I figured the OP would have Mario because it’s easy to dislike him. It’s also easy to like him. Characters in the Mario games are archetypes meant to convey a simple plot. Those games focus on gameplay. You’re not supposed to fall in love with Mario or feel some great empathy with him. You’re supposed to think about getting from point A to point B and have fun with the standard-setting platforming gameplay while doing it. I’d rather have an intentionally simple character than a pretentiously underdeveloped one. Game characters don’t have any real complexity. It doesn’t matter how many tear-jerking, infantile plot elements provoke these shallow characters to react, to emote. They’re all dull and lame.
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In terms of quality, Breath of the Wild stands as my personal favorite. As for significance/importance, I'd go with the original Super Mario Bros. Without its success, gaming would not have succeeded as it has.
@jaydan: Sometimes games or works of art gain more appreciation in certain circles over time. It always happens. Glad that Gamespot acknowledged their mea culpa with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, for example.
Anyways, I really enjoyed Kirby's Epic Yarn on Wii. Not sure if I will get this version, though.
I love reading novels, especially classics and Pulitzer-Prize winning novels. It makes you smarter, so anyone who says, “I hate reading.” has basically said, “I don’t like getting smarter!” I’ve also begun devouring graphic novels and plan to create a unit centered on graphic novels for my 9th grade English class that I teach as a way to finish the school year in May.
None that I can think of off the top of my head.
5. Hollow Knight 
4. Splatoon 2 
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 
2. Super Mario Odyssey 
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 
I posted my top five already, but I forgot about Splatoon 2. When I remembered, I thought, “Duh! That’s a top five game for sure.” I also put my rating next to the game. Man, I like the Switch a lot.
Who was it that determined what a “$60 dollar game” should look like? It looks awesome in my opinion. The potential price never crossed my mind, but gaming to some people just boils down to specs and numbers, I suppose, not the experience.