The votes are in, and what is possibly Nintendo’s greatest masterpiece, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, has been awarded Game of the Year at Game Awards 2017. This was chosen among stiff competition which included Mario Odyssey, Persona 5 and Horizon Zero Dawn. Nintendo also received five other awards from The Game Awards 2017.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild was originally released along with the launch of the Nintendo Switch and initially saw an attach rate greater than 100% with the system. This was due to a few factors such as people buying the game in advance of buying the system and some others buying both the special collector’s edition and the regular version of the game, but it was a massive achievement nonetheless.
Breath of the Wild is known for how it completely free broke the traditions of the Zelda franchise by focusing entirely on having a truly open world that can be explored at one’s own pace. This was thanks to the new climbing mechanic which allowed for players to climb almost anything in the world and was also thanks to the paraglider which made it easy to descend from any height. The only other Zelda game which offered the level of freedom that Breath of the Wild does was the original Zelda on the NES.
The Game Awards have been produced and hosted by Geoff Keighly, and they have become an important ceremony since their inception in 2014. The first game awarded Game of the Year at The Game Awards was Dragon Age: Inquisition.