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Japanese CESA Awards Nominees Announced
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The Japanese Computer Entertainment Software Association, or CESA, recently announced the nominees for its 5th Annual Entertainment Software Awards. All games released during the year 2000 were eligible for nomination, and the final entries for each category were chosen based upon both a popular vote and votes from the CESA members.

It is interesting to note the prevalence of RPGs among the nominees in nearly every category. This is a fairly severe change from even last year's awards, where only three titles in the genre were awarded. Final Fantasy VIII took the Best Movie Award, as well as an award for excellence, Legend of Mana won the award for Best Graphics, and Valkyrie Profilea took the Best Scenario Award. It will be interesting to see which of the many exceptional RPG titles released last year are singled out for the awards.

A complete listing of the nominees for the CESA Awards is can be found below. RPGamer will keep you informed of the winners when they are announced and awarded at the ceremony, which will take place on March 29 in Tokyo.

Grand Award Nominees:
  Dragon Quest VII
  Final Fantasy IX
  Kokido Genso Gunparade March
  The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  Phantasy Star Online

Best New Wave Award Nominees:
  Koro-Koro Kirby
  My Summer Vacation
  Phantasy Star Online

Foreign Game Award Nominees:
  Age of Empires II
  Diablo 2
  Tomb Raider IV

Game Design Award Nominees:
  Dragon Quest VII
  Fushigi no Dungeon Furai no Shiren 2
  The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  Mr. Driller
  Phantasy Star Online

Programming Award Nominees:
  Dead or Alive 2
  Dragon Quest VII
  Phantasy Star Online
  Ridge Racer V
  Shin Sangoku-Muso

Graphics Award Nominees:
  The Bouncer
  Final Fantasy IX
  Geki-Kukan Pro-Baseball
  Jet Set Radio
  Vagrant Story

Package Design Award Nominees:
  Vagrant Story
  Jet Set Radio
  Mr. Driller
  My Summer Vacation
  Seven

Character Award Nominees:
  Pikachu - Pokémon Crystal
  Hori Susumu - Mr. Driller
  Kirby - Kirby 64
  Kitty Toro - Konekomo Issho
  Vivi - Final Fantasy IX

Scenario Award Nominees:
  Dragon Quest VII
  The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  Tales of Eternia
  Final Fantasy IX
  Vagrant Story

Sound Award Nominees:
  Crazy Taxi
  Dragon Quest VII
  Final Fantasy IX
  Ridge Racer V
  Samba De Amigo


by Matthew Wanlin
Sources: [CESA]
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