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Nintendo reveals best-selling indie Switch games

Celeste triumphs as platform holder pledges to improve eShop discoverability

Nintendo has revealed the ten best-selling indie games on the Switch eShop - and promised that it will address the store's discoverability problem.

While no specific sales figures were shared, Kotaku reports that Nintendo indie rep Damon Baker confirmed in a talk at GDC that the most successful digital indie titles on the platform were:

  1. Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  2. Enter the Gungeon (Dodge Roll)
  3. Fast RMX (Shin'en Multimedia)
  4. Golf Story (Sidebar Games)
  5. Kamiko (Skipmore)
  6. NBA Playgrounds (Saber Interactive)
  7. Overcooked Special Edition (Ghost Town Games)
  8. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Yacht Club Games)
  9. Stardew Valley (Chucklefish)
  10. SteamWorld Dig 2 (Image and Form)

Added Baker: "Nintendo fans really tap into those games that share inspiration, or have a sense of, nostalgia, with tried and true franchises, maybe games they grew up playing when they were younger."

He also claimed that multiplayer titles had been very successful, as had games that offer the novelty of playing PC titles on the move.

Perhaps more notable is the fact that, for the first time according to Baker, digital third party titles had sold better in unit terms than physical third party games - although this of course comes with the caveat that many indie titles are only ever released digitally for the console.

Eurogamer adds that Baker also acknowledged the criticism received by eShop for the lack of discoverability some titles face.

"We've heard the feedback from yourselves, from fans, loud and clear, about the limitations of the Nintendo eShop," Baker conceded. "I can assure you steps are being taken over the course of the year to improve the functionality in terms of discoverability and visibility, to highlight all of that great content."

There will also be a renewed focus on wider promotions on social media and on Nintendo's own website.