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Top 20 Japanese Games that Have Influenced the Gaming World (part 4)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

Thanks to its big, 3D world, Ocarina of Time was a stunning technical achievement when it was released. It appeared at a whopping 32-megabytes, complete with cut scenes generated in real time. With its lock-on camera and context clues, the game succeeded in bringing a 2D game into a 3D world, which was incredibly difficult and seemed effortless and intuitive.

Dance Dance Revolution (1998)

Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) quickly became a big hit when it was first released in 1998. The game was so revolutionary thanks to the way it combined gaming and physical activity. It shouldn’t be a surprise that this gaming tittle was created by Konami, which owns a chain of health clubs in Japan. DDR even laid the groundwork for future games such as Wii Sports.

Phantasy Star Online (2000)

At that time, speeds were slow, and the infrastructure for internet wasn’t quite there, particularly in Japan. However, when Phantasy Star Online hit the Dreamcast, it was bringing Sega’s science fantasy RPG series to online gaming and also showing a sign of things to come for consoles.

Fate/stay Night (2004)

Fate/stay Night was originally an adult PC game. It made the mainstream jump following a clean version hitting the PS2. The game, along with the franchise it spawned, hasn’t looked back but continued to become one of the world’s most successful visual novels that have ever been made. It has spun off anime and manga and also showed a lot of Japanese gamers how engaging interactive storytelling could be.

Resident Evil 4 (2005)

Resident Evil 4 is one of the most influential games that were released in the 2000s. Third-person shooters such as Gears of War to Ratchet took RE4’s over-the-shoulder camera view and ran long with it. In addition to the contribution of this important and currently widespread mechanic, Resident Evil 4 itself shows Resident Evil in top form.

Top 20 Japanese Games that Have Influenced the Gaming World (part 1)

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 (1980)

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.