SA Gamer Awards 2014: Best Handheld Game

The end of the year is upon us and it’s time to reflect on a year that brought as many remastered titles as there were sequels and original IP’s. 2014 was indeed as good as any other year and this week we’ll focus on the games that stood head-and-shoulders above the rest. The winning title for each category have been voted for and debated by the SA Gamer editorial team, but fear not, in early January you’ll have your say and we’ll list the best games of the year as per your votes. You’re welcome to leave your opinion in the comments below.


The handheld gaming market is rather ‘unique’ to say the least. While some see ot as a step backwards others embrace it as their primary platform for gaming. Very often genre’s and franchises don’t translate well to the medium but when they do it’s difficult to see them on any other platform. This year the best handheld title goes to a title many thought would fail but ended up giving its home console counterpart a good run for its money in nearly every way.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS (Nintendo 3DS)

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This year saw Nintendo playing it safe in many regards. This said, the risks they took paid off full fold. Super Smash Bros. 3DS was one such case. It is the franchise’s first outing to a handheld platform and as ridiculous as the concept may have seemed the outcome was stellar. Think back and name five fighters that have had a substantial impact on the industry? Okay, name three. Not that easy is it? The fighter boasts a roster parallel to that of its home console ‘big brother’, contains a ridiculous amount of unlockables and plays like a dream. The gameplay modes allow you to play a quick 5 minute game while on the go or get engulfed into the game for hours providing you have a charging point nearby. With a combination of fan service, an outstanding soundtrack and tight mechanics and gameplay Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS is a game nearly every 3DS owner should have in their collection.

Runners up: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Mobile Phones/Tablets)| Pokemon Omega Ruby/Saphire (Nintendo 3DS)

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