Indie titles added for launch of Nintendo Switch

There has been a lot of talk about what games, beyond a new Zelda game, will be coming to the new Nintendo Switch. Specifically, what will players be able to play on day one?

Nintendo announced three new indie games will launch on March 3 when the new console becomes available. They will join six other games confirmed by Nintendo to be available on launch day.

“Fast RMX” is lightning-fast, anti-gravity racing game that challenges players in local split-screen action or against others around the world online. The title is exclusive to Nintendo Switch but has no price listing at this time.

The popular “Shovel Knight” franchise will have two different titles for play on launch day. “Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove” contains the original “Shovel Knight” game as well as previously released DLC, all in one package. It will be available for $24.99.

“Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment” is one of the DLC, the latest, but it is also a full-features game, starring Specter Knight, one of the enemies from the original game. Nintendo said the adventure includes more content than the last DLC, “Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows.” It will be available for $9.99.

Both "Shovel Knight" titles will be exclusive for the Nintendo Switch for a limited time.

These three join six other titles, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” “1-2-Switch,” “Just Dance 2017,” “Super Bomberman R,” “I am Setsuna,” and “Skylanders Imaginators” in the Nintendo game store for release on March 3. However, Nintendo said their eShop will be home for more than 60 indie titles, in addition to digital versions of packaged games and DLC. They are planning a showcase video on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. PT to celebrate “Nindie” creations.

For those people who already have money in a Nintendo wallet through their 3DS, the company said linking up the Nintendo Switch with their Nintendo account will make those funds available on the new console. A system update on launch day will be needed to access the Nintendo eShop.

Virtual Console games will not be available on day one, but the company hopes to share more information in the near future.

There are other games that are projecting a later March or later 2017 launch, so the choices for the Nintendo Switch should be varied enough to have some appeal for everyone. With months before any holiday bundles or deals, the Switch will have plenty of time to win over many fans.