Okay yes, we know we’re a tad late with May’s eShop Selects, but come on, it was not-E3 season! Nevertheless, we’re back again to round up the best offerings of the month; granted, it was a relatively quiet one for the most part, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any diamonds lying in the rough (we might have even been a bit cheeky and included one or two boxed games this month – hey, it was a quiet one, okay?!).
So let’s get cracking then! Well first round up some honorable mentions that didn’t quite make our top three, but they’re nonetheless well worth checking out regardless.
In the meantime of course, be sure to check out the eShop Selects for April while you’re at it!
3. OPUS: Echo of Starsong – Full Bloom Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Sigon / developer: Sigon
Coming in at number three is the wonderful narrative driven title OPUS: Echo of Starsong. We called it “an emotional adventure that represents the apex of the series to date and easily one of the best story-driven games on Switch” in our review, highlighting the incredible atmosphere on display and the emotional heft that the story carries.
Read Stuart Gipp’s full review of the title here.
2. PAC-MAN MUSEUM+ (Switch)
Publisher: bandai namco / developer: bandai namco
Bagging the silver medal this month is PAC-MAN MUSEUM+, a delightful selection of some of the iconic character’s most seminal releases over the years. It’s got plenty to offer, with online leaderboards and missions to complete, and we just loved how solid the emulation was for each game. Some of the extraneous content might have been a bit lacking, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this compilation includes some of the greatest games of all time.
Check out Tom Massey’s full review for the game right here.
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1. Citizen Sleeper (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Fellow Traveler / developer: Jump Over The Age
And in first place this month is Citizen Sleeper, a game that many of our staff unanimously enjoyed. Its strong narrative and writing can be compared to the likes of the incredible Disco Elysium, and we particularly enjoyed the beautiful art style on display along with the awesome synth wave soundtrack. Definitely one to purchase if you like strong role-playing games!
Check out Mitch Vogel’s full review of the game here.
How we decide our eShop Selects top three: As we reach the end of every month, the Nintendo Life staff vote on their favorite titles from a list of games selected by the editorial team. To qualify 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 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.