10 Best Games On The Nintendo eShop (According To Metacritic)

When gamers start arguing over which console is better, Playstation or Xbox, Nintendo’s consoles are often left out of the conversation. While the Switch or Wii U are consoles, just like the PS4 or Xbox One, Nintendo products are so unique and innovative that they should have their own category.

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It’s not just about how you play with their consoles; Nintendo games are often unique experiences that will provide hours and hours of fun. If you’re looking for something new to play or just want to see what you’re missing, take a look at some of the best games available on the eShop.

ten Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 92

Promotional photo of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart games have been a Nintendo staple since the release of Super Mario Kart in 1992. This series of games was so popular that Nintendo released a mixed reality version of the game that included real-life toys.

However, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released in 2017 and is an expanded version of the Wii U game. In addition to having all the tracks from the original game, this one includes Splatoon’s Inklings as guest characters.


9 Bayonet 2 – 92

Bayonetta holding a gun

Bayonetta 2 is another one of those Wii U titles that got a Switch port in the last decade. Originally released in 2014, this action-adventure game tells the story of Bayonetta traveling to the gates of hell to save her friend’s soul.

This hack and slash has fantastic gameplay, stunning cut scenes, and challenging but entertaining boss battles, so it’s no surprise that it has a well-deserved 92 Metacritic score.

8 Celestial – 92

Madeline de Celeste sitting in a campfire

Indie games are a delight; they’re fun to play, and if done right, they show gamers that you don’t need a big budget or hundreds of people to make a good game. independent who is so good that you will think about it for a long time.

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Celeste is a game like that; this charming platformer puts you in control of Madeline on her journey to climb Celeste Mountain. Through this adventure, Madeline manages to make amends with the darker part of herself by working through her mental health issues.

7 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 93

all characters from Super Smash Bros.  Ultimate

Super Smash Bros is one of those games that worked like the glue that held many friendships together. Who knew battling your friends with Nintendo characters was going to be so much fun?

This fighting game premise is simple; you get a wide range of characters to choose from and battle other players at different stages. Super Smash Bros. ultimate added things like new characters and the Morph Scene option, which transform the scene into another while you’re still battling.

6 Ori and the Will of the Wisps – 93

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Ori and the Blind Forest appeared one day, and everyone fell in love with her, which is why when the sequel was announced, fans had high expectations, and Ori and the Wisps will delivered. .

This game has some strong elements in its favor, like excellent combat, an enjoyable soundtrack, and a beautiful art style. Still, many gamers have yet to experience this indie masterpiece, while others have completely forgotten that it was released last year. So if you’re still bitter about the Cyberpunk fiasco, maybe it’s time to give this platformer a try.

5 Subtitle – 93

The protagonist of Undertale lying in yellow flowers

This RPG surprised the internet when it was released, and it’s easy to see why. Undertale has charming and relatable characters, lots of replay value (due to the immense amount of detail and secrets you can miss in your first or even second playthrough), quirky humor, and a great soundtrack.

Undertale was re-released for the Switch in 2018, and as expected it was well received, with some people saying that console was a natural fit for the game.

4 Hades – 93

Hades protagonist holding a sword

In a year when big titles like The Last of Us 2 or Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out, no one expected an indie game to be among the GOTY nominations. And yet, Hades came with its harrowing tale and great characters.

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This RPG is based on Greek mythology and takes players on a roguelike adventure where every time you die, the game world changes. This game is a delightful experience that every gamer should consider checking out.

3 Divinity: Original Sin II Definitive Edition – 93

Promotional photo of Divinity: Original Sin II Definitive Edition

Originally released in 2017, this game only became available in the eShop in 2019. Divinity: Original Sin II is a role-playing video game developed by Larian Studios (the same developers behind Baldur’s Gate III) and the latest entry in the Divinity series.

In this fantastic game you can play solo or join a party of up to three players. As common with RPG players can create their custom character, selecting their stats, race, gender, and origin story, this sequel adds something the original game lacks: the ability to create an undead character.

2 Super Mario Odyssey – 97

Mario and Cappy from Super Mario Odyssey

Mario is Nintendo’s mascot, so they had to release a Mario game to attract fans when they released the Switch. And just like that, gamers were enjoying Super Mario Odyssey in October 2017.

In this game, Mario steps away from the Mushroom Kingdom and continues to explore the world. Super Mario Odyssey adds new gameplay elements to the Mario series, like the power to control objects, animals and enemies or the ability to collect Power Moons to power up Mario’s airship. This game was so well received that Nintendo is re-releasing the original game with an additional content title Bowser’s Fury.

1 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 97

Link climbing a mountain

Zelda games are legendary among gamers, in fact, the game with the highest Metacritic score is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time. But with immense popularity comes great expectations, and the franchise’s latest game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, had some big shoes to fill.

Nevertheless, Breath of the Wild was a complete success. This game allowed players to freely roam the game world, climb towers and mountains, fight enemies, hunt beasts, and gather ingredients. Breath of the Wild has a well-deserved 97 Metacritic score, and with Zelda’s 35th anniversary fast approaching, gamers are hoping to hear news of a sequel.

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