Nintendo Gets Nominated in 6 Categories at The Game Awards 2016


Well it’s that time of year again, as the 3rd annual Game Awards hosted by Geoff Keighley is rapidly approaching. While this hasn’t been Nintendo’s most successful year in recent memory, they are still absolutely dominating the handheld/mobile category with exclusive titles in Monster Hunter Generations, Pokemon GO, and Fire Emblem Fates, all excellent games each deserving of the win.

Pokemon GO also has a nomination for best family game, with Fire Emblem Fates also picking up another nomination for best strategy game. Worth noting, Xenoblade Chronicles X is nominated for best RPG while Pokken Tournament is nominated for best fighting game. To top it all off, surprising absolutely no one, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is nominated for most anticipated game.

Personally, I think Nintendo can snag a couple wins off of Fire Emblem and Go alone as both games are just incredible and Go still shows a lot of promise to one day be the game we all hope it can be. It’ll be a great show, and it’s always awesome to see games get recognized and spread some joy around the industry, especially this time of year. Perhaps we will even get a new trailer or game announcement? We’ll find out on December 1st!

Of note, there were originally two Nintendo based fan games also nominated for a fan creation category, but they have now been mysteriously cut from the list of nominees. Here are the full category lists under which Nintendo platform exclusives (or related owned IP) are competing against:


  • Clash Royale
  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • Monster Hunter Generations
  • Pokemon Go
  • Severed


  • Dark Souls 3
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Blood and Wine
  • World of Warcraft: Legion
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X


  • Killer Instinct Season 3
  • King of Fighters XIV
  • Pokken Tournament
  • Street Fighter V


  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Pokemon Go
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Skylanders: Imaginators


  • Civilization VI
  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • The Banner Saga 2
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • XCOM 2


  • God of War
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

We’ll find out if Nintendo nabbed any wins on December 1st. You can check out the full list of nominees and categories here.

What do you think of this year’s nominees? Sound off in the comments below!