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Breaking News: JRPG is the favourite genre in Japan

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Yes, this is breaking news… if you’ve been living AFK for the past decade or two! The Japanese do certainly love their RPG games, no doubt about it. How does that genre compare to others though? We know some of you have doubts about the legitimacy of our news here on Lazygamer. Well, I have numbers dammit, and they don’t lie. WHAT DO THEY MEAN MASON?

According to a Tokyo Game Show 2014 Visitor Survey Report (via Dual Shockers), RPG comes in first, followed not-so-closely by action and adventure. The left column is the Tokyo Games Show Survey, while the right is related to the general consumer market of 2013.


Pardon my favouritism and one track mind, but where the heck is the MOBA category? I genuinely am interested to see where that fits in to all of this. There is a Competitive Online Games heading… that seems so generic though. I really think MOBA would easily make it to the top 5 were it present.

I am honestly surprised to see FPS is that high up. In fact, it’s more popular than Fighting and MMORPG, which just seems so bizarre in my head. I have no idea what a training/achievement simulation game is, but what the heck is it doing all the way up there? Meanwhile, at the bottom of the lot, we have none of the above, followed hotly by Fortune Telling. WHAT THE HELL GENRES ARE THOSE MASON?

Overall it is an interesting spread of genres and their popularity. I’d love to see a similar study done for the West. What do you think would be our top 5? I’d say something along the lines of MOBA, FPS, RPG, RTS, ACTION.

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Last Updated: November 11, 2014


  1. Sorry Matthew, but MOBAs do not exist in Japan. Mostly because it’s a Handheld driven market, and PC gaming is a myth in the Land of the Rising sun.


  2. Admiral Chief Wang

    November 11, 2014 at 14:47

    Man, now I’m curious as to wth training/achievement simulation games are


    • ReaperOfSquirrels

      November 11, 2014 at 14:59

      Google it 😛


  3. Hammersteyn

    November 11, 2014 at 14:49

    Our top 5 would be
    1. COD/BF
    2. Dota/LOL
    3. The Sims
    4. Fifa
    5. Candy Crush


    • ToshZA

      November 11, 2014 at 15:47

      Fifa is slightly higher on your list than mine. :/


      • Hammersteyn

        November 11, 2014 at 16:03



  4. ReaperOfSquirrels

    November 11, 2014 at 14:56

    I thought dating sim would be higher on that list o.O


  5. ReaperOfSquirrels

    November 11, 2014 at 15:01

    I guess the “None of the above” and the “Puzzle Games” are those dodgy flash games… like the ones with tentacles… that I have absolutely no idea about… HEY LOOK A BUTTERFLY!


    • hairyknees

      November 11, 2014 at 15:01

      Wouldn’t our resident Jap professional Umar have the answers we need??? 😛


  6. RinceThis

    November 11, 2014 at 15:04

    No tentacles?


    • RocketBunny

      November 11, 2014 at 16:12

      I think that would be the “None of the above” category


  7. Cadis Etrama Di Umar

    November 11, 2014 at 15:11

    Its the favorite genre….In my heart


  8. ToshZA

    November 11, 2014 at 15:46

    1. FPS
    2. Doing people’s moms
    3. Threatening people for having differing opinions
    4. Insulting people’s moms
    5. Fifa
    6. All other games


  9. Weanerdog

    November 11, 2014 at 16:10

    Interestingly that how many more RPG fans attend the convention than fans of other genres.


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