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It’s almost uncanny how many indie games are flocking to Nintendo’s newest hybrid console, and come January, Coatsink’s and Secret Lunch’s charming platformer Shu will join the Switch’s ever-growing roster.

The upcoming release will run at 60 frames per second in both handheld and docked modes, said Eddie Beardsmore, COO of Coatsink. The game will be available for purchase through the Nintendo eShop, and no word of a retail version of Shu has been announced. The add-on content The Cavern of Nightjars, which arrived for free on the other versions the game earlier this year, will also be included in the Switch release at no additional cost.

Shu initially came out on Steam, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on October 4, 2016. The 2.5D platformer puts players in the shoes of a bird creature named Shu who has to outrun and stop a living storm as it destroys his village. During each level, he can save fellow villagers, and each of them gives him a different platforming ability to reach the end of the stage. The storm, denoted by dark purple winds and a menacing mouth, is featured in some levels and actively chases Shu and his friends.

Beardsmore explained that with the Switch’s impressive fall lineup — including games like Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 — the developers looked to release Shu at a later date.

“We took some extra time to ensure our much-loved platformer got the treatment it deserved,” he said.

In our review for Shu, Samuel Guglielmo found the platforming to be well made, with occasionally intense chase scenes that keep the game interesting. Despite its short length, we gave it an 8.0.

Shu will be available for the Switch via the Nintendo eShop on January 23, and it will run for $9.99 or your regional equivalent.

Are you interested in picking up this platformer? Have you played it on any other platforms? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Robert Scarpinito

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On the occasions when I'm not talking about how good the Persona series is, I'm probably playing video games. When I'm not playing games, I'm probably talking about them on the Tiny Disc Podcast. I also enjoy practicing my cooking and mixology.