Maybe they liked them?
i don't agree with giving any cod such a high score but that's me....
Seems only about 40 games made that list and that's not a lot...good to see a great game like Gears Of War 3 on it.
Well, Ninty doesn't usually release more than one major Zelda/Mario/Metroid title per generation, so it's not unreasonable to suspect a drought to come. I'd rather have these release early in the generation though, as It give immediate incentive to pick one up, and increases the chance of getting another toward the end of the generation.
That always happens with any highly acclaimed title -- some reviewers get swept up in the hype and, in retrospect, feel they over-rated it. It'll happen to Mario, too. Mario comes closer to the actual voting for GOTY, though, so it'll have an advantage.
I still think Zelda will take most of the awards, but who knows. Who cares, really. The main thing is that we've got two incredibly great games in one year.