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The 2008 Nintendo Power Awards were the 20th annual awards published in the March 2009 issue (Volume 239).  Most of the awards in this category went almost unanimously to Super Smash Bros Brawl. Even more notable, however, is that this was the first Nintendo Power Awards to acknowledge and even outright nominate downloadable games due to the addition of WiiWare, due to all the games released for it being a new and original game as opposed to the Virtual Console containing games released for older platforms.  

Awards and Nominations NP's Pick Readers' Pick
Wii Game of the Year Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA)
Nintendo DS Game of the Year The World Ends with You (NA) Kirby Super Star Ultra (NA)
WiiWare Game of the Year
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Best Wii Graphics: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA)
Best DS Graphics: Castlevania Order of Ecclesia (NA) The World Ends with You (NA)
Best Original Score: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA)
Best Sound/Voice Acting
No More Heroes (NA)
Best Music/Rhythm Game
Best Adventure Game
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
  • No More Heroes (NP's Pick)
  • Okami (Readers' Pick)
  • Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People
No More Heroes (NA)
Okami (NA)
Best RPG The World Ends with You (NA) The World Ends with You (NA)
Best Shooter/Action Game
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Best Sports Game:
SuperSluggers
Best Racing Game:
Mario Kart Wii (NA)
Mario Kart Wii (NA)
Best Platformer
Kirby Super Star Ultra (NA)
Kirby Super Star Ultra (NA)
Best Puzzle Game:
Professor Layton and the Curious Village (NA)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village (NA)
Best Alternative Game
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk (Readers' Pick)
  • Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2
  • Wii Fit (NP's Pick)
Wii Fit (NA)
Animal Crossing City Folk (NA)
Best New Character
Travis touchdown
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Best Multiplayer
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA)
Best Story/Writing
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
  • No More Heroes
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Robocalypse
  • The World Ends With You (NP + Readers' Pick)
The World Ends with You (NA)
The World Ends with You (NA)
Best Online Functionality:
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk
  • Bomberman Blast
  • Guitar Hero World Tour
  • Madden NFL 09 All-Play
  • Mario Kart Wii (NP + Readers' Pick)
  • Rock Band 2
Mario Kart Wii (NA)
Mario Kart Wii (NA)
Best Fighting Game:
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA)
Overall Game of the Year
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • LostWinds
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Mega Man 9
  • No More Heroes
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Rock Band 2
  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NP + Readers' Pick)
  • Tetris Party
  • The World Ends With You
  • World of Goo
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 12 Awards

The World Ends With You - 6 Awards

The Awards presented a table of past Game of the Year winners from 1988 to 2007.

The Awards also presented four Special Staff Awards:

Special Staff Awards and Winner
'The Chris Slate "Good Samaritan" Award:'Wario Land: Shake It!
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'The Chris Hoffman "Retro Revival" Award:'Chrono Trigger
'The Justin Cheng "My Brain Hurts" Award:'Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Professor Layton and the Curious Village (NA)
'The Steve Thomason "Living Longer" Award:'Wii Fit
Wii Fit (NA)
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