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Nintendo World Report Tournament of GOTY 2017

by the NWR Staff - January 12, 2018, 4:21 am PST
Total comments: 6

Vote in bracket style to help us determine the Nintendo World Report Game of the Year.

The challenge of an enthusiast site filled with volunteers deciding on a Game of the Year has always been something tough to do. Games that everyone played always had a clear advantage, and while those new Mario and Zelda games were great this year, it’s hard to take into account the breadth of Nintendo’s 2017 through a vote or a deliberation among our staff. So now we’re involving everyone. Welcome to the first NWR Tournament of GOTY. The tournament where everybody votes in bracket style to determine our 2017 Game of the Year.

Here’s our methodology. Our staff and Patrons have been voting on Games of the Month for each of the 12 months of 2017. Those 12 games all have automatic entry into the tournament. We also have eight Wild Card games that were determined by staff deliberation and the runners-up of each month. In total, we have 20 games that, across the board, we think are generally awesome (even our pair of early 2017 Games of the Month that won by virtue of little competition). The seeding was done by using MetaCritic scores as a guide with a little bit of randomness to decide tiebreakers. Anyway, let’s get to the Wild Card Round.


ejamerJanuary 12, 2018

This looks super-fun, but I'll be cheering from the sidelines as my 3DS is still broken and I still don't own a Switch. Hope you get a strong turnout!

EnnerJanuary 12, 2018

stuff the bracket!

KhushrenadaJanuary 20, 2018

Gotta feel bad about those wild cards. Even if they make it to the Sweet Sixteen, they're pretty much gonna be crushed by heavy weights Odyssey, BotW and MK8. However, Steamworld Dig 2 might have a shot against Metroid 2: Samus Returns since the majority opinion seems to be that it's a fine enough game with a couple nice additions but not quite the Metroid experience hoped for. It doesn't quite wow as other games in the series. So, it might be possible for an early upset there. I suppose MK8 might have detractors by being a port but considering its sales that doesn't seem to be a concern for most Switch users.

EnnerJanuary 29, 2018

It's the final four.

My vote will follow Jeff Gerstmann.

SorenFebruary 01, 2018

I voted for SteamWorld Dig 2. I'm protesting this unjust final vote.

OedoFebruary 03, 2018

It was always going to be Zelda and Mario in the finals, but this really highlights just what a tremendous year 2017 was for Nintendo. Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Breath of the Wild, and Super Mario Odyssey in year one of a console is still amazing to me.

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