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Game of the Year 2013

Wii U Game of the Year 2013 Winner

We unveil the top game for Nintendo's home console.

It's hard not to smile when you play Super Mario 3D World. While many games swim in the post-apocalyptic sea of greys and browns, Mario's gorgeous splashes of colour and imagination are are an ocean apart. That all changed with the release of Mario 3D World, a wondrous slice of Nintendo magic that's up there with genre-defining classics such as Super Mario 64 and Mario Galaxy.

Just take a look at the insanely cute cat suit, which gifts Mario with new abilities that change the way you play the game in some wonderfully unique ways. The cat suit alone is worth the price of admission, but 3D World doesn't rest on its laurels; it constantly throws new ideas at you that mix up tempos, perspectives, and mechanics in brilliant ways. Imaginative level design, gorgeous visuals, and a wonderful soundtrack push you to discover new ways of playing. Few games can match the attention to detail of 3D World.

It's a challenging game too, with later levels and their cleverly hidden green stars proving to be some of the most creative and off the wall, effortlessly balancing intricacy and design elegance. If you've got a Wii U, you've no excuse not to dive into Mario 3D World. And if you don't, it's time to seriously think about picking one up. There are few games that can capture the imagination like this dazzling display of Mario magic

Discussion

319 comments
Pattonfiend67
Pattonfiend67

Wow, no 101 or MH3U. Shows how little the journalists and readers on this website actually know about hardcore games and gaming.

Sesha
Sesha

Where is Wonderful 101?

mordinghost
mordinghost

It´s really good for Nintendo, they need this type of games to improve the Wii U library. 

chyng85
chyng85

The reason to buy Wii U~

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

You know it kinda says something when the Winner of next gen consoles is a Multiplat game and the Wii U is the only one whose exclusive is the winner. Put in mind that Black Flag was on the Wii U as well.

NiteX
NiteX

Huzzah for Wii U and Mario, it deserves it!  It's truly the only "next-gen" game out right now.

wiserat4
wiserat4

@gamespot  

You guys are not qualified for your job.   Every year up until last year I looked forward to the Gamespot game of the year nominations.  It was more important to me than the Emmy or Oscar nominations!  At least those people in Hollywood open letters to read the winners.    

Again you are not qualified for what your title position is. I'm an Electrician; therefore, I do electrical work.  You are game reviews; therefore, you are supposed to review games.   Your half heartiness is evident in your reviews and nominations.  Gamespot:

YOU ARE LAZY!  

RockAtMyWindow
RockAtMyWindow

Game of the year was really boring because you had a picture of the WINNER on the link to watch! This took all the fun out of it. In the past it was nice that the game of the year was a surprise unless you watched the video; you had a small glimpse of each nominee and then ended the video with the winner. Why didn't you do that this time? I did not watch your "reviews" because the winner was all over the screen. Boring.

Aelfredus
Aelfredus

So it was Mario against a bunch of pretty much unknown titles... It's so surprising Mario won.

slainta
slainta

Well… that was expected.

Chronologo
Chronologo

The whole WIIU game library was nominated... sorry couldn't hold back

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

I probably have to agree with this choice. Mario 3D World is one of the best local multiplayer experiences I've ever played. You can end up having a huge amount of fun against both skilled gamers and small children. Would be nice if you could disable the score system and crown on multiplayer. Small children can get very competitive (moody) about it.

The Wonderful 101 remains the most under appreciated game on the system. Rayman Legends is a good game, and now a good price on the eshop. Not played the others on the list. 

tdawgg30
tdawgg30

94 on Metacritic... I'm glad that Super Mario 3D World have won Wii U Game of the Year!

TacticaI
TacticaI

Users don't get a vote this year? 

big_pimper
big_pimper

better than some multiplat lame game ps4 or xbox 1 have

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

This game is probably fun. Still wouldn't warrant buying a Wii U.

bkohary
bkohary

Can Nintendo just sell the game and throw in a WiiU for free? 

masakijoe
masakijoe

What the Bloody hell is this. GTA V should have won game of the year. A hell of a lot more people have play GTA V than mario.

xolivierx
xolivierx

I almost bought a wiiU yesterday. but then it was 300$ and lacked any interesting game. I bought a Wii Mini instead for 100$ and got Mario Kart and Super Mario wii. I hope the console will eventually get interesting games

briancox
briancox

lol wow why do so many ppl that hate the wii u jump to talk shiz on it.ps4 and xbox that horrible nothing to follow?lets see Trine2 awsome,Cave awsome,Crazy coaster awsome,New Mario red awsome,Batman Awsome,Zombie u awsome,Tekken Tag fun as always,Lego undercover awsome,lost world fun and hard,man i might aswell say it EVERY FUDGING GAME THEY MADE IS BADASS!!i own almost all of them so if u dnt own one ur mouth matters not.now lets get into the true messure of a console its ability to survive WITHOUT 3RD PARTY can sony and xbox live without i think not.ppl can say wii u will be a fail but cant say that nintendo will go bankrupt since thy have handheld market and nintndo power mag bring in doe along with food products and toys and clothes,what up haters!i dnt troll sony or xbox reviews know why dont care to play them wwont buy them so wont troll'em cantcomment on a system i wont ever buy since my pc destroys them both.since i have the U and Pc i win the console wars lol.

fernandofan08
fernandofan08

Well thats not hard is it. Theres only this and Rayman which came out on the Wii U. 

Pikminmaniac
Pikminmaniac

A fantastic game no doubt, nut I'd give it to Pikmin 3. That game is just better designed in general.

19James89
19James89

SM3DW is hardly surprising, but it's a fantastic game and is already shifting a lot of Wii U consoles and is set to become the best selling game on the Wii U in the next year. 


However the best game I have played on the Wii U thus far is the W101 and closely followed by Pikmin 3 and Rayman Legends, though if I had to pick out of Pikmin 3 and Rayman Legends, then Pikmin 3 would win GOTY 2013 for the Wii U. 

Nzilla
Nzilla

a good game, but not an unexpected outcome.  no real challengers this year.

lucaslla
lucaslla

OMG! No one was expecting that!


b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Of coarse this game won, what other games on the system would?

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

@Pattonfiend67

The reason Monster Hunter 3 didn't make the list is because it's a slow, somewhat clunky game, with a terrible camera system that ultimately appeals only to a niche group of people. Deal with it. Most people aren't into it. As for 101, it's not that great, really. 

TomMcShea
TomMcShea moderator

@wiserat4Wait, didn't you post this rant in the Vita section already? What are you so angry about?

Pattonfiend67
Pattonfiend67

@ChronologoYeah right. Some serious hardcore games were left out... I've got over 20 Wii U games as I sit here and type this and another 17 on my list. 


So yes, you could actually HELP yourself by getting an education and basing the things that come out of your mouth on fact instead of self-inflicted ignorance.

Sesha
Sesha

@Chronologo Wonderful 101, New Super Mario Bros. U, Wind Waker HD, Sonic: The Lost Worlds, Zombi U, Nintendo Land, multiplat titles, eShop titles. Plenty of stuff missing.

Bigtakilla
Bigtakilla

@Chronologo You think that's funny, check out the PS4 nominees!!! Almost all of them are cross gen multiplat games!!! AHAHAHAHAHA.

TomMcShea
TomMcShea moderator

Monster Hunter isn't too popular in the GameSpot offices. I think Kevin digs it, but I'm not even sure how much he played that. It happens. Not ever franchise is going to click with everyone, no matter how good it is.

JoSilver
JoSilver

@Trickymaster I feel like saying you won't buy a Wii U is the new "Hip" thing to say.

"Hmm, yeah that looks like a cool game... Still won't get a Pee U!"

briancox
briancox

@masakijoe gta is lame crap story just guns drugs and violence.plus online version called apb was betterand i dnt believe more ppl play that if u let children play gta over mario u should lose ur kids

PinkSpider79
PinkSpider79

You clearly have trouble reading hence you play GTA

And anyway this game is more enjoyable than GTA 5 anyway yeah I said it

JoSilver
JoSilver

@xolivierx If you bought a Wii U you could have played those games anyways, plus all the New games that come out... and worst of all a Wii Mini, now there are even less games you can play since you can't get on the internet with that thing. What's the point?

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

@xolivierx Buying a Wii U would have been a smarter move, given its backward compatibility. But hey, at least the Wii Mini looks cute...

briancox
briancox

@xolivierx u wasted a 100 the wii u plays those games on the pad or tv plus u must have not looked at any games for it they are bad ass plus alot of the games are downloads also like fist of the northstar and warrior ochi hyper id return the wii mini that doesnt even have net or gamecube abilities u should have grabed the 2ds with zelda but the U has many great games

Pattonfiend67
Pattonfiend67

@TomMcSheaSo why is it that you guys despise hardcore games that will suck hundreds of hours off of your life?

Bigtakilla
Bigtakilla

@iskaroth @Bigtakilla @Chronologo I wouldn't worry about the caps lock, it is that funny. And yeah, it's only been out 2 months but neither of it's exclusives that are out (Knack or Killzone) even made the list. AHAHAHAHAHAHA (those caps are intentional).