EShop Selects

Yet another month of very decent Switch eShop releases has flown on by, so it's time once again to bring out the trusty 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 November 2021!

Honourable Mentions:

While these titles didn't quite make our top three this month, they're still certainly worth checking out:

3. Unpacking (Switch eShop)

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Publisher: Humble Games / Developer: Witch Beam
Release Date: 2nd Nov 2021 (USA) / 2nd Nov 2021 (UK/EU)

In third place this month we have Unpacking, a charming little game that has you, well, unpacking boxes in someone's home.

Boasting excellent visual and sound design and powerful storytelling, the game essentially has you building each scene yourself; in our review, we said that "it provides the creative play space of a great dollhouse game, and it deftly applies established game design ideas from completely different genres."

If you're in the market for something a little more chill and like what you see in our review, we'd urge you to give this one a go.

2. Ruined King: A League of Legends Story (Switch eShop)

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story (Switch eShop)Ruined King: A League of Legends Story (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Riot Forge / Developer: Airship Syndicate
Release Date: 16th Nov 2021 (USA) / 16th Nov 2021 (UK/EU)

Jumping up to second place, we have Ruined King: A League of Legends Story, a spectacular JRPG that should be a good match for anyone remotely interested in the genre.

The game's well-designed battle system, which we described as being "one of the finest we’ve encountered in a turn-based RPG in a long time" in our review, its fantastic cast of characters, and its super-generous character customisation options have left plenty of Team NL more than satisfied this month.

Trust us when we say that this isn't just a cheap League spin-off, but rather a very worthy RPG that's perhaps one of the more surprising must-have releases of the year.

1. Death's Door (Switch eShop)

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Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Acid Nerve
Release Date: 23rd Nov 2021 (USA) / 23rd Nov 2021 (UK/EU)

So, that just leaves this month's winner: the fantastic Death's Door.

You may well have heard of this one before (it's been available on other platforms for some time and has been impressing pretty much everyone ever since), and for good reason – it's a modern classic.

One best suited to fans of Zelda or Soulslike games, Death's Door won us over with its snappy combat, rewarding exploration, relaxing music, and the way it manages to utilise old gameplay ideas in a new setting, making for a short and sweet experience you won’t want to miss. It takes a lot to stand out in the overcrowded Zelda-like action-adventure genre, but here we are with a title truly worth your time.

If you have the funds for just one eShop game this month, you can't go wrong with this one.

< Nintendo Life eShop Selects - October 2021

What was your favourite eShop game last month?

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.