Nintendo has always been a top level game developer but when it comes to the library of games on their hardware, the company has routinely had issues getting support from other places. This has included independent game developers who are much more likely to design their games for the PC or another console. However, with the popularity and the unique design of the Nintendo Switch, several indie games are on their way to the new platform.
I was able to attend a special event prior to the start of PAX West last week where Nintendo put several of these indie Nintendo titles (Nindies for short) on display, and I got my hands on several titles (as well as one later in the weekend, that will be worth checking out when they are released this holiday season and beyond.
Mulaka is an action adventure title designed by Mexican developer Lienzo and is based on the myths and legends of some of the nations' indigenous people. You play a spear wielding warrior who can transform into various animals, including a bird, which was in the demo I played. The game is 3D but the art style is simple, characters are basic polygons without much in the way of detail, but as an artistic choice, it works. It also can't be said that the subject matter is something that's really been done before and it's great to see new material like this making it into games. The unique visual style will hopefully draw people into a game they might now otherwise play.
Quite possibly the most interesting title I played on this night was Floor Kids. It's a breakdancing rhythm game where you attempt to score the most points by pulling off the best breakdancing moves while keeping the beat of the music. How you do that depends on how you play, as the game makes use of the Switch touch screen and allows you to pull off moves with swipes across the screen, or you can play with standard controllers using analog sticks and buttons. Floor Kids is one of those games that you'll be going back to again and again to try and improve your abilities. The music is catchy so you won't get tired of it, and the different control styles give you two ways to master the game.