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The 1988 Nintendo Power Awards was the 1st annual Awards published in the May/June 1989 issue (volume 6) of Nintendo Power magazine. It's nominees were listed in volume 5.

Even though Super Mario Bros. 2 won the most awards, it lost "Best Game Overall" to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Also, Blaster Master was nominated for 6 of the 8 awards but didn't win anything.

Winners and Nominees

The following is the list of winners and nominees.

Best Graphics and Sound

Castlevania II Simons Quest (NA)

Best Challenge

The Legend of Zelda (NA)

Best Theme, Fun

Super Mario Bros 2 (NA)

Best Play Control

Super Mario Bros 2 (NA)

Best Character
Zelda2adventureoflink
Best Ending
Mario2ending
Best Player vs. Player

Blades of Steel (NES) (NA)

Best Overall

Zelda II The Adventure of Link (NA)

Total number of nominations

The following lists the number of nominations for each game.

  1. Blaster Master - 6 nominations
  2. Bionic Commando - 5 nominations
  3. Super Mario Bros. 2 - 5 nominations
  4. Metroid - 4 nominations
  5. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - 4 nominations
  6. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest - 3 nominations
  7. Castlevania - 3 nominations
  8. Golgo 13 - 3 nominations
  9. Double Dragon - 2 nominations
  10. Wizards & Warriors - 2 nominations
  11. The Legend of Zelda - 2 nominations
  12. Hudson's Adventure Island - 2 nominations
  13. Blades of Steel - 2 nominations
  14. Mega Man - 2 nominations
  15. Solomon's Key - 1 nomination
  16. Bases Loaded - 1 nomination
  17. Pro Wrestling - 1 nomination
  18. Double Dribble - 1 nomination
  19. Wheel of Fortune - 1 nomination
  20. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! - 1 nomination

Total number of awards

The following lists the number of awards for each game.

  1. Super Mario Bros. 2 - 3 awards
  2. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - 2 awards
  3. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest - 1 award
  4. The Legend of Zelda - 1 award
  5. Blades of Steel - 1 award

Voting

Readers of the magazine were presented with the list of nominees in Nintendo Power volume 5. It was a time before the internet, so votes had to be cast by sending in the postcard that was included within the pages of the magazine. The votes were then tallied and announced in the pages of Nintendo Power volume 6.

Trivia

  • These Awards were also known as the "Nester Awards", or simply just the "Nesters".
  • Games that had been released more than a year prior, such as The Legend of Zelda and Mega Man, were included in these nominations.
  • It was a time before the internet, so votes had to be cast by mailing in the postcard that was included within the pages of the magazine.

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