Japanese parents pick the Famicom RPGs they'd most like their children to play

Best of the best

RPGs in general are quite big in Japan, and they have been for years. In an interesting new survey, parents who played countless Famicom RPGs back in the day were asked to name their top picks for Famicom classics they'd like their kids to play. The results of that survey can be found below.

1. Dragon Quest III (1988, Enix)—16.3%
2. Momotaro Densetsu (1987, Hudson)—10.3%
3. Mother (1989, Nintendo)—8.7%
4. Final Fantasy III (1990, Square)—7.3%
5. Dragon Quest IV (1988, Square)—7.0%
6. Final Fantasy II (1988, Square)—6.0%
7. Tenchi wo Kurau II (1991, Capcom)—5.0%
8. Metal Max (1991, Data East)—4.3%
8. Dragon Quest (1986, Enix)—4.3%
10. Dragon Quest II (1987, Enix)—3.7%
10. SD Gundam Gaiden: Knight Gundam Monogatari (1990, Bandai)—3.7%
10. Sweet Home (1989, Capcom)—3.7%

Want a little more insight into why some of these games made the list? You can read comments from some of the parents below.

#1 Dragon Quest III

“I’d like for them to play all Dragon Quest games, but I think III might be the easiest to start.” (Male, 38-years-old)

“The game is like the foundation of RPGs. It is the super masterpiece among masterpieces.” (Male, 44-years-old)

“It has a great system, great monster designs, and great music. Everything about it is perfect. I hope my children get to play it one day.” (Male, 40-years-old)

#2 Momotaro Densetsu

“My kids are really into Momotaro Dentetsu now, so I’d like to see them play Momotaro Densetsu.” (Male, 39-years-old)

“Now that Momotaro Dentetsu is a hit, I hope to see a remake of Momo Densetsu.” (Male, 42-years-old)

#3 Mother

“The quotes are great. It’s different from today’s RPGs, and it doesn’t take long to beat, so I’d like to have my kid sit right next to me and watch through it all.” (Male, 44-years-old)

“Mother 2 and Mother 3 were great, but Mother 1 was complete. Even the official guidebook was high-quality.” (Male, 41-years-old)

“It’s like watching a whole movie. It’s my favorite RPG. I would certainly love to play it together with the kids.” (Male, 40-years-old)

Categories: Consoles
Tags: famicom


Wowww! BOTH comments about Momotarou Densetsu are about how popular the current Momotarou DenTetsu is. I wonder what the positioning would be if DenTetsu didn't blow up the way it did.

Also, ALL the quotes are male?? They couldn't find one nerdy Japanese mom? ☹️

Eyeballing this:

Damn tempting after what you wrote.

They couldn't find one nerdy Japanese mom? ☹️

You might have a mission on your hands! Smile

$10 is pretty cheap, but if I were to get a Momotarou DenTetsu game right now, it'd be the Switch one, since the DenTetsu games are more like board games and the Switch one has online play available. An older DenTetsu game would only be worth it if you have some one else locally willing to sit through the Japanese with you, because board games aren't as fun by yourself.

Thu Feb 25 21 06:53pm
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because board games aren't as fun by yourself.

Well I guess there is SOME AI there....But no DenSetsu games on SFamicom? I might go with the Switch DenTetsu though.

I had to EDIT this post..

Thu Feb 25 21 08:20pm
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There's one DenSetsu game on SFC. The one you linked is one of the DenTetsu games for SFC.

This is what the Densetsu game and box look like: https://www.ebay.com/itm/SHIN-MOMOTARO-DENSETSU-Peach-Boy-Ref-C-Super-Famicom-Nintendo-sf-/302965363259?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292

Yeah I saw it later. That's why I edited my post too. Oh and thanks. And it's even cheaper.

2. Momotaro Densetsu (1987, Hudson)—10.3%

OK, OK! I'll be getting a Famicom one day..Gaah...


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