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17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards nominees revealed, Nintendo grabs multiple nominations

SAN FRANCISCO – Jan. 4, 2017 – Organizers have revealed the nominees for the 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer recognition celebrating the industry’s top games, studios and developers. Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions, will return as host of the awards show for his sixth time, having previously hosted the Choice Awards in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Winners in all fourteen categories, including the new Best VR/AR Game category, will be honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 6:30pm at the San Francisco Moscone Center during the 2017 Game Developers Conference in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF). The ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2017 pass-holders and will be livestreamed on the GDC’s official Twitch channel at www.twitch.tv/gdc .

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME
Super Mario Run (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Clash Royale (Supercell)
Pokémon Go (Niantic)
Reigns (Nerial / Devolver Digital)
Pokémon Sun/Moon (Game Freak / The Pokémon Company)

Honorable Mentions: Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club), Severed (DrinkBox Studios), Deus Ex: Go (Square Enix Montreal / Square Enix), Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD / Nintendo), Imbroglio (Michael Brough), Swap Sword (AP Thomson and Diego Garcia)

INNOVATION AWARD
The Witness (Thekla)
Inside (Playdead)
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
Pokemon Go (Niantic)

Honorable Mentions: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team), Thumper (Drool), Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)

BEST TECHNOLOGY
Battlefield 1 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts)
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Honorable Mentions: Inside (Playdead), Pokemon Go (Niantic), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks), The Witness (Thekla)

BEST VR/AR GAME
Rez Infinite (Monstars / Enhance Games)
Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team)
Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (Owlchemy Labs)
Pokémon Go (Niantic)
Fantastic Contraption (Radial Games / Northway Games)

Honorable Mentions: Thumper (Drool), Superhypercube (Kokoromi / Polytron Corporation), Batman Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Space Pirate Trainer (I-Illusions), The Lab (Valve)

BEST DEBUT
Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter)
Campo Santo (Firewatch)
ConcernedApe (Stardew Valley)
Drool (Thumper)
Night School Studio (Oxenfree)

Honorable Mentions: SUPERHOT Team (SUPERHOT), Numinous Games (That Dragon, Cancer), Giant Squid Studios (Abzu), Ghost Town Games (Overcooked), iNK Stories (1979 Revolution: Black Friday)

Fire Emblem Fates manga creator shares a few new details

The following comes from Yugyoji Tama, the woman behind the upcoming manga based on Fire Emblem Fates...

- Tama is a bit nervous to work on a series like Fire Emblem
- her goal is to create something both long-time fans and newcomers can enjoy
- story focuses on Leo, the second youngest brother of the Nohrian Royal Family
- this will be an original story, taking place within one of the routes

Corrin figma, Nendoroid - more pics, preorders open


Check out more pics and grab your preorders here, here, here and here

Fire Emblem Fates - First look at the female Corrin figure


Nintendo UK - Nintendo eShop Sale: Mario Kart 8 and Fire Emblem Fates downloadable content

Until 23:59 (UK time) on January 5th, you can get 25% off all downloadable content for Mario Kart 8 for Wii U and 30% off all downloadable content for Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS family systems.

Full sales breakdown here

Nintendo UK - Nohr or Hoshido – who should you side with in Fire Emblem Fates?

Hoping to get into Fire Emblem Fates on Nintendo 3DS family systems this festive season but having trouble deciding which kingdom you should side with? We feel you, it’s not an easy decision at all!

In order to make the choice a little easier, we’ve put five members of each kingdom’s royal family against each other below. For each one, choose who you’d prefer to have by your side in battle and by the end you should have a better idea of who you should ally with!

Full feature here

Fire Emblem Fates - Camilla figurine up for preorder

"Oh alright... Your big sis will stay by your side."

A figure project co-developed by the developer of the Fire Emblem series, 'INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS' and monolith! From the popular game 'Fire Emblem Fates' comes a 1/7th scale figure of the beautiful princess of the Kingdom of Nohr, Camilla! The figure is sculpted by the highly acclaimed figure artisan Hiro and manufactured by Good Smile Company.

The figure captures Camilla's persona with a noble, elegant appearance that still shows off her sexy side, with her hair making use of translucent parts to preserve its unique appearance. The 'Silver Axe' she has by her side has been based directly on the original designs from the game, and she comes complete with a special base made in the image of a marble pillar that brings out her beauty together with the atmosphere of the series.

The figure has been closely supervised by the game's development team from the initial planning stages to the final paintwork to make it the ultimate official figure of Camilla! Be sure to add her to your collection and enjoy Camilla's amazing design right by your side!

Grab yours here

Nintendo Australia officially confirms Smash Bros. 3DS, Fire Emblem Fates amiibo bundles


We posted info on these just yesterday, but now Nintendo Australia has confirmed them. We'll have to wait and see if these bundles hit any other regions.