Handheld Game of the Year: Nominees 2012

These are GameSpot's nominees for the 2012 Handheld Game of the Year.

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FPS1337
FPS1337

Either Resident Evil Revelations or Zero's Escape. Resident Evil Revelations pushes 3DS to its limits with content, graphics and sound, amazing game. Zero's Escape is just so replayable and its story is absolutely amazing. I feel Kid Icarus and Kingdom Hearts deserve to be on here as well, but Gamespot didn't like Kingdom Hearts,I thought it was amazing. Kid Icarus should be on here for sure though.

InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

The XBLA gets its own category and all the handhelds put together only make just one list?

Vita, 2DS, DS, PSP, Android, iOS, etc all get in one list, whilst the majority of the rest of the games are multi platform games that are repeated again and again...

 

Talk about M$-centric...

supertostadas
supertostadas

Where the f*ck is my Farming Simulator 2012!!!!!

BBA4LIFE
BBA4LIFE

Persona 4 all the way but the original has the PS2 award of 2008 for me anyways.

Zero Escape all the way... Hell it beats allot of non handheld games this year and I've bought it for the 3DS and Vita...

Funyarinpa96
Funyarinpa96

As much as I love Layton and Resident Evil, I've got to go for Virtue's Last Reward. It seriously blew my mind.

EndlessArc
EndlessArc

lol? no P4G? i'm surprised 

true, it was a re-release but it's not like it was just a HD re-release it did have a lot of enhancements, new story add-ons, a lot more voiced dialog, new S.Links

overall i'd say at least 30% of the game's content was purely new; and rest remastered

but oh well maybe i lack some knowledge as to how games get on this list

sebhary
sebhary

WHERE THE FUCK IS GRAVITY RUSH ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

bakasora
bakasora

Where is Persona 4?Epic fail list

Master_2
Master_2

hm...this is a tough one so i guess ill go for RE: Revelation and its not because im an RE fan its because it was one of the best Hand Held so far in this year. But Zero Escape and Professor Layton was good as well, they should have include a 2nd and 3rd place.

TheTitanBr
TheTitanBr

I guess Pokemon didn't enter this list because is a DS game, even have been relased this year.

blackace
blackace

I have no idea who will win as I haven't played any of these games. LBP has a good chance I guess.

Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

Little Big Planet Vita. Sorry, the game is just charming.

BFKamui503
BFKamui503

Persona 4 Golden, Professor Layton, Zero's Escape and Resident Evil all win with a four-way tie.

DEATH775
DEATH775

Yes I know that Persona 4 Golden is just a new version, but still this game is some good that I'm playing it 24/7

obsequies
obsequies

people complain about the lack of good vita games yet two of the best games on that list are vita's..eesh

advocacy
advocacy

My vote is for Resident Evil: Revelations.  The graphics and gameplay for that title are astonishing, for a handheld.

KaSeRRoR
KaSeRRoR

Little Big Planet Yo!

>=)

chronocross668
chronocross668

Sound shapes the most original game of the year with a 9.0 score, is going to lose to Last virtual reward.

What a joke lol.

Elann2008
Elann2008

I'd be very surprised if Resident Evil: Revelations doesn't win this.

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

Uncharted Golden Abyss wasn't even nominated! lol

Tomstad
Tomstad

As much as I like Professor Layton, I think Zero Escape should win this category.

prismtech
prismtech

must buy all of them.........

whartand2
whartand2

what?  No P4 Golden?  I don't care it's a re-release, they should have put it in as it's just an amazing enhancement to the original.  SNUB OF THE YEAR!!!

 

MarchingOrd3rZ
MarchingOrd3rZ

Professor Layton or Little Big Planet? Hmmmm....decisions, decisions!

LeBlancChien
LeBlancChien

this category misses Kid Icarus & P4G

 

anyway, VLR.. totally

h_graves
h_graves

Hard decision, but I think that I'm inclined towards Zero Escape, Re: Revelations gets the first finalist spot.

RayzerTag
RayzerTag

Zero Escape is my overall GOTY.

 

Kid Icarus probably should have been nominated over Resident Evil.

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

I had no idea Zero Escape is a sequel of 999. I'm interested now.

podracer35
podracer35

Zero Escape is my pick to win, but I'm honestly surprised Kid Icarus wasn't even mentioned! I guess the controls were really that big of a turn-off?

logicalfrank
logicalfrank

My pick is Resident Evil: Revelations. I am addicted to Raid Mode. My second choice would be either Little Big Planet Vita or Sound Shapes. I haven't played those two enough to pick between them though.

TomMcShea
TomMcShea

 @Master_2 I could tell you the second place finisher after the winner is revealed. There was a strong discussion between two of these games.

HandBananaFTW
HandBananaFTW

 @chronocross668

 I think it's more of a joke how the name of the game is right there and you STILL can't pronounce it correctly. Guess it goes to show that Virtue's Last Reward is for intelligent people only :)

bearsthegreat
bearsthegreat

 @Elann2008I loved playing Resident Evil: Revelations and was the best 3DS game I played as of yet. It was hella fun and all around great game! I have not played Zero Escape and wonder how that game is.

 

naruto0187
naruto0187

 @whartand2 I totally agree with you, man. I really was expecting P4G to be on this list, but man, what a downer. 

Death_the_Kidd
Death_the_Kidd

My reason: Virtue's Last Reward is such in incredible game that possesses a very developed and unique storyline, which many games don't offer nowadays. Although it may seem to lack in gameplay, all there is are puzzles and decisions, every aspect of the game seems to shine. The story pulls you in, the puzzles don't feel repetitive, but rather challenging, the characters make you love them or hate them, and the voice acting is the best since MGS and Persona.

 

Moreover, although RE is a good choice, there will always be an RE game coming out, as it is such a big franchise, Capcom won't let it die. But, VLR's future is uncertain. It's sales isn't amazing, despite being the game that it is, and even the game's writer Uchikoshi isn't sure whether there will be without popular support. VLR ended with an amazing cliffhanger, and I believe this series needs all the support it can get. Who's with me?

RayzerTag
RayzerTag

 @Big_Pecks It's just as good, if not better than 999. Keep in mind that the story ends a little more open than 999 because it builds into a (confirmed!) 3rd game. Still mindblowing though, and the puzzles are actually fun this time around. Also, many of 999's problems have been adressed.

Funyarinpa96
Funyarinpa96

I know what you mean,I want VLR to win anyway, but Resi will always be around. However, Uchikoshi talked about Zero Escape 3 on twitter. He couldn't just leave the series on a cliffhanger like that! Oh btw, nice username. Cool to see a soul eater fan:)