Since Metroid Prime also released physically, it sadly cannot be considered for this month's eShop Selects, and aside from that, it's been a surprisingly quiet month, all told. With that in mind, we've sneaked a few 7/10 games into the mix, breaking our usual rule for the second month in a row.
Still, these games are all well worth checking out, so let's take a look at them together...
To be honest, any one of the games showcased here could have potentially come out on top this month, but here's a peek at the highlights that didn't quite make the top three:
Publisher: No More Robots / Developer: Mopeful Games
Release Date: 2nd Feb 2023 (USA)
/ 2nd Feb 2023 (UK/EU)
Interestingly, our highest rated eShop game of the month has to settle for bronze, but we reckon Fashion Police Squad is definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of shooters.
It might not be quite as "edgy" as something like Doom, but with slick controls, fluid animation, gorgeous visuals, and the addition of gyro aiming, it's nevertheless straightforward, cheerful fun that you'll enjoy for a good four or five hours. Which, considering the low asking price, is nothing to smirk at.
We gave Fashion Police Squad an 8/10 in our full review, so check it out for all the details, cadet!
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: FuturLab
Release Date: 31st Jan 2023 (USA)
/ 31st Jan 2023 (UK/EU)
There's something inherently satisfying about the gameplay in PowerWash Simulator. Watching as you meticulously blast away the dirt in clean lines can be likened to the countless "SO SATISFYING" YouTube videos littering the internet over the past few years.
Although the game suffers from long load times and some dodgy aiming (why no gyro controls??), Powerwash Simulator makes up for this with addictive scenarios and stable performance throughout. In addition, you can also download the Tomb Raider content for free which, while a rather bizarre collaboration in itself, is very much welcoe regardless.
We gave Powerwash Simulator a 7/10 in our full review, so clean yourselves up and check it out.
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing / Developer: Casus Ludi
Release Date: 14th Feb 2023 (USA)
/ 14th Feb 2023 (UK/EU)
Coming out on top this month is Blanc, the adorable co-op adventure title from developer Casus Ludi. Though admittedly on the short side (you can easily blast through this in as little as two hours), Blanc is a memorable game that not only looks fantastic, but is heartwarming and emotionally devastating in equal parts.
Camera issues and frame rate drops hold Blanc back from true greatness, but with some fun puzzles and meaningful interaction with your co-op buddy, we'd say it's definitely worth a punt if you're a fan of It Takes Two and are looking for something similar.
We gave Blanc a score of 7/10 in our review, so be sure to check that out for the full lowdown.
< Nintendo eShop Selects - January
What was your favourite eShop game for February 2023? (182 votes)
- Blanc (Switch eShop)31%
- PowerWash Simulator (Switch eShop)21%
- Fashion Police Squad (Switch eShop)8%
- OddBallers (Switch eShop)2%
- Life is Strange 2 (Switch eShop)7%
- Akka Arrh (Switch eShop)1%
- Ten Dates (Switch eShop)2%
- Something else (comment below)27%
How we decide our eShop Selects top three: As we reach the end of every month, the Nintendo Life staff vote on their favourite titles from a list of games selected by the editorial team. To qualify 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 the qualifying games based on their review scores.
Staff are then asked to vote for three games that they think deserve to sit right at the very top of that list; first choice gets 3 points, second choice gets 2 points, and third choice gets 1 point. These votes are then tallied to create a top-three list, with the overall winner taking that month's top prize.