Best PlayStation 1 Games That Never Left Japan

It’s been 27 years since Sony released the first PlayStation. Games have changed a lot in the last two and a half decades, but it’s hard to argue that Sony’s flat gray box didn’t have a lasting effect on the brand and pop culture as a whole.


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Still far smaller than it is now, the market for anime video games was expanding. By the point it was discontinued in 2006, the PlayStation had a plethora of noteworthy anime-themed games that anybody could enjoy. Back then, anime lovers would play everything they could get their hands on. But now, if a gamer is returning to a platform that’s over 20 years old, they will want to concentrate on the actual gems.

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6/6 Captain Tsubasa J: Get In The Tomorrow

Captain Tsubasa J: Get In The Tomorrow, developed by Bandai, is a 1996 action videogame. The game is divided into two modes: storyline and friendly match mode. The plot initially begins with the International Jr. Youth Tournament championship match, and then continues with the Captain Tsubasa J plot (there’s even a special plot to try out).

Moreover, there are two sets of teams to choose from, divided into Junior Youth teams (Japan, Italy, Argentina, France, and Germany) and Youth teams (Japan, Chinese, Taipei, Thailand, and the Netherlands).

5/6 Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend Of Steel

Shinji is already emotionally fragile, so surrounding him with female characters like an alcoholic Misato, a scary Asuka, and an emotionally Rei can only result in tragedy. What if, however, there was someone more reliable who could provide him with the affection that he so well deserves?

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In this dating sim/visual novel Shinji meets Mana Kirishima. The player will have the opportunity to play as the anxious EVA pilot Shinji and try to get the attention of the new girl at school. Mana Kirishima’s personality is kind of a mix of Asuka and Rei. She isn’t as outgoing as Asuka, but she’s also not as quiet as Rei. Furthermore, Mana looks a bit like a mix between Rei and Asuka (she has the reddish-brown hair of Asuka, but it is cut short like Rei’s).

4/6 Macross VF-X2

Piloting a giant robot has always been the fantasy of any mecha anime fan, so when Macross VF-X2 was introduced, Macross fans might have gone wild. This Japan-exclusive third-person shooter puts the player in charge of Aegis Focker, an ace Valkyrie pilot assigned by the United Nations (as part of the VF-X Ravens squadron), to crush disturbances and rebellions.

In addition to the intense 3D action that merits this game a place on the list, the game’s narrative mode is a notable standout. The plot is compelling, and the gamer’s decisions may affect its progression. Macross VF-X2 had a completely unique storyline, but most of it was eventually included in the Macross Frontier anime, so gamers shouldn’t be shocked if they see striking similarities.

3/6 One Piece: Grand Battle! 2

Developed by Ganbarion and released by Bandai, One Piece: Grand Battle! 2 is a fighting game based on the anime television series. The sequel to Great Battle!it holds almost all of the original’s elements while incorporating new content from the Arabasta Saga and integrating several new gameplay techniques.

Great Battle! 2 keeps the 2.5D fighting mechanics of its prequel, with 3D character sprites interacting with a 2D axis. On the battlefield, player characters can jump, double jump, crouch, run, block, and pick up (as well as throw and catch) items. The major fighting attributes are Offense, Defense, and Agility, with each character differing on a scale of A through E; variations among preexisting characters are generally altered. Furthermore, health is less standardized than it once was, with certain characters clearly outperforming others.

2/6 Gekitou! Crush Gear Turbo

An action-adventure game developed and published by Bandai, there’s Gekitou! Crush Gear Turbo. Based on the chariot-fighting from ancient Rome, Crush Gear is a fighting machine sport featuring customizable battle devices roughly the size of a hand. Gameplay takes place within Gear Fight games, where the victor is whoever’s Crush Gear pushes its opponent off the battlefield.

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Every kid in the 1990s had a Crush Gear, and they topped it off by playing Gekitou! Crush Gear Turbo. Even though the game is in Japanese, it wouldn’t be too difficult for non-Japanese speakers to get started. It’s enjoyable, and it’s pretty simple to command the controls.

1/6 Naruto: Shinobi No Sato No Jintori Kassen

Naruto: Shinobi no Sato no Jintori Kassen (literally, Naruto: Ninja Village Jintori Battle) is a PlayStation game that was launched on June 26, 2003. It is remarkable in that it is the only Naruto game produced on the PlayStation 1 and was never distributed outside of Japan. Moreover, the game, based on the popular manga and anime series, was released unusually late in the PlayStation’s lifespan (the PlayStation 2 had already been available for three years).

The gameplay is comparable to that of a strategy board game; the goal is to take the opponent’s home base. Furthermore, due to the appearance of classic characters from the original story, Haku and Zabuza fans will be pleased with this game.

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