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Top 10 Best Nintendo Games of 2014

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Last year, I did a Top 5 of the Best Nintendo Games of 2013. Now that 2014 is behind us, it’s time we take it up a notch. Since Angry Joe already did a Top 10 Best Games of 2014 based on his experiences, here’s mine and it involves Nintendo. These are the Top 10 Best Nintendo Games of 2014.

There’s only one rule here and it’s one game per franchise. Not only that but it can also involve games released on the eShop too. I figure it would be best because well, there are so many games released by Nintendo this year that it’s insane. I really mean that. I’ve played a lot of them. 2014 was Nintendo’s year, hands down. Some were good and others were not so let’s get this show on the road.

10) Azure Striker Gunvolt – Nintendo 3DS

We start off the list with a game that has a Mega Man X vibe. It feels like a Mega Man X game but it isn’t. Why? Simple. The gameplay. Sure you can jump, shoot and dash but when you shoot enemies, you tag them and you need to use Gunvolt’s ability to blast them with electricity. Not only is it useful against enemies but it also has other effects such as slowing down your descent, solving puzzles, etc. The story is a bit engaging unfortunately the overseas version took out most of what made it great such as the dialogue and story. It’s a shame really because if they didn’t do that, this would have been more rewarding. But regardless you do get a good game that won’t disappoint.

At only $15, you can’t go wrong. The replay value for it is high as you can go back to some levels and try getting a high score. They can net you items, which can help you customize Gunvolt however you like. He also has special skills that can turn the tide of battle. Is it safe to say that it’s similar to the X series? I think that’s the gist of it. But regardless, this game is fun and can really keep you busy for a little while.

Rating: 8 out of 10

9) Shantae & The Pirate’s Curse – Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

It’s sad that some franchises don’t get much appreciation nowadays. Shantae is a prime example of that and I have to say that it is very good. The latest game of the series takes place after Risky’s Revenge. Now full human, Shantae has to deal with a new evil, the Pirate Master. Risky approaches Shantae and asks for her help in defeating him before he brings despair to all of Sequin Land and its inhabitants. Knowing the risks despite not having genie powers, Shantae teams up with Risky to stop him.

This game is ridiculously fun. The gameplay is good and WayForward did a great job making each island seem unique. Of course they decide to take a Metroidvania style route giving players the incentive to look high and low for hidden areas and secrets. Not that it's a bad thing mind you but it just adds more to an otherwise great game. Replay value is very high and its great for people that love to speed run too. You do get rewarded with sweet stuff that makes you want to go at it one more time. For $20, how can you say no? With Half-Genie Hero in development, I know that Shantae has a bright future ahead for sure.

Rating: 9 out of 10

8) Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo Wii U

What is there to say about Mario Kart? It’s one of Nintendo’s many franchises and it has been around for more than two decades. Now we reach the 8th game and boy did they really deliver. The gameplay is the same as previous games but they also added new features such as Zero Gravity and new items such as the Super Horn, a counter to the threatening Blue Shell, the Boomerang Flower that gives you 3 uses and the Piranha Plant that provides boost while chomping on other opposition. You can’t forget the courses. We get new ones along with some familiar that get the HD treatment.

Not only do you have 4-player offline but online with up to 12 players. It’s insane, chaotic and all good fun. You’re probably wondering why this game is so low on the list. The answer’s simple. There are some flaws. For starters, the online battle mode. It’s completely bad and they butchered it severely with some tracks used as battle areas. It ain’t that interesting. Also the online can be problematic because one minute you’re playing a game & the next, you get kicked out. It sucks but a fault that I see it as an inconvenience.

Fortunately the game is still fun to play. Oh and there’s a lot of replay value with multiple difficulties and there’s even DLC. I’m not talking about what you normally see with some games. This is DLC done right and it provides you a lot of bonuses and with the release of the Amiibos, they add even more to the game that is worth your purchase. I highly recommend it.

Rating: 8 out of 10

7) Shovel Knight – Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and PC (Soon PS4)

2014 should just be referred to as the Year of the Indies. Yacht Club Games should be praised, no, they should be honored for making an amazing indie game. But you’re wondering why I’m adding this on the list cause its no longer console exclusive? Simple. It’s that fun. I love Shovel Knight. It is a love letter to 8-bit games while providing something new, something crisp and something different. There are so many things I like about the game that trying to explain it in this list won’t do it justice.

At only $15, it’s a steal. You play as Shovel Knight as you venture through various locations, defeating the forces and minions of the Evil Enchantress. Along the way you acquire items and upgrades that can help give him many advantages. The graphics are nostalgic and the music is simply addicting. I can’t say it enough. Trust me. There’s replay value in this game and I can always boot it up and play it any day. Although it’s on the list, I do want to say that with the announcement of the game going to the PS4, it isn’t going to be Nintendo exclusive. But will it hinder you from enjoying a great experience? Absolutely not! It’s a must buy and I can’t even say it enough. What are you waiting for? GET IT NOW!

Rating: 9 out of 10

6) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo Wii U

Retro Studios has always delivered when it comes to Nintendo games such as the Metroid Prime trilogy and their Donkey Kong Country Returns series. Their first game was great but hard at the same time. Hell it even got a port on the 3DS. Sure it added some new stuff like New Mode and several helpful items but it’s still tough and will provide you a challenge. Then there was a sequel… and it took everyone by surprise and I love it.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze centers on the Kong family trying to save their home from the Snowmad tribe who claim the island for their own. Now they must trek through six islands all while battling many minions, as they must reach DK Island to send the Snowmad tribe packing. The gameplay is still the same as the last but you have two new characters that join you: Dixie Kong who can help you reach higher places and Cranky Kong whose cane can help you bypass dangerous obstacles. The graphics are beautiful to look at, the music for each island provides variety and the challenge is just as high as the last game.

Only difference is that it isn’t giving you an easy way out. It really isn’t. You really got to buckle down and give it your all because there is no mercy. When you mess up like falling into a bottomless pit, it’s your fault. Sure there are six worlds but they make up for it with sections that push your skills to the test. There are also secrets and they require you to look high and low. The result is worth it. I mean it. It is a must buy game that provides challenge and a whole lot of satisfaction. Think you can try your luck getting 200% in the game? Good luck. You’ll need it.

Rating: 9 out of 10

5) Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Nintendo 3DS

What do you get when you take an archaeologist that loves to solve puzzles and a defense attorney that always finds a way to get their clients’ innocence? You get this game. Layton vs. Ace Attorney is a crossover game that takes both franchises and put them together to have an epic adventure. It centers on the world of Labyrinthia as Layton, Wright and their allies try to discover the secret behind the town.

The game takes elements from both games and uses them real well. You have your puzzle solving as well as investigation but the big thing are the trials. Since it centers on witch trials, you’ll have to rely on your wits and finding if the witnesses are hiding anything. Traditional Ace Attorney at its finest although some bits will give you a hard time. If I had any complaints with the game, it’s that the game is more Layton than Ace Attorney. Sure I don’t mind it but it wouldn’t hurt to have a balance. But regardless of this, the game is really fun and the added content is a delight. Take it from me. I played the whole game from start to finish and it was a blast.

Rating: 8 out of 10

4) Bravely Default – Nintendo 3DS

RPGs and handhelds work hand in hand and that’s a fact. Nintendo’s handhelds have had a fair share of successful role-playing games that will make you spend hours playing. But then comes a game called Bravely Default and it is by far one of the best RPG games around. I am not kidding. It centers on four protagonists: Tiz, Agnes, Edea and Ringabel as they must bring light to four crystals in the world of Luxendarc unaware that their actions may bring about the end of all reality.

The game is a successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, having a battle system focusing on the job system from previous Final Fantasy games. One of the main draws is like its name implies. You can either Default and not attack to stock BP or go Brave and attack. But stuff like that come with a price so how you use it is crucial. As for the job system, its similar to Final Fantasy V but has more customization providing a whole lot of possibilities. Trying to explain everything about the game will take forever. So many things I like about the game, it’s crazy. And with the sequel coming this year, the excitement for it has never been this high. I recommend this game if you are a fan of RPG games. You’ll like it.

Rating: 9 out of 10

All right… now before I reveal the top 3, I do want to say that this is the most difficult I’ve ever planned. Why? Because these three games are really good and I’ve spent a lot of time with them. I don’t know if this will do anyone justice but remember that it’s my list. You guys are welcome to disagree with me so let’s do it!

3) Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire – Nintendo 3DS

You guys wondering why the heck it’s at #3 instead of any higher right? I did enjoy this game and I know many of you will have it at either #2 or #1. But anyway, the hype for this went through the roof. The instant it was first announced, people went nuts. When the game arrived, it delivered. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes but they are excellent remakes. I love the remakes a lot and they blow Pokemon X & Y out of the water.

The game can be easy or hard depending on how you play. Not only that but the post-game provides a lot of extra content and it gives you a huge incentive to complete the Pokedex and give it your all against other trainers. Did I forget to mention Episode Delta? Yeah, that’s included too and it really adds more to the game. What can I say? It’s an amazing remake and I love it a lot! I don’t have any complaints but it was really hard deciding what to choose for the top 3. Either way, you’ll like it. Trust me.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Now comes the next one and like I said, very difficult decision to make but I hope that you guys will like it.

2) Bayonetta 2 – Nintendo Wii U

What is there to say about Bayonetta 2 that hasn’t already been said? It is one of the best Wii U games to date. Sure there was controversy in regards to its exclusivity but when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. If it weren’t for Nintendo, we wouldn’t get Bayonetta 2. Speaking of which, I love everything about this game. It takes everything that the first game had and makes it ten times better. The graphics are amazing, the gameplay is top-notch, and the music is simply addicting and catchy. Moon River Climax Mix and Tomorrow is Mine are music you will love to listen to. Believe me, I know.

Oh yeah, speaking of gameplay, the Witch Time is a system you’ll love to use. Not only does it make battles intense but it also gives you an advantage if you want to deliver the beating. Umbran Climax is also entertaining as like Devil Trigger, you get major enhancements. There’s also replay value up the butt with multiple difficulties, online co-op, additional costumes and even the first original Bayonetta. People who got it via physical copy can get the original Bayonetta for free. It’s a steal I mean it. It is one of the best games ever and it makes me wish that it got Game of the Year status instead of Dragon Age Inquisition.

If you have a Wii U but not this game, get it… NOW! You will NOT regret it.

Rating: 10 out of 10 LEGENDARY

And now comes the moment you’re waiting for…

1) Super Smash Bros. 4 – Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

This here is obviously a no-brainer why my top game of this year is. But why am I including both 3DS and Wii U versions on it when its one game per franchise. Even though both are the same game, they each provide something that the other doesn’t. Both games do provide you great online play, character customization and over 50 characters to choose from. That’s where the similarities end.

But like I said, both games each provide something different. For the 3DS version, it’s Smash Bros. on the go and I love it! Smash Run is exclusive to it and it is a lot of fun. Not only that but for a game like this on the handheld, it’s well done. The only complaint is that for multiplayer, everyone should have their own 3DS. A minor nitpick but what can you do.

The Wii U version though… it blows the 3DS version out of the water in terms of graphics, features and everything. There’s so much content here that its crazy. The best part about it is you can have up to 8-player Smash. That’s just INSANE! But when you have a group of friends together for it, it’s all the more rewarding. Smash Wii U also has online and it’s very good. I should also mention about Smash Tour. It’s like Mario Party but it doesn’t seem as good. I don’t know why although it does have some good single-player modes like Event matches. Oh and you can do co-op in both Classic and All-Star mode. That is really awesome.

You know, I’m beating a dead horse here on this so let me just sum it up. Super Smash Bros. for both 3DS and Wii U is my top pick as Nintendo Game of 2014. Whether it’s on the go on a handheld or with friends near a Wii U, you will have a hell of a good time. It’s the must buy to anyone who owns a 3DS or Wii U. I mean it. Without a doubt! Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U is my pick for Best Nintendo Game of 2014!

Rating: 10 out of 10 LEGENDARY

There you go. These are my Top 10 Best Nintendo Games of 2014. If you have any that you feel should be on the list, let me know.

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I want a Wii U. This thread summarises why, especially Beyonetta 2 and the upcoming Zelda.

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You should get a Wii U. You won't be disappointed. Take it from me.

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I need to buy Wii U. My birthday is in January 28. So I will buy Wii U soon.

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Yes to anyone on the fence, getting a Wii U now is completely worth it, go get yourself one and come join us in the Nintendo sub-forum :P 

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Yes to anyone on the fence, getting a Wii U now is completely worth it, go get yourself one and come join us in the Nintendo sub-forum :P

Feel free to promote my Top 10 on the Sub Forum. IT means a lot.

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Feel free to promote my Top 10 on the Sub Forum. IT means a lot.

No problem, its a damn good list, useful for new console/handheld owners.

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I forgot to put Honorable Mentions on this list so may as well to update...

  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  • Tomodachi Life
  • Fantasy Life
  • Steel Diver Sub Wars
  • Moon Chronicles
  • Ultimate NES Remix
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
  • Xeodrifter

There ya go. If anyone has honorable mentions of their own, they are more than welcome to add.

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