Well, in the 4+ years since this thread, Justin will be glad to know that I've softened a bit on platformers. I think Shovel Knight and Tropical Freeze really did it for me. Tropical Freeze especially was absolute joy to play, even if it made me swear like a sailor just about the entire time I played it. I've actually been considering picking up DKC Returns lately just because I'm craving another game like TF. Banjo-Kazooie was pretty fun too, and though I'm not really in a rush to pick up Tooie anytime soon from XBL, Yooka-Laylee is one of my most anticipated games this year.