If you thought the 2018 video game awards season was all wrapped up, you’d be wrong. There are still a few stragglers handing out awards in April, and one of them is the popular Japanese publication Famitsu. The Famitsu Awards handed out the usual accolades like Game of the Year (which was a tie between Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Monster Hunter: World), and they also handed out an “MVP Award” to Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai.

Sakurai had a huge night thanks to not only Smash Ultimate but also due to the popularity of Kirby. The little pink ball of joy won the Best Character award, which is a little surprising to hear in 2019. That said, Sakurai regularly writes a column in Famitsu, so perhaps he had something of a home-field advantage. You can check out the full list of winners below.

Game of the Year

  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)

Excellence Prize

  • Octopath Traveler (Square Enix)
  • God of War (Sony)
  • Judgment (SEGA)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)
  • Detroit: Become Human (Sony)
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix)
  • Fate/Grand Order (FGO Project)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Pok√©mon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee (The Pokemon Company / Nintendo)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Sony)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

Rookie Award

  • Octopath Traveler (Square Enix)
  • Detroit: Become Human (Sony)

Favorite App Award

  • LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum (LINE)

Special Award

  • Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (Sony)

Best Character Award

  • Kirby (Kirby series)

Best Game Music Award

  • Octopath Traveler (Square Enix)

Best Game Maker Award

  • Capcom

MVP Award

  • Masahiro Sakurai (Sora)

Source: Nintendo Everything

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