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‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Wins Game of the Year at the Tokyo Game Show 2020



Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been breaking records whilst consistently maintaining popularity since its release in March 2020. It continues to inspire and win praise even now, nine months after its release. The games latest accolade comes from the Tokyo Game Show, where it took home the top award:  Game of the Year.

In a press release discussing the reasoning behind this decision, it states:

“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. 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”.

The game has done wonders for those feeling isolated by the quarantines and social distancing measures put in place by the global pandemic, bringing us together in a safe and secure way and letting us feel a little less alone in these unprecedented times. Not only did Animal Crossing take home the top prize, it also won the lengthily titled Minister of Economy’s Trade and Industry Award of the Japan Game Awards. This award is given out to “an individual or organisation that has made a great contribution to the growth and development of the Japanese computer entertainment software industry” There is no doubting that Animal Crossing has truly swept the globe- with tons of fan made content and even celebrity attention and brand partnerships- so it is no surprise that New Horizons took home this trophy as well. With the world in the state that it is, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a glimmer of light that brings us together in the darkness.

Check out the various announcements from the Tokyo Game Show Awards– including an animated Resident Evil Netflix show and a look at the gameplay for upcoming Legend of Zelda game Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity– here and for news on the upcoming Halloween themed update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, have a look at our recent blog post.

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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