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June 1, 2006

Nintendo Rakes in the Accolades for Its Wii Console and Games

Independent Game Critics Name Wii Best of Show for E3 2006

The Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2006 has awarded Nintendo its highest honor. Nintendo's upcoming Wii(TM) console won the Best of Show award, as well as the best hardware award. Nintendo's Wii Sports title won the best sports category, Excite Truck(TM) for Wii won as the best racing game and The Legend of Zelda(R): Phantom Hourglass for Nintendo DS won as the best hand-held game of last month's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

"It's extremely gratifying to hear independent confirmation that our approach resonates so dramatically with the people who know video games best," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "These multiple awards demonstrate which company has momentum and which products will be in the highest demand this holiday season." Nintendo won five Game Critics Awards, more than any other publisher or hardware manufacturer. The Game Critics Awards are issued annually by an independent group of journalists from 37 leading North American media outlets that cover the video game industry in newspapers, in magazines, online and on television. For more information about the Game Critics Awards, visit www.gamecriticsawards.com.

The Game Critics Awards add to the long list of accolades Nintendo received after E3 from the video game media. A sampling is below:

IGN.com

  • Best Platform Game: Super Mario(R) Galaxy
  • Best Puzzle Game: Mario vs. Donkey Kong(TM) 2: March of the Minis
  • Most Innovative Design: Wii Remote
  • Best Hardware/Peripheral: Wii Remote
  • Best Hand-Held Game -- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

GameSpot

  • Best Hardware: Wii
  • Best Platform Game: Super Mario Galaxy
  • Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game: WarioWare(TM): Smooth Moves

The GameTap broadband entertainment network:

  • Best Adventure Game: The Legend of Zelda(R): Twilight Princess
  • Best Platform Game: Super Mario Galaxy
  • Best Sports Game: Wii Sports
  • Best Portable: New Super Mario Bros.(R)
  • Best Surprise: Wii Remote
  • Best Announcement: Super Smash Bros.(R) Brawl

Game Trailers

  • Most Innovative: WarioWare: Smooth Moves
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Best Sports Game: Wii Sports

Advanced Media Network:

  • Gadget of Show: Wii Remote
  • Most Innovative: Super Mario Galaxy
  • Booth of Show: Nintendo booth
  • Best Trailer: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Best Surprise: Snake from Konami's Metal Gear Solid series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Gamehelper.com:

  • Best Adventure Game: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Best Platform Game: Super Mario Galaxy