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Nintendo Receives Zero BAFTA Game Awards Nominations

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Um, what?

2012 was a fairly busy year for Nintendo, with some high-quality titles arriving on 3DS and the long-awaited release of Wii U. There were some rather decent games in there, which makes Nintendo's complete absence from the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Game Awards 2013 a little surprising.

While failure to make it into some categories is understandable — especially with Wii having an exceptionally quiet year and Wii U only being on the UK market at the end of the year — a couple of notable categories stand-out, surprising us that Nintendo titles didn't even make the shortlist. We'd argue that Nintendo Land should be a candidate for the "Family" category, while releases such as Kid Icarus: Uprising and Paper Mario: Sticker Star were surely not far away for the "Mobile and Handheld" award. The actual shortlists are below.

Mobile & Handheld in 2013

LittleBigPlanet (Vita)
Super Monsters Ate My Condo
The Room
New Star Soccer
The Walking Dead

Family in 2013

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Minecraft: XBOX 360 Edition
LEGO the Lord of the Rings
Just Dance 4
Skylanders Giants
Clay Jam

Do you think Nintendo releases or system exclusives were hard done by, or are these shortlists fair enough? Let us know what you think below, and you can check out all of the award nominations on the official BAFTA page


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User Comments (72)



erv said:

Nintendoland is a new thing. It's not just family, or any category, it's in the category "local social gaming" or whatever.

Out of the box, if you ask me.



zeeroid said:

Well LBP is a British game. Makes sense they would nominate it. It is a good game, anyway.



ThomasBW84 said:

In terms of the British thing, there's a Best British Game category, the rest are supposed to be broader, I believe. That said @zeeroid, it could have been a factor in some choices (even if it shouldn't be).



ultraraichu said:

I guess that statue pulled its eye out cause it could believe what it was seeing. I would too but then I won't be able to play my 3ds games in 3d



ThumperUK said:

Nintendoland and Kid Icarus not included but a rehash of LittleBoringPlanet on a system no-one wants is included?

All this does it prove that Bafta should stick to TV & Film and even those choices are more than a little dodgy. Remember TOWIE received a Bafta!!



Auracle said:

I'm sure each of these titles listed have their own merits, but I can think of several Nintendo games that would fit much better.



SheldonRandoms said:

Kinect Sesame Street TV was nominated for game innovation how is that........

I just remembered what I said to Judah Friedlander about Sesame Street and Big Bird, so yeah, I think maybe it did something innovated, but I wouldn't know because I never played that game.

@SilverLightning Apparently, the person who made the nominations.



irken004 said:

LittleBIGPlanet Vita is actually one of my favorite handheld games in a looong time. That was worth the Vita in itself.



SilverLightning said:

so another port of little big planet that is on a system that has only sold 2 million has been nominated, while a game that people have been waiting for for 25 years with the biggest plot twist ever, good acting, great visuals, and awesome gameplay on a system that has sold 20+ million hasnt been nominated... that doesnt make sense, i bet sony payed the BAFTA's so LBP Vita will win so the crappy unsellable system might sell abit more



Peach64 said:

Why should they pick games based on sales? I haven't played any of those nominated mobile games so I'm not saying they deserve it at all, but for me, Nintendo's big 3DS games all had small flaws that stop them being amazing.

Kid Icarus had cheesy dialog and voice acting, while a lot of people disliked the controls. NSMB2 was too much like a map pack, and Sticker Star was a disappointment to many fans of the series because of how many RPG elements have been removed.

I've never paid much attention to these game awards but BAFTA usually make very good choices for the film version, so don't understand how anyone could say they get paid off.



C7_ said:

I'm still curious how many times Minecraft will win a yearly award in years that it didn't originally come out in.
Like it won "game of the year" for its alpha, beta, "release", and its XBOX versions which is the same thing but less than the PC. Yes it's good, but if every other game that gets a port or re-release doesn't get this kind of nonsense attention.

And on that note, there are no Video game awards ceremonies that anyone can take seriously. I'm actually not surprised that the 3DS didn't have anything; a bit with Nintendoland because all of that stuff was really cool and unique, but these ceremonies imply that whoever's playing them has in fact played and beaten every game up for consideration and ignores all personal bias. This is something that just doesn't happen in games; it's too long and nobody gets paid for it.



Peach64 said:

Hmm, I wonder why Fire Emblem (out April in the UK), wasn't nominated for best game of 2012 in the UK.



Ducutzu said:

I honestly do not see why the LEGO games would be worthy of an award. Good games, yes, but award material? Do they contribute to advancing the industry?

In contrast, Nintendoland is something new. It takes considerable risks today to even try to come up with fresh ways of enjoying videogames.



Dambuster said:

Who cares about awards ? if you play a game and like it that should be enough, winning an award makes no difference.



Hyperstar96 said:

Who needs a new and original revival of Kid Icarus when you can have yet another port of Little Big Planet???



SheldonRandoms said:

Rhythm Thief should have been nominated in the music/audio category, I think because nobody even bought the game there is why it didn't get nominated.



GameLord08 said:

Ah, conspiracy theories.

On a more serious note, are we sure Nintendo even applied for a nomination? I'm fairly certain these things don't come out of the blue.



rayword45 said:

I love LBP and The Walking Dead, but Little Monsters and Soccer!? Who the hell made this list? They need a good smack not just for Nintendo (and Kid Icarus), but also for a lack of Gravity Rush.



ThomasBW84 said:

@GameLord08 I'm not sure whether you "apply" for BAFTA nominations, I reckon there'll be a panel that draws up shortlists, aside from the occasional public vote category (which most aren't).



bezerker99 said:

NintendoLand, KI, and PMSS are not fun games, imo. It's no surprise to me that Nintendo wasn't nominated.



AVahne said:

Meh, personally I don't think BAFTA should be taken seriously anyway. Their nominations and award choices often seem laughable to me.



WingedSnagret said:

I never give a headless chicken about these awards anyway; they're all incredibly biased. I mean, 9 times out of 10 times, the majority of the games nominated for whatever game of the year (or action, adventure, ect.) ends being an overdone FPS...



Noend said:

It is hip to hate on Nintendo right now.
Shovel ware phone games are all the rage.



HuntheUniverse said:

All I've been seeing from Europe in the past year is that a minority of its population like Nintendo games....
This wasn't really a surprise....



Peach64 said:

Hmm, just looked up the other categories for comparison, and it's a mixed bag.

Best game:

Dishonored (Amazing game)
Far Cry 3 (Amazing game)
FIFA 13 (Fantastic football game, but best game of the year? Shouldn't be anywhere near this list)
Journey (Amazing game)
Mass Effect 3 (Hugely disappointing compared to ME2, and that's coming from someone that didn't have any issues with the ending)
The Walking Dead (Amazing game)

4 out of 6 are really good choices, the other 2 are kind of strange. There's a lot of indie titles in the other categories though (and I don't mean categories specifically for indie games, but ones such as story, innovation, and music), so I don't think you can go 'all they care about is COD and FIFA!!!' when they've nominated titles such as Dear Esther, Thomas Was Alone and Journey.



irken004 said:

@Hyperstar96 It's not really a port, it's an unnumbered sequel. But the Vita controls make it so much more unique than it would be on PS3



gsnap said:

I'm not gonna say what should and shouldn't be in there, but when the British Academy of FILM and TELEVISION Arts rates games, you can take their thoughts with a grain of salt. Now, if BAGIA, the British Academy of Games and Interactive Art (which I just made up), wanted to rate something, and they had credible people on staff (as in, a wide range of current and former developers) to choose nominees, then I might pay more attention to them.



Peach64 said:

@3Dash That's why I said 'for me' they have flaws that stop them being great. I like KIU, I really do. Out of KIU, NSMB2 and PM:SS, I'd definitely pick Kid Icarus as my favourite.



Squashie said:

Oh come on! That's just stupid! Nintendo are one of the longest surviving video games manufacturers out there! Why shouldn't they be up for any awards? It angers me when stupid games like New Star Soccer are up for the award.



Gamesake said:

BAFTA nominated a Vita game? It's official then, BAFTA has lost touch with the mainstream.



Solatorobo said:

Kid Icarus is one of the best games of all time imo, so I have a ton of bias against any of these awards that doesn't place it at best handheld.

But while I love LBP, I think Gravity Rush is a more refreshing experience.



FriedSquid said:

uh-huh, because if a company has no nominations in an awards ceremony, it's the awards ceremony that loses its touch? Got to be kidding me.



BandG said:

this makes complete sense, 2012 was a bad year for gaming in general, but an even worse one for nintendo... i love the wii u but i didnt buy a single ds or 3ds game all year, no new wii games, and only two wii u games that were just good.



FritzFrapp said:

Kid Icarus: Uprising was the best game on any platform last year, never mind handlhelds. But since when did awards ever go to worthy recipients?



WanderingPB said:

Wow so its WiiU against the world huh? I will b hysterical once everything changes i will be laughin at all the non-believers



Jakurdo said:

It's not like those 3 games are beyond amazing or anything, not in my opinion anyway. Not saying they are worse than the nominees, but the world is not a worse place when Nintendo Land doesn't win the family game BAFTA.



turtlelink said:

lmao I love how so many people are getting mad because a Vita game was nominated.
Besides, I couldn't even name you one Nintendo game I thoroughly enjoyed that came out in 2012.



Kyloctopus said:

Little Big Planet got nominated for best handheld game? Should The Walking Dead even count, for it being multiconsole?
I can name plenty of games that could have earned those spots. NSMB2, Gravity Rush, Virtue's Last Reward, Kid Icarus, Professor Layton.



scrubbyscum999 said:

?...seems a little odd Nintendo couldn't find ONE spot in there somewhere. They had a pretty decent run this year. No RPG category? If they had that Xenoblade would HAVE to be in there somewhere. Oh well, let's be honest these awards only mean so much any, games, movies, and otherwise.



nomeacuerdo said:

Jethro tull won a grammy in the 80's beating metallica. Coldplay has won several awards. That nintendo wasn't nominated this year doesn't mean anything, except that the awards mean nothing.



ToxieDogg said:

@rcmadiax I actually do own a Vita and Little Big Planet Vita.

I don't actually think it's that good though, in fact for all the gimmicks it has (use of the touchscreens, camera, etc) I'd say it's the weakest of all the Little Big Planet games so far, the PSP version was a lot more fun and had better original levels IMHO.

Really surprised that Nintendo Land didn't at least get a nomination, and Resident Evil Revelations and Kid Icarus Uprising were surely the 2 best games released on any handheld format last year?



Magikarp3 said:

New Star Soccer deserves awards. It's daring enough to be a sports game with a different approach from the formulaic engines used by other soccer games, and still remains fun and engrossing.



psycoticdev1l said:

@rcmadiax I bought it initially for the Vita, also I just finished Persona 4 Golden a few days ago. Also it would have been nice to see some Nintendo games there. The games on that list are all pretty good so I'm not gonna complain. And for those saying 'Sony must have paid them of or something', I really hope you're just joking. No one can be that much of a fanboy.



GreenDream said:

Journey and The Walking Dead are perfect choices for BAFTA awards, because they both have distinct movie-like qualities to them. BAFTA should stick to nominating these kinds of titles, rather than choosing more "gamey" titles. I could understand why a 2D Mario title would never be nominated in this context, (a 3D Mario title like Galaxy would) but they shouldn't be nominating anything else without movie-like aspects either. I wouldn't say Little Big Planet is movie-like...

No Xenoblade nomination, though? I don't know if they've been "paid off", but they definitely only focus on mainstream titles from publishers who have money to spare. They won't go out of their way to recognize deserving niche titles... How boring.

Watching the people who convene at a lot of these high-falutin' richie rich shows is like watching a modern-day gathering of obedient vassals convening for a theater. This stuff doesn't mean too much for the commons...



Yanni said:

These awards don't mean anything! It's just business and they are irrelevant to the quality of the games. I usually don't follow such news, I am not interested at all...



CharbroiledEwok said:

What do I think? I think people who want Nintendo to go down in flames have decided that, if they all pile on during negative news cycles, they'll finally get their wish...



Peach64 said:

@Trainer_DJ @GreenDream Guys, Xenoblade Chronicles came out in 2011, it's not eligible for 2012 awards.

They've nominated Journey, Dear Esther and Thomas Was Alone in various categories, so how can you say they're only looking at the mainstream?

2012 was hardly filled with great Nintendo games. It doesn't have to be a conspiracy.



bensju said:

I really enjoyed 3D land & LBP, but for handheld, gravity rush should have won.



fredtoy said:

It's not about games being good or innovative. It's about industry. As with other industry awards, this reflects that Nintendo isn't a strong brand in UK as Sony or Microsoft are.




I'm not a fan of BAFTA's awards which favour soulless, cinematic gaming - however - the nominees listed there are quite sound. I have actually played the vast majority of them. Still, Nintendo not getting any nominations in the whole awards categories is a travesty and a disgrace. Usual forum bots here will disagree of course



samstreet101 said:


In what way is Journey 'movie-like'? Lego Batman 2, Skylanders, Dear Esther, Minecraft, Little Big Planet were all nominated too...How are any of them 'movie-like'?



DimensionRaven said:

@Peach64 What does PM:SS stand for again?

Unsurprised by these lists, though would have liked Virtue's Last Reward to take a place.
I've never played Kid Icarus Uprising so cannot be on to judge about its inclusion (or lack of); though I have heard a lot of good things about it.

Additionally, last year wasn't exactly good for Nintendo. Beat the Beat and The Last Story were retty much the only good Wii games - thank god I was late to the Xenoblade party and only bought it in March to get me through the year, the Wii U only had ZombiU, some ports and NSMB2 (and Nintendo Land, though that is generally pre-packaged). And 3DS had KIU, Rhythm Thief, Virtue's, NSMB2, Resident Evil Revelations and Black and White 2 (though they were DS games). 2013 looks to be a much better year

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