Nintendo eShop Picks – June 2022

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Damn, is it July already? June has passed, but looking back at the month and all those Switch games, we think we have an answer as to why things happened so fast – it was a Damn good month for video games, isn’t it? How are we ever going to choose the best of the best? Well, we tried!

As always, we’re focusing on the download-only games we’ve reviewed, and DLCs and expansions – like Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak and Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course – aren’t included. But even with those ground rules laid down, it was still a month-long bottleneck on the eShop.

First, let’s weed out the June 2022 honorable mentions, then check out the best (and our favorite) Switch eShop games from the past month!

Honorable Mentions:

This month has been so good that we only included games with a score of 8/10 or higher. Even though they didn’t quite make it into the top three, they’re absolutely worth shouting about here:

Card Shark (Switch eShop)Card Shark (Switch eShop)

Editor: Digital devolve / Developer: Nerial

Release date: June 2, 2022 (UNITED STATES) / June 2, 2022 (UK/EU)

There are tons of card games on the Switch (and elsewhere) right now, but what sets Card Shark apart is that it’s not really about playing with the cards, and it was this twist that meant it barely squeaked into our number three spot.

It’s a delightfully devious puzzler that has you shuffling decks of cards, pouring drinks, and trying to keep your players happy while trying to help a noble cheat through the game. a temperamental deck to play with because you’re always under pressure. But it’s also utterly hilarious and always keeps you on your toes.

Thinking of playing with us? Check out our glowing review of the game first.

Portal: Companion Collection (Switch eShop)Portal: Companion Collection (Switch eShop)

Editor: Valve company / Developer: Valve

Release date: June 28, 2022 (UNITED STATES) / June 28, 2022 (UK/EU)

This iconic duo was long overdue for the Switch port treatment. Announced in February and launched during June’s Nintendo Direct Mini, Valve’s incredible puzzle games have proven to be right at home on Nintendo’s small console.

Who is surprised that this is so well placed? Not us. Gate and Portal 2 have some of the best puzzles and funniest scriptures in gaming today, and both games still feel unique years later. And the Switch port has virtually no graphical issues, running at 60fps in handheld and docked mode. This is the path to play both of these games, we think.

Need more conviction? Our 9/10 review should do the trick.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (Switch eShop)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (Switch eShop)

Editor: Dotemu / Developer: Tribute Games

Release date: June 16, 2022 (UNITED STATES) / June 16, 2022 (UK/EU)

In a stacked month for new releases, Dotemu and Tribute Games’ loving celebration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games reigns supreme. It’s hard to deny it the top spot, and it has completely strangled the competition within Nintendo Life Towers.

Shredder’s Revenge is more than just a nostalgic slice of 80s and 90s beat-’em-up pizza – it’s worth a whole pizza. Cue a block with references to the series, comics, and games. The game’s 16 stages are filled with enemies, buzzing with fantastic music from Tee Lopes and full of homages to other classic fighting games. And with six-player co-op and online or locally, you’ll waste hours perfecting combos and engaging in chaotic brawls. This is the most delicious pizza we could wish for.

Ready to shout “cowabunga!” and dive again? Check out our review to see why it deserves to be the best eShop game of June.

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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 during 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 they think deserve to sit 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