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Best Platformer of 2019

Best Platformer of 2019 - Article

by Brandon J. Wysocki , posted on 29 December 2019 / 3,189 Views

From the likes of Pitfall! to Super Mario, and the eventual introduction of Sonic and Rayman, platformers were synonymous with videogames for me from my earliest days of gaming. While I eventually broadened my horizons beyond platformers (and Madden), they remain an integral element in my personal gaming experience, along with gaming as a whole. A number of this year's shortlisted titles pay homage to the genre's humble beginnings, not least in Super Mario Maker 2, but also show how the genre as a whole has continued to evolve and expand over time with franchises like Trials.


The Shortlist:

Yoshi’s Crafted World

Yoshi's Crafted World

Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Shovel Knights: King of Cards

Super Mario Maker 2

Mario Maker 2

Trials Rising

Trials Rising


The Winner:

 Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2

I think most would agree that Mario is the long reigning king of platformers. Take key components from some of his best 2D outings to create a palette from which you can build a near infinite amount of custom stages. Add in an entertaining and helpful tutorial/story mode, the ability to download the creations of others, as well as regular updates and add-ons from Nintendo, and you get an incredibly comprehensive platforming experience, and our Best Platformer of 2019.

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Arfen (on 29 December 2019)

Yooka Lyle and the imposible lair deserves a spot here

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coolbeans Arfen (on 30 December 2019)

I heard it's great, but I haven't gotten around to playing it yet. Would've been nice just as a means to include a 5th nominee.

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SwitchUP (on 30 December 2019)

Trials being a platform game just doesnt feel right, haha.

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Machina SwitchUP (on 30 December 2019)

I've always thought the core of the franchise is platforming challenges than anything else, despite the more recent games introducing multiplayer races.

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SpaceLegends SwitchUP (on 30 December 2019)

Admittedly, Trials being classified as a platformer stood out as peculiar to me as well...though labels in general tend to be a disservice to the complexity of life (and gaming).

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