As 2016 draws to an end it's that time once again - Game of the Year Awards. We're continuing with tradition in having both Staff and Community awards; the latter are entirely in your hands.
As in previous years you can vote through a series of polls. In each category we've created longlists; now, of course, we've had to pick those, so if any of your favoured games are missing from a category hit up the Contact Form and vote for your alternatives, we'll add those votes to the final results. We're also tweaking how we determine the Overall Game of the Year result, which is explained below.
Voting closes at 5pm UK / 6pm CET / noon Eastern / 9am Pacific on 18th December, so get your votes in before then. You have all of the same categories as the staff, and a few important details are below:
- In some cases games appear in multiple categories, such as download games that went on to have limited-release retail versions.
- As before there are no Virtual Console games included; this is a celebration of new releases.
- A few titles are included that only came out in one region; naturally they'll be at a disadvantage, but this is difficult to avoid.
- You can vote for up to three games in the Wii U eShop, 3DS retail and 3DS eShop polls, but only two games in the Wii U retail list (due to its shorter length).
- For 'Overall Game of the Year' we're doing something a little different. When the voting in these initial categories closes on 18th December, we'll take the top five from each and list them as a final top 20 (in no particular order) in a follow-up poll. You will then have the chance to vote from that list right up to 24th December; each category will have a top three in the end, in addition to an Overall winner across both Wii U and 3DS. Results will be announced on Christmas Day.
Voting is now closed, thanks for taking part!
well this is hard, it wasent like there where many nintendo games this year
All I've learnt is I've barely played any of this year's offerings apart from Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Bravely Second.
@kamikazilucas The lists above look pretty big to me.
Seeing these lists in black and white underscores what a poor year it has been for nintendo gamers. I didn't purchase many of these because frankly they were less than essential purchases. Roll on 2017: I'm not going to miss 2016 for lots of different reasons!
It was monster year for high quailty JRPGs. Not for much else unfortunately!
Tough decision. I'll have to edit this later. SteamWorld Collection, Terraria and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 deserve some loving.
Star Fox Zero doesn't.
1. Twilight Princess HD
2. Paper Mario: Color Splash
3. Tokyo Mirago Sessions
Didn't make any eShop purchases for U.
1. Bravely Second: End Layer
2. 7th Dragon III Code: VFD
3. Pokemon Sun/Moon
1. Mercenaries Saga 3 (I'm sure it will be)
2. Pocket Card Jockey
The Last Guardian.
TBH, this year sucked, especially for Wii U owners. But the choice is easy: Paper Mario, the only Nintendo game I thoroughly enjoyed this year.
(A brief reason as to why I voted for a game is in brackets.)
Wii U Retail:
1) Paper Mario: Color Splash (A fun follow up to Sticker Star with awesome visuals, music and writing.)
2) Mario & Sonic at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (A fun party game that, in my eyes, fixed lots of problems with the 2014 edition. A lot of content too.)
Wii U eShop:
1) 6180 the moon (A really inventive use of the GamePad with a deep story and fun gameplay, along with relaxing aesthetics. Surprisingly challenging as well!)
2) Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (A much better use of amiibo than AC:AF. The gameplay is fun, and builds upon Tipping Stars. Good music and visuals too, especially with each character.)
3) Pirate Pop Plus (A fun arcade game with awesome music and visuals.)
1) Kirby: Planet Robobot (Everything I wanted from a sequel! Great music and visuals, a unique new idea that is deeply interwoven into the gameplay, and some challenge made this an purchase I never knew I deeply wanted.)
2) Mario Party: Star Rush (A great improvement from 10/Island Tour that was underrated.)
3) Rhythm Paradise Megamix (A lot of content, catchy music and a simple, yet complex series of minigames provided me with over 30 hours of gameplay, and I still have more to do. 'This. Beat. Is. Non. Stop.')
1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (Awesome writing. Awesome plot. Awesome visuals. Awesome music. My new favourite in the series. Nearly made me cry; that has to be worth something, right?)
2) BoxBoxBoy! (I never knew a little white cube could have such a deep plot. A fun puzzle game, and I hope the newly announced 'Goodbye! BoxBoy' arrives in the West.)
3) My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess (A great Picross game, and for free, since it only requires Platinum Points. Challenging puzzles with lots of variety seal the deal.)
@Beau_Skunk yeah its full of indie games and stuff no one cares about
The only games I played on Wii U this year were Bayonetta, Smash, Mario Kart 8, and Freedom Planet. I can't vote for those obviously, but I did play a little bit of Tokyo Mirage Session. I'm not much of a JRPG guy but it was alright, so I voted for that. As for the 3DS, I haven't played Monster Hunter Generations and Pokemon Sun/Moon yet. So I went with Fire Emblem Fates, Kirby Planet Robobot and Zero Time. Phoenix Wright for the eshop.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions was by far my favorite game of 2016!
"In some cases games appear in multiple categories, such as download games that went on to have limited-release retail versions."
And then Fast Racing Neo fails to appear in eShop nominees.
Star Fox Guard is better than Zero, IMHO. Also, Ninja Smasher may actually be my favorite 3DS title of the year altogether. For 3 bucks it certainly provides plenty of Metroidvania-ish fun
This has been a heck of a year for gaming in general. Next year looks crazy too.
This is certainly going to be a lot more interesting than most other websites Game of the Year awards, since we won't predictably have Overwatch winning here.
There's a lot of worthy games to choose from here.
As others have mentioned, seeing the list like this really shows how dull this year's been for us Nintendo fans.
Poor year for Wii u retail software (though I liked Color Splash more than expected and am loving Steamworld Heist, which I have on the Collection), but looking those lists over, both e-shops had good line-ups. Axiom Verge and Freeze Me, Gotcha Protectors, etc. kept me busy. Didn't buy a single 3DS retail game. Don't have time for RPG's though or I'd have been all over DQ7.
Such great games, IMHO. I'd say that some indies were pretty decent and should have a chance, like SEVERED, Jotun, Sadame and Shantae.
Spent most of this year working through my backlog of games from past years... so didn't get many new games this year, but figured the ones I did get were worth voting for.
Might be worth giving a bit of an overlap between years for games whose peak popularity extended into the following year.
May also be worth adding new sections as well... like most anticipated... and might need a smartphone app section in the future.
While some of the games in my collection have high review scores, I haven't got round to playing them yet. So I didn't feel like voting for them above others. Although there are few I voted for.
My 2016 looked like this on Wii U:
January and February: Xenoblade Chronicles X
March - May: Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Star Fox Zero
June - September: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Axiom Verge, Severed
October - December: Paper Mario: Color Splash, SteamWorld Heist and i'm getting Shantae: Half-Genie Hero next week.
Almost all of my favorite games I played this year came out in another year. Which is a bit of a shame, but I think the Wii U and 3DS have more than enough that I've missed that it was good to catch up a bit. There's still more I want to play on both platforms than I have the time and money for, so I can't complain. Definitely excited to get my mitts on the Switch and lots of new games next year, though!
What can be said about 2016 that hasn't been said before? In terms of Nintendo and in general, it was quite the wild ride.
But, for Nintendo, 2016 was the year of build-up for the next few years.
Look at what's coming up. The Switch, Breath of the Wild, Super Nintendo World, Janurary 12th, Pokémon GO Gen II, possible anime, movie deals, and much, much more.
Now, more than ever, is the best time to be a Nintendo fan.
Wow...what a barren wasteland of important titles. I feel each category had 1 or maybe 2 obvious choices and that was it. Shame that Shantae: Half Genie Hero couldn't make it in time. That would have been a strong contender I bet. Excited for my Wii U to have one more fresh experience on it before I put it out to pasture (AKA: sit gloriously on my shelf for all eternity).
Hmm...hopefully a better list for 2017 in terms of exclusives that haven't also arrived on the PS4 or XBONE. Not many games on the Wii U (retail side) and not the best on the E-Shop of Wii U...seems like it's just being pushed aside anymore, which is a shame...could have done and been a lot better. 3DS however, doing fantastic, but was really hoping that more virtual console games would have come out on it...more NES classics and even more original gameboy classics, which they seemed to give up on too early...wouldn't have loved to replay Rolan's Curse 1 and 2 from the gameboy era...since I don't have the original gameboy or the games anymore...Heianky Alien was also a pretty fun title on Gameboy...so was Bubble Ghost. Back to saying, they could have added much more to the virtual side of the 3DS.
Honestly, I've already compiled my Top 10 games of 2016 list and I have to say that I sadly found this year rather forgettable, on Nintendo's side to be specific. The only Nintendo game making the cut on my list is Pokemon Moon. I was especially disappointed in Twilight Princess. The character models still have so many edges and tbh, I found the OG version with swinging the Wiimote better than this port.
For WiiU, though, I'd say Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Color Splash are the "best" games, while on 3DS it's Kirby Planet Robobot (honorable mention on my Top of 2016 list) and Pokemon Moon. Didn't play much Indie on either system since PS4 and Steam are where I play Indie.
My 3DS highlights of 2016:
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and Return to Popolocrois in early 2016.
Fire Emblem Fates and Kirby: Planet Robobot in the Spring/Summer.
At the moment busy with Dragon Quest VII and Pokémon Moon.
Yikes. Only things I enjoyed were Color Splash, Moon, Robobot, and Fates...
Why is Fed Flop even in the running?!
It would be hilarious(ly depressing) if Zelda Picross (that title is too long to type out...) won best eShop game of the year.
I also think the AC:NL Welcome Amiibo update deserves at least a shoutout/honourable mention; it really made an enormous difference to the game and is the reason I've been replaying it pretty much daily since it came out.
Share some fun memories of 2016, if there are any...I know i'm asking almost too much haha. What games did you guys enjoy the most?
It could also be games from 2015 or earlier, I played most of XCX and Paper Jam this year while they both got released last year in Europe.
Sun and Moon
Twilight Princess HD and Star Fox Zero for me out of that list...
Twilight Princess HD. And that about says all that needs be said about the year 2016; an HD remaster is the only thing that even comes to mind. It's more or less just by default. Spirit of Justice earns its position as the best 3DS game, but even that's without much competition.
2016 has been a calamitous year of biblical proportions in almost every conceivable aspect. I can't wait to make a toast to its demise come New Year's. It's an auld acquaintance I could do with forgetting and never bringing to mind again.
Voted for Corpse Party and Zero Time Dilemma for my picks for 3DS. Both I felt were great titles.
nobody's mentioned mighty number 9 ;-;
And this is where I vote mostly for free stuff.
Man you people don't buy a lot of games.If I had the money I would have bought many of those eshop games.The 3DS seemed to have a good year too.This website is very down on everything.
Strange one this year. I've barely played and 'new' games is seems!?!
I'm playing steamworld heist now and I've got Starfox zero/guard but hardly played them yet. I've spent so much time playing XCX that my game count is way down. Plus I've been playing ps3 allot cos I needed a gore fix😉
3DS had a really good year.
Not so for the Wii U, but at least it got a solid Atlus JRPG.
@NandN3ds I tried in the comments haha
@Braok 0% does not necessarily means 0 votes, just not enough to reach 1%.
Was this really it? I guess all the games I have been buying and playing weren't from this past year then...
What a painful reminder of such a terrible year of gaming. My game of the year is Ratchet & Clank. Paper Mario: Colour Splash has been a pleasant surprise and I'm enjoying Pokemon Moon. Looking forward to playing Skylanders: Imaginators and Batman: The Telltale Series from christmas. Biggest disappointment was Uncharted 4 imo, didn't nearly enjoy as much as 2 & 3. Mario Party: Star Rush has also been fun. I'm pretty sure that's all I've played this year...
The list was upsetting
TMS#FE and Pokken for Wii U ( Was gonna vote TPHD but since its a remaster I was like nah )
FE Fates, Kirby and SMT4: A for 3DS
@MikeW I second that
TMS has great gameplay but people are still butthurt that the game is about J pop
I kind of agree with the Wii U. The 3DS this year got me far more games than what 2015 offered.
@Ralizah Agreed, plus Paper Mario: Color Splash and Pokken Torunament for me. Heck, the Wii U eShop even gave me Super Meat Boy and Axiom Verge.
@UK-Nintendo only the wii u list, 3DS had a great year!
Three words. POCKET CARD JOCKEY
I've only played Twilight Princess HD and Pokken Tournament on Wii U this year. I've been meaning to get Paper Mario: CS but haven't found the time. 3DS Games of the Year are easy choice for me: Pokemon Sun & Moon. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam was also fun.
Remakes and remasters shouldn't be included.
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 showing up on the list twice, and where is River City Ransom?
Tokyo Mirage Sessions definitively was an unexpected jewel, with all the controversy around it.
Definitively my game of the year for the Wii U, and Pokemon S/M is my GOTY for 3DS.
GOTY? Witcher 3. That game will always be my GOTY until the day i die.
Like others have said, 3DS had a good year. FE Fates (Birthright) was a highlight for me. I only just recently got Hyrule Warriors Legends, but haven't gotten far into it yet. I'm more excited about what's to come in 2017 though.
Axiom Verge is one of my favorite games in years.
Twilight Princess HD was a blast and really made me appreciate the game more than I used to.
Star Fox Zero wasn't perfect but I had a lot of fun with it. I even thought they controls were cool, for the most part.
Lego Force Awakens is really fun. One of the better Lego games, for sure. Maybe the best.
I'm not crazy about the combat system in Color Splash, but the game is really solid.
Haven't had a chance to play SteamWorld Heist yet, but I'm really looking forward to checking it out. Same goes for Shantae.
Technically FAST Racing NEO came out last December, but I was still playing it a ton in early 2016.
Combine all of that with my backlog and games that I keep going back to (Mario Maker, Mario Kart, Splatoon, Smash Bros.) and I don't know...I certainly felt like I had enough to play and it was a good year for my Wii U. I'm probably just too easy to please, though.
Fast racing Neo, Axiom verge, Bravely second those are imo the best in those lists.
The only games in this list that I've played are Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, Terraria (on Steam), The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut (on Steam), Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and Pokémon Sun. Three games were released in 2016, one game was a remake, and two games has been available for a long time on Steam.
I never see the point in separating out the retail and eShop games. It's like saying the eShop stuff isn't good enough to actually win an award, so we had to create this extra category with most of the competition removed. Plenty of fairly big websites have given their GOTY to download only games in the last 5 years.
I didn't buy a single Wii-U game all year, but had no idea how pathetic its release schedule was for 2016 until I saw it written here.
That was baaaaaad.
These lists are depressing
Games I enjoyed
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Super Meat Boy
...I think I'll give some credit to Twisted Fusion, despite not "putting it" on this list.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Mario Party: Star Rush
Parascientific Escape: Cruise in the Distant Seas
Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure
Welp, I'll say right now that I admit that the 3DS had the better year than the Wii U (as well as making up for the lackluster 2015), though I wouldn't look down on the Wii U since there are some titles I enjoyed this year, plus Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is my personal GOTY for being the most fun JRPG I played in a long time. Yes, I played Twilight Princess HD and although it wasn't a bad game, there were a lot of parts in the game that bothered me (the beginning parts, tedious dungeons and overworld, sumo-wrestling, the Wolf-singing parts, etc.). Because of this, TP is my least favorite Zelda game. The list of the Wii U and 3DS games are a bit short, but I enjoyed what I bought from them lists. Quality over quantity...
Wow. Seeing all these games to vote for made me realize that I barely bought any Nintendo games this year. The only 3DS games I bought were Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam and Pokemon Sun. The only Wii U game I bought was Twilight Princess HD and I need to replay it because my roommate kept playing my file and basically beat the entire game himself.
I just didn't have a lot of spending money this year, unfortunately. Hopefully that will change next year with an internship.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Twilight Princess HD.
Pokémon Sun/Moon, Kirby: Planet Robobot, and Mario Party Star Rush for me.
More people need to play Ambition of the Slimes!
Pokemon Moon, Kirby Robobot and Final Fantasy Explorers.
Wasn't even that much of a fan of Pokken Tournament but good god did I have nothing else to vote for...
Wow.....that's embarrassing Nintendo. I didn't buy one Nintendo game.
lol Im playing that one right now.
Thanks to Fast Racing Neo that filled the void of F-Zero
Paper Mario was decent
It is sad that there's nothing else to be played in wiiU. All my money for VGs is now going to PS4 exclusives and Steam
Nintendo is going to have to work hard to win me back on 2017
They better have lots of new games instore for switch as I'll not get any remakes/ports and I have Zelda preorder for WiiU since 2015
This year was absolutely awful for Nintendo gaming.
Man, these lists really make you realize just how bare this year was on Nintendo consoles.
Overall Game of the Year for me is Pokemon Sun and Moon though. Easily the best I played on my Wii U or 3DS this year.
I'm surprise I only got 5 games released this year.
1. Kirby: Planet Robobot
2. Pokemon Moon
3. Super Mario Maker for 3DS
4. Gotta Protectors
5. Megaman Legacy Collection
I also got Gurumin but I didn't enjoy that one too much.
Yeeeaaah, I agree with most others. This was a pretty barren year. Glad I picked up a PS4 Pro recently because I've been loving MGSV and some of the more recent Call of Duty games (for the campaigns, not the multiplayer). I also can't wait to try Just Cause 3 and The Last of Us Remastered.
I did enjoy Fates or at least what I played of it (finished Birthright and got about halfway through Conquest), but my interests shifted recently, and I started wanting to play games that I could finish more quickly.
I also really enjoyed Planet Robobot and Federation Force. I still haven't finished Federation Force though, but I'd like to at some point.
Wii U: Star Fox Zero and Twilight Princess HD
3DS: Fire Emblem Fates, Robobot, Project X Zone 2
Eshop: Star Fox Guard, Oddworld, Jotun, Swapdoodle.
The above titles represent the only ones I've acquired, plus two that I haven't yet.
Wii U retail - Pokken's actually the only one I got around to playing...
Didn't get anything on the Wii U eShop
1. Pokemon Sun/Moon
2.. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
3. Fire Emblem Fates
3DS eShop - Pocket Card Jockey is the only game I really got into this year.
So... great year for the 3DS, not so great for Wii U, sadly.
Pocket Card Jockey is the best eShop release of the year, hands down!
Dang...I've only played like one game from each list!
@StephenYap3 I can't get excited for a game I played, like, six years ago (Super Meat Boy), but I'm glad Axiom Verge came to the system. It's looking to be the best Metroid game we'll get for some time.
I played it primarily on the Vita. Games like that work best on handhelds, imo. If it re-releases for the Switch, I might double-dip.
I find it ridiculous that more voted for Mario Maker 3DS than Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse but whatever yall need to play more non Nintendo games
Tokyo Mirage Sessions deserves the price
@Blister Great year for 3DS gamers though!
This list just reminds me of how many games I still need to buy. Dragon Ball Fusions, Star Fox Zero, Fast Racing Neo, Color Splash, Mario Maker 3DS, Yokai Watch, Twilight Princess HD, Fire Emblem Fates, the list goes on and on. And with the Switch on the horizon I can't really afford them either.
..great..I finally get to use this..
@Dakt Ace Attorney 6, Zero Time Dilemma and Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 as far as this list goes. Not bad.
Everyone can complain what a bummer year this was for Nintendo (And, honestly it was), but I still bought more games for my 3DS and WiiU than I did any games on my PS4. I had more fun with a DEMO on PS4 than I did almost any other game.
My top 3 games overall this year (in no particular order)
Paper Mario: Color Splash.
Pokemon Sun and Moon.
Blast from the Past Award: I never got around to Hyrule Heroes when it came out, but a buddy lent me the WiiU copy over the summer. Me and my husband had an absolutely great time with it. If anybody around here hasn't picked it up yet, I highly recommend it.
I've been down on this year, but I wonder if that's because this year sucked for other reasons because this is quite a list!
From this list, Digger Dan DX on eShop was an awesome surprise. Perfectly priced, great fun AND offering up bonus levels after the game being taking down just makes the developer a class act.
Retail I'd have to hand it to Popolocrois. Sun and Moon were good games and definitely a close second (I thought they were stunners as far as Pokemon games were concerned, as a converted former non-fan), but didn't quite hit the spot the way that game did.
@Syrek24 thanks for relisting everything. The issue isn't the amount of games. It's that all of the games range from "ok" to "insulting." Metroid and Star Fox - games that ought to have been headliners - were both poorly conceived games created to fill a calendar slot. Mario got umpteen spinoffs with varying degrees of acceptability, and Zelda got a poor 3DS port and a poor HD rehash.
I was going to vote, but nothing Nintendo put out is worthy of "game of the year." 💤💩
I have voted, but not easy answer.
Pokémon Sun/Moon. Weirdly enough, I didn't realize how bad a year this was for Nintendo until now. I played a lot of their games as usual, but didn't really think about how only two of them were released this year, one of them being a remaster. Still excited for next year and the Switch, hopefully the Big N comes back with a vengeance.
I had nothing to pick for WiiU 😳
And 5 (essential games) for 3DS 😁
Dragon Quest VII
Yokai Watch 2
@TobieOBrown You know what, I disagree that there weren't any good games (had a blast with indies and third-party stuff) and yet I agree that Nintendo put out nothing good. Also, cool emoji, haha
You left Style Savvy Fashion Forward out of the list of 3ds games, it came out August 19 in North America. I would have voted for that. It's my most played game this year. Second place for me would have gone to Pokémon Rumble World which came out as a retail copy back in April, and you left that off the list too. What's the point of having a poll if it isn't a complete list?!
For Wii U owners, this year was pretty bad but still had a couple hits. The 3DS on the other hand had one of its best years since launch rivaling 2013 imho. Fates, Hyrule Warriors, Bravely Second, Kirby, Monsyer Hunter Gen, Dragon Quest 7, Pokemon, Dragonball Fusions, and Mario Maker, absolutely amazing
No wonder I've been retro gaming all year!!
Anyone who votes for mighty no. 9 should feel ashamed. It's one thing to enjoy that game, mediocre as it is, but listing that as a favorite? Really?
@Ralizah Fair enough. The Wii U has been my first console for me to get Super Meat Boy and Axiom Verge.
Corpse Party was download only in EU, by the way. Also, there's bound to be some eShop games people want to vote for that aren't on your lists, so it's still not fully the readers' choices. Twisted Fusion springs to mind.
No Chronicles of Teddy seems like a huge oversight. As much as it was released in a bad state, it's definitely one of my favorite releases of the year.
Either way, this was a pretty crummy year overall. For me, Axiom Verge was the best overall release on Nintendo platforms by a landslide.
@StephenYap3 I'm surprised SMB never released on the original Wii, personally.
Ugh the wiiu did not have a good last year. The 3ds at least had Fire Emblem and Pokemon along with many others (including Zero Time Dilemma which I loved though I doubt it will make a huge splash on this poll).
you guys forgot style savvy fasion fowerd is a nintendo 3ds retail game it came out in 2016
Lot of good games but not really any great ones for the Nintendo Systems this year (though my Xmas list has DB fusions and Mario Maker on it so I will have to reserve judgment on those) - I went with Hyrule Warriors as my 3DS retail GOTY, and it's a port. Kirby was Kirby but honestly that game felt lacking compared to Triple Deluxe. Fire Emblem Fates also wasn't as good as its immediate predecessor. 7th Dragon, there was a moderately underrated title.
Is that Dragon Fantasy RPG parody thing any good, I keep meaning to look into it and the reviews haven't really moved me either way.
The eshop selections with one exception weren't great shakes either. Gunvolt was solid if a little disappointing, Gurumin wasn't as grand as I thought it was going to be, Mighty no 9 never even happened for 3DS (what the heck), Boxboy 2 was a frustrating mission pack sequel, but then there was Rhythm Megamix, a runaway winner.
Man, I knew the Wii U had a tough year but when I look at that list of retail games I couldn't stop shaking my head. What a pitiful year for the system. The headline games include a terrible Star Fox game, a niche JRPG and a Zelda game that has appeared on the last two consoles hahah. On the other hand, the 3DS had some truly excellent titles and I have enjoyed that system all year long. 2017 will be particularly thin but the system will be 6 years old so I can always play games from my backlog.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Star Fox Zero was awesome.
Last year Xeno X came too late, and this year it's not even listed. What a shame. You should also add the games of last years November and December, otherwise they will always be overlooked.
And the list is missing two of the very best Wii U eShop games this year:
ASDIVINE HEARTS (played 50+ hours) and PIXELJUNK MONSTERS ULTIMATE (played 40+ hours)
Asdivine Hearts is the best Wii U eShop JRPG, with great characters and emotional story.
And PixelJunk Monsters is the best tower defense with its great 2p co-op.
Wow. This just absolutely sucks comma it's a wonder and a absolute tragedy how Nintendo has treated its Wii U customers in 2016
Nintendo seriously needs to have it where Wii U owners can get a discount on the new Switch if they are serious about it succeeding comma because I feel like I got screwed two generations in a row now and it's quite upsetting.
I personally think that it was a great year for Nintendo, at least with the 3DS.
Best retail game: Pokemon Sun . I'm Sure FE Fates Conquest would probably share that spot but I haven't been able to get it.
Best Eshop game: Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 and Severed.
My favorite games from this year:
Pocket Card Jockey
Quest of Dungeons
Digger Dan DX
@leo13 If by awesome you mean awesomely crap then yes, it was awesome.
It's sad when I look at these lists and realize how few of the games I've played.
3DS had a really good year. Lots of great titles on that list.
Pokemon SM and FE:Fates definitely got my votes for 3DS. However it's hard to choose a 3rd for 3DS, because I really like a lot of the 3DS games this year. Sadly on the Wii U side of things, I don't own any of them.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE I loved it, my wife loves it, I invited 4 friends over and we were going to play Smash till they saw i have Star Fox and 2 of them liked it while the other 2 loved it.
If you can get used to Splatoon aiming controls then you can get used to Star Fox Zero aiming controls
Tokyo Mirage Sessions was the 2nd Wii U game I voted for
Wow.. it wasn't until I read the candidates for the 3DS GOTY.. I haven't spent any money on 3DS games this year. Times are changing I guess.
@StephenYap3 thanks for the credit, honour to be listed with these other games! Glad you had fun 😃
@RainbowGazelle Thanks for the mention, means allot, glad you had fun 😃
TMS #FE is really the only decent high profile choice for Wii U retail. However, I still only voted for Terraria and Book of Unwritten Tales 2, because I know those two are good from playing them on PC, but couldn't bring myself to buy any Wii U retail games for the whole year. I would have gotten the SMTxFE crossover if it were more like the Majin Tensei subseries on the SNES. I've decided to mod my Wii U and give it away to a friend. It's not doing me any good any more.
Meanwhile, the 3DS had another great year! Lots of good choices to vote for, but ultimately I had to go with MH Generations, SMT: Apocalypse, and Zero Time Dilemma. Pokemon Sun & Moon is still too close to being by the numbers to entice me to jump back into the official generations; I'm just going to play mods of older games, like the updated Pokémon Prism mod for Crystal. Fire Emblem Fates had too many problems for me, and I think it should have been handled differently... That's a whole discussion in itself. At least it's various incarnations sold quite well.
Anyways, I'm glad that RPG's continue survive and thrive on the respectable portable! I hope it will continue to live on for a few years after the Sandwitch is released, because the New 3DS capabilities have barely been tapped into. Sad to see it get little to no attention, compared to past upgrades like the Game Boy Color...
Did anyone even play enough of these to realisitically compare?
Only one I played was Dragon Quest VII..... for PS1 lol. wow didn't realize I didn't buy a single wii u or 3ds game this year. still play both systems a ton but games i already have i guess.
I gotta say, this was way more interesting than the US election this year. A lot of my votes seemed to be popular!
@Tyranexx Just you wait... I think the US Elections are going to get a whole lot more interesting over the next couple of weeks. It's not over yet! Unlike this simpler popular vote system used here on NL, there's still recounts and electoral college voting over the next week... And maybe an unprecedented upheaval the week after.
A drought in one year helps with some other year's backlog accumulation. I guess.
For the Wii U, it was Color splash and Tokyo Mirage Sessions.
For the 3DS Dragon Quest 7, Pokémon Sun & Moon and Return to Polpocrois
Most of my year consisted of a handful of games...thanks to Xenoblade Chronicles X:
Dec 2015-June 2016 - Xenoblade Chronicles X
One Weekend in June 2016 - Star Fox Zero
June-July 2016 - Mighty No. 9 (NOT voted on, still didn't get around to finish S-Ranking it yet)
August 2016-Present - Xenoblade Chronicles X (mostly Squad Missions, farming, and the occasional Global Nemesis...farming)
Monthly until the last Splatfest - Splatoon
December 2015-April 2016 - Stella Glow (though, not much time because of XCX)
Late April-early May 2016 - Sega 3D Classics Collection
May-September 2016 - Langrisser Re:Incarnation -Tensei- (didn't vote for that one either)
October 2016-present - River City Tokyo Rumble...WHICH IS NOT ON THE LIST AT ALL?!?! What the heck?! @ThomasBW84
Quest of dungeons is great fun. Ambition of the slimes, digger dan and lots of the third party games were really great to my 3ds. Im not complaining. Also pixel paint and that butterfly animation is keeping me super busy.
Wii U Retail
1 Paper Mario Color Splash (I really did love this game)
2 Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (its Atlus, of course it's amazing)
3 Zelda Twilight Princess HD (My favorite Zelda title)
Wii U eShop
1 Fast Racing Neo (the DLC is twice as good as the main game)
2 Star Fox Guard (this game was better than SF Zero!)
3 Severed (like Skyward Sword on a touch screen)
1 Fire Emblem Fates (despite weak narrative, still best of the yr)
2 Monster Hunter Generations (incredible game)
3 Dragon Quest VII (one of best JRPG's on 3DS)
1 Picross 3D Round 2 (brilliant puzzle game)
2 Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 (game is seriously better than the first)
3 BoxBoxBoy (super fun and addictive)
1 Lost Odyssey 360 BC (best turn based JRPG ever made)
2 Gears of War 4 (best co-op game ever)
3 Forza Horizon 3 (best arcade racer ever)
1 Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (rivals Fire Emblem)
2 The Last Guardian (camera sucks but still a gem)
3 Uncharted 4 (just a great game all around)
1 DriveClub VR
2 RIGS Mechanized Combat League (super fun, very good game)
3 Battlezone (such an incredible game)
1 World of Final Fantasy
2 Dragon Quest Builders
3 Trails of Cold Steel 2
1 Final Fantasy XV (yes, it's amazing as all heck)
2 Rise of the Tomb Raider (one of my faves all generation)
3 X-COM 2 (man this was a great year for SRPG fans!)
GOTY? Witcher 3. That game will always be my GOTY until the day i die
Idk... Dragon Age Inquisition has it beat imo 😀
Eh...Wii U didn't really have much this year. Went with Twilight Princess HD, would go with Pokken, but I haven't played that game yet. (it's on my wish list, though)
I just realised that I didn't buy a single Wii U game this year.
@JaxonH Nice list! You're so on point about Star Fox Guard being better than SF Zero! Be careful, though- there are people out there who would... guard SF Zero to their last breath!
Wow. All I played all year on Wii U is Tokyo Mirage. So, that for GOTY
I can't blame people if they do. I wanted to love it, and don't get me wrong I did like it, it just wasn't anything extraordinary. And that's why it was a let down, because people expect "extraordinary", as do I.
But ya despite being a weak year for Wii U and yet another weak year for Vita, and not much to boast about with VR... there were still a number of memorable games this year. Alot of second rate games and missed opportunities (FE Fates not quite as good as Awakening, MH Generations not quite as good as MH4U, camera issues in both FFXV and The Last Guardian, etc) but still a decent year all things considered.
Next year will be much better though. Switch will bring the heat with some serious hard hitters like Zelda, Mario and Pikmin (not to mention an HD console Pokémon), PSVR should hit its stride with games like Farpoint, alot of long awaited titles will be dropping like a new Mass Effect, Final Fantasy VII and XII, Scalebound and other MS IP, not to mention Sony's exclusives like Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Gravity Rush 2 and whatever else they can squeeze in like Detroit Become Human, Spiderman, God of War, Days Gone, Wipeout Collection and Crash trilogy... and I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting.
Here's to 2017!!!
Too many indie games (not bad if there are other games)
I would like to know why you think Fates is better than Awakening
I would like to know why you think I think Fates is better... I said I liked Awakening better 😃 I'm just giving you guff... I know what you meant.
Mainly the story and characters. That was really what made Awakening (and previous entries like Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn) shine. Now don't get me wrong- you're right, Fates did do a lot of things better. The maps for one- they were miles beyond anything Awakening ever had. In fact, I dare say Conquest has the best maps in the entire series to date (some will disagree with me on that but). And the gameplay was refined to utter perfection. But the story just did... not... interest me.
Awakening had me glued from start to finish. But Fates... Idk. The first 6 chapters were too rushed. Ch. 6 introduces you to Mikoto, then 2 minutes later... bam. And you're supposed to be emotionally invested after just being introduced to her minutes ago? With Akakening, they introduced Emmeryn earlier, allowed you to start to get acquainted with here. Then, a good 10 chapters in the game and well after her introduction, then it happens. That grabs you. That has weight. And then the following chapter in the rain, with that emotional orchestral music playing... that's impactful. But Fates? Far too rushed. They should have used those into chapters to introduce her first. At least give her some screen time in Chapter 1 or 2 so that when you see her in 6 you feel like you know her longer than a few minutes.
And not just that, but Birthright just dragged on for like 12 straight chapters with literally nothing happening in between. With Awakening and previous entries, interesting stuff was happening every chapter, or at least every couple chapters. But with Birthright it took from Ch 10 to 22 before anything actually happened that mattered. And the characters were much more dull. Writing wasn't as good either. Conquest was better but still, just not up to scratch. Quit playing before I got to Revelations, which really speaks volumes. I'm the biggest fan there is and if even I lost interest before playing through all of it and then they definitely did something wrong.
That said, Birthright did have a fantastic ending that almost... almost, redeemed itself. Solid last 5 chapters for sure.
Oh man there really wasn't that many good things this year
The last voting poll has Azure Stiker 2 listed twice?
Just happy I can vote for Pocket Card Jockey on something this year...the addiction is real
@Meowpheel i havnt even played mighty number 9 but dang do you guys hate it, there must be like 3 people who voted for it
@JaxonH Considering Revelation turned out to be the canon path, with Conquest and Birthright being relegated to "what if..." scenarios (hence being called FE If in Japan), it got the most writing chops applied to it of the three. The conflicts between the Conquest and Birthright characters can also be pretty interesting to watch, since they're constantly clashing with each other in their fragile alliance that only Corrin/Kamui is keeping together. Corrin/Kamui is also a lot less emo in Revelation than they are in Conquest.
@Braok Those few people who voted for MN9 probably didn't play the Wii U version. Have you seen those loading times?
Like many here, this list just made me realise I didn't purchase any of 2016's Wii u releases ..... The previous year I had bought pretty much all major games.
Not a great year for Nintendo...
I guess my favorite game on a Nintendo platform for the year is.... uuh... Bravely Second ? Ace attorney Spirit of Justice ?
Didn't play anything on Wii U (outside of XcX )
I'm very displeased with Fire Emblem Fates.
Overwatch is my Goty by a country miles.
for a majority of this, it wasn't so much favorite as 'lest disliked'. switcheroo can't come enough.
I've been really enjoying my Wii U this year. Turns out that's not with any actual 2016 games...
So I guess "Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero" will count as a next year game? Because I say a December release should count.
Plus Fast Racing Neo just released an update. Not really a new release.
My picks from the list:
** Mighty No. 9
** Pokken Tournament
** Pirate Pop Plus
** Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut
** SEGA 3D Classics Collection
** Kirby: Planet Robobot
** Pokémon Sun and Moon
** Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice
** Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge
Mario party star rush deserves much more love! It's brilliant
@buildz GREAT Choices! All same as mine
Some great choices here, but definitely not the best year for Nintendo games.
Aside from Pokken Tournament and Star Fox Zero I really didn't got any new Wii U games. And for 3DS it's just Pokémon Moon and Mario Maker 3DS which are very recent.
I guess I'll vote the Swapnote thing as a downloadable then, as it's a pretty cool replacement for the old letterbox one.
Looking back 3DS had a really good year,
This was a fairly bad year for Wii U and I probably need to pick Tokyo Mirage Sessions back up, but so much grind.
Why was Mighty no.9 even an option. I got that game for free and I traded it in within hours.
@Toadsfriend You can say that again
i voted for kirby , fire emblem fates and pokemon , i've hardly played my wii u . . .
Sun and Moon was my GOTY as far as Nintendo systems go. Great game.
Reading through these lists made me realize I haven't bought a lot of new retail or downloadable games this year.
Then I remember lot of my cash was spent on getting back games that were stolen at the start of this year.
Wii u retail: Paper Mario, of course
Wii u e-shop: Oddworld, since that's the only one I played
3DS retail: Kirby, Rhythm paradise, and Mario and Luigi. Rhythm paradise is a compilation though (a very fun one), and I have only played very little so far of Metroid and Fire emblem (Fire emblem is split into 2 games, and that's something I am not really behind). I think Kirby is the best of the ones I chose.
3DS e-shop: Strange that Picross 3D round 2 can only be found here. That's the one I chose, its lovely!
either way i hear its horrible on pc
@JaxonH "Rise of the Tomb Raider (one of my faves all generation)"
I expected as much. For some reason sammy from Pushsquare said it was a horrible mess on twitter. I asked him to elaborate but he never did. I'm going to take your well rounded word for it over his Sony centric viewpoint.
Good job staying clear of the Y-L threads, there's no point going in there. Wish I had stayed out. And off twitter. And off of youtube. But glad I found your RotTR comment so I can look forward to that again. 12 days until I unwrap the PS4. Which reminds me, I still need to wrap it.
Sorry about all your trouble w/ the trolls these days, whole world is getting toxic. And stay warm, winter is here. brrr
@Braok It's horrible on every platform.
Gotta say, not a great year for games on Wii U.
I really don't like Twilight Princess. The werewolf parts are actually worse than the werewolf parts in Sonic Unleashed. The mandatory bug collecting minigames are unnecessarily boring in Twilight Princess too.
I have trouble remembering hardly any notable releases in 2016 on any platform.
My GOTY was definitely Fire Emblem Fates. On Wii U I'd pick Tokyo Mirage Sessions.
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