Kotaku Awards 2013: Nominate Your Handheld Game Of The Year

It's that time again: game of the year time! At Kotaku Australia we have a little process when it comes to awarding our games of the year. It's a three week process. We nominate in week one, vote on week two, and then announce the final winners in week three! So let's get to nominating! First up: handheld games!

Long time readers may remember that we used to bundle handheld games with mobile games in our awards. That may have been one of the more controversial decisions when it came to our awards so I've decided to add five more awards this year, and split mobile games from handheld games. I think it makes sense.

So — nominations please! As always, I'll open up with a few nominations of my own. Some of my favourite handheld games of the year have been...

Hotline Miami (PlayStation Vita) Luigi's Mansion 2 (3DS) The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) Tearaway (PlayStation Vita)

Now you go! I think this year has been a super strong year for handhelds, so this might be on of the more interesting votes! Let us know your nominations in the comments below.


    Personally couldn't support Hotline Miami as I played the game on its original platform (PC) on release.

    I'm yet to play A Link Between Worlds, and wasn't that taken with Luigi's Mansion 2, so that leaves me with Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokémon X & Y.

    As much as I've loved the new Pokémon games, I'm going to be boring and go with Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Simply because I've spent so much time on it this year (300 + hours to be precise). Easily my most played game this year, and I'm yet to lose interest in it. So many things to do, and a great expansion of the series.

    I'm seriously finding it difficult to believe any game is going to win this other than Pokemon X/Y. . .

      Yeah, stuff it. I'll retract my original vote and go with Pokémon X/Y!

    yet to play X/Y but link between worlds is great so far :)

    Animal Crossing New Leaf.

    Year Walk.

    Luigi's Mansion 2.

    Pokemon Y. Because X can get stuffed.

    Pokemon X/Y
    Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies
    Steamworld: The Dig
    Animal Crossing New Leaf
    Fire Emblem Awakening

    Last edited 25/11/13 11:48 am

      For being the first to mention both Phoenix Wright and Fire Emblem, you deserve all the upvotes

      I completely agree; specifically with Fire Emblem: Awakening (by far the best game on the 3DS!)

    Fire emblem
    Pokemon X/Y
    Mario 3d Land
    Not sure what else

      Super Mario 3D Land won't count, was released at the end of 2011.

    Persona 4 Golden.

    EDIT: EU release was Feb 22, 2013.

    Last edited 25/11/13 11:46 am

      Won't deny P4G is one of the best handheld games I've played and I'd nominate it too, but it was technically released in 2012 in JP and NA, and early 2013 in EU. I'm not sure if it counts, but if it does then it has my vote.
      EDIT: haha I see you updated it before I managed to hit reply.

      Last edited 25/11/13 11:53 am

        Yeah, after I posted the comment I had a moment of doubt. Surely Mark would have listed it if it had been released in 2013, right? :-)

    Hands down Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. A fantastic Zelda experience, and a great game period.

    Special mention also goes to Luigis Mansion 2.

    I am pretty excited for Bravely Default too, but it's a week or so away yet.

    Pokémon X/Y
    Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    Fire Emblem: Awakening
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Luigi's Mansion 2

    In that order, I think.

    @markserrels are you including Hotline Miami just to set precedent for allowing ports so that you can nominate Wind Waker HD for console goty?

    Pokemon X/Y
    Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies
    Bravely default?

    - Link Between Worlds (3DS) - Only an hour or so in, but it's like my teen years all over again. LttP/LA worthy.
    - Soul Sacrifice (Vita) - Managed to live up to it's hype.
    - Persona 4 Golden (Vita) - 'nuff said.
    -Black Rock Shooter : The Game (PSP) - A fitting reminder why I loved the PSP so much, and have done since launch. It just has all these games, man.

    I got a few:

    Persona 4 Golden
    Luigi's Mansion 2
    Fire Emblem: Awakening
    Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

    Also, I am really enjoying the Bravely Default demo but I guess seeing as it's not actually out it can't be nominated.

      Oh damn, how could I forget Pokemon X/Y

    Pokemon X/Y

    Maybe we should just skip the voting and give the award now :)

    I think if Bravely Default was out, it would be getting a fair few nominations right now.

    Fire Emblem Awakening
    Luigis Mansion 2
    Pokémon X/Y
    Zelda - A Link Between Worlds
    Bravely Default - I'll just assume its awesome.

    Gotta be Zelda - A link between worlds... This game is scratching every itch i have for a handheld game. I have sunk hours into it already and i love the feeling of nostalgia it inspires but it still feels new and fresh!

    Having a good think about it - the only thing which comes to mind is:

    Velocity Ultra (Vita) - such a sublime blend of vertically scrolling action, along with crazy puzzle trickery with teleportation.

    (I've not played Tearaway yet, and not put enough time into some of the 3DS games. Plus, TxK hasn't dropped yet on Vita… that's the one I'm most excited for to be honest…)

    Fire Emblem: Awakening
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
    The new Streetpass Games. (Mii Squad/Battle/Mansion/Garden)

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    I'm sorry, but if it's anything other than Persona 4 Golden, then there are simply too many people that haven't played it. Not just my handheld GOTY, but my game of this generation, and perhaps my favourite game of all time.

      I heard so many good things about this game (in fact ONLY good things) so I was excited to give it a try...so not my thing though, I was a little dissapointed. I'm not bagging the game at all, I just musn't be an RPG sort of person. Same happened with Virtues Last Reward, only heard good things, thought it was a massive anticlimax.

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