If you’ve felt that the selection for independent titles on Nintendo’s eShop has been a bit anaemic (and well overpriced at that), you may well be in luck, as Akupara Games have just announced the upcoming release of a new-to-Switch title, Whispering Willows, via a trailer released this Friday.
Whispering Willows will be a port of a game previously released on the PC and Ouya in 2014 by Night Light Interactive, but it looks to have found a natural home on the Switch, four years later. The game looks to be a 2D platformer with hand-painted graphics, and will emphasise a story-driven experience “full of twists and betrayal”, as well as exploration and puzzles to keep the player busy.
Adventure games that harken back to Metroidvania often do well on Nintendo’s platform, which will be a boon for the developers and also fans of the genre. The handheld nature of the console also pairs well with intimate experiences, which Whispering Willows looks to offer.
The story will see you taking control of a young girl named Elena who is in search of her father in the frightening setting of the Willows Mansion. Elena will be confronted by spirits both benevolent and malevolent, but she is imbued with the powers of astral projection thanks to an amulet left to her by her dad, which will allow her to solve the puzzles left by the mansion, according to the official press release. The game had been decently well-received in the past, earning 63% from aggregators Metacritic.
The Los Angeles-based independent publisher-developer, noted for previously being behind titles such as Little Bug and Desert Child, look to continue their commitment to uplifting smaller games; the company specialise in “delivering next-level results” for clients that might not have had the knowledge or power to launch their games on platforms such as the Switch themselves.
The Switch port will be released on the 25th of September for $9.99 on the eShop, and the trailer can be viewed here: