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Nintendo World Report Awards: 2010

Downloadable Games of the Year

by Zachary Miller, Nathan Mustafa, and Jared Rosenberg - December 31, 2010, 2:25 pm PST

DSiWare GAME OF THE YEAR

Winner: Shantae: Risky’s Revenge
Behold, the best reason to buy a DSi so far. WayForward, master of the 2D sidescroller, has crafted a wonderfully compact, gorgeous, charming little piece of DLC that features light Metroidvania exploration, cool animal transformations, and lots of jiggling. In all seriousness, Shantae features some of the best 2D sprite work on the system. The music is catchy, the play control is tight and responsive, and the end of the game has a great old-school nod to Metroid games. You might think 1200 points is expensive, but it's hard not to play Shantae again and again and again. It's definitely the best DSiWare game of 2010.

I have no idea what is going on here

Runner Up: Cave Story
Cave Story was met with critical acclaim when it hit the WiiWare service earlier this year, but had a much quieter release on the DSiWare shop. The tinier version of Cave Story is no less potent, as Cave Story DSiWare’s presentation is top-notch, sporting the visuals and audio of the PC version. The game has all the trappings of a full retail release: tight controls, plenty of space to explore, and a story much deeper than what is traditionally found in a platformer. Cave Story DSiWare is a shining example of what the portable download service can and should be used for.

DSiWare version adds a map to the bottom screen. Never seen that before


WiiWare GAME OF THE YEAR

Winner: Fluidity
Two years ago, World of Goo was heralded as not only a magnificent WiiWare title, but also as one of the best games in the entire Wii library. Fluidity deserves similar recognition. The game’s tilt controls are wonderfully intuitive and make guiding the game’s protagonist (a pool of water) around the colorful 2D world a unique and enjoyable experience. Players should not miss out on the Metroid-esque exploration, great water physics, and the four chapters bursting with inventive puzzles and well-hidden secrets. Playing with virtual water hasn’t been this fun since Super Mario Sunshine.


Fluidity: a game about runoff

Runner Up: Cave Story
Equal parts Metroid, Mega Man, and Ratchet & Clank, Cave Story is an impressive 2D action game regardless of its platform. With graphics reminiscent of late-era NES titles, a brilliant soundtrack, multiple endings, and multiple game modes, Cave Story will have you locked to your Classic Controller for weeks. The game’s most surprising aspect may in fact be its story: somehow, purely through text boxes, musical cues, and basic character portraits, Cave Story’s plot is engaging and shockingly moving. It remains a must-have for any Wii gamer.

A story, set in caves

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Talkback

Three cheers for the timely release of these awards!

Nah, seriously, kudos to all the staffers who wrote their pieces. The picks were, in many ways, as expected, but of course no less deserving in spite of that. In fact, I'd have been very surprised if the platformers and the time thieves hadn't swept the board.
Can't help but feel sorry for Professor Layton 3, which got three runner-up spots, but didn't take the gold. I've yet to sink my teeth into that one, though I am psyched to do so.
And well done for getting Fluidity in there. A lot of other sites passed over that due its late calendar release, which is a real shame. It really is such a great adventure/puzzle game.

ShayminDecember 31, 2010

The DS and Wii GOTY matched mine perfectly, and I had a hard time deciding between the two of them for GOTY. Great awards overall.

pololmejorJanuary 01, 2011

Picross 3D REALLY!? I like it but I preffer Professor Layton and the Unwound Future like a billion times... sheesh.

I played Picross 3D for about a minute at PAX East, and I've never touched a Layton game .  I might just pick it up if I see it super-cheap.

Hey, those awards were awesome!

Retro DeckadesJanuary 01, 2011

The Unwound Future was great, but I was done with it long before I was done with Picross 3D. As a matter of fact, despite having solved all the puzzles on the card, I'm still not done with it.

Kytim89January 01, 2011

No More Heroes 2 is my Wii game of year.

Quote from: NWR_Lindy

I played Picross 3D for about a minute at PAX East, and I've never touched a Layton game .  I might just pick it up if I see it super-cheap.

Of course you don't.

Did you get electrocuted by that Picross 3D like Lauren and I did?

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterJanuary 01, 2011

Hooray! Great work on this, you guys!

KDR_11kJanuary 01, 2011

Dunno, some of the awards look like default victories (e.g. who was competing against Other M and No More Heroes?).

vuduJanuary 01, 2011

Quote from: NWR_Lindy

I played Picross 3D for about a minute at PAX East, and I've never touched a Layton game .  I might just pick it up if I see it super-cheap.

Is $9.99 for Picross 3D and $17.99 for the new Professor Layton cheap enough?

For Picross, yes.  Thanks to a $20 Best Buy gift certificate I got for Christmas, I picked it up for $10.61 after tax and I still have some money left over on the card.

I could pick up Layton with that, but I honestly don't think I'd play it.  I've never been particularly drawn to the series, and all of my DS time is better spent on DQ IX at the moment.

Scatt-ManJanuary 01, 2011

I don't know why I'm in the minority whenever I express my utter disappointment with Goldeneye. Maybe Game Mode on my TV reduces image quality considerably, thus the visuals don't wow me as they do in the screenshots 'n stuff, but that aspect wasn't even the biggest let down for me.

THE CONTROLS, MAN! They felt incredibly chunky...lacking a certain smoothness. After giving up on using the 'mote 'n 'chuck option, I was incredibly surprised that the same problems still persisted when using the Gamecube controller. Red Steel 2, The Conduit and Metroid Prime 3 never gave me this problem. *Has a cry about it* The defaultly set automatically adjusting height option for when going up stairs and the auto target ADS (Aim down sight) setting were all incredibly inconsistent and a massive annoyance.

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Quote from: KDR_11k

Dunno, some of the awards look like default victories (e.g. who was competing against Other M and No More Heroes?).

We're not under any obligation to give out an award.  If we didn't feel there was a worthy candidate we passed on a category.  If there was a worthy candidate, regardless of the presence of competition, we awarded it.

The awards that only have one winner are situations where we had a game that we loved but simply could not find another game that was worthy of similar praise.  In our mind it was better that we honor a great game even if it means having a category to itself.

ShyGuyJanuary 01, 2011

I wish Red Steel 2 would have gotten more respect.

vuduJanuary 02, 2011

I wish Red Steel 2 would have been worth more respect.

ShyGuyJanuary 02, 2011

I wish vudu had better taste in games. I also wish we would have gotten Conduit 2 or The Grinder this year.

GoldenPhoenixJanuary 02, 2011

Great list, I can't really comment on Kirby as runner up for GOTY since I haven't played it nor DKCR yet, but really not much disagreement with the picks there. Glad to see Endless Ocean 2 make it as well for a category.

xcwarriorJanuary 03, 2011

Good to see a number of titles get some love.

Monster Hunter 3 is my game of the year, with Galaxy 2 second.

DS by default I have to go Pokemon, but I'm sure I would have loved DQ IX had I picked it up already.

Glad to see NMH2 was mentioned, though a bit surprised DKCR didn't get a bit more love.

DKCR is a game we love certainly, but it is a very crowded field this year.  The reason it beat out Kirby for platformer but not for GotY runner-up is that as a platformer it is a better example of the genre.  Kirby's intangibles put it over for overall game.

TurdFurgyJanuary 03, 2011

Very well done! All of these games are well deserving. And I also wish Red Steel 2 would have gotten more respect.

LittleIrvesJanuary 05, 2011

Picross 3D hasn't been as much of a time-sink for me as I expected it, but there's no denying its effectiveness and charm.  I finally just acquired the "Normal" difficultly, and I feel like I've already gotten two games' worth of play out of it.  My girlfriend is sick of me poking away at the DS screen for 15 minutes before saying, "A-ha!  It's a Cuckoo Clock!" or whatever.
And I'm loving DKCR, but feel the pull towards Kirby more and more...  his (its?) soft edges might just be the ticket after the pounding I've taken from Kong.
As this is veering closer and closer to innuendo a bit too intimate for my tastes, I'll bid y'all adieu. Good work, NWRers.

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