The Game of the Year is a highly coveted title, with dozens of games lobbying for the spot in multiple awards shows even prior to release. At the 21st DICE Awards in Las Vegas, 2017’s lucky winner was Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
This decision likely won’t be a shock to many, as Breath of the Wild was one of the consistently best reviewed games of the year, instrumental even in the success of the Nintendo Switch on which it launched. Currently holding a 97 on Metacritic from over 100 reviewers, the game was undoubtedly the favorite of many critics and audiences alike during the year, making both the nomination and win unsurprising.
In total, Breath of the Wild won four awards during the show: Game of the Year, Adventure Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction. Aside from Zelda, though, Nintendo cleaned house in multiple other categories, with Metroid: Samus Returns, Fire Emblem Heroes, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey all taking home awards in different categories.
Additionally, Nintendo executive Genyo Takeda was given the lifetime achievement award for his many accomplishments throughout his career, chief among them being his involvement in the development of some of Nintendo’s best consoles like the Wii.
The only game to come close in number of awards was Studio MDHR’s indie darling Cuphead, which won three awards (Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition) while being nominated for five.
All in all, it seems that even in the modern era, Nintendo still reigns as king of the video game world.