Published on December 7th, 2012 | by Ryan Hillis1
EDM’s Game Of The Year Awards: Best New Console
Welcome to another day of Eject Disk Magazine’s Game of the Year Awards! As per usual, we’re doing this a little differently than normal by letting you, the reader, help decide who takes home the prize. Over the next couple of weeks, EDM will be bringing you a specific category each day, allowing each of you the opportunity to vote for the pre-selected “finalist” for the following day’s winner. All you have to do is simply look over the finalists and comment on who you would like to see win. Now that the formalities have been handled, let’s check out who our big winners are today!
CATEGORY: Best New Console
With new titles comes new hardware, because we all have to have something to play these games on, right? Thus, with each passing year, especially during those dwindling last years of a console’s life cycle, we are introduced to updated and new versions of our favorite hardware. The past year or so has seen the end of the current handheld market’s leading systems, the Nintendo DS and the PSP, both of these followed by flashy presentations by both the 3DS and the Vita. This year, Nintendo decided that an XL edition of the popular three-dimensional gaming device was in order, and upgraded the size of the unit. Sony, on the other hand, introduced a completely new system into the market with the PS Vita, an introduction that was met with little fan fare. Not wanting to be ignored any longer, Nintendo showed off the highly anticipated, high-definition successor to the Wii at E3 2012. While marketing strategy and hardware selection were among some of the questions the industry grew fond of asking, the WiiU was still met with flocks of people and lines at midnight. So, in the battle of hardware, who came out a winner?
2nd Runner Up: Nintendo 3DS XL
Though we don’t have anything against the 3DS, we just don’t believe that releasing a slightly bigger one should net the award. While the game console may boast a better (and growing) library than its rival, the handheld has direct competition against itself. Those who already have a 3DS won’t be picking up this big boy, and those who might want the XL version may think twice when trying to fit it into their pocket. Still, the device is great: It has the same great features as the original 3DS and all the games to boot. With that being said, it is a worthy opponent in this year’s hardware race.
1st Runner Up: PS Vita
We pondered this one thoroughly. It isn’t that the system is flawed – it’s near flawless. It isn’t because it of the technology behind the device is poor – the tech is amazing. The graphics are unparalleled for a handheld device. The feel of it is second to none. The screen is perfectly sized and the controls feel as natural as the two hands you use to play it. What’s the problem then? Why did the Vita not win our prestigious award? It’s simple: This console had no games. There were just simply not enough games on the system to warrant paying $200-$300 dollars for it. While the Vita is home to our Mobile Game of the Year winner, outside of it, there just is not something that MUST be played on the PS Vita. It has been in circulation for nearly a year, and nothing seems to be looking up. Although it held great promise, this system cannot continue to survive on bi-annual Uncharted titles.
Let’s be very clear, the WiiU did not run away with this victory. If anything, the others lost it. The Vita is far more impressive technologically – it just doesn’t have the games. The 3DS XL has the games, but it’s just an over-sized system that launched in 2011. So by default, we selected the WiiU as this year’s winner. The WiiU definitely comes with its share of issues and debatable topics: Long system updates, over-exaggerated signal lengths and longer than anticipated loading times are some of the issues that many WiiU gamers have experienced. However, the game pad is inventive and most of the launch titles seem to be impressive, even if they are rehashes of older releases or multiplatform titles. Even though it was a bloody battle,we are pleased to announce that the WiiU and Nintendo are the winners of Eject Disk Magazine’s Best New Console of 2012!
Okay readers, now that you know who won the Best New Console of 2012, it is time to uncover our next category:
Best Game Bundle
- Humble Indie Bundle
- God of War Saga
- Devil May Cry HD Collection
- Humble THQ Bundle
- IndieFort Countdown Bundle Fueling Up Bundle