Tiny Barbarian DX for Switch launches October 10 in North America

A platform-jumping, sword-swinging, 2D adventure.

Tiny Barbarian DX

Tiny Barbarian DX will launch for Switch both physically and digitally on October 10 in North America for $29.99, publisher Nicalis announced. The “complete” Steam version will be released shortly after.

Initial print run of physical copies will include a full-color instruction booklet and a PVC key chain of the Tiny Barbarian in a microfiber pouch branded with the game’s logo. The game’s box art was created by Susumu Matsushita, who has done the cover art for hundreds of issues of Weekly Famitsu.

Here’s an overview of the game, via Nicalis:

A tremendously satisfying platform-jumping/sword-swinging 2-D adventure from developer StarQuail Games, Tiny Barbarian DX is easy to learn and hard to master. “I’m not saying I hate tutorials in video games,” says designer Michael Stearns, “but this game starts out by telling you the functions of two buttons and then sets you on a mountain surrounded by enemies where you will surely die.”

The presentation may be pixel-art perfection, but Tiny Barbarian DX is not afraid to take a few liberties with the retro-gaming aesthetic. You might see the occasional transparency effect or hear more instruments in the soundtrack than you probably remember from your old 16-bit game cartridges…and the super-widescreen aspect ratio is an obvious concession to modern displays. But it’s all done with great taste and supreme reverence for the games that paved the way—some of which are directly referenced in the level designs or gameplay.

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