"Some would say 2012 was an uncomfortably turbulent year for the industry at large. Others are of the opinion that it brought about good discourse and sparked positive change. However you spin it, a lot went down this past year. Just on the Nintendo side of things, we saw Wii support fall away as it reached the end of its lifespan, the 3DS came into its stride and was helped by the launch of the XL and unique IPs, the arrival of the Wii U and the growth surrounding its new Miiverse service, and there was also the company's move to bring retail games to the eShop as downloadable packages. On the flip side, there was a lot of nonsense as well. Both positive and negative are emphasized in this year's Best of Nintendo Awards for 2012."