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SegmentNext Awards: Best Platformer of 2013

Platformer games hold a special significance in my heart. Why? I grew up playing these games. Rayman and Mario are among my favorite characters of all time.

And it’s good to see them again in 2013. We got many great platformer games in 2013 both on consoles and handhelds. The importance of platformers can be judged by Knack being a launch title for Playstation 4.

Enough with beating around the bush, let’s get to the best platformer of 2013 but first, a glimpse at the nominees:

  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Rayman Legends
  • Skylanders Swap Force
  • Guacamelee!
  • Stealth Inc

The winner is Super Mario 3D World.

I’ll come straight to the point; Super Mario 3D World is definitely one of the best games of 2013. Like I have mentioned in other awards categories; people think that making a same game over and over again tends to get stale at some point. And they are quite right, but then we have wizards at Nintendo, who like to make an exception.

Spoilers ahead! It’s not Princess Peach getting kidnapped by Bowser this time. But wait, you’ll know almost at the beginning of the game.

You will get to choose from four different characters; each with its own advantages. Luigi can jump to the highest altitude, Peach can float over gaps, Toad is the fastest of all, and Mario, well, he’s the odd-job plumber.

The only downside of the game is that you get to choose your character at the very beginning of each level. One can’t switch between characters while playing a level which is kind of a bummer as some characters are more suitable to certain situations.

Super Mario 3D World offers a ton of new features and upgrades. For instance, Cat Suit allows your character to cling on to any surface and climb the wall like Spiderman, which makes exploration more fun.

You can also create a clone army of your character, which adds a lot to the experience. All in all, it keeps on adding new things at different levels which adds spice to the game.

Super Mario 3D Land also features a four player co-op mode which is competitive and fun. Moreover, the free roam during the world map is a nice little addition. The game’s sound made me its fan in an instant. The sound art comprises of an amalgam of Contemporary and Jazz music and complements the levels and vibe of the game.

Without a doubt, Super Mario 3D World is one of the best Mario games in recent years. This is the game which can even compel you to buy a Wii U.

Runner-Up: Rayman Legends
Rayman: Legends has been developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and is a direct sequel to critically acclaimed Rayman: Origins. Rayman: Legends sticks to the roots of Origins in terms of gameplay mechanics which include collecting Lums, taking out enemies/bosses, freeing Teensies, etc.

Globox, Teensies, and Barbara along with her sisters are also included as playable characters in the game. However, you will have to unlock them at certain stages.

The game runs on 1080p and 60 frames per second on Wii U and has also been announced for Playstation 4 and Xbox One.