The nominees have been announced for The Game Awards 2015.

Debuting just last December, The Game Awards– hosted by games media all-star Geoff Keighley– have already become a year-end fixture for gamers. The games nominated have been selected by a panel of 32 judges from media publications around the world. Anticipated for its world premiere game reveals and announcements, this year’s show will take place on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. PST, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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Nintendo is no stranger to the new show, as last year Mario composer Koji Kondo, NOA President Reggie Fils-Aime, and Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage to give an early glimpse at Super Mario Maker. It also provided the show’s grand finale, an extended gameplay debut of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U by Shigeru Miyamoto and producer Eiji Aonuma.

The big contenders from Nintendo at this year’s show are Super Mario Maker and Splatoon, both netting three nominations across all categories. Both games are up for Best Family Game, a category otherwise dominated by toys-to-life titles. While Splatoon secured nominations in both the Best Shooter and Best Multiplayer categories. Expectedly, Super Mario Maker is in the running for the coveted Game of the Year award.

Super Mario Maker’s other nomination is actually a result of its creative nature. In the Best Fan Creation category, two players have been nominated for their Mario creation skills. Baddboy78 and theycallmeshaky are up for the award thanks to their recreations of the rare eReader levels from Super Mario Advance 4.

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In the third party department, the 3DS is represented for Best Handheld/Mobile Game by Capcom’s Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Considering the best 3DS games of 2015 were all remakes, its lack of contenders in this category actually makes sense. Next year should be a different story for the handheld, with all the big releases on the horizon.

As a company, Nintendo is once again in the running for the Developer of the Year award, an honor that it brought home last year, thanks largely to Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

While it’s great to see Nintendo’s biggest releases of the year getting the recognition they deserve at the show, a few omissions stand out to me. First, Yoshi’s Woolly World didn’t make the cut for Best Art Direction, a category dominated by real-world inspired open world games. Second, there’s a fan-voted award for Most Anticipated Game, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U (which completely stole the show last year) is nowhere to be found. Oh well, it’s a lock for Game of the Year next year, I suppose.

Here’s the full list of awards and nominees for The Game Awards 2015:

Game of the Year

    Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
    Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
    Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

Developer of the Year

    Bethesda Game Studios
    CD Projekt Red
    FromSoftware
    Kojima Productions
    Nintendo

Best Independent Game

    Axiom Verge (Tom Happ)
    Her Story (Sam Barlow)
    Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
    Rocket League (Psyonix)
    Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

    Downwell (Moppin / Devolver Digital)
    Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios | Behaviour Interactive / Bethesda Softworks)
    Lara Croft GO (Square Enix Montreal / Square Enix)
    Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate (Capcom)
    Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Narrative

    Her Story (Sam Barlow)
    Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)
    Tales From The Borderlands (TellTale Games)
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
    Until Dawn (Supermassive Games / Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Art Direction

    Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
    Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
    Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

Best Score/Soundtrack

    Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
    Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
    Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red/ Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

Best Performance

    Ashly Burch as Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
    Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
    Doug Cockle as Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
    Mark Hamill as The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
    Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games for Change Award

    Cibele (Nina Freeman)
    Her Story (Sam Barlow)
    Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)
    Sunset (Tale of Tales)
    Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Shooter

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Treyarch / Activision)
    Destiny: The Taken King (Bungie / Activision)
    Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
    Splatoon (Nintendo)
    Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)

Best Action/Adventure Game

    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
    Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
    Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
    Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Microsoft Studios)

Best Role-Playing Game

    Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
    Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
    Pillars of Eternity (Obsidian Entertainment / Paradox Interactive)
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red/ Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
    Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Fighting Game

    Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN– (Arc System Works / Aksys Games)
    Mortal Kombat X (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
    Rise of Incarnates (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
    Rising Thunder (Radiant Entertainment)

Best Family Game

    Disney Infinity 3.0 (Avalanche Studios / Disney Interactive Studios)
    LEGO Dimensions (Traveller’s Tales / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
    Skylanders: SuperChargers (Vicarious Visions | Beenox Studios / Activision)
    Splatoon (Nintendo)
    Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)

Best Sports/Racing Game

    FIFA 16 (EA Canada / Electronic Arts)
    Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
    NBA 2K16 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (PES Productions / Konami)
    Rocket League (Psyonix)

Best Multiplayer

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Treyarch / Activision)
    Destiny: The Taken King (Bungie / Activision)
    Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
    Rocket League (Psyonix)
    Splatoon (Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game

    Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Computer Entertainment)
    No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
    Quantum Break (Remedy Entertainment / Microsoft Studios)
    The Last Guardian (GenDesign/ Sony Computer Entertainment)
    Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Computer Entertainment)

eSports Player of the Year

    Kenny “KennyS” Schrub (Counter-Strike Global Offensive / Team EnVyUs)
    Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (League of Legends / SK Telecom T1)
    Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer (Counter-Strike Global Offensive / Fnatic)
    Peter “ppd” Dager (Dota 2 / Evil Geniuses)
    Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan (Dota 2 / Evil Geniuses)

eSports Team of the Year

    Evil Geniuses
    Fnatic
    Optic Gaming
    SK Telecom T1
    Team SoloMid

eSports Game of the Year

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games / Activision)
    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
    Dota 2 (Valve)
    Hearthstone (Blizzard Entertainment)
    League of Legends (Riot Games)

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    Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles
    Greg Miller
    Markiplier
    PewDiePie

Best Fan Creation

    GTA V – Targets (Hoodoo Operator)
    Real GTA (Corridor Digital)
    Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)
    Super Mario Maker e-Reader Levels (Baddboy78 / theycallmeshaky)
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Written by Brittin Shauers

Brittin literally grew up with Link, Mario and Samus. These three characters and their worlds collectively capture everything that he loves about video games.

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