Game Critics E3 Awards: Nintendo Wins Two Awards This Year

It wouldn’t be post-E3 time without finding out of the winners of the Game Critics Awards. This year saw Bethesda’s highly anticipated Fallout 4 take the crown for the best of the show. But Nintendo didn’t walk away empty-handed this year as they scooped the award for Best Handheld/Mobile Game with The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes on Nintendo 3DS and also received an award for Best Family/Social Game with Super Mario Maker. Here’s the full list of winners from this year’s E3 event.

Best of Show
Fallout 4
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Original Game
Horizon Zero Dawn
(Guerrilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

Best Console Game
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
(Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertianment for PlayStation 4)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
(Nintendo for 3DS)

Best PC Game
Fallout 4
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Hardware/Peripheral
Oculus Touch
(Oculus VR)

Best Action Game
Star Wars Battlefront
(DICE/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Action/Adventure Game
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
(Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

Best Role Playing Game
Fallout 4
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Racing Game
Need for Speed
(Ghost Games/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Sports Game
(EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Family/Social Game
Super Mario Maker
(Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii U)

Best Online Multiplayer
Star Wars Battlefront
(DICE/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Independent Game
No Man’s Sky
(Hello Games for PC, PlayStation 4)

Special Commendation for Graphics
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
(Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)


  1. No man’s sky looks very intriguing how this open world universe is going to work out!

    1. I’ve been waiting for this game since the first time it was unveiled. Ironic thing is that I thought “Damn, this will be my new StarFox”, long before the new StarFox was announced.
      And now, after seeing Zero at E3, I’m afraid I feels very underwhelming compared to NMS. I’m still not sold on it, so it’s very possible that I’ll skip Zero altogether and stay with NMS when it comes out.

  2. Considering how much time Nintendo has been spending on Family oriented and mobile gaming, it make quite a bit of sense that they’d strike a bullseye on both of those awards :P

  3. Really? Tri Force Heros? That game looks like garbage, just like Four Swords was. Why can’t they just make a new 3DS zelda using the same engine as Majora’s Mask 3D/Ocarina of Time 3D?

      1. Exactly OR give it back to Capcom so they can make another Zelda classic like Minish Cap!

    1. Yea, I actually agree that it didn’t look impressive at all. But I suppose the reason why it won was simply because there wasn’t much to choose from, considering handheld games didn’t seem to have much of a presence during this year’s E3. I personally would have chosen Mario & Luigi Paper Jam, as it didn’t look as underwhelming as Triforce Heroes and I enjoy the RPG Mario games with turn-based battle systems, but that’s just me.

        1. That’s kinda the point, it’s about the art styles of those two “worlds” colliding in one. I wouldn’t call it rushed, seeing how there’s still several months until its release, but I’ll admit that I’m not too sure what I think about the idea itself, only time will tell; but yea, one thing making the game interesting to me was the fact that it will include a turn-based battle system – and considering that I found literally nothing about Triforce Heroes appealing, Paper Jam looks better to me by default, thanks to that one point alone.

    1. Well the thing is, you weren’t exactly, oh, how to say it…Very well recieved…

    2. Also, I get that it’s for a joke, but why exactly are you pretending to be a real game???

      1. Hello, this is the “Actual User” talking: I do it pretty much because of how poorly received the game was, I thought it would be funny/interesting to act like it had emotions and was offended by the haters.

    3. There want a “best shooter” category. If there was Im pretty sure you would have nab it.

      1. That’s being way too generous. Something else like Fallout 4 would have snagged that. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I would have been alright with CoD winning that than Federation Farce.

  4. Fallout is not an RPG. I don’t care what you dumb westaboos say. It’s not a fucking RPG. The prize should go to Kingdom Hearts 3.

    1. Agreed. They should have given that to another game. Fallout 4 already got 2 other awards.

    2. Fallout 4 is a RPG game…the developer said themselves confirmed it’s a Rpg game.

    1. When there are literally no other handhelds of course.
      …. Vita doesn’t really count.

  5. Of course Nintendo was at least going to get best Handheld game, I mean, their’s literally no competition for 3DS at E3. Yes, I acknowledge the Vita’s existence, but when Sony isn’t going to support it, then why even think of it as 3DS’s E3 competitor. Super Mario Maker is looking awesome. I really can’t wait for it. September can’t come soon enough…

  6. Well, these two categories are Nintendo’s niche, so I’d hope they would win!!

  7. Wow. Lame. I never thought I’d see the day. Or say this but… Nintendo is garbage to me.

  8. Best RPG should be Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and Best Sports Game should be Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.

    1. Honestly fallout 4 looks more intriguing than paper jam.
      I don’t have high hopes for that game.

  9. Really $h1t categories. And Triforce Heroes? Seriously? Now I know they’re not serious. Super Mario Maker will be good though.

  10. honesty nintendo doesn’t even deserve to be that list at all. super mario maker is just another nsmb game but just with a dev kit.

    1. “Is just another smb game but just with dev kit”
      And what’s the purpose of the game?.
      Go back to minecraft, son.

  11. I see that Mario Maker won the best family/social game which is a odd category, and I believe Super Mario Maker is a one player game. Regardless, it will probably turn out to be a great game.

  12. And the two winning Nintendo games are casual stuff- a make-your-own-levels game… and a co-op Zelda game that will cater to kids.

    Their hardest hitter, Star Fox Zero, didn’t even make the list.

    I’m not sure if the joke’s on the critics or Nintendo for this.

  13. Uncharted 4 best console game. So good the demo crashed during the presentation. That’s totally a legit first place it earned.

    Ah~ I am reminded daily why I stopped listening or giving credibility to game critics in my late teens.

    1. >>>Give me the link to the video, I want to see that lovely failure>>>

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