Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bags The ‘Game of The Year’ at Famitsu Dengeki Game Awards 2020

Published 03/09/2021, 1:18 PM EST


Animal Crossing: New Horizons bagged the title of the Best Game of The Year 2020 in Famitsu Dengeki Game Awards 2020. The award show based on public voting covered all the games released in the year 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has given the gaming industry a pretty happening year. A lot of games that were released during the crisis bloomed unexpectedly, like Among Us. While developers had to postpone the release of a larger number of games to 2021 because of the lockdown.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a Nintendo Switch exclusive, which makes the success of the game more unexpected. Furthermore, the game single-handedly boosted the sales of Nintendo Switch exponentially. It released in March 2020 and sold 5 million digital copies globally within the same month. This broke the record of any other console game in history in a single month and also placed it among the top 3 highest-grossing games in 2020.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Ghost of Tsushima, and more

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Other than Animal Crossing: New Horizons, two other games bagged multiple awards. Ghost of Tsushima and Final Fantasy VII Remake each earned 4 awards. Both games are undoubtedly two of the biggest hits of 2020. However, the Last of Us Part 2 expected more awards under its name considering the number of nominations it had received, which Famitsu Dengeki had announced on February 24, 2021.

The winners of Famitsu Dengeki Game Awards 2020 are:

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  • Best Rookie: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
  • Best Esports Game: Apex Legends
  • Famitsu-Dengeki Best Indie Game: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
  • Best Online: Final Fantasy XIV
  • Famitsu-Dengeki Special Award: Genshin Impact and Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa Heisei Reiwa mo Teiban
  • Best Actor: Daisuke Tsuji (Jin Sakai in Ghost of Tsushima)
  • Best Voice Actor: Takahiro Sakurai (Cloud Strife in Final Fantasy VII Remake)
  • Famitsu-Dengeki Best Character: Jin Sakai from Ghost of Tsushima
  • WILDish Indie AwardManeater
  • Best GraphicsGhost of Tsushima
  • Best MusicFinal Fantasy VII Remake
  • Famitsu-Dengeki Best ScenarioThe Last of Us Part II
  • Best Creator in China: Hideo Kojima from Kojima Productions
  • Best Game in ChinaAnimal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Famitsu-Dengeki Best RPGFinal Fantasy VII Remake
  • Best Adventure GameAltdeus: Beyond Chronos
  • Best Action GameSakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
  • Famitsu-Dengeki Best Action-Adventure GameGhost of Tsushima
  • Most Valuable Creator: Sucker Punch Productions and Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons development team
  • Game of the YearAnimal Crossing: New Horizons

The award ceremony took place virtually on Game Live Japan stream. Although most polls were done in Japan, other magazines and agencies also had a hand in it, mostly in Japan. However, Famitsu and Dengeki also held separate surveys for Best Creator and Best Game in China. If you had a vote to cast, which game would you be voting for?

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Jenny is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since January 2021. She started as a competitive player, and found her joy in not restricting to just one title. She grew up around various popular PUBG and Call of Duty streamers, discovering her love for both titles.

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