Racing to the finish
The Wii U had a solid 2014 in terms of software, with titles like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros. all gaining high scores and securing plenty of admirers.
Nintendo's console also picked up some much-needed momentum in commercial terms, too -- although as many industry analysts will tell you, it's still struggling to match the PS4 and Xbox One when it comes to awareness and third-party support.
Still, who needs those when you've got the best games, right? As if to hammer home just why Nintendo is untouchable in the video game arena, our friends at Eurogamer have just voted Mario Kart 8 as their game of 2014.
Not Destiny, not Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and not Dark Souls II, but Mario Kart 8.
And rightly so; Nintendo's latest racer is a complete and utter joy -- as you'll know if you were wise enough to consult our glowing review from the time of the release, or pick it up yourself.