Nintendo World Report Tournament of GOTY 2017

The Sweet Sixteen

by the NWR Staff - January 17, 2018, 11:05 am PST

Sixteen will enter the Thunderdome, only eight will walk out.

With the Wild Card Round done, it’s time to get to the meatier portion of the tourney, where favorites such as Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey join the fray.

But first, a recap of the Wild Card Round. SteamWorld Dig 2 beat Blossom Tales 86% to 14%. Stardew Valley triumphed over Battle Chef Brigade 76% to 24%. Snipperclips beat Star Fox 68% to 32%. Our closest matchup was Sonic Mania beating Puyo Puyo Tetris 65% to 35%.

Will we see any upsets in the next round? Who knows! Vote to let the world know your hot takes.

  • Snipperclips (Nintendo/SFB Games; March 3) vs. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo; March 3)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles (Nintendo/Monolith; December 1) vs. Splatoon 2 (Nintendo; July 21)
  • SteamWorld Dig 2 (Image & Form; September 21) vs. Metroid: Samus Returns (Nintendo; September 15)
  • Fire Emblem: Heroes (Nintendo; February 2) vs. Rocket League (Psyonix Games; November 14)
  • Sonic Mania (Sega/PagodaWest Games/Headcannon; August 15) vs. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo, October 27)
  • Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia (Nintendo/Intelligent Systems; April 20) vs. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft; August 29)
  • Stardew Valley (Chucklefish/Concerned Ape; October 5) vs. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo; April 28)
  • Arms (Nintendo; June 16) vs. Dragon Quest VIII (Nintendo/Square Enix; January 20)


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Talkback

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!

Linkle LinkJanuary 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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