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Here’s The Most Wanted Games In Japan

Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has revealed exactly which titles gamers are looking forward to the most in Japan this week. The long-awaited Mario Kart 8 is sitting pretty in second position and Hyrule Warriors has climbed to number nine. You can see the top twenty most wanted games in Japan, below.

  • 01/01. [PS3] Persona 5 (Atlus, Winter 2014) – 562 votes
  • 02/03. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 549 votes
  • 03/02. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix, TBA) – 470 votes
  • 04/04. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 371 votes
  • 05/05. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix, TBA) – 272 votes
  • 06/15. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami, TBA) – 257 votes
  • 07/06. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus, 06/05/14) – 244 votes
  • 08/08. [PS3] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Jigoku-Hen (Namco Bandai, 04/10/14) – 242 votes
  • 09/16. [Wii U] Hyrule Warriors (Nintendo, 2014) – 236 votes
  • 10/09. [PS3] The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 2014) – 228 votes
  • 11/27. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, Fall 2014) – 215 votes
  • 12/07. [PS3] Tales of Zestiria (Namco Bandai, TBA) – 205 votes
  • 13/12. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 2014) – 184 votes
  • 14/24. [3DS] New Love Plus+ (Konami, 03/27/14) – 183 votes
  • 15/28. [3DS] Game Center CX 3-Chome no Arino (Namco Banai, 03/20/14) – 175 votes
  • 16/10. [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) – 173 votes
  • 17/11. [PS3] Dark Souls II (From Software, 03/13/14) – 172 votes
  • 18/17. [PSV] Freedom Wars (SCEJ, Summer 2014) – 171 votes
  • 19/19. [PS4] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 2014) – 167 votes
  • 20/22. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 2014) – 166 votes

Thanks, Retrogaminglord

62 comments

    1. THATS AWESOME! MK8 is in the top!
      Im pretty sure when SSB4 gets closer to launch Japan, will be hyped and put it in 1st…along with the rest of the world doing the same!
      >:D

      1. Smash is in 5th place when Wii U and 3DS numbers are merged. Think about all of the Wii U sales lost by having it on 3DS too.

      2. Ya, its strange that it was so low. And that hyrule warriors was above it? Strange
        but this is one site, and clearly geared to “soft core” gamers

      3. Dynasty Warriors is huge in Japan. It wouldn’t surprise me if this game is made to win over that audience.

      1. It’s always that “NERD” person that posts that. He never has anything useful to say or contribute, all he wants to do is be first without actually saying first. It does get annoying.

      2. i think is so stupid, if you wanna post something first then others, don’t say only yes but just keep talking and explain why you say yes, or don’t post at all, because is better..

  1. pretty nice list :) wish Nintendo moved on atlus when they had the chance the wii u could have used persona 5 but great series no matter what system its on :) never hear of the persona for 3ds will it be released in the usa does any1 know?

    1. A 3DS Atlus game? We’ll get it, eventually. It’s a persona 3&4 spin-off game. I’m actually really curious about it. Comes out in Japan in May. US will probably get it 6-12 months later. Time frames for localization vary quite a bit

  2. Wasn’t the 3DS Version of Smash Bros. higher in another list, it was earlier in the year. But I’m glad to see that Mario Kart and Smash Bros. are there, especially with MK being at no. 2

      1. They have adopted western philosophy at least…
        It’s not enough if it makes profit, it has to make huge profit.

  3. Smash was a surprise to me. I thought the 3ds version would have more votes, but I think the wii u version will do better then people might think. Zelda might be doing well as well, they love DW games over there. Mario Kart is no surprise

  4. NINTENDO BUY SQUARE AND CAPCOM ALREADY!

    also surpised how the wii u SMASH is that low lol.

    but hey……MARIO KART 8 IS SECOND :D

      1. … maybe come is if thinks don’t go well, square I don’t know their area

    1. not really, people still don’t know when smash comes out, so they are getting excited for the games they know are coming out soon as they are going to see them soon, and for KH3, it’s because people been wanted that since the ps3 came out

      1. People have been waiting for smash 4 for a while now, so people have a reason to be excited. Plus the game is getting a better balance set up. Though we don’t know a date we can assume it comes this call maybe nov. The games that I see higher then smash, is that japan loves the hell out of those games( especially FFXV and kingdom hearts). People should be more shocked with the 3ds version

    2. If you actualy fallow Nintendo you would be aware that Sega and platinum are way higher on the list then capcom is. Also capcom wouldn’t sell to Nintendo they might sell megaman or a franchise but not the whole thing.

  5. also……in every SINGLE poll I seen about which version of smash will people buy…………( and I saw a TON of them)

    most votes were rathly the same at “both” or “wii u ” .
    the 3ds only was a MINORITY.

    I NEED THEM TO ADVERSTISE ALL GAMES AS HELL.

  6. also……….ZELDA is coming soon :D.

    and then hyrule warriors is like those dynasty warriors games which are popular in japan.

    they just need to advertise it a ton.

    and BRING DRAGON QUEST GAMES TO WEST! there would be another wii u title + like 2 3ds ones.

  7. Mario Kart Wii sold a a lot and boosted the Wii sales…
    Will it do the same with the WiiU?
    Find out next time in…
    Gaming World Z!

  8. People are surprised about Smash Bro? That game didn’t sell much in wii version. What do you expect?

    1. actually its the best selling in the series, but melee is praised by smash fans. Smash 4 seems to going back for a better balance then brawl. Also people are shocked to see the wii u version of smash to be so high, since many thought the 3ds version was the hot topic. It does show japan is looking forward to smash most all. I’ve said many times that the 3ds version of smash is more casual play, while the wii u one will be for hardcore play.

      1. but it’s nothing comparing to Mario Kart Wii. Heck, even Wii Play outsold the Brawl by over two times.

      2. But it’s nothing comparing to Mario Kart Wii. Heck, even Wii Play outsold the Brawl by two times and Melee by four times.

      3. its highly due to wii bundles that it sold that much. I think they are planning the same with 8. Wii play sold that much for the extra remote, it just came with a free game. Smash has smaller group, mario kart is aimed for everyone

  9. What surprises me the most is how far up smash bros Wii U is from 3DS. Especially since this is japan where handheld is king.

    1. Yeah, maybe they prefer console fighters, I don’t remember street fight IV 3D edition, and some other fighters doing that well. Maybe it won’t effect the sales as much as people thought

      1. street fighter was one of the first 3DS games to reach 1 million sold if I remember correctly.

      2. If it did my mistake, but since japan, tends to have a more serious tone for fighters, that might be why its higher then the 3ds version

    1. Be optimistic! Atlus can be surprinsingly quick with localization.
      Although translation an JRPG requires a crazy amount of time.

  10. Nintendo really need to capitalise on this now. Do a new Wii U, bundle, spam the marketing. Do another nintendo direct in April soley on Mario Kart. And for F’s sake. Make the online amazing.

    1. They treated 7’s online pretty well. I’m sure they will do the same for 8. 7 u could set up communities, connect with friends and had some good connect

    1. yeep a storm of crap.
      i dont buy a console for so shitty games.
      these games are ftp on tabletts.
      on the u i must pay.
      minecraft… no way man.
      i can play on my old windows 98 pc, solitaire, chess etc.
      what is the reason that this games are succsesfull… everybody has a tablett.
      no one buys a tablett because he wone play angry birds.
      if he has a tablett, his child would download angry birds.
      I dont like indie games, but i dont hate them.
      Journey and limbo was really good.
      but i would never buy a ps3 for these games.

  11. why nintendo messt it up with square…
    if square would bring the final fantasy etc. on U. the ps4 would have a hard start/life.

  12. Glad that three Wii U games made the list, but I’m actually shocked that Monolith Soft’s X is no where to be found. I wonder if it was even on the list.

      1. You mean Christmas! I don’t believe in calling it “Xmas”….what’s the point? Let’s keep our holiday names straight. Imagine calling Thanksgiving…..Gladness Day

      2. yes i mean christmas (did i wrote it wrong?)
        ahhh of course thanksgiving :-)
        i always forgot that one… black friday.
        we dont habe this at home.

  13. Now you see why Nintendo are making a Hyrule Dynasty Warriors game; this genre of game is extremely popular in Japan.

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