October has passed and the spooky season is now over. Many are looking forward to the holiday season, spending time with their families, and hopefully playing lots of games with them. But not us. A look back at the best eShop games of October. It’s time for our eShop Selects!
Last month was quite a busy month for Nintendo with Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and Bayonetta 3 crashing on our consoles at the end of the month. However, lots of little gems may have slipped through your fingers. But don’t worry, that’s why we’re here!
By the way, we chose not to include Chaos;Head Noah and Chaos;Child in the vote because you can buy them physically packaged together. But it was still a good month for the eShop.
October was definitely one of the quietest months on the eShop for us, but what we have here are quality, high-level releases and a niche following full of kaiju and tokusatsu. Come on, that’s pretty awesome.
Editor: Create software / Developer: Create software
Factorio has been a hit on Steam for years. It entered early access in 2016, before getting a full release in 2020. Now that it’s on Switch? It’s still incredibly brilliant, even with the slightly clumsier Switch controls.
Even for a game that’s naturally suited to a mouse and keyboard, Factorio just feels perfect in handheld mode. Creating factory after factory, extracting resources, building more factories and infrastructure, and expanding at an ever-increasing rate is a relentlessly engaging experience. The more you earn, the more you want to grow and the more you get. it’s this always perfect loop of reaping rewards for more rewards. Moreover, you can play it with a friend.
Thinking of becoming the master factory builder? Read our 8/10 review for more info and even more praise.
Editor: Humble Games / Developer: Rose-engine
The Switch isn’t always the place to get your survival horror fix, but Signalis’ retro low-poly look, Resident Evil inspiration, and Ghost in the Shell vibe combine to create the one of the best horror games we’ve ever played. And it’s on the eShop. Whore.
Equal parts tense and surreal, Signalis nails the feeling of being trapped. You are often short of resources and must rely on patience and strength to sneak around your enemies. You don’t have a health bar, so you have to keep an eye on Elster, so your eyes never leave the screen. There’s just a constant feeling of dread that grips you and never lets you go. That’s certainly not the case for us, although we’re now a little more apprehensive about picking up our Switch as a result.
It got a 9/10 from us, so why not find out what makes Signalis so brilliant by reading our review.
Editor: Humble Games / Developer: Bounding box software
Ah, Doom. One of the most influential shooters already. So when we say that Prodeus – which just hit the eShop in October after a last-minute delay – might be one of the best Doom-influenced shooters we’ve played, you know that means something very special.
It’s very much a boomer shooter in the vein of Doom. We love retro 3D graphics, pixelated to give us an old PC nostalgia. The game controls perfectly on Switch with tight level designs and excellent encounters. The music is the perfect mix of dirty thrash metal and awkward vibes. Prodeus is confident in its vision, embracing the classic boomer shooter design and wrapping itself in every inch of its excellence, perfecting it in turn. There’s even online multiplayer to boot.
If you’re into old-school first-person shooters, you should definitely pick up Prodeus from the eShop if you haven’t already. It got a 9/10 from us. It must mean something.
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< Nintendo Life eShop Picks - September 2022
How we determine our top three eShop Selects: At the end of each month, the Nintendo Life team votes for their favorite titles from a list of games curated by the editorial team. To be eligible 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 qualifying games based on their review scores.
Staff are then asked to vote for three games that they think deserve to be at the very top of this list. the first choice gets 3 points, the second choice gets 2 points and the third choice gets 1 point. These votes are then tallied to create a top three list, with the overall winner taking home the top prize of the month.
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