Japan Game Awards names Animal Crossing as 2020’s best game

The hugely successful Nintendo title was named as the Grand Award winner during Saturday’s digital ceremony, which is run annually by Japan’s Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association.

New Horizons was also one of ten Japanese games given an Award for Excellence, and was named the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award winner, which is given to an individual or organisation that has made a great contribution to the growth of the Japanese games industry.

In a statement, CESA said that Animal Crossing “showed the power of entertainment from Japan, acquiring overwhelming support from many users of all ages, from children to senior citizens.”

Nine further titles received Excellence awards, including Death Stranding, Persona 5 Royal, Ring Fit Adventure and Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

The Game Designers Award, which is chosen by a panel of nine Japanese creators led by Smash Bros. designer Masahiro Sakurai, was given to Hempuli’s Baba is You.

The full list of winners can be found below. Titles released from April 2019 to the end of March 2020 in Japan are eligible for the Japan Game Awards 2020.

Grand Award

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
Award for Excellence

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Atlus)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
Death Stranding (Sony)
Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo)
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (Capcom)
Nioh 2 (Koei Tecmo)
Persona 5 Royal (Atlus)
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield (The Pokémon Company)
Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Sega)
Special Award

Dragon Quest Walk (Square Enix)
Best Sales Award

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield (The Pokémon Company)
The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
Global Award – Japanese Product

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield (The Pokémon Company)
Global Award – Foreign Product

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision)
Game Designers Award

Baba is You (Hempuli)

You can catch up on the two-day Japan Game Awards 2020 event below.

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