Before 2017 rolled around, The Legend of Zelda had been off the market for quite a while, with only some re-releases in HD on the Wii U and the Hyrule Warrior series coming out on the Wii U and the 3DS. However, as soon as the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild burst on to the scene, the game has been taking awards left, right and centre.
Having already won Game of the Year at both the Golden Joystick Awards and the Game Awards of 2017, at the recently concluded DICE Awards, Nintendo’s walked away with four titles: Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, and Adventure Game of the Year. With this, Breath of the Wild continues to make its claim as perhaps the best video game of this decade. This is only the second time a Zelda game has won the Game of the Year award with the previous one being none other than The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Nintendo as a whole bagged a large portion of the awards for the night, with games like Mario Kart 8, Super Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Heroes and Metroid: Samus Returns also walking away with trophies to their name. As many as 30,000 members voted at this year’s version of the event, so its safe to say that these games were well ahead of the competition.
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Science (AIAS) is an non profit organization that consists of professionals in the industry that vote on and hand out awards on video games annually. At this years event, Nintendo veteran and exclusive designer Genyo Takeda was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognized his long standing contributions to the gaming industry,such as including back up memory for the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Nintendo 64 controller designs, and last but definitely not least, the Wii.