Another month down and yet another bumper list of eShop releases worth sinking your teeth into. Yes, May has now been and gone and the Switch is once again overflowing with new releases to check out and play. As such, it's time to bring out the trusty Nintendo Life eShop Selects awards.
These awards aim to celebrate the best of Nintendo's digital store, giving some love and attention to the games that could so easily be missed in the Switch's ever-growing library.
So, let's get started! Here are the best Switch eShop games of May 2019!
While these titles didn't quite make our top three this month, they're still certainly worth checking out.
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons | Review: 8/10
- Realm Royale | Review: 8/10
- Gunlord X | Review: 8/10
- Resident Evil | Review: 8/10
- Darkwood | Review: 8/10
- Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder | Review: 8/10
- Duck Game | Review: 8/10
- Wonder Boy Returns Remix | Review: 7/10
- Resident Evil 0 | Review: 7/10
- Akane | Review: 7/10
- Puyo Puyo Champions | Review: 7/10
- The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse | Review: 7/10
- Giga Wrecker Alt. | Review: 7/10
Taking third place this month is Gato Roboto. Now, if we're being completely honest, some of us simply couldn't resist the adorable little kitty-Samus and instantly swore to defend its place in this list for the rest of eternity. It did manage to earn a solid 8/10 from us in our review, though - where we praised it for its tight controls, retro-styled minimal art style, and superb sense of progression - so it absolutely deserves its position anyway.
Next up, and taking second place this month, is Castlevania Anniversary Collection. Featuring eight games in total, this one offers a whole lot of Castlevania goodness (and also its fair share of Castlevania-not-so-goodness). Yes, the games included might be a bit of a mixed bag, but the best of the bunch are among the highest points in the entire franchise and having those readily accessible on the go is a hard thing to pass up. This is absolutely worth a look if you're a fan of the series.
Finally, taking home our first place eShop Selects award this month, is Resident Evil 4. All three of the recent Resident Evil releases on Switch got a fair number of votes from our team this time around, so we'll give a second little nod to both Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0 here, but Resident Evil 4 captured (and terrified) our little hearts the most once again. We said that the Switch port actually deserves more care and attention than it has received - with a lack of motion controls sitting among a small number of niggles - but this is still one of the best video games of all time we're talking about.
If you've somehow made it through the last 14 years without playing it and you're looking for something new to play on Switch, you really can't go wrong here.
What was your favourite eShop game last month? (171 votes)
Resident Evil 4
Castlevania Anniversary Collection
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder
Wonder Boy Returns Remix
Resident Evil 0
Puyo Puyo Champions
The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse
Giga Wrecker Alt.
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How we decide our eShop Selects top three: As we reach the end of every month, the Nintendo Life staff vote on their favourite titles from a list of games selected by the editorial team. To qualify for this list, these games must have been released primarily as a digital Nintendo Switch eShop title in that particular month, and must have been reviewed on Nintendo Life; we select the qualifying games based on their review scores.
Staff are then asked to vote for three games that they think deserve to sit right at the very top of that list; first choice gets 3 points, second choice gets 2 points, and third choice gets 1 point. These votes are then tallied to create a top three list, with the overall winner taking that month's top prize.