EShop Selects October 2020

Another month has flown by with another bunch of quality games launching on Switch eShop in October, including an eccentric little game which managed to earn a coveted 10/10 score from this very website.

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 October 2020!

Honourable Mentions:

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

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3. Pumpkin Jack (Switch eShop)

Pumpkin Jack (Switch eShop)
Pumpkin Jack (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Headup Games / Developer: Nicolas Meyssonnier
Release Date: 23rd Oct 2020 (USA) / 23rd Oct 2020 (UK/EU)

In third place we have a seasonal surprise that warmed our cockles as the nights get colder. Pumpkin Jack's confident platforming and mischievous spirit won us over, and we highlighted its slick controls and combat mechanics in our review. As a debut title from developer Nicolas Meyssonnier, it's a particularly impressive treat and the perfect spooky game to enjoy at this time of year.

2. ScourgeBringer (Switch eShop)

ScourgeBringer (Switch eShop)
ScourgeBringer (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Plug In Digital / Developer: Flying Oak
Release Date: 21st Oct 2020 (USA) / 21st Oct 2020 (UK/EU)

A roguelite delight from Flying Oak Games, ScourgeBringer does very well to invoke the likes of Dead Cells and Hyper Light Drifter and come off brilliantly in comparison to those classics. We called it "a wonderfully slick and addictive roguelite adventure" in our review, with fantastic performance and a gorgeous graphical style. It's another addition to the roster of brilliant run-based games on Switch, and this particular one struck a chord with enough of Team NL to make it to number two on our monthly list.

1. Horace (Switch eShop)

Horace (Switch eShop)
Horace (Switch eShop)
Publisher: 505 Games / Developer: Paul Helman
Release Date: 21st Oct 2020 (USA) / 21st Oct 2020 (UK/EU)

Was there ever any doubt? The latest entrant into the hallowed 'NL10' club is Horace, a quirky narrative-based platformer which defies easy categorisation. The game is filled with heartfelt nods and winks to video game history and features loads of mini-game homages to games past in amongst its tight, world-twisting platforming and touching story. Following on from A Short Hike in August, and Hades in September, this is incredibly the third month in a row we've awarded a 10/10.

Nintendo Life going soft, you think? It's probably got more to do with all the great video games coming out. The world might be in a tough spot right now, but life's pretty good when it comes to video games!

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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 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.