A lot of intriguing indie Switch games just got revealed at Nintendo’s now-customary Nindie presentation at GDC. We saw games about surviving with Iditarod sled dogs, the upcoming third season of Stranger Things, indie classics from Vlambeer like Nuclear Throne, yet another weird pinball action game, a Blaster Master Zero sequel out now, and a new Double Fine game about being a radical mutant kid in the post-apocalypse.
Oh, and we also got a trailer for Cadence of Hyrule, a gorgeous Zelda-themed follow-up to Crypt of the NecroDancer we hope tosses out the roguelike elements (it doesn’t) as it adds in Nintendo elements and iconic Zelda tunes.
But arguably more surprising than Nintendo letting an indie team play with one of its most important franchises was the news that opened the showcase. Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch, giving us even more proof of the blossoming Nintendo/Microsoft bromance (along with a very creepy, slow-paced, live-action, retro milk commercial).
With its gorgeous old-school cartoon visuals and brutal old-school video game 2D shooter difficulty, Cuphead was one of the best games of 2017. It was also one of the best reasons to own an Xbox One or use Microsoft’s PC gaming store as it was exclusive to those platforms. So when rumors surfaced that Xbox games could be coming to Switch, Cuphead immediately became one of our most anticipated potential ports.
And now it’s happening! But even more exciting than the idea of fighting King Dice on the go is that Nintendo said this deal is specifically happening with help from “friends at Microsoft.” Soon after, Microsoft also said it’s working to bring Xbox Live support to the Switch version of the game. So with those previous Nintendo/Microsoft collaboration rumors now confirmed, how much deeper will this partnership go? Will Xcloud stream Game Pass games on Switch? Will Master Chief come to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?
We’ll have to wait on those, but we won’t have to wait much longer for Cuphead on Nintendo Switch since it’s launching on April 18.