As voting for the Golden Joystick Awards 2012 enters its final weeks, we take a look at each of the individual categories. Today is the turn of Best Handheld category.
Best Handheld shortlist:
Who are we voting for?
Matt Cundy (UK Editor): Wipeout 2048 on Vita is Wipeout’s signature Speed/Design/Sounds formula tweaked to blissful perfection, which makes it all the more gutting that the Studio Liverpool team behind the series has been closed down. Massively instrumental in defining and popularising the PlayStation brand and bringing gaming at large to the masses as a cool, credible form of entertainment, a Golden Joystick is the very least Wipeout deserves in recognition of its contribution to gaming culture.
David Houghton (UK Associate Editor): It's Super Mario 3D Land. No question about it. Forget any nonsense you might have heard about it being a cut-down, simplified 3D Mario game. It's actually far from it. What we have in SM3DL is the absolute best qualities of original 2D Mario filtered through the lens of everything Nintendo has ever learned about 3D design. It's not like Super Mario Galaxy, because it's not trying to be. In stead it's a glorious re-realisation of everything Mario was about before polygons happened, and as such it's the finest and truest Mario game since the SNES.
Justin Towell (UK Content Editor): Even though I gave Mario Kart 7 my first ever 10/10 at review, I still think even that masterpiece is second to Super Mario 3D Land. I’ve seldom played a game that keeps the level of quality so high throughout its duration, nor one that works so well for novices or experts. It’s absolutely flawless and I love it, even after the 100th retry on that last extra level. I just wish I hadn’t finished it so completely because now there’s not really anything left to see.
Those are the handheld games getting our votes, but what about you – who are you voting for? Tell us in the comments.
Head to Golden Joystick Awards to vote. Voting closes 22 October. The Golden Joystick Awards 2012 take place 26 October.