Poll: The Most Beloved Japanese Games According To People From Around The World

Poll: The Most Beloved Japanese Games According To People From Around The World

The most recent issue of Weekly Famitsu polled 6678 non-Japanese people, asking their opinions about Japanese video games. Which 20 did they say they liked most? Let’s find out!

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Here is the breakdown by age:

Under 9 years old: 2 people

In their teens: 717 people

In their 20s: 4429 people

In their 30s: 1378 people

In their 40s: 125 people

Over 50: 7 people

And the breakdown by region:

North America: 3397 people

Europe: 2212 people

Asia (outside Japan): 406 people

South America: 364 people

Oceania: 230 people

Africa: 23 people

According to those polled, here are the 20 games (and franchises) that are most loved:

20. Pokemon series – 162 votes

19. Okami – 164 votes

18. Ni-Oh – 168 votes

17. Final Fantasy series – 190 votes

16. Metal Gear Solid – 191 votes

15. Super Mario Odyssey – 197 votes

14. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – 198 votes

13. Persona 3 – 203 votes

12. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – 227 votes

11. Chrono Trigger- 247 votes

10. Final Fantasy VII – 308 votes

9. Persona 4 – 318 votes

8. Yakuza 0 – 375 votes

7. Bloodborne – 452 votes

6. Monster Hunter series – 458 votes

5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 474 votes

4. Monster Hunter: World – 494 votes

3. Dark Souls – 502 votes

2. Nier: Automata – 1132 votes

1. Persona 5 – 1276 votes

Agree? Disagree?

While these are the top 20 choices, Famitsu explained that over 900 titles were selected.


    • That could just be a rounding error, since none of the numbers in the above sections seem to correlate (aka “add up”).

      On a serious note, seems that the numbers indicate a case of “what’s most recent, is what’s most likely to get voted for.”. Not that Neir: Automata and P5 aren’t very decent titles.

  • IIRC this poll pre-selected these 20 games and asked you to rank them, so it was already pretty stacked. They also asked your opinion of each of the most recent ones without asking if you actually played them. Assuming this is the same one I filled out their survey for.

  • Why does FF have a ‘series’ entry, and VII on the list? And Monster Hunter ‘series’ as well as Monster Hunter World? Why does it not count the Personas as a series?

    I call shenanigans.

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