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2010 Game of the Year Awards

With 2011 in full swing, the staff has reflected on the past year and highlighted the absolute best on each system.

Wii Awards

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Winner - Super Mario Galaxy 2

A game like Super Mario Galaxy is a tough act to follow, as games of its quality are unfortunately few and far between. Attempting to outdo such a title is an arduous task, yet somehow Super Mario Galaxy 2 manages to exceed it in every imaginable aspect. Building upon the planet-hopping, gravity-switching concepts of the first title, the worlds of this platformer are unmatched in their creativity and variety. Each stage feels crafted with care, with each one focusing on a different gimmick or powerup to challenge the player in interesting and exciting ways. The “just one more” mentality sets in here, as anticipation for the next new experience builds with each star collected. With the addition of Mario's longtime pal Yoshi, old and new powerups, and a guide to help along inexperienced players, Super Mario Galaxy 2 reaches beyond Mario fans and becomes a title with outstanding gameplay that everyone can enjoy.

There were so many great Wii games released in 2010 that we almost didn't want to give this award to Super Mario Galaxy 2. Not because it doesn't deserve it, but because this game winning is so cliché and predictable. There was no way around it however; as good as the runner-up and honorable mentions are, Super Mario Galaxy 2 achieves new levels of excellence and is a shining example of game design. To ignore that would be a disservice to the legacy of this title.



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Runner-Up - Kirby's Epic Yarn

Every once in a great while a video game makes it to store shelves that is unmatched in gameplay, unparalleled in design, and rises a cut above every other title on the market at the time. That game isn't Kirby's Epic Yarn. Instead, Kirby's Epic Yarn dresses itself in simplicity, shunning the complexities of many modern games, creating a title virtually anyone could pick up and play, regardless of skill.

Kirby's Epic Yarn is the title, this year, that goes out of its way to be accessible, but presents quality and fun for video gamers of all ages and ability. The game's storybook atmosphere resembles that of children's book, with familiar fabric-based world designs and enemies made of string. Kirby's Epic Yarn is this year's Wii Game of the Year Runner-Up not just for its approachability and simplicity, but also because it remains creative and varied all throughout the game.



Honorable Mentions

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Endless Ocean: Blue World, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, Metroid: Other M, Monster Hunter Tri

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Comments

Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 08:27 PM

*its own right

*tower defense

*a children's book

Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 09:05 PM

Good effort and nice clean format. Needs one more page at the end. Maybe a short chat log about award debates, favorite game moments or the year in general.

Chuck Jose Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 10:57 PM

Black Ops over Red Dead? John Marston would not take a liking to this.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/21/2011 at 11:28 PM

Somewhere out there, there's a "_____ of the Year" article brewing. Something with zany categories and meaningless victories. It's just not in here. But it's in development.

Matt McLennan Staff Alumnus

01/24/2011 at 02:31 PM

Mind if I gave you a hand with that article, thatguy? ;)

(if school work permits it anyway)

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/24/2011 at 06:18 PM

Potentially yes, but probably not. It depends on something behind-the-scenes that I might push to move forward within the next week. If it goes through, you wouldn't want to help out with the article. If it doesn't get off the ground, though, then I'll see what I can do.

Nick DiMola Director

01/25/2011 at 06:01 PM

I haven't had the chance to say it, but a big thanks to the whole PixlBit staff in producing these awards. I sprung it on everyone that we were going to be doing them, and everyone voted and produced their write-ups ridiculously fast.

It took me a while to get everything together due to some stuff going on currently in my personal life, so sorry about that. I'll be making an announcement pretty soon letting everyone know exactly what was holding things up on my end.

Also, if anyone has any input for changes for next year's awards, feel free to let us know here or shoot us an email.

Maxi

03/03/2011 at 07:28 AM

I know it is kinda late but I wanted to chime in on the awards.

First of all. Nice format with the color coding the systems at the top of the page. Maybe have a number one for each genre as well as the systems top 2 games like you have here. Like have the last page have Best RPG for all the systems. As well as all the other genres.

On to the awards. There were alot of good games that came out on the Wii this past year. Money was tight for me so I didn't get all the ones I wanted but I did get a few that were listed namely, Monster Hunter Tri, Endless Ocean: Blue World, Tatsunoko vs Capcom and No More Heroes:Desperate Struggle. Got the first two relatively close to the launch of the respective launches while I got the last two about a week ago. Overall very fun games in their own way.

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