Here Are The Top-20 Games Of The Heisei Era As Voted By Famitsu Readers

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As Japan makes way to transition into the new Reiwa period, Famitsu recently held a poll for its readers to vote for their favorite games that released in the Heisei period (Jan 8, 1989 – May 1, 2019), and this week’s issue of the magazine has revealed the full top-20 list. [Thanks, Ryokutya2089.]


Below are the top-20 titles that were voted in by 7,158 Famitsu readers:

  • 1. Chrono Trigger
  • 2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 3. NieR: Automata
  • 4. Final Fantasy VII
  • 5. Okami
  • 6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • 7. Final Fantasy X
  • 8. Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow
  • 9. Dragon Quest V
  • 10. Xenogears
  • 11. Vainglory
  • 12. Suikoden II
  • 13. Mother 2 (Earthbound)
  • 14. Splatoon 2
  • 15. Tactics Ogre
  • 16. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (Monster Hunter Freedom Unite)
  • 17. Kingdom Hearts
  • 17. (tie) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  • 19. Final Fantasy XV
  • 20. Final Fantasy XI
  • 20. (tie) Pokémon Diamond & Pearl




While we don’t have the number of votes for the full list, it is mentioned that Chrono Trigger’s #1 place happened thanks to the overwhelming support from fans in their 30s. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild placed #2 in overall votes, but was actually the top-voted title for readers in their 40s. Meanwhile, NieR: Automata mostly got its votes from readers in their teens and 20s, and was actually #1 most voted title for those age groups.


It’s also worth noting that Vainglory by Super Evil Megacorp snuck its way onto the list as the only Western-developed game, which is a bit of a head-scratcher looking at its company but let’s not forget that it’s mostly a list made to have fun with the Famitsu readers, so it shouldn’t be taken too seriously.


You can check our previous report for more details on the top-3 titles with some comments from fans.

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