In case you missed it, and as if we needed more to focus on during the holiday season, the Game Awards 2017 happened last night, and Nintendo was at the forefront of this year’s event.
For the 4th straight year, the gathering took place in Los Angeles and focused on games across 24 different award categories, such as Game Direction, Narrative, Audio Design, and Games for Impact (my personal favorite category), along with plenty others including the coveted Game of the Year.
Speaking of, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took home that title this year. It wasn’t the only win for them, however.
Nintendo, being the great gaming giant they are, took home a grand total of six of the awards, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Best Game Direction and Best Action/Adventure Game; Metroid: Samus Returns for Best Handheld Game (it should be known that Nintendo held all entrants for this category, a win in of itself); Super Mario Odyssey for Best Family Game; and lastly Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for Best Strategy Game.
For those curious for a little background on the event, such as how games are chosen, who gets to vote, etc., much of those questions can be answered here, on The Game Awards site. The Game Awards also utilizes a fan vote to make up 10% of the scoring, which means that voters definitely enjoyed their Nintendo franchises this year.
Of course, the event wasn’t without it’s own surprises: Bayonetta 3 was announced as a Switch exclusive, along with the release of the first two games for the Switch as well. Oh and that Zelda game? The long-awaited DLC, The Champions’ Ballad, was released the same night.
We were delighted to see Nintendo get some well-deserved recognition on their achievements this year. How do you feel Nintendo did at this year’s show? Let us know in the comments below.
Caleb has been a gamer and Nintendo fan since picking up Pokémon Red for his Game Boy back in 1998, at the wee age of 4. He’s an avid Pokémon TCG collector, and is currently enjoying Breath of the Wild on Switch, along with PUBG on Xbox. He’s a fan of the outdoors when not writing, while also being an avid runner and world traveler. Give him a shout if you’re a fan of Arsenal FC.
Plays: Switch, 3DS, Xbox One, Pokémon TCG, and Various Board Games.