Nintendo Showdown: Celeste vs. Super Meat Boy

Celeste Super Meat Boy Nintendo Showdown

Welcome back to another edition of Nintendo Showdown! This is a weekly series at Nintendo Enthusiast, and it requires some audience participation. Every week we’ll compare two (or more) Nintendo games and pit them against each other in a showdown. Your votes decide the winner, so choose wisely. This week, in honor of the recent Indie World Showcase, we’re matching up two critically acclaimed indie games: Celeste and Super Meat Boy

These two masterpieces are both ultra-challenging platformers. They’ll push you to your wit’s end, but they’re so satisfying to beat. Which one is better? Help us decide by voting in the poll below, then leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Nintendo Showdown: Which platformer is better?

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy was one of the first indie games to become a household name in the modern era. It launched all the way back in 2010 as part of the now-defunct Xbox Live Arcade. Gamers were captivated by its intense difficulty and brutal nature. Its simple plot and graphics left players free to focus on its precise gameplay. And who could forget that soundtrack? Nearly a decade later, it’s still lauded as one of the best in the genre.


Like its competition, Celeste offers the player a tremendous challenge that never feels unfair. Its retro graphics are a thing of beauty, and its soundtrack will keep you captivated. It also features an emotionally impactful story that explores a young woman’s struggle with mental health issues. It resonated so heavily with players that it was nominated for Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2018.

Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.