Ah sure, that idle closing week in December the place some individuals head again to work, and others chill out till new 12 months filling their days with what they love — video video games, for instance. Sensible choice!
We have already totted up our private scores and bestowed our employees Recreation of the Yr 2021 on a deserving candidate, and also you Nintendo Life readers have had your say, too (it appears we’re simpatico with our selections, which is good). We have additionally checked out our favorite Swap Ports and Hidden Gems of the 12 months — it has been a very good 12 months! Effectively, games-wise, no less than.
Right this moment, although, it is time for some lighthearted awards that do not fairly slot in anyplace else. Right here we’ll spotlight video games which may not get a shout in different fancy-pants classes however that we really feel are deserving of reward nonetheless. Sure, it is time to get whimsical with the Nintendo Life Different Recreation Awards 2021!
We have accomplished this the final couple of years, and what with the state of issues on the earth proper now, we’re all about injecting a bit further festive cheer into the final week of the 12 months. So, let’s dive proper into our hodge-podge 2021 assortment of 5 not-quite awards, we could?
We start with an ideal recreation which does not sit properly in anyone style class…
Greatest ‘Recreation That Does not Match Neatly On Our Style Lists’ 2021
This launched on Swap in February and follows within the footsteps of video games like Half Time UFO and Hypnospace Outlaw in that Astrologaster does not match properly into anyone class — no less than not one that may be made into considered one of our Swap Necessities style lists.
It is an ideal little comedian musical narrative journey from Nyamyam, the studio chargeable for the Wii U’s attractive Tengami. In case you’re searching for one thing a bit completely different from the 72,600 Metroidvanias that got here to Swap in 2021, that is nicely price trying out.
Greatest Finish-Of-Yr Arrival That Dropped Too Late To Make Our GOTY 2021 Checklist
Winner: Chicory: A Colourful Story
That this recreation was a cracker was well-known, however the work that went into the Swap port particularly has made Finji’s indie hit Chicory a delight to (re)go to on Nintendo’s console. It simply arrived too late to make a dent in our employees record, is all.
Bear in mind, our reader-ranked Greatest Swap Video games of 2021 article is dynamic, so for those who’ve loved Chicory over the vacations, head to its recreation web page and fee it accordingly — it may nicely present up on the record if it will get sufficient scores. It isn’t too late!
Aside from our employees record, which is about in stone. Bah.
Greatest Worst Greatest Worst Recreation 2021
Winner: The Longing
Ah, The Longing — a recreation that greater than every other this 12 months defied conventional assessment rating metrics. Stuart detested each lengthy second of his time with it and we agonised over the way it ought to be scored, making an allowance for our current framework and remit to present readers as a lot context and helpful info as potential.
Over time, The Longing earns you respect — nevertheless begrudgingly — and greater than every other recreation in latest reminiscence it appeared to deliberately make a mockery of all the things: assessment scores and your time alike. Which was sort of the purpose.
A high quality candidate for the 12 months’s greatest worst greatest worst recreation, then.
Greatest Non-2021 Swap Recreation of the Yr
Runners up: Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Smash Bros. and extra
We performed loads of Animal Crossing and Smash this 12 months, because of closing updates for every of these evergreens, and our backlog continues to develop with every passing eShop sale. For this author, although, it was The Recreation Kitchen’s Blasphemous that was most surprisingly spectacular recreation of the 12 months… simply not this 12 months. It was particularly shocking contemplating Nintendo delivered a bona fide Metroid
vania this 12 months, as nicely — a bloody good one!
In actual fact, having dipped into Blasphemous mid-playthrough of Dread after selecting it up on sale, this recreation delayed completion of Samus’ journey because of its gorgeously gory pixel artwork, old-school Spanish architectural fashion, and compulsive just-one-more fight loop. It is a actually wonderful Soulslike / Metroidvania that is undoubtedly price your time… for those who can stand the never-ending gloom of Cvstodia, that’s.
Others staff members additionally loved catching up with Bastion, The Mummy Demastered, Oxenfree, Golf Story and Sine Mora EX, too. Oldies-but-goodies, all.
Greatest Recreation We Preserve Blathering On About That You Actually Ought to Play
Winner: Toree 3D / Toree 2
A pair of tremendous cheap-and-cheerful throwback 3D platformers that ship extra smiles and pleasure of their quick runtime than many a recreation with an enormous funds and a growth staff of dozens, each Toree titles have been pleasant, undemanding nuggets that popped up between the hulking nice video games of 12 months. We have talked about them earlier than, a number of occasions, however they’re price mentioning once more.
Each video games have been up to date with a handful of latest ranges, too. In case you’re into 3D platformers, enjoyable, and even enjoyable 3D platformers, you actually cannot go flawed for a few quid.
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