It’s that time of year again were we look back at what was 2014 and reminisce about all the great gaming experiences we had through the year.

The Nominations went out, the ballots were cast, and the votes were tabulated – using my awesome unique algorithm that I created in my head – and we finally have the results for the Pure Nintendo Top Games of 2014.

We would love to hear from you, our readers. What are your top games of 2014?

View our Top 5 Wii U Games of 2014

View our Top 5 3DS Games of 2014

View our Top 5 eShop Games of 2014


[divider] Full list of our Top Games are listed below [/divider]

Top 5 Wii U games for 2014


1. Mario Kart 8

Almost everything I ever wanted in a Mario Kart title and more. Wii U fans have have the game they been waiting for.

-James Higginbotham (Online, Editor-in-Chief)

Check our Pure Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 Review HERE


2. Smash Bros. Wii U

Super Smash Brothers Wii U is everything you ever wanted and more. A must own for any Smash Brothers Fan.

-James Higginbotham (Online Editor-in-Chief)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Wii U review HERE


3. Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze is an amazingly fun title that belongs in any Donkey Kong fan or Wii U owner’s library. While it may be very generous with the amount of in-game lives that you can collect, that is completely overpowered by the presentation, gameplay, and music quality that you’ll experience as you play. The digital download is a whopping 10 GB, but it’s worth every byte.

-Tristan Meiman (Writer)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Donkey Kong: Topical Freeze review HERE


4. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

What started as small mini games in a flagship Mario game, is now a full fledged Wii U release and another stellar Nintendo title. A ‘must buy’ for any Wii U owner and quite possibly a contender for Nintendo game of the year. Help Toad discover more treasure and buy Treasure Tracker!

-Justin Hinton (Assistant Editor)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review HERE


5. Bayonetta 2

Pound-for-pound, Bayonetta 2 is a better title than its predecessor. The combat, the humor, the giant battles; everything is there, but better than before.

-Matt Paxton (Writer, Multimedia Manager)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Bayonetta 2 review HERE

Top 5 3DS Games for 2014


1. Super Smash Bros. 3DS

A Smashing good time that will tide gamers over till the beautiful Wii U version.

-Tristan Meiman (Writer)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Smash Bros. 3DS review HERE


2. Kirby Triple Deluxe

Kirby Triple Deluxe is my favorite Kirby game since Kirby: Canvas Curse. The plethora of new copy abilities combined with the stunning visuals and 3D effects make it one of the best games on the 3DS.

-Justin Sharp (Pure Nintendo Owner)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Kirby Triple Deluxe review HERE


3. Bravely Default

 If your faith in Square Enix has been tested in recent years, Bravely Default should do a great deal to restore that concern.

-Thomas Jones (Contributor)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Bravely Default review HERE


4. Mario Golf: World Tour

 The charm of Mario games mixes perfectly with the aggravation of Golf. I fun game to play by oneself and online.

-James Higginbotham (Online Editor-in-Chief)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Mario Golf: World Tour review HERE


5. Tomodachi Life

 It feels as if your Mii’s have come to life. Lots of funny random moments, and plenty of drama to keep you coming back. If your a fan of ‘the Sims’ or ‘Animal Crossing’, I highly recommend this game!

-Kaelyn Daugherty (Writer)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Tomodachi LIfe review HERE

Top Five eShop/Indie games for 2014


1. Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is a grand 8 bit platformer that is difficult yet forgiving. Yacht Club Games has designed a quality, incredibly charming and humorous adventure for the 3DS and Wii U. One of the best indie games available on the eShop.

-Justin Hinton (Assistant Editor)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Shovel Knight (3DS) review HERE

Shovel Knight is a very capable platforming adventure, and manages to hit a nice medium of nostalgia for the 8-bit days, but keeps the flavor of originality.

-Matt Paxton  (Writer, Multimedia Manager)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Shovel Knight (Wii U) review HERE


2. Guacamelee

Whether you’ve fully beaten the standard edition in the past, or are coming to the title for the very first time – Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is an absolutely essential purchase.

-Thomas Jones (Contributor)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Guacamelee review HERE


3. 1001 Spikes

If you’re looking for a game that’ll test your gamers skills and keep you busy, go check out 1001 Spikes. Just be prepared for multiple deaths and inventing your own curse words.

-Tristan Meiman (Writer)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s 1001 Spikes (3DS) review HERE

Polished platforming gameplay; incredible difficulty. Graphics and soundtrack harken back to the NES days. If you get frustrated easily, this game is probably not for you.

-Matt Paxton (Writer, Multimedia Manager)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s 1001 Spikes (Wii U) review HERE.


4. Pushmo World

A cute and fun puzzle game that can sometimes be a little on the challenging side. Fans old and new should enjoy Pushmo World.

-Justin Hinton (Assistant Editor)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Review of Pushmo World HERE


5. Retro City Rampage: DX

With all the additions, tweaks, and a fresh coat of polish, Retro City Rampage: DX is the definitive version of the classic game, and an absolute must own!

-Trevor Gould (Writer)

Check out Pure Nintendo’s Retro City Rampage: DX review HERE.