Published On: Thu, Dec 26th, 2019

Features: Nintendo Life’s Alternative Game Awards 2019

Alt NL Awards 2019

It’s Game of a Year deteriorate everyone! Take a cursory peek around a internet and you’ll be certain to find outrageous goaty lists of games ranked according to their relations qualities. It’s fun – and hey, what else are we going to do while you’re sat during home with a family examination a telly over a holiday period?

Of course, not all awards aver their possess outrageous list, so we here during Nintendo Life have corralled some of a smaller honours (as good as a few stupid gongs) into one watchful essay for your gratifying enjoyment. Below we will find a preference of awards for honourable possibilities that have stood out in unequivocally specific areas of Switch gaming over a past year. Some are celebratory, while other ‘honours’ are some-more dubious.

Come with us, then, on a tour by a smaller and ‘alternative’ Nintendo Life GOTY awards. We start off with 2019’s biggest mouthful…

Most Long-Winded Switch Game Title 2019

Winner: Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of a NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda


Runners-up: Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition; New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Writing for a gaming website, you’ll find yourself typing out a same titles again and again – a array of times we’ve punched out ‘Pokémon Sword and Shield‘ into a laptops over a past integrate of months has left us with an RSI. Indeed, some games seem to take pleasure in torturing writers, and we’re not usually articulate about a visible novels that go crazy with semi-colons, or a difficulty likewise named games can means (how a heck The Outer Worlds and Outer Wilds finished adult releasing in a same year is over us).

To mystify matters Switch versions frequently have an additional annexation like ‘Deluxe’, ‘Definitive’ or ‘Enhanced Edition’, too. But for some reason it was Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of a NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda’s needlessly prevaricating pretension that pained us many this year. Cadence of Hyrule would have been just fine.

Best Motorcycle Section in a Switch Game 2019

Winner: Astral Chain


Runners-up: Sayonara Wild Hearts, Trials Rising

Motorcycles are cold and it’s a obvious fact that putting one in your diversion immediately boost a interest by 36%. Platinum Games knows this and motionless to start clever with a two-wheeled intro to Astral Chain, throwing we into a stirring follow in a opening moments before fast introducing we to your cumulative fight savage and removing we immediately into a game’s tasty combat. Why dwell on a controversial attribute between we and a deferential Legion tethered to your wrist, hmm? Let’s usually get stranded in with a breakneck intro. Perfect.

Also estimable of a discuss are a beautifully balletic beat-based bike sections of Sayonara Wild Hearts. And Trials Rising stretches a ‘motorcycle section’ into an whole game. Cheeky, though – hey – it works.

Best Britishism In Pokémon Sword and Shield

Winner: Hop: “I’ll uncover this wally my genuine skills in battle!”

What a wally

Runners-up: Hop: “Now, I’m cream-crackered!”; Grunt A: “Oi, lope on, mate!”

The fact that a Galar segment in Pokémon Sword and Shield is formed on a UK has finished exploring it a sold pleasure for a UK-based staff. As good as eyeing recognizable architecture, it was also provide to review a discourse entrance out of a mouths of Galar residents. While it was a slight beating to not have that discourse oral – something we consider it’s time for a Pokémon authorization to embrace, generally now that it’s on home systems – a localisation group did a illusory pursuit of cramming in copiousness of British chapter phrases into a game. Sure, it gets a small Dick Van Dyke during times and we don’t use a word ‘mate’ quite that frequently, though on a whole it was fun to see a universe introduced to some classical British lingo.

While deliberating opposition Bede, Hop’s use of a word ‘wally’ (a childish, softer chronicle of ‘idiot’) was quite grin-inducing, as was his Cockney rhyming jargon (he says he’s ‘cream-crackered’, definition ‘knackered’, definition unequivocally tired) and a several utterances from a Team Yell grunts we encountered on a travels. We were good chuffed to see some of these comprehensive belters, mate.

The ‘Great Game That Doesn’t Really Fit In Any Category’ Award 2019

Winner: Ring Fit Adventure


Well, who-da-thunk-it? A Wii Fit-alike, though with some-more ‘game’ that indeed creates practice fun? Having finished some-more than a satisfactory share of ‘exer-tainment’ (shudder) with cosmetic peripherals strapped to a limbs, we were distrustful during first, though Ring Fit Adventure was a genuine leader with a team. Battling body-building nemesis Dragaux (alongside a bulge) incited out to be a many fun we’d had sportive given using down a travel to locate a ice cream outpost man.

What with this and Fitness Boxing, we contingency contend that Team NL is streamer into 2020 in spectacular shape. From a rippling forms alone you’d never theory we spend 10 hours each day sat staring during a monitor. We’d daresay we could start adult some arrange of send triathlon training – how does that take your fancy, team? Team? Hello?

Oh. They’re substantially bustling battling Dragaux. Yes.

Best Soundtrack in a Switch Game 2019

Winner: Cadence of Hyrule

On fire

Runners-up: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening; Untitled Goose Game

There are few diversion array with such a appreciated behind catalog of marks in a safe than The Legend of Zelda, and we suppose that Danny Baranowsky contingency have felt a small daunted when tasked with remixing a vast cube of gaming’s best desired melodies for Cadence of Hyrule. If he did, we certain can’t tell from a music! Every lane takes a strange by a horns and puts a frantic, pulsing kick into it that not usually marries with a gameplay beautifully, though also reminds we usually how shining those strange tunes were in a initial place.

Hearing those Zelda melodies now is mostly same to listening to an aged stone customary like ‘Satisfaction’ – a classical that’s dripping into a enlightenment to a indicate where we don’t unequivocally ‘hear’ a strain anymore. Cadence of Hyrule finished us re-hear and re-appreciate those classics while injecting a mutation wholly a own. A ruin of a feat.

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