Scribblenauts, the inventive DS puzzle game released in the west in 2009, has won the Game Designers Award at the Tokyo Game Show's Japan Game Awards.
The 5th Cell-developed title, released in Japan in January by Konami, was selected by a panel of 12 of Japan's leading designers, including Fumito Ueda, Hideki Kamiya, Shinji Mikami and Masahiro Sakurai. Scribblenauts becomes the second game to win the award, following Heavy Rain's victory last year.
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd won the Game Of The Year award, no surprise given the game's huge success in Japan and the award being decided by public vote. Rockstar's western epic Red Dead Redemption won the Special Award, and Pokémon Black and White took both the Best Sales Award and the Global Award for a Japanese product. The Global Award for a foreign product went to Call Of Duty: Black Ops.
A further 11 games were given Awards For Excellence: Wii Party; Falcom's PSP title Legend Of Heroes Zero No Kiseki; Atlus' erotic thriller Catherine; Gran Turismo 5; Super Mario Galaxy 2; Xenoblade Chronicles; Donkey Kong Country Returns; the DS release of Level-5's Ni No Kuni, which is due for PS3 in November; Pokémon Black and White; Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker; and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.
The Japan Game Awards have taken place every year since 1996, operating until 2006 under the name CESA [Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association] Game Awards. They are organised by the Japanese Ministry Of Economy, Trade And Industry to promote the nation's videogame industry.