9 Japanese Video Games You NEED to Play but Probably Haven't

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Japan is no stranger to the world of video games but it does have a tendency to create some of the odder experiences in gaming. Unfortunately a lot of these fail to pick up much traction in the West. For every Final Fantasy or Super Mario there’s a Star Ocean and Tembo The Badass Elephant.

We compiled a list of 9 Japanese games you really should check out that you might not of already. A few of them are on the more popular end of the scale but all of them are games you should check out.

Some of these games were critically well received, or had an entry in their series that performed well, but deserve to be on the list still.

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If you feel a game should be on the list that isn’t then let us know in the comments 🙂

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Games shown include: Danganronpa, Gravity Rush 2, Earthbound, Persona, Vanquish, Catherine, Shenmue, Nier Automata, Valkyria Chronicles, Attack on Titan, Devil May Cry, Okami

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46 Comments

  1. kenway34 on February 1, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    no rogue galaxy



  2. Teh Gamer on February 1, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    *O h o k a y*



  3. Prabhjot Singh on February 1, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Absolutely love persona and dmc series



  4. FragHero on February 1, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    What Japanese games do you think people NEED to play?



  5. IlokanoWarrior on February 1, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Need to play Snatcher



  6. pretty gexy on February 1, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    You forgot fire emblem one of the best serieses



  7. piss wanka on February 1, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Shame Yakuza couldn’t be added. One of my favourite JP games so far.



  8. Kyle Fox on February 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    You forgot horror gema,s like Resident Evil Silent Hill & The Evil Within.

    PS love the video keep it up :]



  9. TDN on February 1, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    cringe



  10. md mac on February 1, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    There is lot more.



  11. Roman Fedotov on February 1, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    what platform shenmue on ?



  12. Jack Lambert on February 1, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    OH COME ON, you can’t just put danganronpa in ‘not just the thumbnail but the intro aswell and not mention it



  13. Nebu Jin on February 1, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    3:41 xD is because theres no plot in the series either, its just bullshit & nonsense.



  14. lil Jaymew on February 1, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Of course danganronpa is on the list. . . . . .😑



  15. jordan anderson on February 1, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    what a shit video



  16. Saiyan Gaming on February 1, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Shenmu aye lol



  17. xD4rkridex on February 1, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    9. Earthbound
    8. Persona (Series)
    7. Vanquish
    6. Catherine
    5. Shenmue
    4. Nier: Automata
    3. Valkyria Chronicles
    2. Attack on Titan
    1. Devil May Cry (Series)



  18. Dimitrios Zikos on February 1, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    These are well known games that sold well and been played a lot in the US.



  19. Gallant Steel 騎士 on February 1, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    and no yakuza? you crazy? that game makes my testosterone spray all over my monitor. of course im not talking about THOSE kinds of games. i mean MANLY testosterone



  20. Pog Scott on February 1, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    How the fuck do you not put yakuza series here? that is a japanese game that every gamer in the world has to play period.



  21. J S on February 1, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Did he show DmC as representative of the series and say it was very well received at release? Umm…



  22. Dominique Harris on February 1, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Pretty cool list



  23. KenjiKussano on February 1, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    My top 10 games got probably 9 japanese games, so it’s weird for me how japanese games became a niche, a genre nowadays.



  24. adadad adada on February 1, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    No gravity rush series…. They should be a most play



  25. Miongskie on February 1, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Man, this is a disappointing list! I have seen these games talked about in major ways by other YouTube channels. I was hoping for Japanese Video Games that were old or not really available.



  26. rubenter 24 on February 1, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    I absolutely love the persona series I think it’s a great combination of RPG elements great gameplay and story combined along with music to make a great game series along with the Catherine game which I think is a good one because it’s made by the same people that made the persona series



  27. VandalHeart383 on February 1, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    So put a character from Danganronpa on your thumbnail, but don’t acknowledge the game series? Smooth.



  28. Mr. G6 on February 1, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Ive been waiting for SHENMUE FOR 15YEARS!!!! but where’s Yakuza???



  29. Luis P on February 1, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    I’d love to nominate "Earth Defense Force



  30. M47H7D MHD on February 1, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for this video
    I agree with you about the games ,
    But dmc isn’t what fans want .
    Either way keep the good work…



  31. Surajit Mondal on February 1, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Wait . Devil may cry was a Japanese one😮



  32. Honey Bun on February 1, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    i love danganronpa



  33. Devilluke ラム on February 1, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    I have played Earthbound great game but needs a remake
    never played persona and will never due but catherine I want to play



  34. Earl Martinez on February 1, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    where’s the .hack series??



  35. EFIL WV on February 1, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    I know I wouldn’t like Catherine, but I’m not sure if I’d like the Persona games or not. 100 hours seems a little much. Combat seems fun….just not sure about all the weeb stuff tacked on to it.



  36. FragHero on February 1, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Where’s our notification squad at?



  37. Michael C Grigori on February 1, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Devil May Cry is indeed a good game, but THIS 4:15 NEVER HAPPENED!



  38. TheGamerofGames on February 1, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    I’m only here for Danganronpa cause it’s the best game ever



  39. KZ_kanmuru on February 1, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    So DMC reboot is on the list but not Yakuza 0 ?



  40. aldrin arradhi on February 1, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Yeah, I would already played those games but I only have a mobile phone lol



  41. Lasercop on February 1, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    hmm a Video on my Recommeded
    *Sees a Danganronpa Character in It*
    -Instant Click- Regret Watching that Video after 😡😡😡😡Not even an Honorable Mension



  42. y0ketsu on February 1, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    OOF YES DANGANRONPA



  43. Zero Todona on February 1, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    I can’t hear you over me playing robotrek. Maybe look up less known or unknown titles next time, noob.



  44. Becca Liddle on February 1, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Imo a lot of people have heard of Devil May Cry, Attack on Titan, and Nier so I would say these games would have been better not being on it at all and have other games that aren’t as well recognised in it



  45. Zackarias Sjöberg on February 1, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    P5 i have played and nier automata i am gonna buy so you are a little wrong / Yoda



  46. adrian tepes fahrenheit on February 1, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Persona 5 is really a good game.