Japanese Creators Take Home Fewest E3 Awards In 11 Years

Earlier today I wrote a post noting how few Japanese-created games and pieces of hardware were nominated for E3 Game Critics Awards this year.

I suggested that, once the winners were announced, Japanese creators might wind up with fewer awards from E3 2008 than from any previous E3.

That’s just what happened.

Among the 15 winners announced today only one work from Japan — Best Fighting game “Street Fighter IV” — took a top slot. Japanese efforts in the handheld and hardware categories fell short, as did multiple nominee “Resident Evil 5.” The awards are determined by tabulating two rounds of votes from 36 game reporters (myself included) who nominate all the titles in contention. I had voted for three Japanese-made works, “Rhythm Heaven” for Best Handheld, “Street Fighter IV” for Best Fighting, and Wii MotionPlus for Best Hardware.

A commenter this morning criticized my original post, saying, accurately, that E3 is an American-run show. Regardless, the numbers are real and a four year decline in awards for Japanese-made product at E3 continues. In the 11 years of Game Critics Awards have been issued, this year’s total is Japan’s lowest.

I do believe this says something about the games made in Japan, the nature of games shown to Americans and, well… what do you think?

(Full Game Critics Awards winners listed after the jump)

Game Critics Awards – Best of E3 2008

Best of Show
Fallout 3
(Bethesda Softworks for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Best Original Game
Mirror’s Edge
(DICE/Electronic Arts for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 36)

Best Console Game
LittleBigPlanet
(Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 3)

Best PC Game
Spore
(Maxis/EA)

Best Handheld Game
Resistance: Retribution
(Bend Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment for PSP)

Best Hardware/Peripheral
Rock Band 2 Ion “Drum Rocker” Set
(ION Audio/MTV Games for Xbox 360)

Best Action Game
Gears of War 2
(Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360)

Best Action/Adventure Game
Dead Space
(EA Redwood Shores/EA for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Best Role Playing Game
Fallout 3
(Bethesda Softworks for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Best Racing Game
Pure
(Black Rock/Disney Interactive Studios for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Best Sports Game
Madden NFL 09
(Tiburon/EA for All Systems)

Best Fighting Game
Street Fighter IV
(Capcom for Arcade)

Best Strategy Game
Tom Clancy’s EndWar
(Ubisoft Shanghai/Ubisoft for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Best Social/Casual/Puzzle
LittleBigPlanet
(Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 3)

Best Online Multiplayer
Left 4 Dead
(Valve/EAP for PC, Xbox 360)