It's that time of year again where we come together to celebrate the best and most notable game releases for the year. Our team has worked together to vote and come up with their favourite games of the year over 11 categories. We wanted this year's game of the year to be an event, therefore we'll be announcing the winners throughout the week. And here we go:

Best Graphics / Art Direction

  • Boomerang Fu
  • Hades
  • Manifold Garden
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King

And the winner is... Paper Mario: The Origami King!

Best Hidden Gem

  • Alwa’s Legacy
  • ITTA
  • Nine Witches: Family Disruption
  • No Straight Roads
  • Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm

And the winner is... Nine Witches: Family Disruption!

Best Soundtrack

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Hades
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
  • No Straight Roads

And the winner is... Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

Most Innovative Game

  • CARRION
  • Carto
  • Hades
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

And the winner is... Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit!

Best Single-Player Experience

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Hades
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Superliminal

And the winner is... The Outer Worlds!

Most Anticipated Future First/Third Party Release

  • Bravely Default II
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
  • Metroid Prime 4
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • New Pokemon Snap

And the winner is... The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel!

Most Anticipated Future Nindie Release

Winner to be announced December 18 9:00PM (AEDT)

  • Anomaly Hunter
  • Axiom Verge 2
  • Broken Roads
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong
  • SkateBIRD

And the winner is... Hollow Knight: Silksong!

Best Local Multiplayer Release

  • Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
  • Boomerang Fu
  • HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed
  • Moving Out
  • Streets of Rage 4

And the winner is... Streets of Rage 4!

Best Third Party Release

  • DOOM Eternal
  • Hades
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

And the winner is... DOOM Eternal!

Best Nindie

  • Alwa’s Legacy
  • CARRION
  • Carto
  • Hades
  • Nine Witches: Family Disruption

And the winner is... Hades!

Game of the Year

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King

And the winner is... Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

If there are any exciting titles that we have missed, please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter @switchaboonews.

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