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The 2009 Nintendo Power Awards were the 21st annual awards published in the March 2010 issue (Volume 252) after listing the nominees in Volume 250. The Readers' Choice Awards were now presented on a separate page from NP's Choice Awards with the percentages of the votes represented with a pie chart for each one.

This time around, there was more of a divide between the NP's pick awards and the Readers' Pick awards, as most of the former went to New Super Mario Bros. Wii and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, while most of the Readers' Pick awards went to Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. This is also the first time the Overall Game of the Year awards was given to a different game for each type of award.

Awards and Nominations NP's Pick Readers' Pick
Wii Game of the Year
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (NA)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (NA)
Nintendo DS Game of the Year
Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks (NA)
Kingdom Hearts 358-2 Days (NA)
WiiWare Game of the Year
Castlevania The Adventure ReBirth Icon
Final Fantasy IV The After Years
Best Music/Rhythm Game
Rhythm Heaven (NA)
The Beatles Rock Band (NA)
Best Sound/Voice Acting Silent Hill Shattered Memories (NA)
Kingdom Hearts 358-2 Days (NA)
Best Platformer
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (NA)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (NA)
DSiWare
Mario vs DK Minis March Again
Mario vs DK Minis March Again
Best Action Game
Madworld (NA)
Sonic and the Black Knight (NA)
Best Original Score
Suikorden Tierkreis
Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks (NA)
Best New Character
Morgan LeFlay
Morgan LeFlay
Xion
Xion
Best Strategy Game
Little Kings Story (NA)
ShadowDragon
Best Role-Playing Game Mario and Luigi Bowser's Inside Story (NA) Mario and Luigi Bowser's Inside Story (NA)
Best Sports Game
Wii Sports Resort (NA)
Wii Sports Resort (NA)
Best Wii Graphics
Muramasa Boxart
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles The Crystal Bearers (NA)
Best Nintendo DS Graphics
Kingdom Hearts 358-2 Days (NA)
Kingdom Hearts 358-2 Days (NA)
Best Puzzle Game
M&M Clash of Heroes
Scribblenauts (NA)
Best Multiplayer
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (NA)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (NA)
Best Shooter
Dead Space Extraction (NA)
Call of Duty Modern Warfare (Wii) (NA)
Best Adventure Game
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Readers' Pick)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (NP's Pick)
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
  • Tales of Monkey Island
Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks (NA)
Kingdom Hearts 358-2 Days (NA)
Overall Game of the Year
  • Art Style: Precipice
  • Contra Rebirth
  • Dragon Quest Wars
  • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Readers' Pick)
  • Klonoa
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • Little King's Story
  • LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
  • MadWorld
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again
  • Mighty Flip Champs!
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (NP's Pick)
  • NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
  • Punch-Out!!
  • Puzzle League Express
  • Rhythm Heaven
  • Scribblenauts
  • Tales of Monkey Island
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (NA) Kingdom Hearts 358-2 Days (NA)
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