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The 20 Best Japanese Exclusive Anime Games Never Released In America

List RulesVote up the best anime video games that have only been released in Japan.

Today's anime fans have it made. Before the days of Toonami and Crunchyroll, anime fans of the late 80s had to jump through hoops, just to gain access to a hot new anime with fan-translated captions that often veered towards inaccurate. The same was said for video games. So many popular anime series like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Mobile Suit Gundam were the subject of so many great video games, but so many of them were exclusive to Japan. While Japanese exclusive games are rarer these days, there are still cases of great Japanese anime games not hitting North America. Sometimes its legal issues; other times it's because the anime series is to niche to guarantee success stateside. 

If you're a collector of Japanese exclusive games, here are 20 you should definitely put on your wish list. Make sure to vote up the Japanese anime games you want everyone to check out as well. 

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    Just like the anime itself, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel goes in a completely different direction than you would expect. Instead of a 3D action game, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel is a visual novel about Shinji Ikari and his relationship with a new, mysterious girl named Mana Kirishima. The biggest input the player has on the game is deciding who Shinji should end up with: Mana or Asuka Langley Soryu. 

    • Release: Feb 01 1998
    • Platform: Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh
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    Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story

    Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story is a 16-bit anime RPG for the Super Nintendo. You play as Sailor Moon and the other Sailor Soldiers as they go up against a rebellious team of magical warriors from the future. Similar to classic RPGs, you'll explore an overworld environment from a top-down 2D perspective while engaging in turn-based combat against various enemies. You can build a party of five out of your favorite Sailor Soldiers. 

    • Release: 1995
    • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System
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    Keroro Gunso: Meromero Battle Royale Z

    While it's no FortniteKeroro Gunsou: MeroMero Battle Royale Z is a wonderfully quirky multiplayer game where the last alien frog standing wins. Similar to Mario PartyKeroro Gunsou: MeroMero Battle Royale Z is a party game based on the Sgt. Frog anime series. The gist of the game is you and your friends beating each other up as your favorite characters, such as Keroro, Giroro, or Aki Hinata. What really makes the game is its flashy anime visuals that embody the chaotic atmosphere of the show. 

    • Release: 2005
    • Platform: PlayStation 2
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    You can't lose playing a racing game based on one of the best anime racing series around. Especially when the game is developed by Sega, known for great racing games like Outrun or Daytona USAInitial D Extreme Stage is a PlayStation 3 racing game where the player goes up against all the amazing racers from the anime series. On top of an exclusive story mode, Initial D Extreme Stage also features beautiful environments to race through. All tracks have various presentations based on the time of day or weather. While on the road, you can also jam to the series' awesome anime music.

    • Release: 2008
    • Platform: PlayStation 3
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