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

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
Tearaway
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Adventure Game of the Year

Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag
Tearaway
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?

[via gamesindustry.biz]