The Success of Japan Video Games Industry

Surely we are familiar with Japan, which is famous for its significant development in the video game industry. Due to its widespread appeal, Japan video games industry quickly became Asia’s foremost gaming hub, dominating the region until free-to-play titles developed in China began to flood the market. The Japanese video game market reached its apex in the 1980s and 1990s, and it has been led by that nation unopposed ever since. It started with consoles, games, and developers to several traditions that still exist today.

As we know, Sony and Nintendo are continuing to manufacture their consoles. They dominate the console market with only one equal competitor, Microsoft’s Xbox. PlayStation2 still holds the record as the best-selling console in the world and beats Xbox in its homeland, the US.

Apart from the console market, Japan contributed to developing video games. If you’re a gamer, of course you’ve experienced at least one of the many legendary Japanese video games.

You’re mistaken if you think this game is a “gacha waifu” game like today. Because actually, Japanese developers in ancient times used game media as a medium to show their best performance. Smaller studios known for creating memorable games, such as Nintendo, Sega, Capcom, Konami, Square Enix, etc.

Let’s take the example of a million people game on the PlayStation series console, Capcom’s “Resident Evil.” The series reached its heyday when RE4 was released. These graphics that seemed “wow” in their time, challenging mechanics, and good characterizations made “RE4” one of the best games in history.

Konami, the company that is currently something of a joke in the gaming industry, has also had its iconic games in the past. An example is Winning Eleven which continues under the name Pro Evolution Soccer and changes again to eFootball. PES is one of only two well-known football games published besides EA’s FIFA.

Speaking of innovation, perfection, and small details, we cannot forget the legend Hideo Kojima. All of his games in “Metal Gear Solid” series have been best sellers. Its main selling point is the technology used which is always one step ahead. This can come from small details in a game or more stunning graphics.

And for others, let’s call it Sega with its well-known Sonic, which has even been made into animation and movies. Finally, with their successful Final Fantasy series, Square Enix was initially remembered as the last project before going bankrupt instead of continuing.