Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma pose with the awards

The night before Shiggy's keynote, a jury of industry professionals have honored Nintendo with Game Developers Choice Awards for innovation and game design for Wii Sports, which comes packed with Nintendo's hot-selling new Wii home system. Nintendo also won an award for writing for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

The awards were presented the evening of March 7 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. They represent the peak of video game excellence, as voted on by game developers from around the world. The Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Board also honored legendary Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Wii Sports continues to resonate not only with consumers but also with the creative soul of the industry: the game developers themselves," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "Wii is designed to allow creativity to triumph over technical and financial barriers, and Wii Sports is a perfect example of how a great idea can succeed on its own."

Shigeru Miyamoto, the master.

It's hard to see how Nintendo's award run is going to stop, innovation is now king and Nintendo sits upon its throne. Miyamoto is one of my personal heroes, so all these lifetime achievement awards are not unexpected!