Before reading this thread I barely knew what Returnal was, now I find myself actually wanting a PS5! Oh well, maybe in a few years time.
Game of the Year 2021
A1. Metroid Dread - I do wish it had been a bit less linear and more like Super Metroid, but the minute to minute gameplay is just so slick and fun to play and the overall presentation is fantastic. It helps that it looked amazing on my new OLED Switch too. Some great boss battles too, really hard but always fair so you get a bit further each time. I agree with @Wiper that the controls could have done with some options though, my old hands were pretty fucked by the time I finished it. I don't remember exactly what was wrong with them, too much reliance on L and R for things that should have been on ZL and ZR I think. I could have remapped them at a system level, but...I'm lazy.
A2. Game Builder Garage - I put over 100 hours into this in the space of a few weeks, which with the amount of gaming time I get is neither easy or advisable! It's a really accessible way to make simple games, but the restrictions do start to grate when you try and make something more complex. It's a shame there's no in-game sharing hub like Mario Maker, but it's not hard to see why given it's a lot easier to just draw a cock and balls texture than make one out of blocks.
A3. No More Heroes III - I love that this looks like crap, and it doesn't give a toss. The important bits are really fun to play anyway.
A4. Neo: The World Ends With You - Been playing this since Christmas, it starts a little slow but it's starting to pick up now, and it's just so stylish and fun to play. The original is probably my favorite DS game, so it's amazing to finally be playing a sequel that really stays true to the original.
A5. New Pokemon Snap - Another dream sequel that expands and improves on the original in so many ways.
Game of the Year (premiered anywhere pre-2021)
B2. Streets of Rage 4
B3. Baba Is You (Level editor expansion)
Biggest Disappointment of the Year
Z1. The usual wankers still being wankers
Z3. Not playing Returnal, apparently
Sound Design of the Year
S1. No More Heroes III
S2. Neo: The World Ends With You
S3. Deltarune Chapter 2
Visual Design of the Year
V1. Metroid Dread
V2. Bowser's Fury
V3. New Pokemon Snap
Writing of the Year
W1. No More Heroes III
W2. Neo: The World Ends With You
W3. Deltarune Chapter 2
Format of the Year
F1. Switch (OLED) - Love that screen so much.
Publisher or Developer of the Year