Most of the Biggest Video Games Will Come from Japan in 2021
The year 2020 was not a fun year for most industries and economies; the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic forced several businesses to either close down or suffer some sort of shortfall in revenue. However, the gaming industry has managed to stay afloat and thrive even as it continued to enjoy patronage from players some of took to gaming as a sociable strategy of escaping the boredom and loneliness occasioned by a large scale restriction of movement.
Based on the abundant financial opportunities and prospects inherent in the gaming industry, it is enjoying steady competition among developers. This has also been a positive development for the home countries of the developers has a high revenue can boost employment and government revenue through taxation. While China is the global leader in terms of revenue from video game exports, Japan is poised to take over the title of the biggest video game exporter probably before the end of 2021. It may not necessarily produce the highest number of video games, but they are likely to produce some of the biggest or perhaps most grossing video games this year.
A Rising Gaming Epicenter
The prediction on the imminent rise of Japan to the peak of gaming is not based on emotion or affection, the signs of the impending rise of Japan as the hub of global gaming has been imminent since 2020. While several countries may complain about the effect of the pandemic on their economies, Japan is one country that can be said to be doing well due to revenues from video games. Leveraging on the successes recorded from titles such as Pokémon, Mario, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, etc, Japanese games were a huge success in 2020. A vivid example of Japan’s gaming success story was Animal Crossing: New Horizons with a reported record sells 26 million copies since its release.
The rise of Japan to gaming prominence was a slow but steady one as games from Japanese developers were not always well-rated before but they have improved on their games and have enjoyed wide acceptance recently. Nintendo Switch was a big success in the United States of America as it broke records as the best selling game console in the country. Japanese games are so highly ranked it is hard to find a ranking of the top games without a fair representation of video games from Japan conspicuously placed on the list. This is not exactly surprising as Japan has been a technologically savvy nation and it is, therefore, a good development that this heritage has been brought to bear in the gaming industry.
A Formidable Line up for 2021
While 2020 was already a good year for Japanese developers, 2021 is shaping up to be even better as gaming fans will be treated to a range of titles originating from Japan. Gaming fans and especially Nintendo fans are poised to enjoy the release of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury which is scheduled for release by February. Aside from this, there are other gaming titles with yet unfixed release dates that could as well come out this year. There is a possibility that the sequels to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Metroid Prime, and Bayonetta could be out for sale before the end of the year. Considering that Nintendo had a somewhat quiet 2020, if this year is any more active than last year then gaming fans could be in for a memorable year ahead.
Apart from the above-stated games, there are other games expected from Japan. Some of the most anticipated titles to expect for gaming fans this year include Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter. Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XVI is another title that may be released during the year although with a yet to be finalized release date. Elden Ring and Gran Turismo 7 are some of the other games that fans from across the world can anticipate during the year.
Complementary to the rise of video games is the rising profile of virtual sports and online gaming in Japan. For instance, the Super Nintendo World is primed for opening by February 4, 2021. It was originally meant to be commissioned last year but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although the grand opening will likely be low key due to the coronavirus protocols. The Super Nintendo World is poised to be a site gaming fans can visit and this could additionally become a tourist site in the nearest future. The future is bright for Japanese gaming and this might just only be the beginning for this promising gaming nation.