The Winners of the 21st Annual DICE Awards

Nintendo Dominated the DICE Awards

Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ DICE Awards have concluded. And with it, we are reminded how potent Nintendo can be. This is a surprising twist from what seemed like a Sony shoe in.

Every year, members of the AIAS vote on which games they feel are most deserving of recognition. This year, Nintendo dominated the awards list. Over half of the given awards were for a Nintendo product or exclusive, with 4 of them being The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The Japanese game maker’s latest Zelda title won Game of the Year, Adventure Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction and Outstanding Achievement in Game Design. Their other titles would also litter the award list, from sound design to best mobile app.

But hey, what about the other developers? They’re there, but they are more or less what you’d expect to hear. Primarily consisting of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Cuphead.

Here’s the full list of awards and their winners:

  • Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Design: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Immersive Reality Technical Achievement: Lone Echo/Echo Arena
  • Immersive Reality Game of the Year: Lone Echo/Echo Arena
  • Mobile Game of the Year: Fire Emblem Heroes
  • Handheld Game of the Year: Metroid: Samus Returns
  • D.I.C.E. Sprite Award: Snipperclips
  • Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 18
  • Role-Playing Game of the Year: Nier: Automata
  • Racing Game of the Year: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Fighting Game of the Year: Injustice 2
  • Family Game of the Year: Snipperclips
  • Adventure Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Action Game of the Year: Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Outstanding Technical Achievement: Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Outstanding Achievement in Story: Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Super Mario Odyssey
  • Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Cuphead
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Cuphead
  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Cuphead

I’m happy to see that Snipperclips even made it on this list.

Written by: Branden Lizardi


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