Mario and Zelda, your time is at an end.
Club Nintendo revealed the top Nintendo games of the year as voted for by the fans, and the results were starkly surprising- where you would expect traditional Nintendo franchises like Mario or Zelda (or maybe Pokemon) to take the crown (especially after all three of them exhibited such strong showings with their latest entries), the winners were entirely unexpected.
The two best Nintendo games of the year, as voted by fans, were Pikmin 3, and The Wonderful 101, both on the Wii U. The other Wii U games that got votes in were The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Super Mario 3D World, Rayman Legends, Monster Hunter 3, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future of the Rhythm Alien, Lego City Undercover and DuckTales: Remastered. So basically every single Wii U game released this year.
The 3DS side was no less packed with titles- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Fire Emblem Awakening, Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Rune Factory 4 and Mario and Luigi: Dream Team.
Nintendo may be having a rough time on the business side, but that list above shows us that on the games front, they;ve never been better.