SXSW Announces 2018 Gaming Awards Winners, Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes Game of the Year

Austin, TX - March 17, 2018 - SXSW® Gaming has announced the winners for the 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards. The winners in 24 different categories, were revealed during the fifth annual Gaming Awards ceremony, which was hosted by IGN producer and writer Alanah Pearce, and Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and esports broadcaster for H1Z1, Hearthstone and Call of Duty World League, Richard Campbell.

Award winner highlights include Game of the Year winner The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo); Mobile Game of the Year winner Fire Emblem Heroes (Nintendo, Intelligent Systems); Esports Game of the Year winner PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Bluehole Studio Inc.); Tabletop Game of the Year winner Gloomhaven (Cephalofair Games); and Trending Game of the Year winner PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Bluehole Studio Inc.).

Submissions for the SXSW Gaming Awards opened in August 2017 through the official Gaming Awards page and closed in December. Finalists for the SXSW Gaming Awards categories were selected and voted on by the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and select staff, consisting of more than 40 industry experts well-versed in everything gaming and geek culture. Once finalists were revealed, the general public, along with the Advisory Board, were invited to cast their vote on IGN.com to help determine the winners in each category, which were unveiled and honored at tonight’s SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony.

2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners:

Excellence in SFX

Super Mario Odyssey

Excellence in Musical Score

NieR: Automata

Excellence in Technical Achievement

NieR: Automata

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Horizon Zero Dawn

Excellence in Animation


Excellence in Art


Excellence in Convergence

Star Wars Battlefront II

Excellence in Multiplayer

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Horizon Zero Dawn

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game

Night in the Woods

Excellence in Gameplay

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Excellence in Design

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Excellence in Narrative

What Remains of Edith Finch

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Doki Doki Literature Club

Gamer’s Voice Award Video Game

Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars

Gamer’s Voice Award Mobile Game

Tiny Bubbles

Gamer’s Voice Award Tabletop Game

Sol: Last Days of a Star

Gamer's Voice Award Virtual Reality Game


Trending Game of the Year

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Esports Game of the Year

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Tabletop Game of the Year


Virtual Reality Game of the Year

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Mobile Game of the Year

Fire Emblem Heroes

Video Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Spring fever hits Rocket League on March 19th, 2018


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We’ve got a FEVER, and the only prescription is more Soccar!

Spring Fever is our next in-game Event in Rocket League, which starts next week! Featuring a new Crate of the same name that can be obtained as a drop after some Online Matches, via unlock with ‘Flowers’ that you earn, or as a direct purchase through the Rocket League client (similar to buying Keys or Premium DLC Battle-Cars), the new event should be pretty awesome!

Alongside the Spring Fever Crate are 10 NEW items that can be purchased with those same aforementioned ‘Flowers.’ Check out some of the Spring Fever Crate and Event items below!

Spring Fever Start Time: Monday, March 19, 10am PDT (1pm EDT, 7pm CET on March 19)

Spring Fever End Time: Monday, April 9, 5pm PDT (8pm EDT, 2am CET on April 10)

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle - DLC characters Jubei, Aigis, and Carmine Read revealed

Torrance, California, March 16th, 2018 — Arc System Works America, Inc., is pleased to officially reveal the three new fighters joining the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle line up in DLC Character Pack 2. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will be released on June 5th, 2018 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam (PC). DLC Character Pack 2 will be made available for $4.99 or as part of the Cross Tag Character Collection for $19.99, which includes all six packs.

New Gameplay Trailer for Arcade-Racing Game Trailblazers

Get your rocket engine running! The debut of Trailblazers, the revolutionary co-op racing game coming to all major consoles in May, has gamers very curious on how the racing strategies and tactics will work in different game modes. Rising Star Games and Supergonk have revealed a brand-new adrenaline pumping trailer for their upcoming co-operative arcade racing game Trailblazers today. The latest trailer showcases players going head to head in co-operative matches online, and in local two and four player split screen.

Trailblazers is a fresh new co-operative racing title with an innovative on-track game mechanic: paint the track, boost on your color, and work as a team to win! Racing in teams of up to three-versus-three, players paint the track as they race, capturing key areas to dynamically change the racing line, then boosting on their team’s color. Racers who drive with flair and style will also amass skill points to blaze their way to victory! Players can experience the blistering high-speed action with up to six players online, or locally via split-screen for up to four local players with additional online or CPU-controlled challengers.

Trailblazers Gameplay Features:

Campaign Mode: Multiplayer thrills and single-player challenges
A Musical Feast: Enjoy the retro-futuristic soundtrack that fits perfectly with the visual aesthetic of the game, aural soundscapes from the officially licensed soundtrack featuring artists like; Skope, Derevolutions, A.Skillz and more.
Award Winning Artist: Gorgeous Trailblazers artwork designed by BAFTA award-winning artist Will Milton.
Scenic Tracks: In the race for glory, players will scorch their way through mountain ranges, lush forests and arid desert valleys in Trailblazers.
Diverse Characters: Each driver plays a vital role in the racing community and together they unfold the story of the Trailblazers world, each having a specific role and style of driving.
Futuristic Fleet: Players can choose from a showroom of the fastest race cars in the galaxy, each with customized stats to fit every play style and track type.

Trailblazers, developed by Supergonk and published digitally by Rising Star Games, will be available globally in May 2018 on all major gaming platforms. Keep your engines fueled up and ready for more incoming information by following Rising Star Games on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or on the official Trailblazers website.

Kirby's back and this time he's brought some friends

When a new evil threatens Planet Popstar, Kirby will need a little help from his…enemies?! By making friends out of Kirby’s foes, up to four* players can join forces to save the day. With new and expanded copy abilities, classic Kirby action is deeper than ever in the Kirby™ Star Allies game.


Use Friend Hearts to charm enemies and have them fight alongside you!
Drop-In/Drop-Out Co-Op: Play through the entire game with up to four* players or with CPU friends.
Combine abilities with elements such as wind and water to create new Friend Abilities.
Some bosses and enemies are weak to certain elemental attacks, so remember to strategize!
Earn additional Illustration Pieces and items with compatible amiibo™ figures (sold separately).
If you are interested in trying the free demo or purchasing the digital version of the game, please visit http://kirby.nintendo.com/star-allies/.

Nintendo UK - Reminder regarding the Wii Shop Channel closure

As previously announced, in 2019, we plan to close the Wii Shop Channel on Wii and Wii U, which has been available since December 2006.

In preparation for the closure of the Wii Shop Channel, we would like to remind consumers of the following points:

It will no longer be possible to add Nintendo Points with either a credit card, a Nintendo Points Card or a Nintendo eShop Card after 20:59 UK time on 26th March 2018. If you’d like to purchase Nintendo Points or redeem a Nintendo Points Card or Nintendo eShop Card, please do so before this time.
It will no longer be possible to purchase WiiWare, Virtual Console software and Wii Channels (including free software)* in the Wii Shop from 05:59 UK time on 31st January 2019.

Update from the Squid Research Lab – Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion, European Championship, Rank X and more

Did you catch the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Inklings? There was loads of new information about Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch, including Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion – a brand new single-player mode coming as paid downloadable content this summer! Not to mention more stages and gear, a huge European tournament and…Rank X? Whew!

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

Our researchers recently unearthed something called Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion. In this hefty single-player mode, you’ll play as Agent 8 – a brand new character who looks like an Octoling – and navigate 80 mysterious underground test facilities in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis!

Escape from these twisted depths, and you’ll be able to join multiplayer matches as an Octoling. (Wait, does this mean we need an Octopus Research Lab now…?)

You’ll be able to play this new mode in summer – stay tuned for more details! Oh, by the way, if you purchase Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion* in Nintendo eShop on your console or via this website** now, you'll immediately receive Octo-themed in-game gear to use in battle.

Splatoon European Championship

Europe’s best Splatoon 2 teams will be splatting it out for ultimate glory at the Splatoon European Championship at Polymanga in Switzerland on March 31st! We’ll be livestreaming the semi-finals and grand finale, as well as a special Off the Hook concert on the official Nintendo UK YouTube channel.

Ver. 3.0 ink-coming!

This major update is coming to Splatoon 2 in April, and adds all the fresh stuff below!

Can you make it to Rank X?

Seasoned splatters will soon be able to show their superiority with Rank X – a hardcore new rank above S+! Only the top 1% of players will qualify for this prestigious position.

Those who do will battle it out for X Power, rather than the usual Rank Meter. Once a month, for each of the four different Ranked Battle modes, 500 players with the highest X Power will be announced on SplatNet 2. Could you be one of them?

More stages, more gear, more fun!

Returning favourites Piranha Pit and Camp Triggerfish will be making a splash in Splatoon 2 soon, as well as an all-new stage – Wahoo World. They say this place is the dating spot of choice for all the hippest and happeningest Inklings.

Over 100 pieces of gear will be added too, meaning fresh new looks just in time for spring! FYI – going forward, new stages and weapons will be added in a big batch on a monthly basis.

Did you get all that? The world of Splatoon 2 continues to evolve, so don’t miss out!

UK and Ireland - Pick up Ash's Pikachu this Easter

From today, Friday 16 March, collectors and players who spend £19.99/€19.99 on selected Pokémon Trading Card Game products at participating retailers* in the UK and Ireland will receive a pack of three limited-edition promo cards featuring Ash’s Pikachu.

Ash Ketchum is Pikachu’s Trainer in the much-loved Pokémon animated series and movies, and this set of six cards was initially created to celebrate the November release of Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, which tells the story of Ash and Pikachu’s first meeting and the start of their adventures together.

If you missed Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! at the cinema or want to watch it one more time, tune in to CiTV, which will be airing this unique story about the beginning of one of the most beloved friendships in popular culture over the Easter weekend.

These limited-edition cards will only be available while stocks last, so be sure not to miss out.

*UK retailers: GAME, Waterstones, Smyths; Eire retailer: Smyths

The gruff, tough-talking Detective Pikachu has a big personality that’s only matched by his extra-large amiibo

Detective Pikachu for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems is a Pokémon adventure unlike any other. (Check out our preview to learn more about it!) It seems only fitting that such a unique game gets an equally unique accessory to go with it. The Detective Pikachu amiibo figure is not just a beautifully sculpted representation of the charming character, but thanks to its incredible size, it's bound to become the centerpiece of your amiibo collection.

Measuring in at just over 5 inches tall (including its base), the Detective Pikachu amiibo is mighty impressive. Check out the map that decorates the base and the texturing on his iconic hat, which does a fantastic job of making plastic feel like stiff felt. Of course, it's the amiibo's size that stands out above all else, so we wanted to look at how this cool piece stacks up against other household items.

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Pokémon TCG: Necrozma Prism Tin available today

Necrozma continues its furious charge into the Pokémon TCG with the Pokémon TCG: Necrozma Prism Tin! Each sturdy tin features a special foil card featuring Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX or Dawn Wings Necrozma-GX, both of which are not only visually stunning but immensely powerful in battle. Plus, each tin contains four Pokémon TCG booster packs to bolster your collection.

Each Pokémon TCG: Necrozma Prism Tin Includes:

1 of 2 foil Pokémon-GX cards: Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX or Dawn Wings Necrozma-GX

4 Pokémon TCG booster packs

A code card to unlock a playable deck in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

The Pokémon TCG: Necrozma Prism Tin is available in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.