The End Is Nigh: Nintendo Switch Release Date

One of the year's most overlooked games may get a second chance on the Switch.

The End is Nigh, the critically acclaimed atmospheric platformer from the co-creator of Super Meat Boy and the creator of The Binding of Isaac, Ed McMillen, will be released for the Nintendo Switch on December 12. There’s no word on whether that version will contain the game’s current $14.99 retail price.

If you haven’t had the chance to experience The End is Nigh and need to play a little catch-up, be sure to start with the game’s teaser trailer. 

NSFW Warning: Trailer Contains strong language

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McMillen collaborated with Tyler Glaiel (creator of Closure) on this incredibly dark title. As noted on the game’s Steam page, The End Is Nigh is “a sprawling adventure platformer where the player takes control over Ash, of the few ‘things’ that have ‘survived’ the ‘end of the world.’ ” 

According to the brief description available on Steam and the game’s trailer, The End Is Nigh will replicate aspects of Super Meat Boy‘s style of 2D platforming. That means you can expect a lot of intricately designed levels that escalate in difficulty until you reach a point where your ever skill and a dose of luck will be required to even move a few feet. Based on Super Meat Boy and the few levels we’ve seen of The End Is Nigh thus far, that breaking point should come fairly early in the game’s reported 600+ levels. 

As has been the case with some of McMillen’s previous games, The End is Nigh‘s art style is quick to capture your attention. There are times when The End Is Nigh resembles Super Meat Boy and times when it seems to be channeling old-school arcade pixelated adventures. We’re not entirely sure if these contrasting visual styles factor into the plot somehow or if the game will simply feature a variety of styles to accompany its many levels. 

Those of you who enjoyed McMillen’s other games can rest comfortably knowing that The End is Nigh delivers the same kind of dark humor and simple – yet addictive – gameplay that the designer is known for.