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.

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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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MGS4 is the standard on which other games should be reviewed and judged...

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Metal Gear Solid 2, 3 and 4 all have a different type of system for awards. You know all the badges that you earn after you beat the game, those are them. It requires a lot of re-playability and in some cases you have to be very careful through the whole game, like not making a single kill. There is no trophy system for this game because it already has one, just not the same kind that we are used to with all the other PS3 games, and achievements on XBox 360 games.

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ok so whens the MGS4 trophies coming out? im glad monster hunter got an award as well which it really deserved. im cluless as to what basis gamespot gave monster hunter unite a 6.5..........that game should be 9/10 if not 10/10. they say its the same old stuff but despite being a massive first person shooter fan, i must say monster hunter offered more weapons then any fps i can think of. more then the WHOLE COD series. more then killzone more then halo......definatly more then ODST's 2 weapons and 3 maps which somehow got a 9/10.

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MGS4 is art and Mario Kart Wii is just a spot on fun game , they both deserve the award. No 360 love sadly ^^

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MGS4 is art!

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Even a PS2 exclusive can pick up an award but nothing at all for XBox360? Just an observation...

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MGS4!!!

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LP2 is amazing!!

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How many Professor Layton are there! :P

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There were ALOT of awesome games this year

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finally some honor

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There both very popular games in Japan and it seems no surprise they won...

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some say that mgs4 graphics have aged.... that didnt happen. you know why? because YOU wanted them to age. it still has the best graphics after Killzone and one of the best in this gen.

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They gimped the power slide too much, making it easy for MK noobs to feel like pros, that and the distribution of stronger items to the weak players - making the game unbalanced and unpredictable, one race you might have come 1st; 6th the next.

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will unlike american gamers only thinking of gore(more gore), action, and graphic, japanese gamers like everything as long as it is fun to play. MGS4 and MKWII are still enjoyable even after you finish the game.

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Great job to Nintendo and Sony! MGS4 and Mario Kart Wii are both excellent games that everyone with the respected systems should own.

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Not so surprising that MGS4 is still picking up awards since it was one of the best games of all time.

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nintendo and sony layin down dat smack down

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WHAT! hold up sega, usa hasnt received yakuza 3 yet!!! please gives us 3 before u guys drop yakuza 4

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good to see Persona 4 got an Award of Excellence, I really like the Shin Megami Tensei games

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MK is far one of the most enjoyable games I ve played on wii and still playing the online races are a blast!! its fun and fast paced and I dont need better graphics but I'd appreciate a ps3 version of that...

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I don't get it, are these nominees or all winners like in kindergarten?

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@ Nobri Damn right it wouldn't happen. American game award shows are always boring with the same 2 games winning awards. Not to mention, most of them are generic FPS's, Sports and action games. Japan and America have their own favorites and taste in games, no need for you and thrasher510 to ***** because things aren't happening the same way in America

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wildsduelpack are you crazy mgs4 has way doper graphics than super mario anything

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Personally I find the idea of awarding future games somehat ridiculous.

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trasher510, the games being rewarded are for Japan only and no other country. Makes since because they just rewarded the games that sold millions of units. Mario Kart is the only game I like in that list. MK needs Wii graphics like that of Galaxy and Brawl. Super Mario Galaxy is the game with the best graphics in my opinion.

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How in the world can they put Mario Kart Wii on the same level as MGS4? What a crock.

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Yay Mario Kart yaaaayy :D:D

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mario kart's good, but the graphics are @#$%

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Wow! over a year and MGS4 is still winning awards. Truly a masterpiece.

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I don't understand how Mario Kart Wii won Grand Award...whatever.

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"Future Winners" is a cool category!

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Go snake..

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SNAKE!!! SNAKE!!! SNAKEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

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ASSASSIN'S CREED 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EPIC!!!!!!!!

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Nice to see MGS4, Mario Kart Wii, Yakuza 3 + 4, Demon's Souls, Persona 4, Tales of Grace and a few others on there. I hope half of the games they mentioned come to the West.

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Well for people that played Resident Evil 4 number 5 was almost exactly the same just with different characters and levels. Most of the controls and unlockables are similar too so its not real original even though the game is really really fun. Still weird seeing Resident Evil called BioHazard in Japan.

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I have and like MKWii. Good game category here.

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Good to see those developers getting recognition. Atlus's wonderful job on persona. From Software, Rockstar, Kojima Productions, Level5. I keep telling people. I would give them awards too.

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I love it that they have future winners.

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@thrasher510 It's probably because this is in Japan, and Sony and Nintendo both have headquarters there. Microsoft is American, and they even have a category for "Global Award: Foreign Product", so I can understand why Sony and Nintendo won most all of these. This would never happen in an American award ceremony for games.

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Way to go MGS4!!! Well deserved. Nice to see Demon's Souls got some recognition.

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MGS4...enough said!!!

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Resident Evil 5 got an award for excellence? I think that proves that awards are are based off of your company's money and buying the best people to develop it, not how unique your ideas are or how good(from a gameplay stance) your game is. and this is probably gunna get deleted because GS hates true opinions..... god forbid the consumer is heard.

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MGS4!!!!!!

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Nice!

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Man many of these awards are for Sony and Nintendo, i see a pattern.

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Yay for Resident Evil 5 getting an award of excellence!

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It is nice that Tales of Graces is becoming a promising Tales game for the Wii in light of the disappointing Symphonia. I am also surprised that Mario Kart Wii is with Metal Gear Solid IV sharing the Grand Award, and I also wonder how CESA determine how these games are judged.

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didn't take long for MGS4 to get a grand award