Zelda named Game of the Year at DICE Awards

Joanna Estrada
February 24, 2018

Nintendo's highly-acclaimed action adventure game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild cleaned up at the 21st D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards on Thursday night, winning a string of awards including the grand prize, Game of the Year. Should Mario Odyssey have been given more of a look in, or was Zelda truly the outstanding game from an outstanding year of Nintendo releases?

Cuphead was awarded "Outstanding Achievement in Animation, ' "Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction" and 'Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition" for Toronto's Kristofer Maddigan's score.

Meanwhile, the award for Mobile Game of the Year and Handheld Game of the Year went to Fire Emblem Heroes and Metroid Samus Returns, respectively.

The DICE Awards has been hosted by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) since 1998, with the goal of honoring each year's biggest achievements in video games. Snipperclips, developed by SFB Games but published by Nintendo, won the DICE Sprite Award and Family Game of the Year. Other notable winners include Horizon Zero Dawn, Lone Echo/Echo Arena, PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS and Snipperclips each earning two DICE awards. Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year went to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle while Sports Game of the Year went to Federation Internationale de Football Association 18. The awards show crowns a game of the year and hands out other awards during the show.

The momentum of Nintendo, along with the Nintendo Switch, has been carried over from last year into this year with the strong showing at the 2018 DICE Awards. Sports Game of the year was Federation Internationale de Football Association 18, RPG of the Year was NierR: Automata from Square Enix, and Racing Game of the Year was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Nintendo took home an award for outstanding sound design with Super Mario Odyssey.

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