Nindies Showcase Spring 2019

Could Nintendo be partnering with Microsoft to bring Xbox indie exclusives to Switch?

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Nintendo has announced a 30-minute live broadcast this Wednesday 20th March to announce a host of new indie titles coming to Switch.

Fans can tune into the presentation at 9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET | 4:00 pm GMT over at Nintendo’s website.

In the two years since launch, the Nintendo Switch has become an amazing platform for indie developers. Most of the major indie releases from the last five years have found their way onto the handheld, which is perfect for bite-sized, on-the-go gaming.

We’re hoping this year’s #Nindie Showcase reveals what we’ve been suspecting for some time – that Nintendo is indeed partnering with Microsoft to bring Xbox indie exclusives to the Switch using either its Game Pass or recently announced xCloud streaming service.

This cross platform integration could finally put fan favourites like Ori and The Blind Forest and Cuphead into Nintendo gamers’ hands – literally.

And the overall benefits are clear to see from both sides: Nintendo’s catalogue is immediately expanded with stellar titles and Microsoft gains access to a huge new market which has previously eluded it (Xbox never really sold well in Japan).

Microsoft and Nintendo have teamed up before, most notably for the cross-play functionality of indie giant Minecraft. It’s clear that both companies recognise the value in sharing their hardware and software platforms to achieve maximum returns.

Of course, this is all speculation on our part. It may be that the half-hour show will simply showcase the indie release calendar for the next 12 months – and that would be fine with us. But we can dream can’t we?

If the above does not happen, then we’ll still be watching live to see what games are headed to our favourite handheld this year, and hoping a few drop straight after the show.

Let us know in the comments if you’re hoping for any particular titles to be announced on Wednesday.

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John games on all platforms, across all generations, but believes indie game development is where true innovation lies. He's always on the lookout for new experiences, be it retro homebrew releases, Steam Early Access projects, or the next big VR hit.

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