The Nintendo Switch is approaching its first, full year on the market and while we’re all ready for Nintendo’s hybrid-console to enter its second year — and also see whether it can maintain the level of success it’s managed thus far based on its upcoming software/line-up of games — that hasn’t stopped the ample praise of what might be one of the company’s best periods in a long while. All the winners from yesterday’s annual DICE Awards have been unveiled and Nintendo scored the most honors, taking home a grand total of 10 awards out of a possible 13 they were nominated for.
It’s no surprise that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was responsible for most of those awards, winning Outstanding Achievement in both Game Direction and Game Design; Adventure Game of the Year as well as overall Game of the Year. Other winners for Nintendo included Super Mario Odyssey for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design; Fire Emblem Heroes for Mobile Game of the Year; Metroid: Samus Returns for Handheld Game of the Year; Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Racing Game of the Year, as well as Snipperclips which took both DICE’s Sprite Award and Family Game of the Year.
Other big winners included Cuphead — which won Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition/Art Direction/Animation — and Horizon: Zero Dawn which won Outstanding Technical Achievement/Achievement in Story, as well as FIFA 18, Injustice 2, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Lone Echo/Echo Arena, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle & lastly our very own Game of the Year winner NieR: Automata, which won Role-Playing Game of the Year.