2014 for Nintendo was a slow burner. Early in the year the lack of large scale releases for the Wii U had many games critics looking over the hardware but once Nintendo’s flagship first party titles hit the scene, the turnaround was immense. The 3DS managed to have a consistent year, thanks to third party support the Wii U struggled to gain; but when it comes to stand-out titles the handheld has fallen to the wayside in our list.
Best Nintendo Exclusive 2014 Nominees
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
Kirby Triple Deluxe
Mario Kart 8
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U‘s impressive roster and tight multiplayer cement it as one of the best fighting games of the year, while Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire a significant update to a beloved entry of the franchise. Kirby Triple Deluxe had some great level designs and let’s not forget Bayonetta 2’s perfect polish and flair made it a strong competitor.
The Winner Is…
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 takes a globally enjoyed gaming experience and goes the extra mile to distil it further. Designed to have as few menus as possible between you, your friends and the road; a smart system of drip-fed characters and car parts keep you racing for just one more Grand Prix.
It could just be content with being a king of couch multiplayer titles but the amount of of polish on everything – right down to its dynamic soundtrack and slow-motion replays – make it easy to appreciate even on your lonesome,
What tickled the 1HP team’s fancies ranged from the robust and weirdly un-cynical DLC to how the diverse courses deftly avoid feeling stale even after countless races.
Our Editor-in-Chief Davs said, “Winner for me would be Mario Kart 8 though by a mile. Simply excellent game that refines everything brilliant about the franchise to be slick and enjoyable.”
While Sub-Editor Dave said, “Mario Kart 8 is a thoroughly enjoyable and durable sequel that’s excellent fun to come back to every time. It’s the best one since Mario Kart: Double Dash!! on the Gamecube.”