The Messenger to drop by the Nintendo Switch this Summer

The Messenger

Ever since the Nintendo Switch was released, last year, it’s seen its fair share of retro-inspired action / platform games from indie developers. Some of them have 8-bits or 16-bits graphics, and often something in-between (too pretty to actually run on the console the games that inspired them were released on). But The Messenger is a bit different.

At first, it looks like a pretty standard 8-bit action platformer, and one seemingly inspired by the likes of Ninja Gaiden to boot, with a simple story. But it actually turns into an epic time travelling tale, and a 16-bit Metroidvania. What’s more, the game is said to be “packed with replay value and deadpan humor”. Definitely not your typical retro-inspired indie platformer!

Here’s a trailer for the game:

Here’s the list of key features:

  • An epic ninja adventure with challenging gameplay and tight controls.
  • Legit 8-bit and 16-bit art and music reminiscent of your favorite NES and SNES games.
  • Character upgrades, new abilities, hidden levels and story arcs to discover.
  • Challenging and visceral gameplay where mastery is a thing to behold.

Finally, here’s some screenshots and artworks:

The Messenger (Switch – eShop) comes out this Summer in Europe and North America. The Upcoming Games page has been updated.

Source: Nindie Showcase Spring 2018 / Nintendo


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