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Game of the Year: Nintendo Life Readers' Awards 2013

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

You have spoken

On Christmas Day we asked you to choose your Game of the Year winners, and we've been delighted by your enthusiasm to do just that. We received thousands of votes across all categories as you had your say on the best gaming that was on offer with Nintendo's systems.

The categories were the same as for our Staff choices, yet you lovely readers had a tougher job as you had to choose just one game in each category. We've counted up the results and there are some interesting winners.

Every category had well over 1000 votes, and that certainly gives the results plenty of interest; while our staff awards consisted of far less votes and reflected some regional release inconsistencies, some region-specific games have had a greater chance to shine in your awards, with both European and North American contingents weighing in. One category's results match the staff equivalents, while there are some notable variations.

Our thanks for all of your votes, they're much appreciated. Without further ado, let's get started.

Wii U Retail First-Party Game of the Year

The winner was comfortable for this award, but the two runner-up spots were undoubtedly a close-run contest. In fact, the second-placed title had just two more votes than that in third, which is extraordinary.


Mario's latest swept the board in the staff awards and has started well here, clearly delighting many who've picked it up on Wii U. Games don't often go from prompting apathy to excitable hype in just a few short months, but that's exactly what happened with Super Mario 3D World, and it was your favourite Nintendo game on Wii U this year.

Second Place: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Third Place: Pikmin 3

Wii U Retail Third-Party Game of the Year

Some may insist that the Wii U didn't have any games, but that was never actually the case. The number of exclusives did drop, but your choices in this third-party category did include two games that were only on Nintendo systems. The winner is perhaps a surprise, not because of its level of quality but the controversy it caused; we're pleased that arguably poor corporate decisions didn't damage its impact on those that played it.

The limbless wonder truly delivered in this 2D platformer, with gorgeous visuals, tight controls and some breathtaking level design. This title made clever use of the GamePad, though those levels are perhaps more enjoyable in multiplayer, and Kung Foot may be one of the best mini-games ever produced.

Second Place: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom)

Third Place: Sonic Lost World (Sega)

Wii U eShop Game of the Year

The Wii U eShop saw a number of excellent download-only games appear this year, yet it seems that Nintendo's offerings were the most consistently popular. One title makes it into these awards that potentially missed out in the staff voting due to timescales, so its inclusion is great to see. It's clear that many of the Nintendo Life community love a bit of platforming and old-school gaming...

Although this would also have a limited-quantity physical retail release, it began as DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U, serving up plenty of fast-paced and challenging levels. Luigi used a fantastic flutter jump, and this was clearly a big favourite among download fans here at Nintendo Life.

Second Place: NES Remix (Nintendo)

Third Place: DuckTales Remastered (Capcom)

Wii U Virtual Console Game of the Year

In truth this category only ever had one potential winner, as it was a game hotly anticipated for many years. The clash over the runner-up spots was far more intense, with Super Metroid missing out by just five votes. Considering the number of votes overall, that's extremely close.

The absence of this title on the Wii Virtual Console may have frustrated many, but its short-notice arrival on Wii U brought frenzied excitement and reminded us all of the power of retro gaming. Full of character and memorable moments, an audience both old and new has been enjoying this one all over again.

Second Place: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo)

Third Place: Super Mario World (Nintendo)

3DS Retail First-Party Game of the Year

The 3DS was the shining light for Nintendo, with impressive sales around the world. Nintendo often reiterates that "software sells hardware", and can certainly point to the 3DS as compelling evidence for just that. It may be overpowered in raw specifications by the Vita and various smart devices, but its games have continued to find a sizeable audience. Nintendo games were vital in this, of course, and you chose three beauties, with the best ultimately coming last in 2013.

Once Nintendo said that this would be based in the same overworld as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, fans of the 16-bit classic no doubt paid attention. Yet this is no simplistic sequel, but stands on its own as a terrific top-down Zelda title; it saw off plenty of competition in this category.

Second Place: Fire Emblem: Awakening

Third Place: Pokémon X & Y

3DS Retail Third-Party Game of the Year

As can often be the case with these votes, regional differences can make it difficult for some titles to shine if they're yet to be released worldwide. This third-party winner from Square Enix is all the more impressive as it is yet to hit North America, yet it still managed to take the prize. It was incredibly close, however, with its vote total less than 1% higher than that in second place.

When this RPG first appeared in previews from the 2011 Tokyo Game Show it drew a lot of positive attention, with the hope that it'd be one of many titles to continue the proud tradition of the genre on Nintendo's handhelds. Its commercial success in Japan has led to confirmation of a sequel, and his one landed in Europe in early December, making its victory all the more impressive. Fear not, North American 3DS owners, it comes to the region on 7th February 2014.

Second Place: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom)

Third Place: Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus)

3DS eShop Game of the Year

The 3DS eShop has seen plenty of excellent download-only releases this year, but one game was relatively dominant with 30% of the vote — it had a retail-level price, no less. We should also note that the second-placed game was also comfortably ahead of the rest, emphasizing how it's captured the hearts and minds of many this year.

Capcom's decision to localise this latest entry in the iconic franchise was a delight to gamers outside of Japan, but was perhaps tempered by the news that it would be a download-only release. For those that have loyally purchased every game in the series at retail, it was a blow, but the eShop option did, nevertheless, help the series to continue outside of Capcom's homeland. It clearly didn't disappoint, either, as it comfortably picked up the award.

Second Place: SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form)

Third Place: Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (Nintendo)

3DS Virtual Console Game of the Year

Like its Wii U contemporary, the 3DS Virtual Console gives retro gamers and all that are curious a chance to sample games from yesteryear. The portable's version brings us games from platforms such as Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Gear, too, which is terrific for those that didn't own the hardware back in the day. In a pleasing case of unified viewpoints, the community results match those of the staff awards.

Taken separately these titles would have seized the top spots, so like in the staff equivalents we'll combined these together, especially as they fit each other perfectly. For those that love Link Between Worlds and want to experience more portable top-down Zelda goodness, these are certainly appealing options.

Second Place: Shantae (WayForward)

Third Place: Mega Man 2 (Capcom)

Overall Wii U Game of the Year

After splitting the Wii U vote into first- and third-party categories, this is the vote to bring them together. It's all Nintendo in your top three, with an unsurprising winner; yet the second and third places are reversed, with just four votes separating them this time. it was so close that you couldn't definitively decide between them!

We're running out of superlatives for this one after its repeated wins so far. It's awesome. Yeah, that'll do.

The second award for this one, making it our staff's favourite Wii U game of the year.

Second Place: Pikmin 3 (Nintendo)

Third Place: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Overall 3DS Game of the Year

In another category that shows the continuing dominance and excellence of Nintendo's games, it's a big N lockout in your top 3DS list. Once again the last to arrive takes the prize; nicely played, Nintendo.

It's clear from the number of votes for this title that not many waited for Christmas Day to unwrap this one. We blame no-one for diving straight in, as it's an accomplished entry in the franchise that's familiar but also dares to be different, with the item rental mechanic allowing gamers to explore some temples in the order they please. A truly worthy winner of the top 3DS game prize.

Second Place: Fire Emblem: Awakening

Third Place: Pokémon X & Y

Overall Game of the Year — Wii U and 3DS

In a reassuring show of consistency, your votes for this prestigious overall gong were consistent with those that came before. Wii U and 3DS games are often so different from each other, with each complementing each other wonderfully, and though the hardware can only aspire to 3DS sales success at present, its clear that the Wii U's top game has won many of you over.

When announced, its slightly underwhelming first trailer made some unfavourably declare it to be a rushed spin-off from Super Mario 3D Land; though that was an excellent game, we would argue. It turned out to be much more, however, and has secured a number of Game of the Year awards here on Nintendo Life and also on some major multi-platform outlets. Outstanding creativity and design are perfectly aligned with impeccable physics for an experience best described as fun. It perhaps best typifies that Nintendo difference — you won't find too much gritty realism and violence on Wii U, but you will find fantastical settings, hilarity and laughs; there's nothing wrong with that.

Second Place: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo)

Third Place: Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo)

So those were the results from your Game of the Year votes; once again our humble thanks for the thousands of contributions. It's not over yet, as you can talk over the results (and share your own personal choices, of course) and debate the outcomes in the comments below.

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User Comments (131)



CanisWolfred said:

Wow, I guess I was wrong. The Readers picks were slightly better than the staff picks. Is This Real Life?



Prof_Clayton said:

What... no Layton? >:[
Lack of Animal Crossing is surprising, but I guess there were a lot of good games!



CanisWolfred said:

I'm more surprised Pokemon wasn't higher. I guess the newbs who joined up just to talk about their mons didn't want to go through all the effort of voting.



User1988 said:

I just got a Wii U for Christmas and have been playing the crap out of it. Pikmin 3 is by far my favorite game for 1 player, but 3D World is the best multiplayer game I think I've ever played. I can see why it won!

There were so many great 3DS games out this year. I can't wait for Bravely Default to come out in the US so I can see what all this commotion is about



Nareva said:

Strange that the best first party Wii U games and the best overall Wii U games were the same games, but in a different order. How can I go about my day not knowing definitively whether people like Pikmin 3 or Windwaker HD more? It's a nightmare!

Good list though.



LunarFlame17 said:

I probably would have voted for Bravely Default as 3DS third-Party game of the year, but it's not out in the US yet, so I haven't played. My vote was for Etrian Odyssey IV, but Shin Megami Tensei IV was a close second. Man, such a good year to be a Nintendo fan, even with Nintendo's financial woes!



Gold said:

I knew Super Mario 3D World would win. Or maybe Animal Crossing : New Leaf had towns invaded by yellow, green, pink, and blue cats. The cats wanted 3D World to win so the mayors were held hostage until they voted for 3D World.

The End.



Krill said:

I've got to say that this year has been a fantastic one for handhelds and my 3DS has had so much use largely down to Pokemon, Bravely Default, Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion and Animal Crossing. Happy new year everyone



HandheldGuru97 said:

Beyond the lack of Animal Crossing (which despite the countless amazing 3DS that came this year that is my favorite game of 2013) I am pleased with this list. Still haven't got Earthbound....I think I might being doing that shortly!!!!!!!!



NintyMan said:

Great list; Super Mario 3D World has had a fascinating run this year. No surprise that Mario, Zelda, and Fire Emblem would take the top spots, though no Animal Crossing registering anywhere is a surprise. Pokemon overcame it.



Thejoe66 said:

I have to say i liked Pokemon but it just was not my favorite when comparing to older games i felt is should have been lower



Matts14 said:

The fact that a wii u game came out as the winner in a 3DS era proves that Mario is still the king of video games and that it is one hell of a game



WiiLovePeace said:

Awesome list! NSLU & Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies? Yay! All the rest of the votes are awesome too, go go WW HD!



sinalefa said:

This list also lacks The Wonderful 101. So this seems to prove the point. We are a vocal minority.

So DLC classifies as a game if it has a physical release?



Arcamenel said:

I can't deny that A Link Between Worlds is very fun but still doesn't top Pokemon for me. Oh well great picks regardless.



DreamyViridi said:

Very good results. 2013 was a great gaming year and a great year for the 3DS so here's to 2014 where the Wii U will hopefully continue its comeback and charge into victory.



ChimeraKnight said:

The only category that really surprises me is Wii U eShop Game of the Year. No love from the community for Runner 2? I would also say the absence of W101, but based on sale numbers very few people have played it.

@Mikky Dark Moon seems to be a favorite for many, but I just couldn't enjoy it. The animations are fantastic and it does a great job of making Luigi a likable character, but I found the game itself to be incredibly boring. I also don't like that it constantly interrupts you and seperates the game into levels. Just let me explore and figure things out on my own, something Nintendo got right this year with ALBW.



NintyMan said:

I'm actually very surprised that NES Remix beat out Ducktales: Remastered for 2nd place of Wii U eShop GOTY since it's only been out for two weeks.



Anclation said:

Not a fan of the lack of Wonderful 101, but I'm at least happy Bravely Default got the recognition it deserves.



BrightBeing said:

There was such a glut of fantastic 3DS games that I'm surprised there were any clear winners at all. But glad to see Fire Emblem in the top three!

Wii U had a much more focused field when it came to good games, but seeing DuckTales in the top three makes me very happy. And at the price it's going for right now, the soundtrack ALONE is worth the price of admission.

Edit: Great choice on the 3DS eShop game of the year, guys! Phoenix had me literally laughing out loud more times than I could count!



AdanVC said:

Super Mario 3D World and Zelda ALBW winning the most important categories like a boss! Ah, those Nintendo haters can say whatever they want, but this year was nice for Wii U in terms of quality games, at least. It has the highest critically rated Next-Gen game right now and with obvious reasons, it is the best Mario I've played since Super Mario Galaxy in 2007.

I'm super excited for Wii U in 2014, is going to have some epic titles such as Bayo 2, and X and big system sellers such as Smash and MK8. Plus, all the unannounced stuff that would be revealed in future Nintendo Directs and the announcement of the brand new Zelda at E3. Forget Halo 5 on Xbone (and... what else? there's nothing else on that damn console to be kinda excited about!), forget Uncharted on PS4... ZELDA on Wii U is the real big thing to be excited this 2014!!



bloody_velvet said:

Glad The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker made it up there. Just started playing yesterday, and I've gotta say it's pretty cool. Never played a TLOZ game.



Noonch said:

Animal Crossing was robbed by the RPG nerds. I know so many people who bought 2 or more 3DSes just for AC. But the big winner is....everyone! Happy New Year Nintendolifers!



Nareva said:

@Noonch I've never played an Animal Crossing game. What's the deal, why would you want more than one 3DS?



BrightBeing said:

@Falchion I agree. I haven't heard much about Bravely Default yet except that it is supposed to be a very good RPG and that it's supposed to be the last of Square's "gibberish title" games.



El_Scorpio said:

Wow, Bravely Default won in it's category! Great... now the game needs only decent sale numbers. It would be great if both US and EU would surpass Japan (around 400 000 units).



Noonch said:

The hardcore AC people buy two so they can trade with themselves and acquire more goods. I never played one before New Leaf but it hooked me. It's addictive. Perfect pick up and play. I've got over 1200 hours in's a little sad.



Luna-Harmony said:

Great picks ! Now people that hate nintendo & say they don't have any games look above haha
Nintendo for the win
It's so funny all these next ten consoles came out and none of them have any good games and mario comes along in a cat suit and beats them all



Nareva said:

@Noonch Wow, that's 50 days! You certainly got your money's worth. I've been considering it for a while now. I might pick it up in the next few months.



El_Scorpio said:

Nooch: 1200 hours in Animal Crossing??? Is that even possible...? You should had to play it every single day for almost 6 hours since day one...



Gioku said:

I didn't even play AC:NL for 200 hours... D:
I got sidetracked by all these other games!



JaxonH said:

All in all, Nintendolife members have some pretty decent taste, I must say!

Wonderful 101 was a superb game, but I can understand it's absence given how great Super Mario 3D World, Zelda Windwaker HD and Pikmin 3 are.

However, I still feel Wii Sports Club was the eShop's Game of the Year. I mean, Wii Sports was already such a solid foundation. And this new entry really perfects the formula. You haven't played real golf until you've played Wii Sports Club! Tiger who?

Also, glad to see Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate place in the rankings. Everyone who owns the game probably voted for it, like I did. Problem is, too few people own the game. Idk why so many gamers ignore that title... it's one of those age-old questions we'll never have the answer to.



moomoo said:

The readers had a better list!
I must be dreaming... I only have minor nitpicks here. Solid list all around. It's also nice to see such a niche game like Fire Emblem get so much community praise. 3rd place for overall game of the year isn't too shabby when you have the insanely recognizable Zelda and Mario ahead of it.



JaxonH said:

It's sort of a grey area, ya know? New Super Luigi U could have just retailed for half price and never been sold as DLC, and it would have been accepted as a retail release. Likewise, it could have only been sold on eShop for NSMBU owners and it would have been accepted as DLC.

It's kind of both. It is DLC, but it was also a physical release. So I guess it could be categorized into either group really. I mean, it did have a physical release, even though it's officially referred to as DLC



Blast said:

Its not a bad list but I still can't believe A Link Between Worlds won.



PerezBro99 said:


Wii U game of the year: Super Smash Brothers 4
3DS game of the year: Super Smash Brothers 4
Overall game of the year: Super Smash Brothers 4



Webby-sama said:

My hype for Bravely Default is growing when it wins without having its release in NA yet. Two more days until the demo, will be stalking the eShop Thursday morning.

3DS game of the year for me is Fire Emblem: Awakening. I keep going back to it, I'm in love with (female) Morgan and she makes me more sure I'll never be a father because I know I'll never have a daughter as perfect as she is.

Second is Etrian Odyssey IV, best discovery I somehow missed from the DS days, and third is Monster Hunter 3U. I did get a bit worn out on MH3U after a while but my activity log tells no lies, it still was one of the best.



GalacticMario28 said:

A lot of variety and big names this time around. It seems like most of my picks won; that's definitely a surprise. Sorry Animal Crossing fans, but I think it's only fair that Pokémon got some recognition this time; AC was already recognized in the staff votes (and at a higher position than Pokémon in these votes).
I'm a little surprised Sonic beat the Wondeful 101 given its less-than-stellar critical reception. Then again, it's hard to vote for something if you haven't played it, so I guess it makes sense that W101 didn't make it; or maybe there are just more people who think highly of Lost World than reviews would suggest.
I can't wait to try out the Bravely Default demo this Thursday.



sinalefa said:


Had they only released it as physical stand alone, a lot of people would have acted "Not another NSMB game!" and skipped it, so it worked better as DLC.

Regarding Monster Hunter, I got Tri on Wii and felt burnout after 100 hours. Maybe in a year or two I may pick this one up. The game sometimes feel too punishing and I don't get my kicks with excessive frustration.



Lord said:

Shocked, no w101, pleased to see zelda and bravely. Odd though as I'm not coming across many bravely players though street pass.



GearsOfWarU said:

Love Super Mario 3D World ... It Deserves GOTY ... But where is the Love For The Wonderful 101 on Wii U & Luigi Mansion Dark Moon on 3DS ?????



JaxonH said:


A fair point. They would have complained about it wouldn't they lol...

To me, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate just looks so much better than Tri (especially the monsters), which helps to not get burned out. With the amount of new monsters and subspecies, there's always a new monster to look forward to hunting. Many of them, like Lucent Nargacuga or Stygian Zinogre, aren't available until G-rank. In fact, I think about 20% of the monsters aren't available in Low or High Rank Quests. And I think it took me at least 100 hours before I actually hit G-rank.

For me, the biggest factor that kept me playing was the online multiplayer. It's always a fun experience hunting in groups, especially if you have a friend to hunt with. Although I finally just started joining random parties from the lobby to hunt.

I was overwhelmed with how much new content there is in that game too btw. They really went all out. And as for the difficulty, I think it's all about hunting with others. I easily soloed Low and High Rank, but G-Rank is where the true test is. It's imperative to hunt in groups. But as long as you have a couple hunters with you that know what they're doing and aren't under-leveled, you'll be able to take on pretty much any quest in the game. I learned alot by hunting with others- proper techniques, weakness exploits and useful strategies. The skills Evasion and Evade Extender (as well as Earplugs) are really a must once you get to G-Rank. With proper timing and skill you can avoid almost any hit. It's difficult at first, but by the time you're 100 hours in it's like child's play. Speaking of which I think I'm near 600 hours in at this point!



OGGamer said:

Definetly surprised to see some of the games on this list . Ducktales remastered is just... yuck ! Overall it's a pretty good list .
I played the original windwaker to death and loved it . The only difference with the wiiu version is the HD so I haven't picked it up yet and may never . Being thoroughly familiar with the game I have to say that I would choose W101 over wwhd any day of the week . That also goes for sonic lost world . Most criminally underated game of the year goes to W101.



ACK said:

I like these picks better, too. Still perturbed about Ducktales getting any recognition. Obviously not enough people are familiar with the original for reference (to highlight how shoddy of a remake this is).

And seeing Sonic Lost World makes me want to wretch. Not The Wonderful 101? Not Deus Ex? Not Most Wanted U? Or even Black Flag, or Splinter Cell, or Swap Force, or Disney Infinity? Or basically any other third party Wii U release?!

That's gross.



ACK said:

Forgot to mention that all the readers who voted for NES Remix can come over to play games at my house any time. True bros.



Gioku said:

So (in order) my picks were:

  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Rayman Legends
  • NES Remix
  • EarthBound
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Bravely Default
  • SteamWorld Dig
  • Shantae
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Super Mario 3D World

So everything I picked made it on the list!



ledreppe said:

LOL, I didn't get round to voting but I like that list, I would've picked SM3DW as my game of the year!



Zero_Revolution said:

Most of my picks were actually on the list surprisingly. And if I had played 3D World before voting, then it likely would've been my GotY choice.

But this is a great list.



strongest_link said:

The voters did a great job. I don't personally agree 100% with everything, but clearly everything that received recognition was deserving.



Yoshis_VGM said:

Kind of bummed that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon didn't win any was my personal 3DS GOTY.



Twilight_Crow said:

I prefer the Staff Awards because, funny thing, my picks won there. Not surprising though, readers can't play it all, and some really good games with not big names on them can fly off the radar; like Runner 2.



TrueWiiMaster said:

Since Bravely Default and Link to the Past aren't out in North America until next year (hopefully LttP will be out in 2014), will they be eligible for this again?



idork99 said:

@antdickens As do you, good sir! In fact, all the NL posse does; both staff and readers. So let's all toast tonight for a wonderful year in gaming that the big N brought to us in 2013! Hoping 2014 is as fun!

Cheers everyone!



Bassman_Q said:

Fire Emblem got my vote in all it's eligible categories, so I'm glad it at least made 2nd place in the 3DS categories. It's such an excellent game, the only reasons I haven't been playing it for the past few months is because of all the other games being released and the fact that I played it to death (90 hours on my 1st playthrough!) when it first came out. It's a game that definitely warrants a 2nd playthrough, so I might just have to start another file soon!



I-U said:

New Leaf rightfully is knocked out by Pokémon X/Y. I'm happy about that.



chiefeagle02 said:

My 3DS game of the year is actually the StreetPass DLC games. Those gave me a greater incentive to take my system everywhere I go.



FritzFrapp said:

Agreed. Awesome year if you own Nintendo systems. I would have liked to have seen a Top 5 this year. Regardless, I'm glad enough people bought and liked Monster Hunter, Fire Emblem and Pikmin enough to vote for them.



Gerbwmu said:

Happy New Year to all those on the east side of the pond! Although W101 Didn't win any awards this is still an excellent list.....based on what I've played. Great job fellow readers. Thanks for entertaining me for the last year.



tripunktoj said:

I don't think NSLU should qualify as an eShop only game, unlike Ducktales, we all knew NSLU would be released in both formats (retail and eShop). Wind Waker was also released first on eShop in some regions and it didn't qualify for eShop section. Even ignoring what I said, its high quality add-on content, but not a full new game.



T7L3RB said:

@Frapp A top 5 or even an end of the year top 10 for each system would be great. Really happy to see Fire Emblem as it is one of my favorite franchises. I picked up MH3U when I first got my Wii U and can say that it also deserves the praise. I had to sell that game due to some money issues and have yet to pick it up again due to the amount of awesome games coming out that I want to play.



T7L3RB said:

@donkeykong64 That game has really gotten some mixed reviews. I wanna buy it but I'm still on the fence. This list makes me think either NintendoLife is full of sonic fans or the game is actually enjoyable.



BulbasaurusRex said:

Everyone keeps praising "Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies" as an excellent eShop game despite its retail price, but where's the love for "Senran Kagura Blast" and "Unchained Blades?" I should not have needed to use a write-in to vote for "Senran Kagura Blast."



Uberchu said:

No pokemon 101 or animal crossing?

And how is a game thats not even a month old on teh list? thats not fair!



Vriess said:

HaPpY NeW YeAr EvErYoNe!!!

Here's to another great year for Nintendo and us gamers!



MAB said:

Of course I was one of the peops that voted for the awesome and more hardcore Sonic Lost World



scrubbyscum999 said:

Ugh, why didn't Pokemon win at 3DS Game of the Year? Oh whatever, it sells like hot cakes anyways.

Didn't expect it to make it on here but Project X Zone is a really great game. Now that was a great 3rd party game. Bravely Default ain't out in the States so hard to say anything there.

Unchained Blades and Senran Kagura are also games that at least deserve some sort of honorable mention for being surprisingly good amidst expectations.



Hunter-D said:

It didn't win but at least it came in 2nd twice and 3rd once. FEA is great! and these picks are great too!



Mahe said:

A very boring list. When were the votes taken, anyway? I didn't even see the article.



Marshi said:

@LunarFlame17 what financial woes? Nintendo are doing great. Its just the wii u that isnt selling as well as it should. But nintendo themselves are pretty much rolling in it thanks to the 3ds' phenomenal 2013



Marshi said:

@T7L3R Im not a sonic fan,infact id say there hasnt been a good sonic game since sonic adventure,and thats aged badly. But sonic lost world is great,id even go as far as to say I enjoy it almost as much as mario 3d world



LunarFlame17 said:

@Marshi I wouldn't argue that Nintendo is doing great. They're not doing nearly as badly as analysts and pundits would have you believe, but if you look at their financial results recently, they're either taking a loss or just barely making a profit. Not disastrous, but not great either.



Blizzia said:

Other than the usual stereotypic not-at-all understandable zelda/mario spam on first places, I agree with this list. It is pretty good, and I must applaud most of the readers for having brains and sense for quality. (By this I certainly do not imply that Zelda and Mario are bad franchises. I just didn't find the games to be that good, and yes, I played both ALBW and SM 3D World) I am simply both extremely surprised and proud as hell that Bravely Default actually won something when it has only shortly been out in Europe, and isn't out in NA yet. Being from Europe I finished the game a few days ago, and it is truly a masterpiece. Zelda was a bit disappointing and Mario was... Mario. Good, enjoyable, but old Fire Emblem: Awakening should have taken the overall first place for 3DS in my opinion, but alas, I am just a single person. I was surprised by Pokémon not taking anything bar 3rd places, but then again, even though I play it a lot, beyond battling and breeding there isn't that much to do (unless you enjoy harvesting berries or doing pointless things). Overall great list, while some of the winners are dubious (they won, no doubt, but again, I don't have to agree with the choices. The overall community does agree, and thats just how it is ) Thank you for a wonderful year Nintendo, Nintendolife and third parties (3DS is such a bliss for an RPG lover).



Blizzia said:

@Bassman_Q Haha, it was my only game except Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate back when I got my 3DS XL (bought it in march, was in the UK the day FE was released). Needless to say, it is currently the game I have spent most hours in, sitting at a wopping 1139 hours. 2nd place would be Pokémon Y at 7xx hours. Dat game warrants both 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th playthrough at least simply because of all the awesome support material, parent-children combinations and class combos. Loving that game. Thinking of doing a playthrough every 2 months when I forget the story a little bit



larry_koopa said:

I'm just happy that Rayman Legends took best third-party game! Ubisoft really did make a mess of things from a PR standpoint, but beyond all of that the game that they made is simply fantastic.



Yrreiht said:

I disagree on 3DS game of the year. But since I seem to be the only one to dislike ALBW, it wont change anything



Blizzia said:

@Yrreiht I also dislike ALBW. I did buy it just to see if the hype was real, but sadly, I was disappointed. It doesn't deserve the 10/10 rating. It is a good game, but I'd say 8/10-8.5/10 maximum. It is still same old same old, except the few "innovations" as fans put it In other words an easier way of getting your equipment, but still same old Oh well.



Shambo said:

What a year it was! So many great games for both systems it's not even funny. Really, no matter how you look at it, great games will be left out in any top 3.
Luigi U will always be a physical game for me. It was his year, and he got his own limited game in a green box, no way I wasn't going to add this to my collection!



MadAdam81 said:

While my personal favourites didn't make the list or finished 3rd, that's a good thing as it shows the variety of the games, and that there's something (or 5) great for everyone.



Gamer83 said:

I voted for A Link Between Worlds but 3D World was awesome, couldn't go wrong either way between those two games.



Sneaker13 said:

Thrilled to see Phoenix Wright at the top. And Pokemon is at least mentioned here. But where is Luigi's Mansion?



Mr-X9000 said:

how come pokemon didnt won any of this? its better than fire emblem thats for sure!



Blizzia said:

@BulbasaurusRex Nope, it isn't. Each game is unique. Rehashes deserve their own ratings in relation to the times they are released in, and even though the original which was released AGES ago was (to some) a 10/10 back then, it is in no way a 10/10 now. Neither is the rehash, as it doesn't do much different than the original. You might not agree, but then again, each to his/her own



BulbasaurusRex said:

@Blizzia I haven't really played either game (not much of a Zelda fan), but most everyone claims the gameplay in ALttP holds up just as well today. The technical and user interface aspects of the game have been upgraded as appropriate for the 3DS hardware along with the addition of the well-regarded wall-hugging mechanics, so the game should be just as much of a masterpiece today as ALttP was in its time assuming the usual quality of work for a mainline Zelda game.

My point is that the game should be judged on its own merits and not discounted just for being a lazy sequel.



Blizzia said:

@BulbasaurusRex I do have to disagree with you there. I judge it on its own merits, but it just seems way too similar not to discount it for the lazy sequel point. I agree the wall-hugging mechanics were completely awesome but it just still feels lacking and old. Sorry to say this too, but damn, when is Zelda gonna get a GOOD storyline :< The Zelda games have always been fun, but their stories always sucked. I never got through Ocarina of Time 3D because gameplay + story sucked, even though I played the GBA version And I am still of the opinion that ALttP and ALBW are at least 8.0 or 8.5 games. They are just not pure 10s. The only problem I have with them is that they always get fangoggles ratings. Heck, I'd have accepted a 9.0. BUT 10/10? Just screams fangasm. Also, @xj0462 the Pokémon games were awesome, but just not good enough to merit a rating of like top 2/top 3 to be honest. I love pokémon, and I love the X and Y games, but they still lack heavily in things to do post-storyline. I've bred like 40 competitive teams and it got boring after 2. Pokémon Amie and the boring repetitive soccer mini-game to get EVs? Nope. Fire Emblem: Awakening was seriously too good to rank below Pokémon.



LztheQuack said:

I don't understand why everyone's crying for postgame content in Pokemon. Would you like Nintendo to cut out content just to slap it on at the end?



Emaan said:

The 3DS games this past year were amazing. I personally think of Fire Emblem: Awakening as the 3DS game of the year for 2013, with Animal Crossing: New Leaf coming at the close second.

Now that I'm well into Super Mario 3D World, I can say it definitely deserves game of the year for Wii U and overall. This game is a masterpiece.

Well done your choices NL community~



B3ND3R said:

This was such a great year to be a Nintendo gamer
Bout to try the Bravely Default demo to see if it's something I can really get behind (although I most likely will buy the Collector's Edition anyways, since the game is getting so much praise). I'm sad that we have to wait another month and five days for it though xD while it's good since I can save up for it, I just wish it came sooner.



Hamguar said:

Other than Monster Hunter clearly being robbed looks good, but then again I am a bit biased ^_^



Henmii said:

Seems there is a lot of love for Rayman Legends on this site! That's very nice to see!!

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