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Talking Point: Your Nintendo Moment of 2010

Posted by James Newton

Pick one. Just one.

As we all recover from yesterday's festive extravagances and pledge to do more on Wii Fit Plus next year, we're in a serenely reflective mood here at Nintendo Life. Talk has turned to the best Nintendo moment of 2010, and we want to hear your thoughts.

Was it the revelation of the 3DS? Stepping foot into Throwback Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2? Taking on any one of Metroid: Other M's amazing bosses?

Whatever stands out for you as your top Nintendo moment of the year, let us know in the comments below.

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James said:

My top moment of the year would have to be seeing Corbie playing 3DS for the first time on Nintendo's E3 video. Corbie's a good friend of mine and an extremely hardworker, and to see him go global like that was incredible. Absolutely incredible.



_Joejoe_ said:

My top Nintendo moment of the year was the announcement of Kirby's Epic Yarn at the E3. Incidentally, my worst Nintendo moment was the announcement that Kirby's Epic Yarn will only actually reach Europe in Feb 2011.



Noire said:

Seeing the title screen for Dark Dawn on my DS for the first time.

I seriously started crying.



Outrunner said:

When I saw that the new Wii exclusive Sonic game had the All-Seeing-Eye on the cover...



Corbs said:

Playing the 3DS for the first time during Nintendo's E3 Press Conference.



skywake said:

Probably when the Donkey Kong intro music played for DKCR during E3. Huge nostalgia trip. I wanted to say 3DS or Skyward Sword but both of those announcements still have me constantly waiting for more news....... waits for March



Expa0 said:

Playing Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, and more precisely, one of the boss battles in it.



GamerZack87 said:

I'd have to say waking up each morning and looking at my Super Mario Galaxy poster.

Yes, I do live up to my name!




Completing the all time great Super Mario Galaxy 2; and then joyfully reflecting on how much of a wonderful gaming experience it was 4me and my family. I've bn gaming 4 many,many,many years and i hav to say that this is/was my all time favourite.



jobunker said:

Re-discovering the greatness of Wii's 1st and 3rd party titles on flatscreen+surround using only the wii remote. Enjoying every moment of Donkey Kong Country Returns, Endless Ocean 2, Shaun White Snowboarding, Tales of Monkey Island, or Bit.TRIP Beat/Runner, ever so casually but with total immersion.



SuperPeach said:

Discovering Monster Huner Tri.
Also, watching my very first E3 ever live, and what a great E3 it was too.

(I know it says just one but I couldn't pick D:)



WiiLovePeace said:

@10. Nintendopurist - I can do one better , I wake up to official posters of: Super Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks & Super Mario 64.

Picking one moment is hard guys!... I would say the 3DS reveal but nah... Completing Mario Kart 64 (by getting gold trophies in every cup on every difficulty) 10 times with a friend. Mario Kart 64 multiplayer FOR LIFE!



Fuzzy said:

Waking up in the morning and reading all the E3 news was pretty awesome. Then reading even more after work. It took me ages to get through it all, but was worth it.



NintyMan said:

Seeing Kid Icarus: Uprising for the first time when I came back from vacation and saw the conference I missed out on. I cheered when Pit said "sorry to keep you waiting!" Two years of anticipating a sequel paid off.



SuperMarioFan96 said:

Hmmm, hard to say but probaby SOMETHING from Galaxy 2, my favorite game of all time. Hard to say what part. Though it was probably when I FINALLY beat the 242nd star. Or maybe when I first played the Yoshi Star Galaxy. Or maybe that moment when
Bowser popped up at the VERY last second before I could get the star, tricking me into thinking I was actually going to get that star at that moment.
Or... or..... man that game was awesome.



Nintenzo said:

@WiiLovePeace and NintendoPurist I can top both of yours! My Nintendo moment of the year was seeing the look on my brothers face when he looked at the Club Nintendo Zelda posters I bought him for Christmas!



Philip_J_Reed said:

Seeing cel-shaded graphics return to Skyward Sword, instead of the realistic-to-the-point-of-dullness non-art of Twilight Princess.

Definitely made my heart flutter in a way that I didn't expect.

I should probably see a doctor.



TKOWL said:

I could say the Final level of SMG2, but my best moment of 2010 was finally getting into the Pokemon games. My life has never been the same since.



mikejonesuk said:

OK - I know you said to pick just one top Nintendo moment- but here are two. They are very closely related though - and both concern the shameful treatment of Wii owners by Electronic Arts.

My second-from-top moment was when I managed to get Amazon UK to change its listing for the Wii version of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. It had (in common with every other retailers' website in the UK) the details for the HD version, not the Wii version which is an entirely different game. (The salient points I raised were that it doesn't have online features, doesn't have Autolog, isn't set in Seacrest County and is not developed by Criterion). At first they said they weren't responsible as they relied on information from the publisher. I told them they were responsible under the Trades Description Act 1968, and they did then change the details on the website. (I'm still trying to get, and CDWow to change their listings.)

But my first, mostest, bestest top moment was when I got EA to admit that its advertising is misleading. They justified it by saying that other companies do the same. The actual quote is:

"I know the commercials are mis-leading when it comes to Wii games, but I know that many other companies do the same when it comes to the Wii's limited features."

That's from Angel R. at Electronic Arts Customer Support on 6th December. Note the word "misleading" in that quote.

Just before Christmas, I sent them a reply explaining their obligations under the Trade Descriptions Act and telling them I will report them to the Office of Fair Trading if they don't change their website.

For your info, The Trade Descriptions Act 1968 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which prevents manufacturers, retailers or service industry providers from misleading consumers as to what they are spending their money on. (Again, note the word "misleading"! The Act actually uses the word "misleading" so it's brave - or foolish - of EA to admit it.)

(For those of you who may be interested, I will be doing a blog about this in the New Year with my reasons for doing this and the correspondence I've had with various retailers and Electronic Arts,)

I would point out that I neither know nor care whether the Wii NFS:HP is a bad game or a good game. It's the fact that it's not the game being advertised by EA or online retailers that I find indefensible.

Anyway, enjoy what's left of the holidays and have a great New Year.



Denkou said:

does all of E3 count as a "moment"? if not, the unveiling of the 3ds. Oh, and kid icarus uprising.



Slapshot said:

My favorite Nintendo moment is literally the whole experiences I've had and continue to have with Goldeneye Wii! I haven't taken the disc out of my Wii once since I purchased the game.

College years were a N62 blast to say the least. Days were spent with 7-8 of us guys in a dorm room either beating up each other in Smash Bros or fragging it out in Goldeneye, and being able to have the Goldeneye experience again with friends online is incredible.



SsuperMarco said:

My best Nintendo moment of the year was passing a whole level on Super Mario Galaxy 2 as rock Mario from beginning till the end... Non stop! That was one amazing level!



noblo601 said:

After countless hours of struggling through Mario Kart Wii, I finally managed to unlock Dry Bowser. It was an extremely satisfying moment.

Either that or finally beating my girlfriends younger brother in a pokemon battle after a week of being trounced every single time. Slowking FTW!



Crystalking18 said:

For my moment of the year,it would have to be WAAAAAAY early back in January. I was constantly waiting for No More HEroes 2 and Tatsunoko vs Capcom to come out, sicne they came out on the same date. So I scrounged for money and was able to get both of them at the same time, and enjoy one of the best fighting games ive played in a while,and the sequal to one of my favorite games of all time



The_Fox said:

Probably E3. Nintendo had done poorly the preceding two or three years in putting on a show, so it was nice to see them step up and show something special.



zezhyrule said:

Getting a PS3

Um... I mean, MHT passing up SSBB in terms of hours spent playing :3



hamispink said:

commenting on E3 on the live chat here on nintendo life



UltraRobPrime said:

Picking Cyndaquil in Pokemon Heart Gold, because it reminded me of when I became a full fledged gamer back in 2000. Pokemon Gold was my very first game I ever played.



Raylax said:

Getting hooked on Dragon Quest IX.

Getting online friends equally hooked on DQIX



1080ike said:

Between the revealing of the 3DS and getting Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, I can't really decide.



TingLz said:

Watching Sveta do a Kamehameha-style move to obliterate one of the bosses in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn



Joetherocker said:

I want to say 3DS, but nothing got me better than the DKC music playing as an intro to the DKCR reveal.



bboy2970 said:

My Nintendo moment was easily seeing Mr. Iwata reveal the 3DS to the world for the first time! That was just amazing!



Kid_A said:

My Nintendo moment was finally beating the Grand Finale Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2. The game was wonderfully challenging over all, but that final level really stepped things up. It was the culmination of everything great about Mario's history in one brilliant level. Sidescrolling sections, 3D sections, twitch platforming, creative level design, crazy power-suits, creative problems solving and extreme challenge all rolled into one of the toughest and most rewarding levels I've played in a game. After playing the game seemingly non-stop for a solid week or two, getting completely sucked into it's imaginative universe and collecting every gold and green star, that final level was the icing on the perfect Nintendo cake. And beating it with a friend? Even better.



sugoisabarashi said:

Winning the Nintendo Connection Tour in New Zealand (NSMBWii Individuals) but only to get me butt handed to me in the finals in Sydney, Australia .



XCWarrior said:

Playing Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii and realizing if you put some effort into it, you can get an awesome online experience.



sketchturner said:

I know a lot of people were let down by the story in Metroid: Other M. However, for me, it was the most moving thing I've ever experienced in a video game. When the end credits rolled, I was emotional beyond all belief. The Metroid series is my favorite game series, and I could not imagine a more epic story.



Tasuki said:

I have to say my Nintendo moment for 2010 was the announcement and release of GoldenEye Wii. I was both excited and shocked when the first videos of it were added than taken off of places like Youtube shortly after the announcement it was at that point that I knew it was for real and not just some rumor like the ones in the past have been.

Than when I purchased the game and put it into my Wii and played it for the first time I was blown away. I was prepared for some mediocre cash in on a great game kinda like GoldenEye Rogue agent, but instead I was treated to a great gaming experience. I enjoy it as much as I did its N64 counterpart back in the days of the N64.



Mabbit said:

Hmm, I've had quite a few so far... While playing Tatsunoko vs Capcom against my friend and finally beating Viewtiful Joe on V-Rated are pretty high up, my overall favorite nintendo moment of 2010 is hearing a song. Yes, simply hearing a song. When I first finished listening to the Super Mario Galaxy 2 theme, I immediately played it again. It simply a beautiful piece that makes me smile everytime I hear it



XD375 said:

Donkey Kong Country Returns being revealed. Sucks it's been sold out since it came out. :



Kyloctopus said:

5 Club Nintendo Platinum Gift Delivered
4 Watching and Beating Other M
3 Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva
2 24 Hours of DK Country Returns
1 3DS Unveiling



JumpmanZ said:

The satisfying feeling of applying my Mario Kart wall cling. Other moments include playing DKCR for the first time, playing Epic Mickey for the first time, playing Metroid: Other M for the first time, and playing Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the first time. 4 of those were yesterday.



MasterGraveheart said:

E3 2010. Nintendo owns the industry!

Oh, MOMENT! Hmmm... Bowser strikes back at the end of Super Mario Galaxy 2. Easy, but epic!



DeeEll said:

Beating The Perfect Run in Grandmaster Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2. After many deaths (and hitting my face on the couch out of frustration) I finally did it. It was the hardest level I had ever played in a Nintendo game. It truly put the skill of hardcore gamers to the test; I've never seen such a perfect combination of side-scrolling and 3D segments. The use of Yoshi and the Cloud Suit was a nice touch, too. And the big payoff at the end with Rosalina? Yeah, THAT'S what I call an awesome end to an awesome game. I never really had many Nintendo moments this year, anyway.



Kid_A said:

Runner-up: Ridley fight in Metroid Other M. That game, though flawed, probably has the best collection of boss fights in the whole Metroid series--and that's saying something. Getting all the missile/energy tanks and doing the secret ending were also highlights



Punny said:

I'll have to go with NintyFan and say the unveiling of the Kid Icarus: Uprising trailer. As soon as I saw Pit flying across the screen, I literally started screaming, "HOLY CRAP A NEW KID ICARUS GAME!!!!! YES!!!! YES!!!!"



CanisWolfred said:

Sin & Punishment 2 came out. It was the first time in years that I felt the need to pre-order a first-party Nintendo game.



Chris720 said:

Spending E3 with the fellow NLers.

Oh and not forgetting DKCR, GE Wii and MHT! <3


@Kid_A I've been through M:OM 3 times all with different collect percentages (last one at 100%), and all the endings were the same...



MasterGraveheart said:

Oooh! I got another! Turning on Sonic Colors and hearing that epic theme music while Sonic and the Wisps came toward you (after the intro video). I wanna make that my ring tone.



WaveBoy said:

Like a million have already mentioned, Nintendo's E3 3DS unveiling, seeing the people's amazing reactions and especially Corbies, "incredible....Just incredible"lol Not only that but my insane excitement for Mega Man 10 before it's release. Getting little tid bits of info about the game, along with the slow unveiling of the Robot Masters, and the music of course!

Super Mario Galaxy 2

And the unveiling of Kid Icarus! Along with the gorgeous vibrant and wonderful cell shaded graphics of Zelda: Skyward sword. It's like ALTTP gone 3D, which is very appealing to me unlike the drab muddy releastic brown and green infested world of Twilight Princess.

And I haven't even played half of the Wii's greats for this 2010, along with Sin & Punishment 2, Metroid: Other M, Kirby's Epic Yarn, DKC Returns ect ect. Must catch up!



Zach said:

I started writing for Nintendo Life this past year, so that was my moment



Chunky_Droid said:

I was going to say getting to go to Cockatoo Island to play Monster Hunter Tri with a bunch of Nintendo Reps and free booze.

But it only JUST got trumped by my daughter opening her DSi for Christmas



pmccord said:

The drumbeat of DKCR's opening level made me happy in a way that, in previous years, only a new Mario platformer could have done. Thank you, video game powers that be, for bringing back Donkey Kong Country!



Bassman_Q said:

Beating Final Fantasy VI for the first time in June. I almost cried.

But specifically for this year, it was probably the Nintendo E3 conference. It was just phenomenal.



Corbs said:

I started writing for Nintendo Life this past year, so that was my moment.

I thought the site had gone downhill somewhat this year for some reason.



Gamer83 said:

The return of GoldenEye 007 was my favorite moment, Eurocom did a great job updating the story of the movie and the gameplay of the original game for the modern crowd while still providing enough to keep fans of Rare's classic happy.



akacesfan said:

Playing Mario Galaxy 2 for the first time and realizing how amazing the game was.



SwerdMurd said:

Dragon Quest IX, in its entirety.

Thus far, it's the pinacle of DS capability. I gotta say Warioware DIY has been a blast too though.



WolfRamHeart said:

For me, Nintendo's unveiling of the 3DS at E3 was my biggest Nintendo moment of 2010. I remember when information was first leaked about the 3DS, everyone was going crazy trying to find out more about it. People even dubbed it the 3DS before Nintendo officially named it. I was dying to see what it looked like and when it was finally shown at E3 my mind was blown. I haven't been this excited about a new system since the Wii was announced. I can't wait to get my hands on the 3DS. It will probably be my Nintendo moment of 2011 too.



Revanmann said:

i think playing Goldeneye 007 for the first time yesterday was AWESOME it's soooo like Modern Warfare 2!!!! and that's what i love about ,,....that or playing NBA Jam that game is indescribable....



pikku said:

I have so many. Playing Sin and Punishment 2 and Other M for the first time, the announcement of the 3DS, the awesomeness that is Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Donkey Kong Country Returns, and most importantly, playing Super Metroid for the first time!



Sylverstone said:

Hey, I have sub-moments in my moment (E3 2010 = Nintendo FTW) but my favorite line within the show:

Iwata: Everyone! This is..... Nintendo... 3.....D.....S.

I mean, incredible, absolutely incredible!



Linkuini said:

For me, the moment that sticks out is scrolling through the results of the "Sports" theme contest in WarioWare D.I.Y. and seeing my microgame, "Carted Off", in the list among the other downloadable entrants. Anyone else get a game published by Nintendo this year? Maybe someday I'll make PlayPasta a real game company...



Mendoza said:

3) Shaking hands with Eiji Aonuma at the Nintendo E3 press party
2) The E3 itself of course, among with all the press events en appointments (meeting AVGN was also awesome in the Zelda que XD)
1) Sitting in the front rows at the E3 Nintendo conference, looking at the shiny new 3DS with my own eyes



J-Forest-Esq said:

I would have to say: Goldeneye online multiplayer with pals
OR NSMB multiplayer with pals
or the end of a level in SMG2 where you're swimming in an underwater cavern and then surface onto a patch of grassland with some trees and the sunset. I just liked that for some reason.



StarDust4Ever said:

Finishing spring semester just in time for the release of Super Mario Galaxy 2 (May 23), and then playing it non-stop for two whole weeks

Riding Yoshi
Cloud Suit
Throwback Galaxy
Seeing Rosalina's smiling face again during the credit sequence after trumping bowser and saving Peach

Runner up: Watching the 3DS coverage @E3 online.

Dumbest moment of 2010: Laughing at the ads on TV of people waggling around that ridiculous new "glowing orb lollipop accessory" for the PS3

I already know what my greatest gaming moment of 2011 will be: Holding the 3DS in my hands on launch day; whenever that day comes, I will be there, preorder in hand



Robo-goose said:

My best 2010 Nintendo moment was during E3 when I saw Palutina in the Kid Icarus: Uprising trailer.



WaveBoy said:

Who else was riding the mega man hype train and was insanely excited in anticipation for Mega Man 10?....Only to be dissapointed after finally experiencing it!lol I hate it when that happens. MM9 however was the complete opposite, it surpassed my expectations, easily my one of the greatest MM games ever made.



Omenapoika said:

Watching the E3 stream sitting on the floor eating tuna, red cheeks and yelling "oh, it's the- YEAH!" every now and then. It was cool.
Or playing the Metroid Other M omega(?)metroid boss in the end, and couldn't nail the power bomb thing. I died like 4 times and accidentally switched to Quit instead of continue, and I had to take all the stuff before it again. I shouted something out of frustration, can't remember what but my flatmates came to check if I'm allright : D



RowdyRodimus said:

I still have three days left and I believe in you, Nintendo. Make one happen.

(Seriously, I'm not trolling, it's just that this year has been underwhelming for me because other than "officially" announcing the 3DS (which I knew about last year) it's been nothing but the same old song and dance.)



SafariSuz said:

Re @48 Raylax

|sf>Mine is similar. My Nintendo moment of the year was opening up the fountain in Dragon Quest IX. To need to connect with so many real life people to open up a video game goal is something extremely unique and rare. It's such a shame that there haven't been other Dragon Quest link events since this past summer. I gained several maps from others at that event, but at the time I hadn't beaten my first map dungeon.



aaronluis26 said:

My Nintendo moment of 2010 would definitely have to be the official announcement of the Nintendo 3DS. I'm so excited for its release.

Getting Metroid: Other M is another big one for me though because I'm not normally able to get great titles like that so soon after release =D



TheInstantGamer said:

The Nintendo 3DS, all those games I never got to play because I had the misfortune to be born in the late 90's =(



NassaDane said:

My moment would be when Super Mario Sunshine 2 was announced. I was so happy to hear that. Coming in second would have to be Kirby Air Ride 2 for the Wii, online will be great!



diegoesgriam said:

First play of DQ9 in Spanish, I loved Nintendo for bring here translated
The announcement of 3DS.
And the trailer of Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney



ExploderReviews said:

Seeing that my friend has a New Super Mario Bros Wii poster in his room, even though he doesn't even- WAIT SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE 2 WAS ANNOUNCED!!?!!??!?!?!?!



IronMan28 said:

My best Nintendo moment of 2010 was seeing E3. I'd have to say seeing the 3DS (not in person of course), was a huge moment, as I was blown away by hearing the features and games.



RyuZebian said:

The unveiling of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn! I've never cried so much over a game being unveiled before! :=) And now that I've gotten my hands on it, I'm not dissapointed... It's a bit on the easy side so far, but still the best DS game so far. THE BEST.



SSJ3Goku said:

Oh my biggest moment(s) of 2010. First, getting my first DS (A DS Lite) and starting my DS collection. That was in March, my Birthday Present.

But more recently would be the news that my Parents would be getting me $200 for my first Wii. I have $85 for games/accessories. January 2nd's the date I go to get everything.



Morpheel said:

Beating FFVII on my psp... wait... no!
It's probably the time nintendo revealed the 3DS and its games, i couldn't even sleep!



WiiLovePeace said:

Super Mario Sunshine 2 would be the best!! I loved SMS, it was so relaxed & stuff, being on a holiday island & all. Too bad about the camera issues but the different FLUDD nozzles were amazingly great fun



Hokori said:

I actually think my favorite moment of 2010 was kinectamals I havent LOLd that much in ages

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