Wii, Wario win ToyAward

Nintendo's latest honored for innovation at International Toy Fair in Trend and Lifestyle category.

While the Wii has already received numerous awards from within the gaming industry, Nintendo's latest system is winning accolades from the outside world as well. The latest such award comes from the Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair in Nürnberg, which runs February 1-6.

The one-two punch of the Wii and Nintendo's WarioWare: Smooth Moves walked away with a ToyAward in the Trend and Lifestyle category, according to the Toy Fair's official site. More than 150 companies submitted a total of 223 products for consideration in the 2007 ToyAwards, but the field was narrowed to eight category-winning entrants.

"The jury chose the product because the play concept of Wii tends to encourage playing PC games in groups instead of alone," the site explained. "In addition, the product not only appeals to player types with an affinity to PCs but also to new age groups--a real lifestyle theme. The innovative controller--for more fun and movement--and the Wario Wear: (sic) Smooth Moves represent a return to the more classic games in the game console segment."

Other winners included a remote-controlled Lego bulldozer in the Technical and Electronics category, while Pleo--a virtual dinosaur from the inventor of Furby--took home the Special Innovation Award.

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84 comments
xtiansk8
xtiansk8

Dude, this game will make history

maniaxe613
maniaxe613

Wario Wear? Hey, guys. Wanna play some Wario WEAR? I just don't know what to wear!

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

"Trend and Lifestyle" category, eh? Awaiting petty jabs and suggestive jokes (respectively) from immature folk in T-minus 3. . .2. . .1. . .

Payback7
Payback7

HAHA, lots of fools leaving stupid msg's again. UnderThelce - you hit the nail on the head. Good to see the forums aren't completely filled with uneducated opinionated idiots. Nintendo has done a fantastic job in my mind. The first generation games have given me and my mates many hours of entertainment. And isn't that what gaming is all about - entertainment? Nintendo - YOU ROCK!! Keep up the good work!

UnderTheIce
UnderTheIce

To all the people posting things such as 'teh wii is jsut a toy LOL", i tell you: you are right. The Wii is a toy. My laptop is a toy. My 3D modeling program that I am using is a toy. To my dad, his cars are his toys. The Wii's a fantastic toy, and if you are too old to play with toys, you have died a little inside.

etai79
etai79

Haha the PS3 is losing to a toy ^_^

bob_newman
bob_newman

"The Wii is nothing but a toy" - Paul_ThGreat. No, really? It's a toy?!? Why hasn't anyone told me this yet?!? Of course it's a toy, that's what they're going for. Are you saying that the Playstation 3 isn't a toy? It has the word "play" in it's name. Do you make a living off of playing games, Paul? Nintendo has made a system that is more fun than the other 2 systems, so that makes it a toy? Ok, you have a good time "at work" then.

funky_muzic
funky_muzic

enoslives7 :"the wii is just a toy...it should leave complicated things like video games to real companies like Sony" Wait, does Sony even MAKE games? What actual game has Sony made recently? I remember that they were making sports games under the "989" name, but I think those all lost out to the various EA franchises. Making good games is complicated, but I don't think Sony has to worry about that...because they don't make good games. That's why Sony is screwed, if the PS3 flops and they lose a ton of 3rd Party Support. What games will there be for the PS3 in that case...what exclusives. Nintendo will always survive because they make GREAT games. Actually, it was the games that kept them afloat during the N64 - GameCube years when many 3rd parties ditched them. Nintendo always has and always will make great games. What do you expect from a toy-maker that started in the 19th Century?

JFreezy02
JFreezy02

Wii= Sweet games XBOX 360= Sweet graphics PS3= Expensive paper weight Enough said...........

Reetesh
Reetesh

More recognition for games! Nice! :D

n2Deepeth
n2Deepeth

the wii is just a toy...it should leave complicated things like video games to real companies like Sony A video game is pretty much a kind of toy - you play with it. What else do you do with toys and games besides play with them? Anyway, I found that the Wii is a really family and friend oriented console - it's hard to find people that don't want to at least try the games out. I was hoping that the Toy Fair would spell WarioWare right.

buzzoinks
buzzoinks

I still can't find a Wii system locally!!!! When I got shut out of the pre-orders, I thought "great, I'll probably have to wait till March" - now that seems to be the case, though I heard Nin is upping their production by 1million a month!

enoslives7
enoslives7

the wii is just a toy...it should leave complicated things like video games to real companies like Sony

LordBraz
LordBraz

p.s. am i the only one who's upset that smooth moves doesn't have milky way delirium, wobbly bobbly, or any other multi-remote games? passing the controller every time sucks.

LordBraz
LordBraz

video games aren't toys, they're interactive entertainment...I'm only half-joking.

Poison_Me_Rum
Poison_Me_Rum

I'm glad WarioWare got an award, 'cause that game kicks so many kinds of cheese.

Eliphs
Eliphs

"timts after warioware inc, warioware twisted, warioware touch, it still gets rewards? man, we need some 'innovation' here." From Dictionary.com "the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods." I bring your attention the word 'methods' From Dictionary.com "A means or manner of procedure, especially a regular and systematic way of accomplishing something: a simple method for making a pie crust; mediation as a method of solving disputes. See Usage Note at methodology." Do you see how you can have a game with different 'methods' for playing it? You can? Good.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

The Wii60 is going to dominate this gen!!:D

timts
timts

after warioware inc, warioware twisted, warioware touch, it still gets rewards? man, we need some 'innovation' here.

eggsiboss
eggsiboss

yyaaaaay! they deserve it! This is a great game

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

Well, the Wii is easily one of the most fun electronic devices out there right now, so I see why they won. I would've voted for 'em!

mamodoking
mamodoking

Well this just put killed the notion that video games are NOT just for kids. Wow Nintendo won a toy award.

Zoryuken
Zoryuken

Nintendo just keeps rolling in the goods.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I have had great fun with my copy of Smooth Moves. I just wish my wife would play it with me! She doesn't like the mania of it though! sob

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

Bringing family fun back to video games - how nice!

UnderTheIce
UnderTheIce

Keep in mind the quote is probably from a German native tounge. The words "PC" and "computer" are virtually synonomous. And the terms "computer games" and "video games" are virtually synonomous. So to answer your sarcastic question, mike, no. The Wii is not running windows. This is also from a toy convention, not anything like a German E3.

seasponge2004
seasponge2004

Good to see Nintendo win MORE awards. I wonder why the Wii has gotten more awards than the ps3?

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

Ok the PC term they made was wrong but regardless a console is like a computer so stfu people with your smart ass comments... Losers.

mikethemonkey
mikethemonkey

PC games? "The jury chose the product because the play concept of Wii tends to encourage playing PC games in groups instead of alone," Is my Wii running windows? Can someone send me the secret code for the Wii PC. Thanks! :)

Tylendal
Tylendal

Chalk up another award for Ninty and the Wii. How many is the now?

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

This is EXACTLY why Nintendo is portrayed as "kiddy." Videogames aren't baby "toys", for pete's sake.

chuck_1001
chuck_1001

Tryme01 um, consoles are dedicated PC's nowadays, that fact is not to be overlooked. I think when they relate consoles as a PC, they are correct in doing so. Example: Sony wants PS3's to be like a computer( runs linux! )and lets see, what does SCEA stand for? Sony COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT of America! Just because it doesnt run Windows doesnt make it any less of a computer. Computers (to the barebone definition) take input, modify that data and give an output. PCs and gaming consoles do both, so why the beef?

Darth_Butter
Darth_Butter

This is a pointless award. They don't even know about gaming in the least, but I guess good job Ninty.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Was the award for shortest $50 dollar game ever made?

TryMe01
TryMe01

"the play concept of Wii tends to encourage playing PC games in groups instead of alone" proves that the people behind the awards dont know the difference between a PC and a console...