Famitsu Unleashes Their 2006 Video Game Awards

Japanese gaming publication Famitsu revealed their 2006 video game awards in their latest issue.

The Game of the Year awards went to both Nintendo’s Pokemon Diamond/Pearl for the DS and Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy XII for the PlayStation 2. Blue Dragon, Microsoft’s biggest foray into the Japanese RPG market, received the Rookie Award, while the “Rearranged” Award went to New Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo was given a number of other awards, including the High Performance Award for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and the Innovation Award to Wii Sports. On top of receiving the Game of the Year Award, Pokemon Diamond/Pearl was honored with the Best Hit Award. Nintendo received Game Company of the Year award and Mario was christened with Game Character of the Year.

Obtaining the Dramatic Award, Yakuza 2 (Ryu Ga Gotoku 2 in Japan) took the prize while Capcom got recognized for Game Design Award with Okami for the PlayStation 2. Monster Hunter Portable 2 grabbed the Multiplayer Action Award while the overall Portable Award went to Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops.

Capcom’s Dead Rising received the Impact Award and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 was hailed as the best RPG of the year. Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series as well as Blue Dragon, went home with the recognition of being the Most Valuable Person for 2006.