We find ourselves firmly inside a brand new year - and a brand new decade, even - but one thing has certainly remained the same: the Switch eShop is positively bursting with lovely games to play and enjoy.
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 January 2020!
While these titles didn't quite make our top three this month, they're still certainly worth checking out.
- Stories Untold | Review: 9/10
- Aviary Attorney: Definitive Edition | Review: 8/10
- SEGA AGES Fantasy Zone | Review: 8/10
- SEGA AGES Shinobi | Review: 8/10
- Lydia | Review: 8/10
- Super Crush KO | Review: 8/10
- Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath | Review: 7/10
- HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed | Review: 7/10
- Atelier Dusk Trilogy | Review: 7/10
3. Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition (Switch eShop)
In third spot this month is Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition. We actually gave this one a mighty 9/10 in our review, praising it for its beautiful writing, amazing cast of characters, and excellent art and animations. Each act in this point-and-click title brings with it new places and people to forge deep connections with, and by the end of your journey, you'll have made friends and memories that'll stay with you much longer than you may expect.
2. To The Moon (Switch eShop)
In second place is To The Moon, a beautiful and thought-provoking interactive story that's well worth your time. The game deals with issues and situations we'll likely all experience in our lifetimes, doing so in such an honest way that the Nintendo Life team couldn't help but fall in love with it.
To The Moon is actually yet another title to get an impressive 9/10 from us; we noted that the game's written with a degree of sincerity and honesty that gives its most important moments real impact. It's definitely worth a look if you're intrigued.
1. 198X (Switch eShop)
Comfortably sitting at the top of our most-adored Switch games list this month, however, is 198X. With a gorgeous 2D art style, an amazing soundtrack, and plenty more besides, this love letter to games of '80s and '90s completely won us over. It's on the short side - we breezed through it in around an hour - but this is a case of quantity over quality that we couldn't recommend enough.
We gave this one an 8/10, loving the fact that it "celebrates 2D, arcade-based gaming brilliantly and wraps it up in some of the best hand-drawn art we've seen in years".
< Nintendo Life eShop Selects - December 2019
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.
Favorite is a big word but 198X is on my wish list.
Kentucky Route Zero for me!
Is To The Moon back on the eShop yet?
I haven't gotten around to playing any of the eShop releases from January yet because I've been too busy with other games but there are a few there I'm looking forward to. I'm waiting for my physical copy of Atelier Dusk Trilogy to arrive so I'm not really considering that an eShop title, but that's what I'm looking forward to the most from this list. Followed by To The Moon.
I'm really enjoying Skellboy, personally, and the upcoming performance update will make it even better, I think.
Not in Europe no.
198x needs changing to quality over quantity
If only To The Moon hadn’t been delisted.., 😡
Quality over quantity surely?
Edit : glad I wasn't the first to spot that
Super Crush KO is awesome! Quality stuff there and Hypercharge: Unboxed exceeded my expectations and I'm having a blast playing online!
Great month for fans of narrative-driven games
I don't think 198x is good at all. The gameplay is boring or based on trial and error and the story is almost nonexistant and lacks any kind of depth. The asking price is really high for a 1 hour game.
This site overuses the phrase “love letter”. It’s pretty much cringe worthy at this point. Just saying.
@Illusion "thanks" for the spoiler, dude...
@Moroboshi876 on second thought, I'm so disappointed I deleted my comment. Sorry.
@nintendoPLAYROOM I said the same thing a few months back - it's in pretty much every eshop review (or so it seems sometimes).
I’ve been playing Fire Emblem: Fates. It’s fun too because I can invade my best friend’s castle since his has been left unattended for a bit
Let’s just say.... I’ve been winning a LOT of those castle raids.
Hypercharge unboxed is a great new couch co-op. With team play, or great PvP finally on Switch!
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