Gorogoa is unlike any other game on this list. This gorgeous puzzler centers on a boy pursuing a divine beast through artful four-panel grids. As the player, you shift, switch and change these panels in an effort to find a connection between all the pieces before moving on to the next level. There is no language in the game, and the only audio that can be heard is music. But that's just the thing -- Gorogoa speaks for itself.
Zen Studios is a studio known for games about hitting balls; particularly the Pinball FX series and Castlestorm. So when I saw they had made minigolf game, I got a little excited. I loved minigolf as a kid, until the place I went to was shut down and turned into a Hardee's. For years, there weren't many golf games outside EA's series. Thankfully, Infinite Minigolf is as its name claims: infinite. Along with a group of premade courses, the game also comes with a course-maker that allows you to roll through nonstop playlist of custom courses, making this a great pick-up-and play title.
If someone were to pitch you a game that is part match-three puzzle game, part side-scrolling beat-em-up, and part cooking game, you would probably think "There is no way those three disparate genres could possibly come together to make anything good." And you would be wrong. Battle Chef Brigade takes those three genres and combines them into something more than palatable. You play as Mina, a human chef who has recently ran away from her village to try and join the titular brigade. Along the way you'll meet and battle other chefs while leveling up and learning new moves and recipes. Not in the mood for story? Try the Daily Cook-Off and work your way up the leaderboards.
A randomly generated dungeon where giant anthropomorphic bullets shoot guns at you isn't just a fever dream I had at a gunshow, it's also the premise of Enter the Gungeon. This roguelike twin-stick shooter boasts a plethora of unlockable upgrades and an array of wacky bosses, including a muscle-bound seagull wielding a gatling gun and a gorgon wielding uzis. Gungeon is not an easy game, but it's also not impossible, and with its tutorial and Ammonomicon informing you of what all the items you gathered do, you'll be a great Gungeoneer in no time.
Snipperclips is an exceedingly adorable puzzle game where you play alone or with a friend as Snip and Clip and try to solve a variety of puzzles. After undertaking the main course of puzzles, try out the party mode for up to four players. If you're feeling competitive, there's also Blitz mode with a unique take on basketball, hockey, and even a deathmatch mode. It should be noted that this game has nothing to do with Full House or any catchphrases popularized by Dave Coulier.
Dig down, get gems, kill monsters, sell gems, repeat. Dig down, get gems, kill monsters, sell gems, repeat. Buy upgrades, get new gear, solve the mystery of the missing miners, find your missing friend, dig some more. SteamWorld Dig 2 is a masterful action-adventure platformer that offers a variety of missions, areas, gear, and a cast of colorful characters to interact with. Striking a good balance in difficulty, the game is also a good length and doesn't waste any time.
Do you like third person shooters but don't think they have enough style? Are you a fan of young, hip cephalopods? Have you always wished for a Jackson Pollock simulator? Then Splatoon 2 should be right up your alley. Centered around Inkopolis Square, you battle against other squid kids, using various paint guns, buckets, and brushes to cover as much as you can with your team's color as possible. If you get tired of being competitive, there's always Salmon Run, a wave-based horde mode that pits you and three teammates against a bunch of crazed octopi. Also worth noting is the game's sizable story mode. Outside of that, there's plenty of clothes and weapons to unlock and even a rhythm game to check out!
The worst part about the original release of Mario Kart 8 was that it was on the Wii U. A fine system in and of itself, it wasn't exactly a top seller. Nintendo made the smart decision to re-releasing the game and include all the downloadable content into one shiny new package: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Along with all the racing and tracks you could want, the battle mode also makes its appearance again after missing out on the non-Deluxe version of 8. Sorry, Wii U.
Everyone knows that Mario has been around for over 30 years and is one of the most recognizable characters of any media across the entire world. Nintendo could very well just rerelease and remake the same two types of platformers over and over again and get it away with it -- but they haven't, and still don't. Super Mario Odyssey feels like the absolute culmination of the entirety of the series' life and in some areas, a culmination of all 3D platformers. It's an endlessly joyful game with plenty of collectibles and worlds to explore.
Breath of the Wild is simply one of the best video games to have ever been made. I know game lists tend to be hyperbolic, but Breath of the Wild does so many things right while both adhering to tradition and forging its own path, its greatness cannot be understated.
Like every other Zelda game, BotW gives you plenty of tools to complete your journey -- but this time, nothing is stopping you from using those tools the way you want. Encountered a pressure plate puzzle and can't find anything in the room to place on it? Just empty a bunch of items out of your inventory onto it. Stuck in a lightning storm with a bunch of enemies? Throw any metallic object near them and watch as lightning not only strikes the object but also the enemy. It's a brilliant game, and deserving of your time.