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The Messenger Jump & Slashes His Way Onto The Switch On August 30

The Messenger is on its way to the Nintendo Switch on August 30! It has appeared on the Nintendo Switch eShop and will cost $19.99 – you can preorder now. The game will take up 1.1 GB of storage.

The game takes its cues from classic games like Ninja Gaiden and Shinobi. The big difference here is that the game is first presented with 8-bit graphics, but you’ll be able to time travel and then you’ll play with 16-bit graphics. This twist is pretty cool and the gameplay looks fun! We’re keeping a watchful eye on this one, and so should you!




As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival.

Leveraging player expectations as a core design ingredient, The Messenger is first presented as an 8-bit action platformer with a simple story only to turn into an epic time travelling tale, eventually revealing itself as a 16-bit Metroidvania packed with replay value and deadpan humor.


  • An epic ninja adventure with challenging gameplay and tight controls.
  • Legit 8-bit and 16-bit art and music reminiscent of your favorite NES and SNES games.
  • Character upgrades, new abilities, hidden levels and story arcs to discover.
  • Challenging and visceral gameplay where mastery is a thing to behold.


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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