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The 1997 Nintendo Power Awards was the 10th annual Awards published in the May 1998 issue (volume 108) of Nintendo Power magazine. It's nominees were listed in volume 106.

1997 saw the second round of major Nintendo 64 releases. By this point, developers were starting to get confortable working on the new platform, and it showed in the dramatic increase in the level of quality and sheer rate of new games produced during that year.

Foremost among these was GoldenEye 007, a game so influental, it revolutionized the first-person shooter genre. Indeed, its impact was so profound that the gameplay elements it created would be incorported into many of the best releases of the following decade. The disproportionate reaction to GoldenEye 007 can even be seen in this year's awards:  if nothing else, it swept more categories than even Super Mario 64 did during the previous year.

Despite the large shadow cast by GoldenEye 007, there were plenty of other great releases during this year, even if they lacked the same enduring fame. Among these were Tetrisphere, Mischief Makers, Bomberman 64, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Star Fox 64, all appealing to different crowds of Nintendo gamers. WCW vs. nWo: World Tour was also notable for an unexpected surge of popularity with pro-wresting fans and gamers alike.

Perhaps the most interesting contest during these awards was the rivalry between Mario Kart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing, both light-hearted racing games appealing to gamers of all ages. Although it appears that Diddy Kong Racing may have come out ahead as far as these awards are concerned (it won Best Racing Game and came in second for Best N64 Game overall), both games continued to be wildly popular for many years afterwards.

Lastly, it came as a shock to even Nintendo Power editors of the time that there were still enough quality Super Nintendo titles being released to make the Best Super NES Game category worth even including. This is mostly due to the surprise hit Harvest Moon, a latecomer RPG with the novel idea of simulating a peaceful life on a farm that would eventually spawn an entire series of sequels. This, combined with a strong showing from Kirby in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and the sleeper hit The Lost Vikings 2, gave the SNES the respectful farewell it deserved.

Winners and Runners-Up

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

Best Graphics
  1. GoldenEye 007 - Winner
  2. Diddy Kong Racing
  3. Star Fox 64
GoldenEye 007 (NA)
Best Sound
  1. GoldenEye 007 - Winner
  2. Star Fox 64
  3. Diddy Kong Racing
GoldenEye 007 (NA)
Best Challenge
  1. GoldenEye 007 - Winner
  2. Diddy Kong Racing
  3. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
GoldenEye 007 (NA)

Best Story

  1. GoldenEye 007 - Winner
  2. Star Fox 64
  3. Mischief Makers
GoldenEye 007 (NA)
Best Play Control
  1. GoldenEye 007 - Winner
  2. Star Fox 64
  3. Mario Kart 64
GoldenEye 007 (NA)
Most Innovative
  1. GoldenEye 007 - Winner
  2. Diddy Kong Racing
  3. Blast Corps
GoldenEye 007 (NA)
Best Racing Game
  1. Diddy Kong Racing - Winner
  2. Mario Kart 64
  3. San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing
Diddy Kong Racing (NA)
Coolest Ride
  1. Russian tank (GoldenEye 007) - Winner
  2. Landmaster tank (Star Fox 64)
  3. J-Bomb robot (Blast Corps)
Goldeneye007-tankfinale
Best Sports Game
  1. NFL Quarterback Club '98 - Winner
  2. Madden Football 64
  3. The NHLPA & NHL Present Wayne Gretzky's Hockey '98
N64 NFLQuarterbackClub98 NA1
Coolest Item or Weapon
  1. The Golden Gun (GoldenEye 007) - Winner
  2. Sniper Rifle (GoldenEye 007)
  3. Quad Rocket Launcher (Turok: Dinosaur Hunter)
Goldengun
Best Party Game Since Twister
  1. GoldenEye 007 - Winner
  2. WCW vs. nWo: World Tour
  3. Bomberman 64
GoldenEye 007 (NA)
Coolest Code or Trick
  1. The Big Cheat (Turok: Dinosaur Hunter) - Winner
  2. No Radar (GoldenEye 007)
  3. Ned the Janitor (Mace: The Dark Age)
Turok-big-cheat
The Creative Chaos Award
  1. Blowing Up the Facility (GoldenEye 007) - Winner
  2. Saucerer destroying Katina Base (Star Fox 64)
  3. Using the Chronoscepter (Turok: Dinosaur Hunter)
GoldenEye exploding chemtanks
The Golden Rumble Pak
  1. Star Fox 64 - Winner
  2. GoldenEye 007
  3. WCW vs. nWo: World Tour
N64 StarFox64 NA1
The Golden Bandage Award
  1. Head shots (GoldenEye 007) - Winner
  2. The "groin smash" attack (WCW vs. nWo: World Tour)
  3. Boogerman's Flaming Fart Claytality (Clay Fighter 63⅓)
Goldeneye-toiletkill
The More-Annoying-Than-The-Spice-Girls Award
  1. '"Fox, get this guy off me!" (Slippy, Star Fox 64)' - Winner
  2. "Oh-ow-ow-ow-ow!" (Toad, Mario Kart 64)
  3. Most everything John Madden says (Madden Football 64)
Star Fox 64 slippyaid
Best Hero or Heroine
  1. James Bond/007 (GoldenEye 007) - Winner
  2. Fox McCloud (Star Fox 64)
  3. Mario (Mario Kart 64)
GoldenEye007-Pierce Brosnan
Worst Villain
  1. Janus/006 (GoldenEye 007) - Winner
  2. Andross (Star Fox 64)
  3. Wizpig (Diddy Kong Racing)
GoldenEye AlecTrevelyan
Best Super NES Game
  1. Harvest Moon - Winner
  2. Kirby's Dream Land 3
  3. The Lost Vikings 2
Harvest Moon SNES box front
Best Game Boy Game
  1. Donkey Kong Land 3 - Winner
  2. Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball
  3. Tamagotchi
Donkey Kong Land III (NA)
Best N64 Game
  1. GoldenEye 007 - Winner
  2. Diddy Kong Racing
  3. Star Fox 64
GoldenEye 007 (NA)

Total number of nominations

The following lists the number of nominations for each game.

  1. GoldenEye 007 - 17 (16) nominations*
  2. Star Fox 64 - 12 nominations
  3. Diddy Kong Racing - 12 nominations
  4. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter - 11 (10) nominations*
  5. FIFA Road to the World Cup '98 - 7 nominations
  6. Top Gear''''' Rally - 7 nominations
  7. Mario Kart 64 - 6 nominations
  8. WCW vs. NWO: World Tour - 6 (5) nominations*
  9. Blast Corps - 6 nominations
  10. San Francisco Rush - 6 nominations
  11. ClayFighter 63⅓ - 5 nominations
  12. AeroFighters Assault - 4 nominations
  13. Automobili Lamborghini - 4 nominations
  14. Harvest Moon - 3 nominations
  15. NFL Quarterback Club '98 - 3 nominations
  16. Madden 64 - 3 nominations
  17. NBA Hangtime - 3 nominations
  18. Extreme-G - 3 nominations
  19. Tamagotchi - 2 nominations
  20. Mischief Makers - 2 nominations
  21. Bomberman 64 - 2 nominations
  22. Duke Nukem 64 - 2 nominatinos
  23. Hexen - 2 nominations
  24. Doom 64 - 2 nominations
  25. Tetrisphere - 2 nominations
  26. Multi Racing Championship - 2 nominations
  27. Wheel of Fortune - 2 nominations
  28. F-1 Pole Position - 2 nominations
  29. Donkey Kong Land 3 - 1 nomination
  30. Kirby's Dream Land 3 - 1 nomination
  31. Ken Griffey Jr. Presents: Major League Baseball - 1 nomination
  32. The Lost Vikings 2 - 1 nomination
  33. Mace: The Dark Age - 1 nomination
  34. The NHLPA & NHL Present Wayne Gretzky's 3-D Hockey '98 - 1 nomination
  35. Tetris Plus - 1 nomination
  36. Mortal Kombat Mythologies - 1 nomination
  37. International Superstar Soccer 64 - 1 nomination
  38. War Gods - 1 nomination
  39. Dark Rift - 1 nomination
  40. Arkanoid: Doh It Again - 1 nomination
  41. Brunswick World Tournament of Champions - 1 nomination
  42. Mole Mania - 1 nomination
  • Some categories (specifically Coolest Item and Weapon as well as The Golden Bandage Award) 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. GoldenEye 007 - 14 awards
  2. Star Fox 64 - 2 awards
  3. Harvest Moon - 1 award
  4. Donkey Kong Land 3 - 1 award
  5. Diddy Kong Racing - 1 award
  6. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter - 1 award
  7. NFL Quarterback Club '98 - 1 award

Voting

Readers of the magazine were presented with the list of nominees in Nintendo Power volume 106. 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 108.

Trivia

  • On the page announcing that Slippy Toad had won "The More-Annoying-Than-The-Spice-Girls Award," the editors quiped that "if you thought Slippy's non-stop whining was annoying in Star Fox 64, you should've heard his acceptance speech!"


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