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For a game based in hell, Hades has certainly seen a heavenly streak of awards since its 2020 release. The latest nomination is from the Game Developers Choice Awards, and as you might expect, Hades and Animal Crossing: New Horizons received multiple nominations, including “Game of the Year.”

There are also many other Nintendo Switch titles (existing and upcoming) nominated for a variety of awards and honorable mentions:



  • Alba: A Wildlife Adventure: “Best Mobile Game”
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons: “Best Design,” “Game of the Year”
  • Carrion: “Best Debut”
  • Doom Eternal: “Best Audio”
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout: “Innovation Award”
  • Genshin Impact: “Best Mobile Game”
  • Hades: “Best Audio,” “Best Design,” “Innovation Award,” “Best Narrative,” “Best Visual Art,” “Game of the Year”
  • If Found… “Best Mobile Game”
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition: “Best Narrative”
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps: “Best Visual Art”
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic: “Best Debut”


Honorable mentions

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons: “Best Audio”
  • Doom Eternal: “Game of the Year”
  • Genshin Impact: “Game of the Year”
  • If Found…: “Best Debut,” “Best Narrative”
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps: “Best Audio”
  • Pokémon Café Mix: “Best Mobile Game”
  • Röki: “Best Debut”
  • Spelunky 2: “Best Design, “Game of the Year”
  • Spiritfarer: “Best Narrative,” “Best Visual Art”


This is just one of many times Hades has been recognized for its quality, having recent won awards at the BAFTAs, the SXSW Gaming Awards, and the New York Game Awards, to name a few.

The GDCA ceremony will air on Wednesday, July 21st, at 4:30 p.m. PT, available to watch for all GDC 2021 pass-holders. The event will be all-digital for a second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!