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The Best Nintendo Games Of The 2010s

Updated November 16, 2020 2.3k votes 223 voters 2.5k views32 items

List RulesOnly 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 the Wild

    DeveloperNintendo EPD

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure

    Metacritic score: 97/100

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    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    2018

    DeveloperBandai Namco Studios, Sora Ltd.

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    Metacritic score: 93/100

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    Super Mario Odyssey

    DeveloperNintendo EPD

    Genres (Video game)Platform, action-adventure

    Metacritic score: 97/100

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    Mario Kart 8
    95
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    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Metacritic score: 92/100

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    Fire Emblem: Three Houses

    DeveloperIntelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo Games

    Genres (Video game)Tactical role-playing

    Metacritic score: 89/100

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    Super Mario Maker

    Metacritic score: 88/100

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    Super Smash Bros. Brawl

    DeveloperSora Ltd.

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    Metacritic score: 93/100

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    The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

    DeveloperNintendo EPD, Grezzo

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure

    Metacritic score: 87/100

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    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    DeveloperMonolith Soft, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game

    Metacritic score: 93/100

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    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    DeveloperRetro Studios

    Genres (Video game)Platformer

    Metacritic score: 86/100

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    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

    DeveloperNintendo EAD

    Genres (Video game)Platformer

    Metacritic score: 80/100

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    Splatoon 2
    42
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    DeveloperNintendo EPD

    Genres (Video game)Third-person shooter

    Metacritic score: 83/100

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    Hyrule Warriors

    Metacritic score: 78/100

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    Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing

    Metacritic score: 80/100

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    Splatoon

    Metacritic score: 83/100

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    Cuphead
    2
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    DeveloperStudioMDHR

    Genres (Video game)Run and gun

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    Pikmin 3
    27
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    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Genres (Video game)Real-time strategy

    Metacritic score: 87/100

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    Bayonetta 2
    32
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    DeveloperPlatinumGames

    Genres (Video game)Action, hack and slash

    Metacritic score: 92/100

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    Super Mario Party

    DeveloperNDcube

    Genres (Video game)Party

    Metacritic score: 76/100

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    Octopath Traveler

    DeveloperSquare Enix

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing

    Metacritic score: 80/100

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    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    DeveloperMonolith Soft

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing

    Metacritic score: 80/100

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  • 22
    Mario Tennis Aces

    DeveloperCamelot Software Planning

    Genres (Video game)Sports

    Metacritic score: 75/100

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    Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

    DeveloperUbisoft Milan, Ubisoft Paris

    Genres (Video game)Turn-based, tactical role-playing

    Metacritic score: 85/1000

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    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

    DeveloperTeam Ninja

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing, hack and slash

    Metacritic score: 73/100

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    Arms
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    Arms

    2017

    DeveloperNintendo EPD

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    Metacritic score: 77/100

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