Nintendo Switch’s hidden gems for January 2019

Another month has come and gone — and another slew of titles have flooded the Nintendo Switch eShop. Not sure where to begin? The Switch Era team has you covered.

Nintendo Switch’s hidden gems for January 2019

Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight

“The concept of ‘Metroidvania’ is tossed around quite a lot now, with the eShop even having a suggestions tab for the genre. It’s primary platforming and exploration mechanics are quite old school, but modern 2D titles can slap on the idea that it might be like Super Metroid or Symphony of the Night while doing little to implement the concepts properly. While last year Hollow Knight brought a whole new realm of cool and creativity to the genre, Momodora – Reverie Under the Moonlight made me remember while I fell in love with it’s tough but fair style of gameplay.” Read Pete’s full review here

Bury Me, My Love

“Bury Me, My Love is a must play. Even if you know a great deal about world events, the story of Nour’s flight to safety, hearing the pain and struggles she goes through, just to make a better life, will teach you something new. Her tenacity and courage will amaze you. To know, too, that this is based on the real stories of real refugees makes even more of an impact. Nour’s story is one that needs to be told, over and over again, no matter how it ends.” Read Devin’s full review here

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG

“As a side note, the enemies in YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG are as nuts as you might expect. There are flying saucers, turtles with swords, golden llamas… And a regular ‘ole police officer that shoots before asking questions. That’s probably the most normal thing about the game. […] I loved every minute of YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG’s 25-hour long adventure. Sure, there is some minor tediousness, and the writing may step one foot into pretentiousness — but from its fun characters, to its goofy enemies and battle system, YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG never takes itself too seriously to become insufferable. It’s a damn good time.” Read Carl’s full review here

Not Exactly Hidden, but Recommended:

Gunman Clive HD Collection

“The Gunman Clive series debuted on the 3DS back in 2012. The big draw behind it was that it was a game for just $1.99, which is just pocket change to most of us. Three years later, Gunman Clive 2 was released at the same price, meaning that players could get the entire series for about the same price as a cup of coffee at Starbucks. […] Gunman Clive HD Collection brings together both games in one package. With a cheap pricetag, nearly 50 levels to go through, and a unique visual style, it’s easily worth the price of admission. The first game might not hold up as well, but the advancements from the sequel balance it quite well.” Read Joshua’s full review here

Pikuniku

“Before I get in to deep with this ridiculous story, I should say that the humor of the writing is far superior. I didn’t care if Piku and the team of rebels he met were going to overthrow Sunshine Inc. I was much more interested in the hilarity of the journey. While you can have both an intriguing plot and funny writing in some instances, I can overlook a story that only hits on one note. The important thing is that that it delivers a consistently funny script. If you’re looking for a poignant allegorical statement on the dangerousness of huge corporations, look much further than Pikuniku. If you take this goofy story at face value, then you’ll have a good time.” Read Omar’s full review here

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