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2013 Game of the Year: Super Mario 3D World

2013 Game of the Year: Super Mario 3D World

"Are games art?" Many of this year's best are easy examples to point to, with their emotional narratives and nuanced performances. But our Game of the Year, Super Mario 3D World, doesn't aspire to justify the medium to Hollywood types. Instead, it focuses on the singular goal of just being fun, gosh darn it.

Created in Nintendo's vacuum, 3D World eschews modern gaming trends: there's no open world, there are no RPG elements, there's no online multiplayer, nor are there microtransactions or DLC. Yet in spite of Nintendo's resistance towards adopting modern conventions, 3D World is far from primitive. What elevates 3D World to the top of our list is how fresh it is. Every level introduces a new way to surprise and delight players--either by innovating with new gameplay mechanics, or tapping into Mario's storied legacy in an unexpected way.

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Super Mario 3D World review: the cat's pajamas

Super Mario 3D World review: the cat's pajamas

Nintendo has always marched to its own beat, but going head-to-head against not one but two console launches seems to have lit a fire under the company. This year's new Zelda is one of the best in years, and Super Mario 3D World is equally impressive.

Nintendo's Tokyo team, having made the Galaxy games and Super Mario 3D Land, has rightfully gained a reputation for being the "A-team" of Mario development. Super Mario 3D World continues to prove this notion right. From the moment it kicks off, each and every stage is bursting with smartly crafted platforming, surprises, homages, and hidden secrets around every corner.

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