After losing its way with the Wii U, Nintendo has once again caught lightning in a bottle with its latest innovation in the Nintendo Switch. The console’s strong start was helped in many ways by the outstanding Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game which took the familiar franchise formula and turned it on its head to craft something truly unique. It appears that the 30,000 members of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences are also pretty fond of the Switch as a number of exclusive games won big at the 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards last night.
Nominated for six different awards, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild cleaned up at the annual DICE Awards in Las Vegas, scoring four wins in some major categories. In addition to Outstanding Achievement In Game Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design and Adventure Game of the Year, Breath of the Wild took home the coveted award for Game of the Year, beating out some tough competition in Cuphead, Horizon Zero Dawn, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and fellow Switch title Super Mario Odyssey.
In addition to Zelda, many other 2017 games had great nights at the award event as well. Horizon Zero Dawn, the most nominated game at the awards with 10, walked away at the end of the night with multiple wins including Outstanding Technical Achievement and Outstanding Achievement in Story. Cuphead was another big winner during the ceremony, taking home three awards for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction and Outstanding Achievement in Animation.
It’s no coincidence that some of the biggest names end up getting nominated for these prestigious awards. Last year, Blizzard’s still wildly popular shooter Overwatch took home four awards including 2016’s Game of the Year. Other big games from last year’s event include Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Pokemon GO, DOOM, Forza Horizon 3, and Battlefield 1. With the majority of 2018 still to come, it’ll be interesting to see which games end up standing out from other titles and score nominations for next year’s show.
Check out the next page for the full list of nominees and winners from the DICE Awards 2018.