BEST OF THE BEST: Part 4 (10/23)

Today we’re start going back to 2004 as we look at awards that have had three winners or more. The two sets of awards we’re looking at today are ones that are more fun when you play them with friends.

12. Best Party Game
Award Winner in 2004: Mario Party 6
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Hudson Soft
Release Date: 12/06/2004
System Released On: Nintendo Game Cube

Award Winner in 2005: Mario Party 7
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Hudson Soft
Release Date: 11/07/2005
System Released On: Nintendo Game Cube

Award Winner in 2006: Wii Sports
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 11/19/2006
System Released On: Nintendo Wii

Nintendo’s multiplayer franchises have dominated this award since its inception. With Mario Party 8 having been released in May of this year, it’s probably got a strong chance to give the franchise its third victory here. I’ll admit I own the game, but just picked it up during the recent Toys R Us, “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” sale, so as usual, this will probably be determined by staffers other than me.

If you’re looking for reviews, Matt Yeager reviewed Mario Party 6, Tom N. reviewed Mario Party 7, and Tom Pandich reviewed Wii Sports.

Out of all of these games, I’ve only played Wii Sports and I love it. If only because I can have Brock from Pokemon beating the crap out of Virgil from the Cruxshadows. Rogue! I MEAN ROGUE!.

13. Best Rhythm Game
Award Winner in 2004: Donky Konga
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Namco
Release Date: 09/27/2004
System Released On: Nintendo Game Cube

Award Winner in 2005: Guitar Hero
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Harmonix
Release Date: 11/07/2005
System Released On: Sony Playstation 2

Award Winner in 2006: Elite Beat Agents
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Inis
Release Date: 11/06/2006
System Released On: Nintendo DS

Elite Beat Agents makes its second appearance on the list, and yet I’ve never played it. This was Tom Pandich’s baby last year and he got a lot of people to play and love this game.

Rhythm games have never been my thing, but here in 2007, I’ve really been getting into them. I’ve played a lot of Guitar Hero 2 on the Xbox 360, and DDR: Hottest Party on the Wii. They’re fun, but it’s just not a genre I excel at, which is odd considering all the 2-D shooters I play.

If you’d like to read the thoughts of yesteryear, Alex Williams wrote the original review of Donkey Konga, our lord and master Widro wrote the review of Gutar Hero, and as you’ve seen earlier, Tom Pandich wrote the review for EBA.

Remember to vote in your forums for which of these award winners you think is the best of the best. I’ll be back tomorrow with a look at another two awards!