Game of the Year: Nintendo On

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For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!

The time right before a new video game console is unveiled is arguably more exciting than the reality of the new console itself, especially when it comes to Nintendo. As the company has become more committed to introducing fresh ideas with its hardware, predicting what those innovations might be has become a hobby for gaming analysts. Before the Wii took the world by storm with motion controls, we were all wondering what Nintendo’s “Revolution” was going to look like. One of these predictions, the Nintendo On, was so compelling that it earns this week’s Game of the Year award.

Released before E3 2005 as a purported “leak” of Nintendo’s next console,