Nicalis Unveils E3 Lineup with The End is Nigh, Blade Strangers, Tiny Barbarian DX, and More

Nicalis unveiled their E3 2017 lineup with The End is Nigh, Tiny Barbarian DX, Ittle Dew 2+. and Blade Strangers which are all coming to the Switch.

on June 12, 2017 12:46 PM

Indie developer and publisher Nicalis (Binding of IsaacCave Story) recently sent out a press release detailing the games they will be showing off during this year’s E3. The most recognizable name in this list is Edmund McMillen’s latest title, The End is Nigh, which just last night showed off some brand new gameplay. With Nicalis’ history with Nintendo, it’s not surprising that all four titles will be coming to the Nintendo switch (2 currently being exclusives).

The lineup is pretty diverse with a number of different genres and styles represented. The already mentioned The End is Nigh checks off the difficult platformer whereas Little Barbarian DX tackles co-op hack n’ slash. Ittle Dew 2+ proudly carries early Legend of Zelda vibes with top-down action and dungeon crawling and recently covered Blade Strangers revels in retro 2D anime fighting nostalgia.

Nicalis has a knack for bringing really interesting games to the indie fold and this E3 2017 batch is no exception. You can read more about each individual game in the press release below:

Blade Strangers (PS4, Switch, PC)

From veteran Japanese developer Studio Saizensen comes Blade Strangers, a hardcore old-school fighting game with online multiplayer battles for the Switch and PS4. Its refined four-button control scheme makes it easy for beginners to jump right in, but tournament-caliber players will relish the intricate combos, counters and specials. The fighter roster includes characters from previous Studio Saizensen games (like Code of Princess and Sayonara Umihara Kawase), Nicalis games (like Cave Story+) and other surprise entrants.

The End is Nigh (PS4, Switch)

The brand-new game from The Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel, The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure/platformer. Players control Ash, a little black glob trying to make a friend out of the body parts he finds scattered throughout a post-apocalyptic world. As Ash leaps his way through a never-ending onslaught of decaying, mutant creatures, he can collect assorted tumors and hidden video-game cartridges that unlock fully playable mini-games.

Ittle Dew 2+ (Switch)

Sassy adventurer Ittle and her reluctant flying friend Tippsie return in Ittle Dew 2+, an upgraded and expanded Nintendo Switch version of the action/adventure puzzle game from developer Ludosity. Stranded on a mysterious island and armed with a few weapons as well as a magical map, our heroine explores the three-dimensional landscape in search of valuable loot and the eight scattered pieces of a raft that could be her ticket home.

Tiny Barbarian DX (Switch)

Inspired by heroic fantasy fiction, Tiny Barbarian DX is the action-packed adventure of one Barbarian’s quest for vengeance. Developer StarQuail Games has combined engaging 2D platform action and combo-based hack-and-slash combat with retro-style pixel art and a pulse-pounding chiptune soundtrack for Nintendo Switch. The game offers two-player cooperative action, unlockable game modes and multiple homages to classic 8- and 16-bit games in each of its four lengthy episodes.

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Leif Conti-Groome is a staff writer at DualShockers who mainly focuses on indie games and crowdfunding campaigns. He was a contributor to the niche game podcast Total Control and he frequently lends his services to the Torontonian enthusiast group, The Hand Eye Society.