Nominees for The Game Awards 2016 have been revealed and the list is largely unsurprising. Doom, Inside, Overwatch, Titanfall 2, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End are all contenders for the coveted Game of the Year award with Uncharted being the favorite to win with nominations in several other categories. However, NeoGAF users noticed a small change since the initial reveal of the nominees to today: Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R) and Pokémon Uranium have both been removed from The Game Awards' Best Fan Creation category (you can see both on the original list of nominees on Polygon). If you visit The Game Awards site right now you will only see Brutal Doom 64 and Enderal: The Shards of Order to competing for the accolade of this year's best fan creation.
Things are a bit murky regarding the specifics. Nintendo has declined to comment specifically, directing all inquiry on the matter back to The Game Awards who have remained silent on the issue. Nintendo has been heavily involved in The Game Awards in the past and Nintendo of America's president, Reggie Fils-Aime holds a seat on the advisory board for the event. Given Nintendo's history of near hostility toward fan-created works based on their properties, it isn't surprising to see the two projects removed from consideration.
Earlier this year, AM2R was taken down by Nintendo after briefly enjoying post-release praise and was quickly followed up by the take down notice sent to the creators of Pokémon Uranium. Both games officially released which means that copies of both can still be found floating around the wild corners of the internet. That continued availability doesn't extend to cases like the attempt made to preserve over 150 issues of the out-of-print Nintendo Power magazine on the Internet Archive, which Nintendo rapidly opposed with a cease and desist, or the fan-created tech demo of the first world of Mario 64 made in the latest version of Unity. Nintendo even heavily controls Let's Plays with a revenue share plan that either takes 100% or 30% of ad revenue from videos featuring their games.
Overall, this is a disappointing move from The Game Awards, especially after Geoff Keighley stood up for game creator Hideo Kojima during the 2015 show, but it is hardly surprising.