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Nintendo World Report Tournament of GOTY 2017

Wild Card Round

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

From SteamWorld Dig 2 to Blossom Tales, we have a slew of great wild card games.

Our opening round features eight games that are beloved to a great many of us. Four awesome games will go home after this. Vote now to help turn the tide. Voting this round ends on January 17 at Noon ET.

  • Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (FDG Entertainment/Castle Pixel; December 21) vs. SteamWorld Dig 2 (Image & Form; September 21) - Winner will face Metroid: Samus Returns
  • Battle Chef Brigade (Adult Swim Games/Trinket Studios; November 20) vs. Stardew Valley (Chucklefish/Concerned Ape; October 5) - Winner will face Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris (Sega/Sonic Team; April 25) vs. Sonic Mania (Sega/PagodaWest Games/Headcannon; August 15) - Winner will face Super Mario Odyssey
  • Star Fox 2 (Nintendo; September 29) vs. Snipperclips (Nintendo/SFB Games; March 3) - Winner will face The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


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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