BEST OF THE BEST: Part 19 (11/13)

And here we go. The final piece of the 19 part feature. Below the cut is a list of the 4 GOTY winners we’ve had since our Game division started doing awards back in 2003. You’ll also get a crazy amount of statistics, ranging from what month of the year has the most award winners to a breakdown of how many awards each publisher and developer one. Statistic City Baby!

40. GAME OF THE YEAR
Award Winner in 2003: Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
Publisher: Atlus USA
Developer: Nippon Ichi
Release Date: 08/27/2003
Genre: Strategy RPG
System Released On: PS2

Award Winner in 2004: Katamari Damacy
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco
Release Date: 09/21/2004
Genre: Puzzle
System Released On: PS2

Award Winner in 2005: Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 1
Publisher: Atlus USA
Developer: Atlus Japan
Release Date: 04/05/2005
Genre: Turn Based RPG
System Released On: PS2

Award Winner in 2006: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 11/19/2006
Genre: Action
System Released On: Nintendo Wii

There’s not much more that needs to be said here. We’ve covered all these games repeatedly. PS2 has dominated up until last year, but with two of the potential nominees for this year being on the venerable Sony platform, it may grab the brass ring one last time before being put to rest.

2007 GOTY Potential Nominees: Persona 3, Odin Sphere, Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, LoZ: Phantom Hourglass, Super Mario Galaxy.

Now, let’s look at some stats.

Awards Won By Month

January: 3
February: 2
March: 4
April: 10
May: 2
June: 4
July: 1
August: 13
September: 17
October: 9
November: 32
December: 4

November has always been a crazy month for gaming. Even this year we have things like Super Mario Galaxy, Silent Hill Origins, Sonic vs Mario, Smackdown vs. Raw 2008, a new Resident Evil, a new Raving Rabbids, and so much more. Nov-Dec are the busy purchasing months for most people in North America, so it makes sense publishers hold their best stuff until this time of year.

Awards Won By System

Multi Console: 15
Nintendo DS: 10
Nintendo Game Boy Advance: 7
Nintendo Game Cube: 14
Nintendo Wii: 9
PC: 4
PS2: 27
PS3: 1
PSP: 3
Xbox: 7
Xbox 360: 4

Go Sony! As much as I loathe them as a corporation, it can’t be denied that they have dominated in the awards over the years. I was a bit shocked by how many awards the GCN won, and how little the Xbox acquired.

Awards Won By Publisher

2K Games: 2
Activision: 5
Atari: 2
Atlus USA: 14
Capcom: 5
Electronic Arts: 2
Got Game:2
Interplay: 1
King Games: 1
Konami: 4
Majesco: 3
Microsoft Games Studio: 3
Midway: 1
Namco: 6
Natsume: 1
Nintendo: 31
Nippon Ichi: 1
Rockstar Games: 1
SCEA: 2
Sega: 7
SNK Playmore: 2
THQ: 1
Ubisoft: 2
Vivendi Games: 1
VU Games: 1

Atlus and Nintendo are the two big winners here. No surprise. Sega coming in third was a bit out of left field, as we’ve been so hard on them recently.

Awards Won By Developer

Ambrella: 1
Amusement Vision: 2
Arc Developments: 1
Artoon: 2
Atlus Japan: 7
Bethesda: 2
Bizarre Creations: 1
Black Isle Studios: 1
Blitz Games: 1
Bungie: 2
Capcom: 2
Chunsoft: 2
Clover Studios: 3
Critierion Games: 1
Day 1 Studios: 1
Double Fine Productions: 2
Empire Oxford: 1
Game Freak: 1
Genius Sonority: 1
HAL Labs: 1
Harmonix: 1
Hudson Soft: 2
Infinity Ward: 1
Inis: 2
Insomniac Games: 2
Intelligent Systems: 2
Konami: 3
Monster Games: 1
Namco: 6
Neversoft Entertainment: 2
Nintendo: 11
Nippon Ichi: 5
Punchline: 1
Shirogumi: 1
Q Entertainment: 2
Radical Entertainment: 1
Raven Software: 1
Retro Studios: 2
Rockstar North: 1
SCEI: 1
Sega: 1
Sega-AM2: 1
Shadow Tor: 2
Skip Ltd: 1
Smilebit: 1
SNK Playmore: 2
Sonic Team: 1
Surreal Software: 1
Treasure: 2
Turbine: 1
Valve Software: 1
Visual Concepts: 2
Wayforward: 2
Yukes: 1

And that’s it. 47 pages later, the feature is done. Hopefully you had a good time with this, and are looking forward to the 2007 Gaming Awards.