released a few days later.
- Kentucky Route Zero, a surreal episodic adventure, will arrive on Switch in early 2018 and this launch will coincide with the release of the 5th and final chapter of the game. The Switch edition will also include all the short interlude chapters which have been released by developer Cardboard Computer.
- Shovel Knight fans were excited to see that the next new campaign mode, King Knight, will release on Switch in early 2018.
- Frozenbyte, the developers behind Trine, revealed that its isometric fighting-style game set in the Trine Universe, Nine Parchments, will release in time for the holiday season.
- There were no announcements for mobile pokies style games as yet, but you could always stick to your mobile online casino for now.
- Yono, a console-exclusive isometric adventure about a baby elephant, will release December 10th.
- A teaser was revealed for Morphies Law, a 4v4 multiplayer in which players shoot each other to steal their mass and grow bigger, but no official release date has been announced as yet.
Other releases include:
- Earth Atlantic: a shooter game set underwater.
- Malaka: a low-poly 3D action adventure.
- Wulverblade: a 2D beat-em-up.
- Dragon: Marked for a Death – a side-scrolling RPG
- Polybridge: a console-exclusive bridge making game.
The End of the Miiverse
Unfortunately, not all the announcements were positive, as Nintendo (finally) officially revealed that 3DS Wii U consoles will be losing support as the Miiverse service will be going offline permanently before the end of the year. According to the announcement, going offline would affect all regions and would take place at 6AM BST worldwide on November 8th. This may not come as a surprise to all our readers, as dataminers stumbled across this information earlier this month, but it’s still sad to have Nintendo announce it officially. Popular Wii games such as Super Smash Bros., Mario Party 10, and Mario Kart 8 will all be affected.
- Players will no longer be able to access Miiverse from the Wii U console, Nintendo 3DS group of systems, or from an internet browser.
- All Miiverse services, such as viewing or making posts and messaging friends, will become unavailable.
- For a limited time only players will be able to request a download of all the posts made up until the day of the closure.
- For all Wii U and 3DS games that support Miiverse functionality in-game, these features and services will no longer be available.
- Miiverse posts will no longer be available in the Wara Wara Plaza.