What is the best game you have played this year?

Earthbound in Link's Awakening style

We are nearing the final two months of 2021, so it is almost time to start thinking about Game of the Year nominations, “best of” awards, and more. Today, I’m asking for the best game you have played so far in 2021. It does not have to be a game that released in 2021, just one that you played for the first time this year.

For me, Earthbound takes the cake. It took me several years to finally knock this classic RPG off of my backlog, but the experience I eventually had was worth every moment. I love a good RPG, and Earthbound’s fun setting, charming cast and writing, and solid battle system all combined to cement it as the best game I have played so far this year. Other candidates so far include Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, Hollow Knight, and Ghost of Tsushima.

What is the best game that you have played so far this year? Did it come out in 2021? What do you like so much about the game? Is there anything you are planning to play before the end of the year that could snag the crown? Let us know in the comment section below.

Nick Pearson
I'm the Reviews Editor here at Nintendo Enthusiast, and I'm a major fan of all consoles and eras.