Super Mario 3D World
Wii U / Nintendo / 2013
I was never a big Mario fan, but when I got my Wii U and I already had the two games I most wanted on the system at the time, getting this game was a must - but it wasn't just an obligation, since unlike most games in this franchise I actually always thought this one looked good. And when I played it, oh man was it good. Super Mario 3D World maybe took a little bit of time to get going, but after the first few worlds it starts to get very interesting and challenging with some incredible level design and variety. The amount of content here is absolutely insane, and this game was really awesome. What wasn't awesome, though, was forcing me to replay it 5 times to get all the stamps (I know I'm supposed to do it multiplayer, but I have no friends).