Nintendo Scene’s Wii U Games of the Year 2014
So then 2014 has officially evaporated, but oh my wasn’t it a crackin’ year to be an owner of Nintendo hardware? I know, I know, we’re well and truly underway 2015 wise, but hey what’s wrong with a little reminiscing eh?
Us here at camp Nintendo Scene (aka site veteran Wes and the rookies being me, Reuben & Conor) decided to put our noggins together to whittle out what we considered to be the cream of last year’s crop. So here we have it then, without any further ado from a Wii U perspective…
Mario Kart 8
Boots’ gaming of 2014 in a n̶u̶t̶s̶h̶e̶l̶l̶ Blue Shell? Iggy, Circuit Special, Cyber Slick and the Waddle Wing, 3, 2 *press accelerate* 1, GO! Quite simply this is a wondrous edition to the series. Bar the fire-hopping controversy and the nerfed after thought of a Battle mode I would have willingly claimed this entry to be the pinnacle of all things Mario to the Kart. A heavy statement coming from a SNES day Koopa Troopa lightweight. I’ve sunk a joyous triple figures worth of hourly grit into this title and have most likely resonated an entire repertoire of emotions whilst playing it. Now that’s what I call m̶u̶s̶i̶c̶ a video game! ~ Boots
The new tracks; with their anti-grav, all new locations and tight twisting routes designed to ensure battles right to the finish, the new weapons and that feeling of satisfaction when you blow up a blue shell about to strike and the new characters, with those awesome, detailed 3D models of all those Koopalings and the range of vehicles, make Mario Kart 8 my Wii U game of the year for 2014. My favourite game series, with it’s online and local competitive racing, that feeling of playing on new tracks for the first time and then getting 3 stars on every cup (nearly there!!), can’t be beaten. And THEN they added more with the DLC! Love it. – Wes
There are things in life that sound like they won’t work, and yet surprise with just how much they do actually do. So, with that, Hyrule Warriors. Being a passing fan of Dynasty Warriors, I pretty much had a glee-induced mental breakdown when this game was announced and it didn’t disappoint on its release. A huge amount of characters, weapons, and other content that has been added through patches and DLC, there is just so much to see and do. So, the reason that this is my GOTY is simply because I am still playing it now, and will be long into the future. Excellent game. – Reuben
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
It was very tough to choose one game from a year that had several memorable releases. I’m gonna have to put the lovely Tropical Freeze second to Super Smash Bros Wii U. There’s more to see from Nintendo’s universe here than in previous Smash games, spanning a wider range of games and time, with some items going all the way back to the ’70s. The fighting is frantic and the controls are solid, and there is a ridiculously huge library of music, not to mention the wide range of game modes offered. An amazing achievement for Sakurai, Sora and Bandai Namco, and it’s already been given dozens of hours of my attention. – Conor
So that’s Nintendo’s current home console 2014’d, what will be in store for its portable sibling? You’ll have to wait for Nintendo Scene’s 3DS Games of the Year 2014, EXCITE!!!