When EGM launched nearly 20 years ago, the only console games worth mentioning were almost exclusively Japanese imports -- Mario, Zelda, Mega Man, Sonic -- while the best of the West was to be found on PC. Somewhere along the way, though, something changed. Today, it's American and European creations that rule the console charts, and Japan's developers are almost universally struggling. Sure, Nintendo's tag team of DS and Wii seems in no danger of giving up its lead, but in many ways, the Kyoto publishing giant's recent resurgence offers the most damning evidence of how rocky the Japanese videogame market really is.
1UP spoke with several key figures in Japanese gaming to get their thoughts on the current state of gaming overseas and in the West as well as their plans moving forward for the current generation of consoles.