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Cover art for Issue 1 of Famitsū magazine, June 1986, then known as Famicom Tsūshin
Cover art for Issue 1 of Famitsū magazine, June 1986, then known as Famicom Tsūshin

Famitsū (ファミ通? abbreviated ファミ Fami) is a Japanese video game magazine published by Enterbrain, Inc. Currently, there are five versions of Famitsū: Shūkan Famitsū, Famitsū PS, Famitsū Xbox, Famitsū Wii+DS, and Famitsū Wave DVD. Shūkan Famitsū (週刊ファミ通 Shūkan Famitsū?, lit. "Weekly Famitsū"), the original Famitsū publication, is considered the most respected video game news magazine in Japan.[1][2][3] Image File history File links Famitsu_-_Issue_1. ... Image File history File links Famitsu_-_Issue_1. ... A video game magazine is a magazine that talks about video games on PC, other computers or video game consoles. ... Enterbrain, Inc. ... “Computer and video games” redirects here. ...

Contents

Shūkan Famitsū

Shūkan Famitsū concentrates on video game reviews, as well as video game industry news. The name Famitsū was originally an abbreviation of Famicom Tsūshin (ファミコン通信 lit. "Famicom News?), the magazine's original name after the Famicom (which was the dominant video game console during the late 1980s in Japan). The first issue was published in 1986. Today, Shūkan Famitsū features multi-platform coverage, with a separate spinoff magazine dedicated to Nintendo's platforms (currently titled Famitsū Wii+DS). Shūkan Famitsū is published every Friday with a circulation of 800,000 per issue.[citation needed] “NES” redirects here. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ...


Others

Famitsū publishes other magazines dedicated to particular consoles. Currently in circulation are:

  • Famitsū Wii+DS, which report on Nintendo-based platforms (currently the Nintendo DS and Wii). The magazine was formerly known as Famitsū 64 and then Famitsū Cube (among other variations of those two names) based on Nintendo's previous platforms.
  • Famitsū Wave DVD (ファミ通 Wave DVD) is published monthly. Each magazine includes a DVD disc (NTSC Region 2) with video game footage. The magazine was originally called GameWave DVD.

Famitsū spinoffs that are no longer in circulation includes Famitsū Bros. (which concentrated on video game hints and strategy rather than actual news), Famitsū Sister (which covered bishōjo games) and Famitsū DC (which covered the Dreamcast). Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... The PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[3] commonly abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment; successor to the PlayStation 2. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... “NDS” redirects here. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... NTSC is the analog television system in use in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, and some other countries, mostly in the Americas (see map). ... A bishōjo game (美少女ゲーム bishōjo gÄ“mu); more often spelled bishoujo game), also known as a girl game/gal game is a type of Japanese video game centered around interactions with attractive anime-style girls. ... The Dreamcast , code-named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark and Guppy during development) is Segas final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ...


Scoring

Famitsū is known worldwide for its "extremely harsh" grading of current videogames.[4][5] Video games are graded in Famitsū by a panel of four video game reviewers. Each reviewer gives a score from one to ten (ten being best). The scores of the four reviewers are then added up with a possible score of forty. Famitsū reviewers have long been considered unmercifully tough, though in recent years their average review scores have generally taken an upswing. Several recent Famitsū scores have been subject to controversy, and the magazine has been accused of "selling out" to appease advertisers and the larger entities in the industry, such as with its score for Dirge of Cerberus (1up.com news link). Statistically, it is still extremely rare for a game to receive a perfect score of forty from Famitsū's reviewers. Famitsū Wave DVD does not grade video games. Dirge of Cerebus: Final Fantasy VII is an upcoming Japanese console video game developed by Square Enix for the Sony PlayStation 2. ...


Perfect scores

Only six games so far have received perfect scores. They are listed in chronological order.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, Nintendo, for Nintendo 64)
  2. Soulcalibur (1999, Namco, for Dreamcast)
  3. Vagrant Story (2000, Square Co., Ltd., for PlayStation)
  4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002, Nintendo, for Nintendo GameCube)
  5. Nintendogs (2005, Nintendo, for Nintendo DS)
  6. Final Fantasy XII (2006, Square Enix, for PlayStation 2)


Games that received a near-perfect score of 39 include: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a video game released in 1998, and the first Zelda game for the Nintendo 64. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The Nintendo 64 ), often abbreviated as N64, was Nintendos third home video game console for the international market. ... For the live-action developing project based on the video game series, see Soul series#Film. ... Namco Ltd ) is a amusement company based in Japan, best known overseas for video games development. ... The Dreamcast , code-named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark and Guppy during development) is Segas final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... Vagrant Story ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square Co. ... Square Co. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (or Zeruda no Densetsu: Kaze no Takuto in Japan) is the ninth game in the well-known The Legend of Zelda series of video games. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... Nintendogs is a pet simulation video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld video game console. ... “NDS” redirects here. ... Final Fantasy XII ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console, and the twelfth installment in the Final Fantasy video game series. ... SQUARE ENIX (Japanese: スクウェア・エニックス) is a Japanese producer of popular video games and manga. ... “PS2” redirects here. ...

  1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991, Nintendo, for Super Famicom)
  2. Virtua Fighter 2 (1995, Sega, for Sega Saturn)
  3. Ridge Racer Revolution (1995, Namco, for PlayStation)
  4. Super Mario 64 (1996, Nintendo, for Nintendo 64)
  5. Tekken 3 (1998, Namco, for PlayStation)
  6. Cyber Troopers Virtual On Oratorio Tangram (1999, Sega, for Dreamcast)
  7. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (2001, Sony Computer Entertainment, for PlayStation 2)
  8. Final Fantasy X (2001, Square Co., Ltd., for PlayStation 2)
  9. Resident Evil (2002, Capcom, for Nintendo GameCube)
  10. Dragon Quest VIII (2004, Square Enix, for PlayStation 2)
  11. Gran Turismo 4 (2004, Sony Computer Entertainment, for PlayStation 2)
  12. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (2005, Konami, for PlayStation 2)
  13. Kingdom Hearts II (2006, Square Enix and Buena Vista Games, for PlayStation 2)
  14. Dead or Alive 4 (2005, Tecmo, for Xbox 360)
  15. Ōkami (2006, Capcom, for PlayStation 2)
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007, Nintendo, for Nintendo DS)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, released in Japan on November 21, 1991, as ゼルダの伝説 神々のトライフォース (Zeruda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Toraifōsu, literally The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) was a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Brazil between 1990 and 1993. ... Virtua Fighter 2 is the second game in the popular Virtua Fighter fighting game series by Sega. ... This article is about the video game company. ... It has been suggested that Arcade Racer Joystick be merged into this article or section. ... Ridge Racer on the PlayStation Ridge Racer is the name of an arcade and home 3D racing game franchise developed and published by Namco. ... Namco Ltd ) is a amusement company based in Japan, best known overseas for video games development. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... Super Mario 64 ) is a top-selling platform game developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. ... The Nintendo 64 ), often abbreviated as N64, was Nintendos third home video game console for the international market. ... Tekken 3 is the third installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... // Overview After three years from Cyber Troopers: Virtual On, Cyber Troopers: Virtual On Oratorio Tangram was released in Japanese arcades and then later for the Sega Dreamcast in both America and Japan. ... This article is about the video game company. ... Sony Computer Entertainment, Incorporated ) (SCEI) is a Japanese video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, mostly in video game consoles and is a full subsidiary of Sony Corporation that was established on November 16, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... Final Fantasy X ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix), and the tenth installment in the Final Fantasy video game series; it was released in 2001, and is the first numbered Final Fantasy game for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. ... Square Company, Limited ) was a Japanese video game company founded in September of 1983 by Masafumi Miyamoto and Hironobu Sakaguchi. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... Resident Evil, known in Japan as biohazard ), is a survival horror video game by Capcom and is the inaugural title in the Resident Evil series. ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... SQUARE ENIX (Japanese: スクウェア・エニックス) is a Japanese producer of popular video games and manga. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Sony Computer Entertainment, Incorporated ) (SCEI) is a Japanese video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, mostly in video game consoles and is a full subsidiary of Sony Corporation that was established on November 16, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (commonly abbreviated MGS3) is a stealth-based game directed by Hideo Kojima, developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation 2. ... Konami Corporation ) (TYO: 9766 NYSE: KNM SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines and video games. ... Kingdom Hearts II ) is an action role-playing game developed by Square Enix Co. ... Buena Vista Games is the video game publishing division of The Walt Disney Company. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tecmo, Ltd. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... For the subspecies of gray wolf, see Japanese Wolf. ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... “NDS” redirects here. ...

All Time Top 100 by the readers

In March of 2006 Japanese Famitsū magazine readers voted on their 100 all-time favorite games. (Full list). The top ten games picked by fans were:

  1. Final Fantasy X (2001)
  2. Final Fantasy VII (1997)
  3. Dragon Quest III (1988)
  4. Dragon Quest VIII (2004)
  5. Machi (1998)
  6. Final Fantasy IV (1991)
  7. Tactics Ogre (1995)
  8. Final Fantasy III (1990)
  9. Dragon Quest VII (2000)
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

Final Fantasy X ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix), and the tenth installment in the Final Fantasy video game series; it was released in 2001, and is the first numbered Final Fantasy game for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. ... Final Fantasy VII ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix), and the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy video game series. ... Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu he, known as Dragon Warrior III in North America, is the third installment of the popular Dragon Quest series, first released for the Famicom in Japan, or NES in the United States. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For other uses, see Machi. ... Final Fantasy IV ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) in 1991 as a part of the Final Fantasy video game series. ... Haha, show me the power that defeated the highlands, brother! Haha! ... It has been suggested that Characters of Final Fantasy III be merged into this article or section. ... Dragon Quest VII: Eden no Senshi-tachi (Japanese: エデンの戦士たち, lit. ... The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a video game released in 1998, and the first Zelda game for the Nintendo 64. ...

Relationship with other magazines

UK trade magazine MCV and Famitsu have an exclusive partnership which sees news and content from each magazine appear in the other.[6] This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


See also

Enterbrain, Inc. ...

References

  1. ^ Thorsen, Tor (2006-03-08). FFXII gets perfect score from Famitsu. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2006-06-09.
  2. ^ Kalpaxidis, Steve (2005-07-01). PS3 To Come Without Bundled HDD?. Advanced Media Network. Retrieved on 2006-06-09.
  3. ^ Quinn, Rodney (2006-03-09). Final Fantasy XII scores perfect 40/40 in Famitsu reviews. Ars Technica. Retrieved on 2006-06-09.
  4. ^ Carless, Simon (1999-08-06). Litigation Time. Gamasutra. Retrieved on 2006-06-09.
  5. ^ Staff, GamePro (2006-03-08]]). Final Fantasy XII Earns Perfect Score From Famitsu. GamePro. Retrieved on 2006-06-09.
  6. ^ MCV launches daily service. Intent Media (26 February 2007). Retrieved on 2007-03-14.

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