One of Square Enix's all-time greats tops the list
Japan's Heisei era is about to come to an end, as the country prepares to welcome the Reiwa era on May 1. All in all, the Heisei period encapsulates 30 years of history, which means it's been around for a ton of amazing video game debuts. Weekly Famitsu magazine set out to determine which games ruled the era with a recent poll—in which 7,158 respondents cast their vote between April 3 and April 20—so let's see which titles made the list.
The May 16 issue of Famitsu will feature a Heisei retrospective, including the full results of the poll. The website went up with the top 3 in advance, though, offering up a timeless classic along with two of the medium's more modern entries. Starting with third place, we have:
3. NieR: Automata (Square Enix, 2017) - 205 votes
Readers seemed particularly impacted by NieR: Automata's story. One male teenager respondent said no game has ever moved him so much, while a female in her 20s said the game conveys emotions that can not be expressed in words.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, 2017) - 209 votes
A male fan in their 20s said they felt as if they were living in the land of Hyrule, and a female in their 50s praised the ability to travel to any location they can see. In general, the open world and sheer level of completion stoked the imaginations of fans of all ages.
1. Chrono Trigger (Square Enix, 1995) - 230 votes
What kind of top games list would be complete without Chrono Trigger? For a male fan in their 30s, the story, scenario, and all of the music make for a masterpiece. A similarly-aged woman said they'll never forget the memories of traveling through time with Crono. Most of the support for Chrono Trigger, unsurprisingly, came from fans in their 30s, making this a truly generational hit. Many of the fans were excited for what was at the time the next project from Dragon Quest's Yuji Horii, Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball's Akira Toriyama, and Final Fantasy's Hironobu Sakaguchi, and the inclusion of multiple endings was a true breakthrough.
Here's the cover of the Heisei issue:
Which games from the past 30 years would top your own personal list? Let us know in the comments!