You might remember that last year Nintendo Life got its very own eShop shelf, and we directed your attention to a variety of DSiWare and 3DS Download gems. It was such a success that Nintendo has decided that we're awesome enough for a second run, so we're back in the store with our recommendations of the hottest games to get you through the sweltering summer.

Available only in the North American eShop (sorry European friends, your time will come), four of your favourite bespectacled Nintendo Life writers have put together 20 games that should be on everyone's console. We've made sure that we're pointing you to some of the best games to play when lounging on the beach or, if you're unlucky enough to live in the UK, sheltering from unseasonal rain. These were selected a short while ago, so if any recent highlights are missing please refrain from hurling too much abuse our way!

Nintendo Life - Summer Picks


Tom couldn't pick his favourite episodic game so has instead gone for a spread of revamped classics, 3DS-exclusive downloads and a bona fide classic right at the top.

1. Super Mario Bros. (NES)
2. Zen Pinball 3D
3. 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure
4. Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!
5. 3D Classics: Xevious


The great Chicken Brutus plucked some great games for his choices, with flippin' great DSiWare puzzler Antipole and infinite flight game Bird Mania 3D ranking highly.

2. Bird Mania 3D
3. Antipole (DSiWare)
4. Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge (Game Boy)
5. Avenging Spirit (Game Boy)


Retro-loving Drake plumped for titles that will test gamers' reactions and skills, but also recommends taking some time out to express your creativity with the arty Colors! 3D.

1. Mutant Mudds
2. Donkey Kong (Game Boy)
3. Colors! 3D
4. BurgerTime Deluxe (Game Boy Color)
5. 3D Classics: Kid Icarus


Our downloads editor picked a range of games, from Game Boy platformer Adventure Island to WayForward's eShop action game Mighty Switch Force!

1. Mighty Switch Force!
2. Art of Balance: Touch!
3. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (Game Boy Color)
4. Pushmo/Pullblox
5. Adventure Island (Game Boy)

Let us know which games you pick up!

Big thanks to Nintendo of America for making this possible.