Yoshinori Ono, Yoshi-P, Hajime Tabata, And More Share Their Top-5 Games Of 2016


We got to see some of the top Japanese games of 2016 chosen by Western developers. Here’s a look at the top-5 games chosen by some of the top Japanese developers in the industry.


You can read the full list over at GameInformer. Before getting into the list, I should mention that since the Japanese developers on the feature don’t really share as much about their top-5 titles, we’ll go ahead and just show their full list plus any extras.


Kazuyuki Hoshino (Sega / Sonic the Hedgehog)

  1. Clash Royale – I am playing the game with my sons.
  2. Pokémon GO – I played this SO much in the summer.
  3. Titanfall 2 – I love mech.
  4. Lego Dimensions – My sons are big fans of building Legos and I love the character design.
  5. Final Fantasy XV – The food look yummy.


Kazutoki Kono (Project Aces / Ace Combat)

  1. Dark Souls III – It is funny when this game makes me yell out loud at midnight. I love the core mechanic.
  2. Life Is Strange – I was thrilled with the universe, the details in the game speak themselves, I don’t need to say anything further.
  3. Rez Infinite – It feels good to go with the rhythm as a human.
  4. Pokémon GO – People are searching for Pokemon at all times in all places. This game changed the world.
  5. The Last Guardian – I haven’t played this yet, but this game is in a different league, and I know I can count on it.


Yoshinori Ono (Capcom / Street Fighter)

  1. Overwatch – This is one of the competitive titles that I like to play as much as Street Fighter. This title had a lot to teach me as it perfectly blends competitive play, sports, and cooperation.
  2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – I enjoyed this title because I got to see Nate, who now has a family, go out on an adventure. It was also great to see the cinematic-like backgrounds, the stability of the series, and interactions with characters from previous titles.
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – This title did not disappoint with its hardcore action on an expansive field, and used up many of my night time hours.
  4. Gears of War 4 – The numbered series is back! The studio and staff have changed over the series, but I have loved the universe since the original.
  5. Pokémon Sun & Moon – This title is almost mandatory to play. I’m currently playing both Pokémon GO and Sun/Moon in parallel.


Hajime Tabata (Square Enix / Final Fantasy XV)

  1. Overwatch
  2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  3. Pokémon GO
  4. Summer Lesson
  5. Civilization VI


Naoki Yoshida (Square Enix / Final Fantasy XIV)

  1. Overwatch
  2. World of Warcraft: Legion
  3. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  4. The Last Guardian
  5. Persona 5
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