Glad to see Valkyria Chronicles getting a lot of love in the comments. It's my personal favorite from this year, but I didn't put it in the poll, because it neither got ultra high reviews or ultra high sales. It is simply an awesome game though.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl has probably been the most-hyped I have ever been for a game, and it didn't disappoint.
Mario Kart Wii is great, but simply doesn't compare.
But gosh we were so lucky to get a Smash and Mario Kart so close together. I think the only other time it has been in the same year is Mario Kart 8 in May 2014 and Smash 4 out in Autumn/Holiday 2014 for 3DS and Wii U.
I've never played Vanilla Persona 4, but Golden is one of my favorite games. Golden might get my vote when we get to 2012.
Just want to restate this for everyone. If you want to vote for Persona 4 Golden, then you do it by voting for Persona 4 this year. Games are eligible for voting according to their earliest release date, and all versions are lumped together. Likewise, Wrath of the Lich King is not eligible for votes, because it isn't a game. World of Warcraft is a game and it was eligible for voting in 2004. If a person wanted to vote for the content in Wrath of the Lich King, then they would do it by voting for WoW in 2004.