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The 2005 Nintendo Power Awards were the 18th annual awards published in the May 2006 issue (Volume 203) after listing the nominees in Volume 201,

For these awards, Nintendo Power decided to come up with a new way of awarding each game for each award: Each category would have two kinds of awards: The Readers' Pick, and the NP Crew's pick. This was also the first awards to do away with Online Only awards. Of course, most of the awards of both types went unsurprisingly to Resident Evil 4. The Legend of Zelda: The MInish Cap was just as favored by the handheld awards.

Award and Nomination NP's Pick Winner Readers' Pick Winner
Nintendo GameCube Game of the Year Resident Evil 4 (GC) (NA) Resident Evil 4 (GC) (NA)
Nintendo DS Game of the Year
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow (NA)
Mario Kart DS (NA)
Game Boy Advance Game of the Year
Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap (NA)
Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap (NA)
Best Graphics (GameCube)
  • Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat
  • Killer7
  • Peter Jackson's King Kong
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Resident Evil 4 (NP's Pick) (Readers' Pick)
  • Spartan: Total Warrior
Resident Evil 4 (GC) (NA)
Resident Evil 4 (GC) (NA)
Best Graphics (Handhelds)
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (NP's Pick)
  • Gunstar Super Heroes
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Mario Kart DS (Readers' Pick)
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
  • Tony Hawk's American Sk8land (DS)
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow (NA)
Mario Kart DS (NA)
Best Music
  • Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  • Final Fantasy IV Advance
  • Meteos (NP's Pick)
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (Readers' Pick)
Meteos (NA)
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (NA)
Best Sound/Voice Acting
Resident Evil 4 (GC) (NA)
Resident Evil 4 (GC) (NA)
Best RPG/Strategy Game
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike
  • Final Fantasy IV Advance
  • Fire Emblem: Path Radiance (NP's Pick)
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (Readers' Pick)
  • Pokemon Emerald
Fire Emblem Path of Radiance (NA) Mario & Luigi - Partners in Time (NA)
Best Adventure Game
  • Castlevania; Dawn of Sorrow
  • Killer7
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Readers; Pick)
  • Peter Jackson's King Kong
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Resident Evil 4 (NP's Pick)
Resident Evil 4 (GC) (NA)
Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap (NA)
Best Platformer Sonic Rush (NA) Shadow the Hedgehog (NA)
Best Shooter/Action Game
GunstarSuperHeroes
Star Fox Assault (NA)
Best Sports/Racing Game
  • Fight Night Round 2
  • Madden NFL 06
  • Mario Kart DS (NP's Pick) (Readers' Pick)
  • MVP Baseball 2005
  • Super Mario Strikers
  • Mario Superstar Baseball
Mario Kart DS (NA)
Mario Kart DS (NA)
Best New Concept
Trauma Center Under the Knife (NA)
Nintendogs Labrador and Friends (NA)
Best Multiplayer
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World
  • Karaoke Revolution Party
  • Madden NFL 06
  • Mario Kart DS (NP's Pick) (Readers' Pick)
  • Metos
  • Super Mario Strikers
Mario Kart DS (NA)
Mario Kart DS (NA)
Best New Character
HarmanSmith
TMC Ezlo Artwork
Best Story/Writing
  • Final Fantasy IV Advance
  • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (NP's Pick)
  • Killer7
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (Readers' Pick)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Resident Evil 4
Fire Emblem Path of Radiance (NA)
Mario & Luigi - Partners in Time (NA)
Game of the Year
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
  • Final Fantasy IV Advance
  • Gunstar Super Heroes
  • Killer7
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
  • Mario Superstar Baseball
  • Metos
  • MVP Baseball 2005
  • Nintendogs
  • Peter Jackson's King Kong (GCN)
  • Pokemon Emerald
  • Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Resident Evil 4 (NP's Pick) (Readers' Pick)
  • Sonic Rush
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
  • Trauma Center: Under the Knife
  • WarioWare: Twisted!
Resident Evil 4 (GC) (NA) Resident Evil 4 (GC) (NA)

Total number of nominations

The following lists the number of nominations for each game.

  1. Resident Evil 4 - 6 Nominees
  2. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance - 6 Nominees
  3. Killer7 - 7 Nominees
  4. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time - 6 Nominees
  5. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - 5 Nominees
  6. Mario Kart DS - 5 Nominees

Resident Evil 4 - 9 Awards

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - 4 Awards
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