It's technically the last eShop Selects of the year. Yep, the next time we do this, it'll be 2023, even if we'll be looking back at December's games.
But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves yet! We've got November to look back on — a month dominated by Pokémon, but an early Indie World presentation meant we got a few surprise releases on the eShop. Have any of them made a dent? Let's find out in Nintendo Life's picks for the best games on the Switch eShop games of last month!
Three little gems — two of the cosy variety, and one which seems apt given we're in the middle of World Cup season. Check out these potential stunners that you may have missed...
- A Little to the Left | Review: 8/10
- Retro Goal | Review: 8/10
- Windosill | Review: 9/10
3. Finding Paradise (Switch eShop)
Kao Gan is a developer we know will make us cry. He's done it with To The Moon, he's also done it with A Bird Story, and he's done it again with Finding Paradise. This sequel has finally come out on the Switch, and even if there are a few niggles with this port, it doesn't overshadow the beautiful storytelling and fantastic characters.
Originally released in 2017, there are still few games that match the emotion, thoughtfulness, and simplicity of this 'series'. We gave Finding Paradise a well-deserved 8/10 — now all we need to do is wait for Imposter Factory to come to the Switch...
2. Lunistice (Switch eShop)
An outstanding homage to 3D platformers of the N64 and PSOne era, Lunistice was a huge surprise this month. The adventures of Hana the tanuki are addicting in the same way our favourite collectathons are, with bright colours and low-poly visuals hitting us straight in our nostalgic hearts. But it takes influence from platformers and games all throughout the ages, from Super Mario Odyssey to Super Mario 64.
The best part? This won't even cost you $5.00. We gave the game a 9/10 in our review — how often can you grab a 9/10 for less than a fiver?
1. Rogue Legacy 2 (Switch eShop)
We've been waiting months for Rogue Legacy 2 to make its way onto Switch — and the wait was absolutely worth it. Given how outstanding the original Rogue Legacy was, we shouldn't be surprised that this came out on top as our favourite eShop game, but what was surprising was that it was shadowdropped on the day of the Indie World presentation.
But we can't complain — this sequel does exactly what a great sequel should do. Building on the already addictive foundations of the original, Rogue Legacy 2 throws more of everything at you. The legacy system is back and better than ever. The writing is still side-splittingly funny. And there are new jobs and gameplay styles that will have you coming back for more over and over again.
The first game was one of the breakout indie roguelikes, and this sequel is back to prove it's still one of the very best. With a 9/10 review from us, we wholeheartedly agree.
< Nintendo Life eShop Selects - October 2022
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 as a digital-only 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.
Definitely Rogue Legacy 2 for me. Picked it up as something to casually play on the side but got super addicted to it and ended up with 45+ hours in it after a few days.
I'm looking forward to picking up and playing Finding Paradise at some point as well though.
Severance: Blade of Darkness (2001 game port).
I will play Lunistice soon.
Totally forgot I got Finding Paradise. Thanks for the reminder. Don’t even need to play it yet to know this one would be my pick.
Preemptively voting Sports Story as my December pick as well.
So glad Lunistice got noticed , there are too many hidden gems that are... well, hidden.
Loving Rogue Legacy 2. I played the first game to death and although I don't find the second quite as fun because of platforming changes, it's still really good. Finding Paradise is also a great game and I hope the third game in the series imposter factory gets ported to Switch soon.
Lunistice has a demo and I encourage anyone interested to play the demo before buying; the demo didn't hook me personally, but I can imagine people with a certain type of nostalgia enjoying it.
Seems to be fewer honourable mentions this month and I haven't played the 3 here, but I have too many games so it's just as well I'm not tempted to buy even more.
The Oregon Trail is pretty good.
Hunter X. You guys never reviewed it (you hardly review indie games anyways) but it's a delightful and challenging metroidvania coming from the team that made 3000th Duel.
The 1 new game we went for on Switch was Chompy Chomp Chomp Party. Loved it years ago on Wii U and the new version for the Switch release is even better. So much fun with all the new modes and features!
Does Tactics Ogre not count as an eshop game?
@Dark_Isatari Nah, this is excluding games with a full retail release.
I bought Lunistice earlier. What a lovely little game. Totally missed the review when it published, so I'm thankful for this article.
@Joshie0234 Just added HunterX to my wishlist. Cheers for making me aware of it.
Rogue Legacy 2 I've heard is a pretty good romp, so I'm thinking of checking it out :3
enjoyed the hell out of lunistice,
i felt like the pacing made the levels very fun to replay since there's very little downtime.
The first eshop selects in months and months where I have downloaded all of the top 3 (I have also DL'd Windosill and have Retro Goal on my wishlist). So a good month.
Ship of Fools was easily the best eShop game of the month… sad it wasn’t listed here anywhere.
Tap here to load 15 comments
Leave A Comment
Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...