When it comes to game titles that are unnecessarily wordy, one game stands out in 2023: Mon-Yu: Defeat Monsters And Gain Strong Weapons And Armor. You May Be Defeated, But Don’t Give Up. Become Stronger. I Believe There Will Be A Day When The Heroes Defeat The Devil King. While this title may seem motivational, it is a mouthful. However, compared to those SEO-chasing scam games lurking in the depths of the Switch eShop, Mon-Yu’s title is relatively tame. Interestingly, this year saw a decrease in the number of semi-colons in game titles, which was a welcome change.

Dredge is a game that defies categorization. It combines elements of fishing, horror, and RPG, creating a unique and captivating experience. Its unconventional nature is what makes it stand out and resonate with players. Developed by Black Salt, Dredge received high praise in our review, with a score of 8/10. If you haven’t had a chance to try Dredge yet, it is definitely worth your time and attention. Its blend of genres creates a memorable and engaging gameplay experience.

Among the many impressive icons released for the Switch this year, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater shines brightly. While Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 may have its flaws, the arrangement of all three main MGS games in a neat and visually stunning dashboard icon is undeniably satisfying. Illustrated by Yoji Shinkawa, Kojima Production’s concept artist, the Snake Eater icon stands out for its exceptional use of color. It is a visually striking representation of one of gaming’s most iconic franchises.

Outer Wilds finally made its way to the Nintendo Switch this year, and it was well worth the wait. Although it arrived late in the year, it earned an impressive score of 9/10 in our review. Unfortunately, most of us haven’t had the opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in the game yet, as we had already finalized our top games of the year. However, the holidays will provide ample time to delve into the mysteries of Outer Wilds. Our reviewer, Jim, raves about the game, so it is definitely one to look forward to experiencing.

Digital Eclipse has solidified its position as one of the most significant developers in the gaming industry. The Making of Karateka, part of their ‘Gold Master Series,’ exemplifies their commitment to preserving and honoring gaming history. This immersive experience allows both veterans and newcomers to not only enjoy Karateka in its entirety but also gain insight into the game’s creation process. With their upcoming release, Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story, Digital Eclipse continues to contribute to the preservation and celebration of gaming’s rich heritage.

Vampire Survivors is a game that demands begrudging respect despite its ability to consume hours of our lives. Undoubtedly addictive, it captivates players to the point where time seems to disappear. Many members of the Nintendo Life team can attest to its ability to disrupt healthy sleep patterns. While it may be a game that we love to hate, its addictiveness and immersive qualities make it worthy of recognition.

As we conclude our unique take on the Nintendo Life Alternative Game Awards 2023, we hope you’ve enjoyed this alternative perspective on the standout games and moments of the year. Stay tuned for more “alt” awards on the next page, and while you peruse, why not indulge in some chocolates?


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