Hello, guys! Welcome to this year's 3DS Retail Game of the Year (GOTY) Poll
! That's right, this is the poll in which the biggest Nintendo fans in the world (a.k.a. YOU GUYS!) get to vote on your favorite 3DS retail game of 2012! Who knows, maybe the results may surprise you!
Speaking of surprises (or lack thereof), last year's winner was SUPER MARIO 3D LAND
, which passed in flying colors with 59% of all your votes! Mario Kart 7 came in a distant second with 23%, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time came in third with 10%. Thanks to all who voted last year, and make sure you vote again this time too!
Choosing the nominations this year is a bit different from last year. After posting a poll both here and IGN, you guys told me (unanimously) that instead of Metacritic, I should use GameRankings to choose my nominations. So there. New rules.The ten games listed above are the top ten games of this year per platform based on the average rating as determined by GameRankings.com. Games must obtain a certain number of reviews (9 for retail, 4 for eShop) in order for it to be eligible for nomination. The nominees are listed in alphabetical order. All members have only one permanent, binding vote. Poll closes exactly 30 days after original posting.
Last year, there was a little bit of an outcry for not including digital titles into the mix, thanks to Pushmo. This year I'm making a separate poll for 3DS eShop titles, so be on the lookout for that. And of course, there will be Wii U polls this year as well.
Happy voting! If you have any honorable mentions, go ahead and post them below!