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Nintendo score big in The Game Awards 2014 nominee list

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Geoff Keighley recently revealed plans for The Game Awards 2014, an independent celebration of the games indsutry that looks to move away from similar shows aired over the past few years by Spike TV.

As with any awards show we can now learn the full nominee list, selected by critics worldwide with Nintendo providing plenty of contenders across many categories. It is Bayonetta 2 that leads the way, nominated not only for Game of the Year – the grand prize if ever there was one – but also for Best Action / Adventure.

Successes elsewhere include Nintendo being nominated as Developer of the Year, Yacht Club Games rocking the Best Independent Game category with Shovel Knight, while Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are in the running for Best Remaster. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS also make their presence known as does Bravely Default, with the Best Fan Creation category gives nods to the Luigi Death Stare and Twitch Plays Pokémon.

The full list is as follows, with games appearing on Nintendo platforms highlighted in bold:

Game of the Year
Bayonetta 2, Nintendo
Dark Souls 2, Bandai Namco Games
Dragon Age: Inquisition, Electronic Arts
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Developer of the Year
Blizzard Entertainment
Monolith Productions
Nintendo
Telltale Games
Ubisoft Montreal

Best Independent Game
Broken Age: Act 1, Double Fine Productions
Monument Valley, Ustwo
Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games
Transistor, Supergiant Games
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, The Astronauts

Best Mobile / Handheld Game
Bravely Default, Square Enix
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment
Monument Valley, Ustwo
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo
Threes!, Sirvo

Best Narrative
South Park: The Stick of Truth, Ubisoft
The Walking Dead: Season Two, Telltale Games
The Wolf Among Us, Telltale Games
Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Ubisoft
Wolfenstein: The New Order, Bethesda Softworks

Best Score / Soundtrack
Alien: Isolation, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith
Child of Light, Coeur de pirate
Destiny, Marty O’Donnell
Sunset Overdrive, Boris Salchow
Transistor, Darren Korb

Best Performance
Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf, The Wolf Among Us
Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Melissa Hutchison as Clementine, The Walking Dead: Season Two
Trey Parker as Various Voices, South Park: The Stick of Truth
Troy Baker as Talion, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Games for Change
Never Alone, E-Line Media
The Last of Us: Left Behind, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Mountain, Double Fine Presents
This War of Mine, 11 bit studios
Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Ubisoft

Best Shooter
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Activision
Destiny, Activision
Far Cry 4, Ubisoft
Titanfall, Electronic Arts
Wolfenstein: The New Order, Bethesda Softworks

Best Action / Adventure
Alien: Isolation, SEGA
Assassin’s Creed Unity, Unity
Bayonetta 2, Nintendo
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Sunset Overdrive, Microsoft Studios

Best Role-Playing Game
Bravely Default, Square Enix
Dark Souls 2, Bandai Namco Games
Divinity: Original Sin, Larian Studios
Dragon Age: Inquisition, Electronic Arts
South Park: The Stick of Truth, Ubisoft

Best Fighting Game
Killer Instinct: Season 2, Microsoft Studios
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, ATLUS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Nintendo

Ultra Street Fighter 4, Capcom

Best Family Game
Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive
Fantasia: Music Evolved, Disney Interactive
Mario Kart 8, Nintendo
Skylanders Trap Team, Activision
Tomodachi Life, Nintendo


Best Sports / Racing Game
FIFA 15, EA Sports
Forza Horizon 2, Microsoft Studios
Mario Kart 8, Nintendo
NBA 2K15, 2K Sports
Trials Fusion, Ubisoft

Best Online Experience
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Activision
Dark Souls 2, Bandai Namco Games
Destiny, Activision
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment
Titanfall, Electronic Arts

Best Remaster
Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar Games
Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft Studios
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Nintendo
The Last of Us Remastered, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Square Enix

Most Anticipated Game
Batman: Arkham Knight, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Bloodborne, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Evolve, 2K Games
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Sony Computer Entertainment America

Esports Player of the Year
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson (League of Legends)
Xu “Fy” Linsen (Dota 2)
James “Firebat” Kostesich (Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft)
Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag (Call of Duty)

Esports Team of the Year
Samsung White (League of Legends)
Evil Geniuses (Dota 2)
Edward Gaming (League of Legends)
Newbee (Dota 2)
Ninjas in Pajamas (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Trending Gamer
Evan “Vanoss” Fong
Jeff Gerstmann
PewDiePie
StampyLongHead
TotalBiscuit

Best Fan Creation
“BEST Zelda Rap EVER!!” By Egoraptor
Luigi Death Stare by CZBwoi and Rizupicorr
“Mine the Diamond (Minecraft Song)” by Tobuscus
Minecraft – Titan City by Colonial Puppet
Twitch Plays Pokemon by Anonymous



Alex's early adoration for Nintendo began with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land. This developed over the years, later peaking when he hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Nowadays, his enthusiasm is shared through Nintendo Insider, a place in which he can document his thoughts regarding the big N.

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