Check out the best Nintendo games of the decade.

The years 2010 were, in a way, a roller coaster ride for Nintendo. If, on the one hand, the Japanese company broke records with the more than 75 million units sold of the Nintendo 3DS, on the other, the Wii U proved that an exclusive game cannot save a poorly executed concept and that it is already obsolete.

Currently, the company boasts significant numbers of its hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, with almost 42 million consoles sold since its launch in March 2017. Let’s face it: a hybrid console is very cool, but the success of the Switch is due to the undisputed collection of exclusives.

Check out the best Nintendo games of the decade

In a decade of failures and successes, one thing is certain: Nintendo has delivered some of the best games in its entire history, mixing new franchises and sequences from its renowned pets. Check out what were the best Big N games of 2010 so far – disregarding remakes and remasters to focus on what was really new:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U and Nintendo Switch)

There is no way to start a list of best games of the decade without mentioning one of the best games in history. In the midst of so many great releases and re-releases of the Zelda franchise in recent years, Breath of the Wild has reinvented the wheel by offering a more organic open world, which gives the player total freedom when defining the path to be taken.

Check out the best Nintendo games of the decade

You can finish the game in a few hours by confronting Ganon right from the start or spend hundreds of hours to complete 100% of the adventure, which includes side missions, dungeons and korok seeds hidden by the vast map. Seriously, it’s a must.

Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)

Available only for Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey is the combination of everything that the franchise has presented most inventive in recent years. It is an open world journey, with a more realistic tone, in which the mustache is capable of taking the form of objects and creatures on the stage. It is a class of creativity and fun.

Check out the best Nintendo games of the decade

With touches of nostalgia a la Super Mario 64 and the spice of modernity of Super Mario Galaxy, Odyssey showed that there is still space to take the great mascot to unexplored territories.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the definitive version of Nintendo’s iconic brawler. Definitive for the merit of bringing the largest number of playable characters from the most varied video game franchises, from Pokémon to Banjo & Kazooie.

Check out the best Nintendo games of the decade

The game is overkill in every way: the number of stages, the soundtrack with hundreds of songs, the robust story mode and, of course, the fun factor. Whether meeting with friends or playing alone, Ultimate provides a rewarding experience from start to finish.

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U and Nintendo Switch)

Mario Kart’s success is easily justified: we are talking about the kart game that defined paradigms with the best and most enjoyable gameplay of the genre. Originally released for Wii U and in a deluxe version on the Nintendo Switch, with new modes and characters, the eighth title in the series is a love letter to fans and a great gateway to first-timers.

And what about online mode? I venture to say that, next to Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 is one of the most fun games to play against other users. Disputes are always fierce and with unexpected outcomes, especially if your friends are in the same room.

Check out the best Nintendo games of the decade

Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)

I confess that choosing a single game from the Fire Emblem franchise is quite a costly task. After all, the Japanese series published by Nintendo is a reference when it comes to tactical RPG. Awakening is, in short, the celebration of the best in the strategy genre.

Basically, the player commands units in complex turn-based combat, in a dynamic similar to a game of chess. The title also brings a story full of twists and turns and a deep system of personalization and relationship of characters. It is one of those titles that justifies the acquisition of the 3DS without blinking.

Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, Wii U, New 3DS and Nintendo Switch)

Launched in mid-2010 for Wii, Xenoblade Chronicles is an ambitious action RPG that went far beyond what its original console was capable of delivering, a title that has always been ahead of its time – albeit somewhat limited in its regard. graph due to the robustness of the map.

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In the adventure, the protagonist Shulk explores a gigantic open world situated on the body of sleeping gods. The combat mixes strategy and movement in real time, creating a rhythm similar to that of Final Fantasy XII – which, between us, is perfect.

Xenoblade Chronicles is being remade from scratch and should arrive on the Nintendo Switch in 2020 with a completely redesigned look. Long live the franchise!

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U and Nintendo Switch)

At this point in the championship, Platinum Games has already established itself as the main studio for the almost extinct hack and slash. Finally, Bayonetta 2 marked the resurrection of the genre popularized by God of War and Devil May Cry.

Without any frills, Bayonetta 2 provides a story full of bizarre and frantic gameplay, now unrestrained and now strategic, fluid and responsive as a good hack and slash should be. The campaign is linear, but there are a number of skill challenges to be completed after watching the credits roll on the screen. Good luck trying to finish them.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

We can say that Animal Crossing is a life simulator. And life at Animal Crossing is incredibly pleasant. Without any kind of imposition on the player, with no end or concrete goals popping up on the screen, Animal Crossing: New Leaf gives you total freedom to manage a small town and establish friendly relationships with other animals.

The premise may not seem so interesting at first, but believe me: just a few minutes of gambling is enough to immerse you in the cartoon world full of activities. Each completed task is a smile on your face.

Just a warning: diving into the peaceful Animal Crossing lifestyle is a path of no return.

Check out the best Nintendo games of the decade

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (DS)

Debating Pokémon generations is like arguing which football team is best. It is subjective. However, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, both released in June 2012 for Nintendo DS, represent all the best in the franchise: a world to be explored, a great generation of monsters and compatibility with Pokémon from previous generations .

The game also promoted a considerable graphic leap compared to the two games of the fourth generation, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Regarding the common versions of the same generation, Black 2 and White 2 introduced new locations, new forms of creatures and the possibility of capturing monsters from past generations since the beginning. This is a fact: the Unova region has aged very well and remains among the best locations in the series.

Super Mario Maker 1 and 2 (Wii U, 3DS and Nintendo Switch)

Super Mario Maker may not be to everyone’s taste, but who never dreamed of venturing into a mustache game with infinite possibilities? Maybe with some resource to create your own levels? Yes, Super Mario Maker deserves credits beyond count for being so ambitious. Ambitious to the point of delivering a product with immeasurable replay factor.

The game community, in fact, has grown exponentially and is one of the most active among all games of Big N. In its second version, for example, the game surpassed the mark of 2 million levels created by the players themselves, not counting the fun story mode with almost 100. Here is a bold bet from Nintendo that, fortunately, won due recognition. And let the third come with an even greater number of options in the phase creation system.

And for you, what were the best Nintendo games in the last decade? Leave your opinion in the comments section.