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Nintendo Picks Up Multiple Nominations in D.I.C.E. Awards

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Zelda and Mario lead the way

In early February Las Vegas will host the D.I.CE. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, which is run by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS); it's a major annual meet-up of game designers and developers from around the world. The culmination of the summit is always the D.I.C.E. Awards, with more than 22,000 AIAS members voting for the winners.

This year's nominations are in and bring some joy for Nintendo titles, with five separate games nominated across seven categories; the relevant awards are below.

Game of the Year

Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag
Bioshock Infinite
Grand Theft Auto V
The Last of Us
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Diablo III
Dota 2
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Pokémon X & Y

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Europa Universalis 4
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
XCOM: Enemy Within

Family Game of the Year

Disney Infinity
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Rayman Legends
Skylanders SWAP Force
Super Mario 3D World

Handheld Game of the Year

Fire Emblem: Awakening
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Pokémon X & Y
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Adventure Game of the Year

Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag
The Last of Us
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Tomb Raider

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering

Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag
Forza Motorsport 5
Grand Theft Auto V
Super Mario 3D World
The Last of Us

A Link Between Worlds perhaps leads the way due to its nomination for the lucrative Game of the Year award, while Nintendo can take heart from dominance of the Handheld category and the fact that every game in the Family Game of the Year shortlist was available on Wii U. The awards will be given out at a ceremony to close the D.I.C.E. summit on 6th February.

What do you think of the nominations and Nintendo's chances in each category?


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User Comments (29)



Yoshi said:

Ooh, some tough choices here, but Nintendo does have a good chance to take home some awards. Strategy/simulation, family, handheld, and maybe gameplay engineering.



ZyroXZ2 said:

I REALLY think SM3DW should have been a contender in GOTY. That game blindsided basically EVERYONE with its amazing variety, unique gameplay, and gradual increase in difficulty all the way through the bonus levels that made the game accessible to anyone and everyone!... Not to mention the pristine graphics!



Shadowkiller97 said:

I am really glad Dark Moon got a nomination. I feel that game was forgotten when it came time for awards because it was so early in the year and such awesome other titles were released afterwards.



dumedum said:

Yeah, Dark Moon nomination is a stand out. Only category that seems they got right too.



Matts14 said:

I think the big N has handheld in the bag, Mario should win family and zelda should win at least one of its catagories probably the previously stated handheld.



PrincessEevee9 said:

Like how the 3DS pretty much dominating the Handheld category. Link Between Worlds has a shot at beating out the Game of the Year contenders.



ZyroXZ2 said:

@PrincessEevee9 While I would prefer SM3DW to be in this position, I guess Nintendo taking home a GOTY award against every other GOTY nominee involving guns would be quite a win, lol



Goginho said:

SM3DW shouldn't just be considered a "family game". Kinda belittling imo :/
Obviously it's family friendly, and it has 4 (5) player co-op where the whole family can play, and so the category is pretty accurate, but it's an overall game, for anyone, anyhow, whether alone, with a buddy, or likewise with up to five family members. Mario games had that K-A, Kids to Adults label back in the day, which was a perfect depiction of what the Super Mario brand stands for.



dumedum said:

All the family game nominations are on Wii U. Shows the market is still strong there, no worries.
Also, Fire Emblem among PC land in strategy games is telling.



PrincessEevee9 said:

@Goginho As would I but as much i would love to see 3D World yet again win against those other titles might mean a little more if Link Between Worlds did seeing how it's a handheld in a console environment.

@ZyroXZ2 What ever happened to that rating anyway?



Gioku said:

I think 3DS is basically a shoo-in for Handheld game of the year... only Tearaway isn't from the 3DS, so it had better be absolutely amazing if it wants to win... but since ALBW also is nominated for GOTY, and Tearaway is not... that should say something. But who knows.



ricklongo said:

Assassin's Creed IV is great, but the fact that it was nominated fot GotY over SM3DW is pretty laughable. I'm glad to see ALBW in there, though. That was my personal pick for GotY this year.



HappyHappyist said:

awards mean absolutely nothing other than some guys' opinion. and at the end of the day, who's opinion should you care about but your own? i have fun with a game, why do i care about whether or not everyone on the internet thinks its total sh**? not my problem.



Gamer83 said:

A Link Between Worlds should win Handheld GOTY and since it did make the top of a fair amount of end of the year lists, I'm not counting it out from stealing overall. So much for the insane idea that Aonuma can't make a good Zelda game.



Razzle said:

A Link Between Worlds was amazing and well deserved its nomination. It is a great example of gameplay which hits the casual market as well as the more enthusiastic gamer. I was hooked on it start to finish and so were others in my household who wouldn't usually get pulled into an 'adventure' game. Play a Link to the Past and you will realise just how much tighter and focused A Link Between Worlds is, it's much better IMO.



Gamer83 said:


Maybe it's the nostalgia but I don't know if I'd say ALBW is better than ALttP. The one thing I do will give ALBW over its successor though, is it lets you get going from the start. I loved not having to sit through a long, boring tutorial and I liked having the items so I could attack the dungeons in the order I wanted.



GalacticMario28 said:

I'm surprised Super Mario 3D World isn't nominated for overall GotY like it has been almost everywhere else, but I suppose ALBW could do with a bit more love. I like Nintendo's odds of winning a few of these, especially Handheld GotY.



Tsurii said:

@Goginho You can't play with 5 people. One has to use the gamepad.

If SM3DW doesn't win that "outstanding achievement in gameplay engineering" award, I really don't know what a studio has to do to impress people with quality



DreamOn said:

Good nominations. I'm sure there will be snickering all around the room for when a nintendo game is mentioned outside of the "designated category" western developers mentally want to restrict Nintendo to (family and handheld)



Razzle said:


Thanks for your thoughts. I know many people will agree with you, especially those who prefer a tougher challenge. I only died once playing through A Link Between a Worlds, I died maybe 15 times in LttP!



ultimate321 said:

@Gamer83 ALTTP didn't have a long tutorial either, at all actually. I almost felt that ALBW was sort of dry in the story department and didn't have the cohesive narrative of the recent zeldas. Then I played ALTTP and guess what? it was very similar. That's why I thought it was the PERFECT sequel. ALTTP didn't have any long boring, twilight princess/skyward sword tutorial and I just played it.



SuperMinusWorld said:

Really? Mario 3D World not good enough for GOTY? That's a lousy excuse for a list, then. The game was fantastic and constantly throwing new ideas at the player. An extremely polished, creative, innovative title.



Hunter-D said:

The Handheld GOTY nominations are all superb.

Overall I think that the 3DS was the console of the year. Full stop.



Shambo said:

3DS owns these awards, but I think Last of Us will steal away anything it's involved in. Not that it's the best game, definitely not (it's very good at best, and overall just good, in my opinion), but it has the most devoted fanboy-base, I believe. And as said before: Mario 3D World deserves a spot as game of the year, overall. It's not Galaxy, but it was equally surprising in it's own way, just not to people who didn't play it. Which are a lot, given the Wii U sales... And what game DID come close to Galaxy's overall appeal and surprise this year? Indeed, none.

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