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This is the first Nintendo Power Awards to include Super NES games. Since there were three gaming systems included in the Awards, most of the categories were divided up for each system. Battletoads, Metroid II: Return of Samus and Super Mario World mostly swept the awards in their respective game console categories, those three games alone picking up 14 of the 18 awards.
Winners and Nominees
The following is the list of winners and nominees.
|Best Graphics and Sound (NES)|
|Best Graphics and Sound (Game Boy)|
|Best Graphics and Sound (Super NES)|
|Best Theme and Fun (NES)|
|Best Theme and Fun (Game Boy)|
|Best Theme and Fun (Super NES)|
|Best Challenge (NES)|
|Best Challenge (Game Boy)|
|Best Challenge (Super NES)|
|Best Play Control (NES)|
|Best Play Control (Game Boy)|
|Best Play Control (Super NES)|
|Best Multi-Player or Simultaneous|
|Best Overall Villain|
|Best Overall NES Game|
|Best Overall Game Boy Game|
|Best Overall Super NES Game|
Total number of nominations
The following lists the number of nominations for each game.
- Battletoads (NES) - 7 nominations
- Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge - 5 nominations
- Super Mario World - 5 nominations
- ActRaiser - 4 nominations
- Final Fantasy II - 4 nominations
- Metroid II: Return of Samus - 4 nominations
- Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts - 4 nominations
- Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge - 3 nominations
- Final Fantasy Adventure - 3 nominations
- Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom - 3 nominations
- Shatterhand - 3 nominations
- SimCity - 3 nominations
- StarTropics - 3 nominations
- Adventures of Lolo 3 - 2 nominations
- Battletoads (Game Boy) - 2 nominations
- The Hunt for Red October (Game Boy) - 2 nominations
- Operation C - 2 nominations
- Pilotwings - 2 nominations
- R-Type - 2 nominations
- Super Tennis - 2 nominations
- Star Wars - 2 nominations
- Tecmo Super Bowl - 2 nominations
- U.N. Squadron - 2 nominations
- Caesars Palace - 1 nomination
- F-1 Race - 1 nomination
- Final Fantasy Legend II - 1 nomination
- F-Zero - 1 nomination
- High Speed - 1 nomination
- InfoGenius Productivity Pak: Personal Organizer and Phone Book - 1 nomination
- Kabuki: Quantum Fighter - 1 nomination
- Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters - 1 nomination
- Metal Storm - 1 nomination
- Nintendo World Cup - 1 nomination
- Populous - 1 nomination
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - 1 nomination
- The Rocketeer - 1 nomination
- The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants - 1 nomination
- Smash T.V. - 1 nomination
- Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (NES) - 1 nomination
- Super Castlevania IV - 1 nomination
- Super R-Type - 1 nomination
- Sword of Hope - 1 nomination
Total number of awards
The following lists the number of awards for each game.
- Battletoads (NES) - 5 awards
- Super Mario World - 5 awards
- Metroid II: Return of Samus - 4 awards
- Final Fantasy II - 1 award
- Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge - 1 award
- Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom - 1 award
- Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts - 1 award
Readers of the magazine were presented with the list of nominees in Nintendo Power volume 34. 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 36.
- These Awards were also known as the "Nester Awards", or simply just the "Nesters".
- This is the first Nintendo Power Awards to include Super NES games.
- 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.