Mario Galaxy beats off GTA and Call of Duty for Best Game Award

Thursday 12th, March 2009 / 04:30 Written by
Mario Galaxy beats off GTA and Call of Duty for Best Game Award

Super Mario Galaxy won the accolade for Best Game at this year’s video game BAFTAs despite expectations that Call of Duty 4 would scoop the award.

Nintendo’s iconic jolly little plumber caused an upset by besting competition from big PlayStation and Xbox favourites, Call of Duty 4 and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Galaxy has once again showed Nintendo’s ability to deliver a game which is sumptuous to look at, easy to get to grips with, but ultimately brilliant fun to play.

It is a credit to Nintendo’s family value driven ethos that the company hasn’t caved in to the outside pressures to produce extremely violent videogames.

Whilst the violence of games like Grand Theft Auto certainly have their place in the market, Nintendo have rigidly stuck to their guns, and the universal appeal of Mario has come through once again.

Over the years, the Mario franchise has produced some superb games, and the Mario following has reached epic proportions.

Last year, Mario’s classic 1985 incarnation Super Mario Bros. was awarded the coveted title of best video game ever. For all the nostalgia, Super Mario Galaxy has enough charm, style and playability to knock the original off it’s pedestal.

Other winners on the night at the video game BAFTAs were Race Driver: Grid for Best Sports Game, Boom Blox for Best Casual Game and Fable 2 for Best Action and Adventure.

Of all the winners, three of the six categories were won by games specifically designed for Nintendo console systems, further emphasising the quality of the games Nintendo brings to the industry.

The recent dominance of the Wii console has swung the balance for Nintendo over its rivals, with 45 million units sold worldwide.

Ree Saunders

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