Next year is going to be huge for handheld gaming. The last couple of years have been dominated by Apple’s incursions into the market but a reinvigorated Nintendo 3DS console and Sony’s powerful PlayStation Vita should ensure that 2012 will have a different story.
Without any serious opposition from the PSP, this year’s handheld game of the year discussions were always going to be centred around Nintendo. We did manage to see a few votes cast for some of the year’s best iOS games and one DS title made the chart but the 3DS, with its familiar franchises, led the way.
Mario is difficult to beat when he’s at his best and so it was this year with the iconic moustachioed mascot winning TheSixthAxis’ Handheld Game of the Year 2011 for Mario Kart 7 on the Nintendo 3DS.