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Nintendo World Report Awards: 2010

Best Presentation

by James Jones, Neal Ronaghan, and Karlie Yeung - December 31, 2010, 2:23 pm PST

Presentation as an award is more than just having the shiniest graphics and best sound. Storytelling is a major element of presentation, as is the way a game uses its graphics and sound to involve the player. Sometimes, as is the case here, the most attractive game doesn't have the best overall presentation.


BEST PRESENTATION

Winner - Nintendo DS: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of the Light
The art style is a very strong element of this title. The worlds and characters look as if they were hand-painted, and the washed-out colors give it the appearance of an animated artwork. Characters are diminutive, and the costume changes that go along with crown and equipment switching are a delight. It all gives the game a very whimsical effect that matches the characters’ personalities, while giving no warning to the sinister bosses that level up with you. The annoyance of finding your way in a dark maze or losing in an unlucky battle round is tempered by the adorable party members and the beauty of the surrounding world.

Runner Up - Nintendo DS: Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
The Professor’s latest mystery has turned London on its head.  The future London he navigates is presented in great detail, using hand drawn imagery that evokes a gothic author’s take on the future while the sounds of this strange world provide a sense of involvement.  As we've come to expect from this series, the voice work and music stand above any DS peers, and well-animated sequences do a good job advancing the enveloping story.


Something very unsettling about this place

Winner - Wii: Disney Epic Mickey
While the gameplay of Epic Mickey left much to be desired for some, its presentation is top-notch. The twisted, forgotten character version of Disneyland is a joy to explore, with references to old cartoons at every corner. Each character in the land brims with personality despite not having any spoken dialogue. The soundtrack is suitably immense, featuring a number of throwbacks to past Disney works. Epic Mickey’s style of storytelling is also appealing, with wonderful storyboard-like cut scenes that are funny and interesting.


Art from a story segment

Runner Up - Wii: Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
For such unremarkable gameplay, the fact that this game is so easy to fall in love with is amazing.  A haunting story of a young boy left alone in dead world, the graphical style, settings, debris, colors, sounds (and silence), echoes, music, and even the most minor details constantly remind you that you are alone.  Perhaps one of the most tragic stories in gaming, it somehow manages to overcome poorly-executed and dated gameplay to become instantly memorable.

This is as comforting as Fragile Dreams gets

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Talkback

Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)December 31, 2010

Three cheers for the timely release of these awards!

Nah, seriously, kudos to all the staffers who wrote their pieces. The picks were, in many ways, as expected, but of course no less deserving in spite of that. In fact, I'd have been very surprised if the platformers and the time thieves hadn't swept the board.
Can't help but feel sorry for Professor Layton 3, which got three runner-up spots, but didn't take the gold. I've yet to sink my teeth into that one, though I am psyched to do so.
And well done for getting Fluidity in there. A lot of other sites passed over that due its late calendar release, which is a real shame. It really is such a great adventure/puzzle game.

The DS and Wii GOTY matched mine perfectly, and I had a hard time deciding between the two of them for GOTY. Great awards overall.

pololmejorDecember 31, 2010

Picross 3D REALLY!? I like it but I preffer Professor Layton and the Unwound Future like a billion times... sheesh.

I played Picross 3D for about a minute at PAX East, and I've never touched a Layton game .  I might just pick it up if I see it super-cheap.

Hey, those awards were awesome!

Retro DeckadesDecember 31, 2010

The Unwound Future was great, but I was done with it long before I was done with Picross 3D. As a matter of fact, despite having solved all the puzzles on the card, I'm still not done with it.

Kytim89December 31, 2010

No More Heroes 2 is my Wii game of year.

Quote from: NWR_Lindy

I played Picross 3D for about a minute at PAX East, and I've never touched a Layton game .  I might just pick it up if I see it super-cheap.

Of course you don't.

Did you get electrocuted by that Picross 3D like Lauren and I did?

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterDecember 31, 2010

Hooray! Great work on this, you guys!

KDR_11kJanuary 01, 2011

Dunno, some of the awards look like default victories (e.g. who was competing against Other M and No More Heroes?).

vuduJanuary 01, 2011

Quote from: NWR_Lindy

I played Picross 3D for about a minute at PAX East, and I've never touched a Layton game .  I might just pick it up if I see it super-cheap.

Is $9.99 for Picross 3D and $17.99 for the new Professor Layton cheap enough?

For Picross, yes.  Thanks to a $20 Best Buy gift certificate I got for Christmas, I picked it up for $10.61 after tax and I still have some money left over on the card.

I could pick up Layton with that, but I honestly don't think I'd play it.  I've never been particularly drawn to the series, and all of my DS time is better spent on DQ IX at the moment.

Scatt-ManJanuary 01, 2011

I don't know why I'm in the minority whenever I express my utter disappointment with Goldeneye. Maybe Game Mode on my TV reduces image quality considerably, thus the visuals don't wow me as they do in the screenshots 'n stuff, but that aspect wasn't even the biggest let down for me.

THE CONTROLS, MAN! They felt incredibly chunky...lacking a certain smoothness. After giving up on using the 'mote 'n 'chuck option, I was incredibly surprised that the same problems still persisted when using the Gamecube controller. Red Steel 2, The Conduit and Metroid Prime 3 never gave me this problem. *Has a cry about it* The defaultly set automatically adjusting height option for when going up stairs and the auto target ADS (Aim down sight) setting were all incredibly inconsistent and a massive annoyance.

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Quote from: KDR_11k

Dunno, some of the awards look like default victories (e.g. who was competing against Other M and No More Heroes?).

We're not under any obligation to give out an award.  If we didn't feel there was a worthy candidate we passed on a category.  If there was a worthy candidate, regardless of the presence of competition, we awarded it.

The awards that only have one winner are situations where we had a game that we loved but simply could not find another game that was worthy of similar praise.  In our mind it was better that we honor a great game even if it means having a category to itself.

ShyGuyJanuary 01, 2011

I wish Red Steel 2 would have gotten more respect.

vuduJanuary 01, 2011

I wish Red Steel 2 would have been worth more respect.

ShyGuyJanuary 01, 2011

I wish vudu had better taste in games. I also wish we would have gotten Conduit 2 or The Grinder this year.

GoldenPhoenixJanuary 02, 2011

Great list, I can't really comment on Kirby as runner up for GOTY since I haven't played it nor DKCR yet, but really not much disagreement with the picks there. Glad to see Endless Ocean 2 make it as well for a category.

xcwarriorJanuary 02, 2011

Good to see a number of titles get some love.

Monster Hunter 3 is my game of the year, with Galaxy 2 second.

DS by default I have to go Pokemon, but I'm sure I would have loved DQ IX had I picked it up already.

Glad to see NMH2 was mentioned, though a bit surprised DKCR didn't get a bit more love.

DKCR is a game we love certainly, but it is a very crowded field this year.  The reason it beat out Kirby for platformer but not for GotY runner-up is that as a platformer it is a better example of the genre.  Kirby's intangibles put it over for overall game.

TurdFurgyJanuary 03, 2011

Very well done! All of these games are well deserving. And I also wish Red Steel 2 would have gotten more respect.

LittleIrvesJanuary 05, 2011

Picross 3D hasn't been as much of a time-sink for me as I expected it, but there's no denying its effectiveness and charm.  I finally just acquired the "Normal" difficultly, and I feel like I've already gotten two games' worth of play out of it.  My girlfriend is sick of me poking away at the DS screen for 15 minutes before saying, "A-ha!  It's a Cuckoo Clock!" or whatever.
And I'm loving DKCR, but feel the pull towards Kirby more and more...  his (its?) soft edges might just be the ticket after the pounding I've taken from Kong.
As this is veering closer and closer to innuendo a bit too intimate for my tastes, I'll bid y'all adieu. Good work, NWRers.

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