It's the season for end of year awards, and now it's time to reveal the Nintendo Life winners for the best games on Nintendo hardware in 2016. Thousands of votes have been cast in the Reader Awards, while our staff have also pitched in with their choices.

The results are interesting, with the community results naturally reflecting a broad base of gamers, while the staff votes are dependant on the purchases and play habits of a far smaller group. Either way, in a year that some would argue was quiet on Nintendo hardware, there have nevertheless been some excellent games to play.

You don't need any more pre-amble - you want to know who's won! To the results, then, starting with the community-voted Reader Awards.

Wii U Retail Game of the Year - Reader Votes

This remastered adventure accumulated over 1000 votes to seize the crown, with other relatively niche or controversial retail releases struggling to sustain momentum. It was an excellent title on Wii U, it should be said, with solid performance and a pleasing HD sheen to the atmospheric and ambitious GameCube / Wii title. With some amiibo and GamePad features also thrown in, it was a welcome arrival on the scene for Wii U.

Second Place: Paper Mario: Color Splash (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)

Third Place: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Atlus / Nintendo)

Fourth Place: Pokkén Tournament (Bandai Namco / Nintendo)

Fifth Place: Star Fox Zero (PlatinumGames / Nintendo)

Wii U eShop Game of the Year - Reader Votes

This took a while to work its way to its 'home' on the Wii U, but was worth the wait. An exploration adventure with some handy usage of the GamePad, it's oozing with creativity and quality, drawing inspiration from a number of classics while going its own way with clever mechanics and ideas.

Second Place: Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut (WayForward)

Third Place: SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form)

Fourth Place: Star Fox Guard (Nintendo)

Fifth Place: Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (Nintendo)

3DS Retail Game of the Year - Reader Votes

An inevitable winner, with a new generation kicking off for the iconic franchise. There was a lengthy list of new features and ideas in this one, from Z-Moves to new approaches to multiplayer, and of course through to all-new Pokémon to collect. This helped to give the IP's anniversary year - and the 3DS - a perfect end to 2016.

Second Place: Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)

Third Place: Kirby: Planet Robobot (HAL / Nintendo)

Fourth Place: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (Square Enix / Nintendo)

Fifth Place: Bravely Second: End Layer (Square Enix)

3DS eShop Game of the Year - Reader Votes

You just can't keep this franchise down, as it seems to scoop up the 3DS eShop award whenever a new release rolls around. It's no surprise, really, as the franchise maintains its high standards and adds some new ideas, in this case with mystical elements and 'séance' mechanics. It's a series that's long-since become download-only in the West (it still arrives at retail in Japan) but the NL community's affection for it remains strong.

Second Place: My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Jupiter Corporation / Nintendo)

Third Place: BoxBoxBoy! (HAL / Nintendo)

Fourth Place: Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 (Inti Creates)

Fifth Place: Pocket Card Jockey (Game Freak)

Overall Game of the Year - Reader Votes

A close fought category, actually, but a deserved win for the latest double release from The Pokémon Company. Sun and Moon delivered sales records for Nintendo in various categories, successfully giving the series another hit for a new generation. If rumours are to be believed there could be a third entry on the upcoming Switch; based on the positive reaction to Sun and Moon, that would be a smart move.

Second Place: Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)

Third Place: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Tantalus / Nintendo)

Fourth Place: Kirby: Planet Robobot (HAL / Nintendo)

Fifth Place: Paper Mario: Color Splash (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)

Turn over to page 2 if you want to see the staff results. Thanks to everyone that voted!