Japanese Developers Vote their Game of the Year 2017: Zelda Wins, Dragon Quest XI and NieR Follow

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It’s the end of the year, and it’s time for rankings and awards. The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu prompted a hundred Japanese developers and industry personalities to rank their favorite games of 2017, and here you can find a translation of the full top 100. Yeah, that’s a lot of titles to translate.

You can read it all just below.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. Dragon Quest XI
  3. NieR: Automata
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Super Mario Odyssey
  6. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  7. Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds
  8. Monster Hunter XX
  9. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
  10. SNES Classic Mini
  11. Undertale
  12. Overcooked
  13. Fate/Grand Order
  14. Granblue Fantasy
  15. The Great Ace Attorney 2
  16. Azur Lane
  17. ARMS
  18. Assassin’s Creed Origins
  19. Tekken 7
  20. Yakuza Kiwami 2
  21. NiOh
  22. Earth Defense Force 5
  23. The Idolmaster Million Live!: Theater Days
  24. Horion Zero Dawn
  25. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  26. Dissidia Final Fantasy
  27. Minecraft
  28. Call of Duty: WWII
  29. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  30. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi
  31. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  32. Gravity Rush 2
  33. A3!
  34. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  35. Friday the 13th: the Game
  36. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
  37. City Shrouded in Shadows
  38. ARK: Survival Evolved
  39. LINE Pokopoko
  40. Gran Turismo Sport
  41. Seiken Densetsu Collection
  42. Dragon Quest X Online
  43. Farpoint
  44. Overwatch
  45. Sonic Forces
  46. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  47. World of Tanks (for consoles)
  48. For Honor
  49. Galaga Wars
  50. Super Mario Run
  51. Final Fantasy XIV
  52. Seventh Rebirth
  53. Million Onion Hotel
  54. Puzzles & Dragons
  55. Fire Emblem Warriors
  56. Fantasy Earth Zero
  57. Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey Redux
  58. Cuphead
  59. The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage
  60. Superhot VR
  61. Arcade Archives Super Mario Brothers
  62. Clash of Clans
  63. Bundle! Girls band party!
  64. The Last of Us Remastered
  65. Fallout 4
  66. Pokémon Sun and Moon
  67. Lineage 2 Revolution
  68. The Last Guardian
  69. Everwing
  70. War Thunder
  71. What Remains of Edith Finch
  72. Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary
  73. INSIDE
  74. Destiny’s Child
  75. One Piece: Treasure Cruise
  76. Stand My Heroes
  77. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  78. Threes!
  79. Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
  80. Clash Royale
  81. Super Bomberman R
  82. KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ
  83. Resident Evil 4
  84. ACA NeoGeo Fatal Fury Legend: Fight of Fate
  85. Battle Garegga Rev. 2016
  86. .hack//G.U. Last Recode
  87. Boku no Neko
  88. Dragon Quest of the Stars
  89. 7 Days to Die
  90. Dobutsu Tower Battle
  91. Dragon’s Dogma Online
  92. Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy
  93. Get Even
  94. Pictologica Final Fantasy
  95. Hey! Pikmin
  96.  Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
  97. Mobius Final Fantasy
  99. Forza Motorsport 7
  100. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

There are a few caveats to the list. Like previous years, certain developers are plagued by massive backlogs or simply aren’t up to date with what the rest of the industry is releasing. Others may have simply interpreted the question as related to the best games they played in 2017. So there are a few that voted for older games, which you’ll see in the ranking. Apparently, the SNES Classic Mini was also considered a “game” by quite a few.

The vote was also not 100% limited to developers. While developers were the overwhelming majority, Famitsu involved a few voice actors and personalities.

Since we’re talking about a complete different market, you should not be surprised to see a lot of unfamiliar mobile games in the list. Japanese developers are busy, so small mobile timewasters do tend to fit their lifestyle.

If you’re curious to see what they voted in previous years, you can check out a similar list for 2016 and one for 2015.

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