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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