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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. 

  • 1

    Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.

    Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. is an arcade-style 3D fighter that's based on the iconic mecha series. In the game, players must deplete the enemy team's points until it hits zero. You do this be destroying enemy Gundams with the mecha suit of your choice. Combat is simplified to four easy actions: Shoot, Melee, Jump, and Search. Of course, there's an ultimate attack too. An overall simple but entertaining fighting game that will please Gundam fans.   

    • Release: 2010
    • Platform: Arcade, PS3
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    Before Jump Force became the Super Smash Bros. for Shonen Jump, there was Jump Ultimate Stars for the Nintendo DS. Serving as the sequel to Jump Super StarsJump Ultimate Stars is a 2D fighting game modeled after the insane brawl of the Super Smash Bros. series. 41 of the best shonen manga series are represented here, such as Bleach, Captain Tsubasa, and Fist of the North Star. Over 300 anime characters are in the game; 56 of which are playable fighters. What makes Jump Ultimate Stars different from the Nintendo fighter is its manga-inspired deck builder, as it adds a rich strategic element towards every match.  

    • Release: Nov 23 2006
    • Platform: Nintendo DS
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  • Similar to Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another StoryDragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu is an RPG rendition of the popular action show. The game covers some of the best storylines from Dragon Ball Z; beginning with the Vegeta Saga and ending with the iconic Frieza Saga. Combat is built on a card-based system which determines the type of attacks Goku and his friends can use, as well as how powerful they are against an enemy. One of the best secrets you can get in the game is fighting a Super Saiyan Vegeta after the end credits. 


    • Release: 1992
    • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System
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  • 4

    Meitantei Conan: Daiei Teikoku no Isan

    While Detective Conan struggled in America as Case Closed, the anime series about a little boy that solves mysteries continues to be a juggernaut in Japan. Of course, with over 800 episodes under its belt, there had to be a Detective Conan game or two. Meitantei Conan: Daiei Teikoku no Isan for the PlayStation 2 is an adventure game that puts the player in Conan Edogawa's shoes. As an ambitious mystery unfolds, it's up to you to collect all the clues to find the real culprit. 

    • Release: 2004
    • Platform: PS2
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