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The 1990 Nintendo Power Awards was the 3rd annual Awards published in the May 1991 issue (volume 24) of Nintendo Power magazine. It's nominees were listed in volume 22.

Since this is the first Nintendo Power Awards to include Game Boy games, games released for the hand-held device that were more than a year old were included in the nominees. Two accessories were included in this year's award along with the games: Miracle Keyboard Teaching System and the Power Glove. Neither of them won any awards.

Winners and Nominees

The following is the list of winners and nominees.

Best Graphics and Sound

Mega Man 3 (NA)

Best Theme and Fun

Super Mario Bros 3 (NA)

Best Challenge

Castlevania III Dracula's Curse (NA)

Best Play Control

Super Mario Bros 3 (NA)

Best Hero

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Best Bad Guy

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Most Innovative

Shadowgate (NA)

Best Simultaneous Multi-Player Game

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II The Arcade Game (NA)

Best Overall NES Game

Super Mario Bros 3 (NA)

Best Overall Game Boy Game

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fall of the Foot Clan (NA)

Total number of nominations

The following lists the number of nominations for each game.

  1. Mega Man 3 - 6 nominations
  2. Super Mario Bros. 3 - 6 nominations
  3. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos - 5 nominations
  4. Batman - 4 nominations
  5. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - 4 nominations
  6. Maniac Mansion - 4 nominations
  7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game - 4 nominations
  8. Gremlins 2: The New Batch - 3 nominations
  9. Super C - 3 nominations
  10. Solar Jetman - 3 nominations
  11. A Boy and His Blob - 2 nominations
  12. Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers - 2 nominations
  13. Dragon Warrior II - 2 nominations
  14. Final Fantasy - 2 nominations
  15. Kickle Cubicle - 2 nominations
  16. Little Nemo: The Dream Master - 2 nominations
  17. NES Play Action Football (NES) - 2 nominations
  18. Solstice - 2 nominations
  19. Adventures of Lolo 2 - 1 nomination
  20. Battle of Olympus - 1 nomination
  21. Big Bird's Hide and Speak - 1 nomination
  22. Castlevania: The Adventure - 1 nomination
  23. Crystalis - 1 nomination
  24. Dr. Mario (Game Boy) - 1 nomination
  25. Dr. Mario (NES) - 1 nomination
  26. Gargoyle's Quest - 1 nomination
  27. Gauntlet II - 1 nomination
  28. Golf - 1 nomination
  29. Little League Baseball - 1 nomination
  30. Miracle Keyboard Teaching System - 1 nomination
  31. Mission: Impossible - 1 nomination
  32. NES Play Action Football (Game Boy) - 1 nomination
  33. Power Glove - 1 nomination
  34. Qix - 1 nomination
  35. Quarth - 1 nomination
  36. Shadowgate - 1 nomination
  37. Snake's Revenge - 1 nomination
  38. Spot: The Video Game - 1 nomination
  39. Super Mario Land - 1 nomination
  40. Super Spike V'Ball - 1 nomination
  41. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan - 1 nomination
  42. The Final Fantasy Legend - 1 nomination

Total number of awards

The following lists the number of awards for each game.

  1. Super Mario Bros. 3 - 3 awards
  2. Mega Man 3 - 2 awards
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game - 2 awards
  4. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - 1 award
  5. Shadowgate - 1 award
  6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan - 1 award

Voting

Readers of the magazine were presented with the list of nominees in Nintendo Power volume 22. 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 24.

Trivia

  • These Awards were also known as the "Nester Awards", or simply just the "Nesters".
  • Since this is the first Nintendo Power Awards to include Game Boy games, games released for the hand-held device that were more than a year old were included in the nominees.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan became the first Game Boy game in history to win a Nintendo Power Award.
  • 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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