GOTY 2017 | Number 3 — Super Mario Odyssey

Pick­ing the order of the top three games of 2017 was a night­mare. Each of these games are amaz­ing in their own right and rank­ing them was near impos­si­ble. That being said, I have decided on an order and I am stick­ing to it! Super Mario Odyssey is a joy to play in nearly every way. The bright and col­or­ful envi­ron­ments are packed with fun stuff to do and inter­act with, nearly all of which will earn you some power moons. I never had a play ses­sion with Super Mario Odyssey where I felt that no progress had been made and I always spent the entire time smil­ing ear to ear. It has been a long while since we’ve got­ten a Mario game as open as this one and this could arguably be the best one that fol­lows that for­mula. The main game doesn’t over­stay its wel­come, allow­ing you to blast through each world and get a short intro­duc­tion before mov­ing on, but doesn’t dis­cour­age stick­ing around and play­ing in each king­dom for a lit­tle longer. There are some very fun sur­prises after the cred­its roll and the game is a great one to come back to every now and then for some relaxed fun. Super Mario Odyssey just barely came in as the 3rd best game of 2017.

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ESH | Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Impressions

Aside from what was implied by the hilar­i­ous com­mer­cial it received, I was not sure what to expect from the orig­i­nal Super Smash Bros. game when I first popped it into my N64. What I ended up with was an amaz­ing brawl­ing game that ended up as one of my favorite series of all time. Nat­u­rally, I was excited when Nin­tendo sent me, as a reg­u­lar plat­inum Club Nin­tendo mem­ber, a code to play the demo for the lat­est entry in the series early. The demo is very sparse, but it’s been enough to give me a taste and get me excited about a few new things in the game.

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ESH | Get Your Ticket to Nintendo Land

Every new game sys­tem needs that first game.  You know the one if talk­ing about; the title that takes the time to really show you what capa­bil­i­ties the con­sole has.  If you bought the deluxe pack­age of the Wii U, then that title was packed right in the box for you.  In Nin­tendo Land, the tit­u­lar com­pany cre­ates an amuse­ment park of fun to teach you how their new sys­tem can be used.  Like any amuse­ment park, some rides are going to be more pop­u­lar than oth­ers, but the over­all expe­ri­ence leaves you with a big smile.

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