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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate wins big at the Japan Game Awards

Switch hit receives Grand Award, Sales Award, and its dev team is honoured by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate received top honours at the Japan Game Awards 2019.

Nintendo's hit game was given the Grand Award, distinguishing it from ten other titles on the Award for Excellence shortlist. The Smash Bros. development team was also given a special award by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.

At the end of June this year, Smash Bros. Ultimate had sold 14.73 million units worldwide.

Other games that made the Award for Excellence shortlist included Insomniac's Spider-Man, Respawn Entertainment's Apex Legends, Quantic Dream's Detroit: Become Human, From Software's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Capcom's remake of Resident Evil 2.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was also given the Best Sales Award and the Global Award for a Japanese Product. Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 was presented with the Global Award for a Foreign Product.

Sony's VR title Astro Bot: Rescue Mission received the Game Designers Award, which is judged by a panel of nine top developers from the Japanese industry.

The Japan Game Awards is organised by the Japanese trade body, Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA). It has been honouring the best games every year since 1996.

You can find all of this year's winners here.


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