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Experts Tell Us the Best Japanese Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Japanese Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

ColorKu Mad Cave Bird Games

This product was recommended by David Adler from The Travel Secret

The Funster 300+ Large Print Sudoku Puzzles is the best Japanese game. There are 9×9 grids with 3×3 regions which is the most popular size for Sudoku lovers. It comes with 102 easy, 102 medium, and 102 puzzles. There is also a bonus puzzle you can download free of charge. This game is great for Sudoku competitions and as a gift.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

This product was recommended by Kevin Nguyen from KevinNguyenExperiences

Super Mario Bros is an influential brand that even non-gamers immediately recognize and know who Mario is. The main title Mario games are still growing strong today with perfect reviews from every publisher for every main title Mario game Nintendo releases. There is a reason for this – the games found in this collection were created with care, love, and passion and have spawned gaming industry standards at the time they were released and they still hold up to today’s standards! You get to experience three legendary games loved by millions in a single cartridge – I highly recommend you try out Super Mario 3D All-Stars and its three games if you haven’t played them in the past.

Yellow Mountain Imports Shogi Japanese Chess Magnetic Travel Game Set

This product was recommended by Marty Spargo from BiaCoffee

I first found out about Shogi when I was watching Kuroko’s Basketball on Netflix. I’ve always considered myself a fan of Seijuro Akashi. There was this scene where Seijuro and Shinator were playing Shogi and I got curious since Seijuro was playing it. So, I texted one of my Japanese friends to explain to me how Shogi works and taught me how to play it. She came over to my apartment one time and played Shogi with me. After that, I got so addicted to playing this Japanese version of chess and asked her to play every week.

Nier: Automata

This product was recommended by Max Shak from Abtron

In the category of Best Japanese RPGs, Nier: Automata is one of Square Enix’s top titles. PlatinumGames created the game. It’s the sequel to the 2010 video game Nier. This was a spin-off and sequel to Drakengard. The game was released first on the PlayStation 4 and Steam on Windows. As humans and robots wage a proxy war against alien-created robots, androids 9S, 2B, and A2 endure hardships. Playing through the plot multiple times is crucial to completing it. With each playthrough, you unlock new aspects of the story. Playing different types of video games is similar to Nier, which combines elements ranging from shooting them up to text adventures. Additionally, the user can engage in cut-and-slice combat with elements of role-playing.

Dragon Quest XI

This product was recommended by Max Shak from Abtron

This is another Best Japanese Role-Playing Game. Role-playing video game Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was published by Square Enix. As part of the long-running Dragon Quest video game series, it was released in Japan in July 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4.

Octopath Traveler

This product was recommended by Max Shak from Abtron

The Japanese role-playing game Octopath Traveler was created in collaboration with Square Enix and Acquire. The game was released for Nintendo Switch in July 2018, Microsoft Windows in June 2019, Stadia in April 2020, and Xbox One in March 2021.

Metal Gear Solid V

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Metal Gear Solid V- The Phantom Pain: Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions directed, wrote, and designed Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, a cinematic, stealth action-adventure game. In September 2015, it was published globally on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game employs a proprietary FOX ENGINE to produce a photorealistic visual appearance and is one of the best stealth games ever created. MGS V: GROUND ZEROES takes place nine years after the events of MGS V: GROUND ZEROES and the demise of Mother Base. Snake, a.k.a. Big Boss, comes out of a coma. Snake returns to the battlefield, directed by Revolver Ocelot, and organizes a new private army. The Phantom Pain offers gamers an unrivaled stealth gaming experience.

GOD EATER 2 Rage Burst

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

GOD EATER 2 Rage Burst: God Eater 2: Rage Burst is an improved version of the original God Eater 2, released on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. Shift developed it and released it in August 2016. It’s an action RPG in the vein of the Monster Hunter series. Individuals known as God Eaters are created to hunt the Aragami in a post-apocalyptic world where creatures known as the Aragami have destroyed the bulk of the earth. God Eaters employ the God Arc, a special weapon constructed of Aragami material that is the only weapon capable of harming Aragami. God Eater distinguishes itself from Monster Hunter by having a more intriguing plot and deeper character connections. No, God Eater is not a forgery.

Final Fantasy XV

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Final Fantasy XV: Final Fantasy XV is a Square Enix action RPG released in 2016 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In March 2018, an improved PC (Windows Edition) was published. FFXV is a first in the Final Fantasy series, with an open-world landscape and an action-based battle system. Noctis Lucis Caelum is the successor to the throne of the kingdom of Lucis in the fantasy realm Eos. The Niflheim empire rules Eos, and they want to control the magical Crystal guarded by Luci’s royal family in the city of Insomnia. During a peace conference, Niflheim strikes Lucis’ capital and steals the Crystal. Noctis embarks on a journey to save the Crystal and defeat Niflheim.

Persona 5

This product was recommended by Michael Jan Baldicana from Dream Chasers XYZ

Persona 5 is one of the best Japanese games to date. With a rich story and engaging gameplay, it has captured the hearts of gamers around the world. The game received high praise from both fans and critics alike for its engaging narrative, compelling characters, and unique gameplay style that set it apart from other JRPGs on the market at that time. Persona 5 is a game that has been highly praised for its engaging story and rich gameplay. The best Japanese games are those that have the most emotional impact on the players, or that make you feel like you are in a different world. Persona 5 is one of the most emotional Japanese games. It makes you feel like you are in a different world and it will give you a new perspective on life.

Nier: Automata Game of the Yorha Edition

This product was recommended by Sam Cohen from MyFreeOCR

NieR: Automata is an action role-playing game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where machines have taken over. The player controls the protagonist, 2B, who has to fight against the machines with the help of her combat partner, 9S. The player can use melee weapons such as swords and spears or long-ranged weapons like rifles and guns to defeat enemies.

Pacman My Arcade Pocket Player Handheld Game Console

This product was recommended by Christina Russo from The Kitchen Community

I’m an old-school gamer, and having four older brothers meant that the first games I played were a generation or two older than the first games most of my friends played. And Pacman was one of those games. I became hooked on the idea that the game, as I later found life would, became, and becomes progressively harder and faster until it beats you. It was and as, the ultimate reflection of the human condition.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

This product was recommended by Wilhelmina “Billie” Zeelen from Bzice

I love a challenge, I thrive off of hard games such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne where you have to use the fight mechanics and strategize to beat the bad guys, knowing this my friend recommend Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to me saying it was a little different but I would definitely enjoy it. I did very much enjoy it, it took me a while to get used to it, I was dying over and over, but when you finally get through an enemy it makes it feel that more satisfying. The design and atmosphere of the game are among the best I’ve ever seen and it really immerses you into their world. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys games like Dark Souls and loves a bit of a challenge.

Dark Souls III

This product was recommended by Sheila Eugenio from Media Mentions

Dark Souls III is a third-person action RPG game that has been developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It is the third installment in the Dark Souls series. Dark Souls III is set in a world called Lothric, which is on the brink of an apocalyptic event. The story revolves around a knight who has been tasked with defeating the Lords of Cinder and linking the fire to bring light back to this world. The player can choose from ten different character classes, each with different starting weapons, armor, and abilities. They can also customize their character’s appearance, gender and name.

My Arcade Space Invaders Micro Player

This product was recommended by Jacquelyn Kennedy from PetDT

My dad had an original Space Invaders cabinet in our basement and I could play it, and save the world from ravaging alien hordes before I could read. It was, is, and always will be my favorite video game ever.

CARDDIA Japanese Syllabary – Katakana Flash Cards

This product was recommended by Thalita Ferraz from Her Bones

This ancient card game is a fast-paced card game sport that requires a lot of concentration. Although it’s really old it’s been seeing more of a resurgence recently with intense competition, I think a lot of people would really enjoy getting into this game and celebrate the culture that it comes from.

Yellow Mountain Imports Go Japanese Game Board

This product was recommended by Will Tigerton from LeanBack Player

This game set includes the Japanese Shin Kaya Go Board which is loved for the sound it creates once the stone hits the wood. It also features lustrous textured and double convex Korean Shinkwang Paduk glass Go stones which you can use to beat your opponent through the game. The Gosu bowls are made of bamboo materials. Hence, with your Go set, you will be able to enjoy playing this Japanese game.

Shogi (Japanese chess)

This product was recommended by Kimberly Silva from FindPeopleFirst

This two-player board game is a Japanese version of chess. It is credited for being the earliest to allow a captured player to return captured pieces to the board. Speculation suggests that this rule was invented in the 15th century. This Shogi set comes with 40 playing pieces and a magnetic board ideal for travel. The size is convenient and portable, while the game is fun and handy and can help your logical reasoning and memory skills. Since it entails a strategizing skill, it can also teach you how to manage resources.

Daruma Otoshi

This product was recommended by Kimberly Silva from FindPeopleFirst

Daruma Otoshi is generally a Japanese party game but can be played at any time. This game requires a player to use a hammer to knock off pieces stacked together. The player has to do this without letting the piece at the top, Daruma, fall. Instead, the player is supposed to knock off the lower pieces until there are no more pieces below the Daruma. This particular set is 9 inches long and made of wood. Daruma Otoshi is an entertaining and rib-cracking game.

Ys: The Oath In Felghana

This product was recommended by Dan Troha from Draftsim

I really enjoyed Ys: The Oath in Felghana which only became available in English in 2012 as a PSP game, about seven years after it was released in Japan. Like the others from Ys, it is a mesmerising RPG. Although I didn’t know this when I first started playing it, it’s a remake of Ys III: Wanderers from Ys. Ys: The Oath in Felghana is very challenging and demanding, but totally satisfying in the end. The finale is worth waiting for and fighting out with everything you’ve got. The PSP 3D graphics were really impressive at the time. Though they have dated to some extent, you can certainly still appreciate them all the same. The storyline and scripting are truly epic and tragic, if you like strong characterizations then this game is suited to you. This is also a good choice if you want to get into Ys games and are not sure which one to start with. I immensely enjoyed the original soundtrack as well!

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Written by Zak Parker

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