Just announced at Nintendo’s Indie World presentation, Tunche is set to debut on the Switch in March 2021. Developed by LEAP Game Studios, this hand-drawn action-packed title is a 2D beat-’em-up set in the Amazon Rainforest.
The main emphasis is on Peruvian folklore, so you’ll see plenty of that mythos embedded into the art style, making the venture in to Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest a fresh rendition, whether it’s in the enemies you face or the magic you encounter.
What’s more, is that you don’t have to embark on this adventure alone as Tunche embraces one of Nintendo’s best aspects – local co-op. Naturally, that means that you can hook it up to the TV, plug in two controllers, and have that classic couch multiplayer experience.
Tunche will also sport the protagonist from 3D platformer A Hat in Time, the aptly named Hat Kid. Otherwise, you have a choice of five heroes to play as who all sport their own skills and abilities.
The aforementioned magic will take hold in the form of shamanic witchcraft. It’s tough to put Shamanism into words, as there’re no texts or doctrines. The easiest way to describe it is as one of humanity’s oldest ritual systems, one that crosses from Asia to South America. You’ve likely heard of it in one shape or form due to the popularisation of the term ‘Shaman.’
However, in modern Brazil, Shamanism is still incredibly prevalent, with the Ayahuasca, a thousand-year-old tradition, still taking place in the Amazon Rainforest to this day. The idea is to induce a hallucination that brings followers into a trance-like state. The goal of this tends to be healing, whether spiritual or otherwise.
Hopefully, Tunche will serve to shed a light on these less-talked-about cultures, especially given its setting and narrative. After all, it was described in the Indie World presentation as a ‘magical tour of Peruvian legends and folklore.’
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