Chrono Trigger voted greatest game of this era by Japanese fans

Famitsu readers vote Chrono Trigger greatest game of all time Heisei period | Breath of the Wild too!

In addition to just using a typical Gregorian calendar, chronological periods in Japan are recorded according to who is the emperor. Usually, a new period begins when the current emperor dies, but in this rare instance, Emperor Akihiko will abdicate on April 30. This will mark the end of the “Heisei period” that began on January 8, 1989. Popular Japanese game magazine Famitsu polled fans on the greatest game of the Heisei period. After 7,100 reader responses, Super Nintendo masterpiece Chrono Trigger won the title. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and NieR: Automata came in second and third places respectively.

Personally, I absolutely consider Chrono Trigger to be the greatest game of all time, and I’m not alone in that opinion at Nintendo Enthusiast. It has arguably the greatest video game soundtrack of all time from Yasunori Mitsuda. It also had the “dream team” of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii, and Dragon Ball creator/Dragon Quest artist Akira Toriyama. Plus, since the game was shorter than a typical RPG but offered myriad endings, it had high replay value. Basically, Chrono Trigger had everything going in its favor in the biggest possible way, creating an unforgettable experience.

On the other hand, Breath of the Wild is the greatest technical accomplishment in video game history so far, so I see that game having a fair right to the title too.

What about you? What do you view as the greatest game of the past 30 years? By law, it will probably be something you played while you were between 5 and 15 years old.


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!