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Men Like Metroid, Women Prefer Animal Crossing, But Both Like Mario

Posted by Damien McFerran

The tastes of Japanese gamers revealed

Men and women have different tastes as a rule - hence the fact that you'll struggle to get the average red-blooded male to sit through an entire season of Sex and the City, while your typical lady is unlikely to find the notion of a weekend-long NASCAR marathon all that appealing.

Taking this into account, it should come as no surprise to learn that when it comes to video games, the two sexes have different preferences - although perhaps not as drastically dissimilar as you might imagine.

Japanese outlet My Navi recently conducted a survey to discover the most beloved Nintendo franchises, and divided the results between male and female. This is how it went down:


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


1. Super Mario
2. Pokémon
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

There's a surprising degree of crossover there, with Mario and Pokémon both ranking highly regardless of gender. It's also a surprise to see Kirby so high up the list with male players; can you imagine Western men admitting that one of their favourite video game icons was a pink puff-ball?

Joking aside, do you agree with the results? Let us know in the comments section.


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User Comments (53)



Void said:

Kirby and Fire Emblem are my favorite Nintendo franchises.
I do consider myself male, as well.
My list of favorites would look like this...
1. Fire Emblem.
2. Kirby.
3. Metroid.
4. Advanced Wars.
5. Pikmin.
6. Pokemon.
7. Mario RPGs.
8. Zelda.
9. Mario Platformers.
10. Kid Icarus, I would put it higher, but I've only played Uprising.



RadioShadow said:

Interetsing to see F-ZERO appear there.

I just see Fire Emblem as Advance Wars! Good choice Japan.



Shiryu said:

Definitely "F-Zero" for me. I only know one girl who loves "F-Zero", I should probably marry her ASAP...



KAHN said:

women play video games? i thought it was just fat old men with toenails growing ever long, like myself! marriage now seems so much easier...



NintyMan said:

Kirby is a tough dude, guys. He might be a pink cream puff, but underneath the fluff is some pretty tough stuff.

I guess what might be suprising is that girls find Donkey Kong more appealing than Animal Crossing. Donkey Kong has a thing for the ladies, of course.



Reala said:

Real honest to goodness men play Playstation or xbox, but for delicate little doily types nintendo's casual gaming menu has you covered, when I'm not making daisy chains I love me some Zelda or Paper Mario.

Also number 7 on the men's list just makes me think maybe it shows one gender is a bit more inclined to infringe international copy right laws than the other



Bankai said:

Do I agree with the results? Nah, my opinion about what men and women want to play is clearly more legitimate than a poll of men and women, and I say men like Wii Music, and Women don't like Nintendo games.



Geonjaha said:

I love all of them, so whatever. :3
Also cue Sony/Microsoft fanboys feeling the need to back up their system.



Damo said:

@OlympicCho The question was more along the lines of do you agree with the running order and choices, depending on your gender.



Emaan said:

I like Animal Crossing better than Metroid, I guess I'm a girl then, according to this.



Magikarp3 said:

Rhythm Heaven is one of my favourites, but I can see why I'd have trouble recommending it to guys with all the cutesy artwork and whatnot. Also Pokemon is no surprise for me at all



LavaTwilight said:

How can I disagree? Those are statistics! If you ask me though (which I'm sure none of you will) then it'd be
1) Legend Of Zelda
2) Mario
3) Pikmin
4) Smash Bros
5) Donkey Kong
6) F Zero
7) Animal Crossing
8) Fire Emblem
And I have no opinion on any other Nintendo owned franchise since I've never played them.
Edit: I'm a guy



aaronsullivan said:

Cool to see Metroid showing up in the top ten in any list in Japan. That used to be a Western success only, IIRC. Looks like StarFox still has the fate so it is still a bit of an afterthought.

The stigma that the color pink has is really kind of silly and has only come about in the last 50-60 years due to marketing. Still it's there, so ignore at your own peril. Lol.



Capt_N said:

I love women, more than Mario, & Zelda! But, I love both! I'm a guy, btw.

Do I agree w/ these lists? Mainly, I would have put Metroid under Zelda, then Smash Bros. in the men's list. Obviously, I can't gauge the women's list, except from a man's perspective. So, that's interesting.

Edit: I love Metroid, too. Mario/Zelda/Metroid/Smash in that order (of preference) for me. Game on, ladies of NLife! Game on, gentlemen, of NLife! Enjoy what/e you game on!



Boo_Buster said:

Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda seem to be my favorite Nintendo series, but I enjoy mostly all of them.... mostly. Including Animal Crossing (and I am a man, baby!) The Japanese don't like to do barrel rolls though, do they? Not all of the games are great, but I've always loved StarFox as well. I'm just kidding Japanese people, I love you even if you don't do barrel rolls and like jet fighting animal people. Without you their would be no Nintendo



Hokori said:

Sweet this is just what I was thinking of yesterday, how I can appeal to a women but still act like a man in the world of gaming, what types of games we might possibly have in common, I know this isn't going to help me 100% but I know that my ideal women and I will probably enjoy DK



WingedSnagret said:

No Pikmin on the guy's side? That's interesting. It seems to me like it would be equal on both sexes, but apparently not.

(I'm a dude myself)



Beta said:

I like Animal Crossing and I am a boy. Just statistics, doesn't mean anything.



StephenYap3 said:

1. Super Mario
2. Kirby
3. Donkey Kong
4. The Legend of Zelda
5. Smash Bros.
6. Animal Crossing
7. Mother (Earthbound)
8. Starfy
9. Metroid
10. Pokemon

I'm a boy.



Whopper744 said:

I think I'd like to see this list from the US. I think it would be quite different. I'm a 23 year old male, and (though not my favorite) I'll admit I like some Kirby, but most I think would not.
Also, Pokemon seems to be looked as a very kiddie franchise. That's actually one I'm not into, maybe the only Nintendo one I've sort of stayed away from.



MrWalkieTalkie said:

For me its gotta be
1. Pikmin
2. Mario
3. Pokemon
4. Animal Crossing
5. Smash Bros.
6. The Legend of Zelda
7. WarioWare
8. Kid Icarus
9. Kirby
10. Donkey Kong



FonistofCruxis said:

I'm a guy but I prefer Animal crossing to Metroid. Its a shame that there's no mention of Wario on either lists though, his games are so underrated.



Gamer83 said:

Of course Mario would top the list. I even have friends who buy into that whole 'Nintendo is kiddy' crap that still love the Mario platformers (both 2D and 3D).

For me it'd go:
1. Super Mario
2. The Legend of Zelda
3. Smash Bros.
4. Donkey Kong
5. Punch-Out!!
6. Wave Race
7. F-Zero
8. Fire Emblem
9. Metroid
10. Star Fox



warvad said:

Enjoying Sex and the City or NASCAR has less to do with gender and more to do with intelligence.

Or should I say, lack of intelligence.

I don't know why these strange anecdotes need to be a part of our Nintendo-themed news.



SomeBitTripFan said:

1) The Legend of Zelda
2) Fire Emblem
3) Metroid
4) Animal Crossing
5) Super Smash Bros.
6) Pikmin
7) Kirby
8) Mario
9) F-Zero
10) Kid Icarus



DarkNinja9 said:

for the guys list i think numbers 4,6 should be switched around o.o but whats wrong with kirby? im a guy and played return to dreamland which was alright

for the girls list i find it odd for pokemon to be in the list since i rarely hear a girl playing that game



saiizan said:

Animal Crossing is No.1 on my list and I'm MALE! A guy! A gay guy to be exact... hehehe. That game is just... one word... 'F R E E D O M'!... I can't wait for the 3DS version )))))



NintendoLand said:

1. Super Smash Bros.
2. Zelda
3. Pokemon
4. Wii Series
5. Super Mario
6. Metroid
7. Warioware!!!!
8. Mario Kart(does it count?)
9. Donkey Kong
10. Pikmen



GamerZack87 said:

Only a true man would admit to liking pink.

Incidentally, here's my top 10 Nintendo franchises:

1. Super Mario (counting all spin-off franchises)
2. The Legend of Zelda
3. Kirby
4. Pokemon
5. Game & Watch Gallery
6. Star Fox
7. Kid Icarus
8. Advance Wars
9. F-Zero
10. Metroid

As for the preferences in gaming, that doesn't surprise me too much. Most males enjoy living a relaxing, futursitic life in some corner of the galaxy as Samus Aran, whereas females like the fast-paced and action-packed fishing competitions, not to mention shooting evil pelicans and balloons with slingshots, in Animal Crossing...wait a minute...



RR529 said:

My favorites would have to be (male):

10. F-Zero
9. Kid Icarus
8. Pokémon
7. Fire Emblem
6. Kirby
5. Super Mario
4. Metroid
3. Mario RPGs
2. Smash Bros
1. the Legend of Zelda



BulbasaurusRex said:

My favorites (male):
1. Smash Bros.
2. Pokémon
3. Mario Kart
4. Metroid
5. Starfox
6. Mario
7. Kirby
8. Kid Icarus
9. Zelda
10. ?

If Xenoblade Chronicles (2nd party) ever gets a sequel to make it technically a franchise, it will join my list in a highly ranked position.

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