5. Super Mario Maker
The 2D platformer to end all platformers, Super Mario Maker is the ultimate reason to jump in and purchase a Wii-U, providing more than enough value thanks to the prospect of user-generated levels in no less than four beloved Super Mario art styles seen in previous games. You have the opportunity to be as mean or as kind as you’d like by creating your own levels, but if you simply want to relax and while away the evenings into the early hours of the morning Super Mario Maker will never fail to impress.
4. Braid (2008)
Single-handedly kick-starting the downloadable game market as we know it, Braid is the ingenious brainchild of independent developer Jonathan Blow who seeked to weave the idea of rewinding time into the fabric of a game’s play style. Although falling slightly more into the genre of a puzzle-platformer, Braid takes the tried and tested character motivation of ‘rescuing a princess’ to deliver a truly unique and memorable experience wrapped in a gorgeous art style.
3. Ratchet and Clank (2016)
One of the best entries in PlayStation’s beloved intergalactic platforming series (let’s not mention the movie), 2016’s rebooted version of the original Ratchet and Clank truly lived up to Insomniac’s original promise of delivering a playable Pixar movie. Short but sweet in a neat little package that doesn’t outstay its welcome, Ratchet and Clank never ceases to surprise players with it’s interesting worlds, loveable characters and imaginative weapons that make for one of this decade’s best 3D platformers.
2. Sonic Advance
Upon release, Nintendo’s beloved Gameboy Advance was no stranger to a whole breadth of 2D side-scrollers which seemed to dominate the platform throughout its entire lifecycle. Who knew that one of the best examples of this would manifest itself as a return to form for everybody’s not so beloved hedgehog speedster Sonic, in the aptly named Sonic Advance. A thrilling adventure reminiscent of the series’ previous Genesis titles, Sonic Advance is colourful, vibrant and a blast to play in small chunks.
A delightfully whimsical and inventive 3D platformer from the creative minds at Double Fine, Psychonauts was an underappreciated gem when initially released yet has since developed such a passionate cult following that we’ll be seeing a fan-funded sequel relatively soon. In Psychonauts you’ll play as young telepath Raz as he attempts to prove himself worthy of a place at Whispering Rock Summer Camp through expertly designed levels and an inventive story like nothing else out there!