37 Japanese Game Developers Name their Games of The Year for 2015: Check Out What they Picked

on December 27, 2015 3:23 PM

The latest issue of the Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu had a very interesting feature: the magazine asked 37 among Japan’s top game developers and executives to name their top five games for 2015.

Some answers were very interesting, giving a glimpse on the gaming tastes of those who make the games we love, some were funny, others were surprising (who would have thought that Level-5’s boss Akihiro Hino is a MMORPG fan?).

Of course there’s a large number of mobile games, but console games are still very popular, and interestingly western titles are heavily represented as well.

You can check out the full list below.

Daisuke Ishiwatari – Arc System Works

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS)
  2. Bloodborne (PS4)
  3. Godus (iOS, Android)
  4. Heroes of Order and Chaos (iOS, Android)
  5. How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition (PS4, PS3, PC)

Toshimichi Mori – Arc System Works

  1. Final Fantasy XIV (PS4, PS3, PC)
  2. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  3. Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  4. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)
  5. Shogi (iOS)

Kota Takano – Acquire

  1. Utawarerumono: False Mask (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  2. Hotline Miami Collected Edition (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  3. God Eater 2: Rage Burst (PS4, PS Vita)
  4. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  5. Yo-Kai Watchg Punipuni (iOS, Android)

Tomonobu Itagaki – Valhalla Games

  1. Mah-jong
  2. Backgammon
  3. Poker (Texas Hold’em)
  4. SimCity Buildit (iOS, Android)
  5. Nihon No Harasoi (iOS, Android)

Editor’s Note: If you’re wondering, the top three games of the list are the actual real-life ones. It’s Itagaki-san. What did you expect?

Eiji Takahashi – Alim

  1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  2. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, PC)
  3. Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
  4. Splatoon (Wii U)
  5. Agar.io (Android, iOS, PC)

Yoshimi Yasuda – Kadokawa Games

  1. Niki Nikki ~ Sekai Ryoko-hen ~ (iOS, Android)
  2. Dragon Quest of the Stars (iOS, Android)
  3. The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)
  4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  5. Disgaea 5 (PS4)

Kazuki Morishita – Gung Ho Online Entertainment

  1. Puzzle & Dragons (iOS, Android)
  2. Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition (3DS)
  3. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence (PS Vita, PS4, PS3, PC)
  4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  5. Bloodborne (PS4)

Goichi Suda – Grasshopper Manufacture

  1. Hotline Miami Collected Edition (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  2. Super Gundam Royal (iOS, Android)
  3. None
  4. None
  5. None

Yohei Kataoka – Crispy’s

  1. Tap Titans (iOS, Android)
  2. Splatoon (Wii U)
  3. Breaker-Crash bricks in 30 seconds (iOS, Android)
  4. Tap Quest: Gate Keeper (iOS, Android)
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Keisuke Kikuchi – Koei Tecmo

  1. Summons Board (iOS, Android)
  2. Super Robot Wars Z3 – Tengoku Hen (PS3, PS Vita)
  3. Splatoon (Wii U)
  4. Bloodborne (PS4)
  5. Picross 3D 2 (3DS)

Yoshita Okamura – Koei Tecmo (Gust)

  1. Granblue Fantasy (PC, iOS, Android)
  2. Little Noah (iOS, Android)
  3. Battlefield 4 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
  4. Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  5. Monster Strike (iOS, Android)

Yosuke Hayashi – Koei Tecmo

  1. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Arcade)
  2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. Bloodborne (PS4)
  4. Splatoon (Wii U)
  5. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One)

Daiki Asai – COLOPL

  1. Shogi
  2. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
  3. Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)
  4. Rumble City (iOS, Android)
  5. Dragon Quest Heroes (PS4, PS3)

Editor’s Note: with Shogi, he means the real thing. He must be Itagaki-san’s gaming buddy.

Ryoji Tsunoda – COLOPL

  1. Rumble City (iOS, Android)
  2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. Bloodborne (PS4)
  4. Tap Titans (iOS, Android)
  5. Botanicula (PC, iOS, Android)

Koichi Haruta – Cygames

  1. Granblue Fantasy (PC, iOS, Android)
  2. The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage (iOS, Android)
  3. Little Noah (iOS, Android)
  4. Dragon Quest Monsters Super Light (iOS, Android)
  5. Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Editor’s Note: Apparently, the developers included in the article were allowed to pick their own game.

Hiroshi Matsuyma – CyberConnect2

  1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  2. Bloodborne (PS4)
  3. Monster Hunter X (3DS)
  4. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Shin’uchi (3DS)
  5. Yo-Kai Watch Busters (3DS)

Yoshinori Kitase – Square Enix

  1. Mobius Final Fantasy (iOS, Android)
  2. Factorio (PC)
  3. Splatoon (Wii U)
  4. The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)
  5. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Takamasa Shiba – Square Enix

  1. Hearthstone (PC, iOS, Android)
  2. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence (PS Vita, PS4, PS3, PC)
  3. Dota 2 (PC)
  4. Ultra Street Fighter Ⅳ (Arcade)
  5. Granblue Fantasy (PC, iOS, Android)

Hajime Tabata – Square Enix

  1. Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
  2. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  3. LINE: Disney Tsumu Tsumu (iOS, Android)
  4. None
  5. None

Jiro Ishii – Writer

  1. Splatoon (Wii U)
  2. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  3. Hearthstone (PC, iOS, Android)
  4. Ingress (iOS, Android)
  5. Fate/Grand Order (iOS, Android)

Kazutaka Kodaka – Spike Chunsoft

  1. Hotline Miami Collected Edition (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  2. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)
  3. Until Dawn (PS4)
  4. Yakuza Zero (PS4, PS3)
  5. The House in Fatamorgana (PC)

Yuichiro Saito –  Spike Chunsoft

  1. Shironeko Project (iOS, Android)
  2. Yakuza Zero (PS4, PS3)
  3. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3)
  4. Plague Inc. (iOS, Android)
  5. Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Boken (3DS)

Yoshinori Terasawa – Spike Chunsoft

  1. Wonderland Chronicle (PS4, PS Vita)
  2. Dragon Quest Heroes (PS4, PS3)
  3. Until Dawn (PS4)
  4. Fushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren 5 Plus – Fortune Tower to Unmei no Dice (PS Vita)
  5. Monster Strike (iOS, Android)

Masayoshi Yokoyama – SEGA

  1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  2. Puzzle & Dragons (iOS, Android)
  3. Project X Zone 2: Brave New World
  4. None
  5. None

Masayoshi Kikuchi – SEGA

  1. Hearthstone (PC, iOS, Android)
  2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. Lifeline… (iOS)
  4. Until Dawn (PS4)
  5. Midori no Hoshi (iOS, Android)

Keiichiro Toyama – Sony Computer Entertainment

  1. Her Story (PC, iOS)
  2. Rogue Legacy (PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox One)
  3. Lumino City (iOS, PC)
  4. Horizon Chase – World Tour (iOS, Android)
  5. Helldivers (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)

Nobuyuki Okajima – D3 Publisher

  1. Clash of Clans (iOS, Android)
  2. Minecraft (PS Vita, Wii U, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
  3. Unholy Heights (3DS, PS4, Xbox 360, PC)
  4. Grand Kingdom (PS4, PS Vita)
  5. Earth Defense Force 4.1 – The Shadow of New Despair (PS4)

Sohei Shinkawa – Nippon Ichi Software

  1. Yo-Kai Watch Busters (3DS)
  2. Nyanko Daisensou (iOS, Android)
  3. Shometsu Toshi (iOS, Android)
  4. Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
  5. Dragon Quest Super Light (iOS, Android)

Hideki Kamiya – Platinum Games

  1. Wonder Boy: Monster Land (Sega Ages Vol.29 Monster World Complete Collection) (PS2)
  2. Nintendo Badge Arcade (3DS)
  3. Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One)
  4. Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Boken (3DS)
  5. SEGA NET Mahjong MJ (PC, iOS, Android)

Yusuke Hashimoto – Platinum Games

  1. Final Fight (Super Nes, Nes, PS2, Arcade)
  2. Bloodborne (PS4)
  3. Splatoon (Wii U)
  4. Tetris DS (DS)
  5. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)

Kenichiro Takaki – Marvelous

  1. Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage (iOS, Android)
  4. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One)
  5. PriPara (Arcade)

Yoshifumi Hashimoto – Marvelous

  1. Splatoon (Wii U)
  2. Dragon Quest Heroes (PS4, PS3)
  3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  4. Utawarerumono: False Mask (PS4, PS Vita, PS3)
  5. Until Dawn (PS4)

Koki Kimura – Mixi

  1. King of Bakuchi Yoichi
  2. Dixit
  3. Carcassonne
  4. Hearthstone (PC, iOS, Android)
  5. Dungeon of Mandom

Editor’s Note: Kimura-san is probably Tomonobu Itagaki’s second gaming pal. Four out of five of his favorites are board or card games.

Akihiro Hino – Level-5

  1. Final Fantasy XIV (PS4, PS3, PC)
  2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. Black Desert Online (PC)
  4. Dragon Quest of the Stars (iOS, Android)
  5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

Kensuke Tsukanaka – Bandai Namco

  1. Monster Hunter Cross (3DS)
  2. Yakuza Zero (PS4, PS3)
  3. Dragon Quest Heroes (PS4, PS3)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
  5. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)

Katsuhiro Harada – Bandai Namco

  1. Tekken 7 (Arcade)
  2. Persona 4: Dancing All Night (PS Vita)
  3. Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- (PS4, PS3, PC)
  4. Battlefield Hardline (PS4, Xbox One, Ps3, Xbox 360, PC)
  5. Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies (PS2)

Takanobu Terada – Bandai Namco

  1. Gundam Breaker 2 (PS3, PS Vita)
  2. Persona 4: Dancing All Night (PS Vita)
  3. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (3DS, iOS)
  4. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS)
  5. Monster Hunter X (3DS)
 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.
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