Kotaku Awards 2014: Best Handheld Game

2014 is about to come to a close, therefore it's time to look back and reflect on the games and experiences that shaped that year. We also need to coldly and cruelly isolate the 'best'experiences and hand out awards. Today we're talking about handheld games. Which was you favourite? Let's nominate!

Here's what we're going to do. Today I'm going to take nominations. The week after I'm going to take your nominations and create a poll. You are then going to vote on that poll. The week after that we'll announce the winners. So if you could, please leave your own nominations in the comments below.

Here are some of my own personal favourites to kick things off...

OlliOlli Super Smash Bros. Hohokum

Personally I think it's been a bit of a rubbish year for handheld games. 2013 was ridiculous to the point where my two favourite games were 3DS games. This year has been a little disappointing in comparison.

Or am I completely, utterly wrong? Drop your nominations below!


    Fantasy Life


      Probably my GOTY, its what I always wanted Animal Crossing to be and then some!

        Agreed. I can't stop playing it. I love that you kind of need every class for something.

    tomadachi life was probably my favourite this year.
    is this an australian or american kotaku poll? Bravely default was 2014 in America wasn't it?

      Seconding Tomodachi. Still checking it, not as often as I did when it was new, but still more than any other handheld game (bar Smash)

      Australian-only. We normally do the US awards in January.

      Haha, yeah I was about to ask that same question.

    Apparently I've only bought two 3DS games from this year - Kirby and Smash. And I haven't even touched Kirby yet.

    Totally got nothing on last year. Even if I pretty much only played last year's games this year.

    Tug of War With Mrs. Palmer and Her 5 Daughters 3DS

      Whoa, that's in 3D now?

      I'll have to get in on some of that action.

        Yup! It's like, at least 50% better than the original 2D version. Shame about the micro transuctions though. :(

      Is this like...a masturbation game?

      Last edited 24/11/14 3:30 pm

    Only bought one handheld game this year, so I guess Smas Bros. is my pick.

    It is pretty awesome though. picked it up on Friday and I just unlocked the second challenge page yesterday.

    (Vita) Freedom Wars
    (Vita) Hatsune Miku Project Diva f (western release counts!)
    (Vita) Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd (release in the same year!)
    (Vita) Monster Monpiece (does it count if not released in Aus - stupid censors - but released in EU/NA?)
    (Vita) Frozen Synapse Prime
    (Vita) Tales of Hearts R

    (3DS) Smash Bros
    (3DS) Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Saphire
    (Vita) Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remastered

    Does Theatrhythm Curtain Call count? I've lost so much time playing that and by far most played hand-held game. But then it is just an updated version of an older game.

    I was just reminded that that Senran Kagura Cooking Mama game (whatever it was called) came out this year.

    Definitely the forerunner, right there.

      Senran Kagura Bon Appetit!

      I feel like I need a hot shower and a steel scourer everytime I play it :/

    Didn't play a lot of new handheld stuff, but from what I did play I'm gonna go with OlliOlli on Vita.

    Shovel Knight - haven't played a game like this in a long time. Finished it the other week and was legitimately sad about it. Started a new game straight away.

    Persona Q
    Etrian Odyssey and Persona are my jams, so this combination was manna from heaven for me.

    Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed
    ... deserves a special award just for the title.

    I'd suggest Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, for which the combat system is ridiculously deep, but it gets a bit grindy. Main quest is pretty interesting, however.

    A little premature, as the year isn't over yet, and Persona Q doesn't come out until next week. Can I nominate Persona Q in advance? Based on the pedigree of previous games (Persona and Etrian Odyssey), it will probably devour more of my time than every other handheld game this year put together.

    List of nominations:
    Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
    Danganronpa 1 & 2
    Super Smash Bros 3DS

    Minecraft Vita!! It's the exact same (console version) game in your hands, with exchangeable saves. It's not an original nomination but goddamn, I'm still not sick of it.

    Shin Megami Tensei IV

    Danganronpa 1&2, for being the most gripping visual novels i've ever played. (with 2 being miles above the first, however they both deserve nominations)

    Freedom Wars, for being a really great Hunting game.

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      I've just finished Danganronpa 1 and i was going to wait a bit before picking up 2, because most reviews i read made it sound like more of the same (not a bad thing) but with less interesting characters. In your opinion how is 2 better than 1?

        The characters in two are better, you are given a reason to care about every death whereas no one really cared about Leon, Sayaka or Junko/Mukuro being killed in the school life since you didn't get to know them well enough.

        The culprits of each death were not as easy to predict as in the first game and the crime scenes and reasons behind it were superior, though this is a matter of personal opinion.

        I went into 2 expected more of the same as the first game, which it is, just bigger and better.

    It was actually a good year for handheld releases, it's all just a matter of subjective opinion depending on what kinds of games you like. My nominations would be Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited and Etrian Odyssey Untold.

    Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
    Smash Bros. For 3DS
    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright (came out this year for EU, AUS and USA, but Japan original release was 2012, if that counts?)

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