Game of the Year according to Robert

It’s that time again, I can make you happy with my favorite games from last year. The Nintendo Switch is my most used console, so my top 5 will mainly consist of Switch games. Maybe there’s a surprise in between or your favorite game.

Super Monkey Ball

5.Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is getting some pretty bad ones from some websites reviews. I’m sorry, because I understand the criticism. It is a game that needs some getting used to in terms of controls. In addition, the developers have dropped some stitches and Monkey Target (a delightful minigame) has not been ported well for newer consoles. But, this Super Monkey Ball is the best in years. It takes all the great stuff from previous games and puts them together. That means; a lot of content and a lot of challenge. If you like short gaming sessions and want to quickly pick up something on the go, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is highly recommended! Of course I still hope for a number of bug fixes, but the game can also be played without an update.

Kingdom Hearts, Melody of Memory, Square Enix, Nintendo Switch

4.Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

As a musician and gamer, Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory had to be on this list. Anyway, the franchise has a special place in my heart. I still think the combination of Disney and team Sora is beautifully done and the music is so beautiful! If you want a summary journey through the world of Kingdom Hearts through Guitar Hero-esque gameplay supplemented with cutscenes from all games, then I recommend this game. There is also a cheaper way; our Flashback Nations from editor Boyd! Incidentally, I have to shamefully admit that the much-anticipated third part is not yet in my backlog. That’s the fault of Square Enix, they should have released the third part 10 years ago.

Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon, ICLA, Nintendo

3.Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

I was so happy with this game. So many memories, so many famous places and so many secrets. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond is a game on the Nintendo Switch, the original of which was actually quite good. The developer knew that too and left the game largely unchanged. On the one hand it may be a shame, but in this case the following applies: ‘Never change a winning team’. Some nice changes have indeed been made, such as the music and no longer having to learn mandatory attacks. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (or Shining Pearl) is a delicious sop for the upcoming release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch

2.Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

What a happy game this was (interspersed with fierce Bowser malice). Super Mario 3D World is a fun, but sometimes frustrating party game. You can get in each other’s way like that. I played the original on the Nintendo WiiU way too short myself. Fortunately, on the Nintendo Switch I was also able to get started on the road on my own with achieving that 100 percent. I don’t want to spoiler by the way, but the difficulty level really gets so high at the end. This does not apply to Bowser’s Fury. That extra content felt more like an addition to Super Mario Odyssey. The world was not put in a tight jacket. You could determine a route yourself and that was actually very good. For a Christmas break (and beyond), Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is well worth the money. If only because of the summery touch during these colder winter months.

Mario Party Superstars, Minigames, Nintendo Switch

Mario Party Superstars

Last but not least, my favorite game of 2021. Not because of the incredible amount of content or the cool single player mode. No, Mario Party Superstars is the perfect game to play with others. It is true that it can also break friendships, mainly due to the luck factor that the franchise is known for. Mario Party Superstars returns to the formula of the very first Mario Party games. A great choice in my opinion, because for me the rules and game boards were much better there than in Super Mario Party. The extensive possibilities on a board, the use of items, the ability to save coins; there’s so much better in Mario Party Superstars. I hope Nintendo is working on a brand new Mario Party inspired by this game.

While I’m sorry that there are so few boards available (five) and they’re just repurposed minigames, I’ve had the most fun with Mario Party Superstars. Just the faces of my friends who have lost in a terrible way is worth gold. Just think of the blue shield at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

I just want to share two more indie titles with you as an encore. Eastward and Stitchy in Tooki Trouble are both great games for a bargain price!