Nintendo Switch darlings Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Hades have been nominated as Game of the Year award finalists for the 24th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards.

The full list of nominations features 57 games from 2020, including three nominations for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, eight for Hades, three for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, and six for Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

 

 

Other indie games available on Switch, including Carrion, have also received nominations.

Aside from Game of the Year, New Horizons is also nominated for Family Game of the Year and Online Game of the Year; meanwhile, Hades is in the running for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Character, Outstanding Achievement in Story, Action Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.

Winners will be announced via a virtual ceremony on April 8th, 2021.

The annual D.I.C.E. Awards (a backronym for “Design Innovate Communicate Entertain”) began in 1998 and is put on by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, a non-profit organization of video game industry professionals.

Last year, Nintendo took home a variety of prizes including Outstanding Achievement in Animation for Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Family Game of the Year for Super Mario Maker 2.

Untitled Goose Game, while not a Nintendo Switch exclusive, won last year’s D.I.C.E. Awards Game of the Year.

You can check out the full list of this year’s D.I.C.E. Awards nominations at their website.

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