Tokyo Game Show is going on right now, and one of the events at Japan’s major gaming expo is the Japan Game Awards, which looks back at titles of the last year to determine the industry’s best new releases. While a number of awards were handed out to a variety of games, the one people always pay the most attention to is the choice for Game of the Year, and this year the Japanese public voted to hand it to Nintendo’s ink-based team shooter, Splatoon. Many of the voters were cited as calling this title an addicting and the “most interesting” game.

With overwhelming support, the 2016 Grand Award goes to Splatoon!

“Splatoon” by Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a game that excites many players, regardless of their age, with its straightforward rules, in-depth gameplay, unique POP colored graphics and the excitement of the 4-versus-4 multiplayer matches.

With equipment and stages added through ongoing updates and in-game events, the fun doubles even after its launch.

A lot of comments included “my family is addicted”, “most interesting”.

As a completely new shooting game that brought about a big movement and with overwhelming support from numerous players, this game won the Grand Award of the “Games of the Year Division” of Japan Games Award 2016.

Alongside this, a number of other games such as Dark Souls III, Metal Gear Solid V, and Super Mario Maker received an Award of Excellence. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS were granted the Global Award for a Japanese product, while for non-native titles the Japanese public selected Call of Duty: Black Ops III for the Global Award. You can see all these awards and more in the graph below.

What do you think of these awards? Were all the games on this list deserving, or would you have handed them off to different titles? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.

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