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The Game Awards 2017

Zelda Breath of the Wild Game of the Year

During their latest podcast, former Nintendo of America staffers Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang (known for the long-running Nintendo Minute show on Nintendo’s YouTube channel) shared insight into the Big N’s presence at The Game Awards 2017, including how there was some internal concerns that the company wouldn’t win the coveted Game of the Year prize.

2017 was a massive year for Nintendo. The Switch itself launched in March, and a bunch of big games released, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. In the end, it was Zelda that won Game of the Year.

The Game Awards has certainly made a name for itself over the past few years. Millions upon millions of viewers tune in to the show for first looks at new titles and to see all of the trophies handed out. At this point, you could definitely say that it’s one of the industry’s most important events.

Out of everything that has happened at The Game Awards, one of the more monumental moments for creator and host Geoff Keighley was seeing Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma and Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi come on stage to accept their Game of the Year prize. Keighley told Hollywood Reporter:

Just like that, The Game Awards have come and gone. All of the winners have been chosen, and many announcements were made along the way. Nintendo played a very big part in it all.

To get things started, The Champions’ Ballad DLC was properly unveiled for Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If that wasn’t enough, it launched right after The Game Awards ended.

At almost every edition of The Game Awards, Nintendo has been involved in a big way. Aside from 2015, the company has always brought at least one new thing to the show.

Reggie briefly talked with L.A. Times about the importance of The Game Awards. Speaking with the publication, Reggie noted how it’s important “to step back and recognize the incredible artistic achievements that bring joy to millions of people worldwide”, and the event “is our way of recognizing the fun and beauty of video games, along with the talented people who create them.”

Nintendo has put out an announcement recapping all of its news from The Game Awards 2017. This includes the awards won, plus news about Bayonetta and Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Here’s the full press release:

If you missed any part of The Game Awards 2017, you don’t have to fret. The full recording is in, which we’ve posted below.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Another year of The Game Awards is in the books. Coinciding with reveals throughout the show, awards were handed out across a number of different categories.

Two Nintendo games in particular earned a ton of nominations – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Both won awards, but Zelda ultimately took home the majority out of the two, including the top “Game of the Year” prize. Other titles also won out including Metroid: Samus Returns as “Best Handheld Game” and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle as “Best Strategy Game”.

Below is the full listing of winners:

The Game Awards 2017 will be kicking off shortly. The pre-show, which may or may not have Nintendo-related news, begins at 5:30 PM PT / 8:30 PM ET / 1:30 AM in the UK / 2:30 AM in Europe. The main event will start right after.

If there happens to be any major Nintendo news at any point of the show, we’ll have it here on the site. We’ll also post the full lineup of award winners – hopefully Zelda or Mario will be taking home the “Game of the Year” prize.

You can watch The Game Awards 2017 as they happen below.

The nominees are in for The Game Awards 2017. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are both nominated for a ton of categories, including “Game of the Year”. Other Nintendo titles like Splatoon 2 and ARMS are included in “Best Family Game” and “Best Fighting Game” respectively.

Below is the full listing of nominees:

The Game Awards are returning for a fourth consecutive year. Show creator Geoff Keighley announced that the 2017 edition will air on December 7 in Los Angeles.

Nintendo’s activities at The Game Awards have varied, but the company generally tends to be a part of the show. Last year, a new trailer and gameplay video for Zelda: Breath of the Wild debuted. We’ll have to wait and see if Nintendo brings along something new to this year’s show as well.


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