CoroCoro Comic, a Japanese manga magazine publishing for over 40 years, asked kids what their favorite video game series was. Super Smash Bros. came out on top with 17 percent of the vote, followed immediately by Mario at 16 percent. In general, Nintendo made out very well. This the full breakdown:
- Super Smash Bros. – 17 percent
- Mario – 16 percent
- Splatoon – 10 percent
- Pokémon – 9 percent
- Fortnite – 9 percent
- Nyanko Daisensou/The Battle Cats – 8 percent
- Minecraft – 8 percent
- Yo-kai Watch – 7 percent
- Kirby – 6 percent
- Inazuma Eleven – 3 percent
- Monster Hunter – 2 percent
- Other series – 5 percent
To western eyes, the presence of The Battle Cats might be a little unusual, but everything else makes perfect sense. Interestingly, these are the results of the poll in spite of only 44 percent of respondents actually owning a Nintendo Switch.
I suspect a poll conducted in North America would contain a lot of the same entries, possibly in a different order though. Pokémon is quite the juggernaut here, for instance. Super Smash Bros. might run into some conflict from Fortnite and (of course) Mario too.
Recently, Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu also conducted a poll, this time to vote on the greatest game of the past 30 years. Readers (rightfully!) settled on Chrono Trigger as the greatest game, followed by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and NieR: Automata. Polls like these are fun, as they show the differences between western and eastern audiences aren’t actually so severe.
Let us know how popular Super Smash Bros. is in your family or among your friends! I used to play Melee to death with my friends.
Proofs Editor for Enthusiast Gaming. I’m a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I have recently returned from living in South Korea.