Game of the Year: Nintendo Life Reader Awards 2011
Posted by James Newton
Over 6,000 votes were cast in our end of year poll, but what game did you name as the best of 2011?
Did Zelda pull off a double win by netting both Reader and Staff awards, or did Mario impress enough to shut Link out? Did Operation Rainfall raise enough awareness to put Xenoblade Chronicles in the top spot, or is there a real wildcard at number one?
Readers' Ultimate Game of 2011
Netting 52% of the votes, Skyward Sword is the overwhelming readers' choice for the best game on a Nintendo platform in 2011. What more can be said about this game? It's a real treasure and gaming highlight of the past 12 months.
Second place: Mario Kart 7 — 11%
Despite missing out in the 3DS GOTY vote, Mario Kart raced to take up second place in the overall poll, beating his platforming companion by just a handful of votes. No doubt buoyed by multiplayer online races over Christmas, MK7 is a silver medallist on our end-of-year podium.
Third place: Super Mario 3D Land — 10%
The plumber misses the top of the flag but still scores some coins.
As we approach the end of 2011, what are your lasting memories of the past gaming months? Is Zelda a deserving GOTY, or will you remember this past year for a different reason? Let us know in the comments below!