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Japanese developers reveal their favourite games of 2019

The latest edition of Weekly Famitsu has a nice roundup of notable Japanese developers favourite games from last year. These include Mr. Kamiya from Platinum Games who surprisingly chose Tetris99 and Mr. Katano who is the Sonic series producer. He chose Judgment, Sega Genesis Mini (Mega Drive Mini), Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, Persona 5 Royal and Puyopuyo!! Quest

  • Yoko Taro (NieR Automata director): Astral Chain
  • Toshimichi Mori (BlazBlue series producer): Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Death Stranding, Devil May Cry 5, Project Sakura Wars
  • Shinjiro Katsuda: (Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Producer: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (Mega Man producer): Death Stranding, Ring Fit Adventure, Princess Connect! Re:Dive, Tetris 99, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Hideaki Itsuno: (Devil May Cry series director): Power Pros (Nintendo Switch), Nintendo Labo, Ise Shima Mystery Annai: Itsuwari no Kuro Shinju, Battle Princess Madelyn, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  • Kazuki Morishita (Puzzle & Dragons creative producer): Teppen, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Puzzle & Dragons, Death Stranding
  • Keisuke Kikuchi (Atelier series producer): Persona 5 Royal, Super Robot Wars T, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Toro to Puzzle: Doko Demo Issho
  • Kenichirō Takaki (Senran Kagura series producer): 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Katana Zero, Samurai Shodown, Resident Evil 2
  • Tetsuya Fukuhara (Granblue Fantasy director): Death Stranding, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, World Flipper, The Outer Worlds
  • Hiroshi Matsuyama (.Hack series developer): Gris, Dragon Quest Walk, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Astral Chain, Kingdom Hearts III
  • Ryōji Tsumeda (White Cat Project director): Dragon Quest Walk, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Resident Evil 2, Penguin no Shima, Moon
  • Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy VII Remake producer): Days Gone, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Prepar3D, Death Stranding
  • Ryūtarō Ichimura (Dragon Quest series chief producer): Dead by Daylight, Uni’s on Air, Death Stranding, Dungeon Maker, Dragon Quest of the Stars
  • Kimihiro Ikami (Fate/Grand Order Arcade director): Fate/Grand Order, Judgment, Dragon Quest Walk, Detroit: Become Human, Samurai Shodown
  • Jirō Ishii (Project Sakura Wars story structure writer): Death Stranding, Splatoon 2, Gnosia, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Tetsu Katano (Sonic series producer): Judgment, Sega Genesis Mini (Mega Drive Mini), Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, Persona 5 Royal, Puyopuyo!! Quest
  • Sohei Niikawa (Disgaea series producer): Dragon Quest Walk
  • Yozo Sakagami (The Idolmaster series producer): Ring Fit Adventure, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Death Stranding, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Fishing Spirits
  • Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken series producer): Gris, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Payday 2, Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, theHunter: Call of the Wild
  • Hiroshi Yoshimura (God Eater director): Dragon Quest Builders 2, Puzzle & Dragons, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Red Dead Redemption 2, Warframe
  • Takanobu Terada (Super Robot Wars series producer): Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Pokémon Ga-Olé
  • Ken Motomura (Yōkai Watch series director): Death Stranding, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Borderlands 3, Resident Evil 2, Astral Chain

The full top 30 list of games voted for overall are as follows:

  1. Death Stranding
  2. Dragon Quest Walk
  3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  5. Ring Fit Adventure
  6. Pokémon Sword & Shield
  7. Days Gone
  8. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  9. Dragon Quest Builders 2
  10. Apex Legends
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  12. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  13. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  14. Judgment
  15. Persona 5 Royal
  16. Resident Evil 2
  17. Kingdom Hearts III
  18. Astral Chain
  19. Borderlands 3
  20. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
  21. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  22. Tetris 99
  23. Archer Densetsu
  24. Fate/Grand Order
  25. Splatoon 2
  26. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
  27. Samurai Shodown
  28. Detroit: Become Human
  29. moon
  30. GRIS


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