Industry Recon: Nintendo Goes All in on Indie Games at Pax West. No More Heroes and Super Meat Boy Sequels Announced.

Oh hell yeah!  Nintendo rolled up to Pax West with a mission to whip it out, slam it on the table and go, “Ya’ll like indie games?”   Considering some of the best games to come out over the past few years are from developers without a AAA budget, I doubt you’re going to see many complaints about this from Switch owners.   Two of the biggest games announced, in terms of name recognition for indie fans, are sequels to the Super Meat Boy and No More Heroes franchises.   The OG Meat Boy from “Team Meat” (lulz), according to the data I was able to find from sales metrics on steam, which includes sales inside of humble bundles as well as xbox 360, has sold just around, if not over, three MILLION copies to date.  For an indie studio, holy shit.   Super Meat Boy Mega Extreme Forever is slated to bring back the twitch reaction platformer love sometime in 2018.  According to the developers, there will be some new game mechanics, such as the ability to attack enemies this time around.  So, it should be interesting to see if minor changes to the gameplay will hurt, or enhance this sequel.  However, seeing how well this team has handled their meat so far, I don’t think there will be any miscues here. 

We meat again.

Now for the series I’m personally a fan of, No More Heroes from Suda51’s crazy ass. Seriously, the dude made a game called Lollipop Chainsaw about a chainsaw wielding cheerleader lugging around her dead boyfriends head while fighting zombies.  Alright, enough getting side tracked.  No More Heroes, as a franchise, has sold about 1 million copies to date.  No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again, will be the third “official” entry into the franchise.  (There was a remake for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.)  Unlike Meat Boy, No More Heroes is an action game where your main character basically wields a god damn light saber.  Needless to say, if you’re a fan of these franchises, 2018 has you covered.  If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a good time to jump in. 


Now, I would be a jerk not to mention a slew of other indie titles that Nintendo announced for the future at Pax.  So, in order of currently known release date, here goes:  

Steam World Dig 2 – Sept 21, 2017

Golf Story – Sept 2017

Yono And the Celestial Elephant – Oct 18, 2017

Sausage Sports Club – Fall 2017

Earth Atlantis – Fall 2017

Dragon: Marked for Death – Winter 2017

Morphies Law – Winter 2017

Nine Parchments – Holiday 2017

Battle Chef Brigade – Holiday 2017

Poly Bridge – Holiday 2017

Floor Kids – Holiday 2017

Mom Hid My Game – Late 2017

Shovel Knight: King of Cards – Early 2018

Little Fingers – Early 2018

Next Up Hero – Early 2018

Mulaka – 2018

No More Heroes:Travis Strikes Again – 2018

Super Meat Boy Forever – 2018