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During the recent Nindies Showcase, we were shocked and delighted to learn there's a new Zelda crossover game on the way. Unlike Hyrule Warriors, the latest Zelda crossover wasn't made with another AAA developer, but an indie team instead. Nintendo is teaming up with Crypt of the NecroDancer developer Brace Yourself Games to make Cadence of Hyrule. Will this open the door to more Nintendo/indie collaborations in the future?

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Back in 2017, indie developer Inti Creates crafted a remake of the classic NES game Blaster Master and launched it on Nintendo 3DS and Switch as Blaster Master Zero. The remake was a big success on eShop, and Inti Creates has been working on a sequel ever since. During today's Nindies Direct, Blaster Master Zero 2 was revealed, and on top of that, it's already available on Switch eShop for $9.99.

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Here's a shocking announcement we weren't expecting. The final reveal of today's Nindies Showcase was a crossover game mixing an indie series with a major Nintendo franchise. Cadence of Hyrule is a sequel to Crypt of the Necrodancer featuring a familiar-looking world and Link and Zelda as playable characters. Cadence of Hyrule is headed to Nintendo Switch this Spring.

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We've been hearing rumors recently that Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch. This turned out to be true today during today's Nindies Direct. Studio MDHR and Microsoft have teamed up with Nintendo to bring the popular run-and-gun platformer to Switch on April 18th, and it's available for pre-purchase today. You can catch the reveal trailer by clicking below!

Earlier in the week, Nintendo announced plans to host another Nindies Direct, and today's the day! The indie game presentation will last about half an hour, which is a sizable chunk of time for a Nindies event. We're not sure exactly what to expect in terms of announcements, but there should be plenty to see, and we're livestreaming it all right here. The show kicks off at 9:00 AM Pacific / Noon Eastern.

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The Nintendo Switch eShop has become a hot spot for indies, and Nintendo has been doing a pretty good job of making sure some of the best ones are promoted. Just two months ago they held an Indie Highlights Presentation, but they still have more to show. Nintendo just announced that they'll be broadcasting a Nindies Showcase later this week.

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During today's Nintendo Direct we learned that indie developer Toby Fox is bringing the first chapter of Delta Rune to Nintendo Switch. Originally released as a free download on PC, Delta Rune is an in-development spiritual successor to the immensely popular RPG Undertale and features many of the same characters. If you haven't yet picked up Undertale itself, there's no time like the present thanks to a new deal!

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Toby Fox entranced millions of gamers with the indie sensation Undertale, but if he gets his way that will just be the tip of the iceberg. Late last year he launched a follow-up game called Delta Rune, but the free download turned out to be just the first chapter of an upcoming future game. Last we heard, Fox was in the process of recruiting developers to help him make the full game, but in the meantime he has teamed up with Nintendo to launch the first chapter on Nintendo Switch.

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Millions of eager Nintendo fans are waiting impatiently for the next Nintendo Direct. While it hasn't been announced yet, Nintendo did promise fans an Indie Highlights presentation, and it just dropped on YouTube. It's a 16-minute, 40-second presentation packed with indie reveals, trailers, and release dates. The lineup includes Wargroove, Goat Simulator, SteamWorld Quest, and many more.

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Nintendo has been absolutely knocking it out of the park lately with top-selling exclusives like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon: Let's Go, but if you're only looking at the AAA lineup, you're missing out. Switch (and 3DS to a lesser extent) has become a treasure trove of great games from smaller, independent developers. If you want to keep up to date on the indie scene, you'll want to tune in to Nintendo's Indie Highlights presentation tomorrow.

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After teasing some farewell levels for Celeste late last year, one of the game's co-creators, Matt Thorson, took to Twitter yesterday to detail exactly what we can expect from the upcoming DLC. Coming free to all platforms, these additional levels will be leaving the iconic strawberries behind, but they will feature a few new items and mechanics to make up for it. There's no word on when this DLC will be available, though they unfortunately won't be ready in time for the game's first anniversary on January 25th.

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If you're anything like me, you were probably ecstatic when Celeste got a Game of the Year nomination for The Game Awards 2018. It may not have won, but the team at Matt Makes Games did go home with two other notable awards: "Best Independent Game" and "Games for Impact." The latter, according to the Game Awards site, is "for a thought-provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message." If you've played Celeste or are at least familiar with its themes of struggling with depression and anxiety, you'll know this award was very well deserved. As someone deeply touched by the game due to my own anxiety, I wanted to talk about how Celeste brilliantly blends this story with its challenging gameplay, and why that hands-down makes it my game of 2018.

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Celeste is one of the best games of 2018, but as is the case with most indie games, it was only available digitally. That's going to change as we enter the new year, courtesy of Limited Run Games, a company which specializes in creating physical copies of digital-only games in limited batches. Two versions of the game will be available for sale starting January 1st—a standard edition and a collector's edition.

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Switch has become the go-to platform for indie developers looking to expand their audience, and numerous titles have seen higher than expected sales on the platform. 2018 was another great year for quality indie games on Switch, with titles like Celeste, Dead Cells, and The Messenger achieving critical acclaim. To celebrate these and other great games, Nintendo has put together two sizzle reels of 2018 Indie Hits on Switch.

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One of my favorite games of the year is indie darling Celeste. With challenging platforming gameplay, an outstanding soundtrack, beautiful retro graphics, and an emotionally charged story, Celeste impressed gamers around the world. It even managed a Game of the Year nomination and took home Best Independent Game at The Game Awards. Director Matt Thorson recently shared a major milestone for the hit game on Twitter and also teased more content for the future.

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