Like the rest of the Drunk Dorks, my entries for top games are limited to what systems/consoles I own. Unlike the others though, I’m limited to almost exclusively Nintendo games. So, if my top picks don’t match yours, it’s because I likely haven’t played them and even more likely that I won’t anytime soon (unless a giant wad of cash rains down upon me from the sky). If you have the Wii U and/or 3DS, then this one’s for you!
9.) Tomodachi Life – 3DS: The best way to describe this is an interactive ant farm. You create a Mii in your image, create or import others and then watch them go about their day. They’ll request clothes and food, ask for advice, fall in love, and do a variety of wacky things; from rolling around the floor to singing rock operas. It’s interesting in that you don’t actually control a character; you merely interact according to the needs of the Miis.
8.) Hyrule Warriors – Wii U: At its core, this is a Dynasty Warriors game for the Legend of Zelda enthusiasts. But, it’s much more than that, offering a variety of different character to plays as, different weapons to collect, and skill trees for each character. With a few different game modes, you’ll have a good 20+ hour experience. With decently priced DLC added to the mix, you’re looking at a fun run. It’s a nice hold over until Zelda U releases next year.
7.) Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Wii U: If you haven’t seen our latest review of Captain Toad, check it out here. Centered around those puzzles found in Super Mario 3D World, CT:TT offers a full game of those types of puzzles at a reasonable price. Fun, imaginative, and just plain adorable, you’ll be coming back for more!
6.) Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 3DS: The follow ups to Pokemon XY, and remakes of the Game Boy Advance games. Pokemon ORAS feature new mega evolutions, as well as Primal Reversion. There’s just about every legendary Pokemon you can think of available, soaring through the sky, and new ways to catch Pokemon.
5.) Child of Light – Wii U: Possibly the only non-broken game produced by Ubisoft this year, Child of Light proves that smaller games can and do work. I often forget that this is a Ubisoft game because everything about it screams indie, whether that be the size of the game, the artistic and musical quality, or just the sheer imagination. An RPG with a combat system similar to Final Fantasy, you control a variety of characters all with unique abilities, as they level up and gain skills in order to defeat a sorceress.
4.) Super Smash Bros. – 3DS: What can I say about this game that hasn’t already been said before? It’s absolutely wonderful. Smashing on the go is so natural, and everything that was promised was delivered. 60 fps on the 3DS? Yeah, SSB does that.
3.) Mario Kart 8 – Wii U: Arguably the game I’ve put the most time into this year, MK8 is one of the best in the series to date. Everything about this game feels so damn good, whether it’s the smooth controls, the tight responses, or the fact that it just looks so gorgeous. With the added DLC that came out in November, along with the one set to release in May, MK8 promises a ton of content and huge replay-ability.
2.) Super Smash Bros. – Wii U: Just when I thought Smash Bros. couldn’t get any better, the Wii U version drops and defies all of my expectations. To date, I think this is the best Smash. The roster is solid, the modes are expansive, and everything looks so… geeze, amazing. The controls are tight and responsive, and it feels so perfect on the Game Cube controller (if you can get an adapter). This was definitely worth the wait.
1.) Shovel Knight – 3DS/Wii U: Since its first appearance, Shovel Knight had me childishly excited. After a few delays, the game finally released in June. And damn, it didn’t disappoint. Many games have tired to imitate the retro era, but few actually execute it well. Shovel Knight not only executes it well, but exceeds expectations. Despite borrowing ideas from other games, Shovel Knight manages to reinvent them rather than implementing them in a stagnant way. It’s like a cross between Mega Man, Duck Tales, Castlevania, and the Mario overworld. For $15, there’s no way you can go wrong with this game, especially since free DLC is on the way.
2014 Mentions: Honorable mentions for games I wanted to play but, for one reason or another, ended up passing on.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze
- Yoshi’s New Island
- Kirby Triple Deluxe
- Fantasy Life
- Bayonetta 2