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Super Mario Galaxy 2 Collects 4 BAFTA Nominations

Posted by Trevor Chan

Whereas DS games dominate the Handheld category

We recently brought you word that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was nominated for the GAME Award of 2010 at this year's British Academy Video Game Awards. As the only category voted by the public, our readers showed a lot of support for the rotund plumber which should hopefully help him snag the recognition. If you haven't already, make sure you head over to the BAFTA voting page and cast your vote.

"But what about the other categories?", we hear you ask. Well, the Academy today officially announced which games have been nominated under which category and this year, there are a total of 44 different titles battling it out to win as many BAFTA Golden Masks as they can across 16 categories.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood from Ubisoft is ahead of the pack with seven nominations, but Super Mario Galaxy 2 hasn't done too bad itself, snapping up four as it leads the way for games that are available on Nintendo platforms. Will it win awards for Best Game, Gameplay, Original Music and the people's choice GAME Award of 2010?

Other titles hoping to get their hands on some gold include LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 which has been nominated for two awards: best game under the categories of Family, and Handheld. Professor Layton and the Lost Future, Sonic Colours and Super Scribblenauts have all been nominated for best Handheld too.

With the recent announcement that Activision is abandoning its Guitar Hero, and DJ Hero franchises due to continued declines in the music genre, it's a shame that the latter series has been forced to stop so relatively early in its lifespan. Let's hope DJ Hero 2 from FreeStyleGames gets a nice farewell by winning the Use of Audio award that it has been nominated for.

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 16th March at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Dara O'Briain will once again be the host for the evening and for the first time, the awards will be streamed live at http://go.ign.com/baftamicrosite, www.bafta.org and www.baftagameaward.com. Below is the full list of nominations:

Action

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Development Team
Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Alan Kertz, Kristoffer Bergqvist
Electronic Arts/DICE

BioShock 2
Jordan Thomas, Zak McClendon
2K Games/2K Marin

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Adam Rosas, Scott Bean, Dom Drozdz
Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

God of War III
Stig Asmussen, Todd Papy, Steve Caterson
Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Santa Monica Studio

Halo: Reach
Development Team
Microsoft Games Studios/Bungie

Artistic Achievement

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Development Team
Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Adam Rosas, Scott Bean, Dom Drozdz
Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

God of War III
Stig Asmussen, Ken Feldman, Cecil Kim
Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Santa Monica Studio

Heavy Rain
David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson
Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

LIMBO
Development Team
Xbox Live Arcade/Playdead Games

Mass Effect 2
Development Team
Electronic Arts/BioWare

Best Game

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Development Team
Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

FIFA 11
Development Team
Electronic Arts/ Electronic Arts Canada

Heavy Rain
David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson
Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

LIMBO
Development Team
Xbox Live Arcade/Playdead Games

Mass Effect 2
Development Team
Electronic Arts/BioWare

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Koichi Hayashida, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Takashi Tezuka
Nintendo/Nintendo

Family

Dance Central
Development Team
Microsoft Games Studios & MTV Games/MTV & Harmonix

Kinect Adventures
Development Team
Microsoft Games Studios/Good Science Studio

Kinect Sports
Development Team
Microsoft Games Studios/Rare

Kinectimals
Development Team
Microsoft Games Studios/Frontier Developments Ltd

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Development Team
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment/TT Games

Toy Story 3
John Blackburn, Jonathan Warner, Jeff Bunker
Disney Interactive Studios/Avalanche Software

Gameplay

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Development Team
Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

God of War III
Stig Asmussen, Todd Papy, Adam Puhl
Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Santa Monica

Heavy Rain
David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson
Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

LIMBO
Development Team
Xbox Live Arcade/Playdead Games

Mass Effect 2
Development TeamElectronic Arts/BioWare

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Koichi Hayashida, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Takashi Tezuka
Nintendo/Nintendo

Handheld

Cut the Rope
Development Team
Chillingo/Zeptolab

God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Ready at Dawn & SCE Santa Monica Studio

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Development Team
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment/TT Games

Professor Layton and the Lost Future
Akihiro Hino
Nintendo/Level 5 Games

Sonic Colours
Development Team
SEGA/Sonic Team

Super Scribblenauts
Joseph M Tringali, Marius Fahlbusch, Jeremiah Slaczka
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment/5th Cell

Multiplayer

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Development Team
Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Alan Kertz, Kristoffer Bergqvist
Electronic Arts/DICE

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Adam Rosas, Scott Bean, Dom Drozdz
Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

Halo: Reach
Development Team
Microsoft Games Studios/Bungie

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Development Team
Electronic Arts/Criterion Games

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Development Team
Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment

Original Music

Alan Wake
Petri Alanko
Microsoft Games Studios/Remedy

Fable III
Russell Shaw
Microsoft Games Studios/Lionhead Studios

Heavy Rain
Normand Corbeil
Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

James Bond 007: Bloodstone
Richard Jacques
Activision Blizzard UK/ Bizarre Creations

Mass Effect 2
Jack Wall
Electronic Arts/BioWare

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Koji Kondo
Nintendo/Nintendo

Social Network Game

Bejeweled Blitz
Jon David, Heather Hazen, Jason Kapalka
Popcap Games/Popcap Games

Farmerama
Tobias Reisberger, Jan-Michel Saaksmeier, Marten Schröder
Bigpoint/Bigpoint

FIFA Superstars
Development Team
EA Sports/Playfish

My Empire
Development Team
Playfish/Playfish

Zoo Mumba
Tobias Reisberger, Eduard Röhrich, Jan-Michel Saaksmeier
Bigpoint GMBH/Bigpoint GMBH

Zuma Blitz
Isaac Aubrey, Jon David, Jason Kapalka
PopCap Games/PopCap Games

Sports

F1 2010
Development Team
Codemasters/Codemasters Birmingham

FIFA 11
Development Team
Electronic Arts/ Electronic Arts Canada

Football Manager 2011
Development Team
SEGA/Sports Interactive

Gran Turismo 5
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Polyphony Digital Inc

International Cricket 2010
Development Team
Codemasters/Trickstar Games

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
Shingo Takatsuka, Naoya Hatsumi, Jon Murphy
Konami/Winning Eleven Productions

Story

Alan Wake
Development Team
Microsoft Games Studios/Remedy

BioShock 2
Jordan Thomas, Zak McClendon
2K Games/2K Marin

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Adam Rosas, Scott Bean, Dom Drozdz
Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

Fallout: New Vegas
John Gonzalez, Eric Fenstermaker, Travis Stout
Bethesda Softworks/Obsidian Entertainment

Heavy Rain
David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson
Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

Mass Effect 2
Development TeamElectronic Arts/BioWare

Strategy

Civilization V
Jon Shafer, Dorian Newcomb, Brian Wade
2K Games/Firaxis

Fallout: New Vegas
Josh Sawyer, Frank Kowalkowski, Justin Reynard
Bethesda Softworks/Obsidian Entertainment

FIFA Manager 11
Development Team
EA Sports/Bright Future

Napoleon Total War
Development Team
SEGA/Creative Assembly

Plants vs. Zombies XBLA
George Fan, Matt Lee Johnston, Ty Roberts
PopCap Games/PopCap Games

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Development Team
Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment

Technical Innovation

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Development Team
Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Adam Rosas, Scott Bean, Dom Drozdz
Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

Halo: Reach
Development Team
Microsoft Games Studios/Bungie

Heavy Rain
David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson
Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

Kinectimals
Development Team
Microsoft Games Studios/Frontier Developments Ltd

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Koichi Hayashida, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Takashi Tezuka
Nintendo/Nintendo

Use of Audio

Alan Wake
Development Team
Microsoft Games Studios/Remedy/14.05.10

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Development Team
Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal/19.11.10

Battlefield: Bad Company: 2
Stefan Strandberg
Electronic Arts/DICE/05.03.10

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Development Team
Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch/ 09.11.10

DJ Hero 2
Development Team
Activision Blizzard UK LTD/Freestylegames/22.10.10

LIMBO
Development Team
Xbox Live Arcade/Playdead Games/21.07.10

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

Mush
Henry Hoffman, Ahmed Zaman, Matthew Dennis, Katherine Killick, Greg O’Brien
(Angry Mango)

Sculpty
Druhin Mukherjee, Fabien Roussot, James Long, Fraser Littlejohn, Ronan Suess
(Team Tickle)

Twang
Jocce Marklund, Annette Nielsen, Linus Nordgren, Marcus Heder, Thomas Finlay
(That Game Studio)

GAME Award of 2010

(The only award to be voted for by the public)

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

Dance Central
Microsoft Games Studios & MTV Games/MTV & Harmonix

FIFA 11
Electronic Arts/ Electronic Arts Canada

Halo Reach
Microsoft Games Studios/Bungie

Heavy Rain
Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

Limbo
Xbox Live Arcade/Playdead Games

Mass Effect 2
Electronic Arts/BioWare

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Electronic Arts/Criterion Games

Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar Games/Rockstar San Diego

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Nintendo/Nintendo

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User Comments (22)

Faron

#1

Faron said:

There is a category of "best game", and "game award of 2010". What's the difference?

James

#2

James said:

GAME Award of 2010 is voted for by the public; Best Game is decided by the BAFTA panel.

Aviator

#3

Aviator said:

Hopefully Limbo sweeps in the categories its nominated for. And I think that the real competition will be between Assassins Creed Brotherhood and Mass Effect 2.

Though I can see SMG2 winning Best Soundtrack.

nick_gc

#5

nick_gc said:

Hopefully it will win at least one award. I'm not sure the soundtrack will win because it's pretty much recycled stuff from the previous game isn't it?

JimLad

#7

JimLad said:

Best multiplayer... hah what a joke!
How many of them actually support splitscreen four player?
Only Halo deserves to win that one.
Now if it was best online game that would be different.

Chris720

#8

Chris720 said:

Black Ops nominated for Best Story... uhmmmmmm... how?! The onlt good thing about it was the major plot twist at the end...

Kid_A

#14

Kid_A said:

Red Dead Redemption wasn't nominated for use of audio OR artistic achievement?

I give up.

LuWiiGi

#16

LuWiiGi said:

Black Ops shouldn't be anywhere near most of these lists...Artistic Achievement? Best Story? Really? I like Black Ops, but it's so overrated. Of course, trust the average British gamer to vote for it as best game of 2010.

I hope ME2 wins a lot of awards, it's one of my favourite games ever. SMG2, Layton and Super Scribblenauts should also win something.

NapalmHornet

#17

NapalmHornet said:

How much did activision pay the BAFTA panel again to get those undeserving Black Ops awards. Just imagine the Best video game story of 2010 is: a guy shot russians in a war that there was very little shooting and then went crazy and heard some numbers (which was pointless), Best audio track of 2010: some generic war music samples that play for about 10 seconds each and some gun fire, best artistic acheviement in 2010 is: having your clan tag on your gun and some pretty red dots... ZOMG... generic British gamers = stupid

FonistofCruxis

#18

FonistofCruxis said:

This list of nominations just shows how pitiful the tastes in gaming the UK has in general. There are many examples of this in these nominations but one of the best is the artistic acheivement category. How did COD: black ops, Assasin's creed: brotherhood and God of war III get nominated for that?

The_Fox

#19

The_Fox said:

Actually, Black Ops story was better than the haters give it credit. It's a Manchurian Candidate rip-off of course, but it's all done quite well. Highly debatable if it's award winning material (story wise), but let's not spout bullsh*t just to desperately try to appear hip.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#20

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Frack me....SMG 2 should win at least two categories hands down. Social, inclusive gaming should win.

komicturtle

#21

komicturtle said:

Really sad that Dragon Quest IX wasn't even listed.. Nor Monster Hunter Tri for at least Best Multiplayer- AT LEAST.

... And MHTri definitely should have been in Artistic Achievement rather than Black Ops...

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