Kotaku Awards 2012: Nominate Your Favourite Handheld/Mobile Games

It's that time of the year again. Where we nominate, debate, vote and then finally declare our Kotaku game of the year. Each day this week we'll be taking nominations on different categories. First up -- mobile and handheld games!

It's a grey area, and putting handhelds and mobiles together isn't the ideal solution, but we're looking to drop one new category each day, and this has always seemed like the most efficient way to do things.

Okay, with that disclaimer out of the way let's get to the nominations, I'll drop a few of my own and leave the rest to you. Leave your nominations in the comments below and I'll make sure and add them all to the list we finally vote on.

My nominations for mobile/handheld game of the year are...

-- Ski Safari (iOS/Android) -- Ziggurat (iOS) -- Rayman Jungle Run (iOS/Android) -- Sound Shapes (PS Vita)

Now you!

Next week we'll add every game nominated into a poll, and we can all vote for Kotaku Australia's game of the year.




      But no, seriously -

      Gravity Rush on Vita was great. I also second Sound Shapes.

        Another vote for Gravity Rush. It wasn't perfect, but I really enjoyed it. I really hope there is going to be a GR2.

      I was going to say the exact same thing!

    - ToyBox (iOS)
    - Bad Piggies (iOS/Android)

    - Sound Shapes (PS Vita)
    - Pocket Planes (iOS/Android)
    - Gravity Rush (PS Vita)
    - Horn (iOS)

    My nominations are: Virtues Last Reward (3DS)
    Pushmo (it came out this year right).
    Zelda OoT 3D (3DS)

      Question: IS OoT allowed though? It may be on a handheld, but it did start its life as a fully fledged console game?

        Also, the fact that it was released in 2011 might preclude it from this :P

          Well... there's that fact too ;) lol

    Rayman: Jungle Run (iOS)

    Uhhhh, that's about it for me.

    Does Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask count as a 2012 game?

    * Wipeout 2048 (Vita)
    * Super Hexagon (iOS)
    * Gridrunner (iOS)
    * Delver (Android)

    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask on the 3DS would be worth a mention. Maybe even Resident Evil: Revelations on the 3DS. A lot of my favourite handheld games for 2012 have actually been old DS or 3DS titles from 2011.

    Amazing Alex( android) -Like many physics based puzzlers Amazing Alex makes you feel like a genius whenever you complete a puzzle. Combine that with Rovio's colourful art styles and some nice audio cues( especially the level complete tone) makes this one of, if not, Rovio's best game.

    Gravity Rush (PS Vita)
    Pokemon B2/W2 (NDS)
    NSMB2 (3DS)
    Kingdom Hearts 3D DDD (3DS)

    Sorry I don't play any mobile games :(

    I haven't played a lot of mobile games this year, but here goes.

    Pokemon BW2 because pokemon, and the Carmageddon ios port because it's a near perfect port of an imperfect yet classic game.

      +1 - Loving my iPhone 5 Carmageddaon-athon!

    Pokemon Black 2/White 2 (DS) - It's the game I've spent the most time with this year.
    Mutant Mudds (3DS eShop) - Wonderfully retro!

    That's about it :P Haven't got around to a lot of 2012 stuff yet (FallBlox is next on my list).

    Handheld and Mobile are still being combined into the same category? :\

      just to play the devils advocate on this one, but aren't handhelds rather mobile? & aren't mobiles designed to be hand-held?

      though yeah, I agree that they should be separate categories, but I can also see why they're put together.

    Mario Kart 7
    Resident Evil: Revelations
    Theatrythm: Final Fantasy

    True skate on IOS,


    Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (VITA/3DS)
    Peronsa 4: Golden (VITA)

    Persona 4 Golden (PSVita)
    Kingdom Hearts 3D (3DS)
    Gravity Rush (PSVita)
    Pokemon B2/W2 (DS)
    Virtues Last Reward (PSVita/3DS)

    The dig!

      Oooh... do the secret of monkey island games count?
      Given they were released onto iOS?

    I was going to nominate Jetpack Joyride, but that came out last year.

    So it's possible I have not played any mobile games that were released this year, at least none worth mentioning. I did play Ziggurat, but I hate it because I'm bad at it.

      I've been playing a lot of Jetpack Joyride this year as well. I just bought the nerd repellent gadget which makes the facility look abandoned.

    Punch Quest

    Not sure if these are strictly 2012 releases.. but these are my current favourites for this year:

    Asphalt 7: Heat (iPad)
    GTAL China Town Wars (iPad)

    Also, I am expecting big things from GTA: Vice City and Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Ed.

    Basically only played the Vita... but I will add in...

    Assassin's Creed : Liberation - It has bug problems, but largely they managed to keep what makes an AC game in place and it was great fun on the go (aside from the #*@^*@) light puzzles)

    Motorstorm RC - This is basically Motorstorm as a Micro Machines game, it was simple to play, addictive and tough and great fun playing against friends ghost times, etc...

    Mutant Blobs Attack - This is a really nice and charming platform game, can get tricky finding all the collectables. Touch screen integration wasn't broken and worked well for what they asked.

    Not sure if it came out this year or earlier, but Shinobi 3DS was pretty damn good.

    RE Revelations and Kid Icarus also kicked arse. Can't believe no one mentioned Kid Icarus yet.

    Also whoever said OoT3D, no - that was last year.

    Gravity Rush (PS Vita)

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