Japanese gamers place ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ at No. 1 on top 100 video games of all time list

Breath of the Wild Video Game

Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” was named by Japanese citizens as the best video game of all time, beating classics such as Square Enix’s “Final Fantasy VII.”

The best video game: The Nintendo Switch and Wii U title, released on March 3, 2017, topped the nationwide TV network poll by TV Asahi, which had 50,000 voters in total. 

  • The game beat several console and handheld video games for the top spot. Classics such as “Dragon Quest V” and “Final Fantasy VII” were pushed to second and third place, according to My Nintendo News.
  • Other games that made it into the Top 10 of the poll include “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” at No. 4 and “Splatoon 2” at No. 5, followed by “Dragon Quest III,” “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” “Chrono Trigger,” “Final Fantasy X” and “Super Mario Bros. 3.”
  • TV Asahi also conducted a poll earlier this year for manga, which saw “One Piece” taking the No. 1 spot of their first-ever list of the top 100 manga of all time.

Past awards: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” has won a total of 189 Game of the Year awards from several publications and organizations, including TIME, Vulture, IGN and Newsweek, according to Nintendo Soup.

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  • The Nintendo game also received the Best Game Direction Award and the Best Action/Adventure Game Award at The Game Awards in December 2017, VentureBeat reported.

Top 100 games: The ranking of top 100 games as decided by Japanese gamers was revealed on a three-hour special evening broadcast that included commentary from notable panelists. The full list:

100. Persona 3
99. Pokemon Platinum Version
98. Persona 4
97. Super Mario World
96. Romance of the Three Kingdoms
95. MOTHER
94. Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
93. Persona 5 Royal
92. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
91. Street Fighter II
90. Final Fantasy VIII
89. Super Mario Galaxy 2
88. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
87. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
86. Monster Hunter
85. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
84. Final Fantasy XI
83. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
82. Legend of Mana
81. Dragon Quest Builders 2
80. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
79. Metal Gear Solid
78. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Zenkokuban
77. Mario Kart Wii
76. Kirby Air Ride
75. Animal Crossing: Wild World
74. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
73. Gran Turismo 4
72. Kirby Super Star
71. Dr. Mario
70. Monster Hunter: World
69. Super Mario RPG
68. Pokemon X and Y
67. Bloodborne
66. Ghost of Tsushima
65. Suikoden
64. Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver
63. Final Fantasy III
62. Xevious
61. Super Smash Bros.
60. Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
59. Dead by Daylight
58. Animal Crossing
57. Super Donkey Kong
56. Super Mario Galaxy
55. Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits / Fleshy Souls / Psychic Specters
54. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
53. Tales of the Abyss
52. The Legend of Zelda
51. Final Fantasy IV
50. Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire
49. Kingdom Hearts
48. NieR: Automata
47. Final Fantasy XIV
46. Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line
45. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
44. Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online
43. Xenoblade
42. Persona 5
41. Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa Heisei Reiwa mo Teiban!
40. Xenogears
39. Dark Souls III
38. Puyo Puyo
37. Final Fantasy IX
36. Pokemon Gold / Silver
35. Xenoblade 2
34. Final Fantasy V
33. Final Fantasy VI
32. Biohazard
31. Tactics Ogre
30. Apex Legends
29. Okami
28. MOTHER 2
27. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
26. Pokemon Black and White
25. Tetris
24. Pokemon Red / Green / Blue
23. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
22. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
21. Splatoon
20. Minecraft
19. Suikoden II
18. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
17. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
16. Kingdom Hearts II
15. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
14. Pokemon Sword and Shield
13. UNDERTALE
12. Super Mario Kart
11. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
10. Super Mario Bros. 3
9. Final Fantasy X
8. Chrono Trigger
7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
6. Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation
5. Splatoon 2
4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
3. Final Fantasy VII
2. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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