Nintendo Life eShop Selects – October 2021

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October was another month for eShop gems, with lots of new games to choose from that are worthy of your time.

These awards aim to celebrate the best of Nintendo’s digital store, giving a little love and attention to the games that could so easily be missed in Switch’s ever-growing library.

So let’s get started. Here are the best Switch eShop games for October 2021!

Honorable mentions:

Although these titles did not quite reach our top three this month, they are still worth checking out:

Dusk (Change eShop)Dusk (Change eShop)

Publisher: New Blood Interactive / Developer: New Blood Interactive

Release Date: October 28, 2021 (USA)

In third place this month, we have Dusk, an incredible gateway to 2018’s Quake-inspired shooter.

It came out of a pretty strong competition this month, but in our review we said that Dusk is “a damn impressive piece of software and possibly the best single Unity port for Switch we’ve ever seen.” Needless to say, if you are into your old school shooting games and wish there were more games out there that were as good as Quake, then get this downloaded and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)

Publisher: ZA / UM / Developer: ZA / UM

Release Date: October 12, 2021 (USA) / October 12, 2021 (UK / EU)

As we move up to second place, we have Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, which along with our first place below, absolutely swallowed the staff votes this month.

Featuring some of the best writing ever seen in a video game, an amazing choice-driven narrative with wonderful dialogue and an impressively high replay value, this RPG is not to be missed. We described it as “an absolute triumph” in our review, and praised it for being a completely unique gaming experience – which is pretty hard to come by these days.

This is one of the best RPGs available on Switch, so what are you waiting for?

Tetris effect: Connected (Switch eShop)Tetris effect: Connected (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Improve games / Developer: Resonance

Release Date: October 8, 2021 (USA) / October 8, 2021 (UK / EU)

If Disco Elysium swallows voices, Tetris Effect: Connected consumed them.

Yes, which takes first place this month, Tetris Effect: Connected is perhaps the best iteration of one of the most iconic video games ever. While some will say that the VR versions of Tetris Effect are where it is, the portability of the Switch version makes this port just as important in our eyes, and lets you take the best version of Tetris with you wherever you go.

It’s hard not to love Tetris and the NL team really love Tetris Effect: Connected. Go ahead, treat yourself.



How we decide our eShop Chooses the top three: As we reach the end of each month, Nintendo Life employees vote on their favorite titles from a list of games selected by the editorial staff. To qualify for this list, these games must have been released as a digital Nintendo Switch eShop-only title in that month and must have been reviewed on Nintendo Life; we select the qualifying games based on their review results.

Staff are then asked to vote on three matches that they believe deserve to be at the very top of the list; first choice gets 3 points, second choice gets 2 points and third choice gets 1 point. These votes are then counted to create a top three list where the overall winner takes the top prize of the month.

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