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More Thoughts From Me #98: Is that the Game of the Year?

I did not watch the Game Awards last week. I thought about it, but Psych the Movie won out for my attention and I definitely made the right choice! That said, I did hear that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won Game of the Year. I really love that game, but is it my Game of the Year? And just how do I feel about these year end game awards that everybody does?


I am a huge Legend of Zelda fan. Not only that, but Breath of the Wild is my favorite Zelda game now. That said, its not the game I’d pick for game of the year if I was handing out game awards.

Let me back up a bit. I want there to be no doubt. I love these year end award things. I like the lists and seeing what people thought were the greatest games on the year. I will grumble to myself about some of the picks but come on, these game award lists are fun. What did you think was the best game this year? Everybody has an opinion!

And my opinion is that Super Mario Odyssey was the best game of the year. That is a little to hard to say because I am a bigger Zelda fan than Mario fan. Odyssey  was just something really special though. When I hear someone say, “Oh its just going to be seen as just another Mario game in the future”, I shake my head and think “NO WAY.”

Super Mario Odyssey brings us a more open world(s) then we’ve ever seen in a Mario game before. It also brings us bright and very beautiful graphics. Breath of the Wild is great, but Mario Odyssey is like a year 2 or possibly 3 Nintendo Switch game. This Mario game is not a game you’d expect on year 1 of this system. Zelda is on the Wii U and the Switch.

Breath of the Wild, as much as I love it, is a Wii U game at its heart that was also brought to the Switch. Odyssey is a Nintendo Switch game through and through. Its a better Mario game then we’ve ever seen. And I think Nintendo is going to have a very hard time topping this game.

I hope that Nintendo doesn’t do a Mario Odyssey 2. I love Mario Odyssey, but I think a second one could only be “more of the same”. You might go “Well, whats wrong with that?”. I think that a game like Super Mario Odyssey is a challenge for all future Mario games. This game is saying “How ya going to top this?”

So yes, Super Mario Odyssey should have won Game of the Year at the Game Awards. It should win every 2017 Game of the Year award in my opinion. And I’m saying this as a person who absolutely loves the Legend of Zelda series. Breath of the Wild is an extremely close number 2 game of the year for me. Nintendo has had a wonderful year.

I have so many favorite games this year. I could easily do a game of the year award list. I wonder if will do such a thing this year. I hope so!

So what do you think was the game of the year? Let us know in the comments below!

Next week: Romancing Saga 2 first impressions! Not sure if I’ll get this game this week or next week. If I get it next week, then you can expect More Thoughts to be up later in the week. Can’t wait to check this game out!

More Thoughts From Me is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed here are mine and mine alone. I do not like the new Zelda DLC.


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blank Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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