Nidhogg 2

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Nidhogg 2
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Designer(s)Mark Essen
Programmer(s)Mark Essen
Artist(s)Toby Dixon
Composer(s)Mux Mool
EngineGameMaker: Studio
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows, macOS, PlayStaion 4
  • WW: August 15, 2017
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: November 22, 2018
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Nidhogg 2 is a fighting game and sequel to Nidhogg by indie developer Messhof. It was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS and PlayStation 4 in 2017. A Nintendo Switch version was released in November 2018. The game received generally positive reviews from critics upon release.


Nidhogg 2 is a fighting game in which two player duel against each other. The player has to reach the end of their opponent's side first wins. Players have a variety of moves, including sliding and leaping. They can deflect their opponents' attacks. Weapons, such as daggers, throwing knives and bows, as well as a character creator, are introduced.[1]


The title was announced in September 2016 and demonstrated at the 2016 TwitchCon[2] and 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo Indie Megabooth.[3] It was released on August 15, 2017, on macOS, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows platforms.[4] A Nintendo Switch version is scheduled for release on November 22, 2018.[5] Unlike the original game, which features a minimalistic artstyle, the game's creator Mark Essen and artist Toby Dixon decided to use a more detailed graphical style with a higher resolution so as to reflect the game's increased depth. Another reason for the change is that Essen considered Nidhogg 2 a "spectator game". The artstyle allowed spectators to have more things to look at when they were watching the gameplay.[6]


Aggregate score
Review scores
Game Informer8/10[8]
OPM (UK)7/10

The game received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[7] GamesMaster said it was "An excellent sword-fighting game that at times has trouble remembering its brilliant roots." Game Informer said, "Though it doesn’t add much for players looking to play around with its improvements solo, Nidhogg 2 adds layers of depth to a simple formula without breaking what made it so appealing in the first place." Destructoid said, "It has expanded on the wonderful mechanics of the original and has one of the best soundtracks in recent memory. There isn't much content here for the solo player, but if you've got friends coming over for some friendly competition, the night would not be complete without Nidhogg 2." PlayStation Official Magazine – UK said it had "wicked local multiplayer appeal", while GamesTM said it was "Fast, intense, but flawed".

The game was nominated for "Best Fighting Game" and "Best Multiplayer" in IGN's Best of 2017 Awards.[9][10]


Year Award Category Result Ref
2017 Golden Joystick Awards Best Multiplayer Nominated [11]
The Game Awards 2017 Best Fighting Game Nominated [12]
2018 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Fighting Game of the Year Nominated [13]
2019 2019 Webby Awards Best Multiplayer/Competitive Game Nominated [14]

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  1. ^ O'Connor, Alice (July 14, 2017). "Nidhogg 2 starts duelling on August 15th". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Davenport, James (September 29, 2016). "Nidhogg 2 is on the way with axes, arrows, and a grotesque new art direction". PC Gamer. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Hall, Charlie (May 26, 2017). "Here's the Indie Megabooth lineup for E3 (update: public access has been canceled)". Polygon. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  4. ^ Fingas, Jon (July 16, 2017). "The frantic swordfighting of 'Nidhogg 2' arrives on August 15th". Engadget. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Nidhogg 2 for Switch launches November 22". Gematsu. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Couture, Joel (October 20, 2016). "Why Nidhogg 2 ditches the minimalism of the original". Gamasutra. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Nidhogg 2 Critic Reviews for PC". Metacritic. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  8. ^ Vazquez, Suriel (August 14, 2017). "Nidhogg 2: A Bloodthirsty Rematch". Game Informer.
  9. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Fighting Game". IGN. December 20, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Multiplayer". IGN. December 20, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Gaito, Eri (November 13, 2017). "Golden Joystick Awards 2017 Nominees". Best in Slot. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Makuch, Eddie (December 8, 2017). "The Game Awards 2017 Winners Headlined By Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Game Of The Year". GameSpot. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  13. ^ Makuch, Eddie (January 14, 2018). "Game Of The Year Nominees Announced For DICE Awards". GameSpot. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "2019 Winners". The Webby Awards. April 22, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019.

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