WC: Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, Japanese gaming was all the rage. But when the Xbox 360 and PS3 ushered in the HD era of gaming, Japan quickly found itself knocked into niche status. During the eight year life span of the last gen consoles, only a handful of Japanese games ever got widely advertised releases in the west.
Japanese gaming companies have also been the target near constant criticism from western developers and even Japanese devs like Keiji Inafune. But the biggest snub so far is the February release date of the PlayStation 4. Not only is it a sign that Japanese developers are behind the curve when it comes to PS4 development, but it shows that Sony doesn’t have a lot of confidence in the Japanese market to move consoles with games played by the rest of the world.
While there have been some positive trends in Japanese gaming recently, the question of whether Japan can be relevant this generation remains (outside of producing the PS4, of course).
So here are seven things that can keep Japan relevant this generation.