It looks like online expo season has arrived, and New Game + Expo has brought a whole bunch of exciting game announcements. It’s often a good show from a Switch perspective, with participating developers and publishers usually drawn from the indie scene, which is still very fond of Nintendo’s little hybrid.
This time around, participating companies included Inti Creates, Idea Factory International, NIS America, PM Studios, and Aksys Games, among others. We’ve sifted through the various press releases and details to find the Switch reveals, and below you can see trailers and information on all of these potential gems.
Without further ado, let’s go.
the last friend (April 21th)
Perfectly blending the arcade action of games like Streets of Rage with the strategic tower defense of titles like Plants vs. Zombies, the last friend quickly becomes a battle of men and dogs standing against the end of the world. the last friend recruits a horde of super-powered hounds to help players fend off violent mutants and apocalypse gangs in a fun, fast-paced hybrid of Brawler and Tower Defense.
samurai bearer (April 21th)
A Japanese-style roguelite action game where you fight samurai and monsters in stages that change as you play, ultimately aiming to defeat the eight-headed serpent! SamuraiBringer will be released on April 21, 2022!
Horgiugh and his friends (June 16, 2022)
Take down the 16-bit villains in Horgihugh and Friends! At the end of a brutal war, countries decided to dismantle their weapons. When the Gozareans attack, two retired pilots realize their trusty vintage fighter jets are the only way to combat the alien’s powerful weapon-cancelling technologies. Taking flight, Hugh and Figaro are the last wings of hope in the world.
Birushana (June 28, 2022)
An otome visual novel game. Fifteen years after the Heiji Rebellion, the Heike Clan has reached the height of its power, while the Genji Clan remains devastated by defeat. Hidden deep within the Kurama Mountains lives Shanao, the youngest surviving male heir of Genjiname. However, Shanao harbors a deep secret known to very few.
Soulless (Spring 2022)
[Age-gated trailer, view on YouTube here]
Unsouled is a 2D action RPG requiring immense elaborate control. Take a break from the repetitive attacks and dodge the action as you challenge yourself with the world of Unsouled.
Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 (July 28, 2022)
This game was first introduced in June 2020, so it took some time for this 2D action series to officially become a trilogy. Keiji Inafune served as “action supervisor” on the project and introduced the update as part of the NGPX stream showcasing various new releases and announcements. You can see our full coverage of this reveal here.
Prinny presents NIS Classics Volume 3: The Maid: Ragnarok / Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (Summer 2022)
The Maid: Ragnarök made its way west for the first time, originally only on PSP in Japan. Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure returns to PS1, now with sharper graphics and image optimization options to mimic CRT.
Twilight Divers 2 (Summer 2022)
This Hack n’ Slash action RPG continues the story of Yumo and his friends, taking up arms again to protect the human realm from the dimensional evils that converge on Taipei’s bustling Ximending district and its dark underworld, Youshanding. Fight to uncover the truth and save the city once again!
Kamiwaza: the way of the thief (Fall 2022)
Set during Edo period Japan, Kamiwaza stars Ebizo, a former thief who left his dangerous past life behind to care for a young girl named Suzuna. When Suzuna falls ill, Ebizo returns to Mikado’s seedy underworld to offer her medicine, the only one he knows how to do: by resuming his role as a thief.
Amnesia: Memories (Fall 2022)
In this Otome visual novel, players will wake up as a mysterious heroine, who has no memory of who she is. A friendly spirit named Orion will appear to help you regain your memories as you explore your world and remember your loved ones.
Amnesia: Later x Crowd (Fall 2022)
A companion of Amnesia: Memories, Later x Crowd features a host of different story scenarios, as well as new mini-games. Deepen your relationship with the main characters and sub-characters of Amnesia: Memories and see what sparks!
The mail (2022)
The Courier is an upcoming open-world game that offers players a unique way to experience a mysterious island world while delivering mail. The Courier is an exciting adventure that features over 8 hours of gameplay filled with locations to discover and secrets to learn embedded in a gripping storyline.
Underworld Dreams: The False King is a first-person horror experience that blends elements of adventure, combat, and investigative puzzle to piece together a unique psychological thriller. Based on the worlds of HP Lovecraft in the 80s, Underworld Dreams creates an enthralling mystery tale with gameplay not for the faint-hearted.
Jacques Jeanne (2023)
Kisa is about to give up on her dream of becoming an actress when she gets the opportunity to attend the prestigious All Boys Drama School which she has always admired. She is admitted on two conditions: to be chosen as the protagonist of the final show and to hide her identity as a girl! The competition at school is fierce and the rivalry is real! Can Kisa be able to forge powerful bonds with her all-male classmates while battling them? Will she be cast in the main role of the final performance at the end of the year while keeping her secret?
There are a lot of intriguing games out there – let us know in the comments which interests you!