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 Written by John Scalzo  on February 27, 2009

News: Braid leads the way with five nominations.



Microsoft has announced the nominees for the second annual Xbox Live Arcade Awards. Braid leads the way with nominations in five categories while Castle Crashers, Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2, Super Street Fighter II HD Remix and Portal: Still Alive came close with four nominations apiece.

The voting for this year's awards will begin on Tuesday, March 3 and will run for one week. Voting will also take place through a special Xbox Live application, which Microsoft has instructions for at Xbox.com.

The full list of nominees can be found below:

Best Overall Arcade Game
  • Braid
  • Castle Crashers
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Portal: Still Alive

    Best Original Game
  • Castle Crashers
  • N+
  • Braid
  • Penny Arcade Episode 1
  • Schizoid
  • Age of Booty



    Best Family Game
  • Boogie Bunnies
  • Roogoo
  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • Lost Cities
  • Meteos Wars

    Best Co-Operative Multiplayer Game
  • Castle Crashers
  • Schizoid
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed
  • N+
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2

    Best Competitive Multiplayer Game
  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
  • Soul Calibur
  • Meteos Wars
  • Age of Booty

    Best Solo Game
  • Braid
  • Mega Man 9
  • Penny Arcade Episode 1
  • Rez HD
  • Portal: Still Alive

    Best Innovation in XBLA
  • Braid (time travel)
  • A Kingdom for Keflings (use of Avatars)
  • Fable II Pub Games (retail game integration)
  • N+ (level sharing)
  • Duke Nukem 3D (dynamic replay)

    Best Graphics
  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
  • Braid
  • Castle Crashers
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed

    Best Classic/Remake Game
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed
  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Mega Man 9
  • Galaga Legions
  • Rez HD



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