The Game Awards has a wonderful category that celebrates the time and effort that goes into creating fan-made games – but two of the most popular fan release this year have just been struck out of the running.
Both projects were years in the making from groups of dedicated fans, and both were pulled by Nintendo – who are famously protective of their properties – within days of release.
Despite this, both games were up for ‘Best Fan Creation’ at The Game Awards 2016, alongside Skyrim mod Enderal: The Shards of Order and DOOM’s Brutal DOOM 64.
Unfortunately, NeoGAF posters noticed that Pokémon Uranium and Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R) had been quietly removed from the list of nominees – event organisers have yet to cite a reason.
While we can’t know for certain that Nintendo are responsible for these games being taken out of the running, it would certainly be the most logical explanation.
Obviously the Big N has every right to pull a project they didn’t approve if it bears their characters and trademarks, but to block any chance of major critical praise seems just a step too far.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.