The Google Play Awards 2018 nominees have been announced and two Nintendo-related properties have made the cut. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Pokémon GO have been revealed as finalists for the award and the winners will be

These are their respective groups: 

Pokémon GO – Best Community Building Game


Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp – Best Breakthrough Hit


Pokémon GO will be competing against the likes of Clash Royale, Episode, Lineage 2: Revolution, and PUBG Mobile while Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be pitted against Cooking Craze, Empires & Puzzles, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, and PUBG Mobile.

The inaugural Google Play Awards in 2016 saw Pokémon Shuffle Mobile win the award for Best Go Global, which is for an app that has great global appeal (as the name suggests) and was offered in various languages for accessibility.

With Mario Kart Tour already announced for smartphones and scheduled to release this fiscal year (April 2018 to March 2019), a rumored Zelda game in the works, and Nintendo’s intent on releasing two to three smartphone games a year, it is safe to say Nintendo will continue to vie for awards.

The Google Play Awards 2018 winners will be announced on May 7th.

Sergio Acevedo is a writer at Shigerunews and Miketendo64. You can also talk with him about Nintendo happenings on Twitter and listen to his Nintendo Podcast at the Force in Unison Gaming channel.

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