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With less than a month to go until The Game Awards 2021, the nominees of the game industry’s grandest year-end celebration have now been announced, and Nintendo seems to have left a decent impression on players this year.

Metroid Dread has been nominated for “Game of the Year,” and other big (existing and upcoming) Nintendo Switch titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel, Monster Hunter Rise, New Pokémon Snap, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, and WarioWare: Get It Together! have all left their mark in various categories.

Here are all of the nominated Nintendo Switch games:


  • Apex Legends: “Best Ongoing,” “Best Community Support”
  • Boyfriend Dungeon: “Games for Impact”
  • Death’s Door: “Best Indie”
  • FIFA 22: “Best Sports/Racing”
  • The Forgotten City: “Best Debut Indie”
  • Fortnite: “Best Ongoing,” “Best Community Support”
  • Genshin Impact: “Best Ongoing,” “Best Mobile Game”
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed: “Best Sports/Racing”
  • Knockout City: “Best Multiplayer”
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel: “Most Anticipated”
  • Loop Hero: “Best Indie”
  • Life is Strange: True Colors: “Best Narrative,” “Best Performance” (Erika Mori as Alex Chen), “Games for Impact”
  • Mario Party Superstars: “Best Family”
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: “Best Narrative,” “Best Score and Music,” “Best Action/Adventure,” Innovation in Accessibility
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina: “Best Fighting”
  • Metroid Dread: “Game of the Year,” “Best Action/Adventure”
  • Monster Hunter Rise: “Best Role Playing,” “Best Multiplayer”
  • New Pokémon Snap: “Best Family”
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl: “Best Fighting”
  • No Longer Home: “Games for Impact”
  • Pokémon Unite: “Best Mobile Game”
  • Shin Megami Tensei V: “Best Role Playing”
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury: “Best Family”
  • WarioWare: Get It Together!: “Best Family”


Last year the ceremony took on fully virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but The Game Awards 2021 is set to return as a live, in-person event at the Microsoft Theater on Thursday, December 9th, 2021. This year will also mark the return of The Game Awards Orchestra. Further details on additional musical performances and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Game Awards host Geoff Keighley also asked followers of the event to select nominees for the Player’s Voice category, which are decided strictly by fans.



The Game Awards Live Broadcast will be streaming live on Thursday, December 9th, 2021.



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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!