Oink Games launches Kickstarter to take its tabletop gaming portfolio to the Nintendo Switch

The Japanese board and card game publisher, Oink Games, recognised by many for its sleek and stylish game design, has launched a campaign to bring its library of titles to the Nintendo Switch.
As part of the company’s ongoing mission to build “a world where you can play board games, even if you can’t see each other,” the gaming expert is in the process of developing software that will enable fans to play their titles on the Nintendo console.
As part of its endeavour, Oink Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign – with a goal of just £19,500 – to help fund the physical to digital translation. The first titles from the games company to be made available on the Switch will be its popular Deep Sea Adventure and Startups, while stretch goals – if met – will allow the team to bring more titles from its catalogue of 30 games to the platform.
Should the project reach 300 per cent of its Kickstarter goal, Oink Games will get to work bringing its globally popular title, Fake Artist Goes to New York to the platform. 
Nintendo Life reports that the team is planning four modes of play, including Solo Play against an AI, Local Co-Op with one Switch, Local Co-OP with more than one Switch, and Online Play.
The game will be aimed at markets across Japan, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand and available in Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese.
“We love board games that bring people around a single table,” said the team via its Kickstarter page. “Playing face to face, in earnest, respectfully battling against each others’ wits, and letting our imaginations run wild. We believe it is one of the best forms of entertainment.
“However, the unpredictable future affected by Covid-19 has shaken the culture of this great pastime to its foundations. Wouldn’t it be great if we could play board games online, even if we couldn’t meet in person.”
Should the campaign be successful, Oink Games will be the latest in a run of independent game publishers to adopt a digital translation strategy for their titles and take their games to the Nintendo Switch platform.
Last month, the tabletop gaming outfit, Exploding Kittens – who holds the record for most funded tabletop game on Kickstarter – detailed its plans to bring its flagship title, Exploding Kittens to the Nintendo console. In an exclusive interview with ToyNews, the team stated that the move has the ‘potential to grow its audience for the game exponentially.’
It also stated that should the digital move for the title prove to be successful, it will roll out similar plans for its extended catalogue of games.
You can read the interview in full in the Spring/Summer issue of ToyNews.

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