As those who watched Nintendo Direct will know, things will get even better later in the year when the likes of Mario And Luigi: Dream Team, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Mario Golf: World Tour are released.
Satoru Iwata recently talked up the possibility of more Japanese developed games being released in the UK and this can only be a good thing. Hopefully, it also means we won't suffer from the drought of releases we're currently encountering on Wii U. We saw some evidence of this during Nintendo Direct with the likes of Etrian Odyssey IV and Project X Zone being showcased.
Now all we need is for Nintendo to announce that Fantasy Life, Dragon Quest VII, Bravely Default, Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright and Ace Attorney 5 for release in the UK. Until then, here are five big Japanese games that you should look forward to.
Project X Zone (Summer 2013)We like video game crossovers. We loved seeing Sonic meet Mario, were tickled pink when Solid Snake infiltrated the Smash Bros. roster and still play Soul Calibur II because Link's in it. Project X Zone completely blows all of these momentous occasions out of the water, however, because it doesn't just have one or two crossovers, it has loads of them.
This is a strategy RPG in which all of the characters (more than a hundred) are harvested from classic Sega, Capcom and Namco Bandai games. Street Fighter's Ryu, Ken and Chun Li join Chris and Jill from Resident Evil, as well as Heihachi from Tekken, Frank West from Dead Rising, Ulala from Space Channel 5, Dante from Devil May Cry... and we've only scratched the surface.
We're just impressed to see the devs getting these superstar egos playing nicely together. The meat of the game involves hexagonal-based strategy, but battles are side-scrolling affairs packed with screen-filling special moves. What's not to like?