The number of amazing indies releasing on Switch seems to be showing no signs of slowing down, and last month had a truly wonderful selection of delights to explore.
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 September 2020!
While these titles didn't quite make our top three this month, they're still certainly worth checking out.
- Alwa's Legacy | Review: 9/10
- Moero Crystal H | Review: 9/10
- MO:Astray | Review: 9/10
- Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ | Review: 8/10
- Kirby Fighters 2 | Review: 8/10
- RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition | Review: 8/10
- Othercide | Review: 8/10
- Super Punch Patrol | Review: 8/10
- Fight Crab | Review: 8/10
- Minoria | Review: 8/10
- Paradise Killer | Review: 8/10
- Spinch | Review: 8/10
- OkunoKA Madness | Review: 8/10
- Hotshot Racing | Review: 8/10
Taking third spot this month is Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, a wonderful space-sim action game full of excellent combat, lots of side missions, and a cracking soundtrack. In our review, we said "Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is a wonderfully well-realised and stylish slice of space-sim action set in a satisfyingly seedy galaxy full of untrustworthy scum and illegal activity," – do you really need to hear any more?
The story might not be all that much to shout home about, but the dogfighting action, minigames, and robust upgrade system make this a joy to play through.
In second place we have the stunningly gorgeous Ori and the Will of the Wisps, a title which outshines its predecessor in almost every way.
It was a nice surprise to hear that the game was coming to Switch, and an even nicer surprise when we discovered that it runs at 60 frames-per-second on Nintendo's portable machine. This action-adventure platformer adds more customisation options, a greater focus on combat. and a better-developed story than the original, leading us to describe the game as "a must-buy for anyone even the slightest bit interested" in our review. Play it – you won't be disappointed.
In first place this month, however, is a game that's taken the Switch indie scene by storm: Hades.
For the second month in a row, we found ourselves awarding an eShop title with a rare 10/10 score. From the same team who gave us the likes of Bastion, Transistor and Pyre, Hades is a fantastic roguelite journey through the netherworld that's absolutely worth your time. Here's a snippet of what we had to say:
"Hades is a sublime mix of satisfyingly gritty and flexible combat, a wonderfully vibrant art style and genuinely fun and engaging narrative. Supergiant Games has an excellent track record thus far but this really does feel its finest hour, a rip-roaring rampage through the underworld that's arrived here on Switch in a port that's nigh-on perfect."
Addictive combat, an excellent narrative, and a wonderful art style. A must-play.
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.