As June has drawn to a close, it’s time to take a look at what European Switch owners downloaded during the period. Let me just say, it’s a good month to be an indie game. As Nintendo has revealed, indie titles make up five of the top six most downloaded games on the Nintendo Switch eShop in Europe for the month of June.
Though it may come as no surprise, topping the charts is the much anticipated Cadence of Hyrule. The Zelda-themed, roguelike rhythm game was a hit with critics. Apparently, players liked it, too, as it took the top spot for the month. It even beat out the sure-to-be megahit Super Mario Maker 2, though that game was only available from June 28th, however it’s still an impressive feat.
Perhaps even more impressive was boost Cadence of Hyrule’s predecessor saw during the month. 2015 indie darling Crypt of the Necrodancer saw a dramatic bump in downloads, landing at third place, and coming in above evergreen titles such as Mario Kart and Minecraft.
Crypt of the Necrodancer saw a sales boost
Also dominating the charts, and rounding out the top five, were two older indie titles. Beloved Metroidvania game Hollow Knight took the fourth spot, and the recently ported Xbox One and PC title Cuphead was fifth on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
My Friend Pedro, a new release for the month of June, scored an impressive number six spot, after just 10 days on sale. The side-scrolling shoot ’em up received a warm response from critics, including a glowing appraisal from our very own Sean McGrath.
My Friend Pedro enjoyed an impressive debut
The indie show does not stop there, however, with Slay the Spire, Stardew Valley and Enter the Gungeon all making an appearance within the top 15.
The full list has been reproduced below (indie titles are in bold):
- Cadence of Hyrule
- Super Mario Maker 2
- Crypt of the Necrodancer
- Hollow Knight
- My Friend Pedro
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
- Final Fantasy VII
- Rocket League
- Slay the Spire
- Stardew Valley
- Collection of Mana
- Enter the Gungeon