Poll: The Most Beloved Action Games In Japan

[Images: Square Enix | Nintendo | Konami]
[Images: Square Enix | Nintendo | Konami]

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 favorite 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 percent were men, 23 were women and 4 percent left that blank). Thirteen percent were in their teens, 37 percent were in their 20s, 33 percent were in their 30s, 13 percent were in their 40s and 1 percent 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 localized 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

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


I wasn’t aware Super Mario was an action game.