Gamers try out the new to play the new video game "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" in the Nintendo booth during the annual E3 2016 gaming conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
This year's Game Awards rewarded some of 2017's best games, but the show also revealed a bunch of major announcements for both existing games and entirely new ones, which includes new trailers for Death Stranding, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Soul Calibur VI, and more.
Nintendo previously said "The Champion's Ballad" would arrive in "December", but never put a release date on it. On this rare occasion of Nintendo actually releasing a technically and artistically impressive game, it makes sense that fan campaigns have rallied around "Breath of the Wild" to carry it to victory. Even more interesting is Mario is a lot more popular in North America than Zelda, and sales numbers prove that. This development also won in the categories for best Director and best action adventure. Breath of the Wild did get better reviews, but Mario is outpacing the game in sales.
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2017 continues to be a banner year for Nintendo, which saw a total of 12 nominations and 5 wins at the event. Nintendo had to have planned to release The Champions' Ballad because they already knew they were going to dominate.
Even though The Game Awards have a panel of judges picked from within the industry that decide their winners, it's hard to separate the cult that has formed around "Zelda" from the positive experience that actually comes from the game.
Upon release, it was received as one of the best games in the 30-year-old Zelda franchise and therefore one of the best games of all time.