Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Best games of 2012: 3DS/ DS game of the year

As voted by you!

Through the month of November, we asked for you to vote for your favourite games of the year. You did (and in incredible numbers - thank you for that), and now it's time to announce the finalists and the winners. Each day we'll be revealing a new category.

How it works

The five games you'll see below are the top five games for each category based on the reader's votes. They are listed in no particular order. The final game is the winner.

If there are six games listed, then there was a tie for the 5th finalist in that category.

We'd love to hear what you think about each category, so please do let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Nintendo DS/ 3DS Game of the Year

The Finalists:

Kid Icarus: Uprising - The first Kid Icarus game in many years did not disappoint fans, with high challenge level, wonderfully designed levels, and plenty of energy. One of the best multiplayer games Nintendo has ever produced too.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy - This game is a Final Fantasy fan's dream, with a wonderful collection of songs, some simple, but elegant gameplay, and plenty of visual charm.

Diamond Trust of London - It seems we have a lot of people who use Kickstarter here at Digitally Downloaded. The only way to get this game was to support Jason Rohrer, and those who did found the purchase well worth the money, this is one of the best board games you'll ever find in digital form.

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask - Layton's puzzles might be getting a little familiar now, but the classic production values, brilliant writing and quantity of content makes this game essential.

Liberation Maiden - The gameplay of Goichi Suda's games is usually questionable, but the ideas are always unparalleled. This game is over in just a few hours, but it's a rollarcoaster that everyone should experience.

The Winner:

New Super Mario Bros 2 - Too many people decry the New Super Mario Bros series as not doing enough to advance the series in terms of gameplay.

Apparently these people have forgotten what fun is. New Super Mario Bros 2 is more of the same from Nintendo, but from where we're sitting that's a great thing. Tracking down all the game's secrets takes some real dedication and the level design is breathtaking.

It's got a nice twist to it, too. The focus on collecting coins does offer a unique experience for the Super Mario Bros series, so it's still worth looking into for even the most jaded gamer.
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