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Over the decades, there have been so many great action games. But which one do people in Japan like best? This poll might shed light on that question.
In Japan, Weekly Famitsu has been asking readers about their favourite game in various genres. The results are in for the first of these polls, which was for action games.
The poll was conducted between April 6 and April 16 of this year, with 1,161 Famitsu readers replying (out of that, 73 per cent were men, 23 were women and 4 per cent left that blank). Thirteen per cent were in their teens, 37 per cent were in their 20s, 33 per cent were in their 30s, 13 per cent were in their 40s and 1 per cent were in their 50s.
Note that each person was allowed to vote for up to three titles (though people could only vote for one or two if they wanted). Famitsu then calculated these votes as "points." While the game titles have been localised for clarity, the hardware platforms are as listed by Famitsu.
You'll notice a lack of Western developed games. Those polls could put in whatever they wanted...
20. Mega Man 2 (Famicom) - 18 points
19. Super Mario World (Super Famicom) - 23 points
18. Muramasa (Wii/Vita) - 26 points
17. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC) - 27 points
16. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) - 30 points
15. Kirby Super Star (Super Famicom) - 35 points
13. Devil May Cry (PS2) - 38 points
13. Metal Gear Solid (PS1) - 38 points
12. The Kingdom Hearts II (PS2) - 42 points
11. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2) - 45 points
10. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP/iOS) - 48 points
9. Super Mario 64 (N64) - 55 points
8. Bayonetta (PS3/Xbox 360/PC) - 63 points
7. Kingdom Hearts (PS2) - 117 points
6. Dark Souls III (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - 121 points
5. Bloodborne (PS4) - 147 points
4. Okami (PS2/Wii) - 152 points
3. Nier: Automata (PS4/PC) - 183 points
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U/Switch) - 205 points
1. Super Mario Bros. (Famicom) - 241 points