In addition, the critically acclaimed Bayonetta 2, originally a Wii U exclusive, and the original Bayonetta, - both also developed by PlatinumGames - will be launching for Nintendo Switch on 16 February. They didn't just announce that it was available for download tonight.
With the achievement of the Best Game of the Year award, the most recent installment of The Legend of Zelda takes home 3 awards during the night, as it also won the Best Director Award and the Best Action/Adventure Game Award.
As expected, Nintendo released a new update for Breath of the Wild on the Switch to support the new expansion. That's nearly eight months apart. Yet clearly, in the many versions of Link the team went through before designing him and this version of Hyrule for Breath of the Wild, a motorcycle being available to ride in Hyrule has been on the minds of BotW's development team since its early iterations. The Game Awards aren't legally binding, and while recognition is nice, it doesn't matter if "NieR: Automata" or any other game got overlooked in all the commotion surrounding "Breath of the Wild". It sells 463 copies a minute.
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In addition, some of the games that were nominated for awards this year are from franchises featured in the Cyber Deals sale now featured in Nintendo eShop and at Nintendo.com. As an added bonus, Nintendo has indicated that it will release Amiibo for each of the champions. It was the ideal way to please fans.
Upon release, it was received as one of the best games in the 30-year-old Zelda franchise and therefore one of the best games of all time.
Nintendo's move was genius, and Breath of the Wild deserves all the praise it gets.