Nintendo eShop Selections – September 2022

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Sorry, when is it October? Well, we suppose it’s time to look back on September for our monthly dose of eShop Selects!

It’s fall (or fall, depending on which term you like to use for the season of the crispy leaves). The nights are falling. The temperature drops. And the holiday season is fast approaching – we know, we’re sorry. But that does mean there are a lot of video games coming our way, and you need to know which ones are the best ones to get from the eShop.

Which games will put a smile on your face and keep you cozy when the cold sets in? Read more…

Honorable Mentions:

Unless you’ve been living under your covers for the past month, then you know September is packed – this is one of our biggest lineups ever for eShop Selects! So if you’re not in on our top three, here’s a healthy dose of excellent eShop titles for you:

Radiant Silvergun (Switch eShop)Radiant Silvergun (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Live Wire / Developer: Treasure

Release date: September 13, 2022 (US) / September 13, 2022 (UK/EU)

Well… that was a lot of 9/10s, wasn’t it? How about another? Treasure’s classic Sega Saturn shmup Radiant Silvergun surprised us during a Nintendo Direct by dropping the same day it was announced! We kind of knew it was coming thanks to a presentation schedule for the Tokyo Game Show, but it’s actually here – after a bit of an eShop snag in North America.

And thank goodness, because this game still holds up almost 25 years later. It’s brash, beautiful, brilliant, daring, blessed and arguably one of the best shmups ever. And while it’s often brutally difficult, Story Mode offers a more welcoming introduction to a genre-defying classic.

We were beaten, actually. Find out exactly everything we love about Radiant Silvergun in our review.

Tunic (Switch eShop)Tunic (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Finji / Developer: TUNIC Team

Release Date: September 27, 2022 (US) / September 27, 2022 (UK/EU)

We knew this had to come to Switch eventually – it’s a cute little Legend of Zelda fox-like game!? And Tunic does not disappoint. After receiving critical acclaim on Xbox and PC earlier this year, Tunic feels right at home on a Nintendo console.

Don’t let the cuteness fool you though, as there’s a meaty amount of Dark Souls-eqsue combat to sink your teeth into. Moreover, the game is also a love letter to old video game manuals. The in-game tutorial, which we covered earlier, invites you to tap into your childhood where you sat before the NES and SNES and scribbled solutions. It’s wonderfully charming.

Check out our 8/10 Tunic review for more fantastic fox fun.

Return to Monkey Island (Switch eShop)Return to Monkey Island (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Terrible Toybox

Release Date: September 19, 2022 (US) / September 19, 2022 (UK/EU)

Guybrush Ulysses Threepwood came back to us on Talk Like A Pirate Day and we’ve never been happier. Return to Monkey Island is just that – a throwback to one of the greatest point-and-click series ever made, with both Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman returning to show us how, and then some.

It is a nostalgic trip with a fresh feeling, a celebration and a look at everything that has gone before, fined with all the humor we have come to know and love. It’s also completely intuitive on Switch. There is hardly a grain of sand that is out of place, and it glistens like a piece of treasure we have kept close to us for all these things. You don’t have to walk across the board with this one.

Haven’t seen Guybrush’s riveting return yet? Our 9/10 review should convince you to set sail.

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How we define our eShop Selects the top three: At the end of each month, Nintendo Life employees vote for their favorite titles from a list of games selected by the editors. To be eligible for this list, these games must have been released as a Nintendo Switch eShop digital title in that specific month and must have been reviewed on Nintendo Life; we select the qualifying games based on their rating scores.

The staff are then asked to vote for three games they feel deserve to be 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 receiving that month’s top prize.

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