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Nintendo nominated for Game Critics Awards

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Every year after E3 a collection of sites come together to choose the best games shown at E3 this year. Between Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and the other publishers, the competition is always fierce in order to get recognition. This year is no different, with Nintendo being nominated for several categories, thanks to the unveiling of Splatoon, and of course the force that is Super Smash Bros.

Here’s a full list of all the categories and the games nominated.

Best of Show
– Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
– Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE)
– Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
– Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE)
– No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
– Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Original Game
– Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
– Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
– No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
– Splatoon (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
– Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac/Microsoft Studios)

Best Console Game
– Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
– Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE)
– Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
– Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
– Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE)

Best Handheld Game
– Murasaki Baby (Ovosonico/Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus/Atlus)
– Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (Sora/Namco-Bandai/Nintendo)
– Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (Square-Enix/Square-Enix)

Best PC Game
– Civilization: Beyond Earth (Firaxis/2K Games)
– Dragon Age: Inquisition (Bioware/EA)
– Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
– Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
– Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Hardware
– Alienware Alpha (Alienware)
– Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
– PlayStation TV (Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Project Morpheus (Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Action Game
– Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games/Activision)
– Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
– Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
– Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
– Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Action/Adventure Game
– Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
– Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
– Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE)
– Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac/Microsoft Studios)
– The Order: 1886 (Ready at Dawn/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best RPG
– Bloodborne (From Software/Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Dragon Age: Inquisition (Bioware/EA)
– Fable Legends (Lionhead/Microsoft Studios)
– Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE)
– Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus/Atlus)

Best Fighting Game
– Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (Arc System Works/Aksys Games)
– Killer Instinct Season 2 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
– Mortal Kombat X (NetherRealm Studios/WBIE)
– Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Arc System Works/Atlus)
– Super Smash Bros Wii-U (Sora/Namco-Bandai/Nintendo)

Best Racing Game
– Driveclub (Evolution/Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Forza Horizon 2 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
– The Crew (Ivory Tower/Reflections/Ubisoft)

Best Sports Game
– FIFA 15 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
– NHL 15 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
– Madden NFL 15 (Tiburon/EA Sports)

Best Strategy Game
– Civilization: Beyond Earth (Firaxis/2K Games)
– Grey Goo (Petroglyph/Grey Box)

Best Social/Casual
– Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes (Avalanche/Disney Interactive)
– Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive)
– LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (TT Games/WBIE)
– Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
– Yoshi’s Woolly World (Good-Feel/Nintendo)

Best Online Multiplayer
– Battlefield: Hardline (Visceral/EA)
– Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
– Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
– Splatoon (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
– Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Indie
– Axiom Verge (Tom Happ)
– CounterSpy (Dynamighty)
– Below (Capy Games)
– No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
– Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Game Studio)

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  • Officer Raichu

    just so you know ign gave smash bros best fighting game,best wii u game, and best 3ds game
    and toad got the best puzzle game check ninte’s twitter :)

  • Officer Raichu

    xeno x is missing from best rpg :(

    • Officer Raichu

      add to that all bloodburne had was a cgi trailer -_-

    • The Clockwork Being

      Yeah this list seems extremely bare to be honest. Xenoblade Chronicles X has shown gameplay, trailer for the story and much more yet it isn’t nominated. Bloodborne has a CGI and gets nominated. Found this list of possible Nintendo nominees made by a commentator on mynintendonews:

      Best of Show
      The Legend of Zelda for Wii U

      Best Original Game
      Splatoon

      Best Console Game
      Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

      Best Handheld Game
      Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

      Best Hardware
      Gamecube Controller Adapter for Wii U

      Best Action Game
      Bayonetta 2

      Best Action/Adventure Game
      Hyrule Warriors

      Best RPG
      Xenoblade Chronicles X

      Best Fighting Game
      Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
      Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

      Best Social/Casual
      Mario Maker

      Best Online Multiplayer
      Devil’s Third
      Splatoon

      Best Platformer
      Yoshi’s Woolly World
      Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

      Best Tease
      Star Fox for Wii U

      • jjbredesen

        Now that is a good list!

        But lets not forget how the mass video gaming media works:
        http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/430/797/0e0.gif

        • Mr. J

          Ea….I hate em. All I can say about them is that they better not screw up Battlefront.

          • jjbredesen

            I am sure they will :P But i am hoping they will not…

          • The Clockwork Being

            If EA screws up Battlefront, it will be the end of them. No one would forgive them.

          • jjbredesen

            I have already past the point of forgiveness :P Not bought a singe EA game since Mass Effect 3 and the ONLY games i will buy for them is battlefront and Mass Effect 4.

          • The Clockwork Being

            Yeah same I haven’t bought a single game. Mirror Edge, Battlefront and probably Mass Effect 4 for me

          • jjbredesen

            Yup, shame that they own some great franchises :/

          • rp17

            Screwing up Battlefront crosses the line though. It will turn from a boycott to a RIOT!

          • jjbredesen

            If they screw it up, my friends (see avatar) will have a lot to say :P EA’s websites are very fun to mess with xD

            Will personally request a major attack on every EA server possible.

            Easy to contact. just join our servers: http://anonhq.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Anonymous_Security_Handbook.pdf

          • Mr. J

            Lol yep

          • Dark Lord Sauron

            like they screwed up battlefield 4 on launch

        • bistricky

          Right on …… right on. XD

        • Michael Ocampo

          Thanks man, for putting this up here! Made my day. XD

          • jjbredesen

            Your welcome ;)

      • Ducked

        I take it the Wii U is the only console you own?

        • The Clockwork Being

          No, why? Because I posted a list that someone else made about what Nintendo games could have potentially been nominated for each category?

          I take it you thought this was my bias list of what should win each category right.

          • Ducked

            Actually yes. I thought it was your including all systems, not just Nintendo. I guess I misread your post.

          • The Clockwork Being

            An honest mistake to be made friend, no hard feelings. But yeah my list for each category would be much more different. For example, No Man’s Sky would probably win the best original game for me.

          • Ducked

            Ah I forgot about No Man’s Sky, that games looks gorgeous.

          • The Clockwork Being

            I love how the possibilities are endless. The universe is huge and everyone gets their own planet. I really want to learn more about the game.

      • John Andalora

        I agree with most of that except Best of Show and Best Hardware:
        We definitely didn’t see enough of Zelda to make the distinction that it’s the best game there. I’d say No Man’s Sky definitely won that distinction.
        As for hardware, a port for old controllers isn’t praise-worthy. I’m surprised they didn’t just redesign the Pro controller into wireless GameCube controllers.

        • jjbredesen

          Because of the input lag of a wireless controller vs a wired one.

          Without it pro smash players would have nothing to complain about ;) It does actually make a difference.

          • rp17

            Input lag is part of it. But the bigger issue is the wireless interference at tournaments.

          • jjbredesen

            True, that can also be a big problem.

          • Michael Ocampo

            Input Lag = lack of skill? Has it actually been proven?

          • Rinslowe

            Think fanbase and purity. Cult status and association…
            The best of the best players mostly prefer wired controllers for Smash…

          • Michael Ocampo

            because of their obsession with melee?

          • jjbredesen

            Melee is better than Brawl, but lets not start that argument, because it never ends xD

          • Michael Ocampo

            64 is better than melee and brawl :P Ok, now I’m done.
            EDIT: They’re all great in their own rights and now that I think about it, melee is probably the best of the 3 for keeping things the fastest. I haven’t played any of the the three in a while to give my accurate opinion though…

          • Rinslowe

            Haha. Lets see if the internet though, is done with you. Does a can of worms mean anything right now?

          • Rinslowe

            I’m not the biggest and brightest when it comes to Smash. So I can’t really say “why”. There’s a massive following. It’s cult status almost. And with that comes particular ways and particular preferences.
            If the best players in the world say they can all tell the difference in latency where I can’t. Who am I to question it…

            Probably a little cult classic cool in there for good measure as well.
            But lets not debate your other point…
            :P

          • jjbredesen

            When it comes to Melee vs Brawl, the big thing is tripping and the balance. The pace of melee is also a lot faster.

            And people also think final smashes destroy the fairness of the game etc. but the reason people like the gamecube controller the best is because of its perfect button placement for smash etc.

          • Rinslowe

            I was trying to avoid this moment. I like Smash as much as the next casual Smash player. But I can see clearly. You “really” like Smash…
            Lol

            :)

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah, i am sort of what would be classified as a competitive/hardcore player, lets just end it with that i have played more than 3000 hours of melee, says enough about me xD

          • Michael Ocampo

            Dat replay value doe. :3

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah never gets old, donno how many times i have started a new save, or just spent time fighting CPU’s or even just fooling around in the training thing <3 also taking snapshots was a lot of fun.

            Think i am going to go and set up my gamecube again, still runs great, and melee does not have a scratch!

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah, its a well knows fact that anything wireless will transmit slower through air, due to stuff that can block the signal, and the time it takes to sent something through air, vs a wire. Its sort of basic science :P

          • Michael Ocampo

            why don’t they all just use wireless than, to make it even?

          • jjbredesen

            Because its not even, the wirless signals do not always reach its destination at the same time, and under tournaments there is a lot of stuff that can interfere with the signal.

            Wired is always best.

          • Michael Ocampo

            I see… Well, whatever makes things more enjoyable for everyone, than I’m game. I just hope people don’t use input lag as an excuse if they ever do use them.

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah, people will use it as an excuse though, i myself have used playing with a wiimote as an excuse for losing before xD

          • Michael Ocampo

            It’s those motion controls man. ;D They didn’t calibrate well ;P

          • jjbredesen

            lol! Oh god, i hope they never use motion controls in smash, that would just be horrible. Always a good excuse if i sucked at skyward sword xD

          • Michael Ocampo

            In Skyward Sword, those points could be valid as after I swung a couple times, my sword would sometimes be pointing back (wait that’s Wii Sports Club Tennis & Golf), it would actually be pointing in some weird direction when I’d be holding the Wii Remote in a neutral position sometimes… I still enjoyed both of those games but it was a bit frustrating.

          • jjbredesen

            I never had problems with the motion controls of Skyward Sword i actually really enjoyed them! only 1 or 2 times where i calibrated it wrong, but apart from that it works great, and i hope Zelda U keeps it, but i know that it will not :(

          • John Andalora

            Why not just try to reduce lag?

          • jjbredesen

            They could, but they can’t get it as good as wired, and it would require new hardware etc. to much work.

          • rp17

            Well input lag is usually just a few frames, but for people who study every frame of an attack animation it is a lot.

            But as I said earlier wireless interference is a lot worst. With all the wireless controls, cell phones, and other wireless devices at a large tournament; all those signals could cause a controller disconnect.

          • Thomas Vienna

            See, I’ve heard people try to convince me that wireless controllers are actually faster, but it doesn’t really make any sense. It’s likely this guy was just trying to show off his new Xbox 360 wireless controller at the time.

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah, people are really under educated on how electronics work in general :/

      • Rinslowe

        “Xenoblade Chronicles X has shown gameplay, trailer for the story and much more yet it isn’t nominated. Bloodborne has a CGI and gets nominated.”
        So true…

      • thedeciderU

        bases = covered

    • greengecko007

      So is The Witcher 3. It’s not like every game in a category will be nominated though.

      • Officer Raichu

        witcher 3 and xeno x actually had gameplay though so i feel ripped off

    • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyokn5x1KZdVCAiS6ALeMyQ Palmer27

      And Fable Legends is there instead!!!

  • Daniel Carvalho

    But who votes for those titles? The public? The “specialized media”? Because if it’s the latter one, then it ends up being irrelevant, as who pays more gets more games awarded.

    • Gameonfool

      Anybody would think we live in a capitalist world.

  • darkcreap

    Why do they give prizes to unpublished games? Shouldn’t we wait for them to be released and be properly judged?

    • Gameonfool

      I know, there are many games that look great and end just being ok upon release.

      • jjbredesen

        Yup like a certain Alien game :P

      • great deku tree

        *cough* Rome 2 Total War *cough* in fact that was worse than ok upon release it was absolute garbage.

  • jjbredesen

    If you think this is bad check IGN’s best of E3 list, that was horrible.

    This list is ok, but where is Xhenoblade?

    • Officer Raichu

      apparently bloodburne gets nominated with no gameplay -_-

      • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyokn5x1KZdVCAiS6ALeMyQ Palmer27

        It was shown behind closed doors – some footage leaked

        • Officer Raichu

          still though x had hours of gameplay!

    • The Clockwork Being

      When I saw IGN’s list it felt like the writer was running late on delivering his list so he just put a bunch of random games. Honestly by reading the comments, you could very well see everyone was pissed.

      • jjbredesen

        First time i have seen the whole IGN comment section united on something xD

    • Rinslowe

      No Xenoblade in at least a nominated spot for best RPG E3. Odd….

      • jjbredesen

        Yeah, but the lists the press make are always crap, and don’t reflect what actual gamers like, just look at IGN’s lists reactions in the comment section.

  • Matt

    Would of though Cenoblade Chronicles X would of been nominated.
    What a shame

  • Capt. Smoker

    Bit of a biased list going on there, this is why I pay no attention to the media short of upcoming games.

  • Thomas Fitzgibbon

    Why does Evolve keep appearing in all the categories? It doesn’t look THAT great.

    • Ducked

      Evolve looks like crap if you ask me.

      • Rinslowe

        Yeah, It certainly didn’t look like it belonged in 5 different categories…

      • The Clockwork Being

        It really doesn’t look all that good.

  • Mr. J

    No Man’s sky will definitely win best indie. It could win most original if it weren’t for splatoon.

  • Ducked

    Here’s my 20 most anticipated games right now.

    1: Kingdom Hearts III
    2: Legend of Zelda Wii U
    3: Super Smash Bros Wii U
    4: Bat-Man Arkham Knight
    5: Xenoblade Chronicles X
    6: Final Fantasy XV
    7: Star Wars Battlefront
    8: Star Fox Wii U
    9: Destiny
    10: LittleBigPlanet 3
    11: Yoshi’s Woolly World
    12: Uncharted 4
    13: Metroid (3D) Wii U
    14: Hyrule Warriors
    15: Assassins Creed Unity
    16: Splatoon
    17: Halo 5
    18: Kirby and The Rainbow Curse
    19: Metroid (2D) Wii U
    20: Mario Maker

    • Mr. J

      Dude you could be my twin.

      • jjbredesen

        And mine!

    • Rinslowe

      I have a few titles in different order after thinking about it. But yeah. That’s the list…

      I’d also include Project Cars, Drive Club and Forza Horizon 2 in there somewhere. the Witcher 3, Bayonetta 2, Dragon Age Inquisition and a few others and call it my most anticipated right now. Full stop.

      • Ducked

        I meant to list Witcher 3. I’m not much into racers as I use to be, but Project Cars and DriveClub have my interest. Bayonetta 2 isn’t my style, but I’ll probably pick it up if it gets a price drop.

    • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyokn5x1KZdVCAiS6ALeMyQ Palmer27

      Seen as you’re listing…

      Smash bros for WiiU

      X Monolith Soft

      Star Fox Wii U

      Bayonetta 2

      Zelda U

      Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

      The Witness

      Evolve

      Bloodborn

      Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

      Rime

      No Man’s Sky

      Titan Souls

      Hyper Light Drifter

    • Officer Raichu

      replace kh3 with driveclub(yes i love that game so much im buying a ps4 for it) and were good for me oh and replace metroid with kh3 :D that would be my list

      • Ducked

        You’d be the first I know that’s anticipating DriveClub that much.

        • Officer Raichu

          sorry i just idk i like racing games maybe thats why because i do have an interest in the crew

          • C4

            Nah it’s the most interesting racing game. The Crew and Forza Horizon look solid but they are both open world so are less focused on actual racing.

      • C4

        But then where is Metroid?!?

        • Officer Raichu

          21 :P

  • Darkness

    I think that list should be a wake up call for Nintendo to stop making so many toddler kiddie games. I understand that Nintendo wants to play it safe but as the future goes on they will get further behind Sony and Microsoft.

    • vexedpython

      I sure hope not or there wont be anything for us to play that don’t like the games you wish they would make. btw there is ALOT of adults that play platform and other family friendly games and if N went to do other game types then they would lose the fans they have and gain very few by the changing since the ppl who like sony/ms style games will still prefer sony/ms. you don’t catch up to trying to be what your not that just makes you self-destruct.

    • Zanzama

      Nintendo is funding Devil’s Third and Bayo 2… Then there’s a new Fatal Frame game coming out (in japan at least)

    • Rinslowe

      The whole toddler kiddie game thing is old. And mostly championed by the quintessential man child…

  • mojack411

    No Man’s Sky definitely has my full attention for Best Original game, however, I feel like we still don’t know enough about the gameplay itself to make a judgement call. Yes, it is an open world game of cosmic proportions (c wat i did thar?) BUT what will there be to do in that open world? Is it just exploration? Will there be missions or some sort? Will there be incentive to discover secrets? If this open world is an empty world then it won’t be that fun. That said, I don’t think that’ll be the case. I think No Man’s Sky will be fantastic but going off of purely what we’ve seen thus far, Splatoon seems like the winner for best original to me since we know more about it AND looks insanely fun.

    90% of the rest of the list is honesty a crap shoot imo.

  • Rich Garriques

    wow terrible list , best action game and BAYONETTA 2 IS NOT IN IT!?!? WHAT IN THE WORLD?

    BEST RPG AND XENOBLADE CHRONICLES X ISN’T IN IT?!?!? , AGAIN WHAT THE ACTUALLY F?

    BEST ORIGINAL? HOW CAN YOU SAY BEST ORIGINAL GAME AND PUT AN FPS GAME IN THE SAME SENTENCE. SINCE THAT’S ALL THEY PUMP OUT FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS.

    HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT’S THE BEST OF THE SHOW AND IGNORE ALL THE GOOD GAMES?

    I DON’T CONSIDER ANY OF THOSE GAMES IN THE LIST THE BEST GAMES EXCEPT BATMAN AND THAT ISN’T EVEN COMING OUT TILL NEXT YEAR.

  • Rinslowe

    Not sure how titles are nominated here. And I’m not sure I want to know…

    No Mans Sky definitely “looks” the part for best original though, I thought. Followed by Splatoon.

  • Lusunup

    Smash should also be in the best console game.

  • Decker Shado

    Well, there’s that whole “if you have any questions or comments, please e-mail!” link in their about section..

    http://www.gamecriticsawards.com/about.html

    One could be “how the hell did Nintendo’s consoles get the bottom two spots on amount of nominations, when their showing was arguably the greatest – but beyond that, catagories they clearly have covered they were not even nominated for?”

  • Decker Shado

    …is it just me, or did my post get deleted?

    …wow… I just. :| wow.

    Okay then. Goodbye.

  • MarkyWiiU

    Was Pokémon Alpha Saphire and Omega Ruby playable at E3? If yes, they could’ve nominated it for best handheld game and best RPG

  • Decker Shado

    For christ’s sake Wii U daily, at least own up to your actions.

    • Michael Ocampo

      What do you mean?

      • Decker Shado

        CRUD

        • Michael Ocampo

          That’s weird… btw I still see your “Did my post get deleted?” post.

          • Decker Shado

            I’ve figured out what I was doing wrong, and edited most all my posts related to the issue to “I’m an idoit!” They seemed quite apt.

      • Decker Shado

        My bad. Been an idiot.

      • Decker Shado

        Oy, don’t know how/when, but my normal setting of “newest” somehow switched to “best/highest rated” and… I couldn’t see my new posts and got really confused, and then got defensive. I.E. – I’m an idiot!

  • Crillan

    I agree with a lot here saying this list is missing some very good things from Nintendo. I went to the actual site they linked and they actually have the rules posted for what can qualify to be nominated:

    http://gamecriticsawards.com/rules.html

    This list just raises more questions because the rules state it had to be playable to qualify. I don’t have a list of what was playable or what was just shown in CGI, but this list might need to be revisited.

    p.s. You can contact the Game Critics Awards people here:

    http://www.gamecriticsawards.com/about.html

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyokn5x1KZdVCAiS6ALeMyQ Palmer27

    What the hell is Fable Legends doing on any list?!

  • J_Joestar

    disappointed by lack of Monster Hunter.

  • Joseph Oliveira

    It says Nintendo won e3. Won what?

  • Carlos Webster

    Darnit, the title makes it seem better than it really is.

  • starwars360

    See????!!!!! this Game Critics Awards is Nintendo haters. FUCKED THEM!!!! I love Wii U and Xbox One so much as well PS4. But they are crap because they not want Nintendo won and they knew Nintendo won so they want gave to others. They jealous yeah!!!!

  • Roaming Pear

    How come Mario Kart is not on this list?