Looking for Smash, Metroid, Advance Wars on Switch? These Indie Hits Might Help

A half-dozen great indies for you Switch that play like the classics you yearn for

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If you want Classic Zelda, try Blossom Tales
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If you want Classic Zelda, try Blossom Tales

You can certainly argue that those cut their teeth on Link to the Past rather than Ocarina or Wind Waker have been a little ill-served by Nintendo over the years, with 2013’s A Link Between Worlds serving as a rare paean to the old-school crowd. (For those of you gesturing desperately to the copy of Oracle or Minish Cap on your shelf, you have my sympathies.) Given this, a fair few independent studios have tried to take a whack at that formula over the years, with varying degrees of success.

By all accounts, Castle Pixel’s Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King ranks among the very best of these SNES-era imitators, complete with simplified sword-swinging, bomb-chucking, and enough block-pushing to make even a Goron happy. Other than its female protagonist, Blossom Tales definitely suffers from a surfeit of fresh ideas, hewing almost-uncomfortably close to its imitator at certain parts, including several puzzles recycled almost-verbatim from Link to the Past’s more memorable dungeons. Still, for those in the market for an unabashed clone, you can do a lot worse.

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