Hello, and welcome to Nintendo Enthusiast’s yearly Game of the Year extravaganza. The year 2015 was filled with great games for Nintendo, both in the portable and the home console departments. Between Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Yokai Watch, Splatoon, Mario Maker, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and more, it wasn’t easy for anyone to pick a favorite.
For part 1 of this article, we asked our Nintendo Enthusiast forums community to pick both their personal Game of the Year for two points, and their GOTY Runner Up for one point. The total was tallied in order to arrive at our end results. Remember, this is only the forum community’s choice! The staff’s pick will be revealed in part 2 of this article.
Let’s get going! In order of the lowest vote count to the highest, our Game of the Year candidates are:
5: Yoshi’s Wooly World
Possibly the cutest game ever made, Yoshi’s Wooly World also boasts from excellent level design and a surprising amount of challenge for experienced players. Our own reviewer, Elia Pales, said Yoshi’s Wooly World “not only draws in gamers with a captivating art-style and excellent soundtrack, but it also keeps them engaged with spectacular and diverse gameplay elements.” Our lone community member that voted for the game as his runner-up, however, made no comment.
4: Super Mario Maker
As our reviewer, Jonathan Harrington, called it, Super Mario Maker is “a dream come true”. For decades, Nintendo fans fantasized about being able to change Super Mario Bros levels, or create their own. With Super Mario Maker, not only did this become a possibility for the regular player, but playing other people’s wacky and challenging levels also became possible. One members of our community praised the amount of content the game delivered for someone that just plays other people’s levels, while another spent many hours creating levels but eventually, after “90 days of playing every day, and [his] creativity ran out,” it became hard to keep going back to the game.
3: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
The Monster Hunter franchise has come a long way. What was once an exceedingly niche, Japan-exclusive franchise has made its way to the Western World and is currently the most accessible it’s ever been. However, this is only relative to its previous installments, as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate still requires a considerable investment from the player before it reveals its treasures. At the same time, it now rewards invested players more than ever before, with hundreds of hours of content and increasing challenge and monster variety. When we reviewed it back in February of 2015, we gave it “our highest recommendation based on our experience, which has been thoroughly outstanding in the short time we’ve played it.” A hundred hours of gameplay later, the verdict stood.
Please continue to page 2 to find out which games received the honor of being the runner-up to Game of the Year, and the GOTY 2015!
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