Super Smash Bros Ultimate Cleans Up At Japanese Game Awards

The brawler took home 5 of the gongs on offer.


It gives players the opportunity to kick the stuffing out of over 80 characters from across video game history, and now Super Smash Bros Ultimate has done the same to the competition at the Japanese Game Awards.

The awards take place over a number of days and are still ongoing, with the Future, Amateur Division and U18 Divisions still to come, but nevertheless, Smash has been awarded 5 of the gongs on offer.

It has taken home the Grand Award, an Award for Excellence, the Best Sales Award and the Global Japanese Product Award.

Fittingly, the development team behind the game were awarded Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award. It’s given to those who ‘have contributed to the development of the video game industry through creation of excellent products or expanded the scope of the video game industry using a new expression, technology, etc.’

The sheer scope of the game is certainly unprecedented, and series director Masahiro Sakurai has already stated his belief that there’s ‘no way’ and future Smash games will have this many characters.

Speaking of which, Sakurai made a small, yet touching, tribute to late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata during his acceptance speech, describing how “making Smash Bros on the Switch was the last mission the late Satoru Iwata gave to me... I've put my all into the game, and with more DLC I will continue to work hard.”

There’s also a little love for Nintendo Labo which took home the Special Award.

The full list of winners are below:

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award

Super Smash Bros. Project Team

Grand Award
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Game Designers Awards
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

Award for Excellence
Apex Legends
Detroit: Become Human
Devil May Cry 5
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Judgment
Kingdom Hearts III
Marvel’s Spider-Man
megido72
Resident Evil 2
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Special Award
Nintendo Labo

Best Sales Award
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Global Award Japanese Product
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Global Award Foreign Product
Red Dead Redemption 2