JAPANESE GAMES AND EVENTS

Japanese games and events

Japanese games-

  • The game industry in Japan is the 3rd largest in the world, generating a total revenue of 12.5 billion dollars in 2017. 
  • Japan has a long history in evolving and developing video game hardware and software and the recent international success of Sony and Nintendo prove that Japanese game companies are still applicable globally. 
  • The console gaming market in Japan is growing again for the 1st time in 11 years with the triumphant sales performance of the Nintendo Switch. The industry grew around 1.2% in 2016. It might seem low compared to other Asian countries like China but this is mainly because the market is already developed and most consumers already have had access to for instance the mobile gaming infrastructure. 
  • The ARPPU (Average Revenue Per Paid User) for mobile games in Japan is incredibly very high as compared to other companies around the world which meant clearly that Japanese gamers on average spend more than consumers in other countries. 
  • Japan is known around the world as the home of prime game developers Nintendo Co., Sony Corp., Capcom Co. and Konami Holdings Corp., and about 1/2 the nation’s population of 127 million are said to play video games in some form or the other.
  • More than 1/2 of all revenue is generated by mobile games which is followed by console gaming and PC gaming a distant 3rd. 
  • The mobile games are generally free-to-play (F2P), where monetization is achieved through what is called the ‘gacha’ mechanism in which the player uses some form of in-game currency to obtain unsystematic awards. 

Gaming in Japan – Trends Old and New

  • Japan has always been a technological leader especially when it comes to gaming. 
  • Classic Sega and Nintendo arcade and video games were developed in Japan, as were some of the biggest games in the PlayStation 2 era such as Final Fantasy and Resident Evil. 
  • Although some people believe that the gaming industry is expiring in Japan due to eminent Western game developers creating games such as Halo and Call of Duty which appear to have gone past the industry and other forms of gaming are becoming popular in Japan. 
  • Although in some parts of Japan people may think Bingo is a province or a sports car dealership, the game of bingo is becoming increasingly popular with many people learning how to play 75 ball bingo.

The Future

  • Japan has always been a world leader in technology and gaming in particular, and although their stance in console gaming has dropped, they are still important leading figures when it comes to mobile technology and new technologies such as virtual reality. Despite gambling being illegal in Japan, online gambling is remanded as acceptable, or at the very most frowned upon, as long as the company who runs the online gambling site is situated outside of Japan. Whether it’s arcade games, console games, online bingo, or the newest mobile app on the market, Japan is certain to have its foot in the door, despite having distinct differences from the rest of the world.

1. Dragon Quest XI

It was released last year in Japan and it only came Westward this year after an expansive localization that included all-new voice acting. 

Nevertheless, this is one of the best role-playing games a person have ever played and while they didn’t get the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, they got the game on PlayStation 4 and PC instead. 

It goes without saying that this is a very huge game and the end game content is similarly substantial, but it’s a very well-paced and beautifully crafted game. 

While a Switch version is planned for later this year, a person should definitely pick this game up on the PlayStation 4 or PC if they haven’t done so already. 

2. Super Robot Wars X

With Super Robot Wars V irrevocably changing the availability of the series, by having an English localized Asian release, Super Robot Wars X followed that up with an even better game. 

This time around we had the glorious Neo Nautilus from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water and a return of the Hi-Nu Gundam and Nightingale from Beltorchika’s Children. 

3. Earth Defense Force 5

It was released at the end of last year in Japan and it finally came Westward later this year. A lot of hard work clearly went into upgrading much of the back-end development and allowed you to focus more on the conflict. They also kept the irritating cave missions to a minimum. 

4.Dragon Quest Builders

This game came out on other platforms a while back, but the Switch version of this game was released earlier this year. Not least because the challenges were changed around a bit and you got a Sabrecub in the free build mode. Anyway, this is a great game to have on the Switch. The sequel was released after a few months.

5.Monster Hunter: World

In some ways, it is more attainable than the historically more approved handheld versions but it is still a massive undertaking for any player. What was especially captivating was how popular this game ended up being outside of Japan. It is definitely one of the best releases of this year and is available on both the PlayStation 4 and PC.

Gaming event-

  • The annual video game expo Tokyo Game Show which is also known as TGS will be held on the date September, 2019 in Japan. 
  • Tokyo Game Show 2019 tender the newest video game experiences and latest information.
  • The idea of Tokyo Game Show 2019 is “One World, Infinite Joy”, which is based on the idea that nonetheless of location and time anyone can play video games with people all over the world by developing the technology.
  • Tokyo Game Show 2019 is a superb chance to get the newest information and experience the cutting-edge technology of video games.
  • 4 days of Tokyo Game Show are divided into 2 parts: the first two days go in advance as Business Day and they are followed by another two days open to the public as Public Day.
  • Tokyo Game Show (TGS) has been a help in Japan every year since the 1st expo in 1996. The annual video game expo is mainly focused on Japanese games and more international game developers and distributors show their products there recently.

Highlight

What is the most attractive thing at Tokyo Game Show 2019 is checking out and trying to play new video game hardware and software which are displayed there. There are a lot of variety of video games relating to these popular platforms: Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PC, Android, iOS and so on.

Tokyo Game Show 2019 (TGS 2019) details

  • Location: Makuhari Messe
  • Access: 5 mins walk from Kaihin-makuhari Station /40 mins by bus from Narita Airport
  • Date: 12th and 13th September, 2019 (Business Day)/14th and 15th September, 2019 (Public Day)
  • Business Hours: 10:00–17:00

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