Game Of The Year: Reader's Choice

Yesterday, we revealed which games took the staff votes in our Game Of The Year; today we reveal your results. We've had over 15,000 votes this year, which is by far our widest ever pool. Thank you for taking the time to vote!

The votes were cast in each category with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranking system. Ranking a game 1st gives it 3 points, 2nd gets 2 points, and 3rd receives just 1 point, with points then being totalled up and ranked to decide the final order.

Anyway, enough maths; let's not waste any more time and get straight down to it:

Switch Retail Game Of The Year - 2018

Winner: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 35% of the vote)

Runners Up: Octopath Traveler (Nintendo, 12.4% of vote), Pokemon Let's Go (Nintendo, 11.4% of vote), Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 4.5% of vote).

Switch eShop Game Of The Year - 2018

Winner: Celeste (Matt Makes Games, 16% of vote)

Runners Up: Hollow Knight (Team Cherry, 14.4% of vote), The Messenger (Devolver Digital, 5%), Okami HD (CAPCOM, 4%)

3DS Game Of The Year - 2018

Winner: Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo, 29.3% of the vote)

Runners Up: WarioWare Gold (Nintendo, 17.7% of vote), Detective Pikachu (Nintendo, 10.4% of vote), Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (8.1% of vote)

eShop Developer Of The Year - 2018

Winner: Matt Makes Games (18.2% of the vote)

Runners Up: Team Cherry (13.5% of vote), Panic Button (7.9% of vote), Sabotage (5.4% of vote)

Art Style Game Of The Year - 2018

Winner: Octopath Traveler (Nintendo, 17.8% of vote)

Runners Up: GRIS (Devolver Digital, 10.5% of vote), Hollow Knight (Team Cherry, 10% of vote), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 9.2% of vote)

Multiplayer Game Of The Year - 2018

Winner: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 43% of the vote)

Runners Up: Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 16.5% of the vote), Overcooked 2 (Team 17, 5.1% of the vote), Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo, 4.8%)

Overall Game Of The Year - 2018

Winner: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 32.8% of the vote)

Runners Up: Octopath Traveler (Nintendo, 9.8% of the vote), Pokemon Let's Go (Nintendo, 7.6% of the vote), Celeste (Matt Makes Games, 5.9% of the vote)


Perhaps unsurprisingly, these results are pretty much the same as our own staff awards - the main difference being Octopath Traveler snatching the best Art Style away from GRIS. Otherwise, the big winners were the same for staff and readers alike.

So that's 2018 done and dusted. See you back here this time next year? Thanks again to everyone who took part in our Game Of The Year voting this year - you're awesome!