Sakurai Wins ‘Most Valuable Creator’ At Famitsu Dengeki Game Awards 2021

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai has been recognised by the Dengeki Game Awards as Japan’s most valuable video game creator in 2021.

This award was decided based on user voting within Japan. Sakurai shared the news with his followers over on Twitter, while also thanking everyone who supported him and his team. Sakurai was able to place ahead of the Resident Evil Village development team, Um Musume: Pretty Derby’s development team, Sega’s Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and Naoki Yoshida (FFXIV’s producer).

“Select by user voting” Famitsu / Dengeki Game Award 2021 ” MVC ~ Most Valuable Creator ~ Masahiro Sakurai

“I received an award. Thank you to everyone who supported us!”

The game of the year for 2021 went to Capcom’s latest Monster Hunter game, Monster Hunter Rise for the Nintendo Switch and PC. The same title also took out the best action game.

Metroid Dread took out the Action/Adventure category – fending off Hades and Returnal. And Buddy Mission Bond, published by Nintendo – won best Adventure game.

Here is the full list of nominees (winners in bold), courtesy of Siliconera:

Game of the Year

  • Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
  • Tales of Arise
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Lost Judgment

MVC – Most Valuable Creator

  • Capcom’s Resident Evil Village development team
  • Cygames’ Uma Musume: Pretty Derby development team
  • Masahiro Sakurai (creator of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
  • Sega’s Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
  • Naoki Yoshida (producer of Final Fantasy XIV)

Best Scenario

  • Tales of Arise
  • Buddy Mission BOND
  • Lost Judgment

Best Graphics

  • Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
  • Tales of Arise
  • Resident Evil Village

Best Music

  • Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
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  • Monster Hunter Rise

Best Actor

  • Takuya Kimura as Takayuki Yagami in Lost Judgment
  • Daisuke Tsuji as Jin Sakai in Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut
  • Maggie Robertson as Alcina Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village

Best Voice Actor

  • Hitomi Ueda as Gold Ship in Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
  • Shino Shimoji as Shionne in Tales of Arise
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Chesley Nichols in Buddy Mission BOND

Best Character

  • Alphen from Tales of Arise
  • Ethan Winters from Resident Evil Village
  • Gold Ship from Uma Musume: Pretty Derby

Best Online Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Genshin Impact
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Best Action

  • Hades
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Returnal

Best Action Adventure

  • Resident Evil Village
  • Metroid Dread
  • Lost Judgment

Best Adventure

  • Jack Jeanne
  • Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon-
  • Buddy Mission BOND

Best RPG

  • The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki
  • Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Tales of Arise

Best Indie Game

  • Eastward
  • Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights
  • Hades

Best Rookie

  • Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Buddy Mission BOND

Best Esports Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Valorant



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