During a presentation at GDC 2018 in San Francisco Nintendo revealed the 10 best-selling indie games on the platform. The list, in no particular order, is as follows:

  • Golf Story
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • Stardew Valley
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Kamiko
  • Fast RMX
  • Overcooked Special Edition
  • NBA Playgrounds
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  • Celeste

Of course, indies are a huge part of the Nintendo Switch library. In its first year on the market, Nintendo Switch has seen a steady influx of indie titles, both exclusives like Golf Story, and ports like Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which has served to pad out its library significantly. Nintendo’s devotion to supporting indies on the platform is clear, with the company holding regular Nindies showcases, short presentations which highlight a slate of upcoming indie games.

The most notable thing about this list is the absence of some larger titles like Rocket League, instead consisting of titles like Kamiko and Fast RMX. The Nintendo Switch has been very well received by gamers and developers alike. Many games have reportedly sold much better on the console/handheld hybrid, leading more and more indies to make the jump. There are also titles on the list that released fairly recently, like Celeste, which released January this yearmeaning that they have managed to beat games which have had much longer on the market. The list is made using units sold rather than revenue generated.

Eurogamer reports that Senior manager for publisher and developer relations Damon Baker addressed some of the criticism which has been leveled at the Nintendo Switch eShop’s discoverability functions, stating “We’ve heard the feedback from yourselves, from fans, loud and clear, about the limitations of the Nintendo eShop”. He continued “I can assure you steps are being taken over the course of the year to improve the functionality in terms of discoverability and visibility, to highlight all of that great content.”

Nintendo revealed the list at GDC 2018, the world’s largest professional game industry event in which game developers, publishers, and industry experts share knowledge, insights, and network. The show usually sees a handful of announcements, including tech and gaming developments.

Nintendo’s last Nindies Showcase was held yesterday, and featured announcements and detailing of several indie titles such as The Messenger, Banner Saga 3 and Light Fall. Cult PC adventure game West of Loathing was also announced, as well as a remaster of the puzzle game Lumines.

Be sure to check out our reviews for some of the top 10 best-selling indie games on Switch, including Enter the Gungeon, Shovel Knight, Overcooked and SteamWorld Dig 2.

Are you surprised by the best-sellers list? Let us know in the comments.


Jake Green

Staff Writer