Experience the wonder of Japanese Animation!
Warning: Unmarked Spoilers Lie Within These Pages!
We need anime profile submissions and character profile submissions to help us grow. Do you have the knowledge, passion, and desire to write one?

Video Games Inspired by Japan and Anime Posted Sep 21, 2020

Japan has been first to much 21st century technology and although they did not invent video games, the video game community should have a lot of gratitude towards Japanese video game developers due to their huge influence on modern day video games. The Nintendo video game system helped to send video gaming technology mainstream and since its release in 1983, the gaming world has not looked back. Some of the most popular video game franchises ever made include the Japanese developed Pokemon, Super Mario and several Japanese inspired Megaways slot games.

Although more recent popular video game franchises have had a distinctly western feel about them: Halo, Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, titles such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Ghost of Tshushima have gained much praise.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an action adventure video game developed by the Japanese gaming company and animation studio FromSoftware. FromSoftware has developed a bunch of highly successful video games including the Dark Souls series - known for its extreme difficulty. Sekiro is no different. This is a game that requires patience and cunning to master. The developers were said to have looked towards The Mysterious Murasame Castle, a game published by Nintendo in 1986 and Tenchu, a game based on a 16th century Japanese ninja.

Sekiro is set during the Sengoku period, and makes strong references to Buddhist mythology and philosophy. Sekiro won numerous awards including the 2019 video game of the year and is seen as one of the best video games released in 2019.

Saint Seiya Soldiers Soul

Soldiers Soul takes us back to the Japanese creation of one versus one fighting games. Street Fighter was the pioneering title which brought 1 v 1 character fighting across to Europe and North America. Soldiers Soul is based on the manga Saint Seiya, when a player uses a special attack to knock out their opponent, a small animation is played which shows the attack victim being sent directly to space, thus simulating the manga.

Saint Seiya is not well-known within the UK or in the USA but it does hold popularity in other European countries such as Spain. You can play Soldiers Soul on PS3 and PS4.

Dragonball Z

There have been dozens of video games based on the Japanese Anime Dragon Ball Z but one of the most recent and better ones was Dragon Ball FighterZ. Developed by Yokohama based Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, Dragon Ball FighterZ was released for all of the major video game consoles in 2018. Dragon Ball was created by Akira Toriyama in 1984 and made into a manga from 1984 to 1995. Fans of the manga will be familiar with Son Goku but did you know Dragon Ball was inspired by a classical 16th century Chinese novel called Journey to the West.

The manga was adapted into two anime series which were broadcast in Japan from 1986 to 1996. No fewer than 20 feature films have followed. The franchise, including all of the anime’s, manga and video games has generated an estimated $30 billion in revenue.

Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles was eventually given worldwide release in 2011 and 2012 after an initial Japan only opening. This is another game heavily based on traditional Japanese animations and set in an open world format. Xenoblade spawned two further releases and remains popular to this day.

With these both recent and historical examples, it is clear to see the influence that Japanese animation is still having and will continue to have on the video gaming markets in the years to come. For western cultures though this is certainly a good thing. It allows western audiences to indulge themselves in the culture of Japan. The popularity of Anime has taken the western world by storm and Japanese animated and inspired video games are no different. Video games and anime are inspiring the west to learn more about eastern culture.

Visitor Comments

Additional Content