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Hideo Kojima, Splatoon, The Witcher 3 win year-end awards from Famitsu

Japanese fans name Kojima 2015's MVP

Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu announced its top titles of 2015 today, five months into 2016. It's never a bad time to be reminded of some of last year's best games, however, as well as its most notable figures. Among the award winners are Hideo Kojima, the former Konami staffer and creator of Metal Gear Solid.

Kojima attended the ceremony to pick up his MVP Award in person, as seen on his personal Twitter account.

Along with a bouquet of flowers, the veteran designer received a plaque, which he later showed off in a tweet.

The Metal Gear Solid creator is a longtime attendee of the Famitsu Awards. Last year, however, neither Kojima nor anyone else from Konami attended the annual ceremony, as reported by Kotaku. Despite games like P.T. and Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes winning awards for excellence and innovation, representatives from Konami declined to pick up the trophies.

This was last April, when drama around Kojima's impending departure began to swell. To relive that turbulent time in the creative's long career at Konami, check out our recap.

This year's return is one of several award shows that Kojima has attended in 2016, however. Kojima also received his Hall of Fame honor at this year's DICE Awards during the event itself. When his last game at Konami, Metal Gear Solid 5, won an award at the same show, he didn't go on stage to receive it, however. He also wasn't present at The Game Awards 2015. Although Kojima was meant to attend, host Geoff Keighley said on Twitter later that night that Kojima's former boss Konami prevented the designer from picking up an award for the game at the show.

The rest of the award winners include a few names that have appeared on many similar lists, like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Bloodborne and Fallout 4. Overall, though, there are far more local fan favorites — Splatoon picked up the top prize for Game of the Year — and Japan-only titles, such as Yo-Kai Watch Busters and the upcoming Dragon Quest 6: Journey of the Cursed King remake on Nintendo 3DS.

Here's several more of the winning games, as well as some of the companies and characters Famitsu also celebrated.

Game of the Year

  • Splatoon

Excellence Prize

  • Bloodborne
  • Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • Fallout 4
  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • Granblue Fantasy
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Monster Hunter Generations
  • Monster Strike
  • Shironeko Project
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Tokyo Xanadu
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yo-kai Watch Busters

Innovation Award

  • Splatoon
  • Super Mario Maker

Best Hit Award

  • Monster Hunter Generations

Favorite App Award

  • Puzzle and Dragons

Best Character Award

  • Snake (Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain)

Best Game Maker Award

  • Square Enix

MVP Award

  • Hideo Kojima (Kojima Productions)