Nintendo Wii Receives Top Honors

Video game critics on Wednesday honored Nintendo's Wii console and Electronic Arts' upcoming "Spore" video game for bringing fresh ideas to the $28.5 billion industry that has been criticized for relying on films for inspiration and on game sequels for sales.

Critics crowned the Wii "Best of Show" after game enthusiasts at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) waited hours to get their hands on the Nintendo Co. Ltd. machine due later this year. They raved about how its new controller allowed them to play sports games like tennis and football much in the same way they are played in real life.

Wii also won for "Best Hardware" and Nintendo's "Wii Sports" title took home the prize for "Best Sports Game." EA's "Spore" -- last year's "Best of Show" winner -- won "Best Original Game," "Best PC Game" and "Best Simulation Game."

Other winners include Epic Games and Microsoft Game Studios' "Gears of War" and UbiSoft's "Assassin's Creed."

News source: Reuters

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