Metroid Dread is your Nintendo Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards

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You’ve crowned Metroid Dread as the winner of this year’s Nintendo Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards.

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Nintendo has had an interesting year of releases, dominated by a return in the form of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However, for your Nintendo Game of the Year, there was a clear winner in Samus’ latest adventure – Metroid Dread. Samus has the likes of New Pokémon Snap and Monster Hunter Rise to pick up the gong this year.

The full list of nominees was:

  • Bravely Default 2
  • Metroid Dread (WINNER)
  • monster hunter rise
  • Neo: The World Ends With You
  • new pokemon snap
  • WarioWare: Get It Together

Released in October this year, Metroid Dread is Samus’ first original 2D side-scrolling adventure in 19 years, boasting a story that’s taken nearly 35 years in the making.

For the game series that spawned the entire Metroidvania genre, it was wonderful to see the maestro return. While it may face stiff competition from the likes of Hollow Knight and Ori and the Blind Forest, the classic Metroid series hasn’t suffered from its leave of absence, thanks to excellent — and tough — boss fights, great platforming, and tons of new unlockables. Capacity. And that’s without highlighting the terrifying EMMI robot classes that require stealth and fast reactions in equal measure to embody Titanic Dread.

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In our review, we highlighted how “Fear captures a sense of uncertainty through its world structure and sound design that could easily hold your attention for hours on end. The series’ ever-specific game The flow readily sets you up for moving forward in a world that will often feel both inaccessible and irresistible.”

Metroid Dread is available now exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

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