Final Fantasy IX big winner at PlayStation Awards 2001

The game swept the PlayStation user awards walking away with Best Graphics, Best Scenario, Best Character and Best Sound awards. The awards were based on a poll of PlayStation users nationwide in Japan. The game also won Square a Double Platinum award from SCEI for achieving sales of more than 2 million copies in the year.

Final Fantasy IX is the ninth installment of the long-selling role playing game, the next version of which will go on sale in Japan on July 19. The series has sold more than 31 million copies since it first went on sale.

The SCEI awards were based on sales during a 12 month period, the exact dates of which were not specified on Monday night, and were awarded to a total of 15 games during a show that included dancing girls and rock music.

The top award, the Quad Platinum award, went to Enix for its Dragon Quest 7 game, which sold more than 4 million copies in the year. Three games won Platinum awards for sales of more than a million copies: D3 Publisher's Simple 1500 series Mahjong; Capcom's Onimusha and SCEI's own Gran Turismo 3 A-spec.

Gold awards went to 11 games that sold more than 500,000 copies during the year: Takara's PS The Best For Family; Square's Final Fantasy Collection; Aruze's Pachi-Slot Oukoku 2 and Pachi-Slot Oukoku 4; Namco's Tekken Tag Tournament; Banpresto's Super Robot Wars Alpha and Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden; Square's End of the Century 1999 Baseball; Namco's Tales of Eternia; Square's Bouncer; and Capcom's Bio Hazard - Code Veronica.

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