Over the decades, Japanese developers have churned out a mind-boggling number of video games. Some are good, and some are bad. These are the thirty-one most important ones.
Deciding which ones are the most important is tricky and subjective. I’ve tried to include games that have influenced Japanese gaming, worldwide gaming, or both.
Puzzle & Dragons (2012)
The poster child for smartphone game success, the puzzle-meets-RPG Puzzle & Dragons is so big that it not only spawned numerous clones, but Nintendo even released a Super Mario version on the 3DS. The free-to-play Puzzle & Dragons was the first mobile game to rake in a billion dollars. This game is one huge reason why Japanese gamers have moved from consoles to mobile.