Animal Crossing: New Horizons was perhaps the most successful game of 2020. Nintendo’s animal social simulator sold over 30 million copies in less than a year. The numbers are just part of the story; the game has also won several awards. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has now been awarded yet another game of the year award.
The game’s commercial popularity is undeniable, as it is currently the Switch’s second-best-selling title. One aspect of the game that is obvious is that it was a critical success. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a well-received game with a Metacritic score of 90 as of this writing. Fans chose Animal Crossing: New Horizons as one of the best games of 2020 in the Famitsu Dengeki Game Awards 2020, and Nintendo’s simulator took home the prize.
The recipients of the Famitsu Dengeki Game Awards 2020 have been announced, with nominations including games published in the calendar year 2020. While there were some hard hitters last year, there should only be one Game of the Year, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the winner.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons was also named Best Game in China and Most Valuable Creator. The game was released at a perfect moment in many ways when the world was shut down and a lot of people were trapped indoors due to the global pandemic. Animal Crossing: New Horizons provided players with an environment to explore and a place to socialize, so it’s no surprise it was a huge hit on the Nintendo Switch.
Sucker Punch Productions and Ghost of Tsushima also earned five nominations. It’s also helped that the game was based on Japanese history and was well-received. Meanwhile, the indie game Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin did exceptionally well at the Famitsu Dengeki Game Awards 2020, winning three trophies.