Japan honors NES, PS2, Mario

Government-sponsored Media Arts Plaza includes 14 game entries--including Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, the PlayStation, and DS--in list of 100 items most representative of Japanese media.

The Media Arts Plaza, a project of the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs, has announced a list of "100 examples of media that represents Japan."

The list was compiled based on questionnaire results to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Japan Media Arts Festival, a yearly event that recognizes creative and technically excellent media. List candidates were selected based on Web-based polls--some 33,884 people responded--and mailed-in surveys from artists, editors, and critics.

The list is broken into four categories--art, entertainment, animation, and manga--of 25 items each. Over half the entertainment category was composed of game hardware and software: Nintendo's Game Boy, DS, and Famicom (aka the NES), were chosen, along with Sony's PlayStation and PlayStation 2. The games selected were Super Mario Bros., Space Invaders, Final Fantasy VII, Puyo Puyo, Pokémon, Metal Gear Solid, and Dragon Quest I, III, and V.

From January 21, 2007, a special exhibition at the National Art Center Tokyo will showcase the chosen works.

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Gouki_13
Gouki_13

cool.. will go look up the full article.

Saphire_Kitsune
Saphire_Kitsune

*clicks on last link* Ooooo, what a neat looking building. It's so...wavy...

Zacek
Zacek

Great! Here we have some Dragon Quest! Best series ever!

sephirothrulez9
sephirothrulez9

ya... youd think there would be a lot of final fantasies

sephirothrulez9
sephirothrulez9

ya... youd think there would be a lot of final fantasies

aznballer91
aznballer91

FF7 all da way!!! mgs is pretty good too ^^()

Robert_Garcia
Robert_Garcia

Wow...it just goes to show how theres a greater love for DQ in Japan, than in the States...

Fraek
Fraek

Hmm, I also expected to see Final Fantasy VI. Still, I suppose that while Final Fantasy VI is seen as one of the top RPGs of its generation, Final Fantasy VII is representative of a new generation of RPGs... ...and some of the themes do smell more of Japan than do those of Final Fantasy VI. Anyhow, we can only hope electronic gaming will eventually become as highly valued in the West as it is in Japan today...

Liamland
Liamland

Interesting. No Final Fantasy VI or Dragon Quest IV. But it shows us evidence of the differences between Japan's preference and America's: Representing Japan - three Dragon Quests made the list and only one Final Fantasy.

_Sam_
_Sam_

Government-sponsored :o wow

ftjx
ftjx

Viva Japan!!!!!!!!!

rbarahona
rbarahona

Definitely a nice event in Japan. I really hope that they could make a "tour" and showcase that event in more museums around the world. I was really surprised to see manga like Slam Dunk (a personal favorite) and Neon Genesis Evangelion in the list.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Not to sound stereotypical or anything, but I really hope that Gozilla and/or the Power Rangers made it onto that list.

NFunspoiler
NFunspoiler

Okaaaaaaay... um.... cool? I wish the US was more accepting of Video Games... :(

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

What!?! No transexual anime porn catagory?????? Don't these people know anything about japanese media?

jhotmann
jhotmann

where would the united states be without stuff from japan

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

DJGeki "Slow day for news, eh? It's not a building erected to pay homage, nor is it a museum exhibit...just a survey. Why, exactly, is this news?" Well, seriously, why is anything videogame related "news"?

wooooode
wooooode

Its weird that the Japanesse dont like Zelda as much as we do in the States because I would think OOT would be on there.

DJGeki
DJGeki

Slow day for news, eh? It's not a building erected to pay homage, nor is it a museum exhibit...just a survey. Why, exactly, is this news?

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

pokemon...it should have been there maybe 4 years ago but i dont think it deserves to have a spot now

Mr_Saturn26
Mr_Saturn26

FF7, jest plain awesome, MGS sweet, Mario, hmm hey its a classic. DQ 1,3,5 cool, i jest beat 8, and whats funny i found out that the game i played as a kid dragon warrior, was DQ1 lol, and beat it too, no wonder why the DQ sieres felt fimiler.

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

at last Nintendo gets the respect they rightfully deserve,Sony as well has some great games on that list

SinisterC
SinisterC

There isn't a comparison, FFVII completely and utterly owns FFVIII - X. Chrono Trigger should have been acknowledged though.

SoraTheExtreme
SoraTheExtreme

I was in Japan in febuary... Akihabara, Tokyo is the best place in the world!!!

LoWpS
LoWpS

no words describe the success of the DS in japan...

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

Going to JAPAN NEXT SUMMER! CAN'T WAIT!

remmbermytitans
remmbermytitans

thats good... nintendo is getting the respect it deserves

ghostadv
ghostadv

Yay, Puyo Puyo made the list

dmn_link
dmn_link

The DS is like a cellphone in that country, everyone has it :)

gt3killer
gt3killer

awesome, NES was a great system.

erdrickgr
erdrickgr

Cool to see three Dragon Quest titles up there, including DQ3 and DQ4, which were two of the best games ever made (regardless of genre), and DQ1 which helped popularize the RPG genre on consoles (though it was not the first Japanese RPG).

aashkii
aashkii

I'm glad the NES is on the list. The NES did ressurect the videogame industry after the Crash in the 80s. If you don't know what I'm talking about, the Crash was caused by poor quality of games when Atari, Colecovision, Intellivision (to name a few) were competing each other in the console war in the early 80s. Due to bad sales, this caused videogame companies to go out of business. To know more about the Crash, watch G4's Game Makers (used to be called Icons). If you can't find the time and date, check the G4tv.com for schedules (GameMakers might not be on the channel anymore, but double check just to be sure.)

alimn1984
alimn1984

NES, PS2 and Mario? Ok, Well deserved but please let me to let you know that Shenmue is in the list too... BTW Game Spot do you know that SEGA will release Shenmue III:Next Gen(Terilogy Pack) or no???

SoraTheExtreme
SoraTheExtreme

Dragon Quest first of all was the first japanese RPG, secondly japanese gamers have allways been appealed more to a story of magic and of a hero who saves the world... heck, I'd say I'm more of a japanese gamer than anything else... though I'm from the west...

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Hey peeweeshift ... go read your history books and see why DQ games appeal to the Japanese more than most other things ... if you don't like it, save your comment for yourself. A nation of gamers can't be anymore wrong than your pathetic understanding of their culture.