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The Ori and the Blind Forest Switch demo is free on the eShop

Ori and the Blind Forest is bringing its breathtaking visuals and engaging gameplay to the Switch September 27, but you can get a feel for the "Definitive" Switch port right now by downloading the demo from the eShop free of charge.

Xbox Game Studios (opens in new tab) posted an announcement for the Switch demo on their website, which is as surreal a site as any, and revealed that you can now pre-purchase (opens in new tab) Ori and the Blind Forest on Nintendo Switch.

"We’re excited to share that you can now pre-purchase the full game and download the demo today on the Nintendo eShop! We’ve been blown away by the warmth and support from our fans and we can’t wait for the community to begin playing next week," the announcement reads.

Ori and the Blind Forest has a bit of a reputation for being equal parts beautiful and frustrating. Our review (opens in new tab) points out that despite "gorgeous hand-drawn art, exquisite animation, and powerful music," Ori and the Blind Forest "is a demanding platformer that 2D enthusiasts will cherish dearly, though you'll need to brace yourself for some serious demands of your skills and patience."

If you're worried about what might've been compromised bringing Ori and the Blind Forest from Xbox One and PC to the more technically limited Switch, Moon Studios says not to fear. According to Game Director Thomas Mahler (opens in new tab), Ori runs beautifully on Switch at 1080p and 60fps in docked mode, and 720p and 60fps undocked.

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Jordan Gerblick
Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.