Canadian New Media Awards Finalist Profiles: Excellence in Gaming

The Canadian New Media Awards take place November 18, 2008, as part of the nextMEDIA conference. In the lead up to this event, I’m going to profile the categories and finalists, one per day.

First up, the category of Excellence in Gaming. The three finalists are:

Mario Strikers Charged is a fast-paced, arcade soccer game for the Nintendo Wii. It was released last summer to favorable reviews (79 on Metacritic). The game makes use of the Wii’s unique controller, and was one of the first Wii games to support online multiplayer. Strikers was developed by Vancouver’s Next Level Games, a full service independent game studio. They have also received a nomination in the Excellence in Children’s category for Spiderman: Friend or Foe.

The Urban Vermin Adventure is an online flash game/site designed in support of the YTV children’s show Urban Vermin. The game also provides episode and character information, and activites and downloads. The game was designed by Toronto’s Decode Entertainment, who also produces the show. They are also working on a version of the game for Nintendo DS.

Mystery at Mansfield Manor is an online murder mystery movie game. Filmed in Canada with live actors, the player takes the role of the detective and must solve a murder with the story and clues provided through video. Mystery is produced by SR Entertainment of Toronto.