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Golden Joysticks finalists announced

Thousands of online votes from gamers have been counted, and the list of games released between August 1st last year and July 31st have been distilled into shortlists in 16 categories. Handheld games and consoles took an early lead in the polls, with Mario Kart DS appearing in six categories, while Nintendo is currently in the lead for Publisher of the Year. Guitar Hero and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories are looking strong in the Soundtrack Award category, while Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the current favourite for the prestigious Ultimate Game of the Year prize, and Game is in pole position for Retailer of the Year.

Voting is still taking place however, and all could change in the run-up to the ceremony – which will be held at London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel on Friday October 27th.

The finalists:

Favourite Character Award
−    Mario (Mario Bros.)
−    Agent 47 (Hitman: Blood Money)
−    Lara Croft
−    Alyx Vance (Half-Life: Episode 1)
−    Prince of Persia (Prince of Persia The Two Thrones)

Girls Choice Award
−    Nintendogs
−    Animal Crossing: Wild World
−    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Special Edition
−    50 Cent: Bulletproof
−    Evil Dead Regeneration
−    Super Princess Peach
−    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend
−    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
−    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
−    Mario Kart DS

Handheld Game of the Year
−    Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
−    Mario Kart DS
−    Animal Crossing: Wild World
−    New Super Mario Bros.
−    Metroid Prime: Hunters
−    Nintendogs
−    Advance Wars: Dual Strike
−    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
−    Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
−    LocoRoco

Innovation Award in association with T3 magazine
−    Xbox Live Marketplace
−    Nintendo Wi-Fi Connect
−    Nintendo DS Lite
−    Guitar Hero
−    Prof. Kawashima's Brain Training: How old is your brain?
−    Nintendogs
−    The Movies
−    We Love Katamari
−    Animal Crossing: Wild World
−    Buzz!: The BIG Quiz

The Sun's Family Game Award in association with The Sun and The Sun Online
−    Nintendogs
−    Kameo: Elements of Power
−    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
−    Shadow the Hedgehog
−    Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
−    Super Princess Peach
−    Kirby: Power Paintbrush
−    Super Monkey Ball Touch and Roll
−    Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
−    SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, PANTS!

Nuts All-Nighter Award in association with Nuts magazine
−    Mario Kart DS
−    Metroid Prime: Hunters
−    Pro Evolution Soccer 5
−    Call of Duty 2
−    Animal Crossing: Wild World
−    Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
−    Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
−    Project Gotham Racing 3
−    Buzz!: The BIG Quiz
−    Far Cry Instincts Predator

Nintendo Game of the Year
−    Mario Kart DS
−    Animal Crossing: Wild World
−    New Super Mario Bros.
−    Metroid Prime: Hunters
−    Nintendogs
−    Gun
−    Advance Wars: Dual Strike
−    Chibi-Robo!
−    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
−    LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
−    Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
−    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
−    2006 FIFA World Cup
−    Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
−    Fire Emblem: Path of RAdiance

One to Watch 2007
−    Nintendo Wii
−    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
−    Halo 3
−    Grand Theft Auto IV
−    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
−    PlayStation 3
−    Super Smash Bros. Brawl
−    Resident Evil 5
−    Gears of War
−    Spore
−    Final Fantasy XII
−    Crysis
−    Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
−    World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
−    Super Mario Galaxy

Online Game of the Year
−    Mario Kart DS
−    Call of Duty 2
−    Animal Crossing: Wild World
−    Metroid Prime: Hunters
−    Project Gotham Racing 3
−    Age of Empires III
−    Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis
−    Final Fantasy XI Treasures of Aht Urhgan
−    Perfect Dark Zero
−    Quake IV

PC Game of the Year in association with ebuyer.com
−    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
−    Half-Life 2: Episode One
−    F.E.A.R.
−    Call of Duty 2
−    Age of Empires III
−    Football Manager 2006
−    Civilization IV
−    Fable: The Lost Chapters
−    The Movies
−    Black & White 2
−    Guild Wars Factions
−    Battlefield 2: Special Forces
−    The Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth II
−    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend
−    Hitman: Blood Money
−    The Sims 2 Nightlife

Playstation Game of the Year
−    Shadow of the Colossus
−    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Special Edition
−    Resident Evil 4
−    Guitar Hero
−    Pro Evolution Soccer 5
−    Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
−    Hitman: Blood Money
−    Black
−    50 Cent: Bulletproof
−    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend
−    Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King
−    Burnout: Revenge
−    WWE Smackdown! Vs. RAW 2006
−    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
−    Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

Publisher of the Year in association with Sonopress
−    Nintendo
−    Rockstar
−    EA Games
−    Ubisoft
−    Microsoft Game Studios
−    Capcom
−    Konami
−    Square Enix
−    Activision
−    Sony Computer Entertainment
−    Sega
−    Eidos
−    Vivendi
−    THQ
−    Atari
−    NCSoft
−    Take Two

Retailer of the Year in association with Sierra
−    GAME
−    Play.com
−    Gameplay.com
−    Gamestation
−    Amazon.co.uk
−    HMV
−    Gameseek
−    Virgin

Soundtrack of the Year
−    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
−    Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
−    Guitar Hero
−    Need For Speed Most Wanted
−    Shadow of the Colossus
−    Sonic Rush
−    Call of Duty 2
−    Hitman: Blood Money
−    50 Cent: Bulletproof
−    Phoenix Wright

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