The Game Awards was a night full of celebration for the games that have helped push the boundaries of gaming excellence in the past year, but it was also a quiet victory for nostalgic gaming. The game awards saw the staying power of some of the world’s most iconic video game series, which are still making headlines to this day.
The night opened with a new Smash reveal for a series that has reigned supreme for two decades, Final Fantasy took home multiple awards for the remake of one of its legendary games, and the 35th anniversary of an all-time classic, Super Mario Bros. was celebrated. Among these classic’s showcased was also Mortal Kombat, who helped advance the fighting game genre with its debut in 1992, and has been among the best in the genre ever since. Its legendary status was further cemented with its most recent achievement during the Game Awards, taking home the award for Best Fighting Game with Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WB Games), conquered Granblue Fantasy: Versus, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows, and Under Night In-BirthExe: Late[cl-r] to take home the award. The title of Best Fighting Game is contented amongst games with flawless game design primarily around head-to-head combat.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate was first released on November 11, 2020 for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, as an enhanced version of Mortal Kombat 11 containing all downloadable content up to that point. Ultimate was welcomed with mostly favorable reviews upon its release, some even calling it one of the greatest fighting games of all time.
Mortal Kombat 11 itself was also highly regarded as an all-time classic in the series’ iconic history, and was one of the highest selling games of last year. No stranger to making headlines at the Game Awards, game developers NetherRealm Studios announced the game during the 2018 ceremony and released the game on April 23, 2019 for Microsoft Windows and all of the previous gen consoles.
The Video Game Awards were established in 2014 by Canadian game journalist Geoff Keighley to honor outstanding achievements in the video game industry. The annual ceremony has become a staple of the gaming community, with an audience of almost 50 million viewers in 2019.