MGS4, Mario Kart Wii honored at Japan Game Awards

TGS 2009: Konami's action adventure, Nintendo's racer deemed top titles of last year by the CESA; Peace Walker, FFXIII, Assassin's Creed II among best up-and-comers.


The Consumer Electronic Supplier's Association-run Tokyo Game Show wrapped up on Sunday, and with the dust settling, it has become apparent that the event saw significant contraction from last year. As announced earlier today, attendance fell from 194,000 in 2008 to 185,000 this year. Exhibitor count was also off last year's mark as just 180 companies showed off 758 games, down from a respective 209 and 879 in 2008.

MGS4 is still bringing in the awards.
MGS4 is still bringing in the awards.

However, the show also played home to the CESA's Japan Game Awards, which includes honors for last year's top titles, as well as nods to upcoming games with the most potential. In the Game of the Year division, which applies to those titles that saw release between April 1, 2008, and March 31, 2009, the CESA handed out its Grand Award to Nintendo's Mario Kart Wii and Konami's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots as the top two titles of the period.

Mario Kart Wii and MGS4 joined nine other games as winners of the Award of Excellence, though the CESA wasn't entirely clear on how these games were judged. Other winners within the Game of the Year division included Pokemon Platinum Version, which took home the Best Sales Award with 2.4 million units domestically and 5.6 million globally. Wii Fit and Grand Theft Auto IV took home honors for Global Award Japanese Product and Foreign Product, respectively.

As reported by Japanese gaming news site Andria Sang, the Future awards, which are limited to upcoming releases, were determined after polling TGS attendees between September 24 and September 26--or, the first two media-only days, as well as one open-to-the-public day.

In all, 12 winners were determined, with Japanese companies, such as Square Enix, Sega, and Capcom, receiving the most nods. The games range from global prominence, such as Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed II and Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII, to lesser-known, relatively niche games, including Level 5's Ni no Kuni and Namco Bandai's Tales of Graces. The full list of winners for the Future awards can be found below.

Grand Award
Mario Kart Wii - Wii - Nintendo
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - PS3 - Konami

Award of Excellence
Dissidia Final Fantasy - PSP - Square Enix
Demon's Souls - PS3 - Sony Computer Entertainment
BioHazard 5 - PS3/360 - Capcom
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 - PS2 - Atlus Pokemon Platinum Version - DS - Nintendo
Mario Kart Wii - Wii - Nintendo
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - PS3 - Konami
428: In the blocked city, Shibuya - Wii - Sega
Rhythm Heaven - DS - Nintendo
Yakuza 3 - PS3 - Sega
Professor Layton and the Last Time Travel - DS - Level 5

Special Award
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite - PSP - Capcom
Style Savvy - DS - Nintendo

Best Sales Award
Pokemon Platinum Version - DS - Nintendo

Global Award: Japanese Product
Wii Fit - Wii - Nintendo

Global Award: Foreign Product
Grand Theft Auto IV - PS3/Xbox 360 - Rockstar Games

Japan Game Awards - Future Winners
Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft)
Bayonetta (Sega)
Dragon Quest VI (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix)
Ghost Trick (Capcom)
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (Square Enix)
Lost Planet 2 (Capcom)
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Konami)
Ni no Kuni (Level 5)
Professor Layton and the Demon's Flute (Level 5)
Tales of Graces (Namco Bandai)
Yakuza 4 (Sega)

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When is kingdom hearts birth by sleep come out in america???? It say January 9 in japan... are they not making one for america.

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MGS left me closer to tears than any funeral

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Let me just get this straight that I traded in mgs4 for uncharted 2 ( I'm saying this because I feel awkward about it right now) and please don't thumb me down because mgs4 was a AWESOME game with a AWESOME story, excellent online, and great TP shooting. It's with Uncharted 1 and 2, Infamous, Resistance 1 and 2, and probably more as the AWESOME games of the PS3 (no offence to 360 or Wii people).

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Why Mario Kart??? If you tell me that it is the DS version, I will be happy but it is the Wii one... Sorry, for all the lovers of this game (I love MArio Kart franchise), but it is so... Better I do not give my comments, I will just say that I lost 49.99 bucks on it!

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Honoring Mario Kart? lol...only in Japan can they treat a POS video game like a nation-wide hero...

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Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of the best games of all time and EVERY gamer needs to play it. MGS4 just reeks of epicness!

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MGS4 is the best PS3 game out there right now, and the second best game ever made (the best being Ocarina of Time).

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Mario kart rocks!

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GTA4 is so underrated that it doesn't get true awards anymore...

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woo go MGS4

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mario kart wii was amazing for wii online, mario kart is made for human players not racing AI and that is what made it so enjoyable. I do however believe that the battle mode in the game was the worst of the 6 games

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huh? i started playing MGS4 again last night. forgot how good it was but its starting to loose its hold on me this third time through. Its still one of the best games ever made though

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mgs4 even though it was mostly movie I agree but mario kart wii? how did this receive grand award? this game was not grand by any means, it looked terrible in large hd and was nowhere near as fun as older kart games

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Big Surprise !!! Burp.....

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@payne6705 Based on your description of the game mariokart clearly is not the racing game for you ._. Also, once you get in first its not hard to stay ahead really, except for the odd blue shell. That being said MKDS does have less powerful Items and I also thoroughly enjoy that game online :D

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I hope Kingdom Hearts: BBS is released soon

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@Viron90 whoops my mistake I thought there was one for the NES so I apologize for that but you call mario kart wii a good game? oh ya its so much fun to have the completely overly powered weapons destroy any players with skill and let the nubs win without any effort sorry dude I know the mario kart games were always a bit unbalanced but the most recent outing was dreadful the DS version is the most superior version because it is actually balanced and had more interesting tracks

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@payne6705 Mariokart wii is a really good game, and by far has the best online of any wii game. Also there is no 8-bit mariokart. SNES is 16 bit nub.

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Metal gear solid 4 is a great game. if you play it under 4 times. the 5th time I tried to go through the game i quit because it has no replay value other than a stupid emblem at the end if you go through the game perfectly.

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MGS4 deserved it mario Kart Wii? that was most likely the worst mario kart game I have ever played I rather play the 8-bit version than that piece of trash again

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Special Award for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.Too Cool!:D

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All late

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I really enjoyed playing MGS4, it was an amazing game...

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That good old Snake... All these guys should stop congratulating themselves and start making good games again,for God's sake.

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I play more Mario Kart than I ever have of MSG4.

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well it beats the bafta awards for video games

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You people needs to make your own awards and stop hating other people giving Mario Kart Wii awards. Make up your own awards system and nominate the game you think deserve it and stop hating.

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If Mario Kart shouldn't win because it's a "re-hash" then why should Metal Gear Solid FOUR or Grand Theft Auto FOUR win any awards? especially GTA. same formula over and over and it won tons of American awards for last year. Mario Kart Wii deserved it, as did MGS4. two of the best games last year confirmed. so eat it.

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There was more movie then game in MGS4 ... I don't see how people are saying its this awesome game (Yes i do own it, yes i have beat it ... within a couple days ... and been collecting dust ever since). The game is also horrendeous for replay value. I got the game during release and haven't touched it in months. I'm sorry, but IMHO, that game was the more over-rated piece of junk ever. Yes the visuals were top notch, but beyond that it was a joke. There was hardly any gameplay and whatever gameplay there was, was brutually and constantly interupted by lenghty scenes that slowed down the whole aspect of the game. I'm not saying the game sucks, i'm just saying that we're awarding a reward to a 60$ movie ...

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MGS4 deserves every award, its one of the few games this gen that its made with love go MGS4 !!! your the best kojima !!

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MGS4: Another well earned award. It's a masterpiece. Mariokart... Wii???? :-/ putting that game next to MGS4 is an insult... not on the same breed.

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MGS4 is the only next gen game that can hold a candle to the likes of FFVII, LoZ:OoT, and RE4 as one of the greatest games of all time; It absolutely deserves a grand award.

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MGS4.....yet another award lol, most deserving indeed :)

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Agree with most, only MGS4 rightly deserved the Grand Award. Mario Kart is nothing in comparison. Seriously! MGS4 was made with love, Mario Kart was made for the cash-in.

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no 360's? japan loves challenging games yea? MGS4 no doubt about it but mario cart kind of biased?

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Mario kart should not have won the grand award as it is just a next gen re-hash of the previous games. It's still a quality game just nothing innovative about it.

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Great! MGS 4 and Assassin's Creed II are really worth to play!

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Seeing Mario Kart Wii take home awards just breathes of 'sales wins awards'. Other than the plastic wheel and the ability to tilt your remote to turn was anything else in the game original? I guess I should be happy though, at least Wii fit didn't win it.

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It's too bad the TGS still only caters to Japanese companies...imagine the uproar if E3 only focused on American companies and ignored the rest.

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I love all systems and Im pleased a masterpiece like MGS4 got honored but...Mario Kart Wii? ....I mean I loved the n64 version and DS but I thought any others after that were horrible!

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i liked mario kart wii but i didn't thought its going to be honored that explains why im playing it 12 hours a day

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MGS4 is truly a Masterpiece , and Mario Kart DS is better than the Wii version IMHO :S

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MGS4 is the best PS3 game ever and demons' souls took an excellence award this game seems to kick a$$

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in my opinion, all these games earned the awards respectively, each got good reviews and well seem like they deserve it.

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OMG DID U LIKE TOTALLY KNO THAT these games got awards? no but congrats seriously stop spamming my updates box

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MGS 4 was my favourite game of last year. It deserves the award.

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mgs4 is the only game in the series i've played... and it was amazing =P... so amazing that i'm going to be buying all the games in the series to figure out the story ;D