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Nintendo Comes Out On Top As Japanese Gamers Vote For Their Favourite Developers

Posted by Liam Doolan

Foreign devs still struggling to make an impact

A Japanese website by the name of Freshers recently conducted a poll pretty much reconfirming that domestic developers and publishers are still the clear favourites amongst Japan’s game-playing population.

The poll conducted last month asked 500 members of the public if they played video games, and those who answered "yes" were then asked to answer if they had a favourite developer. There were 73 remaining participants by this final stage, and as already revealed – Nintendo won.

To breakdown the stats, the house of Mario was a clear stand-out with 30 votes, followed by Square Enix in second with 18 and Capcom in third with 6. Eventually Sony and Konami showed up with 2, and others like former industry giant Sega scored a single nomination.

When participants were given the option to provide multiple answers, the top 3 developers remained the same. Out of all of this information probably the most interesting part of the poll was not so much where Nintendo and its fellow local competitors sat, but more so the fact that it wasn’t until #11 in the second poll that a foreign developer got a mention.

And to what may come as a surprise to many westerners, that award went to EA. The likes of Rockstar and Ubisoft went unmentioned – further proving foreign developers are still struggling to make an impact – and that the Japanese video game market still prefers domestic hits as opposed to foreign ones.

In saying that, it is still comforting to see Nintendo sits at #1 despite the hard times it has been facing recently (and even if this poll isn't an entirely accurate depiction of the greater Japanese population, given the small number of people quizzed). It’s at least clear Nintendo is still a prominent – and obviously respected – video game icon within Japanese society.


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User Comments (24)



Player4 said:

Eh, I think 500 people don't represent a whole country with 127M citizens or atleast the gamers in Japan

Oh well, congrats Nintendo! And EA



Takerkaneanite6 said:

Congratulations to Nintendo and Sony for making the list. Not really surprising because they ARE Japanese companies. Also, no Level 5??? Surprising considering the tremendous success of both Yo-Kai Watch games...



FritzFrapp said:

Sad to see the likes of the once mighty Namco floundering in 9th place, and other greats such as Taito and Hudson now gobbled up and absent from the scene.



Incognito_D said:

not really that surprising to see Sony so low - how many games do they actually develop? Most games on Playstation are 3rd party



SpookyMeths said:

Sony has plenty of development studios, but they're pretty much all making Western games that Japanese gamers don't care about.

Top 5 is pretty much exactly as expected. Only surprise is that Koei Tecmo is lower than Capcom (only by 1 vote, but still).

The second poll there, were readers were asked more generally which were their favorite developers without having a 1 vote limit, was probably a little more indicative. Nintendo, SE, and Capcom still make up the top 3, but you see much more people voting for brands from companies like Sony and Namco. People love those companies, they just don't love them more than they love Nintendo.



Phantom_R said:

I'm not so sure about a pool of 500, less sure when only 70 actually voted on a developer.



Mega719 said:

Just because people have been critical to Nintendo's systems it doesn't mean they don't see N as an amazing developer. I find it rare to see a negative reviewed mainstream game from Nintendo



Iggly said:

Huh, out of all the Foreign Developers I didn't expect EA to get an award.



FarsanBaloo said:

Japanese girls like Sangoku Basar, Monster Hunter, Persona and Soul Sacrifice:
● 6 people # 3 Capcom ...... (8.2%)
· Because you are really addicted to "Sengoku BASARA". (Female / 26 years / food and beverage)

  • Because I like the "Monster Hunter", I like the character of Airou. (Female / 24 years old / construction and civil engineering)

● 3 people fifth largest Atlas ...... (4.1%)
· Can or "Persona 3" and "Persona 4" is great. (Female / 25 years old / organizations, public corporations and government agencies)

● 2 people # 6 Sony Computer Entertainment ...... (2.7%)
Game where you can enjoy an in-depth story, such as "Soul Sacrifice" is also an action game from many genres. (Female / 30 years old / medical and welfare)

Thanks to Google Translate



CounterBot said:

EA probably made it in the list because most of their games are fully localised in Japanese (with voices) and usually releases on the same week as US/EU.

My top favourites would be Koei Tecmo Games (Warriors series) and Atlus (Persona series).

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