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The 1996 Nintendo Power Awards was the 9th annual Awards published in the May 1997 issue (volume 96) of Nintendo Power magazine. It's nominees were listed in volume 94.

The preceding year had seen the release of the Nintendo 64 to widespread acclaim, and naturally games for the new system figured significantly for this permutation of the awards. The penultimate example is Super Mario 64, but other N64 titles such as Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Wave Race 64, Killer Instinct Gold, and Pilotwings 64 made strong showings as well.

Despite the intense focus on the brand new system, games for the Super NES still had a large presense as well, led by the major titles Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Tetris Attack, Kirby Super Star, and Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. Meanwhile, despite being seven years old by this point, Game Boy titles were still selling very well.

Winners and Runners-Up

The following is the list of winners and runners-up.


Best Graphics
  1. Super Mario 64 - Winner
  2. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
  3. Killer Instinct Gold
Super Mario 64 (NA)
Best Story
  1. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Winner
  2. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  3. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
N64 StarWarsShadowsOfTheEmpire NA1
Best Ending
  1. Super Mario 64 - Winner
  2. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  3. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Super Mario 64 (NA)

Best Soundtrack

  1. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Winner
  2. Killer Instinct Gold
  3. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
N64 StarWarsShadowsOfTheEmpire NA1
Best Challenge
  1. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Winner
  2. Super Mario 64
  3. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
N64 StarWarsShadowsOfTheEmpire NA1
Most Game Play Variety
  1. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Winner
  2. Super Mario 64
  3. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
N64 StarWarsShadowsOfTheEmpire NA1
Most Innovative
  1. Super Mario 64 - Winner
  2. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
  3. Sim City 2000
Super Mario 64 (NA)
Best Play Control
  1. Super Mario 64 - Winner
  2. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
  3. Killer Instinct Gold
Super Mario 64 (NA)
Best Sports Game
  1. Wave Race 64 - Winner
  2. Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey
  3. NBA Hangtime
Wave Race 64 (NA)
Best Tournament Fighting Game
  1. Killer Instinct Gold - Winner
  2. Mortal Kombat Trilogy
  3. Street Fighter Alpha 2
N64 KillerInstinctGold NA1
Easiest to Learn, Toughest to Master Award
  1. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Winner
  2. Super Mario 64
  3. Tetris Attack
N64 StarWarsShadowsOfTheEmpire NA1
Best Code
  1. Gargos Code (Killer Instinct Gold) - Winner
  2. Change Body Proportions (Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey)
  3. The Merry Code (Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!)
Gargos
Coolest Move of 1996
  1. Mario's Back Flip (Super Mario 64) - Winner
  2. The Flaming Puck Shot (Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey)
  3. Mario's Handstand (Super Mario 64)
Super Mario 64 jumping6
Coolest Item of 1996
  1. Mario's Metal Cap (Super Mario 64) - Winner
  2. Seeker Missles (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire)
  3. Mario's Wing Cap (Super Mario 64)
Sm64-metalmario
Best Mode of Transportation
  1. Speeder Bike (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire) - Winner
  2. Shiny Shell (Super Mario 64)
  3. Bird Man (Pilotwings 64)
SWSotE (Mos Eisley and Beggar's Canyon)
The "That's Gotta Hurt" Award
  1. Missing with the Cannon (Pilotwings 64) - Winner
  2. Falling off the Cliffs (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire)
  3. Mario's Wing Cap (Super Mario 64)
Pilotwings64-cannon
The "More Annoying than the Macarena" Award
  1. Crying Baby Penguin (Super Mario 64) - Winner
  2. Accidently Falling off the Cliffs (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire)
  3. Wave Racer Announcer (Wave Race 64)
Tuxie and Mario - Super Mario 64
Funniest Game of 1996
  1. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - Winner
  2. Power Piggs of the Dark Age
  3. Maui Mallard
Super Mario RPG (NA)
Best Hero/Heroine
  1. Mario (Super Mario 64) - Winner
  2. Dash Rendar (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire)
  3. Bowser (Super Mario RPG)
Sm64-mario
Worst Villain
  1. Boba Fett (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire) - Winner
  2. Bowser (Super Mario 64)
  3. Smithy (Super Mario RPG)
Fett Shadows of the Empire comic
Best Goodie
  1. Ukiki the Monkey (Super Mario 64) - Winner
  2. Dolphin (Wave Race 64)
  3. Frogfucius (Super Mario RPG)
Ukiki
Worst Baddie
  1. Wampas (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire) - Winner
  2. Stormtroopers (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire)
  3. Whomps (Super Mario 64)
CliffWampa
Best Super NES Game
  1. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - Winner
  2. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
  3. Mega Man X3
Super Mario RPG (NA)
Best Game Boy Game
  1. Donkey Kong Land 2 - Winner
  2. Tetris Attack
  3. Sword of Hope II
Donkey Kong Land 2 (NA)
Best N64 Game
  1. Super Mario 64 - Winner
  2. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
  3. Killer Instinct Gold
Super Mario 64 (NA)

Total number of nominations

The following lists the number of nominations for each game.

  1. Super Mario 64 - 21 (16) nominations*
  2. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - 17 (15) nominations*
  3. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble - 16 (13) nominations*
  4. Super Mario RPG - 13 nominations
  5. Wave Racer 64 - 12 nominations
  6. Killer Instinct Gold - 11 (10) nominations*
  7. Pilotwings 64 - 8 (7) nominations*
  8. Wayne Gretzky's 3-D Hockey - 7 nominations
  9. Tetris Attack - 5 nominations
  10. Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run - 5 nominations
  11. Lufia II:  Rise of the Sinistrals - 3 nominations
  12. Maui Mallard - 3 nominations
  13. Kirby's Super Star - 3 nominations
  14. Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits - 3 nominations
  15. Donkey Kong Land 2 - 2 nominations
  16. Mortal Kombat Trilogy - 2 nominations
  17. NBA Hangtime - 2 nominations
  18. Madden '97 - 2 nominations
  19. Mega Man X3 - 1 nomination
  20. Sword of Hope II - 1 nomination
  21. Sim City 2000 - 1 nomination
  22. Street FIghter 2 Alpha - 1 nomination
  23. Power Piggs of the Dark Age - 1 nomination
  24. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 - 1 nomination
  25. Cruis'n USA - 1 nomination
  26. Tetris Blast - 1 nomination
  27. Kirby's Blockball - 1 nomination
  28. Urban Strike - 1 nomination
  29. Prehistorik Man - 1 nomination
  30. Mr. Do! - 1 nomination
  • Some categories (specifically Best Code, Coolest Move of 1996, Coolest Item of 1996, Best Mode of Transportation, Best Hero/Heroine, Best Goodie, and Worst Baddie) had multiple nominations from a single game; the second, italicised number has been adjusted to reflect this.

Total number of awards

The following lists the number of awards for each game.

  1. Super Mario 64 - 10 awards
  2. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - 8 awards
  3. Super Mario RPG - 2 awards
  4. Killer Instinct Gold - 2 awards
  5. Wave Race 64 - 2 awards
  6. Pilotwings 64 - 1 award
  7. Donkey Kong Land 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - 1 award

Voting

Readers of the magazine were presented with the list of nominees in Nintendo Power volume 94. Votes could be cast by subscribers either by email or "snail" mail. The votes were then tallied and announced in the pages of Nintendo Power volume 96.

Trivia

  • Swanky Kong (a supporting character from the Donkey Kong Country series) served as the "host" for these awards and jokingly informed readers that Nintendo Power had made kremlings (enemies from that same series) tally thousands of votes. He was notably disappointed that Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie's Double Trouble! did not win as many awards as he had hoped.
  • Some joke awards were listed on the bottom of each page within the awards section. Among these were:
  • Worst Dressed of 1996: Maya (Killer Instinct Gold)
  • Best Dressed of 1996: Swanky Kong (of course)
  • Best Rumor: Naked Mario code (Super Mario 64)


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