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The Best Nintendo Games Of The 2010s

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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 Wild1

    DeveloperNintendo EPD

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure

    Metacritic score: 97/100

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-adventure game developed and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate2
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    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    2018

    DeveloperBandai Namco Studios, Sora Ltd.

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    Metacritic score: 93/100

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fighting video game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Super Mario Odyssey3

    DeveloperNintendo EPD

    Genres (Video game)Platform, action-adventure

    Metacritic score: 97/100

    Super Mario Odyssey is a 2017 3D platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mario Kart 84
    97
    37

    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Metacritic score: 92/100

    Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing video game and the eighth major installment in the Mario Kart... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses5

    DeveloperIntelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo Games

    Genres (Video game)Tactical role-playing

    Metacritic score: 89/100

    Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a tactical role-playing video game for the Nintendo Switch. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl6

    DeveloperSora Ltd.

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    Metacritic score: 93/100

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl, known in Japan as Dairantō Smash Brothers X, is the third installment... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Super Mario Maker7

    Metacritic score: 88/100

    Super Mario Maker is a side-scrolling platform video game and game creation system developed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening8

    DeveloperNintendo EPD, Grezzo

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure

    Metacritic score: 87/100

    The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an action-adventure game developed by Nintendo EPD... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword9

    DeveloperMonolith Soft, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game

    Metacritic score: 93/100

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an action-adventure game for the Wii console and the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Splatoon 210
    45
    32

    DeveloperNintendo EPD

    Genres (Video game)Third-person shooter

    Metacritic score: 83/100

    Splatoon 2 is a 2017 team-based third-person shooter video game developed and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze11

    DeveloperRetro Studios

    Genres (Video game)Platformer

    Metacritic score: 86/100

    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, known in Japan as Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze is an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe12

    DeveloperNintendo EAD

    Genres (Video game)Platformer

    Metacritic score: 80/100

    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a 2D side-scrolling platform video game that is an enhanced... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!13

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing

    Metacritic score: 80/100

    Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! are role-playing video games... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Splatoon14

    Metacritic score: 83/100

    Splatoon is a third-person shooter video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Hyrule Warriors15

    Metacritic score: 78/100

    Hyrule Warriors, known in Japan as Zelda Musō, is a hack and slash action video game released... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Cuphead16
    4
    1

    DeveloperStudioMDHR

    Genres (Video game)Run and gun

    Cuphead is a run and gun video game developed and published by StudioMDHR. Announced in 2013,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pikmin 317
    28
    21

    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Genres (Video game)Real-time strategy

    Metacritic score: 87/100

    Pikmin 3 is a real-time strategy video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Bayonetta 218
    34
    28

    DeveloperPlatinumGames

    Genres (Video game)Action, hack and slash

    Metacritic score: 92/100

    Bayonetta 2 is an action-adventure hack 'n' slash video game developed by PlatinumGames and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Super Mario Party19

    DeveloperNDcube

    Genres (Video game)Party

    Metacritic score: 76/100

    Super Mario Party is a party video game developed by NDcube and published by Nintendo. An... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 220

    DeveloperMonolith Soft

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing

    Metacritic score: 80/100

    Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is an action role-playing game developed by Monolith Soft and published... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Octopath Traveler21

    DeveloperSquare Enix

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing

    Metacritic score: 80/100

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  • Mario Tennis Aces22

    DeveloperCamelot Software Planning

    Genres (Video game)Sports

    Metacritic score: 75/100

    Mario Tennis Aces is a sports game in the Mario Tennis series, developed by Camelot Software... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle23

    DeveloperUbisoft Milan, Ubisoft Paris

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

    Metacritic score: 85/1000

    Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a 2017 turn-based tactical role-playing video game developed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order24

    DeveloperTeam Ninja

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

    Metacritic score: 73/100

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  • Arms25
    15
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    Arms

    2017

    DeveloperNintendo EPD

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    Metacritic score: 77/100

    Arms is a fighting game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch, which... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button