Sakura Wars has come top in two separate categories in a recent online poll conducted by SEGA Japan: Most Memorable Creation and Most Wished-For Revival. The long-running Strategy RPG franchise has been a sizeable hit in Japan and this was clearly backed up by the online voters. SEGA Japan announced the three-day poll on November 14, 2016, asking users to cast their votes in three categories: Most Memorable Creation, Most Memorable Character, and Most Wished-For Revival. The online poll was conducted on a Japanese based website, but there were still many Western users who managed to cast their own votes. The results were announced at the Sega Fes event in Japan on November 19, 2016.
While the first category, Most Memorable Creation, was topped by Sakura Wars with 1,843 votes, other familiar SEGA titles propped up the subsequent places: Sonic the Hedgehog (1,284 votes), Phantasy Star Online (1,155), Virtua Fighter (991), and Jet Set Radio (913). Further down the list was the Sega Saturn console at number 8.
Topping the Most Memorable Character list was Segata Sanshiro with 1,840 votes. The fictional character is best known for his work advertising the Sega Saturn in Japan during the late 1990s. Other characters who came close include Kazuma Kiryu (main protagonist from Kazuma, 1,521 votes), Ryo Hazuki (main protagonist from Shenmue, 1,446), Bayonetta (main protagonist from Bayonetta, 1,375), and Nights (from Nights into Dreams… and Nights: Journey of Dreams).
With Sakura Wars also topping the Most Wished-For Revival with 2,457 votes, it was left for the others to grab the subsequent places. Jet Set Radio was next on the wish list with 1,485 votes, then Cyber Trooper Virtua-On (729), Shenmue (727), and Virtua Fighter (581). Other familiar titles appearing at various places in the list were Shining Force, Streets of Rage, and Nights into Dreams….
The hosts at the SEGA Fes were clear in stating that the outcome of the poll should not be taken as having any influence on any future game development, but did hint that SEGA might, at least, take notice, upon seeing the results.