The Nominees for the First Kawa Game Awards

Presenting the nominees for the first Kawa Game Awards, which will be streamed alongside The Game Awards on December 8, 7:30pm EST.

The Kawa Game Awards celebrates fun.

The award is not bestowed upon whichever game made the most contributions of Doritos and Mountain Dew to Kawa.

Instead, it is bestowed upon those whose game perfectly encapsulates the theme of the category they were nominated to—or what is the funniest meme.

The voting will be done live during the KGA stream with winners getting a trophy that Elle draws in Microsoft Paint.

We cannot wait for you to join us for the first Annual Kawa Game Awards, and the official NewsDrop debut of the necromancer Eleanor Briarwood and her beloved Booster.

The categories will be as follows for these awards:

Best OST

These games graced us with amazing soundtracks that further boosted the game's experience. The nominees are

Sonic Frontiers (SEGA)
Pokemon Scarlet/Violet (Nintendo)
Bayonetta 3 (Nintendo)
Splatoon 3 (Nintendo)

Best Remaster

These games were brought back from the grave, better and improved upon from what they once were originally. These nominees were picked for how insanely well they were polished and remastered.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn (Square Enix)
Destroy All Humans! 2 Reprobed (THQ Nordic)
Live A Live (Square Enix)
Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series (Bandai Namco)

Best Co-Op

Sometimes, we need a companion to help us. A friend who we bring along to play with us to make the experience twice as fun. These nominees embody that essence.

Elden Ring (Bandai Namco Entertainment Japan)
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (Capcom)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (Dotemu / Gamera Games)
Pokemon Scarlet/Violet (Nintendo and The Pokémon Company)

Best Pick-Up / Put-Down

Sometimes, we want to play a game for a couple of minutes in between our breaks and not stress out at all.

These games show us that we don't need to be constantly playing a game and enjoy a quick 15-minute match.

Vampire Survivors (Poncle)
Splatoon 3 (Nintendo)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (Dotemu / Gamera Games)
Pokemon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo and The Pokémon Company)

Best Replay Value

These games are wonderful, so wonderful in fact that you can't help but come back to them repeatedly, almost like it's a good scratch to that gaming itch.

Vampire Survivors (Poncle)
Cult of the Lamb (Massive Monster)
Dying Light 2: Stay Human (Techland)
Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo)

Comfiest Game

Sometimes you don't want to worry about high scores, or if you're prepared for battle. Sometimes you just want to RELAX and we feel these nominations are the best game this year to just utterly relax to.

Harvestella (Square Enix)
The Wandering Village (Stray Fawn Studio/WhisperGames)
The Spirit and the Mouse (Armor Games Studios)
Rune Factory 5 (XSEED Games/Marvelous)

Worst Company

We've seen a lot of companies commit public seppuku this year.

From the biggest to the smallest, these nominees have literally dropped the ball and lowered the bar.

Activision Blizzard
Riot Games

Best Waifu

This category is one for the ages. This year we were given some great waifus, but which one is the best for this year? Here are the nominees to rule them all.

Ranni (Elden Ring)
Shiver (Splatoon 3)
Kunoichi (DNF Duel)
Professor Sada (Pokemon Scarlet)

Best Husbando

This one's for the ladies and bros who love a good hunk. This year was filled with all types of husband material but only one will prevail.

Kamisato Ayato (Genshin Impact)
Jack Garland (Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin)
Professor Turo (Pokemon Violet)
Lanz (Xenoblade Chronicles 3)

Best Animal Companion

Whenever we feel alone, these furry, feathery or scaly friends come alongside us and make us feel better. They're helpful, they're amazing and they're the best of friends.

Small Fry (Splatoon 3)
Koraidon/Miraidon (Pokemon Scarlet/Violet)
Stray Cat (Stray)
Elfilin (Kirby and the Forgotten Lands)

Best Character

The year has brought us a lot of characters with varying stories of varying depths. These characters stood out the most with fans and are now competing for the top.

Bayonetta (Bayonetta 3)
Let Me Solo Her (Elden Ring)
Sage (Sonic Frontiers)
Arven (Pokemon Scarlet/Violet)

Best Moment

In between games, we are given a scene that leaves us in awe. So much so that we consider it the best moment of the game. These nominees were picked as the BEST moments of the year.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin (Square Enix)
Elden Ring (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
Pokemon Scarlet/Violet (Nintendo)
Sonic Frontiers (Nintendo)

Game of The Year

The moment you've all been waiting for, the one game to surpass all games.

Every year, many a game comes out from publishers telling great stories and contain amazing settings—but only one may come out on top. It's time to answer the question with these nominees.

What IS the game of the YEAR?

Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Elden Ring
Splatoon 3
Bayonetta 3
Sonic Frontiers
Pokemon Legends: Arceus

The first Kawa Game Awards will be streamed side-by-side with The Game Awards on December 8 at 6:00 CST on Twitch.

This also marks the Official NewsDrop Debut of NecroNews, with a new model reveal for Elle (and hopefully, Booster).