I gotta say a few words for what turned out to be my GOTY, although I must say it wasn't an obvious pick, I can't say a single game from this year really blew me away.
I feel like Retro did an amazing job in modernizing the gameplay, level design, controls while still retaining what made the originals unique (the setting, the weight of the character, movement options, etc.)
And contrary to most people, I loved using the remote and nunchuk motion controls, shaking and drumming to trigger certain moves. It found it intuitive, always responsive, and at the risk of sounding like a cliche, it makes you feel like Donkey Kong. In Tropical Freeze they introduced a more classic control scheme but I was happy to see they kept this option, and played it that way too.
DKC Returns doesn't exactly revolutionize the genre, but to me it pretty much perfects it (and Tropical Freeze is even better!). I love those games, they offer a perfect synergy between controls, music, art style, gameplay and by doing so provide a level of immersion rarely touched by other platformers.
Pure videogaming fun!