Zelda and Cuphead win big at the 2018 DICE Awards

Last night marked the presentation of the 21st DICE Awards, the annual video game award show put on by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.

Among the many winners was Nintendo’s standout The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which swept up four of the six awards it was nominated for, including those for outstanding achievements in game direction and design. It also managed to take home the award for the year’s best adventure game and was crowned as the DICE Award’s Game of the Year. This is a very familiar feeling for Nintendo — Breath of the Wild has been sweeping up major publications’ Game of the Year awards across the industry.

Also landing some major praise was Studio MDHR’s Cuphead, which beat out Breath of the Wild‘s nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction. It’s a well-deserved victory for the team at Studio MDHR, who painstakingly hand-drew practically all of Cuphead‘s 1930s cartoon aesthetic. All of this hard work also earned the studio two more awards for outstanding achievements in both animation and original music composition.

Together though, Breath of the Wild and Cuphead only took home seven of the twenty-four awards handed out last night. Other winners included Guerrilla Games’ Horizon: Zero Dawn and the massively popular PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, both earning themselves a respectable two awards in other categories. You can check out the full list of awards on the AIAS’s official site.