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Nintendo Dominates D.I.C.E. Gaming Awards

Zelda: Breath of the Wild wins big

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Nintendo had its moment in the spotlight last night as the company was given four distinctive honors during the D.I.C.E. Awards last night. The company’s latest hit, “Zelda: Breath of the Wild” took home the night’s highest achievement, but games like “Cuphead” and “PUBG” also walked away with multiple awards. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) held the 21st D.I.C.E. Awards this week. The event is an annual ceremony that brings together the interactive entertainment industry to honor the year’s biggest achievements in video games. This year’s Game of the Year was awarded to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” by Nintendo, which takes players on a world of adventure as they travel across vast fields, through forests and over mountain peaks as they discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule.

The Academy membership honored games in 24 award categories, with “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” receiving four awards, making it the night’s most awarded game. “Cuphead” earned a total of three awards, while “Horizon Zero Dawn,” “Lone Echo/Echo Arena,” “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS” and “Snipperclips” took home two awards each.

Other top honorees were “Fire Emblem Heroes” for Mobile Game of the Year, “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” for Racing Game of the Year, “Injustice 2” for Fighting Game of the Year, “FIFA 18” for Sports Game of the Year, “Snipperclips” for the Sprite Award, and “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS” for Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay.

“Every year, the D.I.C.E. Awards brings the global interactive entertainment industry under one roof to recognize and honor the very best in video games – the games that captivated and inspired us, and kept us entertained for hours on end,” said Meggan Scavio, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “On behalf of the Academy, I am thrilled to congratulate this year’s winners of the 21st D.I.C.E. Awards.”

In addition to the awards for the industry’s best games and creators from the previous year, the D.I.C.E. Awards also celebrated Genyo Takeda, Special Corporate Advisor at Nintendo, with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the seventh recipient to receive the honor from the Academy. Takeda was recognized for having been at the forefront of shaping the video games hardware industry in his career-long tenure at Nintendo with the development of the Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube and the Wii system.

The 21st annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, which was co-hosted for the second time by Greg Miller, co-founder of internet video show and podcast Kinda Funny, and Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News, included industry professionals who attended the event live and game fans worldwide who tuned in for the live stream. The show was the culmination of the annual three-day D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE18), which is known for drawing many of the interactive entertainment industry’s most respected and influential leaders, decision makers and visionaries.

The complete list of winners includes:

Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

Lone Echo/Echo Arena

Publisher: Oculus Studios
Developer: Ready At Dawn

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

Lone Echo/Echo Arena

Publisher: Oculus Studios
Developer: Ready At Dawn

Mobile Game of the Year

Fire Emblem Heroes

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS and Nintendo

Handheld Game of the Year

Metroid: Samus Returns

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: MercurySteam and Nintendo

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

Snipperclips

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: SFB Games

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS

Publisher: Bluehole
Developer: PUBG Corporation

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Publisher: Ubisoft Entertainment
Developer: Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Paris

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA 18

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts

Role-Playing Game of the Year

NierR: Automata

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: PlatinumGames

Racing Game of the Year

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Fighting Game of the Year

Injustice 2

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Family Game of the Year

Snipperclips

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: SFB Games

Adventure Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Action Game of the Year

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS

Publisher: Bluehole
Developer: PUBG Corporation

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Horizon Zero Dawn

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla Games

Outstanding Achievement in Story

Horizon Zero Dawn

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla Games

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Super Mario Odyssey

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Cuphead

Publisher: StudioMDHR
Developer: StudioMDHR

Outstanding Achievement in Character

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Senua

Publisher: Ninja Theory
Developer: Ninja Theory

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Cuphead

Publisher: StudioMDHR
Developer: StudioMDHR

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Cuphead

Publisher: StudioMDHR
Developer: StudioMDHR

Since 1996, the D.I.C.E. Awards have recognized outstanding games, individuals and development teams that push the boundaries of technology, creativity and artistic expression in the worldwide interactive entertainment industry. Titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels. The panels are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented professionals. Each panel is responsible for evaluating one award category. D.I.C.E. Awards recipients are determined by a vote of qualified Academy members. Award voting is confidential, conducted online and supervised and certified by VoteNet Solutions, Inc. The integrity of the system, coupled with a broad-based voting population of AIAS members, makes the D.I.C.E. Awards the most credible, respected and recognized awards for interactive entertainment software.