Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

It's been two weeks since E3 2017 wrapped up and shut its doors, and now the official awards and lists are rolling out for various games. The official Game Critics Awards compiled a list of games that were nominated during their display at this year's event, and a lot of those nominationss went to Mario, the Rabbids... and more Mario.

The complete list of the awards are detailed over on the Game Critics Awards website, where there's a breakdown of all the games that were nominated and won for this year's E3. The judging took place across 38 judging publications and featured 58 products in the nominee categories. In order to be eligible the game had to be on display at E3 and offer at least five full minutes of interactive gameplay. A long list of games didn't make the cut, but several notable titles did make the cut... several times.

The games with the most nominations were Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Each of those games managed four nominations across multiple categories, while Assasin's Creed: Origins, Destiny 2 and Super Mario Odyssey managed to cinch three nominations.

The one thing that might shock most of you is that despite being the most viewed game of E3, Star Wars: Battlefront II only managed two nominations.

As for the categories that Super Mario Odyssey and Mario + Raving Rabbids: Kingdom Battle snugly fit into, they include Best Original Game, Best of Show, Best Strategy Game and Best Console Game for Mario + Raving Rabbids. Super Mario Odyssey was also nominated for Best of Show, Best Console Game, and Best Action/Adventure Game.

I'm surprised at how many awards Mario + Rabbids managed to walk away with. The game looked okay during the demonstrations but not so much that I would have figured it would have been nominated across four categories. A lot of gamers have compared it to Firaxis' take on the popular XCOM series. Players will control their squad of Mario and the other Rabbids and Mushroom Kingdom heroes in a variety of tactical role-playing battles.

The real hook for the game is that it's set within the magical Mushroom Kingdom and spread across a number of biomes based on Nintendo's popular Super Mario series. However, the actual gameplay is a role-playing tactical shooter game where players will utilize cover, team up to take down evil rabbids, and use those giant hand blasters to blow up the enemy.

The Nintendo Switch exclusive garnered tons of attention when it was officially unveiled during Ubisoft's E3 press conference. It was a long-rumored title that was reported on across various outlets before the official unveiling, so it was slightly less surprising than what it should have been, but media outlets still ate up the bizarre crossover between Ubisoft's Rabbids and Nintendo's Mario.

As for Super Mario Odyssey taking several nominations... it's completely unsurprising. It's an ambitious sandbox game that really pushes the Nintendo Switch's hardware to new heights.

Anyone willing to take bets on whether or not Mario + Rabbids and Super Mario Odyssey walk away with at least one award each? Seems hard for them not to.

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