I’ve done anime, now I will be looking back the games released for the 3DS and Wii U during 2014. I’ll keep them together in this post, but the 3DS and Wii U will have their own respective top tens.
Any Virtual Console games that were released in 2014 will also be considered. Also, this will be referring to games released in the PAL region.
10: Senran Kagura Burst
First on my 3DS list is a game that caused controversy. I don’t give a damn about any of that, as the game provides a solid enough side-scrolling beat ’em up experience. Granted, it won’t suit everyone’s tastes, but I’m not everyone.
9: Pokémon Art Academy
Now, I enjoy drawing, and I like Pokémon. The two collide in this software, which teaches you how to draw various Pokémon. It also teaches about various drawing techniques that can be used in other, non-Pokémon related art.
8: Tomodachi Life
Arguably the most bizarre entry on my list. Basically, it’s a slice-of-life game, starring whoever you want. It uses the Miis on your 3DS, and then you can watch their lives play out. The Miis form bonds with each other, get into arguments and have some rather odd dreams amongst other quirky scenarios.
7: Picross e5
You are presented with a grid, and then several numbers along two sides of that grid. You have to fill out parts of the grid according to those numbers, which forms pictures. Picross is addictive, hence me featuring the fifth entry in this series.
6: The Mysterious Murasame Castle
The only Virtual Console release on my 3DS list. The Mysterious Murasame Castle was first made officially available outside of Japan in this year. This game is similar to the NES’ The Legend of Zelda, except with a greater focus on action and enemies from Japanese folklore.
5: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
A professor and an attorney go head-to-head, before teaming up in a town where magic seems to exist. Naturally, this game has you both solving puzzles and defending innocent people in court, though not at the same time.
4: Kirby: Triple Deluxe
When it comes to platformer games, the Kirby series firmly sits alongside Mario as one of my favourites. In this 3DS outing, Kirby gains the ‘Hypernova’ ability, allowing him to inhale huge obstacles. Other than that, gameplay is similar to Kirby’s Adventure Wii, which is a good thing.
3: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Remakes of the 3rd generation of Pokémon games. They take players back to Hoenn once more, but with the added bells and whistles introduced in the sixth generation. Also includes some rather interesting post-game content in the form of the Delta Episode.
2: Fantasy Life
A life sim, where you can live out whatever life you want in a fantasy world. You can choose a job, or rather a Life, and play the game in whichever manner you want. There is a story present, but you can go through that at your own pace. With twelve different Lives to choose from, there is a lot to keep you going in this game.
1: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
A celebration of Nintendo’s history, with some Sonic, Mega Man and Pac-Man thrown in for good measure. With a huge roster of 48 characters (51 including the three different class of Mii Fighter), a heck of a lot of trophies and easily the greatest soundtrack in all of gaming, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is an incredible game.
Exclusively on the 3DS is Smash Run, StreetSmash and several stages based on games from Nintendo’s handheld offerings.
10: Child of Light
Developed by Ubisoft, this game combines platformer and RPG elements. It focuses on a girl named Aurora, who finds herself in the mythical land of Lemuria. Aurora has to retrieve the stolen sun, moon and stars. Child of Light is a charming game.
9: Pop’n Twinbee
One of several Virtual Console entries on the Wii U list. Pop’n Twinbee is a vertical shoot ’em up that was originally released on the SNES in Japan and Europe in 1993. Two players can play co-operatively, and the game is bright and cheerful.
8: Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails
Created by Dakko Dakko, Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails is a on-rails shooter. The game offers 360 degree platforming and 2D shooting. It’s also about saving cats from evil mice, and what else do you need from a game?
7: Shovel Knight
What happens when you combine Mega Man, Super Mario Bros. 3 and several other classic NES games, with an added touch of medieval fantasy? You get Shovel Knight, that’s what. This game is a love-letter to NES games, whilst using modern technology to improve upon 8-bit capabilities.
6: Golden Sun: The Lost Age
Another Virtual Console entry, this time it is an RPG that was released on the Game Boy Advance. Continuing the story of Golden Sun (which was also re-released this year on Virtual Console), this game focuses on the Venus Adept Felix and his mission to light the Elemental Lighthouses.
5: Mario Kart 8
Arguably the best entry in the entire Mario Kart series, the 8th entry was released this year. Includes brilliant new tracks such as Shy Guy Falls and Cloudtop Cruise. Even better, DLC added a selection of 16 more tracks, and there are another 16 to follow next year.
4: Hyrule Warriors
This has been quite a year for crossovers. Hyrule Warriors combines the Zelda series with the Dynasty Warriors series. Several familiar characters (and a few originals, as well) come together in this celebration of The Legend of Zelda.
3: Fire Emblem
The first game I ever played from my favourite series. It was re-released on the Wii U Virtual Console earlier this year. Fire Emblem will always hold a special place in my heart. The first ten chapters serve as an introduction to the game, since it was the first one to be released outside of Japan, and then the main story follows Eliwood as he searches for his missing father.
2: Bayonetta 2
Both this, and the prequel were released together. You would be hard pressed to find a finer pair of action games, and Bayonetta 2 is exclusively on Wii U. The first boss in Bayonetta 2 was on par with a lot of other games’ final bosses, and it manages to take things beyond 11 from there on in.
1: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
You probably saw this coming when you saw what my number one 3DS game was. Regardless, take everything I said about the 3DS version up there and multiply it by a large number. Think the extensive amount of content is impressive? The Wii U version completely overshadows that, and then some.
The Wii U has Smash Tour, Master and Crazy Orders, a unique take on Classic Mode, over 400 different songs and several unique stages.
There were several other games I would have loved to feature here, but I just didn’t get hold of them. Actually, there was a 3DS game released in December in Europe on the eShop that might just get featured as my first 3DS game of the month in 2015…
Well, that’s it. This year must have been the ‘year of the crossover’, judging by those lists. What with several other games announcing amiibo compatibility, it seems that trend will continue into 2015.