Nintendo (and Derek Yu at Mossmouth) has just announced that Spelunky and Spelunky 2 are coming to Nintendo Switch next summer. The announcement kicked off the Indie World Showcase today, and all we can say is it’s about goddamn time. Spelunky launched over eight years ago on other systems, becoming one of the most popular roguelikes in the years since.
It’s nice to see the sequel come so soon after launch too. Spelunky 2 dropped just a few months ago on PC and PlayStation 4, delivering a worthy follow-up so many years after the original. The sequel adds online multiplayer modes too, which will be present in the Switch version. The first game only contains local co-op.
Spelunky is a procedurally generated 2D platformer that contains roguelike elements across its cave-dwelling adventure. Sure, roguelike is now a household term, but Spelunky was one of the pioneers of the genre. Lots of indies took Spelunky‘s example and ran with it, resulting in a breadth of roguelikes flooding the indie scene.
Its sequel took quite a while to arrive, so it hasn’t gained the same level of fandom just yet. By most accounts it’s a worthy successor though, and we welcome both to the Switch platform. Developer Mossmouth is delivering both Spelunky and Spelunky 2 on Nintendo Switch next summer.