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The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade  

Kyle Townsend
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List Rules Only games that were either developed or published by Nintendo from 2010-2019.

The best Nintendo games of the 2010s feature both Switch and Wii U titles and range from insanely popular franchises like Super Smash Bros. to sleeper hits like Super Mario Maker and more. Sure, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is easily one of the most popular Nintendo games ever made, but is it this decade’s best Nintendo game?

Released in 2017, the Switch picked up the slack from Nintendo’s struggling Wii U, offering more games and more titles upon release. Now, we’re not saying the Wii U was a bad console. Quite the contrary, actually. Unfortunately, the light selection of titles and available ports drastically cut down on the Wii U’s shelf-life. Fortunately, while the library may have been lacking, some of the greatest Nintendo games over the past decade were released on the Wii U.

There are tons of awesome Nintendo games that have been released over the last decade, but which ones are your favorite? Vote up your favorite Nintendo games from the last 10 years, and add your own picks if they’re missing from the list.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 97/100

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo, released for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles on March 3, 2017. Breath of the Wild ...more
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Metacritic score: 93/100

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fighting video game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd. and published by Nintendo. It is the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, ...more
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Super Mario Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 97/100

Super Mario Odyssey is a 2017 3D platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. An installment in the Super Mario series, the story follows Mario and Cappy, a ...more
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Mario Kart 8 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 92/100

Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing video game and the eighth major installment in the Mario Kart series, developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U video game console. First announced at E3 ...more
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 93/100

Super Smash Bros. Brawl, known in Japan as Dairantō Smash Brothers X, is the third installment in the Super Smash Bros. series of crossover fighting games, developed by an ad hoc development ...more
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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Aw... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 87/100

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an action-adventure game developed by Nintendo EPD and Grezzo, and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It is a remake of the 1993 game for the ...more
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward S... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 93/100

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an action-adventure game for the Wii console and the sixteenth entry in the Legend of Zelda series. Developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and ...more
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Octopath Traveler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 80/100

Octopath Traveler is a turn-based role-playing video game developed by Square Enix, in collaboration with Acquire, and published by Nintendo. n under a month after being published, the game had ...more
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 86/100

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, known in Japan as Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze is an upcoming side-scrolling platform game developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Wii ...more
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Bayonetta 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 92/100

Bayonetta 2 is an action-adventure hack 'n' slash video game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Nintendo for Wii U and Nintendo Switch. It is the sequel to the 2009 game Bayonetta, and ...more
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Hyrule Warriors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 78/100

Hyrule Warriors, known in Japan as Zelda Musō, is a hack and slash action video game released in Japan on August 14, 2014; in Europe on September 19, 2014; in Australia on September 20, 2014; ...more
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 89/100

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a tactical role-playing video game for the Nintendo Switch. The game is the sixteenth main title in the Fire Emblem series and the first on a home console since ...more
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Super Mario Maker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 88/100

Super Mario Maker is a side-scrolling platform video game and game creation system developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U game console, which released worldwide in September 2015. ...more
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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 80/100

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a 2D side-scrolling platform video game that is an enhanced port of New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. Princess Peach is held captive in her castle ...more
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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 85/1000

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a 2017 turn-based tactical role-playing video game developed and published by Ubisoft for the Nintendo Switch. The game's story sees players controlling Mario, ...more
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Splatoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 83/100

Splatoon 2 is a 2017 team-based third-person shooter video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. Players control characters known as Inklings and use colored ink to ...more
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Splatoon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade
Splatoon

Metacritic score: 83/100

Splatoon is an upcoming third-person shooter video game developed and published by Nintendo for Wii U, which is scheduled for release in Japan on May 28, 2015, and the rest of the world on May ...more
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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 80/100

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is an action role-playing game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch video game console. The game is part of the Xeno series, ...more
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Mario Tennis Aces is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 75/100

Mario Tennis Aces is a sports game in the Mario Tennis series, developed by Camelot Software Planning and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It will be released in June 2018. The ...more
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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! an... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 80/100

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the ...more
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Rayman Legends is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 90/100

Rayman Legends is a 2013 platform game developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and published by Ubisoft. It is the fifth main title in the Rayman series and the direct sequel to the 2011 game Rayman ...more
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Super Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 76/100

Super Mario Party is a party video game developed by NDcube and published by Nintendo. An entry in the Mario Party series, it was released for Nintendo Switch on October 5, 2018. The traditional ...more
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Paper Mario: Color Splash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 76/100

Paper Mario: Color Splash is an action-adventure role-playing video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. The game was released worldwide in October ...more
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Night in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 88/100

Night in the Woods is a 2017 single-player adventure game developed by Infinite Fall. It is a story-focused exploration game in which players control an anthropomorphic cat named Mae, who ...more
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Arms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nintendo Games Of The Decade

Metacritic score: 77/100

Arms is a fighting game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch, which released on June 16, 2017. The game differentiates itself from standard fighting games with its ...more