Famitsu has published its weekly list, translated by Gematsu, of the thirty most wanted video games in Japan. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5, Mario Kart 8, Final Fantasy XV, Samurai Warriors 4, and Kingdom Hearts III all top the list, and unsurprisingly so as each are established franchises that have a long history of success in Japan.
Only a single piece of art has been released regarding Persona 5, a game we know nothing about, meaning that the universally positive reputation of previous games alone has gotten fans excited for it.
What is interesting though is that none of the top five are handheld games, and the Nintendo 3DS doesn’t crop up onto the list until the seventh slot with Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. I’m willing to bet that the sales figures do not reflect the same sentiment found on this list, which kind of shows off the disparity between the big console gamers who read Famitsu and the general public in Japan.
Also interesting is that that PlayStation 3 versions of Yakuza: Ishin and The Evil Within outrank the PlayStation 4, but Watch_Dogs‘ PlayStation 4 version makes an appearance in a clear sign of how Western oriented the next-generation of consoles has become.
The Last Guardian makes and appearance for those who still can’t let go, but even more shocking is that Japanese gamers still pulling for a PlayStation 3 port of Square Enix’s much maligned The Last Remnant. The original was released to horrible reviews exclusively on the Xbox 360 all the way back in 2008. What!?
I still need to get around to playing this I think. I’m a fan of writer and producer Akitoshi Kawazu, and he has been far too silent in recent years. I picked it up on Steam for about $4 not too long ago.
Here is the whole list below with their ranking from this week as compared to last week. Any other standouts?
- 1/01. [PS3] Persona 5 (Atlus, Winter 2014) – 562 votes
- 02/03. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 549 votes
- 03/02. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix, TBA) – 470 votes
- 04/04. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 371 votes
- 05/05. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix, TBA) – 272 votes
- 06/15. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami, TBA) – 257 votes
- 07/06. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus, 06/05/14) – 244 votes
- 08/08. [PS3] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Jigoku-Hen (Namco Bandai, 04/10/14) – 242 votes
- 09/16. [Wii U] Hyrule Warriors (Nintendo, 2014) – 236 votes
- 10/09. [PS3] The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 2014) – 228 votes
- 11/27. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, Fall 2014) – 215 votes
- 12/07. [PS3] Tales of Zestiria (Namco Bandai, TBA) – 205 votes
- 13/12. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 2014) – 184 votes
- 14/24. [3DS] New Love Plus+ (Konami, 03/27/14) – 183 votes
- 15/28. [3DS] Game Center CX 3-Chome no Arino (Namco Banai, 03/20/14) – 175 votes
- 16/10. [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) – 173 votes
- 17/11. [PS3] Dark Souls II (From Software, 03/13/14) – 172 votes
- 18/17. [PSV] Freedom Wars (SCEJ, Summer 2014) – 171 votes
- 19/19. [PS4] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 2014) – 167 votes
- 20/22. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 2014) – 166 votes
- 21/21. [PS3] The Last Remnant (Square Enix, lolnever) – 159 votes
- 22/13. [3DS] Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Marvelous AQL, 02/27/14) – 146 votes
- 23/18. [PS4] The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 2014) – 141 votes
- 24/23. [PS4] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) – 136 votes
- 25/26. [3DS] Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (Marvelous AQL, 08/07/14) – 135 votes
- 26/20. [3DS] Bravely Second (Square Enix, TBA) – 127 votes
- 27/29. [PS3] The Last Guardian (SCEJ, TBA) – 120 votes
- 28/25. [PSV] Soul Sacrifice Delta (SCEJ, 03/06/14) – 103 votes
- 29/14. [PSV] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd (Sega, 03/27/14) – 98 votes
- 30/—. [PSV] Over My Dead Body 2 (SCEJ, Summer 2014) – 97 votes
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