Super Mario Odyssey Wins Best Of Gamescom Award, Xbox One X Wins For Best Hardware

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Nintendo's Super Mario Odyssey has taken home the top honour at Gamescom's awards show. The upcoming Switch game won the Best of Gamescom award, organisers have announced. It won four others: the "Most Wanted" Consumer Award, the Best Nintendo Switch Console Game, Best Action Game, and Best Family Game.

Odyssey launches this October exclusively for Switch. The console itself continues to be hard to find, but Nintendo recently promised to "ramp up" production of the console heading into the busy holiday season.

Destiny 2 won Best Multiplayer Game and Best Social/Online Game, while the Xbox One X took home the award for Best Hardware. The award for best sports game went to PES 2018, while Best Racing game went to Forza Motorsport 7.

You can see a rundown of all the Gamescom Award winners below, as compiled by Gamasutra.

Gamescom 2017 Award Winners

  • Best of Gamescom -- Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
  • Best DLC -- Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar (EA)
  • Best Booth -- Electronic Arts
  • Best PS4 Console Game -- Assassin's Creed Origins (Ubisoft)
  • Best Xbox One Console Game -- Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Warner Bros.)
  • Best Nintendo Switch Console Game -- Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
  • Best PC Game -- Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Koch Media)
  • Best Mobile Game -- Metroid: Samus Returns (Nintendo)
  • Best Role Playing Game -- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Bandai Namco)
  • Best Racing Game -- Forza Motorsport 7 (Microsoft)
  • Best Action Game -- Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
  • Best Simulation Game -- Project Cars 2 (Bandai Namco)
  • Best Sports Game -- PES 2018 (Konami)
  • Best Family Game -- Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
  • Best Strategy Game -- Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft)
  • Best Puzzle/Skill Game -- God's Trigger (Techland)
  • Best Social/Online Game -- Destiny 2 (Activision Blizzard)
  • Best Causal Game -- Hidden Agenda (Sony)
  • Best Multiplayer Game -- Destiny 2 (Activision Blizzard)
  • Best Virtual Reality Game -- Fallout 4 VR (ZeniMAx)
  • Best Hardware -- Xbox One X (Microsoft)
  • "Most Wanted" Consumer Award -- Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
  • Indie Award -- Double Kick Heroes (Headbang Club)

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Xbox One X isn't even out yet and they still give it an award? Lol. Ok what if it has a 20 percent "red ring of death" type problem? Would it still get an award?

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Look. It's the best most powerful console ever made, end of story. Get used to it

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@maximo: Atari's Jaguar 64 was way powerful for it's time too, and Panasonic REAL too.

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@santinegrete: remember those? I thought I was the only one here.

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@santinegrete: is the REAL, the 3D0 in the states?

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@skot_free: It was, I used to play them at best buy lmao...ROAD RASH!!!!!

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@maximo: "Best" and "Most powerful" aren't always synonymous. From what I could see, anything the One X has, you can also get on PC, or PS4 Pro. Granted the PS4 Pro isn't as powerful, but unless Microsoft can secure a good number of console exclusives (meaning not even on PC), then it'll just be like driving a Hennessey Venom GT around a cul-de-sac.

Hardware muscle can only be flexed when you have something to flex it for. So if nearly every big name game coming out for the One X is also on the PC or PS4, it will really hurt its chances of being put on top. Dropping $500 just to get 4k and HDR isn't something everyone will be willing to do. Or if they are, chances are they have a PC setup that's already capable of it.

Now before the MS trolls start flaming me, am I saying the One X is bad? No, far from it. It's a super impressive piece of kit. But it needs games. Exclusive games.

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@R34Vegeta: Microsoft is not going to make exclusive games for console only anymore. They want to build their Live service. They will most likely be offering a streaming service sometime in the years to come and that's what they are creeping towards.

The Play Anywhere feature that they have introduced is something that I've wanted for years and as much as the fanboys try it just can't be deemed as anything other than a huge win for gamers.

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@R34Vegeta: Why? You fancy on playing at 20-30 frames per second and below in a 2013 console and being locked to it? Does it bother you if some developer gives players the option to play on state of the art PC hardware for those who can afford it?

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@netiger: Not entirely sure what you're trying to get at, to be honest.

My comment was based on the fact that "best" was being used in regards to the console when it just isn't technically true. The only way it could be the best console is if the games on it were there to support that argument. Nothing in my comment alluded to me not liking the fact that the console exists or that I'm bothered by developers giving people options.

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@R34Vegeta: Oh but they are. The best selling games, the games that matter, the games that people actually want, the ones from Bethesda, Ubisoft, EA, Activision are all there. As a bonus it packs great franchises from Microsoft too, EA Access, Game Pass, the best racing games, the best multiplayer TPS, the best online, the best controller, free backwards compatibility instead of remasters and now the best graphics and performance too. PS4 is a good console, I like mine, don't get me wrong but even though I have no intention of getting a X1X I feel happy for those who will, it's the best console around and will probably still be for years to come.

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@R34Vegeta: The games are there you just are unwilling acknowledge them. It is no different than PC gaming.

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@R34Vegeta: I've always found the Xbox unique for getting PC games when other console platforms didn't.

I know a ton of gamers, know how many have a gaming PC? 0...PC is a seperate entity from consoles in 99% of consumers minds.

So the constant argument about being able to get these games on PC gets quite old.

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@bentleyj10: But your experience doesn't make it the rule, just the exception. I too know a ton of gamers, and how many of them have a gaming PC? All of them. But they also have consoles and divide their time between PC gaming and whatever console they own.

PC gaming being a separate entity is no longer really a thing with technology progressing (this very console is proof) to the point that you are in essence getting a gaming PC in a nice little package...i mean the Xbox consoles are running a variant of Windows 10 for crying out loud. And by your own admission, the unique aspect of Xbox consoles is the ability to get PC games on the console when others can't/don't. Which makes it even harder to separate the PC and console argument you find so old.

And while your point is valid in that most of the average consumers won't care about PC gaming if they're looking at consoles, the One X isn't exactly the "average consumer" piece of hardware when trying to enter into the gaming universe. So if people are looking at this console, chances are pretty high they have a gaming PC as well. And if those people are anything like me, I tend to get games on Steam (or whatever launcher whatever company decides to use) instead of the console counterpart. But then again, I am most likely the exception, not the rule in that regard as well.

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When monster hunter world aint on that list you know gamescom attendees f'ed up xD

Especially when destiny 2 won best multiplayer . . .

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How do games and consoles that haven't even been completed - let alone released - win awards? Or am I misunderstanding things?

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@sealionact: don't let that surprise you. Xbox One (original w/kinect package) also won a "product of the year" award before it's release. I'm not going to critic any awards, is more fun to just study the choices I made gaming wise =D

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@sealionact: yeah people got to play and test them at Gamescom.

You're welcome.

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Since when does Mario qualify as an action game, lolwut? =))

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@Daian: Action is a subgenre of thriller in which the protagonist or protagonists end up in a series of challenges that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases. Action products tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which generally concludes in victory for the hero.

Sounds pretty Marioish to me, in the raw definition of Action Genre.

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