The Golden Joysticks took place today at indigO2 at London's O2 Arena, one of the largest UK-based award shows to take place each year. There were some notable wins for Nintendo and its partners this year, with a popular creator earning a major award.
The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma won the Lifetime Achievement Award. In a typically gracious speech the Nintendo veteran dedicated the award to all of those that have worked on the franchise over the last 30 years; an official press release quotes him as follows.
I am glad, honoured and really humbled to be awarded the Golden Joysticks 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. I say I'm humbled because when I heard about this award, I had to ask myself… "am I qualified to be accepting this myself as an individual, when the award belongs more to The Legend of Zelda Series?" With this understanding I accept the award with pleasure on behalf of more that 1,000 creators, artists, engineers and composers who have worked on the series for more than 30 years.
There were a few other winners from a Nintendo perspective. Niantic's Pokémon GO won both the Innovation of the Year and Handheld / Mobile Game of the Year awards. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD scooped the Nintendo Game of the Year award.
It's always pleasing to see game creators such as Eiji Aonuma be honoured for many years of work. With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming in 2017, it'll be fascinating to see what Aonuma-san and his team deliver next.