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Jeanne d'Arc and Ratchet fight for IAA awards


The closest thing the games industry has to the film industry's Academy Awards is the IAA: the Interactive Achievement Awards. This year, PSP has two games fighting for the honor of Handheld Game of the Year. They include: Jeanne d'Arc, Level-5's brilliant (and accessible) SRPG, and Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. They will have to compete against Drawn to Life, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Good luck to our PSP nominees.

[Via Gamespot]

Crush wins Develop Award, is best New Handheld IP


Congratulations to Zoe Mode and Crush -- the game just scored the best New Handheld IP award from the Develop Awards. The Develop Awards are focused on European companies and were judged by almost 100 "industry experts."

In addition to Crush, PSP fans will be glad to hear that Sony Computer Entertainment of Europe (SCEE) picked up the biggest award of the evening: the Grand Prix award for their efforts with PlayStation 3.

[Via PS3 Fanboy]

Crush gets Develop Award nomination


While PSP is home to many great PlayStation franchises, it's also where many exciting, new and innovative IPs have taken off. Crush is yet another example of a great original PSP title, and it's already getting the attention of critics and developers alike. The Develop Conference has announced its nominations for award recipients, and Crush stands as the easy favorite in the "New Handheld IP" category.

Awards will be announced on July 25th. Will the unanimously beloved Crush get a win?

[Via Joystiq]

Yes, LocoRoco gets another award nomination

You're probably tired of these stories. We are too. LocoRoco continues to receive praise from critics around the world, and it's nominated (yet again) for a new award. This time, educational charity D&AD has nominated the happiest PSP title for a Yellow Pencil award. Yellow Pencil awards aren't just for kids games, though. Previous winners include Resident Evil 4, and other fare, like Nintendogs.

LocoRoco joins Shadow of the Colossus, Buzz!, Brain Training and Wii Sports in this year's nominations. Hopefully, next time Sony gets nominated, it'll be for a new game.

LocoRoco earns more nominations, from NAViGaTR


There are way too many awards ceremonies for the video game industry. Thankfully, PSP's darling platformer LocoRoco is always there to represent the system. This year, LocoRoco has earned a Game of the Year nomination from NAViGaTR (National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers). With 1,150 videogame critics, analysts, and journalists on the voting board, it's clear that LocoRoco's quality has impacted quite a lot of people.

Feel free to watch the hilarious embedded video, which shows off an empty audience as the award nominations are announced. Something tells me they should've simply stuck to a press release instead of a video.

[Via IGN]

LocoRoco wins two AIAS awards

If LocoRoco's soundtrack doesn't get you smiling, then clearly you've been born without a heart. Sony's heavily promoted platformer got two wins at the AIAS awards, one for original soundtrack, and the other for "Best Children's Game."

Congrats to Sony, and everyone at the LocoRoco team.

[Via Joystiq]

See also:
LocoRoco wins two awards at BAFTA
LocoRoco theme song karaoke!

1UP Awards: PSP earns more nominations than DS


The PSP took a whopping 31 nominations this year in 1UP's annual "1UP Awards." The DS, on the other hand, only received 22. If you're a member of 1UP, now's the chance to rock the vote and show everyone that the PSP really does have an excellent library of games, no matter what Nintendo fanboys may say. Here are some of the categories the PSP is competing in:

Strategy
Metal Gear Acid 2
Field Commander

Shooting
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 2

Sports
NFL Street 3
NCAA Football 07

Racing
ATV Offroad Fury Pro

Action
LEGO Star Wars II
Mega Man: Powered Up
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Killzone: Liberation

Adventure
Daxter
Grand theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Fighting
Power Stone Collection
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw
Guilty Gear Judgment
Tekken: Dark Resurrection
Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX

Online
SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 2

Puzzle (the PSP nearly swept this category!)
Lumines II
Every Extend Extra
Mercury Meltdown
Exit
Gunpey
WTF
Lemmings

Simulation
Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

Most Innovative
Loco Roco
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

TGS 06: Best in Show, according to CESA


The mighty Computer Entertainment Software Association of Japan revealed the eleven titles they thought were the "best in show." Of those titles, two were exclusives for the PSP. Here are the winners, in no particular order:
  • Elebits (Konami) for the Wii
  • Gyakuten Saiban 4 [Phoenix Wright] (Capcom) for the DS
  • Gran Turismo HD (Sony) for the PS3
  • The Eye of Judgment (Sony) for the PS3
  • Seiken Densetsu 4 [Dawn of Mana] (Square Enix) for the PS2
  • Tales of Destiny (Namco Bandai) for the PS2
  • Blue Dragon (Microsoft) for the Xbox 360
  • Heavenly Sword (Sony) for the PS3
  • Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops (Konami) for the PSP
  • Monster Hunter Portable 2nd (Capcom) for the PSP
  • Lost Planet (Capcom) for the Xbox 360
This should come as no surprise. There are so many excellent games at TGS this year, that it must've been nigh impossible to even narrow the list down. But, for those of you that are battling a fanboy war, you might want to note that PSP got two titles, and the DS only got one.

[Via Joystiq]

Loco Roco leads BAFTA nominations


BAFTA's British Academy Video Games Awards, to be held on October 5th, has announced their nominations. There were two games with the most nominations: Loco Roco for the PSP and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter for Xbox 360, both earning eight nominations each. The only other PSP-exclusive title to be nominated was Daxter. Read after the cut to see the categories these two games are competing in.

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Sony celebrates itself with the PlayStation Awards

Who doesn't like to give themselves a pat on the back sometimes? Sure, Sony's game division might lose up to $2 billion in the first year of the PS3, but that doesn't mean it can't partay~! The PlayStation Awards were revealed two days ago, and they celebrate the best-selling Sony games from May 2005 to May 2006. In fact, these awards are base solely on sales performance in Japan. Both PS2 and PSP games are eligible for the title, and here are the winners:

Double Platinum Award
Final Fantasy XII (PS2)

Platinum Award
Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)
World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 (PS2)
World Soccer Winning Eleven 10 (PS2)

Gold Award
Biohazard 4 (PS2)
Monster Hunter 2 (PS2)
Monster Hunter Portable (PSP)
Sengoku Musou 2 (PS2)
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (PS2)
Dragon Ball Sparking! (PS2)
Tales of the Abyss (PS2)
Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Alpha: Shuuen no Ginga e (PS2)
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 12 (PS2)

Only one PSP game garnered enough sales (500,000+) to get an award from Sony. Looking at this data, I think it's clear that one thing has to be done in order to get PSP sales higher in Japan: Bring World Soccer Winning Eleven 11 (that's what the next one would be called, right?) to the PSP. Ha!

[Via Gamasutra]

1UP nominates PSP titles galore for 2005 awards

We don't know what their criteria was, but we're still mighty happy to note that several PSP games have been nominated for 1UP's yearly Best Of awards, which is great especially when made in comparison to the so-far smallish list of must-have games for the system. The nominees are as follows:

Best Role-Playing Game: PoPoLoCrois
Best Sports/Extreme Sports Game: Virtua Tennis: World Tour
Best Racing Game: Burnout Legends, Ridge Racer, Wipeout Pure
Best Adventure Game: Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Best Puzzle Game: Lumines
Best Online/Multiplayer Game: SOCOM US Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo
Most Innovative Game: Infected
Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Annoyingly (but perhaps appropriately), four of the five nominees for Best Puzzle of 2005 are on the Nintendo DS. Still, we think Lumines has a good shot to win, since there's always a chance the DS vote will end up getting divided among the entrants.

Readers get to appoint who wins the whole enchilada in each category, so make sure to head over to their site and put one down for the best portable this year (the PSP, silly; what did you think this was, DS Fanboy?)



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