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Nintendo 3DS, 'Rage' among Best of E3 nominees

The Nintendo 3DS is a hand-held console that displays 3-D images without the use of special glasses.
The Nintendo 3DS is a hand-held console that displays 3-D images without the use of special glasses.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Nintendo 3DS beats out Kinect, Move for top nomination
  • Games in the top category cross all platforms
  • Winners will be announced on July 6
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(CNN) -- Nintendo's jump into 3-D gaming and "Rage," a game that combines racing with first-person shooting, topped the list of nominees in "The Best of E3 2010."

The list of Game Critics Award nominations, released Tuesday, features five mentions for "Rage" (id Software/Bethesda), a new game franchise, and 15 nominations for game publisher Electronic Arts.

The nominations are drawn from game and hardware presentations made at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles, California, in early June. The judges represent 31 different gaming publications.

See complete coverage of the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

In the "Best of Show" category, one new gaming console garnered a nomination along with four game titles. The Nintendo 3DS, a hand-held console that displays 3-D images without the use of special glasses, beat out new motion-controllers from Microsoft (Kinect) and Sony (Move).

Neither of those controllers, designed to compete against Nintendo's Wii console, were nominated in the top category.

The four games in the top category cross all platforms.

-- "Dance Central" (Harmonix/MTV Games) is a dance video game exclusive to the Kinect/Xbox 360.

-- "Disney's Epic Mickey" (JunctionPoint/Disney Interactive Studios) will be available on the Wii and features the classic Disney icon in a cartoon land gone wrong.

-- "Portal 2" (Valve) drew cheers at E3 when it was announced. It returns players to the labs of Apature Science and the company of the soft-spoken, but homicidal computer, GLaDOS.

-- "Rage" rounds out the group that received "Best of Show" nods.

Both "Portal 2" and "Rage" will be released for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. "Portal 2" will also be available for Mac.

Awards will be announced on July 6. A full list of all 2010 nominations can be found here.

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