A Top 100 With Surprising Titles, Via 50 Thousand Japanese Players!

TV Asahi, a Japanese TV station, has performed a reasonably respectable survey, and fifty thousand Japanese players’ taste in gaming resulted in creating a top 100, led by a relatively recent title.


The podium has three Japanese-developed games. The Legend of Zelda (which is on the list with several titles from the franchise) took the victory with the current title, Breath of the Wild (whose sequel is in development). It’s followed by Dragon Quest V (Super Famicom: 1992, PlayStation 2: 2004, Nintendo DS: 2008, with the first Western release in 2009, Android/iOS: 2014/2015), and third place went to Final Fantasy VII, proving how the 1997 PS1 title has indeed boosted the franchise into the mainstream around the world. (And Square Enix has two games on the podium, as Dragon Quest is another franchise in their hands.)

We’d have to go down to 13th place to find a Western game. Undertale is anything but Japanese (or AAA). But let’s go deeper… the first, more prominent, Western-developed PlayStation-exclusive is in #66 (Ghost of Tsushima). The Nintendo Switch took four places in the top 10, tilting the results in Nintendo’s favour (Chrono Trigger? SNES, then PS1; SMB3? NES… increasing the number to six, but even the internal developments, 1, 4, 5, 7, and 10, bring the ratio to 50%).


Here’s the complete list:

  1.         The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2.         Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
  3.         Final Fantasy VII
  4.         Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  5.         Splatoon 2
  6.         Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation
  7.         Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  8.         Chrono Trigger
  9.         Final Fantasy X
  10. Super Mario Bros. 3
  11. Pokemon Diamond / Pearl
  12. Super Mario Kart
  14. Pokemon Sword / Shield
  15. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
  16. Kingdom Hearts II
  17. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  18. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  19. Suikoden II
  20. Minecraft
  21. Splatoon
  22. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  23. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  24. Pokemon Red / Green / Blue
  25. Tetris
  26. Pokemon Black / White
  27. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  28. MOTHER 2 (Earthbound)
  29. Okami
  30. Apex Legends
  31. Tactics Ogre
  32. Biohazard (Resident Evil)
  33. Final Fantasy VI
  34. Final Fantasy V
  35. Xenoblade 2
  36. Pokemon Gold / Silver
  37. Final Fantasy IX
  38. Puyo Puyo
  39. Dark Souls III
  40. Xenogears
  41. Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa Heisei Reiwa mo Teiban!
  42. Persona 5
  43. Xenoblade
  44. Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online
  45. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
  46. Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line
  47. Final Fantasy XIV
  48. NieR: Automata
  49. Kingdom Hearts
  50. Pokemon Ruby / Sapphire
  51. Final Fantasy IV
  52. The Legend of Zelda
  53. Tales of the Abyss
  54. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  55. Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits / Fleshy Souls / Psychic Specters
  56. Super Mario Galaxy
  57. Super Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong Country)
  58. Animal Crossing
  59. Dead by Daylight
  60. Pokemon Black 2 / White 2
  61. Super Smash Bros.
  62. Xevious
  63. Final Fantasy III
  64. Pokemon Heart Gold / Soul Silver
  65. Suikoden
  66. Ghost of Tsushima
  67. Bloodborne
  68. Pokemon X / Y
  69. Super Mario RPG
  70. Monster Hunter: World
  71. Dr. Mario
  72. Kirby Super Star
  73. Gran Turismo 4
  74. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  75. Animal Crossing: Wild World
  76. Kirby Air Ride
  77. Mario Kart Wii
  78. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Zenkokuban
  79. Metal Gear Solid
  80. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  81. Dragon Quest Builders 2
  82. Legend of Mana
  83. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
  84. Final Fantasy XI
  85. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
  86. Monster Hunter
  87. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
  88. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  89. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  90. Final Fantasy VIII
  91. Street Fighter II
  92. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  93. Persona 5 Royal
  94. Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  95. MOTHER (Earthbound Beginnings)
  96. Romance of the Three Kingdoms
  97. Super Mario World
  98. Persona 4
  99. Pokemon Platinum Version
  100. Persona 3


Source: Gematsu

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