Over the years, Japanese developers have produced a mind-boggling number of video games. Among those games, there are some games that have deeply influenced Japanese gaming, worldwide gaming, or both. Here are 20 of those.
Pac-Man, the gaming’s first superstar character, has such an enormous impact. The basic game design is timeless up to now, with players trying to avoid enemies day by day until they got a power-up. Pac-Man’s design and concepts have influenced countless games throughout the years.
Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Super Mario Bros. is not only one of the most important video games ever made, but also one of the most important creative works in the last four decades.
Final Fantasy (1987)
Final Fantasy’s conception and development is one of the great yarns in the world of gaming. Due to the word “Final” in the title and their back against the wall, Square firstly thought this game was going to bankrupt them. But can you imagine Japanese gaming without Final Fantasy?
Dragon Quest (1986)
Dragon Quest hasn’t quite reached the international level of Final Fantasy’s popularity. But in its native Japan, this game is a cultural institution, which has influenced generations of Japanese gamers and game creators. The success of the Dragon Quest helped a young game designer get the greenlight for the RPG. The developer’s name was Hironobu Sakaguchi with his extremely successful game Final Fantasy.
Baseball Stars (1989)
When it comes to baseball games, Baseball Stars is one of the best in the world. It was fun to play and had several features that influenced future sports games and became standard. Using the game’s manager feature, players could create your own teams and players. Players could improve their abilities by using in-game cash earned after wins. Players could play a 125-game season, which could be saved by battery backup.