Ghost of Tsushima, Monster Hunter Rise Take Top Honors at Japan Game Awards 2021

Koei founder Kou Shibusawa got the METI Award

Ghost of Tsushima


The Japan Game Awards gave out their highest honors last night during the Tokyo Game Show 2021 Online show, with some of gamings biggest games over the April 2020 to March 2021 period being praised during the event and one of the biggest names in gaming being honored with The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award, which is given out exclusively by the Japanese government to a person who has greatly contributed to gaming with by expanding the medium or great excelled in it.


Winning the grand prize by the western made, Japan-inspired PlayStation title Ghost of Tsushima, with Capcom's hugely popular Monster Hunter Rise sharing the honors. The Game Designers Award went to Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for its "unprecedented play."


The rest of the awards went to:


Award for Excellence:

  • Umamusume: Pretty Derby
  • Genshin Impact
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • The Last of Us Part II


Best Sales Award:

  • Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!


Global Award:

  • Japanese Product - Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Foreign Product  - Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War


Animal Crossing: New Horizons


The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award went to Koei co-founder Kou Shibusawa, who is well known as the creator of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms video game series, which spawned Dynasty Warriors, as well as the Nobunaga's Ambition video game franchise, and being the general producer on a majority of Koei Tecmo games being developed right now.


Japan Game Awards noted that the award was for "his contribution to the development of Japan's computer entertainment industry as a top creator for 40 years" and "pioneer[ing] and establish[ing] the historical simulation genre."


Source: Japan Game Awards website


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram

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