Famitsu Readers’ Top-3 Heisei Era Games Are Chrono Trigger, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NieR: Automata



With Japan transitioning into the Reiwa period on May 1, 2019, Famitsu held a poll for readers to vote on their favorite games from the Heisei period, which began on January 8, 1989.



The May 16, 2019 issue of Famitsu magazine which releases this week is a special feature to look back at games that released in the Heisei period. From April 3 to 8 readers participated in a poll which asked them to select their most memorable games that released during the Heisei period.


Below are the top-3 best Heisei period games as voted by 7,158 Famitsu readers:


#3 NieR: Automata (205 Votes) – By Square Enix, released on February 23, 2017 (Heisei 29) for the PlayStation 4.


Comments from readers on NieR: Automata:

  • “No game has ever moved me as much.” (Male, teens)
  • “This game made me understand feelings that can’t be described by words.” (Female, 20s)


#2 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (209 Votes) – By Nintendo, released on March 3, 2017 (Heisei 29) for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.


Comments from readers on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • “It felt as if I were living in this land called Hyrule.” (Male, 20s)
  • “The wonders of being able to go as far as the eyes can see.” (Female, 50s)


#1 Chrono Trigger (230 Votes) – By Square Enix (Then Square), released on March 11, 1995 (Heisei 7) for the Super Famicom


Comments from readers on Chrono Trigger:

  • “It’s a masterpiece with everything from story, scenario, and music that has yet to fade.” (Male, 30s)
  • “Going on an adventure beyond time with Crono (protagonist) and the others is a memory that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.” (Female, 30s)



This week’s issue of Famitsu has a feature looking back at games during the Heisei period. It’ll also include the full top-20 list of games voted by its readers along with more comments, and other popularity rankings.

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