Famitsu’s Game Of 2009 Is…

By Spencer . April 27, 2010 . 10:46am

image Another best of 2009 list… in April? May is just one week away, but Famitsu takes a long time to roll out their yearly awards. Actually, they just posted the results, which we translated below.


Which game took top honors? Hint it starts with a “D” and ends in “IX”.


Innovation Award
Tomodachi Collection


Rookie Award (this goes out to an outstanding original game)


Yuji Hori (Creator of Dragon Quest)


Best Character
Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)


Best Video Game Maker
Square Enix


Excellence Award
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Demon’s Souls
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Resident Evil 5
Final Fantasy XIII
Pokemon HeartGold / SoulSilver
Monster Hunter Tri
Yakuza 3
Professor Layton and the Devil’s Flute


Best Hit Award (prize for the top selling game)
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies


Game of the Year
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies


Seeing Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in the top spot is hardly unexpected. However, Famitsu gave a nod to Uncharted 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, two Western titles. Maybe Square Enix’s Extreme Edges has a chance to succeed. After all, Famitsu considered them the best video game maker of 2009 too.

  • nyobzoo

    Square as best game maker?

    • My thoughts exactly

    • I guess in terms of Japan Only.

      • Mazen

        SE released FF13 and DQ9 last year so they are easily the best world wide.

    • 9inchsamurai

      I guess Dragon Quest IX is responsible for that?

  • MrRobbyM

    Best Character: Lightning. Something smells fishy here…actually it smells more like money and fanboyism.

    • Ereek

      I found Lightning to be an enjoyable character, especially if you read Episode Zero. Difference in opinions always means money is involved, right?

      • MrRobbyM

        I know, I know. Enjoyable, yes. I don’t think she should take the title of best of 2009 though. It IS Famitsu we’re talking about here.

        • And it being Famitsu is why we should take things with a grain of salt. :/ Personally, I have my own favorites and I’m not sure where Famitsu is headed right now… You know, with that MGS:PW thing going on now and such.

      • Vanilla

        Amen to that. Like most people, I’ve liked her from the beginning because she’s badass. But I was really relieved to see that she wasn’t some static AC-era Cloud. She had her rough edges and her unattractive flaws (“Worst birthday EVER”), but she also had her soft spots and empathy. Watching her subtle character development through her interactions with Hope was heartwarming (and eventually, I learned to like even Snow).

        • Aoshi00

          Seeing Lightning’s mellow side was really something. I remember the scene when she gently whispered to the door doing open sesami and Sazh covered his ears ready for some kind of explosion, I thought it was hilarious. “Worst b-day ever” lol.. you said it… the only thing disappointing is I wish more details from the Ep Zero novel would’ve been included in the game because it really made you appreciate the 7 main characters much much more.

          There were times I wanted to be Hope being hugged by Light, or Snow being punched by her, my sick fantasies..

      • After the drastic rise in 40/40s, my assumption is that if it’s Famitsu, money is most likely involved.

        • Hraesvelgr

          The whole Kotaku/Peace Walker debacle kind of makes you wonder about Famitsu, too.

      • Aoshi00

        Yeah, the book Ep Zero really added another dimension to Lightning, wish that was part of the game.. I don’t trust Famitsu one bit, though I agree w/ them on Bayonetta, but I guess I could understand their attraction to Lightning, the tough chick type having a soft spot/motherly side. There were times I wish I was Hope being hugged by big sis lol..

  • Bayonetta deserved a recognition. That makes me more than happy

  • Lightning as Best character? Emo/Uncertainty angst wins?

    • Tokyo Guy

      Can Lightning even be considered a “character”? IMHO she is one of the worst FF cast members ever created, and by far the worst protagonist. Her one-dimensional nature truly becomes apparent when she is with Hope in PalomPorom and has a sudden “revelation” and changes her whole way of thinking. In a span of like 2 minutes. She wasn’t even a main character if you ask me.

      Then of course, we have Bayonetta. Just one cut-scene in the game has more character than the entire duration of Final Fantasy 13. Yet who wins…

      Then again I think people need to realize that Famitsu is basically the Japanese version of Gamepro.

  • Jirin

    I’ll never understand why Japan loves Dragon Quest so much. The whole series has cliche settings, boring plots and characters, and tedious combat.

    Ugh, I hate it when people lump all introspective characters in as ’emo’. Lightning’s nowhere near the childish whiner as characters like Squall and Tidus. I’m not saying she’s a great character, but in terms of big name Japanese games released in 2009, where else would you go? 2009 was a pretty weak year all around for characters.

    • Hraesvelgr

      Um… isn’t that the draw of Dragon Quest?

      • Yup it is, but the thing is it isn’t just a cliché plot, its cliché done right, which makes it uh… non-cliché in a way.

    • satchidananda

      ‘boring plots and characters’, you say?

      Have you played Dragon Quest VIII?

      Some of the older DQ games are a bit bare on characterisation, it has to be said, but DQ VIII sets the bar really quite high in this respect. It easily has the best script of any JRPG I’ve ever played. Admittedly the standards aren’t exactly high in the genre, but still, it’s truly brilliant.

      But yes, the battle systems are somewhat archaic and the settings repetitive, but the DQ games are always polished enough to get away with it. Not to mention the nostalgia that comes with familiarity – of course, some will say tedium, and it’s always a thin line between the two (see Pokemon).

      In any case, I think it’s one of the few series that actually deserves it’s high sales and acclaim, as you can probably tell.

    • Tokyo Guy

      Dragon Quest is basically brainless gameplay. It’s not about story, it’s just about fighting and leveling up. I think what you need to realize is that Japan just LOVES cliches. They are everywhere and seemingly everything. Yet apparently no one gives a damn.

  • Scallion

    Good to see you’re as predictable as ever, Famitsu.

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