Golden Joystick noms announced

British gaming awards show reveals nominations; game of the year nominees include Oblivion, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and 50 Cent.

The list of nominees for the 24th annual Golden Joystick Awards was released today, with Nintendo's DS continuing its impressive run. The awards ceremony will be held on October 27 in London's Park Lane Hilton Hotel. The winners will be decided by online voting, and all nominated games had to be released in the UK between August 1, 2005, and July 31, 2006.

Animal Crossing: Wild World leads all games exclusive to one platform with seven nominations, including one for the coveted Ultimate Game of 2006 award. But it isn't just Nintendo's community building game that's raking in the nods; Nintendogs (five), Mario Kart DS (six), and Metroid Prime: Hunters (five) also received their share of accolades.

Multiplatform games racking up the most honors include Hitman: Blood Money (six nominations), Call of Duty 2 (seven), 50 Cent: Bulletproof (five), Tomb Raider: Legend (six), and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (five), which currently has the early lead in Ultimate Game of the Year 2006 voting.

For last year's awards show, more than 200,000 gamers cast their votes, propelling Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to five awards, including Ultimate Game of the Year. World of Warcraft, Halo 2, and Resident Evil 4 were also honored.

Below is a list of this year's nominees. To make your voice heard, head over to the official voting page.

Favorite Character Award
Agent 47 (Hitman: Blood Money)
Alyx Vance (Half-Life: Episode 1)
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider: Legend)
Mario (Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros.)
Prince of Persia (Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones)

Girls Choice Award
50 Cent: Bulletproof
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Evil Dead Regeneration
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Special Edition
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Tomb Raider: Legend
Mario Kart DS
Nintendogs
Super Princess Peach
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Handheld Game of the Year
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
LocoRoco
Mario Kart DS
Metroid Prime: Hunters
New Super Mario Bros.
Nintendogs
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Resident Evil: Deadly Silence

Innovation Award in association with T3 Magazine
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
Buzz!: The BIG Quiz
Guitar Hero
Nintendo DS Lite
Nintendo Wi-Fi Connect
Nintendogs
The Movies
We Love Katamari
Xbox Live Marketplace

The Sun's Family Game Award in association with The Sun and The Sun Online
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Kameo: Elements of Power
Kirby: Power Paintbrush
Nintendogs
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
Shadow the Hedgehog
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, PANTS!
Super Monkey Ball Touch and Roll
Super Princess Peach

Nuts All-Nighter Award in association with Nuts Magazine
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Buzz!: The BIG Quiz
Call of Duty 2
Far Cry Instincts Predator
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Mario Kart DS
Metroid Prime: Hunters
Pro Evolution Soccer 5
Project Gotham Racing 3

Nintendo Game of the Year
2006 FIFA World Cup
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Chibi-Robo!
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Gun
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
Mario Kart DS
Metroid Prime: Hunters
New Super Mario Bros.
Nintendogs
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Resident Evil: Deadly Silence

One to Watch 2007
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
Crysis
Final Fantasy XII
Gears of War
Grand Theft Auto IV
Halo 3
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Nintendo Wii
PlayStation 3
Resident Evil 5
Spore
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Online Game of the Year
Age of Empires III
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Call of Duty 2
Final Fantasy XI Treasures of Aht Urhgan
Mario Kart DS
Metroid Prime: Hunters
Perfect Dark Zero
Project Gotham Racing 3
Quake IV
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis

PC Game of the Year in association with ebuyer.com
Age of Empires III
Battlefield 2: Special Forces
Black & White 2
Call of Duty 2
Civilization IV
F.E.A.R.
Fable: The Lost Chapters
Football Manager 2006
Guild Wars Factions
Half-Life 2: Episode One
Hitman: Blood Money
Tomb Raider: Legend
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II
The Movies
The Sims 2 Nightlife

PlayStation Game of the Year
50 Cent: Bulletproof
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
Black
Burnout: Revenge
Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Special Edition
Guitar Hero
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Hitman: Blood Money
Tomb Raider: Legend
Pro Evolution Soccer 5
Resident Evil 4
Shadow of the Colossus
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006

Publisher of the Year in association with Sonopress
Activision
Atari
Capcom
Electronic Arts
Eidos
Konami
Microsoft Game Studios
NCsoft
Nintendo
Rockstar
Sega
Sony Computer Entertainment
Square Enix
Take-Two Interactive
THQ
Ubisoft
Vivendi Games

Retailer of the Year in association with Sierra
Amazon.co.uk
GAME
Gameplay.com
Gameseek
Gamestation
HMV
Play.com
Virgin

Soundtrack of the Year
50 Cent: Bulletproof
Call of Duty 2
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Guitar Hero
Hitman: Blood Money
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Phoenix Wright
Shadow of the Colossus
Sonic Rush
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Xbox Game of the Year
50 Cent: Bulletproof
Black
Burnout: Revenge
Call of Duty 2
Dead or Alive 4
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Half-Life 2
Hitman: Blood Money
Tomb Raider: Legend
Perfect Dark Zero
Pro Evolution Soccer 5
Project Gotham Racing 3
Psychonauts
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The King of Fighters Neowave

Ultimate Game of 2006
50 Cent: Bulletproof
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
Call of Duty 2
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Special Edition
Guitar Hero
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2: Episode One
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Hitman: Blood Money
Tomb Raider: Legend
Mario Kart DS
Metroid Prime: Hunters
New Super Mario Bros.
Pro Evolution Soccer 5
Project Gotham Racing 3
Resident Evil 4
Shadow of the Colossus
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

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Discussion

215 comments
curty_flurty
curty_flurty

GO METROIDS PRIME: HUNTERS DS!!!!!! hope that wins :)

kourpas
kourpas

lol! 50 cent bulletproof???! how the hell did it get all those awards i dont even know anyone hwo bought it

SM42
SM42

............50 Cent:Bulletproof? Ultimate game? ..........WTF?!

sezulfe
sezulfe

It´s sad but it´s happening with games what happens in music, Britney Spears, N´Sync and all that trash that some people call music, it´s strictly produced for ZERO I.Q. kids that run to the store to buy it and that trash sells a lot. Trash sells if the case is nice and 50 Cent music and games have a nice package, but we all know what´s inside...

SageOfDorks
SageOfDorks

What the crap?! O_O 50 Cent gets nominated for Game of the Year?! What are they smoking??? :|

clankFrank
clankFrank

its just up there because ppl thought it would be good when it suxt!

J_Dawg04
J_Dawg04

Wow, I am surprised 50 Cent sold as many copies as you guys are saying. That game looked so bad. It's not the only bad nom though, look at Evil Dead Regeneration, Awful!

eusoueueueu
eusoueueueu

What kind of person says that 50 cent is the game of the year?

Dagoth666
Dagoth666

WHAAAAAAAAAAAATTTT?????! 50CENT BULLSPITPROOF SUXT!!! stupids..........

CHAOSWEAV3R
CHAOSWEAV3R

Great stuff. But I really think that 50 Cent game should not be up there.

BigV25
BigV25

I figured out how all of us are alike, we all hate 50 Cent

nghtcrwlr821
nghtcrwlr821

I can't belive that 50 Cent Bulletproof is getting nominated. That game was terrible.

ryokinshin6x3
ryokinshin6x3

a lot of ppl bought that game, end of story and u ppl get so worked up over it, sure its a crappy game, but that dosnt stop the general public from buying it

dunamistheou
dunamistheou

50 cent? That is horrible, how are they going to honor some "thug" that is a bad example for kids and say it's a good game???

Jorge1441
Jorge1441

WTF!! 50 cent's game is getting an award. Bullspit

Justlink619
Justlink619

U be surprised how many people bought that game 50 cent bulletproff I heard it sold a lot!

grim_fandango
grim_fandango

Lol wouldn't it be so funny if 50 cent won? Anywho, everyone, don't forget to vote!

Darwin_11
Darwin_11

*laffs* 50 Cent was nominated by write-in specifically to show how bogus these awards are. And if they actually win, they can be booed off the stage.

thebestbet
thebestbet

Oh my unbelievableness. Any inclusion of 50 Cent in this awards show completely makes this show illegitimate in my opinion. Girl's Choice: 50 cent:Bulletproof...I doubt it.

slyemu
slyemu

I'm going to have to admit with pretty much everybody...50 Cent does NOT deserve any award...unless it's for crap. And congrats to Nintendo, for A LOT of awards.

kruegersc4
kruegersc4

OMG, who would be stupid enough to nominate the 50 cent game?

wenbin09
wenbin09

submitted my vote!!! my guess is GTA: San Andreas to sweep in numerous awards!!

Zcrimson07
Zcrimson07

buy the question is WHY 50 would want his game to win these awards? they arent like the most highly regaurded and everyone already knows it sucks balls so im just wondering why he would want to win anything.

Fascolik
Fascolik

LOL?!? Pretty funny to see the worst game of 2006 nominated for the ultimate game of 2006. That award is a joke or 50 cent just paid them to have is outgamers face in that award.

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

Good list, by why is 50's s#!t quality game nominated 5 times? Oops, I just insulted s#!t :lol:.

Kcube
Kcube

How was 50 cent nominated? That game was un popular across the board with reveiwers AND gamers.

Jigglesbig
Jigglesbig

"LordBrittish Jigglesbig? 50 Cent nominated as "Nintendo's Game of the year?" Are you smoking crack?" No, My point was that 50 Cent being nominated for Ultimate game of the year and Girl's choice is incredibly stupid and unbelievable, and that it would be more credible to have it as the Nintendo game of the Year, because the likeliness of 50 Cent being in any category without some serious bribing/underhand tactics going on is basically zilch. Sorry if that confused you.

theragu40
theragu40

The inclusion of 50 Cent: Bulletproof in a list of possibly award-winning game titles immediately illegitimatizes this awards show. For shame.

troakun
troakun

50 Cent...? Winning an award...? Why God? ...Why? Also no Gamecube catagory, just a generic all inclusive Nintendo catagory, what the heck? Okay I realize there have been no real big releases for the last year but that hardly seems fair. I mean I can think of a crap load of Gamecube games that at worst were still better than Bulletproof.

UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

how did the 50 cent game get nominated? i mean, it flat out sucked.

LordBrittish
LordBrittish

Jigglesbig? 50 Cent nominated as "Nintendo's Game of the year?" Are you smoking crack?

Unassigned
Unassigned

50 cent is another one of the "fly-by-night" people who only apeals to the 12-14 yo who thinks he's "so cool" because he uses the "F" word. No Talent No Class No way should he get the playstation game of the year.

Weeks01
Weeks01

50 SUX. don't vote for that crap.

gr8arm
gr8arm

Well, that British magazine just undermined any credibility they had by nominating 50's game. Not only that, girl's choice? OK, and I nominate Pee Wee Herman for this year's best actor Oscar.

Jigglesbig
Jigglesbig

As I live in England, I am completely ashamed of this shortlist. How 50 cent manages to get 5 nominations is completely beyond me. Seriously, Ultimate game of the year? GIRL'S Choice? If they were actually bribed to put 50 cent on the shortlist 5 times, they should have put him in something more credible, like Online game of the year, or Nintendo game of the year. That would have made much more sense than Ultimate game of the year and Girl's choice. I think it may be due to the Chav population... because chavs believe the word "Bare" means a lot, they must of thought ultimate game of the year meant "Most bare jokes game ever innit", or "most brappingful think ever and you'll get murked if you don't agree"... Damn Chavs. Do the world a favour, and use your votes for the GOOD games. Use the vote for the GOOD games. If 50 cent wins anything, then we'll know the show is rigged.

daam81
daam81

I think we should all vote for 50!!

mos333
mos333

That list may have Nintendo written all over it, but Joystick Award suck, that's all we get here in Britain.

Blazer88
Blazer88

Um,....yeeeeah,..right. Are any of these awards thing for video games actually worth paying attention to? Bulletproof belongs on a list alright, a shxt list.

Maui00
Maui00

50 cent nominated?! wow....just wow:?

djayshaggy
djayshaggy

Oh...This is just helarious. Every single person almost said something about 50 cent. Oh...look...I'm one of them. THAT GAME SUCKED ROYALLY!!! I hope it wins. lol

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

LMAO! WTF?!?! " 50 Cent: Bulletproof (five). " 1. Biggest Waste of disc space. 2. Worse controls. 3. Biggest waste of 1's and 0's 4. Biggest waste of laser-light 5. Worse game to sell (sucker) 1,000,000 copies

shag2sheeps
shag2sheeps

why in the name of all that is good in this world is 5o cents game even mentioned? WHy? really that game cant even be called a game its a chore or cruel and unusual punishment to be made to play it and the only people who bought it are 50 cent groupies! believe me i know a lot of people who bought this game just because it says 50 cent on the cover and even they get sick of it after 10 mins! Aaaaaargh!!! And why does Supreme Commander not get on the One to Watch 2007 list?

0li
0li

What the heck is Twilight princess on the "2007" list for? Unless someone hasn't told me something, that game is out THIS year! Also, the presence of 50 cent as a nominee for "game of the year" makes this list reek of FAILIURE.

akif22
akif22

some pretty awful games on the list .. i might not take these awards seriously is something like bulletproof actually wins an award

Reetesh
Reetesh

The awards even have sponsors names:P This is sell ut type award show:| that explains 50 cent being there. but the remaing things are well and good:D

amogley
amogley

50 Cent ... you have to be kidding me ... who the heck comes up with these shortlists? Well at least we have the power of the vote ... so i for one am going to use it. We should have a vote for the worst title of the year too ...

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

Guitar hero ftw, also having mario in the best character section is kinda cliched, so i would go with newcomer alyx.