New Horizons Wins Game of the Year at Tokyo Game Show

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons took home the Game of the Year honors at the Tokyo Game Show along with a few other awards.

In a year that has certainly sucked for many of us, there was a game that released earlier in the year that gave some of us some peace and enjoyment. That game is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game has gone on to become one of the best selling Nintendo titles ever made and has now won game of the year at the Tokyo Game Show (via Eurogamer).

“Because we were forced to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a slow-life experience in this game in which you can do everything freely became a comfort to people all over the world,” a press statement said. “Communication with close friends through the game and interaction with other players in events went beyond the bounds of a single game, and the game showed the power of entertainment from Japan, acquiring overwhelming support from many users of all ages, from children to senior citizens, in general voting, and won both the Award for Excellence and the Grand Award with unanimity.”

Some of the other more notable recipients were Baba is You, taking home The Game Designers Award. Pokemon Sword and Shield took home the Best Sales Award and Global Award: Japanese product. Call of Duty Modern Warfare received the Global Award: Foreign Product.

Lastly, Animal Crossing also secured the Minister of Economy’s Trade and Industry Award. This is given to  “an individual or organization that has made a great contribution to the growth and development of the Japanese computer entertainment software industry.” While I don’t believe that the game did anything absolutly groundbreaking for the industry, it was the perfect game for the time for all of the citizens on earth.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is currently available for the Nintendo Switch. The game just received a recent update to put players in the mood for the upcoming Halloween season. Make sure to check out DualShockers’ review of the game right here.

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