Japan’s Top 20 Favorite Fighting Games

Japan's Top 20 Favorite Fighting Games
Image source: Capcom

The Weekly Famitsu magazine has been collecting data on all of Japan’s favorite games and favorite types. One of the most popular types of games worldwide is the fighting style game, so logically we were curious about the results.

Here are the basics to keep in mind.

  • They tried to cover a wide range of ages between teens and 50 year olds.
  • The votes were broken down into a point system with over 2,400 participants.
  • This is category is tough. Let’s face it, Japan has created a ton of great fighting games.

Top 20 Japanese Fighting Games

  1. Street Fighter II (383 points)
  2. Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator (266 points)
  3. Ultra Street Fighter IV (254 points)
  4. Street Fighter III 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future (237 points)
  5. BlazBlue: Central Fiction (230 points)
  6. Street Fighter V (191 points)
  7. The King of Fighters XIV (180 points)
  8. Darkstalkers 3 (172 points)
  9. Capcom vs. SNK 2 Millionaire Fighting 2001 (163 points)
  10. Virtua Fighter 2 (154 points)
  11. Under Night In-Birth (140 points)
  12. Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign (139 points)
  13. Tekken 7: Fated Retribution (136 points)
  14. Fist of the North Star (132 points)
  15. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (130 points)
  16. Rival Schools: United by Fate (125 points)
  17. Garou: Mark of the Wolves (124 points)
  18. Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late (111 points)
  19. Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (109 points)
  20. SoulCalibur V (98 points)

Is it a surprise to anyone that the Street Fighter franchise earned so many entries? I mean it’s such a popular fighting game that it’s earned multiple anime adaptations. Speaking of which, it is pretty cool that among all of these franchise favorites, a game like Fist of the North Star got such high acclaim here.

One big shock for me was that not one Mortal Kombat game even made the list. Maybe that has become a more American favorite over time? Personally, my favorite fighting game is probably one of the Super Smash Bros. games. I mean besides Street Fighter II, where is the Nintendo love?

I would have loved to see an indie game like Skullgirls end up somewhere on this list too. Those games are always a blast, but I guess this list seems more about serious fighting games. Unfortunately, over ninety percent of the participants in this one poll were all men, so… (There is a huge group of female gamers out there, especially in the fighting genre, and it would have been nice to have their voice heard here.)

So, did your favorite fighting games make the list?


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