Japan Game Awards 2008


Japan Game Awards 2008 ::: PRESS RELEASE

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Japan Game Awards 2008
gGames of the Year Divisionh Award Winners Chosen

Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association

The titles that will receive awards in the gGames of the Year Divisionh at the Japan Game Awards 2008, sponsored by the Computer Entertainment Supplierfs Association (CESA, Chairman: Yoichi Wada; Location: Nishi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo) have been chosen.

The Grand Award in the "Games of the Year Divisionh, selected from games sold in Japan between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008 goes to two games: "Wii Fit" (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) and "MONSTER HUNTER PORTABLE 2nd Gh (CAPCOM CO., LTD.)

Games of the Year Division Award Winners

Awards Title Platform Company
Awards Wii Fit Wii Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Award for
Wii Fit Wii Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Super Mario Galaxy Wii Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Devil May Cry® 4 PS3/Xbox360/PC CAPCOM CO., LTD.
The Chapters of the Chosen
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon:
Explorers of Time / Explorers of Darkness
DS The Pokémon Company
Mario Party DS DS Nintendo Co.,Ltd.
Professor Layton and the Devilfs Box
itentative titlej
WORLD SOCCER Winning Eleven 2008 PS2/PS3/Xbox360 Konami Digital
Entertainment Co. Ltd.
Best Sales Award Wii Fit Wii Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Global Award
Japanese Product
Wii Play Wii Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Global Award
Foreign Product
Guitar Hero III Legends of  Rock PS2/PS3/
Special Award Call of@Duty4 Modern Warfare PS3/Xbox360/DS ACTIVISION Ltd.

The following abbreviations are used for the platforms.
@ Wii: Nintendo Wii, XB360: Xbox 360, DS: Nintendo DS and DS Lite, PC: Personal Computer,
@ PS3: PlayStation 3, PSP: PlayStation Portable

gWii Fith, one of the Grand Award winners, skillfully makes the most of the continually evolving special characteristics of game consoles and has greatly expanded the Wii user base by expanding the definition of games and their entertainment value. The Japan Game Awards selection committeefs high evaluation of these achievements resulted in the titlefs selection for the Grand Award

gMONSTER HUNTER PORTABLE 2nd Gh has further evolved from the earlier game which gave rise to an unprecedented hunting boom nationwide. gIfm addicted!h gI never get of tired of it!h This game has admirably responded to the expectations of a wide range of users and the overwhelming support that it has received led to its selection as a Grand Award winner.

uJapan Game Awardsv's official site F http://awards.cesa.or.jp/English

General Information

Japan Game Awards Office c/o CESA
Nishi-Shimbashi Annex 3F, 1-22-10 Nishi-Shimbashi,Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0003 Japan
Tel: +81-3- 3591 9151 Fax: +81-3- 3591 9152@Email: awards@cesa.or.jp


gWii Fith also won the Best Sales Award in addition to the Grand Award. The game recorded sales of 1.85 million units in the four-month period between December 2007, when it was first launched in Japan, and March 2008 of the target year. In the period up to the end of June 2008, total worldwide sales reached 5.27 million units.

gCall of Duty4 Modern Warfareh (Activision Ltd.) was selected for the Special Award, an award that is made at the discretion of the Japan Game Awards selection committee. The characteristics of the gCall of Duty4 Modern Warfareh game are the use of light and shade, and the realistic reproduction of the atmosphere of a battlefield. If they have Xbox LIVE, the multiplayer mode enables up to 18 players to participate in the war simultaneously. The high quality of this title as an FPS (first-person shooter) game earned it the Special Award.

Activision Ltd. has also won in the Global Award Foreign Product category with its gGuitar Hero III: Legends of Rockh title. This is the first time that two titles from an overseas software manufacturer have won awards simultaneously in the Japan Game Awardsf gGames of the Year Divisionh.

For further detailed information such as the reasons why the titles that received awards were selected, please visit the Japan Game Awards official website: URL http://awards.cesa.or.jp/.

CESA produces stickers that can be affixed to the packaging of games that have received awards and posters that show all the games that received awards, and then distributes these materials to stores that sell game software. The aim of these marketing tools is to increase public awareness of the Japan Game Awards as well as to help promote sales of the games that have won awards. Through the Japan Game Awards, it is our aim to communicate the enjoyment and wonder of computer entertainment to as many people as possible, and to contribute to the further development of the game industry.

Materials such as the Japan Game Awards logo and design data for the various awards are available for download at: URL: http://awards.cesa.or.jp/download.html


gAmateur Division h hFuture Division g of Japan Game Awards: 2008, To Be Awarded.

@In addition to the gGames of the Year Divisionh, award ceremonies for the gAmateur Divisionh, a category @for original games created by amateurs, and for the gFuture Divisionh, a category where members of the @general public cast votes for pre-release games presented and exhibited at the Tokyo Game Show 2008 @and the Japan Game Awards Selection Committee selects the final winners, will be held at the Tokyo Game @Show 2008 venue as follows:

@Amateur Division: Saturday, October 11, 11:30 to 12:30
@Future Division: Sunday, October 12, 12:30 to 13:30
@@@@@The press pass of "Tokyo Game Show 2008" is necessary for the coverage. Please present
@@@@@ the press pass at the event entrance.

Organizer:Computer Entertainment supplier's Association(CESA) / Supporting body:Ministry of Economy,Trade and Industry

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