10 Best Games Released in Japan

There are thousands of games released in Japan that became popular all over the world, some of these games you may know and have even played. Game development in Japan has always been on the rise competing with other big game developer countries.

Japan is well developed for the creation of games because, they have already created games that are famous until today, the countries that lead the development of games are: China, United States and Japan. The game market is growing more and more, only in 2020 the gaming market earned more than US1TP2Q128.5 Billion. 

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Just to give you an idea, the game market generates greater revenue than the music industry and greater than the film market, and 28.4% of the world population plays. So you can see that this is a very giant market. And in this article we will show you the 10 best games ever created in Japan which is the 3rd country in the ranking of game development.

1st Nioh 

This is a great action rpg game, this game became very famous in the gaming world, released in February 2017. The beginning of the game project started in 2004, the game tells a story of a mysterious magic stone and the protagonist William Adams, this magic stone is capable of giving mysterious powers to the person it encounters and transforms that person into a Yokai. The Yokai are half demon and half human beings in Japanese folklore.

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This is a great game for those who want to have fun and learn more about Japanese culture, such as folklore and many other aspects. It is a game that became very famous around the world in a short time and is available for all platforms, this game took years to be developed and has many details. 

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2nd Street Fighter 

This is one of the most famous games in the world, Street fighter is a fighting action game that won the best selling game title in the arcade games era. This game was developed by the company Capcom and was released in the year 1991, it's a great competitive game and tells the story of several characters who fight each other. Street Fighter was considered the best fighting game of the time played by over 25 Million people in the United States alone, and the game was sold for over 15 million units in software alone worldwide. 

There is an estimate that this game managed to earn more than 10 Billion dollars in sales. The game available for the super Nintendo has sold over 6.3 million cartridges making it the most profitable game of all time until 2017. In addition, the game was one of the top sellers in the fighting game rankings until 2019. 

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3rd Super Mario 

The super mario game is one of the best known games in the gaming world, even the youngest players know this amazing game. The super mario was developed by Nintendo and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. 

The game has a script that involves the character Mario and his brother Luigi, the main mission of the game is to rescue Princess Peach because the Princess was captured by the character Bowser. And to restore the land of the dinosaurs the brothers must start a mysterious and risky journey with the presence of several enemies along their journey, the brothers have to do several missions in the 7 regions. The game has several skills that Mário acquires along his journey and has an amazing gameplay, making it a great 2d game. 

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4th Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is also a game developed by Nintendo. The game is a classic and was released on the market of games in 1981 with the aim of breaking into the US gaming market, it is a great game that became famous all over the world.

The game has a great playability and has many competitors around the world, in first place with 1 050 200 points is Billy Mitchell who managed to break the record in June 2007, being the player with the most points in this game. 

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5th Space Invaders 

This game was released in 1978, and was designed by TomohiroNishikado. It's a great and famous game and has the objective of destroying enemy ships controlling a human ship and throwing bursts of fire at your enemies, thus earning points. The game was inspired by the War of the Worlds and Star Wars

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6th ResidentEvil 

This is a game known as Biohazard in Japan, it is an amazing survival, third person shooter and action game. This game was released in 1996, and is famous to this day, it is a game in the survival horror genre.

ResidentEvil is one of Capcom's best selling horror genre games, sold over 117 Million units worldwide. And it has a beautiful game franchise. They are currently releasing the game-inspired film ResidentEvil: Welcome to Raccoon City. 

7th Final Fantasy v

It is an action RPG game developed and published by Square Enix. It was released globally on November 29, 2016 and is available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. It is the 15th masterpiece of the “Final Fantasy” series and is part of the “Fabula Nova Crystallis” sub-series. It consists of games with the same mythology. It was originally a spinoff game called “Final Fantasy vs. XIII” specifically for PlayStation 3. Developed, it is considered very different from previous games in the series, and its atmosphere focuses on the real environment and more human characters.

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8th Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

It is an action adventure game developed by FromSoftware and published by Activision. It was released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 22, 2019. The game takes place in a magical and fictional version of the Sengoku period in Japan, and follows a ninja trying to avenge the samurai family that attacked him and kidnapped his teacher.

9th Tales 

It is a game RPG series released by Namco. The series is very popular in Japan; some games are released in North America, while only four are released in Europe.

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10th Judgment

It is an action adventure game developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and published by Sega. As a derivative product of the Yakuza series, it was released in Japan in December 2018 and on the PlayStation 4 platform in June 2019. The remake of the game, captioned in Japan and Asia as Remastered [a], was released on PlayStation 5, Google Stadia and Xbox X-Series and S-Series in April 2021.