What a year 2012 has been. We've had an all-new Nintendo console, three new Mario games, the first ever Pokemon sequels plus the return of an old hero in Kid Icarus: Uprising. All that was missing was a new Zelda game. But what were the best games of the year?
Well, we want you to decide! Team ONM have been discussing the best Wii U, 3DS, DS and Wii games for the ONM Awards and the winners for each category will be announced in issue 91 of Official Nintendo Magazine which goes on sale on 16 January. However, the winner for the most important award will be decided by you. The ultimate game of the year.
You simply have to vote for your favourite game from our carefully picked shortlist (many arguments were had over this) and the winner will be revealed in the mag. Be sure to leave your comments as the best ones will be featured in the mag!
So will it be Kid Icarus: Uprising or Kingdom Hearts? Pokemon Black and White 2 or Project Zero 2? Nintendo Land or New Super Mario Bros U? Take a look at all the nominees and then vote on the final page.
You don't need any prior knowledge of the series to enjoy Connor's battles against the British and bears during the American War Of Independence. Smacking a tomahawk down on a dog's head might be a bit much for animal lovers (why do PETA pick on Mario and Pokemon when there are games like this?) but there is arguably no cooler moment in 2012 than leaping between the trees in the vast frontier or running over rooftops in Boston. It's what fans of the series have been enjoying for years and now, thanks to Wii U, we can too. Have a read up on Wikipedia about Desmond's story and then join in on the fun.
Not may people bought the first Rhythm Paradise game on Wii but those who did probably wouldn't have smiled more when playing a game in 2012. In what other game did you get to blow up an inflatable boxer to jab a punchbag full of screws, or whack golf balls hurled by a mandrill to a distant island? To do this you simply needed to press the A button; we haven't had so much fun doing so little since WarioWare: Smooth Moves.
You may be surprised to learn that some of our best games of 2012 have been released through the 3DS eShop but you shouldn't be shocked by the inclusion of Fallblox. After all, this is the sequel to the best 3DS eShop game of all time: the mighty Pullblox. Rather than just throwing new puzzle blocks at us, Intelligent Systems made things tougher as blocks now fall if they're unsupported and you can now wander all the way around the blocks. We were worried that this would mess with the purity of the original, but completing the puzzles feels more rewarding than ever.