Okami on split joy-cons is actual bliss, I'm glad you're getting to play the best version first, unlike a certain other guy who had it at #4 for two years because he only played the crappy Wii version without credits still, it is a shame that you don't get the original credits music on the Switch version unless you set the language to Japanese, but well, at least you do get credits.
I might have to try Okami again on Switch this time. I tried the Wii version and gave up after a couple of hours because of the poor controls.
I don't know what the rankings are looking like at the moment, and I don't think it has a chance at the top 10, no, but Dark Souls does have a pretty good amount of points so far.
I do remember playing SMB3 a little as a kid - not sure if I had played more modern games before it at the time or not, but I didn't really care about that. Even as a kid, Mario games never did it for me, but if there was one that clearly stood out it was SMW. I get that people were hyped over SMB3, but the way I see it, it was just a worse version of a game that came very shortly after. Personally, to this day I just don't get what's so fun about SMB3, every time I decide to give it a chance and play it for a while to try to appreciate the masterpiece people say it is, I just don't have any fun at all, or at least not any more fun than I do playing SMB1 (which is, not much). I guess Mario games really just aren't for me, but out of the ones I've played there are some I at least enjoyed (and one I loved, but talking 2017 in this case is a bit beside the point), and I can't say that for SMB3 despite having tried several times to get into it.
To me SMB3 is much better than SMW, even though World is also a game I really like. I think one appeal of SMW is that it is more accessible to new players. It has a save feature and it lets you repeat levels and you also have Yoshi. To me, as a gamer, challenge and exploration are two of my biggest needs. SMB3 has just the right challenge level and it has so many damn secrets. I remember the first time I found a hammer bros suit in Mario 3. I felt totally OP. This was the toughest enemy since the first game and now I could be him. That was just awesome! And it was also a huge reward because I was looking everywhere for secret stuff. Even with all these power-ups the final world is still challenging. On the other hand SMW just feels too easy. You can repeat levels and stockpile lives. That takes a lot of the challenge out of the game.
We could now that we finalized our own lists take a peek at the lists of others and make the new years resolution to choose a game and play it this year from a different list which we don't know yet. I wanted to play Neverwinter Nights already the last year, but didn't came around to it, so I should try this year. Also I always only play Heroes of Might and Magic 3, I should also try out other parts in the series, namely 2, which is high on Liquid_Lasers list.
I already played Katamari Damacy in December, which is a great game and qualifies for my next years list. One of the games that don't get old, like Okami.
You should also play Final Fantasy Tactics.
I looked at your list and these are the games that look most interesting to me (out of the ones I haven't played):
Okami (mentioned above)
Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land
Okami and Ys VIII are very likely candidates for me to play in the following year, because I am mostly focused on Switch games right now. But I will see if I can fit in one of the others too.
*I actually tried Etrian Odyssey 2 on 3DS, and I was really getting into it. I played like 10-20 hours but then I realized that I don't like the story mode. The story does nothing for me and one of the main things I liked about Wizardry is making my own party. After I restarted, I realized that I didn't want to replay through everything again though (so I never finished the game). Also a lot of the character classes seem unintuitive to me. Their casters don't seem like the typical wizard and cleric. Is there one entry of Etrian Odyssey that is considered to have better character classes than the others? Or would I be better off just playing Wizardry on the PS2?