Studio Ghibli-Inspired Forgotton Anne Announced for Nintendo Switch

The critically acclaimed Forgotton Anne will be ported to Nintendo Switch in 2019, Square Enix Collective and ThroughLine Games today announced.

According to the developer, the Nintendo Switch version will launch with a ten percent discount for the first two weeks. Subsequently, the title will be priced at $19.99 (€19.99/£15.99).

First announced in 2016, the 2D cinematic indie platformer was released in May for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Hardcore Gamer reported in the same month that the studio would be open to the idea of a Switch port for Forgotton Anne.

“The team and I really love the Switch, so we all hope so!” ThroughLine CEO and creative director Alfred Nguyen told Hardcore Gamer in an exclusive interview.

“My advice would be to continue shouting out for a Switch version and consider supporting us on one of the launch platforms to help make this a reality sooner rather than later.”

Players take on the role of Anne the Enforcer, who is in charge of protecting the Forgotten Lands. When an open rebellion emerges, it threatens the Enforcer and her master, Bonku, from returning to the human world.

In Hardcore Gamer’s review, we said that “popping in and out of the many alleyways and rain-soaked buildings alike (all the while conversing with a few sentient oddities along the way), Forgotton Anne is a delightful and wondrous trek to make.”

“It was always only going to be a matter of time before Forgotton Anne made its way over to Nintendo Switch,” Nguyen said.

“We are big fans of Nintendo’s inventive platform and experiencing Forgotton Anne in handheld mode feels amazing even for us and we believe it’s a perfect match for [the] Switch’s fast-expanding audience.”

Phil Elliott, the director of indie publishing at Square Enix West, added: “Forgotton Anne is undoubtedly one of the classiest, most dazzling adventures we’ve ever put out.

“Ever since we started showing the game at events around the globe, people have been spellbound by how ThroughLine Games has brought life and interactivity to anime — it truly is a captivating take on how to incorporate animation in gameplay that we think will really find a strong and loyal home on Nintendo Switch.”