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Nintendo reveals the best-selling Nintendo Switch indie games for 2021

In a video posted to Twitter, the Indie World team highlighted the 15 best-selling indie games on Nintendo Switch over the past 12 months.

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In a video posted to Twitter, the Indie World team highlighted the 15 best-selling indie games on Nintendo Switch over the past 12 months.

If you’ve ever written about video game charts (we have; we don’t entirely recommend it as a stimulating way to pass the time) then you’ll know that digital sales figures can be notoriously difficult to get hold of. Yes, we all know that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold buckets at retail every week, but what about some of the Switch’s relative minnows?

Thankfully, hot on the heels of its recent Indie World video presentation, Nintendo has revealed the 15 best-selling indie games on Nintendo Switch through 2021. Alas, we don’t know the figures. Nor do we know if this is in any kind of deliberate order. (We’re presuming it is, because it’s certainly not alphabetical, but it’s hard to say if it’s ascending or descending.)

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But it’s more information than we’d normally get on digital-only sales and indie games in particular, so we’re counting it as a win. As an added bonus, it’s a list of interesting indie games you should check out. The wisdom of crowds, and all that.

You can watch the video on the original Tweet:

Or to save you some time, we’ve summarised the list for you.

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Best-selling Nintendo Switch indie games for 2021

  • Cyber Shadow
  • Unpacking
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • Stick Fight: The Game
  • Curse of the Dead Gods
  • Ender Lilies
  • Doki Doki Literature Club Plus
  • Spelunky 2
  • Road 96
  • Subnautica: Below Zero
  • Littlewood
  • Islanders
  • Slime Rancher: Plortable Edition
  • Eastward
  • Axiom Verge 2

Highlights on that list are Unpacking (which featured prominently in our GOTY 2021 list), Road 96, Subnautica: Below Zero, Tetris Effect: Connected, and, of course, the sublime Spelunky 2.


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