Welcome to the First Round of the Deku Game of the Year Bracket Extravaganza

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Thank you to everyone who nominated a game for the Deku Game of the Year! We had over 100 nominations, so we took the top 32 most-nominated games and added them to our 32 most-popular 2023 releases to determine the full set of 64 games in the Deku Game of the Year Bracket Extravaganza!

We've divided these 64 games into four fearsome divisions:

For the next 48 hours, voting is open for the first round matchups in the Deku Discord. You’ll find full instructions in the #deku-goty-voting channel. Not in the Discord yet? Click here to join.

The full list of nominated games

Nintendo World

These are games published by Nintendo or primarily on Switch. Tears of the Kingdom has dominated sales in this category - can it dominate the brackets too?

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  2. Metroid Prime Remastered
  3. Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  4. Super Mario RPG
  5. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp
  6. Pikmin 4
  7. Fire Emblem Engage
  8. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe
  9. Pikmin 1+2 Bundle
  10. Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon
  11. Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE
  12. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass Waves 4,5,6 (DLC)
  13. WarioWare: Move It!
  14. Suika Game
  15. Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero (DLC)
  16. Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Future Redeemed (DLC)

AAA Hits

These are huge releases from established studios and/or IPs. Baldur's Gate 3 swept the Game Awards recently – we'll see if it can repeat that feat for the the Deku Game of the Year.

  1. Baldur's Gate 3
  2. STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor
  4. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  5. Resident Evil 4 Remake
  6. Alan Wake 2
  7. Diablo IV
  8. Dead Space
  10. Hogwarts Legacy
  11. Lies of P
  12. Starfield
  13. We Love Katamari REROLL + Royal Reverie
  14. Atomic Heart
  15. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
  16. LEGO 2K Drive

Indie Darlings

This could be the most wide open of our four divisions. Of these games, Chained Echoes was the most popular on Deku Deals, but we'll see if it's most popular with the voters.

  1. Chained Echoes
  3. Outer Wilds
  4. Blasphemous 2
  5. Vampire Survivors
  6. Mineko's Night Market
  8. Hi-Fi RUSH
  9. Bomb Rush Cyberfunk
  10. Cassette Beasts
  11. Wildfrost
  12. Trombone Champ
  13. My Time at Sandrock
  14. Venba
  15. Party Animals
  16. Pizza Tower

Outstanding Outliers

These are all fantastic games that defy easy categorization. This division had the smallest spread in Deku popularity and seems ripe for potential upsets.

  1. Sea of Stars
  3. Persona 4 Golden
  4. Dave the Diver
  5. Final Fantasy I-VI Pixel Remaster Collection
  6. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
  7. Star Ocean: The Second Story R
  8. Fae Farm
  9. Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection
  10. Sonic Superstars
  11. OXENFREE II: Lost Signals
  12. Persona 5 Tactica
  14. PARANORMASIGHT: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo
  15. Vernal Edge
  16. Afterimage