Two fan games inspired by classic Nintendo titles have been pulled from this year’s The Games Awards, days after being included in an official press release as nominees.
Both Pokémon Uranium and AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) have been removed from the Best Fan Creation category, leaving only two options for fans to vote on: Brutal Doom 64, and Enderal: The Shards of Order.
Both Uranium and AM2R had generated significant fan interest throughout the year, but were ultimately discontinued due to Nintendo’s proactive approach to protecting its intellectual property.
Pokémon Uranium, which follows in the same style of the GameBoy classics and takes place in a new region known as Tandor, was discontinued in August after its developers were reportedly deterred by numerous Nintendo takedown notices, while AM2R’s creator received a ‘cease-and-desist’ DMCA notice from the company back in September.
Given that Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime sits on the awards’ advisory board, the fact that both games have been pulled is not particularly surprising – it does beg the question as to how they were allowed to be shortlisted in the first place, however.
Created by veteran gaming journalist Geoff Keighley following the dissolution of the Spike Video Game Awards, The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony set up to honour “outstanding artistic, technical and gameplay achievements” in the video game industry, and covers all forms of gaming – from mobile to consoles and PC.
This year, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Overwatch, Inside, Doom and Titanfall 2 are all up for the prestigious Game of the Year title, after being nominated by an official panel made up of popular gaming publications.
The Game Awards 2016 will be held on Thursday, December 1 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California.