This is a category that I feel gets overlooked by far too many people. Family Games are the ones that are inspiring the next generation of gamers. They’re the ones that convince parents to sit down and game with their kids. Here’s our prediction for which game will and should win family game of the year.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 – The Luigi’s Mansion games have been popular ever since their inception back on the Game Cube. Although the games are now using the loosest possible definition of the word ‘Mansion’, the formula is there. Defeat ghosts, find keys, open doors, save Mario/Peach/MacGuffin. Luigi’s Mansion 3 felt a little more tedious than the other games in the series, but was a solid entry nonetheless.
Ring Fit Adventure – It would be easy to get on here and make fun of Ring Fit Adventure. But games like it powered the Wii to 100 million consoles sold. Nintendo is a master at games that involve using your whole body, and to make it more than just an exercise simulator was a good call. It’s a fun, yet exhausting entry to the list.
Super Mario Maker 2 – We could literally copy and paste the case for the first Mario Maker game and add “except now it’s on a system someone actually owns.” The game caters to both people who like playing Mario, and people who like making Mario. It’s easy to understand and fun to play. The only points I dock are for those who don’t have the SNES controller attachment. Playing on the joy-cons is awful.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – This one is pretty simple. It sold a bajillion copies. Everyone has played it. No one has a bad thing to say about it. It’s probably going to get my vote for Game of the Year.
Yoshi’s Crafted World – Full disclosure, Yoshi’s Story was one of my favorite games growing up so I have a soft spot for this one. It’s a worthy successor, maintaining the child-like pleasant atmosphere without dumbing down the platforming much. That is unless you use mellow mode and literally just skip it. I could do without that.
Who will win – Super Smash Bros Ultimate – I don’t think there’s a lot of debate here. The game has an unbelievable install base on the Switch, has supplanted Smash Melee in competitive, and even gotten Nintendo to show a little bit of interest in esports.
Who should win – Super Smash Bros Ultimate – I think it’s a crime that Link’s Awakening Remake doesn’t even get a nomination in this category, although I know they included it in the action/adventure category. Still, even if it was, Smash Bros Ultimate would still get the nod from me. I’ve watched people from ages 8-70 play smash, that’s pretty impressive.