Top 10 Anime Inspired Games



So it’s no secret that modern day gaming has a very strong base in the land of the rising sun with Anime being Japan’s largest entertainment export statistically,  but we wanted to collect a list of games that combined Japan’s gaming industry with perhaps it’s biggest entertainment genre. Now these games aren’t necessarily games that have anime series of their own, but simply have been inspired by the genre as a whole. So here it is our top 10 Anime inspired games/series of all time!


10.) Dragonball Z: Budokai

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Dragonball Z has had a plethora of games over the years, ranging from RPG’s to action adventure titles. But it was a match made in heaven when you combine the fast action battles of the Dragonball Z universe with a 3D fighter that allowed you to play as your favorite Super Saiyan. The series had five U.S. releases and has since spawned into a few different titles including ‘Super Dragonball Z’ and ‘Dragonball: Raging Blast.’


9.) Blue Dragon

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Akira Toriyama is back on our list at the number nine spot with his 2007 RPG ‘Blue Dragon.’ Blue Dragon took the classic Dragonball inspired art style of Mr. Toriyama and combined it with a Final Fantasy styled RPG developed by famous Final Fantasy guru Hironobu Sakaguchi. The story follows a group of kids who can summon shadow creatures that do their battling for them as they try to save the world from the evil  The Blue Dragon game also inspired a full 102 episode anime series and another Nintendo DS game.


8.) Brave Fencer Musashi

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The number eight spot on our list is another RPG, with Squaresoft’s 1998 title ‘Brave Fencer Musashi.’ Brave Fencer Musashi was a PS1 title that combined many classic RPG elements with action commands, mini games and puzzles. The story had you playing as a little boy named Musashi who was reincarnated from a legendary swordsman the ‘Brave Fencer Musashi’ as he attempts to save the Allucaneet Kingdom from the ‘Thirstquencher Empire.’


7.) Phoenix Wright

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The number seven game on our list is one that is a little more unorthodox than all of the other games on it. The Phoenix Wright series, developed by Capcom, is a Nintendo DS series that focuses on an up and coming lawyer named Phoenix Wright as he attempts to make his name in the world of law practice. The gameplay puts you in courtrooms and crime scenes and asks the player to collect as much evidence as possible so that you can defend your client and prove their innocence in a court of law.


6.) Muramasa: The Demon Blade

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Number six on our list is a game that is a highly underrated game that went way under most people’s radars as it really didn’t have much advertisement or press upon it’s release in 2009. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a 2D sidescrolling action/adventure game for the Wii that is heavily inspired by Japanese animation and art. The game puts you in a time that samurai’s ruled feudal Japan with a pair of swords that have been cursed by a demon(hint hint….Demon Blade) that spawn evil creatures throughout your world. So your task? Rid your land of these hideous creatures and restore balance to your people.


5.) Okami

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Okami is another game greatly inspired by Japanese Anime and traditional Japanese art with vast cell shaded lands that simply make you awestruck. Okami is a 2006 Playstation 2 title that was another game that kind of went under the radar. The story introduces a magical wolf-god name Amaterasu who comes equipped with a magical celestial paint brush that allows you to attack your enemies with an assortment of different brush strokes on a blank canvas.


4.) Xenogears

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We return to the RPG genre for the fourth game on our top ten list with 1998′s Squaresoft developed ‘Xenogears.’ Xenogears(pronounced Zee-No-Gears) is an extremely deep RPG for the Playstation 1 that throws you into a world where battle is done using larger than life mechs called ‘Gears.’ The gameplay is traditional RPG style turnbased combat until you are able to jump into the previously mentioned Gears where you are greeted with fact paced action battles that rival those of your favorite Gundam series.


3.) Mega Man X

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Mega Man is one of the all time iconic gaming characters of all time, and he had a very nice run of 6 titles on the NES with what was the original Megaman series. However, that all changed when his ultra-anime inspired counterpart ‘Megaman X’ was introduced to the Super NES system in 1994. The X series introduced many new characters all of whom look like they came right out of Neon Genesis Evangelion.


2.) Street Fighter

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The game at number two is one that is synonymous with gamers and anime fans alike. Capcom’s Street Fighter is hands down the most popular and most recognized fighting game series of all time and has been heavily inspired by Japanese animation and has even spawned an anime series and a few different full length anime films.


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1.) Pokemon

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What can you really say about the Pokemon series? They took the entire planet by storm back in the late 90′s and haven’t let up since. Nintendo’s cashcow franchise has spawned numerous games spanning many different Nintendo consoles and is still putting out excellent titles to this day. And of course, the anime that was inspired by the game is still alive and well with Pokemon Black and White and is one of the most well known anime series currently running.


So there you go, that is our list of the top ten Anime inspired games of all time, all of these games have been inspired by Japanese animation and it certainly shows in their art styles. So did we leave off any games that you think deserve a spot on our top 10 list? Let us know in the comments section below!

6 Comments
  • Dento kun
    March 18, 2012
    Reply #1

    Pokemon on top? HELL YEAH :D

  • Ben Valentine
    June 30, 2012
    Reply #2

    Okami is an awesome game, i have the texture pack 4 minecraft, and megaman x numba three? I have to say, AWESOME FAVORITE ANIME GAME!!!

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