It’s that time of year again. The time when we look back at the previous 12 months and all the many and varied gaming experiences they’ve brought us. For Wii U it’s been a strange but rewarding twelve months, but the limited number and huge variety of titles released for the system means many traditional game of the year categories (best shooter, best RPG) don’t make much sense here. That’s why we at Wii U Daily are hosting our own awards. We’ve nominated a handful of titles in each of 15 Wii U-specific categories to celebrate the best games released for Nintendo’s home console in the last 12 months. The rest is up to you. Voting is now open, so choose from the nominees below and cast your vote. Be sure to share this page to ensure the biggest voter turnout possible, and stay tuned in the weeks ahead as we announce the winners and take a long look back at the year that was. Happy voting! Note: All games considered are available on Wii U and had a North American release date of between December 5 2012 and December 5 2013. Ports and re-releases of older games were considered, although Virtual Console games were confined to their own categories. [polldaddy type=”iframe” survey=”053953410BF0476E” height=”auto” domain=”tjbiggs” id=”wii-u-daily-game-of-year-2013″] About The Author Tim Biggs is a freelance games writer. Check out his other Wii U Daily articles or connect with him on Twitter and G+. local_offer game of the year goty Nintendo wii u stars Further Reading Legendary Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go The cost of Nintendo consoles in today's dollars Wii U gets firmware update Watch the Smash 4 EVO Finals on Disney XD Take a peek at this week’s Nintendo Dow 9 things you probably didn't know about Super Mario Bros. ETeach Fun idea. Looking forward to seeing which games win. The Clockwork Being No Splinter Cells Blacklist in any of categories, why? AAAkabob Cause the online was a joke from day 1 felony211662 that shouldn’t disqualify it from a third party category companyoflosers doesnt make it a bad game. there wasnt a category for best online experience last i checked. AAAkabob It makes for a incomplete game experience for the complete price which is wrong and I resent Ubisoft for it. RecheDiazrivarola This is the announcement ideal to share with friends and who knows what wii u offers, I already did on tweeter i would also like to share it on Facebook and tumblr but i have no account. 😛 Mr. Hobo Looks great, but i have to wonder: Why are there two overlapped Marios? RecheDiazrivarola maybe for the cherry power:P Josiah Parsons DOUUUUUBLE CHERRRRRRY!!!!!!! rp17 Have you not played Super Mario 3D World? Mr. Hobo I have, it was just kinda confusing without the cherry being there. :/ Mercurio2054 take out mario & Sonic and put deux x ICHI Yeah that game is incredible and worthy of advertising space fireheartis1 It’s Deus EX but yah you are right that game rocks. Jack5221 Lol tweeter! You mean twitter? 😛 RecheDiazrivarola Don’t know why i wrote as well 😛 Ben Kapferer You’re better at making advertisements than Nintendo themselves! BGhp Nintendo should hire you. Josiah Parsons This is kinda unrelated, but is anybody else psyched for CubeMen? Waluigi Don’t vote for New Super Luigi Bros U!!! bizzy gie Did you make this? Jeffrey Debris Thanks! I’m sharing this on my Facebook wall 😀 Ernesto Perez Nice! Though you should’ve added Assassin’s Creed 4. Michael Hancock I got you. It’s all over Facebook now. WiiuBoy Great Job! I thought it was real! William Cole Ummm… why aren’t you working at Nintendo right now? Jayce Wonderful 101 for Wii U GOTY 🙂 Adam Howell It’s worthy. Justin Clark Thought it should have been up for story and art design as well. AAAkabob It really wasn’t that good of a game rp17 I’m assuming you mean it’s a good game, just not good enough to be Game of the Year. At least that is what I hope you mean… Cyrus Pikmin 3 for GOTY!! I can’t see TW101 anywhere close to that beautiful masterpiece of Gameplay and eyecandy. AAAkabob yep you are correct Jack5221 Best 3rd Party Exclusive for sure! The game is amazing, I love it. Cyrus It was published by Nintendo, that doesn’t count as 3rd party anymore, does it? If so then Lego was the best 3rd party! 😉 Mr. Hobo Best Miiverse community? ART ACADEMY! Why is it not on there? kevin because its based on their stupid ‘we want certain answers’ like every other survey. They are all biased and only put in the answers to make sure the results end up the way they want them. A true survey would list every 2013 wiiu game and allow ppl to select them. AAAkabob Cause it’s made by people who don’t really use their Wii U Nintedward What the hell is Rabbids land doing on there ? lol Some crap game with a community that has hardly been visited since it first came out…. Having this Wiiu daily award thing is a great idea, so Kudos to Wiiu daily there. But did anyone else think some of the nominee choices were a bit odd? And yes, Art academy is hands down 100% the best community yet on Miiverse! Mercurio2054 in almost all the communitys i found cool people… they have to add more communitys Andreas Sunde Rabbids Land is there because it’s the go-to community for Willem Dafoe drawings. BIG Franky yes… THIS!!! agree 100%… love that WiiU Daily decided to put out an annual “awards” based on community votes… but please, PLEASE at least have Ashley handle it and have things categorized in a meaningful (and in some cases CORRECT) fashion… this shouldn’t have been farmed out to one of the newbies during their “try-outs” no offense to anyone intended…. but if a site is looking to gain notoriety and credibility, they should take an annual ranking sort of seriously. Josiah Parsons The best community would be SSB, except for Mr. Right. dumb trolls. dangrammarman Except a lot of people there are dicks. Smash Bros fans tend to be super annoying when it comes to what they were used to with Melee and will trashtalk any changes away from super competitiveness. Don’t get me wrong, I love smash bros, but the miiverse community is too damn demanding Cristian1993 Lego city GOTY Antar Rodríguez why isnt zombie u in the 3rd party console exclusive?, anyways, i think everybody knows the best game will be mario 3d world or zelda ww Ashley King Zombi U was not released this year. It was released last year. Antar Rodríguez wow that exactly right, i bought it in january so for some reason i thought it was from this year BIG Franky given that “last year” only encompassed ONE MONTH, those titles should of course be eligible/included in this year’s “awards”…. it silly to say otherwise… that would be like awarding “2012 Wii U Awards” last year when there was only a month worth of releases. so ridiculous. rp17 Why would you make me choose between Super Mario World, Earthbound, and Super Metroid? T-T James Enk oh the difficult dilemmas we Nintendo fas have:) which awesome game is more awesome Laud That one was easy. I skipped it. Mercurio2054 i skipped some WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Jack5221 Earthbound. Unlike most of the other NES / SNES titles on the virtual console I have played, I never played Earthbound. Played it for the first time and it is absolutely amazing. It deserves best VC game! rp17 I ended up choosing Super Metroid for the same reason. C4 Good choice for any reason 🙂 Lusunup Super Mario 3d world for game of the year! It challenging, awesome boss fighting scenes, great animations, and just sooo beautifully made. Govnah ShinySkiddo is it really challenging since the latest mario games were kinda easy but i haven’t play 3d world rp17 It is surprisingly challenging. Probably because it is difficult to stock up on a ton of lives. The boss fights are harder, but are still a little too easy. Lusunup If you play by yourself it’s very challenging and pretty intense when you only get 23 seconds on some level and you have to burst for timers. After getting through world 6 thats were it’s starts getting super hard. Not going to lie but its very ‘hardcore’ Im glad they took there time to make. Also if you play by yourself its much better then with friends because you can still accidentlly grab each and through off ledges :> troll?? who knows. Justin Clark Umm, Fire Emblem Awakening for game of the year…. companyoflosers that would be a 3ds title and therefore ineligible in a survey for wii u games Justin Clark I know. Tongue in cheek hard to get across online. I just dug that game so much I’d bring it in any GOTY conversation. CMB lol the smash community is nominated for best community. what a joke. Mercurio2054 it;s a cool community rp17 Sometimes it can be the best. At other times it is the worst.. Zorpix Where is Injustice: Gods Among Us for Gritty? D: iamserious That would have been my vote. Mickey Mouse It’s unfair including Scribblenauts Unmasked when it hasn’t been released in the uk yet. Elitepwnsface I don’t even see monster hunter on here wtf? This rating sucks. Elitepwnsface Well not till the very end but still. Mercurio2054 I don’t know, monster hunter is from this year? Akai yea MH3U Came out in march this year for UK Zorpix No Pikmin for viusal design is a crime… Lord Carlisle No Pikmin for visual design?! That game had better visuals than any of the chosen nominees! Justin Clark Think I still might have taken SM3DW over it, but you’re right it definitely deserved a nomination. First game to ever make me get up and go look for some fruit in the kitchen. Josiah Parsons I find Rayman absolutely beautiful… Lord Carlisle Surely it is, but I don’t think it quite matches Pikmin 3. Justagamer SM3DW was better in every way Justin Clark Also, I wouldn’t consider W101 to be a 3rd party exclusive. From what I understand Nintendo owns that IP now. It was originally planned to feature Nintendo characters. Relick Technically, Pokemon is a 3rd party exclusive. Yeah you heard me right. The thing is, when Nintendo asks for exclusives they don’t let go. It is kind of like EA buying out loads of companies, except without the tight deadlines, no restrictions on what can and can’t be done etc. Platinum gets almost free reign on how to make their games so no, it is not 1st party. 2nd party at best. Magnus Eriksson Yup, Nintendo looks much like EA in many ways. You could actual say its a japanese EA. 🙂 Relick The comparison I made was simply between EA’s buying of companies and Nintendo’s securing the companies to make exclusives. Other than that, EA is shit in general and Nintendo is shit at advertising! Justagamer Nintendo and EA are not even in the same area..EA was voted worst company in america..Nintendo was not and they don’t screw fans like EA does to their own Justin Clark I guess when I hear 3rd party I think of a publishing house like EA, Activision, Ubi, or Capcom that may develop a game internally, but also handles the distribution. Whereas Platinum is just a development house that relies on a larger publisher for funding, marketing, distribution etc… I know it is just technicalities and maybe I have it wrong. Just the way I’ve always looked at it. BIG Franky its not technicalities…. not at all…. and some of these developers HAVE published their own titles in the past…. BIG Franky no its not….. Pokémon is 2nd Party…. much like TW101 and Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze… when a game is developed by another firm but then published by Nintendo… that is a 2nd party relationship… the Pokémon games are published by Nintendo…. my point is, games like TW101 (developed by Platinum), Pokémon (developed by Game Freak), and Donkey Kong (developed by Retro) that are all PUBLISHED by Nintendo are NOT 3rd party games….. they are 2nd party… the fact that whoever put the categories together for this ballot doesn’t know how any of this works is a JOKE. Relick 2nd party is a colloquial term, so it can mean anything want. I agree though that it is a joke. BIG Franky okay… don’t call it 2nd party…. I agree that is a silly term, but it is brandied about on the interwebs…. so if we don’t call it that then we simply refer to these kinds of titles as first party… they are published by Nintendo after all…. it has their emblem on the package… the fact that this clown has TW101 as a 3rd party exclusive is laughable! Justagamer Sorry …you’re wrong BIG Franky agree 100%… how is a game published by Nintendo considered a third party exclusive????? LOL…. sure it was developed by Platinum. but it was funded and published by Nintendo and is a Nintendo IP!!!! omigosh… the more I think about it the dumber and more embarrassing it becomes that TW101 is included in that category!!! LOL… what a joke…. then next year under this category I assume Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze will be considered a third party exclusive? as it was developed by Retro but published by Nintendo.. .c’mon, Tim… this is ridiculous and needs to be fixed. C4 No next year is Bayonetta which is developed by Platinum and published by Ninty- I think an own category is good just the name isn’t perfectly appropiate. BIG Franky if anything, titles that are published by Nintendo are categorized as first party. that has long been one of Nintendo’s way of doing business dating back to even before the RARE days…. you think of Donkey Kong as a first party title, correct? well then you should also think of TW101 and Bayo 2 as first party titles as well…. yes, all are developed by different parties, but they have the Nintendo logo on the package and Nintendo paid for and supervised development. (same goes for Wii Fit U come to think about it)…. C4 But it _feels_ Platinum which are an external developer and not like Nintendo 1st or even “2nd” Party 🙂 Technically maybe you are correct. D.M.T Wii U Daily Game Of The Year survey is much better than the joke that was VGX Awards. BIG Franky it certainly should be…. and could’ve been… but sadly this was slapped together without much thought… I think if Ashley was assigned this project it would’ve been handled better… the choices here don’t seem to make much sense and there aren’t enough…. just the fact that a NINTENDO published game is included in a third party category is an absolute farce. Mercurio2054 i don’t know what to choose in some of them… argggg Rinslowe This was the easiest decision I’ve had to make all year! Game of The Year goes to…. Michael Ocampo Haven’t played most of these games (-.-‘) Kenshin0011 Ninja Gaidan was awesome, should be noted Mercurio2054 i think is 2012 Logan Waltz Fuck you, where is zombie u? Mercurio2054 zombie u is 2012 FilipiCn Where is zombiu? Jack5221 I choose Super Mario 3D World as game of the year! All my other votes are anonymous. 😡 Nintedward Too many categories. This is how it should of been. Best Indie game – Trine 2 directors cut, Bit trip presents, Toki tori 2, Nano assault, Mighty Switch force Hyper drive Best virtual console game- Earth bound , Super mario world , F-zero, Super Metroid, Street fighter 2 turbo Best Miiverse community – Youtube , NSMBU , TLOZ , Year of Luigi , Art academy Best use of Wiiu Gamepad – NIntendo Land , ZombiU, Rayman Legends, Lego City , Pikmin 3 Best Graphics/visual design – Rayman Legends , Super Mario 3D world , Pikmin 3 , NFSMW U , Trine 2 DC, Nano assault Best third party game – ZombiU, Wonderfull 101, NFSMW U, AC4 black flag, Deus EX, Monster Hunter 3 ultimate. Wiiu GOTY – Rayman Legends, Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D world, Windwaker HD, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Well that’s all in my opinion anyway 😉 And that’s from launch till now, just over 12 months… John Zaccari I vote for this. Don’t tell anyone, though. Superbax Think you may have put in a few games from last year in there, but otherwise I like your game choices better. BIG Franky given that “last year” only encompassed ONE MONTH, those titles should of course be eligible/included in this year’s “awards”…. it silly to say otherwise… that would be like awarding “2012 Wii U Awards” last year when there was only a month worth of releases. so ridiculous. Magnus Eriksson Zombi U? Patrick Starman My vote for best game is The Wind Waker HD. Guys…its The Wind Waker…IN HD! HOW MUCH MORE AWESOME CAN YOU GET!? Justagamer I voted and 3D world for game of the year Jimmy D. Fugate Where is Injustice gods Among Us on this list? Justagamer It speaks for itself! NintenScience lol Justagamer I know right…Wii U has the best in first party games RyuNoHadouken Nintendo has a 1 year head start….lets see that list again, this time, next year….fan boy D.M.T The Wii U will still have the most exclusives by the end of next year because Wii U is mainly a console for 1st party games while PS4/XBO are consoles mainly for 3rd party games. RyuNoHadouken wrong…Sony has over 170 exclusives games in development with at least 30 slated for release in 2014 Justagamer Where?…:) RyuNoHadouken http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2013/06/10/cdrive/ Justagamer that proves nothing..Hell i own the ps4 myself and it seens you are just stuck to one console and that’s a shame..Console wars are for losers..just saying RyuNoHadouken looks like a Wii U, PS4 and XBOne on my tv stand…and i have a gaming rig running dual HD 7870s in Crossfire in my den 🙂 Justagamer Cool enjoy..My deaf uncle i think has gotten me a xbox one for christmas and im playing all my awesome games on a 70 inch big screen tv in my huge gameroom Justagamer That nice but i really like games on my 70 inch HDTV and the Wii U games alone run full 1080P alot of the other two most of their games run only in 780P 🙂 RyuNoHadouken i only have a 40 inch(pictured) and a 50 inch that my computer is hooked up to…and 1080p means nothing on Wii U because its not rendering half the textures, anti-aliasing, ambient occlusion, god rays, character models, etc as the PS4 or XBOne…so you really cant brag about that fireheartis1 Dude the Wii U does Anti-Aliasing on all the newer games, and too me that’s all that counts. RyuNoHadouken Wii U will have a very short life cycle unless Nintendo does something major in 2014..for starters, they have to drop the price to $199 to even begin to compete with PS and MS. Second, they have to release stellar games…if they havent noticed, people are tired of Mario and DK games…come out with Metroid, Star Fox, Kid Icarus, a new Zelda and Fire Emblem…Nintendo should have had at least 3 of those titles released already…the masses want power and pretty games…developers arent gonna support weak hardware, so its up to Nintendo to make it so they are forced to develop for Wii U by driving their install base with great games…I havent played my Wii U since Lego City Undercover….thats sad Justagamer That will never happen and at the end of the day Wii U is the better console and heck i like the PS4 there just not games for it right and hope it does end up like their failed vita Justagamer Maybe you should sell it and stick with the other two..Just saying RyuNoHadouken im keeping it for metroid and zelda….and im excited to play shin megamiXfire emblem and the next Xenoblade game BIG Franky then your missing out brother… Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101 are better than anything the other consoles have to offer. RyuNoHadouken i wouldnt go that far…theyre decent games, but i wouldnt pay full retail for them Justagamer You’re loss…Our gain Justagamer That is not true..Mario 3d world alone runs full true 1080P and playing it on my 70 inch tv is the best way to go ..and if that is bragging so be it and not all the PS4 and xbox one runs in 1080p sorry Now my 70′ tv is worth bragging about Rinslowe Actually SM3DW is native 720p upscaled to 1080p. But still you’re right for the most part. On a big screen it looks beautiful! Justagamer Well i talked to a nintendo rep who said it does run in true 1080P but ether way the game looks awesome and to a point better than what i have seen on PS4 Rinslowe Check this out mate. Interesting about the PS4 I would have thought on your 70″ LED or LCD that Shadow Fall would have taken the prize on visuals alone…. Interesting indeed. 🙂 http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-vs-super-mario-3d-world Rinslowe Nice… I may post a pick sometime later seeing as though people are sharing. I’m gaming on a 1080p projector with sound out from there. 1.8 by 2.4 meters or there about’s. I’ve got the 360, PS3 and Wii U hooked up recently. But usually the Wii U sits in the cave with the Wii on my LED… A gaming rig in the office, but that’s a different story. It’s like Thanos. Angry and powerful and doesn’t play well with others lol… Justagamer Cool but i have lots more i have all the past consoles ever made since gaming began so many games i can’t even keep track Rinslowe Awesome! I still have NES, Master System, Mega Drive, SNES, N64, GC and PS2. But those are in boxes for the moment… Gave the Dreamcast to a friend who likes to collect more than me a few months back. Looks like there’s a lot of genuine enthusiasts here at Wii U Daily commenting regularly. That’s pretty neat. Justagamer Thanks man im just a old gamer who still games Rinslowe Just a share, at home with the U… Justagamer Nice my game room is about the same Dáibhí wotshissurname I agree, however, it’s just down to the idea that we all want the consoles we own to sell well. Nobody has enough money to afford a second console/drag themselves out of the extremely virgin practice of console wars. Justagamer Not me i own PS4 and Wii U and 3DS XL ..all i ever need playing on a 70′ HDTV Justagamer Im not a fanboy just stating a fact.You see ryu i don’t do console wars but some like yourself get some kind of jerk off for it…shameful! Justagamer Im not a fan boy ..Im just a gamer who games..I don’t do console wars..That’s for fan boys stuck to one console Nintedward You forgot Shin megami tensei X fire emblem. That game will be shown off soon, perhaps in a January Direct, then playable at E3 and released shortly after 😉 Justagamer Thanks man i want that game so bad Mithiragi Is there no December Direct? Justagamer I heard there might be due to the update this month Mithiragi I hope so. January is too far lol. I heard the 3ds update is coming out today. Justagamer Agreed Justagamer http://www.worldsfactory.net/2013/12/09/miiverse-coming-3ds-next-24-hours Mithiragi Yup. The only downside is that you can’t direct message your friends like on the Wii U. However, this update is a good start. Building up on this, I hope to see combined purchases so that I don’t have to buy Zelda twice lol Dáibhí wotshissurname One’s been out for over a year. Justagamer True…and? Dáibhí wotshissurname so naurally that one will have more time for exclusives to be announced than the other two Justagamer I think my deaf uncle got me a xbox one for christmas Guest hmm i thought nintendoland would have made the party game list Mario I’m a back everyone! And guess what games I got from the U.S! One has a cat on it and the other has a bat and a story that takes place in the far future. Can you guess? companyoflosers there seems to be a great many games missing from these lists of options. perhaps not all the ones im thinking of are from 2013, but there are still a few missing. BIG Franky not enough options…. and 2012 should be included since there was only one month of stuff released… very little thought was put into this. sad. Shashwat Pant So there is no Toki Tori 2+ or Trine 2 ? BIG Franky I just double checked and T2 was released November 18, 2012… so its not eligible for this year I guess….. even though that’s kinda silly as that would make 2012 one month long for purposes of “Game of the Year” type of discussions for Wii U… given that 2012 only had ONE MONTH of eligibility, games released last year should be included here… Shashwat Pant TT2 is a 2013 title it was released on April of this year (2013) and the 2+ updated release was released after PC/Steam version, so its a very much 2013 and a fresh title. Not sure why it didn;t made it to the list despite beautiful graphics sound and gameplay. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toki_Tori_2 | http://twotribes.com/message/toki-tori-2-out-now/ BIG Franky yes, I know (regarding Toki Tori 2)… when I wrote T2, I was referring to Trine 2… (which I still think should be included)… this korey looks like i am geting a wiiu anyone know what the best games are i like most nintendo games but wont be able to get a lot Rinslowe Pikmin 3, WWHD and SM3DW should be a good place to start…. korey ok thx Rinslowe IF you haven’t played these games before… As you said to be getting a Wii U soon possibly. And even if you’ve played the original WW. You get these three games from the outset and they will blow your mind! Guaranteed. This is classic Nintendo perfection we’re talking here. And easily some of the most ingenious titles released this year. So whatever you have to do, to convince who ever is buying you a Wii U to include all three games straight off the bat. Take advantage of a WWHD bundle and maybe even the E-shop card deals going and make it all as cost effective as possible. Build a case and you won’t regret it. I feel positive anticipation to see how that turns out for you. Make sure to post back when it’s done, eh! That is some superb Ninty gaming there my friend you won’t regret. Steve6cupcakes Why isn’t The Wonderful 101 under best story telling? Mithiragi Wonderful 101 had an awesome story. In my opinion, it has the best story out of all of the current Wii U games out right now. Cyrus I guess you forgot about Pikmin 3! Or Lego City Undercover 😉 Mithiragi Pikmin 3’s story doesn’t compare imo. It was too short and simple. I never played Lego, so I can’t say anything about that. However, W101 was one of the best stories I’ve seen in a game in a long time. It had sad, happy, funny, dark, and intense moments. Have you played W101? BIG Franky agree 100%… I love love LOVE Pikmin 3… but as a storytelling game? um…no. not even close. W101 is hands down the best storytelling game this year. BIG Franky and anyone that thinks other wise hasn’t played TW101…. Cyrus Well you obviously didn’t play Lego, because then you’d know what’s the best story telling game. It’s hilarious. TW101? maybe be an okish action game, but story telling? um.. no. TW101 is just about a bunch of “superheros” promoting the wonder fatty. Fat people are no super sportish fast and strong heros. They are unhealthy and slow, and one shouldn’t promote obesity like that, especially not in a kids game. So, yes TW101 is nowhere close to a good storytelling game like Lego. And even Pikmin 3. I totally agree that the biggest reason to love Pikmin 3 is gameplay and the fun you have accomplishing your goals in the single levels or bingo battle. But the storytelling is still quiet nice! Just all the small notes and comments left behind for you by Olimar. The personalities of the three main characters and their ways to deal with the situation. That IS a very nice story about a three person crew with 3 different personalities which let you start to love them. TW101 on the other hand is just a big advert for obesity. Nothing special if you ask me. Game was probably sponsored by McD. BIG Franky LOL… I have Lego City Undercover and love it…. but its story doesn’t compare with TW101… not even close. and talk about hilarious…. TW101’s sense of humor is masterful… including all of the fat jokes at Wonder-Green, LOL…. how is that promoting obesity, it makes a joke of his fat ass…. its amazing. everytime it shows him he has like a piece of cake, an ice cream cone, a burger or a bucket of chicken in his hands, LOL… its fun to see what kind of food he’ll be holding each time he has something to say…. and aside from the humor, TW101 actually has a story arc with character development and side stories about the different characters… Lego City is an EPIC game, but not because of the story…. its simply not story driven. Adrian How is it that time of the year “Again” when this site is only a little over a year old? Haha. Michael Hancock Why is Trine 2 omitted from the best download only title? I vote for that. RyuNoHadouken i wondered that too but it came out in 2012 i think BIG Franky yep… that is the only reasonable reason…. if it came out in 2013 and not included then this is an even bigger joke than I thought it was. T2 is by far the best download-only game (and in the conversation for best game avail overall) avail for Wii U. Michael Hancock D’oh! NintenScience Super Mario 3D World Guest … http://wiiudaily.com/2013/12/how-grand-theft-auto-might-work-on-the-wii-u/#comment-1154462161 ICHI Wanted to vote for monster Hunter for most of those but could only see 4 choices, I’m assuming it’s either broken or you have a sense of humor as the 4 choices for best story included puddle. BIG Franky I know, right? hard to take this silliness seriously. obvious very little thought went into it. Alexander Kleinwechter I chose rayman legend for best soundtrack over Windwaker just because Rayman legend had such an amazing soundtrack and windwaker too, but it was a remake, so i wish i could vote for both! darkcreap How do I see the survey results? I only see a frame telling me I already voted, but I cannot see the total results. Virus6 you’ll know when they announce them darkcreap Thanks for the clarification 🙂 . I thought this was one of those polls in which you have an option to see the results just after you voted. LoZ4life98 No funky barn community? This is an outrage!!!!! Kaihaku I thought that Wii Sports Club was the best download only title. uPadWatcher Now THAT’S my kind of award show! Thanks for posting this, Tim Biggs. Akai Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for me ^_^ Forbsz As much as I loved Super Mario 3D World I love Pikmin 3 more I think that deserves game of the year. Grulnork Considering how few titles came out this year I think with the many categories you got here every game will win one… 😛 I won’t vote as I only have mario bros U and Zelda WW HD. My guess would be mario world, but I can’t tell as I havent picked it up yet. Kev Best virtual console game was Earthbound. Mithiragi No competition lol. Virus6 Mario World is an infinitely better game than Earthbound. The only reason why Earthbound is under consideration is strictly because of the story behind it BIG Franky ummmm…. I’m not sure it makes sense to include The Wonderful 101 as a third party exclusive…. its 2nd party (i.e., developed by Platinum but published by Nintendo)….. much like Retro developed Donkey Kong Country…. that category should be fixed… its a Nintendo-funded, Nintendo-owned IP developed by Platinum games under Nintendo’s supervision with their involvement… makes ZERO sense for it to be included in the “third party category” … ummmm…. C4 The “Non-Nintendo developed” category or something like that? I think Nintendo has shares in Retro… BIG Franky this is a common way for Nintendo to do business and has been since back in the SNES days…. back even before RARE developed titles for Ninty… those titles are just looked at as first party. they pay for development, and supervise it with creative control….. Donkey Kong, Wii Fit, Bayo 2, and TW101 (I believe Monolith’s ‘X’ will also be like this as well, not confirmed yet though)…. that is how all of these were published. its common BIG Franky Best Miiverse community… Rabbids Land???? LOL… WTF?!? LOL… who put this garbage together? NintenScience Tim Biggs larz_1234 Odd to not see Zombie U in any of the categories anybody else notice this? BIG Franky given that “last year” only encompassed ONE MONTH, any of those titles should of course be eligible/included in this year’s “awards”…. it silly to say otherwise… that would be like awarding “2012 Wii U Awards” last year when there was only a month worth of releases. so ridiculous. to not have titles like ZombiU and/or Trine 2 not eligible is a laugh and a half… BIG Franky how is Wonderful 101 NOT included in best storytelling??? Tim… did you even play any of these games? omigosh… this is just silly. C4 Diplomacy has failed… BIG Franky LOL… i’ve become obsessed, LOL…. PS4/WiiU What are the nominees. It says below, but i don’t see anything PS4/WiiU And why even have a game of the year for wii u We already know it’s going to be super mario 3d world even though im not voting for it BIG Franky I will wait and hope that some of these categories get revisited and fixed before I vote… gamesplayswill Batman Arkham Origins has gotta be the best game I have played in a long time. Mithiragi F-Zero. Come back babe… lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKPoHgKcqag Mithiragi Starfox. Come back… I’ll be right here waiting for you… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_uWS6K-VF8 Crater Why is monster hunter not on the 3rd party list? Levi Johansen Great game, it should be there! BIG Franky WAIT, WHAT?!?!? “Note: All games considered are available on Wii U and had a North American release date of between December 5 2012 and December 5 2013.” So let me understand this… LOL…. launch titles from Nov 18 of last year are excluded? so that extra 18 days couldn’t be included?!?!?!? IS THIS FOR REAL? what an absolute joke…. So this explains why ZombiU and Trine 2 aren’t under consideration… that extra 18 days eliminates them from the first annual Wii U Daily Awards…. okay, yeah that makes sense…. what a farce. Justin Ordoñez You have strong opinions about this. BIG Franky yes. maybe… LOL…. it just seems that this survey was thrown together in a matter of a couple of hours by someone that hasn’t followed the console, site, or this particular website… I think this community deserves better. Levi Johansen Trine 2 would have gotten atleast 2 of my votes, best story telling, best music and possibly best graphics. I just love the game, so much that it hurts… majora :D I think that SM3DW should be in the surprise list. It didn’t appealed at me first, but damn it won me over! Carl Fin Rayman Legends for sure! Matteo Ferrazzi is this even worth debating? WiiuBoy Lego City Undercover for the win! Shane ♓ Am I the only one who thinks ignoring some of the stellar launch titles because they were released two weeks before this columnists “cut off” a little messed? Like come on, are we really just going to ignore ZombiU and Nintendo Land? No wonder Ubisoft is weakening support. Virus6 Ubisoft is weakening support because they want multimillion sales for a console that’s barely above 4 million. That’s ridiculous ~OMEGA~ I’m surprised I didn’t see the W101 for a lot of the categories even though it could have been included in them things like Best soundtrack, Best storytelling (this one I’m a little iffy on just because the storytelling while a little bit thin at times but really great at others), and MOST of all why didn’t I see W101 in the best Gimmick Game WHAT!? if nothing else the W101 is gimmick game it uses the gamepad to DRAW shapes that turn into weapons! don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the hell out of W101 but I think it could have been included some more categories than the few it was in….. Deezy I chose mario 3d world as GOTY instead of zelda because wind waker is an old game but HD enhanced with some small changes. GOTY to me should be something brand new, not updated and Mario 3d world is newer than wind waker so I feel that 3d world deserve 2013 GOTY. William Cole The Wii U game of the year is 3D World.