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Japan’s Favorite Final Fantasy Game According to NHK’s Grand Poll Is… Final Fantasy X

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Earlier this week, we reported on some of the character popularity results for NHK’s All-Final Fantasy Grand Poll, and today NHK released the full results, including players’ favorite Final Fantasy games. Surprisingly, the game that took top spot wasn’t Final Fantasy VII, but instead Final Fantasy X.

Here’s the full list of top games below (release dates by Japanese dates):

All-Final Fantasy Grand Poll: Series #1 to 30

  1. Final Fantasy X (2001)
  2. Final Fantasy VII (1997)
  3. Final Fantasy VI (1994)
  4. Final Fantasy IX (2000)
  5. Final Fantasy XIV (2010~)
  6. Final Fantasy V (1992)
  7. Final Fantasy VIII (1999)
  8. Final Fantasy IV (1991)
  9. Final Fantasy XI (2002~)
  10. Final Fantasy XV (2016)
  11. Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)
  12. Final Fantasy III (1990)
  13. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (2007)
  14. Final Fantasy XIII (2009)
  15. Final Fantasy XII (2006)
  16. Final Fantasy Type-0 (2011)
  17. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (2003)
  18. Final Fantasy II (1988)
  19. Final Fantasy X-2 (2003)
  20. Mobius Final Fantasy (2015~)
  21. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (2013)
  22. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (2003)
  23. Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
  24. Final Fantasy (1987)
  25. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (2007)
  26. Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy (2011)
  27. Final Fantasy Adventure (1991)
  28. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2011)
  29. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (2009)
  30. Final Fantasy Record Keeper (2014~)

A total of 468,654 votes were casted in this poll by various people. According to the statistics, Final Fantasy X had about the same percentage of 20-29 year olds and 30-39 year olds voting for it, while Final Fantasy VII and IX had a higher ratio of 30-39 years old to 40-49 years old players voting for them.

Meanwhile, it’s not surprising at all to see who’s in first place on the character side: Cloud. He’s followed by Yuna from Final Fantasy X, and Aerith comes third to form a Final Fantasy VII Oreo.

All-Final Fantasy Grand Poll: Characters #1 to 75

  1. Cloud Strife – Final Fantasy VII
  2. Yuna – Final Fantasy X
  3. Aerith Gainsborough – Final Fantasy VII
  4. Vivi Ornitier – Final Fantasy IX
  5. Zidane Tribal – Final Fantasy IX
  6. Emet-Selch – Final Fantasy XIV
  7. Tidus – Final Fantasy X
  8. Lightning – Final Fantasy XIII
  9. Tifa Lockhart – Final Fantasy VII
  10. Zack Fair – Final Fantasy VII
  11. Sephiroth – Final Fantasy VII
  12. Haurchefant Greystone Final Fantasy XIV
  13. Noctis Lucis Caelum – Final Fantasy XV
  14. Squall Leonhart – Final Fantasy VIII
  15. Auron – Final Fantasy X
  16. Gilgamesh – Final Fantasy V
  17. Terra Branford – Final Fantasy VI
  18. Kain Highwind – Final Fantasy IV
  19. Celes Chere – Final Fantasy VI
  20. Crystal Exarch – Final Fantasy XIV
  21. Locke Cole – Final Fantasy VI
  22. Vincent Valentine – Final Fantasy VII
  23. Edgar Roni Figaro – Final Fantasy VI
  24. Shantotto – Final Fantasy XI
  25. Bartz Klauser – Final Fantasy V
  26. Laguna Loire – Final Fantasy VIII
  27. Rikku – Final Fantasy X
  28. Ignis Scientia – Final Fantasy XV
  29. Balthier – Final Fantasy XII
  30. Faris Scherwiz – Final Fantasy V
  31. Agrias Oaks – Final Fantasy Tactics
  32. Reno – Final Fantasy VII
  33. Yuffie Kisaragi – Final Fantasy VII
  34. Jecht – Final Fantasy X
  35. Rinoa Heartilly – Final Fantasy VIII
  36. Ramza Beoulve – Final Fantasy Tactics
  37. Rydia (Adult) – Final Fantasy IV
  38. Prompto Argentum – Final Fantasy XV
  39. Galuf Halm Baldesion – Final Fantasy V
  40. Cecil Harvey (Paladin) – Final Fantasy IV
  41. Shadow – Final Fantasy VI
  42. Estinien Wyrmblood – Final Fantasy XIV
  43. Kefka Palazzo – Final Fantasy VI
  44. Setzer Gabbiani – Final Fantasy VI
  45. Garnet Til Alexandros XVII – Final Fantasy IX
  46. Ardbert – Final Fantasy XIV
  47. Kuja – Final Fantasy IX
  48. Hope Estheim – Final Fantasy XIII
  49. Sabin Rene Figaro – Final Fantasy VI
  50. Red XIII – Final Fantasy VII
  51. Y’shtola Rhul – Final Fantasy XIV
  52. Beatrix – Final Fantasy IX
  53. Wakka – Final Fantasy X
  54. Golbez – Final Fantasy IV
  55. Eiko Carol – Final Fantasy IX
  56. Cidolfus OrlandeauFinal Fantasy Tactics
  57. Kurasame Susaya – Final Fantasy Type-0
  58. G’raha Tia – Final Fantasy XIV
  59. Cid – Final Fantasy VII
  60. Alisaie Leveilleur – Final Fantasy XIV
  61. Ace – Final Fantasy Type-0
  62. Lulu – Final Fantasy X
  63. Ardyn Izunia – Final Fantasy XV
  64. Lenna Charlotte Tycoon – Final Fantasy V
  65. Alphinaud Leveilleur – Final Fantasy XIV
  66. Ultros – Final Fantasy VI
  67. Edge Geraldine – Final Fantasy IV
  68. Vaan – Final Fantasy XII
  69. Lunafreya Nox Fleuret – Final Fantasy XV
  70. Irvine Kinneas – Final Fantasy VIII
  71. Minwu – Final Fantasy II
  72. Adelbert Steiner – Final Fantasy IX
  73. Selphie Tilmitt – Final Fantasy VIII
  74. Freya Crescent – Final Fantasy IX
  75. Aranea Highwind – Final Fantasy XV

You can find #76-198 in our previous post here.

Finally, here’s the top 10 most popular music tracks as a bonus:

All-Final Fantasy Grand Poll: Music #1 to 10

  1. To Zanarkand – Final Fantasy X
  2. Battle on the Big Bridge – Final Fantasy V
  3. Eyes On Me – Final Fantasy VIII
  4. Searching for Friends – Final Fantasy VI
  5. Blinded by Light – Final Fantasy XIII
  6. One-Winged Angel – Final Fantasy VII
  7. Aerith’s Theme – Final Fantasy VII
  8. Melodies of Life~Final Fantasy – Final Fantasy IX
  9. Main Theme (Counted together) – Final Fantasy
  10. Still More Fighting – Final Fantasy VII

The rest of this list, as well as a ranking of most popular bosses/summons can be found on NHK’s page here.

Alistair Wong
Very avid gamer with writing tendencies. Fan of Rockman and Pokémon and lots more!