Nintendo eShop Picks – August 2022

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We’re fast approaching the fall season, which means it’s time for another dose of our eShop Picks!

While August may have been a quiet month for Nintendo’s first-party titles (save for a little pink puffball which we’ll get to in a moment), our eShop wallets cried because of the sheer number of gems that have snuck up on the online store. You’ve probably noticed that our reviews page is filling up pretty well – and it will continue to do so.

So, after a summer of fun, what are August’s best? First, let’s talk about some games that are also worth mentioning.

Honorable Mentions:

You know that when there is Three 9/10 in the honorable mentions list, it’s been a good month. There are too many excellent surprises that we cannot top everything. Even Kirby isn’t immune to missing out on the podium! Sorry Kirbs, at least you eat a lot of cakes and strawberries?

Shin chan: Me and the teacher on summer vacation - The endless seven-day journey - (Switch eShop)

Shin chan: Me and the teacher on summer vacation - The endless seven-day journey - (Switch eShop)

Editor: Neos / Developer: Millennial cuisine

Release date: August 11, 2022 (UNITED STATES) / August 11, 2022 (UK/EU)

It happened! We ultimately Have a My Summer holidays game in the West. And, even better, it’s really quite pretty. Shin-chan’s irreverent humor and quirky characters pair perfectly with Millennium Kitchen. Boku no Natsuyasumi series, and the result of that is the cozy Shin chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation -The Seven-Day Endless Journey-.

This game looks beautiful, with hand-painted sets and stunning anime-style visuals that perfectly capture the Shin-chan style. It’s as quirky as it is charming, and given the ridiculous antics you can indulge in, the children’s chaotic imaginations fit incredibly well with the more carefree gameplay. It’s like a real summer picnic in the form of a video game.

Read our 8/10 review to learn more about why we love this game.

Golf cursed (Switch eShop)

Golf cursed (Switch eShop)

Editor: Lightning / Developer: Chuhai Laboratories

Release date: August 18, 2022 (UNITED STATES) / August 18, 2022 (UK/EU)

Golf-like no longer means “it’s like or similar to gold” – it means playing roguelike golf thanks to Chuhai Labs’ fabulous Cursed to Golf. It may look cute and quirky, but make no mistake, it’s a tough swing with a bunker full of surprises. We bet Zagreus thought of using golf to escape Hades’ underworld.

Our favorite thing about this game is how creative it is. Different course designs, ball types, traps and obstacles – there’s a gauntlet of endless possibilities awaiting your undead golfer. It’s so addictive that we wondered if we even wanted to escape.

If you haven’t started yet, or even if you have, find out why this one isn’t a bogey in our review.

Cult of the Lamb (Switch eShop)

Cult of the Lamb (Switch eShop)

Editor: Digital devolve / Developer: massive monster

Release date: August 11, 2022 (UNITED STATES) / August 11, 2022 (UK/EU)

We coalesced around the phrase ‘wrong animal crossing‘ when it comes to Massive Monster’s cult of the lamb, but the combination of cuddly creatures, bloodlust and occult worship means, well… it’s baa-rillant (Sorry).

Another brilliant twist on the roguelike genre, some of your time will be spent raiding dungeons and slaying evil gods, while the rest will be spent raising and tending to your cult so it can aid you in your auctions. While they look cute in a very weird way, it’s actually quite stressful, and there are several ways your cult members can die. We may have laughed a few times at the creativity on display here.

Have you ever joined the cult of Nintendo Life and embraced your evil jumbuck side? Whether you have one or not, you should read our glowing review.

How we determine our top three eShop Selects: At the end of each month, the Nintendo Life team votes for their favorite titles from a list of games curated by the editorial team. To be eligible 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 qualifying games based on their review scores.

Staff are then asked to vote for three games that they think deserve to be at the very top of this list. the first choice gets 3 points, the second choice gets 2 points and the third choice gets 1 point. These votes are then tallied to create a top three list, with the overall winner taking home the top prize of the month.

Timothy C. Mayo