Nintendo Power #252 has the final tally of the 2009 awards ballot. As expected, they awarded two winners for each category, one from the editorial staff and one from the popular vote. I predicted winners from both camps back at the beginning of the year, as well as revealing my own votes. Let's see how I did.
The big surprise is that the voting public picked Kingdom Hearts DS to win Overall Game of the Year, and by a gigantic margin. That smacks of an internet flash mob. NP of course went with New Super Mario Bros Wii. I personally went with Rhythm Heaven because, honestly, it was a sucky year. Most of the games I would have supported were not even allowed on the nominations.
So my Predictodex starts off at +1 Editorial, -1 Voters.
Wii GOTY was New Super on both camps (the Kingdom Hearts troupe couldn't crash this one!) An easy call.
+2 Editorial, 0 Voters.
In my blurb on DS GOTY, I said "I think even diehard Kingdom Hearts fans have to face up that 358/2 Days is dull as dishwater, with awful controls." Ha! They sure showed me. Quite frankly, I don't know how they had the time to storm the voting site, since the game takes so damn long to play. Oh wait, I know, they probably voted while they were stuck on one of the millions of interminable waiting scenes while between missions.
NP picked Spirit Tracks; the voters went with Kingdom Hearts. I had this one all wrong. +1 Editorial, -1 Voters.
As far WiiWare GOTY, NP went with the one that had been out for about twenty minutes, Castlevania ReBirth. The voters went with Final Fantasy IV, which is probably a sidequest for the Kingdom Hearts voters. Again, I missed on both predictions. 0 Editorial, -2 Voters.
DSiWare GOTY was an easy call, since Minis March Again was just about the only game available for DSiWare. Finally, some points to me: +1 Editorial, -1 Voters.
NP picked Muramasa for Best Wii Graphics; the voters went with Crystal Bearers (again, notice an RPG slant to the voting picks? Hmmmmm.) I got the editorial pick correct. +2 Editorial, -2 Voters.
For Best DS Graphics, NP chose Kingdom Hearts and the Kingdom Hearts Online Voting Bloc chose Kingdom Hearts. Again, I got it wrong. +1 Editorial, -3 Voters.
Best Original Score went to Suikoden: Tierkreis on the editorial side and Spirit Tracks from the public. I got one of those correct. 0 Editorial, -2 Voters.
I seriously muffed the Best Sound/Voice Acting category because I had yet to play Silent Hill: Shattered Memories at the time that I voted. NP picked Silent Hill and the voters went Kingdom Hearts. -1 Editorial, -3 Voters.
Best Music/Rhythm Game... NP chose Rhythm Heaven, voters took Beatles Rock Band. -2 Editorial, -2 Voters for me. Man, I am sucking this up big time.
NP picked Spirit Tracks for Best Adventure Game, while the voters stuck with Kingdom Hearts. Still blinded by Zelda, I lost another voter point here. -1 Editorial, -3 Voters.
Hey, so why again was Kingdom Hearts not even nominated for Best RPG? Weird. NP and the voters, in rare agreement, chose Bowser's Inside Story. I got the voter vote right but the ed vote wrong. -2 Editorial, -2 Voters.
Best Strategy Game went weird: NP had my pick, Little King's Story, but the voters backed Fire Emblem. -1 Editorial, -3 Voters.
Best Shooter. Dead Space Extraction for the editors; Call of Duty Modern Warfare Reflex for the public. I said "I just don't think enough people that give a crap about Call of Duty give those craps on the Wii" and was plenty wrong about it. I was right that NP would be insufferable about the Dead Space win. 0 Editorial, -4 Voters.
What was I thinking when I figured everybody (but me) would pick Punch-Out for Best Sports Game? Both camps went with Resort. Punch-Out is, once again, dead. -1 Editorial, -5 Voters.
NP picked Madworld as Best Action Game. The voters hilariously went with Sonic and the Black Knight, a game I forget even existed until just now. More minus signs for me. -2 Editorial, -6 Voters.
Boy, Best Platformer was a useless category this year. NSMBW won on both halves, as I predicted. -1 Editorial, -5 Voters. I'm the comeback kid, I can feel it!
NP picked Might & Fucking Magic for Best Puzzle Game? Against both Layton (my pick) and Scribblenauts (voter pick)? -2 Editorial, -4 Voters.
I got NP's choice for Best New Character correct, which was random (whatserface from Monkey Island.) The voters went with not-Kairi from Kingdom Hearts. -1 Editorial, -5 Voters.
At least I can trust with New Super Mario Bros Wii to unite everyone in categories where Kingdom Hearts DS is not involved. Best Multiplayer goes to Mario, as I predicted. 0 Editorial, -4 Voters.
The Best Story/Writing category again felt the sting of me not yet playing Silent Hill (is that on sale yet? You should totally go pick that up.) NP went with Silent Hill, while the internet nerds against stuck with Kingdom Hearts. I figured Bowser would sweep and was incorrect.
So my final index is -1 Editorial and -5 Voters. Which is terrible. Maybe I'll post some analysis later, but this entry is getting long. Weird year.