Game of the Year: Nintendo Life Reader Awards 2011
Posted by James Newton
The votes are in!
Last week we opened up the Nintendo Life Game of the Year 2011 Readers' Vote, giving you the opportunity to commemorate the very best titles of the past 12 months.
We received over 6,000 votes over the course of a week, and after stringent verification we've tallied them all up to reveal the games you voted as the best of 2011.
Readers' Wii Game of 2011
An absolute landslide in Link's favour, mopping up nearly three-quarters of the vote, Skyward Sword also grabbed the coveted Nintendo Life Wii Game of the Year. An adventure of inimitable spirit and imagination, this was clearly worth the five year wait, and the year's best argument for motion controls.
Readers' DS Game of 2011
Pokémon Black & White — 38%
The monster-battling phenomenon took to DS again in 2011 with its best instalment yet. The fact you only see new Pokémon in the story mode was a fantastic move to recreate the sense of wonder trainers felt in their first adventure, and enhanced online trade and battle features were most welcome.
Second place: Kirby Mass Attack — 15%
Third place: Professor Layton and the Last Specter/Spectre's Call — 10%
Readers' 3DS Game of 2011
Super Mario 3D Land — 42%
Fending off the off-road advances of his kart-based rival, Super Mario 3D Land showed that when it comes to portable platforming, the plumber is king.
Readers' DSiWare Game of 2011
A free multiplayer Zelda game was always going to win this award, but its margin of victory is almost embarrassing. It's only free until 27th February, so if you haven't downloaded it yet make sure you don't miss out.
Readers' eShop game of 2011
Pullblox/Pushmo — 40%
Another runaway winner, Intelligent Systems' blocky puzzler is equal parts clever, cute and downright fiendish sometimes. Throw in a level editor that lets you share your creations online and you've got the complete package. A deserving victor.
Readers' WiiWare Game of 2011
MotoHeroz — 35%
RedLynx's MotoHeroz proves that there is room for quality on WiiWare, and that players are willing to pay for it. The daily race challenges provided one of the best reasons to keep powering up your Wii in 2011, providing more value for money than most cheaper WiiWare games — or even disc releases.