As the 2010s wind down to their close, a natural opportunity for reflection arises. This month has been loaded with celebration as one outlet after another has dug deep into an astounding decade of games and spotlighted the best of the best. Necessarily, though, a few seem to always be left out of the discussion–there is a lot of ground to cover, after all. Nintendo, for example, has had an amazing ten years with dozens and dozens of fantastic first-party titles. Plenty of us have found some rather unorthodox favorites that avoid the normal accolades. What are the most underrated Nintendo games this decade?
I can think of three right off the bat. All three games enjoyed solid reception, but do never secured any legacy nearly proportionate to their actual quality. Kid Icarus: Uprising faded from the spotlight much too quickly and, criminally, has not received a sequel. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon has been overshadowed by its predecessor and successor, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has, despite its two ports, failed to secure a persistent following. All of these games were great titles and among the best Nintendo games of their respective release years, and while they might not deserve accolades next to Super Mario Galaxy 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, they absolutely deserve at least some love for their creative gameplay, contagious personalities, and pure Nintendo charm.
What do you think were the most underrated Nintendo games of the decade? Even if the title you have in mind was well-received, there are so many great games out there that some just fade from the limelight without making the mark that they deserve to leave. Honor those games now in the comments.