Japan Game Awards 2021

Monster Hunter Rise, Ghost of Tsushima Share Japan Game Awards 2021 Grand Award

CESA announced the winners of the Japan Game Awards 2021 at the Tokyo Game Show. It gave awards to the best-performing developers and games released in Japan from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021.

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Below is the complete list of winners of the Japan Game Awards 2021.

  • Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Award: Kou Shibusawa from Koei Tecmo
  • Global Award Japanese ProductAnimal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Global Award Foreign ProductCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Best Sales AwardMomotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!
  • Game Designers Award runners-up: 3 titles
    • It Takes Two
    • Ghost of Tsushima
    • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
  • Game Designers Award Winner: Mario Kart Live Home Circuit
  • Award for Excellence: 10 titles
    • Resident Evil 3 remake
    • Final Fantasy VII Remake
    • The Last of Us Part II
    • Ghost of Tsushima
    • Genshin Impact
    • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
    • Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!
    • Buddy Mission BOND
    • Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
    • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Grand AwardGhost of Tsushima and Monster Hunter Rise

CESA held the Japan Game Awards concurrently with the annual Tokyo Game Show. In the 2020 edition, it gave the highest Grand Award to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The 2021 Japan Game Awards included an unusual occurrence. CESA gave the Grand Award to not one, but two games simultaneously. Ghost of Tsushima is immediately available on PlayStation 4 and 5. Monster Hunter Rise is currently available on Nintendo Switch, with a PC version slated to appear on January 12, 2022.


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