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Wii U Daily Games of the Year

The poll’s been closed and the votes have been counted. Wii U Daily’s recent ‘game of the year’ survey resulted in thousands of individuals voting, plenty of difficult decisions, and no small amount of confusion in the comments surrounding the exact definition of the word ‘year’ (I tease because I love. Somebody has to be the asshole, we couldn’t afford to get Joel McHale to host our award announcements).

Presenting, as voted by you, the games of the year in the following categories:

Best third party console exclusive

THE WONDERFUL 101

the-wonderful-101-gameplay4 In one of the closest votes of the entire poll, Platinum Game’s colourful crime-fighters just barely edged out the blocky cops of Lego City Undercover to take the title of best third party console exclusive. And rightly so, as The Wonderful 101 delivers not only a great, unique take on the beat-em-up genre with a whole mass of heroes and epic morph attacks, but it does so in a way that could only be properly experienced on Wii U.

Best dark, gritty, realistic-looking title

ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG

black flag 2 No console can survive on exclusives, charm and original ideas alone, apparently.  Huge, multi-million dollar Hollywood-style multiplatform games are the bread and butter of a huge number of gamers, and some of the best of 2013 were represented on Wii U.  Batman might be darker, Deus Ex might be grittier, and CoD might be more realistic-looking, but it was Edward Kenway’s adventure through the Caribbean that’s been judged as the best of the year. Though nothing to do with the hardcore punk band that shares its name, Black Flag toned down the more annoying aspects of earlier entries in the series, brought back and improved the incredible naval warfare from the previous game and served it all up with Assassin’s most interesting locale and central character to date.

Best trendy retro-inspired indie sidescrolling platformer

CLOUDBERRY KINGDOM

cloudberrykingdompc-2013-03-30-17-12-05-52With no shortage of games in this category, votes were fairly evenly spread across our four candidates. It was Cloudberry Kingdom that took the crown though, possibly owing to the fatal lack of death lasers and customisable capes in Giana Sisters. Cloudberry Kingdom does so many things so well it’s a surprise they all fit together without the whole thing breaking apart. Procedurally generated levels that seem impossible at first glance can be torn through once you get into the rhythm, and the addition of solid multiplayer and various gameplay-shifting gadgets means this is a game that could conceivably have scratched your 2D platforming itch all year long.

Best download-only title

THE CAVE

the-cave-wii-u-screenshot-3A throwback to the golden age of adventure games, warts and all, The Cave is a game that could easily be overlooked when thinking about the games we loved from the past 12 months. Yet with very few exceptions no game released this year delivered humour, exploration or character development in quite the same way as Ron Gilbert’s tales of sin and immorality did.

Best party game

WII PARTY U

wii-party-u-5 By a landslide. The hint’s in the name.

Best surprise

THE WONDERFUL 101

the-wonderful-101-gameplay3That there was a great deal of skepticism ahead of the release of The Wonderful 101 can probably be put down to several factors. Developer platinum games — the people who brought you MadWorld, Bayonetta and Vanquish —  is known  for a certain kind of action, and early trailers for 101 showcased a cartoony look pretty much at odds with their usual grit and explosions. In addition the main draws of the gameplay are all things that don’t really translate well to a 30-second spot. The homage to 90s Japanese TV shows like Power Rangers, the dynamic of gathering strength and unleashing various unite attacks, the great integration of the Game Pad, are all brilliant and surprising things we didn’t really know we were getting into before the fact.

Best gimmick game

WII SPORTS CLUB

wii-sports-golf It’s the game that sent millions of Wii consoles zooming into loungerooms across the world back in 2007, and the simple nature of its concept is a draw today (well, enough of a draw that you voted for it over Wii Fit U). The addition of Wii Remote Plus functionality, online play and a modern purchasing model add a bit of intrigue to the tried and true formula, and while the games themselves undoubtedly perform as well as they did 6 years ago, only time will tell if the revitalised brand can break out and convince players to pick up the gimmick again as the Wii U install base grows.

Best Miiverse community

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA SERIES zelda miiverse The greatest thing about Miiverse is that each game’s community offers something completely different inside its own little bubble of fans and voyeurs. Whether you’re looking for or a collection of breathtaking screenshots from the game (Mass Effect 3), fun and unrealistic predictions about future titles (Smash Bros) or legitimate insanity of the most hilarious kind with plenty of creepy images of Willem Dafoe before Nintendo pulls them down (Rabbids Land), there’s a place you can go on Miiverse to find it. Of course what you’re likely looking for is astounding art created within the very tight limitations of the low-res, black and white message board. It’s almost indisputable that the Zelda community attracts the best of the best Miiverse artists on a consistent basis, and of course there are plenty of fun doodles and text discussions to occupy Zelda fans’ time together as well.

Worst / most gratuitous Wii release

FIFA 14

fifa Yuck. Last year the version of FIFA 13 that came to Wii was just FIFA 12 with an updated roster. This year EA have done it again, replacing the 3 with a 4 and sending this crap out for the third year in a row to entrap unknowing Wii owners while skipping the Wii U as a platform altogether. You want soccer on your Wii U? How bad do you want it? Not this bad, I can assure you. FIFA 14 just beat out The Smurfs 2 in the voting, and that’s totally as it should be. At least the guys at Ubisoft and WayForward managed to stick the correct numeral at the end of their game.

Virtual Console – 1st party

EARTHBOUND

earthbound-wii-u Since the dawn of the Virtual Console, fewer games have been so frequently requested for the service as Earthbound. The game represents everything that’s great about Nintendo’s nostalgia-fuelled digital platform. As in incredibly rare and well regarded Super Nintendo game that until recently only existed in cartridge form, the beloved Americana-filled Japanese-filled RPG was almost impossible to play legally if you didn’t still have the game tucked away in your cupboard. Given new life on the Wii U, thousands of gamers now have the chance to experience the epic journey of Ness, Jeff and Paula, Keiichi Suzuki’s timeless soundtrack, and the joys of obliterating hippies with a frying pan.

Virtual Console – 3rd party

MEGA MAN 2

mega-man-game

Given that Capcom has provided the vast majority of third party titles for Virtual Console, this fight was always going to come down to Mega Man and Street Fighter. The blue bomber wins out though, no doubt on the strength of its still-gorgeous 8-bit aesthetic, super-tough gameplay and of course its superlative soundtrack. Mega Man two refined and bettered almost all aspects of the boy robot’s first outing, delivering more epic robot masters, a more stable game experience and a giant robotic anglerfish that I still hate.

Best storytelling

PIKMIN 3

pikmin3_9In video games, ‘story’ and ‘storytelling’ are two very different things. Complex, linear stories the like of which appear in big budget triple-A games need storytelling techniques pulled straight from film and literature to work. Meanwhile many other forms of storytelling, some entirely unique to games, are emerging more and more that don’t rely spelling out a naarative to the player in words or text, but allow them to discover and infer meaning through their own exploration. In Pikmin 3, cut scenes and crew logs at the end of each day deliver a fun traditional narrative, while the distinctly familiar flora, litter and detritus of the environments tell a much grander tale of their own. The mystery of the planet and the creatures that dwell there are is the player’s to explore and postulate on, and it makes for a brilliant backdrop for one of the years most enjoyable games.

Best musical score or soundtrack

Best visual design

Game of the year

SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD

super mario 3d world The winner of the final three categories by a country mile, relegating The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker HD to second place in each one, is Super Mario 3D World. Here is a game where almost everything has been done right. The orchestral score is variously sweeping, climactic and smile-inducing, integrating with and informing the gameplay where it needed to while sitting comfortably in the background and setting a perfect tone for each level the rest of the time.

Meanwhile on the graphical side of things Nintendo, EAD and their development partners managed to bring a full-featured modern Mario game into the HD era with a level of success few could have seen coming. It’s no exaggeration to say 3D World is among the greatest-looking games released this year on any platform.

Gameplay is king though, and as the stunning response to our poll would seem to indicate (3D World won 63 per cent of the vote among a total of 13 nominees), Mario’s latest has it in spades. The game plays almost like a ‘best of’ collection of classic Mario systems and ideas, but with a constant slew of great new concepts over the top, be that brilliant one-offs like the Mario Kart themed level or ingenious new powerups like the double cherry that forced us to play in brand new ways. Throw in a series of intense secret worlds and a ton of collectibles for longevity, and it’s absolutely no surprise that we’re naming Super Mario 3D World our Wii U Daily game of the year for 2013.

But of course we aren’t the ones who decided which games would win, you are. Make sure you hit the comments below with your take on the great games we saw on Wii U this past year. Did you vote for something different? Were there other lesser-known games that did something really special in the last year you feel needs to be recognised? Should the definition of ‘year’ be altered to ‘a 14 month period’ in the future to make sure games released over a year ago have a shot? And looking ahead, just what could Nintendo possibly pull out in the new year to top the platforming perfection of Super Mario 3D World?

About The Author
Tim Biggs is a freelance games writer. Check out his other Wii U Daily articles or connect with him on Twitter and G+.

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  • steve

    yesss! you guys picked the cave, incredibly underrated game, some people dont get its storytelling genious.

  • Will (ishigum)

    Honorable Mention: Rayman Legends.

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Yeah, Rayman’s pretty cool! Sucks that neither of us won…

      • http://waluigi.com/ Waluigi

        !!!

        • Sonic the Hedgehog

          I could take offense, till I realized he’s actually pointing at you…

        • The Clockwork Being

          Waluigi where is your game?

          • http://waluigi.com/ Waluigi

            In development

          • Nintedward

            Waluigi Pinball! just like your level off Mario kart DS!

          • http://waluigi.com/ Waluigi

            But with Luigi instead of a ball

          • Mithiragi

            Waluigi the gangster in Mushroom Kingdom w/ his partner Wario in crime, kickin ass. Waluigi should have a GTA-esque game.

          • jjbredesen

            GTA Mushroom Kingdom edition

          • http://waluigi.com/ Waluigi

            That would be awesome

          • Mithiragi

            They’re the perfect characters for a game like this. C’mon Nintendo. They’ve been ready to bang some bitches (for the longest time).

      • Mario

        Mario: It’s all right Sonic! If it makes you happy, I voted for your game.

        • Sonic the Hedgehog

          It does! I voted your game, but not because we were rivals, but because your game is what the Wii U deserves!

          • Nintenjoe82

            You only voted for him ’cause you’re desperate to be the first DLC character in 3D world.

          • Sonic the Hedgehog

            Really, Nintenjoe? Do you have any idea why I was developed in the first place?

          • Nintenjoe82

            To save a load of critters from Dr Robotnik

          • Mario

            To becaume my ultimate video game rival.

          • Sonic the Hedgehog

            Exactly. You are pretty smart for a rival!

          • SonicDaHedgehog

            WHY WON’T YOU COME TO XB1?
            WHY?

          • Sonic the Hedgehog

            I will. After the partnership with Nintendo ends

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Indeed.

    • Guest

      rdo

  • LopsidedPasta

    Wind Waker HD should’ve beaten Mario 3d World in all those categories. 3D World was great, but Zelda was something else entirely.

    • LoBo_UK

      Both games deserve 1st

    • Nicolas Dorion

      well, since Wind Waker HD is a rerelease, it doesn’t really count. Why would a 2003 game win a game of the year award from 2013?

      • LopsidedPasta

        Because the rerelease was better than 3d World. That’s why. How does it not count

    • Zbirdlive

      I think Zelda should have one at least 1 of these categories! It was one of the best games I have ever played. I wouldn’t really count it as game of the year, technically is a 2003 game.

    • Rinslowe

      Fair comment…. If both had released at the same time, then it would have been a much more difficult choice for me.
      But having played the original WW way back when, it sort of felt more suitable to give that title to SM3DW. Not saying WWHD didn’t bring anything new, it was better in all the right ways. But SM3DW is fresh and really that good…

  • Alex0714

    Why? Because Nintendo makes the best games ofcourse. (SM 3d world)

    • Mario

      Duh!

  • gamesplayswill

    Arkham Origins is on all platforms I guess… but it deserved to be on here. :s

    • Zbirdlive

      I didn’t really enioy Arkham Origins. It was a really buggy and Arkham City was ALOT better in my opinion. But I’ll play any batman game so it didn’t matter much.

      • gamesplayswill

        That is fair enough actually. But a lot of the bugs have been fixed. At least on the PC version. And Arkham City is quite a short game. BUUUT, that is your opinion. :)

  • The Clockwork Being

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! MARIO FOR GOTY. Huh Can’t believe the number of kids that voted on this poll. Have none of you played Call of Duty Ghosts?!??! That game shits over Mario any day. Time for new Super Rehash 3D World to die already and let C.o.D be king. Honestly the soundrack is better in COD! The flawless 1080p resolution at 60fps is great. Mario doesn’t deserve it.

    /s

    This is how it would be like if we had more of the dudebros on this site.

    • Wren Justin Umlauf

      Sarcasm?

      • The Clockwork Being

        Yes. Forgot to add that last sentence for some reason

    • Laud

      God of COD over here.

      (I know you’re being sarcastic lol)

    • Alexander Kleinwechter

      I know you are joking but it kinda gets tiering!

      • Wren Justin Umlauf

        The sad part is that there are really people like this

      • The Clockwork Being

        Yeah I get what you mean but I barely do this here. Plus come on its just to have some fun her and there.

        • Mario

          Yeah! And our Christmas vacation has just started. We should be in a good humor.

          • The Clockwork Being

            Exactly we should have good humor right now.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            We should have good humor all the time. It’s a shame some people on here get upset and hate jokes so much.

          • NintenScience

            *cough*

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Even more tiering with people who cant take a joke. Especially on a videogames site. :P

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Too true.

        • Alexander Kleinwechter

          Yeah, because that joke was so hilarious!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            What’s funny is subjective. :P

          • ScrewAttack

            That goes both ways, of course ;)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Well if it’s both ways for you, …I won’t judge you.

          • ScrewAttack

            I’m just playing devil’s advocate :p

          • Rinslowe

            Someone called?

          • Magnus Eriksson

            You are not too funny yourself :)

          • NintenScience

            xddddddddd

          • Shota

            -_-

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I’m with you on that one.

          • NintenScience

      • Rinslowe

        You are one high strung brother! Lol
        Awesome! :)
        I’ll upvote you just because…

    • Magnus Eriksson

      The problem with COD on Wii U is that Nintendo didnt put enough shaders in their last machine. That means that its not capable of pulling off the amazing stuff that XBox360 and PS3 can do. So my advice for everyone is to buy a PS3 besides the Wii U. You can buy most of the 3rd party games that launches on Wii U on your PS3 instead. And instead of buying all Virtual Console games you could invest in a Ouya playing old NES and SNES games for free. And if you are patient enough to wait one or two years you dont need to buy a Wii U at all, because most of the games will be available on Dolphin Emulator :)

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Dolphin Emulator U

        • NintenScience

          ??

        • Rinslowe

          What was essentially the functional purpose of a “Dolphin Emulator”? lol…
          WWHD goes one step further… :)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            “U” just don’t understand the power of the Dolphin Emulator U. Someday, “U” will appreciate it’s power and glory.

          • Rinslowe

            Indeed? Lol.
            Nope I guess not. Absolutely! Sure?

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Indeed!

          • Rinslowe

            In-deed.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Indeedy.

          • Rinslowe

            Oh, now you’re just showing off!
            (blush blush)

      • Thomas Vienna

        I’m pretty sure the phrase “Invest in an Ouya” is an oxymoron somehow. Because “invest” implies that it will somehow get better over time.

      • The Clockwork Being

        Brilliant!

      • Austin Burn

        not sure if troll or retard

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Magnus always likes to joke and tease commentators on and off on WiiUDaily(as well as I). Judging by your comment count, you’re obviously new here.

          • Austin Burn

            haha thanks man, I’m not exactly new, just a longtime lurker

      • Random12multi

        Rumors have it you can fuse an Ouya’s cpu with other console’s cpu *just rumor*

      • Nintedward

        The Wiiu has more shaders than PS3 and 360 you twit. :)

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Calm down. :)

          • Nintedward

            I was perfectly calm, did you not see the :) at the end of my comment?

            He shouldn’t be wasting his time writing comments that he knows are wrong. That’s kind of retarded, don’t you think?

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Not if you see the humor in it. Then no, can’t say it is. Can’t say I agree either. I think you take it too serious. He’s always been like this, so you should be used to it by now. :P

      • jjbredesen

        Why you motherfuc.. oh its you Magnus XD Gotta love sarcasm :)

      • jjbredesen

        There actually is a working Wii U emulator:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRaeVkgBLLE

        • Austin Burn

          >implying that is real
          no

          • jjbredesen

            it was a joke XD

      • Johny

        troll comment?

    • Mario

      LOL.

    • WolfgangAmadeusMozart

      I translated this message so the angry fanboys can understand:

      ARW YOOU FUCKKING KIDDDING ME!! MARIO FOR FUCKING GOTY HUH CANT BELIEVE DA NUMBR O KIDZ VOTE THUS POLLZ HAZ NONNE OF U MOTHRFKERS PLAYD CALL IF DUDY GHOST ?!??! THAT GAEM SHITS OVER MAARIO ANY DYA TIME FOR NEW SUPPER REHASH 3D WORLD TO DIEE ALLREADY END LET COD BR KIGN TGE SOUNXRACK SUCKS ASS IS WAYYY BWTTER IN COD! THW FLSWLESS 1080p RESLUTOIN AT 60FPS IS GRWAT MAERIO DOESNT DESSERVE ITT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

      • The Clockwork Being

        Yeah thats what lacked in my comment! That touch of angry fanboy dialect. Hopefully it gets them to understand what I meant.

      • NintenScience

        lol

    • olajuwon_patterson

      cod fanboys must be everywhere saying something stupid lol grow up and what has ghost down better than the previous nothing actually. EDIT: you got me bro I actually thought you were one of them COD FANBOYS LMAO.

    • NintenScience

      Sarcasm

    • Simon Stevens

      I LIKE what you did there :) you was heading for a downvote then you turned it all around at the end, well played….well played.

      • The Clockwork Being

        Thanks!

    • brian cox

      cod is the same as every other fps i didnt buy a console only for shitty fps or shitty gta.WiiU is a kickass console with some sweet games.responding to U from it now:)

  • The Clockwork Being

    I know the Zelda community is great. But alot of people have been telling me that the Art Academy is one of the best on Wii U. I am not sure if it was in the poll though.

    • BIG Franky

      it is the best by a long shot…. but yes, it wasn’t in this joke of a poll.

      • The Clockwork Being

        Ah I see. This poll could have been better in so many ways.

        • BIG Franky

          yep… sad… this survey was an epic FAIL and a big missed opportunity… until this site learns to recognize that and take itself more seriously… no one else will either.

  • Yen

    We all know that the Universal GOTY should’ve been Dr. Luigi.

    • Pikachief

      Too bad gaming sites don’t like to wait till the year’s over for their Game of the Year awards!

  • FlashFan207

    A little bummed Rayman didn’t make it in at all, but all in all, great choices everybody! What a fantastic year it has been for us!

    • Virus6

      Rayman Legends was an amazing game, but it’s just too bad people quickly forgot about it. That’s probably due to the poor treatment that Ubisoft had for Nintendo fans in February

      • Nintendo Dragon

        Yeah I didn’t buy it because Ubisoft basically broke a promise, so I was like well forget you.

  • The Clockwork Being

    Can’t wait till next year as in 2014 Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Bayonnetta 2, X, Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei, Donkey Kong, and more will be fighting for that GOTY spot.

    • BIG Franky

      I wouldn’t bank on ‘X’ being released in 2014…. just sayin. (I hope I’m wrong…)

      • sharlo galmo

        I feel what you say, i think the same, cause Nintendo got a lot of great games to come on 2014, one of the good games gonna come later i geus….

      • DragonSilths

        Nah it’ll be 2014.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Probably Fall 2014.

          • DragonSilths

            Summer or Fall 2014. It was already in Alpha stage the last time we saw it months ago.

      • Forbsz

        I hope 2014 oh please be 2014 ;(

    • Kaihaku

      Me too. “X”, Mario Kart 8, and Hyrule Warriors top of my most wanted list.

  • Sdudyoy

    Super Mario 3D world must be a GREAT game! I really want it!

  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

    A good non controversial list.

    I decided not to buy The Cave (I loved the old lucasarts adventure games) because it lack off tv play. My TV’s turned off for most of my single player gaming now. Years of laptops and hand helds have made it feel more natural to me now.

  • Bortly

    I don’t see why they label Wii Sports Club as a gimmick? The game uses innovative motion-plus controls and double screen precision in Golf. Not a gimmick.

    • Fred

      Yes I’d like someone to define gimmick for me.

      • NintendoNoob

        Gimmick: an ingenious or novel device, scheme, or stratagem, especially one designed to attract attention or increase appeal.

        • Mario

          Well that answers your question.

        • http://weeklyrift.com/ Tim Biggs

          Thanks :). That’s a great definition for gimmick. Not sure why it has such a negative connotation for some. Any game with an original and specialised system or input could be described as a gimmick game in my view. Not a bad thing.

          • NintendoNoob

            I like Nintendo’s “gimmicks”, they’re different from the competition. If you picked up a PS4 or Xbox One game there is almost no difference, if you picked up a Wii U game you’d have a touchscreen to work with in conjunction with the television. More gimmickness to love!

        • NintenScience
        • Fred

          Wouldn’t that define almost all video games? From now on when I want to bash a game I’m just going to call it a gimmick.

  • ETeach

    So happy The Cave won one. Definitely an amazing game.

  • Elitepwnsface

    Where is Monster Hunter?

  • Agent721

    Lego City deserves a mention…this open world fan absolutely loved it. If you have a GTA itch to scratch & don’t own another console, you will no be disappointed.

    • Fred

      You are right, however, I did vote W101 instead man that is a really GREAT game

      • Agent721

        Its time I try out the demo!

        • Fred

          Either that or watch the first couple of levels on YouTube. that’s what sold me on the game.

    • BIG Franky

      the thing that sucks the most is that Lego City actually did win by getting the most votes of any third party release game…. as TW101 was mis-categorized since it was actually in fact a 1st party, Nintendo released title. this survey severely missed the mark.

      • http://weeklyrift.com/ Tim Biggs

        101 was published by Nintendo but developed wholly by Platinum games. I get that Nintendo had more of a hand in this game than the others in the category, but as an externally developed game 101 is not first party in the same way Mario and Zelda are.

  • Captinn2

    EARTHBOUND! :D NOW BRING MOTHER 3 PLZ!

  • Agent721

    It’s telling we didn’t have a category for best online multiplayer…I’d voted for COD: Ghosts. Despite the constant bashing it gets, it’s done very well on the Wii U & offers infinity more stable gaming than BF4 on the PS3, which crashes at least once every time I play it. The off screen play with the tablet is also very cool & let’s two play online at the same time without the annoying split screen.

    • Fred

      I do most of my online with NBA 2K13 although Madden 13 is also fun and cheap

  • Guest

    pikmin3 story? i don’t understand. i know the logs end of everyday but that doesn’t make the story the BEST of all wii u games. can somebody explain why the story got chosen as the best?

    • Mario

      Not ”story”. ”Storytelling”.

      • Shota

        oh yeah my fault. but what’s so great? i’ve played 100% and still think the story was simple

  • Ryebread

    Really Glad The Cave won as it was a great game and had good humor

  • Skelterz

    Monster Hunter 3 ultimate.

  • Skelterz

    Let me tell you something this is a prediction mario kart 8 will be the biggest selling wii u game to date it will shift alone 4 million wii u’s and that’s not all when they release mario kart 8 they will also add the function for two gamepads to be used
    simultaneously, Then when zelda U is finally released we won’t see an brand new wii u with more memory we will see a golden gamepad bundled with it for around £150.00 and the moons gunna fall!

    • Shota

      what about smash bros?

      • Skelterz

        smash bros = the moon….

        • Shota

          XD LOL well said!

          • Skelterz

            ;)

    • Nintendo Dragon

      I think both Zelda and Smash Bros are going to have great replayability like always, so it’s more like the moon will set fire to the world.

    • BIG Franky

      worst prediction in the history of predictions…

    • Agent721

      From your mouth to Iwata’s & Miyamoto’s ears!

  • Skelterz

    If i was a micro-transaction-box fan-boy i would say GOTY goes to….FIFA 14
    but im not 3d world gets it for me.

  • Myles Rodriguez

    Why the f*** isn’t Sonic Lost World in “Best musical score or soundtrack, “Best visual design”?????

  • Aaron Newman

    my personal, choice for storytelling, music and overall goty: fire emblem awakening

  • hahahero

    Glad to see the Wonderful 101 up there. I feel likes its been flying under the radar ever since its release. Sucks because I thought it was a true breath of fresh air and I really had a good time with (still finishing up my 101% Hard Mode run through).

  • Zbirdlive

    These polls are so bad

  • Guest

    Best story: Wonderful 101
    Pikmin 3′s game play is incredible but the story is bland.

  • Niknique

    yes wonderful 101 won best 3rd party! I’m really hoping Wonder Red makes it into Smash Bros.

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    Glad 3D World won because it really deserved wining the spot as best game for Wii U. I hope more games similar to 3D World would come to Wii U. The platform innovation was awesome especially world 8.

  • Justagamer

    all of them i can agree except for 101…I just did not like that game..

  • Random12multi

    FEAST IN THE GLORIOUS WONDER OF THE WIIU

    • discuss

      So … what’s the picture for other then to scare away any girl that might read these posts? :p

  • rafter

    Mm nice list… but I just dont understand why nobody seems to think that Rayman Legends should be the Game of the Year (not only here, but many other lists I have seen recently….). I played trough both Rayman Legends and the new Super Mario…. 3D World and both are awesome in their own unique way…. but for me the best game (if not best platformer for a long long time) is Rayman Legends…. u can actually find a lot of ideas from Legends (or the older one Origins) in Super Mario 3D World…

    But anyways, I am looking forward to Mario Kart, and if ever released Zelda U….

    In regard to Pikmin 3, can someone tell me how to have fun with the game (not meant in a bad way….)…. I bought it, and it looks really nice and its really unique for its gameplay, but I just get so upset with the boring robot-like talking and the time-limits….. maybe I should play some mission mode levels.. but the story mode so far does not really hooked…

    and one more think…. nothing against Nintendo…. I love u guys…. BUT WHEN do we get TVii???? I mean I have a Wii U since the beginning and supported it all the way despite all the ps and xbox haters… but putting marketing something which we still havent gotten is a no go …. at least tell us that we wont get it!!!

  • bizzy gie

    Perfect Wii U ad. Where was this a year ago?

    • boynhisblobs

      Seriously, the best ad I’ve seen to date. Explains it all without being too overbearing.

  • Nintenjoe82

    Best Miiverse community for me is obviously the Art Academy one (or The Walking Dead, where my piece ‘The Walking Bread’, got the most Yeahs at one point)

    https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYQHAAABAAC8UKEKgPlVPA

  • jjbredesen

    And people say this has been a bad year for Wii U? just look at all the fantastic games that are out! I can’t wait for 2014! Holy shit i need to get a job.

  • Kaihaku

    Biggest Disappointment of the Year: Sonic Lost World.

    Sigh. I wanted so much to like it.

  • Marcel Kleine

    I only have 2 of the listed games XD

  • Drowrin

    How on earth did Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate not make into any of these?

  • William Cole

    Super Mario 3D World was a dead giveaway.

    Earthbound deserved that achievement so much. It truly is one of the best games of all time. Now… 2014 will be Nintendo’s year to show off what it really has: What Sony and Microsoft don’t. (Except for Kingdom Hearts III and a possible Dragon Quest XI)

  • Fuzunga

    Mario looks good, but no way does it beat Rayman for visual design.

  • discuss

    “Best third party console exclusive: THE WONDERFUL 101″
    What other game besides Zombie U was in the run? I really dislike W101.

    “Best surprise: THE WONDERFUL 101″
    Shouldn’t this be a “Worst suprise”? Considering sales ….

    “Best storytelling: PIKMIN 3″
    The story of Pikmin 3 isn’t even in the same league as Mass Effect 3. How could Pikmin win this one?

    “Best musical score or soundtrack
    Best visual design
    Game of the year
    SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD”
    Yeah the game looks good but I think AC4 and ME3 look much better.

    Before anyone starts to flame, rage or troll please keep in mind this is just my humble opinion.