Japanese publication My Navi has conducted a survey to find out exactly what Japan’s favourite Nintendo franchises are. The survey was split between male and female, and the results for the survey can be found below. Do you agree with the results?


  1. Super Mario
  2. Legend of Zelda
  3. Pokemon
  4. Kirby
  5. Donkey Kong
  6. Smash Bros.
  7. Mother (Earthbound)
  8. Fire Emblem
  9. Metroid
  10. F-ZERO


  1. Super Mario
  2. Pokemon
  3. Kirby
  4. Donkey Kong
  5. Animal Forest (Animal Crossing)
  6. Legend of Zelda
  7. Rhythm Heaven
  8. Smash Bros.
  9. Pikmin
  10. Fire Emblem


  1. HAHAHAAHA the wiiu will fail and nintendo will close,say goodbye to your pathetic motherfucking company and say hellow to the future…MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY!


  2. Kinda right, specially for men… but the order isn’t the best. I mean, Smash Bros is behind Kirby!
    I’d vote for: 1- Legend of Zelda 2- Mario 3- Pokemon 4- Super Smash Bros 5- Star Fox 6- Donkey Kong 7- Kirby and the rest I’m not sure


  3. Aeolus and the other trolls are getting so pathetic.
    I almost feel sorry for them. It’s to the point that EVERY word of every post has me either smiling, or laughing.
    They are so getting PWNED this November, and they don’t even realize it yet.
    Vita get’s it’s ass kicked around the globe, and they troll on.

    In addition to other responsibilities, I analyze analytics for our corporate site. Aeolus, Ness, Von Scrotum, and all the AKA’s are building Nintendo’s online presence.

    So. Gotta lov’em and hat’em.
    Web hits for Nintendo!


  4. Mine would be
    1. Metroid
    2. Super Smash Bros
    3. Legend of Zelda
    4. Starfox
    5. Pikmin
    6. Super Mario Bros
    7. Pokemon
    8. F-Zero
    9. Donkey Kong
    10. Fire Emblem


  5. Why can’t we just say that certain people have certain preferences when it comes to consoles? I like the Wii, PS3, and 360 and I am very excited for Wii U.


  6. Now if only Nintendo would realise that it has so many mother fans and FRICKIN MAKE SOME MORE MOTHER GAMES….jokes guys, I know better than to hold onto that dream :'(


    • Mine would be:

      1. Legend of Zelda
      2. Pokemon
      3. Animal Crossing
      4. Kirby
      5. Super Smash Bros.
      6. Star Fox
      7. Mario
      8. Fire Emblem
      9. Metroid (I’ve never played a game.)
      10. Mother (I’ve only played 10 mins of a rom. It crashed before I did much of anything)

      8, 9, and 10 are pretty interchangeable for me. I may have forgotten something.


  7. 1. Kirby (I LOVE KIRBY BLAhBLAH KIRBY OCD!!!!!!!!!! :DDD KIRBY!!!)
    2. Animal Crossing (I have a mansion/last expansion in all of the games ;3)
    3. Mother (I love Mother, so dramatic, I could almost become friends with everyone in all 3 games if I could!)
    4. Smash Bros. (I’m gonna pound ya’ll!)
    5. Mario (Pretty cool, my favorite game on the whole earth is TTYD though.)
    6. Zelda (Hard, but a little too hard)
    7. Starfox (Eh, could have been better.)
    8.Fire Emblem (Never played, hoping to get the one for 3DS.)
    9. Metroid (Yeah, disappointing.)
    10. Pokemon (Big no!)


  8. So Metroid, despite having a female protagonist, isn’t even in the Top 10 for women. That’s a little surprising. Guess Metroid really isn’t that popular in Japan.


  9. My list
    1.Legend of Zelda
    1.Smash Bros
    1.Donkey Kong
    1.Fire Emblem
    1.Animal Crossing
    1.Rythym Heaven
    1.Kid Icarus


  10. It’s nice to see Japan still appreciates Mother. <3 if I were to write a list..

    1. Mother – This series changed my life forever and has a perminate spot in my heart
    2. Pokemon – This series made me love RPGs, and has the most intense RPG multiplayer to me
    3. Metroid – Super Metroid was my first game and minus other M, I enjoyed every game
    4. Mario – Was close to Metroid, but I felt more for Metroid's atmosphere
    5. Legend of Zelda – Windwaker is the most re-playable game to me next to pokemon.
    6. Kirby – Kirby solidified a spot in my heart when I discovered how truely dark the series is
    7. Pikmin – The only RTS game I truely love for its quirkiness and innovation
    8. Smash Brothers – I only wish it was a little better with the balance
    9. Kid icarus – I'd rank it higher, but I only truely enjoyed uprising.
    10. Animal Crossing – It's been slowly drifting from me. It's fun, but becomes tiring


  11. I thought women might like Metroid, since the main character is a woman as well, but seems I am mistaken… It’s not a surprise that Mario is on top of both lists, but I’d expect Zelda to be second with women as well. And I find it cool they liking Fire Emblem as well XD


  12. LOL, I thought Metroid would have a higher ranking since its so loved in america, but i guess FPS games aren’t Japan’s cup of tea, which I respect to some degree xD. Plus there’s probably some american Nintendo fans who don’t even know what Rythm Heaven is, just look in the eShop. :P
    Plus the last Great StarFox game(StarFox 64) was made over a decade ago so of course it wouldn’t be in their most recent survey in 2012, that’s why Hopefully with the Wii U, Nintendo can bring back the Badass Mercenary Pilot in all his Fast-Paced glory.


  13. My top 10 favourite Nintendo franchises are…
    1. The Legend of Zelda
    2. Pokemon
    3. Mario
    4. Super Smash Bros.
    5. Kirby
    6. Donkey Kong
    7. Kid Icarus
    8. Animal Crossing
    9. Metroid
    10. Star Fox

    I haven’t played Fire Emblem, F-Zero or EarthBound yet though I really want to.
    Kid Icarus is only on here for the awesomeness of Uprising.


  14. 1. Fire Emblem
    2. Kirby
    3. Legend of Zelda
    4. Super Mario
    5. Smash Bros.
    6. Kid Icarus (I consider it a series anyway)
    7. Star Fox
    8. Golden Sun
    9. Pokemon
    10. Metroid


  15. For me:

    1. The Legend of Zelda
    2. Super Mario
    3. Donkey Kong
    4. Super Smash Bros
    5. Metroid
    6. Star Fox (Do a freaking barrel roll)
    7. Earthbound
    8. Kirby
    9. Animal Crossing
    10. Yoshi

    Honarable Mentions:
    – Kid Icarus
    – Wario
    – F-Zero


    • I don’t think it’s a matter of hate, just not alot of interest overall. This is just Nintendo franchises after all. If other companies were involved, Metroid would probably get buried under most series.

      Heck, Super Metroid is hailed as the series best by the fans, and that one sold terribly in Japan.


  16. 1. Mario, 2. Legend of Zelda, 3. Metroid, 4. Donkey Kong, 5. Mario Kart, 6. Paper Mario, 7. Kid Icarus, 8. Earthbound, 9. Eternal Darkness, 10. Star Tropics.


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