Tiny Cartridge’s favorite Tiny Cartridges of 2012!
This year was a crucial one for handheld game systems, a statement year even. Tablets and smartphones continued to make their case as the rightful successors to the portable gaming throne, and so the onus was on handhelds to argue their relevance in this mobile era, if not through sales (real talk, PS Vita’s hardware numbers aren’t going to get it done), then through the quality of their software.
It wasn’t enough for the 3DS and PS Vita to deliver enjoyable games in 2012; this new handheld generation needed to separate itself from the last, setting new standards in their visuals, online services, and concepts’ creativity. Fortunately for us, portable game developers met that challenge, and gave us a year of platform-defining titles — even the ports kicked the butts of their big-screen counterparts.
Below you’ll find our favorite 3DS, eShop, PS Vita, and PSN games that helped make 2012 a killer year for handheld fans (presumably you’re one of those fans, since you follow this site). Oh, and we have plenty of GIFs too, of course! I say “of course” because a lizard hijacked this Tumblr, and threatened to blow it up if we don’t meet a weekly quota of animated images. Please excuse the loading time!
If Swapnote’s mascot Nikki had a cameo in a 2D game — and I really hope Nintendo’s in-house and second-party development teams find excuses to make this happen — she’d probably look a lot like this sprite!
oh my god, this is the first time I’ve heard the music of New Leaf. I am filled with such hope that this will be a great game. It’s already so much better than Wild World’s soundtrack. I’m in love. I’m more excited for this game than I ever have been.
The music of this game was easily the most anticipated aspect of it for me. To hear this one hour alone, I’m faithful that it will be a proper return to form. Just the fact that the instrumentation is varied and not just the two same instruments repeated as Wild World’s was, it just fills me with so much hope and assurance. This even feels more emotional and heartfelt than some of the songs in the original game.
I owe Kazumi Totaka so much, for me even wanting to be a games composer to begin with. I feel like the proper way to consume this soundtrack would be to wait until I have the game in my hands and I’m playing for the first time, absorbing every aspect of it, and having the music accentuate the emotions I’m feeling, as a great game soundtrack is supposed to. I don’t know if I can wait that long. But if I can manage to wait, I have the utmost faith that I’ll be blown away. But for now, 12 AM is heavenly, and the best sign of a wonderful soundtrack that will inspire and teach me, and stick with me for life.
Raised by Nintendo handhelds. This is what we’re about. Credit to illustrator/comic maker Afonso Ferreira for capturing the portable gamer’s life growing up (and Mario’s increasing annoyance as the years go by).
I started off just wanting to make a GIF out of the rad starship-themed room, but then I ended up getting carried away and whipping up four more in Photoshop. These were pretty time consuming! Any other GIF makers out there? Care to share some tips for making quick/great GIFs?
Farewell, Apollo. Judging by a lot of the comments and reblogs we’ve seen in our Ace Attorney 5 posts, a lot of people are upset about Mr. Justice not being the star in the 3DS title. So here’s a tribute to the young lawyer.
We don’t know yet if he’ll play any part in the upcoming game, or if he’ll play an important role in helping Phoenix Wright win his cases, so don’t give up on Apollo just yet!
Ace Attorney 5 artwork and 3D screenshots (click for larger images). In case you didn’t hear the great news last night, Capcom has already said that this 3DS game will release in North America and Europe — unlike Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2 — though the publisher has not yet provided any release dates.