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The 1998 Nintendo Power Awards was the 11th annual Awards published in the May 1999 issue (volume 120) of Nintendo Power magazine. It's nominees were listed in volume 118.

As The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time had been recently released during this awards period, it (not surprisingly) won Best Release of 1998 and dominated nearly every other category. However, a there were other games managed to secure a top spot. Most notably among these, the original versions of Pokemon jointly won Best Game Boy Game, setting a trend that would occur again repeadedly in the future. Other winners included WCW/nWo Revenge, F-Zero X, Space Station Silicon Valley, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, NFL Blitz, and South Park; each of these winning in a single category.

Winners and Runners-Up

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


Best Story
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner
  2. Pokemon
  3. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (NA)
Best Graphics
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner
  2. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  3. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (NA)
Best Music
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner
  2. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  3. 1080° Snowboarding
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (NA)

Best Sound

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner
  2. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  3. South Park
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (NA)
Most Innovative
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner
  2. Pokemon Red and Blue
  3. Game Boy Camera
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (NA)
Best Game Play Variety
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner
  2. Banjo-Kazooie
  3. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (NA)
Best Cinema Scenes
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner
  2. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  3. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (NA)
Best Multiplayer Game
  1. WCW/nWo Revenge - Winner
  2. South Park
  3. F-Zero X
WCW nWo Revenge (NA)
Best Racing Game
  1. F-Zero X - Winner
  2. 1080° Snowboarding
  3. Cruis'n World
Fzerox boxart
Best Sports Game
  1. NFL Blitz - Winner
  2. Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey, Jr.
  3. NFL Quarterback Club '99
NFL Blitz n64
Funniest Game
  1. South Park - Winner
  2. Banjo-Kazooie
  3. Gex 64: Enter the Gecko
N64 NA SouthPark
Best Action Game
  1. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron - Winner
  2. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
  3. WCW/nWo Revenge
Star Wars Rogue Squadron (Players Choice) (NA)
Best Adventure Game
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner
  2. Pokemon
  3. Banjo-Kazooie
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (NA)
Best Accessory/Development
  1. N64 Expansion Pak - Winner
  2. Game Boy Color
  3. Game Boy Camera
N64expansion
Sleeper Hit of the Year
  1. Space Station Silicon Valley - Winner
  2. Body Harvest
  3. Snowboard Kids
Space Station Silicon Valley (N64) (NA)
Best Game Boy Game
  1. Pokemon - Winner
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
  3. James Bond 007
Best N64 Game
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner
  2. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  3. WCW/nWo Revenge
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (NA)
Best Release of 1998
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner
  2. Pokemon
  3. Banjo-Kazooie
  4. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  5. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (NA)

Total number of nominations

The following lists the number of nominations for each game.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - 9 nominations
  2. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron - 9 nominations
  3. Pokemon - 5 nominations
  4. Banjo-Kazooie - 4 nominations
  5. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil - 4 nominations
  6. South Park - 3 nominations
  7. WCW/nWo Revenge - 3 nominations
  8. F-Zero X - 2 nominations
  9. 1080° Snowboarding - 2 nominations
  10. Space Station Silicon Valley - 1 nomination
  11. NFL Blitz - 1 nomination
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX - 1 nomination
  13. Body Harvest - 1 nomination
  14. Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. - 1 nomination
  15. James Bond 007 - 1 nomination
  16. Snowboard Kids - 1 nomination
  17. Gex 64: Enter the Gecko - 1 nomination
  18. NFL Quarterback Club '99 - 1 nomination
  19. Cruis'n World - 1 nomination

Total number of awards

The following lists the number of awards for each game.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - 9 awards
  2. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron - 1 award
  3. Pokemon - 1 award
  4. Space Station Silicon Valley - 1 award
  5. F-Zero X - 1 award
  6. NFL Blitz - 1 award
  7. WCW/nWo Revenge - 1 award
  8. South Park - 1 award

Voting

Readers of the magazine were presented with the list of nominees in Nintendo Power volume 118. 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 120.

Trivia

  • The magazine joking awarded The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time its "Golden Broom Prize" for "sweeping" vitually every category it was a contender in.
  • For this year, Nintendo Power invited readers to write-in their own award categories. Some of these "bonus" categories were included below the regular awards. The right-in categories were as follows:
    • "The FAQ Award" - "Is there a secret level/sequel for Banjo-Kazooie? - submitted by Chris Katz, via the Internet
    • "The Rodney Dangerfield Award for the Game that Deserves More Respect" - BioFreaks - submitted by Ragnarok76, via the Internet
    • "Most Annoying Dance (Move Over, Macarena!) - Darunia's dance (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) - submitted by Sean Barrett, via the Internet
    • "Guiltiest Pleasure" - Stomping on humans (Rampage World Tour) - submitted by Steven Murphy, via the Internet
    • "Most Annoying Quote" - "Rogue Squadron, where's our cover?"' -- General Rieekan (Star Wars: Rogue Squadron) - submitted by Chris Hood, via the Internet
    • "Best Individual Cinema Sequence" - Gruntilda's transformation during the game-over sequence (Banjo-Kazooie) - submitted by Rob Canton, Portland, OR
    • "Best Candidate for a Movie Adaptation" - Castlevania - submitted by Victor Chen, via the Internet
    • "Biggest Smart Aleck" - Kazooie (Banjo-Kazooie) - submitted by Keith Brady, via the Internet
    • "Best New Hero'''''" - Buck Bumble (Buck Bumble) - submitted by Robbie Brown, Rochester, IN
    • "Coolest Weapon" - Your own body (NFL Blitz) - submitted by Jeffrey Malone, Yardley, PA
    • "Best Pet" - Richard the dog (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) - submitted by Richard Rhinebolt, Owosso, MI
  • In additon to the write-in categories above, the magazine noted that, as the result of "hundreds of e-mail and snail mail votes (later), Navi (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarian of Time) secured a spot as most annoying character with her frequent yelps of 'Listen!'"


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