Annapurna Interactive’s Switch collection is $200 — and worth the price

Why spend $199.99 for a limited edition Switch cart? Because it has 12 games on it, that’s why — with some of the most original, fascinating, artistic, and downright best indie releases of the last decade among them.

Take a deep breath (then) Annapurna Interactive Deluxe Limited Edition CollectionThe cartridge is a collection of 12 boutique games published by gaming collector specialist iam8bit. And it’s an absolute murderer’s row of stylish and thoughtful interactive entertainment. Here’s the full list:

  • Donut County
  • Gorogoa
  • In retrospect
  • The I Am Dead
  • You Found…
  • Kentucky Route Zero TV Edition
  • Neon White
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Solar Ash
  • Artful Escape
  • Pathless
  • What’s Left of Edith Finch

It’s like the Orange Box of indie games!

I’ll just pick out a few random highlights. GorogoaThis is an illustrated, beautiful puzzle game that will challenge your mind. Kentucky Route ZeroThis is a Lynchian, mysterious interactive fiction. Sayonara Wild HeartsThis is an incredibly cool music arcade game. Neon White is a savage, demon-slaying speedrunner’s delight; and What’s Left of Edith FinchThis is an emotional family story in the form of a walking simulator.

iam8bit confirmed on XThe cart includes all the games in full, without requiring any downloads. The first time the In retrospect, The I Am Dead, Find …, You can also find out more about the following: Solar AshSwitch was released in physical form.

The cost would be only slightly higher than that of the Annapurna Collection’s asking price to download the games individually from the Switch store, but that doesn’t come with the convenience, satisfaction, and preservation value of owning them all on a single cart — and iam8bit is naturally juicing the package with a few collectible extras. The game box comes in a custom folio case, together with an art booklet featuring exclusive statements from the games’ development teams. Annapurna Switch Carry Case and Cartridge Case are included as well.

With a limited run of just 2500, this is certainly a luxury edition made with collectors in mind — but the quality of the games justifies the price on its own. The games are worth it on their own. Annapurna Interactive Deluxe Limited Edition Collection Preorders are now open at iam8bit, with shipments expected before the end the year.

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