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Nintendo eShop Selects – April 2023


April 2023 Nintendo Switch eShop Selection
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Whip! What is that? April, buddy. That means it’s time to look back at the glittering jewels on the Switch eShop during the dumbest of months.

As if your wish list weren’t full of great games you’ve been waiting to pick up, we’re here with a monthly reminder of the games you might have missed in the last month or so. Below you’ll find the Switch eShop games we reviewed in April, scoring 8/10 or higher, plus the NL Team’s top three cumulative picks.

The individual release of all Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters on the eShop has made things a bit hazy this month, especially given the extremely limited number of physical editions. We gave the entire package a very respectable 8/10 in our reviewand while the individual games may not hit that mark, we decided to include them all in our voting round. The more the merrier, right!?

First, though, great games don’t quite manage a podium spot…

honorable mention

There were plenty of winners that popped up on the eShop in April, all worth investigating:

Cannon Dancer - Osman (Switch eShop)

Cannon Dancer - Osman (Switch eShop)

Publishing company: Game ININ / Developers: United Independent GmbH

Release date: April 13, 2023 (USA) / April 13, 2023 (United Kingdom/EU)
Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories (Switch eShop)

Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories (Switch eShop)

Publishing company: Game XSEED / Developers: Shark Club

Release date: April 6, 2023 (USA) / April 6, 2023 (United Kingdom/EU)
Final Fantasy VI (Switch eShop)

Final Fantasy VI (Switch eShop)

Publishing company: Square Enix / Developers: Square Enix

Release date: April 19, 2023 (USA) / April 19, 2023 (United Kingdom/EU)

You see, this is what happens when you give them an inch! When it comes to Final Fantasy, there’s always a big debate about which is the best, but the last of all Pixel Remasters (Final!) launched on the eShop in March, Final Fantasy VI was the clear favorite on Team NL. Lowell calls it “the jewel of the collection” in his rating of the six-game pack, praising the “deep story”, “awesome steampunk aesthetic” and “one of the best villains in gaming history.”

You may have played it before. Maybe time to play it again.


< Nintendo eShop Selects - March 2023

How We Decided on the eShop Picking the top three: As we approach the end of each month, Nintendo Life staff members will vote on their favorite titles from a list of games selected by the editorial team. To be eligible for this list, these games must have been released as digital-only Nintendo Switch eShop titles in that particular month and must be rated on Nintendo Life; We select eligible games based on their review scores.

Employees were then asked to vote for the three games they thought deserved to be at the top of that list; The first choice gets 3 points, the second choice gets 2 points and the third choice gets 1 point. These votes are then checked to create a top three list, with the overall winner taking the top prize of that month.

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