We've already shared our very own 2019 Game of the Year choice, and you lovely lot have done the same in our Nintendo Life reader GotY poll, but what about the super talented folk who actually make the blessed things?

Well, thankfully a recent Famitsu feature has gathered the thoughts of those very people, with a total of 132 Japanese game developers and industry-related celebrities all being polled on their top 2019 games. We'll kick things off with the top 30 games that were voted for across the board (thanks, AnimeNewsNetwork):

  1. Death Stranding
  2. Dragon Quest Walk
  3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  5. Ring Fit Adventure
  6. Pokémon Sword and 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

We can also see some of the votes shared by individual developers themselves - no surprises seeing PlatinumGames' Hideki Kamiya vote for Tetris 99, huh?

  • 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
  • Katsura Hoshino: (Persona 5 director): Diablo III: Eternal Collection, Star Luster, Death Stranding
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hideki Kamiya (Bayonetta designer): Tetris 99
  • Ken Motomura (Yōkai Watch series director): Death Stranding, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Borderlands 3, Resident Evil 2, Astral Chain

What do you think? A decent list overall, or are you surprised by their choices? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

[source animenewsnetwork.com, via gonintendo.com]