The 35th annual Golden Joystick Awards took place today, with the best and brightest games of 2017 earning their spot in the history books. Despite some stiff competition, with a grand collection of excellent games releasing over the past year, Breath of the Wild took home four Golden Joystick awards, including the highly coveted Ultimate Game of the Year award. Series producer Eiji Aonuma, art director Satoru Takizawa, technical director Takuhiro Dohta, and sound director Hajime Wakai delivered an acceptance speech, which can be seen above.

In addition to Ultimate Game of the Year, Breath of the Wild received awards for Best Audio, Critics’ Choice, and Nintendo Game of the Year.

In his acceptance speech, Eiji Aonuma mentions that Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi was not available to accept the award as he is busy working on The Champions’ Ballad DLC, which he confirmed would be released later this year. The series producer also jokes about beating Super Mario Odyssey for Game of the Year, acknowledging that the new Mario title “had only been out for a week when voting ended.” Joking aside, this was definitely a big year for Nintendo.

As noted by Game Informer, Breath of the Wild is the only Wii U game to receive the Game of the Year award from the Golden Joystick.

We all know how much Breath of the Wild deserved this Game of the Year award. Be sure to share your favorite parts from the game in the comments below.

Source: Golden Joystick Awards (via Game Informer)

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  • Jebradiah Drake

    Awwww he’s wearing Link’s blue shirt that’s so cool

  • Dylan

    awesome!

  • Jebradiah Drake

    If you were Aonuma what would you have wore for that occasion?

  • Christian Beach

    And it’s the crawfish shirt from Wind Waker, too. Pretty appropriate since one of the new clothing items in Champions’ Ballad is that same shirt.

  • Christian Beach

    A well deserved award. Now to take on the biggest award of the year in December…

  • Jebradiah Drake

    Spoilers?

  • Jebradiah Drake

    There’s a bigger award than game of the year? What’s that?

  • David García Abril

    Looks like Nintendo is really putting more and more of their key developers in the spotlight, rather than just letting Miyamoto and Reggie do all the “put a face to the company” work.

    As a matter of fact, is it me or Miyamoto hasn’t really appeared in public since the Switch Launch Date presentation back in January?

    In any case, I’m glad to see people like Satoru Takizawa and Hajime Wakai in the spotlight!

    PD: Seriously, Nintendo! Sell us that TWW T-Shirt!

  • David García Abril

    This is Game of the Year from the Golden Joystick Award.

    The one Christian is referring to are the Game Awards, which are far more popular (though not more prestigious. I mean, they are the successors of the frigging VGA Awards…)

  • Vados

    Tingle suit

  • Jebradiah Drake

    Ohhhhhhhh

  • Jebradiah Drake

    Haha, that’ll be 398 rupees!

  • Jebradiah Drake

    Or maybe just bring it up casually at dinner 😛

  • Dylan

    deck out in an all customized champion tunic with a champion tunic hat.

  • Jebradiah Drake

    I’d wear an 8-bit t-shirt based off the original Link.

  • Hannat

    Does anybody know who the girl/people are that are accepting the reward at the show?

  • Christian Beach

    I’m actually starting to think they’re saving the DLC’s reveal for the Game Awards.

  • Christian Beach

    No, Nintendo announced that shirt would be in the pack months ago.

  • Dylan

    cool

  • Jebradiah Drake

    Well I didn’t know that, I’ve avoided reading about the finer details of the Champions Ballad lol

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    Meh, Mario Odyssey is the better game to be fair but Breath of the Wild is still decent enough.