#1 Game of the Year 2019 - Super Mario Maker 2
Super Mario Maker 2 benefitted from the closest battle for Game of the Year that I have witnessed in my time as Shacknews CEO. It speaks volumes to the quality of the game that five 2nd place votes put it over Resident Evil 2 in a second tiebreaker. Two amazing games. Two first place votes, two tiebreakers, Resident Evil 2 and Mario Maker 2 were separated by two votes.
Like many games this year, Super Mario Maker 2 is not for everyone, but at the same time it offers a vast array of gameplay experiences for players of all ages and skills. The addition of a robust Story Mode with Nintendo-made levels makes the game stand above its Wii U predecessor. Nintendo has also done a better job of curating the amount of courses being created, with the like and boo system.
While the game might not be perfect, only scoring a 9 out of 10 in my review at Shacknews, I believe that Super Mario Maker 2 is truly at its best when being used to torment your friends with a level you created or setting world records all day long in endless mode. Makers will be creating courses for years to come as the Nintendo Switch has introduced this infinite Mario experience to a new generation. The game continues to reinvent itself with free DLC patches like the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda. From speedrunners creating kaizo levels with all sorts of crazy shell jumps, to parents and children creating a level together for the first time, Super Mario Maker 2 is a magical video game experience and the Shacknews Game of the Year 2019.
-Asif Khan, Editor-in-Chief
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That's the Shacknews Top 10 Games of the Year 2019. Which games did you feel we left off or should have ranked higher? Let us know in the comments section. Be sure to check out all of The Shacknews Awards 2019. Congratulations to all of the games that made our list this year! Please understand.
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