Barely a month old and Nintendo's new Wii U console is already garnering a whole bunch of attention from all corners of the gaming world. From classic franchises to brand new properties, the Wii U is home to all kinds of gaming experiences and it's only going to get better in 2013.
Here are the Nominees:
And the Winner is...
Is there no stopping Mario? Nintendo's moustachioed hero was as busy as ever in 2012 (six games, not bad) but no task was more important than getting the Wii U off to a good start. And that's just what he did.
Choosing the best Wii U game for 2012 was an extremely difficult task, because the system's launch line-up was among the best we have ever seen. There was Assassin's Creed III, with its excellent combat and epic tale; Mass Effect 3: Special Edition's high stakes game of intergalactic warfare; Zombi U's ravaging and terrifying undead; not to mention games like Black Ops II, Nintendo Land and Arkham City: Armored Edition that narrowly missed out on being shortlisted.
But in the end it was the tight, classic and perfected Mario formula that won the day. The series' new additions of challenges, boost rush, Miiverse interactions and, of course, the Wii U Gamepad definitely didn't hurt either. But most important of all, this is the first 2D Mario platformer since Super Mario World to truly feel original and really capture the series' essence, and that is why New Super Mario Bros. U is our choice for Best Wii U Game of 2012.