Nintendo was the big winner at this year’s Gamescom, the international video game conference that concluded on Sunday in Cologne, Germany. Nintendo Switch game The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has won multiple awards, including Best Gameplay, Best Audio, and Most Epic Title honors at this year’s event.
The latest installment of the popular Zelda adventure franchise is already one of the highest-rated games of the year, earning critical acclaim for its stunning visuals, open-world architecture, and creative gameplay. It was easily the pick of the lot at Gamescom 2023.
Other Gamescom highlights include the action role-playing game Black Myth: Wukong from Game Science Interactive Technology, which took home the award for Best Visual Rendering; fighting title Mortal Kombat 1 won best Xbox game title; and that game company Heaven: Children of the Light won the award for the best mobile game.
After the cancellation of the E3 event in Los Angeles, Gamescom entered the spotlight as the most important video game conference of the year. It’s unclear if there will be an E3 in 2024, but Gamescom has already set the dates and it will take place from August 21 to August 25, 2024.
A full list of Gamescom 2023 winners follows.
Best Trailer/Announcement: Little nightmares 3
Best Show Floor: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Best Microsoft Xbox game: Mortal Kombat 1
Best Nintendo Switch game: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Best Sony PlayStation game: Teck 8
Best mobile game: Heaven: Children of the Light
Best images: Black Myth: Wukong
Best audio: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Best Gameplay: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Most entertaining: PAYMENT DAY 3
Most epic: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Most healthy: Picmin 4
Games for impact: Heaven: Children of the Light
Best Announcement: Little nightmares 3
Best of the Show Floor: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Heart of Gaming Award: GAMES:IN
Gamescom Green Studio of the Year:Xbox