Updated November 2, 2020: New entries added



You've got to hand it to Japan. Not only is it a beautiful country filled with lovely people, rich culture, and delicious food, but it's also had a massive positive influence on our favourite hobby.

Where would video games be without Japan's input? Just think about that for a second.

Role playing games would certainly be a lot drier and stuffier, for one thing. No spikey-haired steampunk amnesiacs for you, bucko. Space Invaders and Pac-Man are the archetypal arcade games, so there's that.

Here's a scary thought for Halloween season: imagine a world without Nintendo in it. Cripes! In the mid-'80s, Nintendo pretty much single handedly revived the ailing video games industry. Together with SEGA and Sony, it went on to define the industry through the '90s and beyond.

So yes, Japan has a major claim to being the most important country in all of gaming. It's also had quite an impact (albeit less so) on the mobile gaming sphere.

Let's celebrate that fact by running through 25 brilliant Japanese games for iOS.