We may well have safely arrived into 2020, but there's one last thing we need to do to wrap up 2019. That's right, it's the Nintendo Life eShop Selects!
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 December 2019!
While these titles didn't quite make our top three this month, they're still certainly worth checking out.
- The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition | Review: 9/10
- Ashen | Review: 8/10
- STEINS;GATE 0 | Review: 8/10
- Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger | Review: 8/10
- Jamestown+ | Review: 8/10
- Shovel Knight Showdown | Review: 8/10
- SuperEpic: The Entertainment War | Review: 8/10
- EarthNight | Review: 8/10
- Dauntless | Review: 7/10
Taking third place this month is Demon's Tilt, a gothic take on pinball that's had us bouncing off the walls over the past couple of weeks. The game isn't for everyone - unlike other pinball games it only has one table and the difficulty can get pretty brutal - but it does offer a pinball experience of stunning depth and complexity which rewards methodical players who aren't afraid to invest their time. Add in the ability to play the game in TATE mode and you've got yourself a winner.
In second place this month is Alien: Isolation. If you've already played this one, you probably don't need us to tell you why, but to put it simply, this is one of the best horror games available on Switch. We went as far as calling it a survival horror masterpiece in our review, praising it for its excellent stealth-based gameplay, wonderful motion control integration, and plenty more besides.
If you like survival horrors, consider this a must-play.
Taking the mighty gold this month, though, is Shovel Knight: King of Cards.
The game has topped our pile of December games in part thanks to its status as 'the last core Shovel Knight game ever maybe', but also because it's yet another fantastic expansion to the series in its own right. It's hard to say whether this one is the best of the bunch, but it's certainly a welcome addition and one that fans of the series will want to get stuck into.
King of Cards has cemented the Shovel Knight series' status of being a legendary platformer, and we'd urge you to dive right in.
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.