Exploring the Best of Nintendo eShop Selects for April 2024

As we bid farewell to May and step into the big Summer of Gaming, it’s time to take a closer look at the eShop Selects for the month of April 2024. With Nintendo releasing two major titles like Endless Ocean Luminous and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the indies have also made a significant splash in the gaming scene. The month of May has been a rollercoaster ride with an abundance of game releases, making it a challenging task for our team to pick the top three eShop games.

Congratulations to the Reader’s Choice Winner

Before we delve into the top picks for April, let’s take a moment to congratulate the Reader’s Choice winner for April 2024 – stitch.! This charming sewing game captured the hearts of many gamers and was announced during a surprise Indie World event. Now, let’s dive into the stacked lineup of eShop games that made it to our top selections.

Among the array of eShop-exclusive games that scored at least 7/10, there were some notable gems that didn’t quite make it to the top three. One such title is Braid: Anniversary Edition, a remastered version of the classic indie puzzle-platformer. With updated graphics, new music, and insightful commentary tracks, Braid continues to impress players with a 9/10 rating. Another charming title that caught our attention was Little Kitty, Big City, a delightful adventure featuring an adorable feline exploring the urban landscape with a touch of whimsy.

The Clear Winner: Animal Well

However, when it comes to the top spot, there was no competition as Animal Well emerged as the clear winner. This unconventional puzzle-box game offers a unique Metroidvania experience filled with mystery and exploration. With a perfect 10/10 rating from Nintendo Life, Animal Well captivated both players and staff members with its innovative gameplay and deep secrets. Billy Basso truly created something extraordinary with this exceptional game.

As we wrap up April and gear up for the exciting releases of May, we invite our readers to share their favorite games from this month. Whether it’s the captivating storytelling of 1000xRESIST, the feline charm of Umbraclaw, the detective work in Duck Detective, or the viral sensation of Bread & Fred, there are plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. We value your feedback and encourage you to vote for your favorite game from our picks and share any titles that might have slipped under our radar.

To provide our readers with the top eShop selections each month, the Nintendo Life staff carefully curates a list of digital-only Nintendo Switch eShop titles released in that specific month. These games are chosen based on their review scores and are then subjected to a voting process by the staff members. Each staff member selects their top three games, assigning points to their first, second, and third choices. The final tally determines the top three winners for that month, with the highest-voted game taking the prestigious top prize.

The eShop Selects for April 2024 showcased a diverse range of indie titles that captured the essence of creativity and innovation in the gaming industry. With standout games like Animal Well, Braid: Anniversary Edition, and Little Kitty, Big City, players were treated to a memorable gaming experience. As we look forward to the upcoming releases, let’s continue to support indie developers and explore the vast world of eShop games awaiting discovery.

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