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E3 2010: Best of E3 Awards

Posted by James Newton

Nintendo Life honours the great and the good

The most recent episode of the Nintendo Life podcast revealed the winners of the Reader's Best of E3 Awards, and in case you've not caught the show yet here they are:

Reader's Awards

Best Wii GameDonkey Kong Country Returns.
Best Handheld GameKid Icarus: Uprising.
Best Overall GameLegend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Now the staff of Nintendo Life have ruminated long into the night, and are finally ready to hand out some virtual trophies.

Nintendo Life Best of E3 Awards

Best Wii Game

With returns of fan-favourite characters Kirby, Link, Donkey Kong and James Bond, the Wii category was tightly contested. Corbie's First Impressions of Kirby's Epic Yarn and Zelda: Skyward Sword were both hugely positive, so much so that staff couldn't choose between them, awarding the Best Wii Game to both.

Winners: Kirby's Epic Yarn and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Best Handheld Game

The impressive line-up on display for the new 3DS may have diverted a lot of attention from the DS's schedule, but both machines are set to receive fantastic games over the next twelve months. The DS still holds a lot of weight with all the votes swinging to the incumbent handheld: from Golden Sun: Dark Dawn to Ghost Trick and Super Scribblenauts, the machine had a great show but one title stood out in the minds of Nintendo Life staff.

With its impeccable development pedigree, storybook visuals and co-operative multiplayer, Square Enix's upcoming RPG Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light won out as the outstanding handheld game of the show. Read Corbie's First Impressions for more information on why this title should definitely be on your watch list.

Winner: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light

Best Overall Game

Despite a certain staffer's protestations that Animal Crossing's 3DS debut deserved this award, this was a hot topic of discussion for days between Nintendo Life staff. Kid Icarus: Uprising showed the 3DS's heightened graphical power off brilliantly; Yuji Naka's Ivy the Kiwi? proved the gaming maestro still has what it takes, and the unveiling of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for 3DS was the perfect finale.

Out of the gaming maelstrom only one could emerge victorious: what was the Nintendo game that most impressed the Nintendo Life writers at E3 this year?

Winner: Kirby's Epic Yarn

We loved the pink puffball's return so much we felt it only right to honour it with the Best Overall Game of E3 2010 Award. From its inventive art style, brand new game mechanics and the inclusion of a woolly UFO, Kirby found his way back into our hearts.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to contribute.

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User Comments (42)



Saber said:

Well this certainly ain't anything new, I mean wat else was better than Zelda or Kirby?



KeeperBvK said:

"Best Wii Game – Donkey Kong Country Returns.
Best Handheld Game – Kid Icarus: Uprising.
Best Overall Game – Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword."

You do realize that this doesn't make any sense whatsoever, right? If they voted DKCR the best Wii game, then how can another (in their opinion obviously worse) Wii game become the best game overall?



moosa said:

Im not surprised by this.

@KeeperBvK It's customary to disclude the winner of "Best Overall Game" from taking the top spots in anything else. Otherwise it would be common to see that one game hogging all the awards.




Wow I totally understood it. What's not to get? I'm glad to see Kirby winning as that is my favourite of show as well



Odnetnin said:

Good awards, but personally, Epic Mickey looks much better than any of the nominees or winners.



motang said:

Good choices. I bet if 3DS games weren't just tech demos they would be on the list.



SuperMarioFan96 said:

The readers choice awards are a bit contradictory, but oh well. Glad Kirby won the Nintendo Life award, that also is what impressed me most.



CanisWolfred said:

I agree with the Staff's best in show for the most part. The reader's choices, on the otherhand, made me sick.



pokemonzrpg said:

@KeeperBvK Well when you exclude the votes to one console the votes aren't split up as much. But, when you widen the range of votes being split for best game overall, a different game entirely can come out on top when not limited to one specific thing.



Chunky_Droid said:

Readers choice awards are contradictory, readers are contradicting their own voted awards




FonistofCruxis said:

Donkey kong country returns was what I voted for in both best wii game and best overall game. Did anyone else apart from me vote for professor layton and the unwound flute for best handheld game.



KeeperBvK said:

@ pokemonzrpg: No it can't. The only games that can be voted to be the best game overall are the winners of each console category. Or that's at least the way it has to be handled to make any sense whatsoever.



CanisWolfred said:


Nobody does it that way. It's not like they're real awards, just excuses to talk about their favorite games, or in this case, the games they were most impressed with, so people will usually give second best the award in its particular category instead of voting for their favorites twice. Thus allowing them to talk about their favorite and their second favorite. You get it?



WolfRamHeart said:

I voted for Kirby's Epic Yarn as Best Wii Game and Best Overall Game so I'm at least happy to see it get the staff award. Donkey Kong Country Returns would have been my second choice. I think that Okamiden or Dragon Quest IX really deserve the Best Handheld award.



James said:

These awards were actually very simple - we asked everyone what their favourite games were on each format, they replied and we tallied them from there. Nothing was excluded, this is just how the votes and discussion fell, though I won't claim to understand the Reader's Votes any more than you guys do



Crunc said:

Kirby is it, of course. Anyone who says otherwise may exit to the right.



NapalmHornet said:

I don't know what anyone is on about, Kirby Epic Yarn just didn't look all that great. It's just kirby with horribly transparent character sprites, not too keen on the zelda game either (it looks miles better than Twilight Princess though). For me the 3DS stole the show and not just the system either, the games look turbo awsome as well



NotEnoughGolds said:

I know that no one will ever read this, but I had to point out why the reader's choices appear to be "contradictory."
When you allow readers to choose best Wii game, best handheld, and best overall, it's definitely possible to get 3 different games, even if the best overall game must be the same as one of their other picks.
Consider that letters are Wii games, numbers are handheld games, and each column represents different voters.
Wii: A B A B B
HH: 1 2 2 2 1
O/A: A 2 A B 1
Best Wii game: B
Best Handheld: 2
Best Overall: A



triforceofcourage said:

just about everything at E3 made want to jump 1/2 year in the future when all this stuff is out. then scream like a little girl several times while jumping up and down.

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