While Japanese gaming tastes have shifted in recent years, they still have an affinity for certain genres that have fallen off in other regions.

And you might be surprised at what ranks atop the "Most Popular JRPG" list for gamers in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The poll results were published in a recent Famitsu issue (as cited by HardcoreGamer ). And if you were expecting Final Fantasy to easily take the #1 spot, you were mistaken:

Interesting, no? Of course, Dragon Quest has been running every bit as long as Final Fantasy and it's no surprise to see two of the oldest RPG franchises in the industry sitting atop the list. Still, did you think DQ would really top FF…?

For me, it's interesting. Obviously, FF is #1 but Suikoden is actually my #2 and aside from Dragon Quest VIII , I don't really care about the latter franchise at all. The recently released Dragon Quest Heroes was basically a waste of my time. I'd also maybe put Legaia and Star Ocean up there somewhere as well. What about you?

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Bio
Bio
5 years ago

Dragon Quest has been bigger than Final Fantasy in Japan for pretty much ever.

Underdog15
Underdog15
5 years ago

I'm surprised Final Fantasy was even close to Dragon Quest, tbh.

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
5 years ago

DQ has always been bigger than FF in Japan thats nothin new

xenris
xenris
5 years ago

Dragon Quest is sooo good.

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
5 years ago

I'll take Shin Megami Tensei (new Goddess Reborn) over any franchise on that list.

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
1 year ago

DQ has always been bigger than FF in Japan thats nothin new

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
1 year ago

I&#39ll take Shin Megami Tensei (new Goddess Reborn) over any franchise on that list.

xenris
xenris
1 year ago

Dragon Quest is sooo good.

Underdog15
Underdog15
1 year ago

I&#39m surprised Final Fantasy was even close to Dragon Quest, tbh.

Bio
Bio
1 year ago

Dragon Quest has been bigger than Final Fantasy in Japan for pretty much ever.