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Nintendo Scoops Two Awards at D.I.C.E

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Well, it's better than none

Earlier this year we reported that Nintendo games had picked up multiple nomination in the D.I.C.E Awards, which act as the closing event of the summit with the same name — it stands for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain. In total five Nintendo games were nominated across seven different categories; the awards have now been handed out, with just two big N winners emerging.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, perhaps unsurprisingly, missed out on the Game of the Year award — as well as Adventure Game of the Year — but did pick up the Handheld Game of the Year award, seeing off three other Nintendo 3DS games and the PS Vita's Tearaway. Super Mario 3D World missed out on the Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering prize, but did win as Family Game of the Year, seeing off some big-name multi-platform releases. Some disappointing misses came for Fire Emblem: Awakening in the Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year category and Pokémon X & Y for Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year.

Yet still, two awards for Nintendo. The big winner of the night was ultimately Naughty Dog's PS3 title The Last of Us, which scooped 10 awards including the overall Game of the Year.


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Peach64 said:

2013 was an exceptionally great year for gaming, and I think the nominations for these DICE awards were spot on. Everyone is going to have different opinions on games, but I think the winners are great choices too.



MoonKnight7 said:

Better than nothing. Too bad Fire Emblem and Pokemon missed out. I thought both were fantastic.



AdanVC said:

Oh well, on this era when people praise games because of their story rather than it's gameplay, it's not surprising The Last of Us wins everything. Super Mario 3D World for example is a PURE videogame on every single aspect. videogames doesn't have to rely on amazing stories only, they need to have a mix of everything enhancing gameplay and creativity the most as they can, something that SM3DW beats easily to TLoU, but the majority of gaming websites don't think that anymore, they prefer beautiful cutscenes with deep stories... and guns.



Rezalack said:

I'm pretty surprised that Fire Emblem lost Strategy game of the year.. it was more than worthy.



Agent721 said:

Having played both, The Last Of Us is the clear winner. SMB3D world is awesome as well, but Last Of Us graphics, story telling & overall mood lend itself to a superb gaming experience. I wish Nintendo came up with such adult fair in their own. I'm 37...the adult stuff complements Nintendo's great games very nicely. By defining what makes a "pure" videogame, you are limiting yourself. Hopefully you actually have played The Last of Us.



Agent721 said:

IMO, GTA V is the winner this year for best overall game. The 60+ hours I've spent in the story mode combined with the now near 30 hours I've spent online speaks volumes. Rockstar did a marvelous job & the sales show it...32.5 million copies sold in a few months. What a wonderful game. Close 2nd is Last Of Us, followed by the most fun game of the year, Super Mario 3D world. This was a wonderful year to be a gamer!!! I hope some of you ventured out from behind the Nintendo wall.



AdanVC said:

@Agent721 There's no doubt TLoU is awesome, heck, I'm sure if it was an actual movie it could easily win an Oscar. I didn't played it but I watched a cousin who has a PS3 playing it and the overall experience you mentioned is true. But the actual gameplay... I just feel SM3DW has more variety on that area and has non-stop action from beginning to end, but in the end, both are just completely awesome (and different from each other) games anyway so both have pros and cons on their respective genres.



GearsOfWarU said:

My favorite games of 2013 were Super Mario 3D World, The Wonderful 101, Sonic Lost World , Castlevania LOS Mirror of Fate & Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon



noctowl said:

@Agent721 the last of us game play is dull and repetitive, at least for me. I'll admit that I have not finished the game yet, but so far I also fail to see what's "adult" about it. When does the story get good? So far it's been cliche and following a path that takes no risks what so ever. But again, I haven't finished it, and the near universal praise makes me want to! I hope that I do end up loving it, but as of now I just don't see it.



unrandomsam said:

@Agent721 The last of Us is exceptional at the very beginning but it is not of consistent quality throughout the whole game and the story is not all that good as far as I am concerned (Something story centric should be as good as any film or book etc and that story I think is mediocre). Game of the year should be something there is not a second that I wish I wasn't playing it. (Probably for me then it should be Super Hexagon).



Luigi789 said:

i so agree the lame of us was overrated its just a stupid movie like game with zombies it was a step down to uncharted



tripunktoj said:

Not surprised, this kind of awards are always handed to "mature" blockbuster games, regardless of them actually being quality games or not.



noctowl said:

I just feel the complete experience for last of us could be experienced watching youtube videos. Mario looks like something you want to play. So to me that makes Mario the clear winner.



PrincessEevee9 said:

@Peach64 Not surprised you'd make a comment like this. Do you even know quality? Or the crowd that votes for these boards? I know you don't so instead of making yourself look stupid actually do some research.



bezerker99 said:

Having awards only means it takes longer to dust off the mantle.

Still cool though....!



Darknyht said:

Honestly, I don't think either game really is a "Game of the Year". Last of Us has great storytelling and presentation, not gameplay. While SM3DW has great gameplay, it is essentially building on a foundation already set out by SM3DL on 3DS.

I think there was a legitimate argument for LoZ: Link Between Worlds...



Peach64 said:

@PrincessEevee9 These are voted for by industry professionals. I do find it a bit ironic that you're suggesting I'm biased, when I buy all consoles, but you, a Nintendo only gamer are the epitome of impartiality, right? Super Mario 3D World is a great game, and so is A Link Between Worlds, as is Fire Emblem: Awakening, but the games that won these awards are also great games.



GunstarHero234 said:

LOL thank you Peach64 I just about to say the same thing. These people just don't understand just because they love "ONLY" Nintendo games and they immaturely wants most of their titles to win only and not thinking TLOU also the rest wasn't going to win anything because Nintendo titles "are based on high quality and best experience" doesn't mean other people that experience the same with these other titles like Agent721 says so get off people opinions, get out your hate bubble and look at reality at least SM3DW won Family GOTY lol.



Datasun_7 said:

Fair play to the last of us well deserved. Tbh Sm3dw wasn't really special enough to win game of the year, dont get me wrong it was good though and definately deserved the award it got



Luigi789 said:

@GunstarHero234 ugh this guy is back i thought u said u weren't gonna come to this website again , just because someone doesn't like your favorite game doesn't mean they play only nintendo and even if they did so what why do u care so much on what they play



Agent721 said:


Yeah...I used to be like this as well, until last gen when I bought a 360 & PS3. I love Nintendo, but they are not god. What Rockstar puts out and what Naughty Dog puts out now matches or surpasses Nintendo. That's not hating Nintendo at all, its simply being honest. Great games come from every one console has a lock on that. Nintendo will always be my favorite, but the cudos to the others are very well warranted.



GunstarHero234 said:

@Luigi789 Dude it's called preference vs your biased bro and I haven't been on this site for months just passing through as a proper nintendo gamer reading the news because I actually like this site just the immature complainers like you I don't hardly read anymore.



Luigi789 said:

huh talking nonsense again do u see me complaining now , and lol u have no right to tell me im immature since your the one who rages now i better stop talking to u before it happens again



Agent721 said:

Gameplay wise, super Mario 3 D world is unmatched! What a fun game...TLOU is a totally different animal. You get a totally different experience. But GTAV also provides stellar game play...what other online game can you steal a helicopter, fly with your buddies to LAX, land on a roof, flight off security in an epic gunfight, steal an AC 130 & take off, fly it to the desert & land it at your own airport? That's just one online mission!!! Obviously, the controls for SM3DW are amazing, but the gameplay variety in GTA Online is equally amazing. I'm just glad I get to play so many varied games, of such high quality. The contrast in each game's style makes each one even more enjoyable.



umegames said:

@Agent721 I've played both, still play the online, and i disagree the Last of Us is a winner of anything. personally feel tomb raider was the better game between the two, but for this argument, I fully agree the Last of Us is not a game but an experience. I played 60% of last of us, then my file was corrupted so i youtube 'd the rest of it and it was just as equally awesome to watch as it was play, and my wife who watched me play and the youtube video agrees. This showed me in hindsight that playing the game was actually a "chore" and did not enhance or takeaway from the "experience". obviously the same can not be said for Super mario, but this is just me.



GalacticMario28 said:

Diablo 3 beat out Pokémon X & Y? I'll admit I don't know much about Diablo, but to me something just feels off about that.
I respect The Last of Us for its storytelling, but Adventure Game of the Year? Really? Over A Link Between Worlds? I'm not even the biggest fan of that game, but I'd still say it represents an adventure better than TLoU does. I can agree with most of these awards, but some of them just have me scratching my head.
At least Super Mario 3D World won Family Game of the Year; if not for that, I'd have some choice words for the people who voted in these awards.



GunstarHero234 said:

@Agent721 I agree with you fully man and respect to ya I experienced my own amazing titles as well during my console generations of gaming but I actually knew this "jealousy and hate" was going to happen but isn't nothing new. Every gaming community expects this when their "brand titles" doesn't gets the awards or popularity it deserves.



BinaryFragger said:

I agree with Peach64 that 2013 was a great year for gaming. The 3DS had a strong year, two new consoles were released and countless great games across the gaming landscape were released.
It's a shame that the fanboys automatically hate anything not made by Nintendo. People are missing out on great experiences by limiting themselves to one company's products.



PrincessEevee9 said:

@Peach64 I'm a gamer period I've been a gamer since the old days. I played a broad range of games all dating back to the SNES I got for Christmas. You seriously gonna play this card? Best check yourself hon. Are you seriously telling me that these games deserved their awards please these industry professionals give awards based on how amazing a game is or how much they're getting paid off by developers. This is clearly one of those times. When amazing quality games are getting screwed for awards that are dam well deserved to a bunch of games only coveted because they're"mature" there's a problem.



BinaryFragger said:


Screwed for awards?
Zelda A Link Between Worlds: GameSpot game of the year and D.I.C.E handheld game of the year
Super Mario 3D World: Eurogamer game of the year
Animal Crossing New Leaf: VGX best casual game

Do you really expect Nintendo to win every single award? Funny how when Nintendo wins an award, it's great news, but when a non-Nintendo game wins, the awards are rigged, the judges are paid, etc etc etc.
Just because you don't like The Last of Us and GTA5 doesn't mean they're not amazing games. 2013 saw countless great releases from Nintendo and other companies as well. Nintendo can't win every award.



dumedum said:

This was a pretty bad year for gaming so it's unsurprising that GOTY went to the mediocre PS3 game. Fortunately, Nintendo had some gems, and SM3DWorld is certainly GOTY for me.

@Luigi789 Tomb Raider was particularly terrible.



LztheQuack said:

"Are you seriously telling me that these games deserved their awards please these industry professionals give awards based on how amazing a game is or how much they're getting paid off by developers. "

Because clearly an amazing game doesn't deserve awards. Also, do you have solid proof that there is bribery or is this simply a baseless conspiracy guess?



Senario said:

Eh, last of us. Wasn't as good as people say. Honestly, the uncharted series was much better. In a zombie game where you fight mostly other people with an elementary father child relationship was surprisingly cliche and braindead.



Agent721 said:

I find it disheartening that the same My Favorite Console is the best at Everything bias, is also found here. I thought we, as Nintendo fans used to being crapped on, would act better than the other fan boys. But no, instead we have they've been paid off nonsense. We should act better than the rest & not be so illogically bitter at the others for winning. We should not stoop down to their low level. We are better than this.



GunstarHero234 said:

@Senario Tell that to The Walking Dead GOTY telltale series yea the main character Lee Everett was a UGA teacher and he meets up with a girl named Clementine and the story guess what it has the similar father and daughter relationship story during the zombie holocaust so that game has to be "cliche and braindead" too oh well. I understand your grief and you probably don't like these type of titles in your opinion but please don't use that as a excuse because the game doesn't deserve it's win of 10 awards and GOTY in your eyes which others doesn't see your way.



unrandomsam said:

@Darknyht But that was based on a LInk to the Past with a few tweaks. (The bosses were very disappointing - Oracle of Seasons nailed that better. Secret of Mana had a much better sense of wonder of where you are going to go next. Oracle of Ages I think had a better story). It was quite good but very conservative in what it did.



kuribo4 said:

@Agent721 I doubt that LoU beats 3D World. They can be both just as good. 3D World is perfect at what it does, I'll have to play Last of Us to see if it's plot deserves to be called a masterpiece.



DreamOn said:

Family and handheld, thats why i come to Nintendo! Thats also what i predicted they'd win. You gotta be baddonkey, gotta be like a real life movie of baddonkeyness to win those grown up GOTY categories lol. Sorry Mario, cartoon high jinks games are not achievements anymore!



SecondServing said:

I'm not surprised that Zelda didn't win, because it's kinda a copy and paste game lol. It's really good but really familiar. Fire Emblem should've won strategy of the year though.



DreamOn said:

I remember when Kung-Fu panda lost the Oscar to Wall-E. Never came back from that one, so entertainment awards shows can just blow it out their ears! lol



ledreppe said:

Wait... 3D World doesn't win best gameplay award and instead gets best 'family game', these awards are a joke! The Last of Us doesn't deserve 10 awards including Best Gameof The Year. Awards mean little to me, it doesn't change or influence what I want to play, and the people who hold the power in making the award decisions don't represent real gamers and what they play,and what they think of the games.



kyuubikid213 said:

@BinaryFragger I don't think anyone's saying Nintendo should win EVERY award because THAT would be rigged. From the general consensus, though, sometimes it seems a fair amount of decent games don't get the recognition they deserve because they aren't "edgy" or "mature."

And, in all fairness, a lot of games do get unfair reviews and a lot of games get Game of the Year despite coming out at the last third of the year when awesome titles that came out in February or March get glanced over.



SavoirFaire said:

The only thing I can hope is that 2014 is as strong a year for gaming as 2013 was. Nothing worse than an awards season where the winners are a slam dunk because of poor competition!



BinaryFragger said:


I agree that some games get overlooked but Super Mario 3D World isn't one of them. The game has won awards and the reviews have been phenomenal:

The media has been saying nothing but great things about the game, yet the moment that is loses an award to another game, people here get their panties in a bunch and say awards don't matter, the awards are rigged, the judges are bribed, and so on. The Last Of Us may not be everyone's cup of tea (I personally have no interest in the game) but that doesn't make it unworthy of winning any awards. Mario 3D World won some awards and also lost some. It just shows how many great games were released in 2013.



yuwarite said:

This industry/ games journalists are too obsessed with mature story and movie-like production value rather than gameplay.



AbsolutSnake said:

Man those salty Ninty fan tears taste sooooo good!

It happens all time time. Awards don't count, only when Nintendo win awards do they count...

Me personally I think GTAV should of got GOTY, just for the shear size of the game and pushing the PS3 to its absolute max...



Rafie said:

Wow why am I not surprised by most of these comments. -_- Seriously, TLoU is a great game. Get over it! That game deserved the awards it got. Heck SMB3DW deserved it awards...and others.

It's okay for a non-Nintendo game to win some awards. Naughty Dog deserves it. TLoU been a Nintendo exclusive, the comment section would be a lot different than it is now.

"Morton salt.....when it rains, it pours!"



hylianhalcyon said:

About what I expected from the comments section. The games that won deserved them. Nitpicking over every single award is useless, because not every single award is going to go the way you want it to. As a Nintendo fan you should be happy they won what they did, I certainly am.

And sorry to some of the commenters in here, but you're in the minority with your opinions clearly formed from actually playing the game. The Last of Us deserved the awards it got because most people find it a great game in every regard.

Hell, as an avid fan of cinema, I'm not exactly thrilled that American Hustle has even been nominated for Best Picture this year, but I'm not going to say that people were bribed off and that awards don't matter because of it.



Nintendude789 said:

I'm not surprised about TLoU getting that many nominations. It looks like a good game, but I can already tell it's getting overrated.

And like what many people said: it's more like a movie than a video game. Therse more cutscenes than gameplay.



Ichiban said:

If TLOU was a Nintendo game, im sure the comments here would be quite different lol



Senario said:

@GunstarHero234 Excuse for what? Do I need other people's approval to say it wasn't my game of the year? The game was uninspired and all aspects of its story were predictable. It and telltale's game piggyback off of the walking dead series which is actually pretty good. Each game had its own problems though. The last of us had no good AI as well as gameplay that was really boring with nothing except shooting other people. The game makes Joel the equivalent of a Hollywood secret agent as he takes out dozens of guys effortlessly. Telltale's game was solid in terms of story because of the supporting cast. However, I would be hesitant to call it a game in the same vein as something like left 4 dead as the game really is a point and click cause and effect simulator. You see this type of gameplay in rpgs but they often do come with meaningful gameplay and not point and click scenarios only. Both of these games were higher rated simply because of story and not how the game played.

While they may not be my game of the year, do you really need validation in the forms of awards for which games you like? I have played games that received no awards but we're immensely fun. So stop crying boo hoo when somebody disagrees with your choice.



BinaryFragger said:


It's the same thing with sales numbers. Whenever an article mentions that the 3DS is outselling the Vita, it's proof that it's the superior handheld. But when the PS4 outsells the Wii U, sales numbers are suddenly meaningless.



DiSTANToblivion said:

The Last Of Us truly deserves the praise it recieves in my opinion. It's so much more than a game, it's an experience. As much as I am a Nintendo fan, even I can see that the two previous "Game Of The Year" awards rightfully went to the correct choices (The Last Of Us and Journey). Just thought I'd add my two cents to all the bitterness here.

EDIT: Besides, it's not like awards shows mean anything. Everyone has the capacity to agree or disagree with whatever they want, no imaginary 'award' for bragging rights will change that. That's why opinions are just so much fun... hahaha.



Yasume said:

Just finished a bag of popcorn while reading through the comments. I always find it incredibly entertaining to read about Ninty fans crying their heart out.



Marshi said:

The lame of us?! Really? The lame of us? How childish are you people? Though im a big nintendo fan I acknowledge the last of us deserved evey single award. Its simply one of the best narrative experiences ive ever had in gaming. Mario 3d world,awesome as it is, is hardly inovative or original. A link between worlds is a sequel with the same gameplay as the 1991 original. So I totally agree with the awards they got. I am a bit surprised fire emblem didnt win anything but heh,im sure its not everyones cup of tea.

Just stop with the bitter remarks already people.



Marshi said:

@BinaryFragger Gamers will forever be considered to be single children who live in the family basement. These comments are prove of that. I find. Arguing over what console is best to be so imature. Sales numbers dont mean that a peice of tech is better than something else not selling as well. If you like it, you like it and if a sales figure you see on screen really sways your opinion that much then your nothing but a mindless sheep.

I own a ps4 wiiu 3ds and psvita and ps3 and I love them all equally. After all,if I didnt like them,i wouldnt have them would i?



JaxonH said:

Game of the Year is all subjective anyways. What's funnest for person A is not necessarily going to be funnest for person B. For Nintendo fans, Super Mario 3D World and Zelda Link Between Worlds were easily the funnest games of the year. And Fire Emblem Awakening. But other gamers, well, they like flashy games more. For them, The Last of Us and GTA was probably the best games of the year. Neither group is wrong. It's all preference.

Personally, I like all types of games, as long as, wait for it.... they're fun. And personally, The Last of Us deserved great recognition, and by no means should that game be mocked. Having said that, I do feel that the gameplay hampered what COULD HAVE BEEN. I feel the game could have, and perhaps would have, been the best game of the year, if it didn't solely rely on story to do it. And that's why I personally do not typically enjoy AAA games as much as Nintendo games. I find the greater entertainment to lie within gameplay.

I'm playing Tomb Raider on PS4 right now, and it's awesome, gorgeous, and fluent. But I still think games like Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101 are funner games. Had Tomb Raider shown a greater focus on puzzles alongside the exploration, it would have entered Darksiders territory (which is a VERY good thing). Which brings me to my next point. There ARE AAA games which achieve gameplay perfection, such as Darksiders franchise or even Batman Arkham games, which are, imo, much more entertaining than the AAA games nominated this year.



Rafie said:

@JaxonH Agreed 100% my friend, as usual. I definitely believe the Batman Arkham games are more funner than the games that won and/or nominated.



Beta said:

Well, good for those games. My console GotY would be The Wonderful 101, tbh.



Kmno said:

While I do agree with some here that many members of this site border on irrational when it comes to Nintendo TLoU sweeping the awards were seen in many sites as a joke. I haven't played the game personally but when on many sites that are game "agnostic" (though a heavy bias to Sony and MS is always present) they say that some of the awards given to that game were undeserved (like Outstanding Innovation or the Engineering achievement) then I do think that the critics against this are justified.



Kindread said:

This article wasn't very clear. I had to reread it a few times to get the info I wanted.



BinaryFragger said:


I fully understand that not everyone can afford multiple consoles. I just find it silly that people get so upset when a competing product wins an award. Nintendo games won multiple awards in 2013 and received wonderful reviews (even several perfect scores) but the moment a Sony game wins an award, gaming journalists are suddenly bribed, only like M-rated games, don't know what they're talking about, the awards are rigged, and so on.



geordie said:

Nintendo fanboys are some of the most irritating, entitled cry babies I have ever come across.
I love Nintendo, but I also have some self respect.



yuwarite said:

@BinaryFragger You assumed I felt slighted a Nintendo game didn't win GOTY or something; that was not my complaint at all. Fine, if I wanted to complain, I'd complain that GTAV deserved to win since it's objectively a better game, with more replayability; where its gameplay doesn't "get in the way of the story" like TLoU's.

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