The Nintendo Power Awards is a ceremony of recognition published in the pages of Nintendo Power magazine. Fans and readers vote for their favorite games from the previous year in different categories. It's been held every year since 1988, the magazine's first year of publication, when it was known as the "Nester Awards", or simply just the "Nesters".
In the first Nintendo Power Awards, games that had been released more than a year prior, such as The Legend of Zelda and Mega Man, were included in the nominations. 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.
In the second annual Awards, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link made yet another appearance. It was included in both the first and second Awards, which caused the game to win "Best Character" two years in a row.
The third annual Awards was the first to feature Game Boy games as well as a couple NES accessories. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan became the first Game Boy game in history to win a Nintendo Power Award.
The fourth annual Awards was the first to feature Super NES games.
In volume 6, when the first Nintendo Power Awards were presented, the writers of the magazine gave a brief explanation as to why they were presenting these awards. The quote is as follows:
- "Welcome to the first annual Nintendo Power Awards or "Nesters" as we proudly call them. The purpose of the Nesters is to recognize special achievements in excellence in Nintendo Entertainment System games."
The following is a list of each years ceremony and the "Best Game" winners.
"Best Game" Awards by Series
The following is a list of the video game series' with multiple "Best Game" awards.