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Final Fantasy 16 overtakes Tears of the Kingdom as Japan’s most wanted game

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Ben Borthwick Updated on by

It appears as though the excitement for Final Fantasy 16 is at an all-time high in the game’s native Japan – with hype around the game even surpassing that of the upcoming new Zelda game.

At least, that’s according to those who voted in the latest Most Wanted list in Japanese publication Famitsu. In its most recent poll of its readers, Final Fantasy 16 has taken the top spot with 965 votes, narrowly surpassing Tears of the Kingdom by just six more votes.

As reported by Nintendo Everything, both games were quite some way beyond the game in third place – Pikmin 4 with just 514 votes. However, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch games dominate the rest of the list, with Street Fighter 6 and another Final Fantasy title – Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth – taking the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

In fact, Xbox – which has famously struggled in the East – has no games in the list whatsoever. While it could be argued that some of these titles are multiformat – for example, Street Fighter 6 – the list already includes separate entries for the PS5 and PS4 versions of other multiformat releases such as Like A Dragon 8, coming in at 7 and 9 respectively.

Final Fantasy’s position is perhaps even more impressive when you consider these votes were cast between March 30 and April 5 – meaning they were tallied before the game’s impressive showing at its State of Play broadcast last week. There, we learned about the game’s new combat system, and saw some of its epic boss battles.

Of course, we’ve also seen a fair amount of Tears of the Kingdom since then too, with a gameplay showcase last month that revealed some brand new abilities that Link can use, including Fuse and Ultrahand.

The Final Fantasy 16 release date has been set, meanwhile, for June 22, 2023 exclusively on the PlayStation 5.

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