2011 has been a fantastic year for gaming most recognisable face, Nintendo Mario, and 2012 looks set to be another. From platforming to kart racing, tennis, Olympic sports, role playing and party games, the portly yet agile plumber is clearly a highly versatile character who can do it all. Here, GAME takes a look back at a couple of the best Mario games from this year, in case you missed them, and looks ahead to some of 2012 undoubted highlights.
If there one thing the latest generation of consoles has taught us, it that newly purchased gaming systems aren the finished article when you first take them out of their shiny wrapping. Not to say they e lacking anything fundamental, far from it in fact, but system updates now mean it possible for platform holders like Nintendo to dramatically improve a console functionality and boost the user experience post-launch.