Nintendo Minute‘s third annual Game of the Year series has officially begun. In the first part of their latest yearly series, hosts Kit and Krysta reflect on some of the most memorable gaming experiences they had throughout 2015. The duo discusses several categories, including best box art, coolest amiibo and best multiplayer offering. Fans can even vote for their favorites by tagging @NintendoAmerica on Twitter and using the phrases in the following picture:
We already know that Mario Kart 8 scooped the award for best Wii U game 2014 from GameSpot, but which Nintendo 3DS game was judged to be the best of the year by the site? Well it turns out it’s none other than Square Enix’s well-received RPG Bravely Default. The publication says it’s not only a fantastic RPG but it’s a wonderful game all around. Here’s what they had to say about Bravely Default.
Bravely Default is an innovative game that also manages to deliver classic elements in a new way, and while it has pacing issues during the latter half, that fact doesn’t detract from the dozens of hours of greatness that come before. Weighing these facts against Shovel Knight’s positive qualities, we ultimately came to the conclusion that Bravely Default is the best 3DS game to have come out in 2014. It’s a fantastic RPG and a wonderful game all around.
Thanks, Shuhei Yoshida
This year’s Spike VGX award nominations are available to view online and it’s your chance to vote for which game you think deserves Game of the Year. There’s five games you can choose from including Bioshock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Super Mario 3D World, The Last of Us and Tomb Raider. It’s completely up to you which game you vote for, but it’s certainly a difficult choice as there’s been some great games released this year. The Spike VGX takes place on December 7th, so be sure to vote.
Out of all the great games that were released in 2012, including Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Pokemon Conquest, Crashmo, New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Scribblenauts Unlimited and Little Inferno, one special title is my personal favorite.
My game of the year 2012 is Wii-exclusive Rhythm Heaven Fever, also known as Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise.
For me, picking game of the year is primarily based based on one factor – fun. To date, with over 87 hours of playtime and counting, Rhythm Heaven Fever is the second most-played game on my Wii.
The music video game, developed by Nintendo and TNX, features over 50 quirky and addicting minigames that are easy-to-learn but challenging to master. From beautiful visuals to catchy music to extremely fun gameplay, Rhythm Heaven Fever has it all.
For more on why Rhythm Heaven Fever is my favorite game of 2012, read our Rhythm Heaven Fever review.
Everyone has his or her own opinions… What is your favorite game of 2012?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim managed to win the coveted game of the year award at this years Game Developers Choice Awards which took place at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco. Sadly, the incredible The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword didn’t even get a look-in, and failed to scoop up any awards. Here’s the list of winners:
- Best Audio – Portal 2 (Valve)
- Best Debut – Bastion (Supergiant Games)
- Best Narrative – Portal 2 (Valve)
- Best Visual Arts – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)
- Best Downloadable Game – Bastion (Supergiant Games)
- Best Game Design – Portal 2 (Valve)
- Best Technology – Battlefield 3 (DICE)
- Best Handheld/Mobile Game – Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capy Games)
- Innovation Award – Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)
- Game Of The Year – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
- Lifetime Achievement – Warren Spector
- Pioneer Award – Dave Theurer
- Ambassador Award – Ken Doroshow and Paul M Smith
Respected UK gaming publication Edge Magazine has published its game of the year lists. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword which received a perfect ten out ten review score has won the mainstream game of the year award beating both Skyrim and Dark Souls. Nintendo also scooped up the award for best publisher of the year and portable game of the year with Mario Kart 7. Here’s the full list:
Edge Awards 2011
The winner is in bold and below it are the two runners-up.
Mainstream Game of the Year
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Indie Game of the Year
Portable Game of the Year
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Best Online Experience
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Best Visual Design
Child of Eden
Best Audio Design
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Publisher of the Year
Studio of the Year