A Disappointing Afternoon For Nintendo In 30th hmv GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards


The 30th hmv GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards were held yesterday afternoon, an annual event to celebrate the brilliance of games across all platforms! Unfortunately though, Nintendo failed to win a single golden stick of joy despite being nominated for seven of them.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was nominated for Ultimate Game of the Year but was pipped to the post by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Nintendo’s best chance was in the Best Handheld category where Kid Icarus: Uprising, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and Resident Evil Revelations were all nominated but were all beaten by the Playstation Vita title, Uncharted Golden Abyss. Perhaps Nintendo votes were all too thinly spread across the five games to be effective.

Grand Theft Auto 5 won the One to Watch category ahead of Pikmin 3 and ZombiU while Pullblox missed out on Best Downloadable game (in association with Official Xbox Magazine, bizarrely) to Minecraft on the Xbox 360.

Excluding last year’s win for Innovation of the Year for the 3DS, Nintendo have not won a Golden Joystick now since 2007 when they won one for Best Portable Game for Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. I personally don’t understand why Mario Kart 7 wasn’t nominated in this year’s Best Racing category…

Will Nintendo get one next year? Surely with the release of the Wii U they’ll have a big chance but only time will tell. Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all those who were nominated!

The full list of winners is below.

BEST ACTION / ADVENTURE in association with Digital Spy: Batman Arkham City

BEST STRATEGY in association with PC Gamer: Civilization 5: Gods & Kings

BEST MOBILE / TABLET in association with Edge: Angry Birds Space

BEST DOWNLOADABLE in association with Official Xbox Magazine: Minecraft (Xbox 360)

BEST FIGHTING in association with Nuts: Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

BEST SHOOTER in association with Gioteck: Battlefield 3

BEST MMO in association with hmv Gamerbase: World of Tanks

BEST HANDHELD in association with T3: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

TOP GAMING MOMENT in association with Daily / Sunday Mirror: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Throat of the World

ONE TO WATCH in association with hmv: Grand Theft Auto 5

BEST DLC in association with Official Playstation Magazine: Portal 2: Perpetual Testing Initiative

BEST RPG in association with MSN: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

BEST SPORTS in association with talkSPORT: FIFA 12

BROWSER-BASED / FLASH in association with CVG: Slender

BEST RACING in association with GamesRadar.com: Forza 4

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION: EA Sports & FIFA

ULTIMATE GAME OF THE YEAR in association with GamesMaster: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

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