Top 100 favorite console games of all time in Japan, per 50,000+ users

top 100 favorite console video games of all time Japan 50,000 users voters votes players TV Asahi 2021 The TV Game National Poll

It’s always fun to hear what games are popular or well remembered in other parts of the globe, to see how much of our video game experiences we share in common. When it comes to Japan, we share plenty in common, it seems. TV Asahi in Japan has aired a The TV Game National Poll, which revealed the top 100 favorite console games of all time of Japanese players, with more than 50,000 people voting.

Nintendo is a big winner on the list, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming out at #1, Animal Crossing: New Horizons at #4, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at #7, and Super Mario Bros. 3 at #10. RPGs (especially those of Square Enix) in general were another big winner, which is no shock at all: Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride was #2, Final Fantasy VII was #3, Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation was #6, Chrono Trigger was #8 (should’ve been #1!), and Final Fantasy X was #9.

Perhaps the most stunning inclusion among the top 100 favorite console games of all time in Japan is Apex Legends at #30, and it’s a bit surprising to see Dead by Daylight at #59 as well. Also, the absence of Mega Man is a big bummer. But enough analysis: Check out the top 100 favorite console games of all time in Japan as judged by 50,000+ people for TV Asahi below.

Top 100 favorite console games of all time in Japan (in 2021)

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

There you have it: the top 100 favorite console games of all time in Japan! Tell us which entries really did and did not surprise you.

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!