I went through the Nintendo Power Awards last fall in three entries, and now it's time to see how I did. Just like last year, I'm going to grade myself against both the NP editors and the NP readers. Starting with a score of 0 in both, I get a point for each correct prediction and, duh, lose a point for each brilliantly reasoned but unfathomably flawed mistake.
WII GAME OF THE YEAR+1 EDITORIAL / +1 READER
Let's not even waste our time discussing this. I predicted Mario Galaxy 2 would win both editorial and reader and I was right. Although I will pause to bitch about my vote, Kirby's Epic Yarn, not winning. Anything. At all. In any of the five categories in which it was nominated.
DS GAME OF THE YEAR0 EDITORIAL / 0 READER
NP picked Dragon Quest IX; the readers picked Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver. I expected the readers to go for DQIX and the editors to pick something no one has ever heard of... so I was way wrong here. I'm glad the readers renewed their vows with Pokemon, after that year where freaking Phantom Hourglass beat Pokemon Diamond/Pearl.
WIIWARE GAME OF THE YEAR+1 EDITORIAL / +1 READER
I was dead-on here. The magazine went with indie-fave Cave Story and the readers went with fanboy-fave Sonic 4: Episode 1.
DSiWARE GAME OF THE YEAR+2 EDITORIAL / +2 READER
Another round win. I said both camps would back Shantae: Risky's Revenge, and they did. Not that DSiWare had a particularly robust year of competition.
BEST WII GRAPHICS+1 EDITORIAL / +3 READER
Complete crazy talk from the editors, selecting Sonic Colors over Kirby's Epic Yarn. Same old Sonic trumps a living quilt?!? No way. The readers played it safe: They saw Mario and voted Mario. I said both would go Galaxy.
BEST DS GRAPHICS0 EDITORIAL / +2 READER
Pretty cool that a DSiWare game took the award for Best DS Graphics! I did not predict that NP would give the honor to Shantae, but they did. The readers went with DQIX; I said they would support Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. Double miss for me.
BEST SOUND/VOICE ACTING-1 EDITORIAL / +1 READER
Crap, another whiff. NP said GoldenEye and the readers said Professor Layton. Good on you, readers!
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE-2 EDITORIAL / +2 READER
I counted on the general hairiness of magazine editorial staffs to see a Final Fantasy win from NP in this category. I was wrong; they picked Galaxy 2. So did the readers, but I knew that would happen.
BEST ADVENTURE GAME-3 EDITORIAL / +1 READER
Huh. Somehow I skipped this one. WTF. NP picked Cave Story and the readers gave Epic Mickey their first of many undeserved awards. I guess I have to gave myself negatives on this since I failed to predict anything.
BEST SHOOTER-2 EDITORIAL / +2 READER
Yup, both halves went for GoldenEye. Bonus: as I extra-predicted, NP had to fill the blurb with a bunch of mealy-mouthed junk about the game being so faithful to the original.
BEST MUSIC/RHYTHM GAME-3 EDITORIAL / +3 READER
Half right from me on this one. I said the mag would pick DJ Hero 2 and the readers would pick Rock Band 3. Turns out, they both went with Rock Band 3.
BEST ACTION GAME-2 EDITORIAL / +2 READER
Another double-miss. NP gave the award to Tatsunoko vs Capcom and the readers voted for Mega Man 10 (!!!) Long memories from the readers on that one.
BEST RPG/STRATEGY GAME-1 EDITORIAL / +1 READER
Man, I had no faith in the voters to choose Pokemon this year. I predicted they would fall in for Golden Sun. I nailed the editorial selection: DQIX.
BEST SPORTS GAME0 EDITORIAL / +2 READER
NBA Jam on all fronts, which is more or less what I saw in my little fanboy ball. Boom-shaka-laka.
BEST PLATFORMER+1 EDITORIAL / +3 READER
Mark me down. I am so down. I said Galaxy 2 would win "on both hands." Bingo.
BEST MULTIPLAYER0 EDITORIAL / +2 READER
Aw, nuts. I said NP would go with Monster Hunter Tri and the readers would go with Tatsunoko. Instead, both voted for Rock Band 3! Even though I've lost plenty of points this year, I am quietly proud of how some of these hashed out.
BEST PUZZLE GAME+1 EDITORIAL / +1 READER
The good Professor Layton swept both fronts, although I only expected the editors to choose it.
BEST STORY/WRITING+2 EDITORIAL / +2 READER
I should give myself triple points for COMPLETELY NAILING THIS CATEGORY TO THE WALL. I said the voters would go for Epic Mickey and they did. I said NP would get all hipster for 999 and they did.
BEST NEW CHARACTER+1 EDITORIAL / +1 READER
Epic Mickey in 2010 was like a Sonic game in any other year: the readers voted for it every time they saw it. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was the reader choice for Best Character. And he won the editorial choice as well... which makes this category the only award NP gave Epic Mickey. I should have seen that coming, and I did not. Double error.
BEST NEW IDEA+2 EDITORIAL / 0 READER
Apparently, "Best New Idea" does not have to mean "Best Good Idea" to the readers. They backed Epic Mickey's woefully undeveloped and inconsistent paint/thinner mechanic. I figured they'd go for DQIX... man, where did all the RPG nuts go this year? After that terrible year with Kingdom Hearts DS winning every awful thing, I was planning on plenty of mad Dragon Quest Support. The editors and I agree: this award belongs to Warioware DIY.
BEST RETRO REVIVAL+1 EDITORIAL / -1 READER
Donkey Kong Country Returns took both awards, and deservedly so. Not that I predicted that.
OVERALL GAME OF THE YEAR+2 EDITORIAL / 0 READER
Mario Galaxy 2, predicted on both by me, and won by both.
(Related yet unrelated: NP tossed in two additional categories that were not up for public vote. Best Bonus Content was given to Galaxy 2, because it needed another award to win. And the Finish Strong Award went to Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. The mag lists nominees for both secret categories, which is sort of weird since we were not allowed to vote on them.)
Not bad at all! Certainly better than my -1 / -5 tally from the 2009 set.