Native Japanese games to practice studying with

Hi! So I’ve been looking around trying to find a good game I’d enjoy while also using it for studying and I’m finding most if not all the games that were translated into Japanese don’t have great translations. Now I’ve been looking for games originally made in Japanese to have a better experience but I don’t know a lot and I’d like some recommendations. I know a few big ones like the Pokemon, Mario, and Final Fantasy franchises but I’d like some others since I’d like something chill but also around my level.

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I can’t really say from experience, as I haven’t quite hit that full immersion stage yet, but taken from here:

Very Easy:
  1. 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ (Super Smash Bros)
  2. リズム天国ゴールド (Rhythm Heaven)
  3. ダンボール戦機 (Little Battlers eXperience)
  4. Super Monkey Ball 2
  5. ポケモン アルファサファイア
  6. 初音ミク Project mirai でらっくす (Hatsune Miku Project Mirai Deluxe)
Easy:
  1. ゼルダの伝説 時のオカリナ 3D ( The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time 3D)
  2. 妖怪ウォッチ (Youkai Watch)
  3. ポケットモンスター X・Y (Pokemon X/Y)
  4. とびだせ どうぶつの森 (Animal Crossing New Leaf)
  5. マザー2 ギーグの逆襲 (Mother 2 – Earthbound)
  6. さくらももこのウキウキカーニバル (Sakura Momoko no Ukiuki Carnival)
  7. ガイア幻想紀 (Illusion of Gaia)
  8. 電波人間のRPG FREE (Denpa Ningen no RPG FREE)
  9. ポケットモンスター オメガルビー・アルファサファイア (Pocket Monsters Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire)
  10. Persona 4 the golden
  11. 超次次元ゲームネプテューヌ Re;Birth 1 – “Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1”
  12. カエルの為に鐘は鳴る
  13. キングダム ハーツ HD
  14. ドラゴンクエストIX (Dragon Quest IX)
  15. ポケモンオメガルビー (Pokemon Omega Ruby)
  16. メダロット Dual
  17. 妖怪ウォッチ
  18. マリオ&ルイージRPG3! (Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story)
  19. デート・ア・ライブ (Date A Live)
Intermediate:
  1. ファイナルファンタシーX (Final Fantasy X)
  2. テイルズ・オブ・ヴェスペリア (Tales of Vesperia)
  3. ルーンファクトリー4 (Rune Factory 4)
  4. 真・女神転生IV (Shin Megami Tensei 4)
  5. レイトン教授VS逆転裁判 (Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney)
  6. シェルノサージュ・オフライン (Ciel Nosurge – Offline)
  7. 艦隊これくしょん (Kantai Collection)
  8. 戦場のヴァルキュリア (Valkyria Chronicles)
  9. ファイアーエムブレム覚醒 (Fire Emblem Awakening)
  10. シャイニング・レゾナンス (Shining Resonance)
  11. ケイオスリングススシリーズ (Chaos Rings series)
  12. 極限脱出ADV 善人シボウデス (Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward)
  13. Borderlands 2
  14. ゼルダの伝説 ふしぎのぼうし (Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap)
  15. Romancing Saga
  16. ゼノブレイドクロス (Xenoblade X)
  17. Virtue’s Last Reward
  18. Dream Club 0
  19. ファイアーエムブレムif (Fire Emblem: Fates)
  20. ソフィーのアトリエ / Atelier Sophie
  21. ペルソナ3 (Persona 3)
Hard:
  1. ファイナルファンタジーVI (Final Fantasy 6)
  2. 逆転裁判 (Ace Attorney)
  3. エンドオブエタナテイ (End Of Eternity)
  4. 英雄伝説 軌跡シリーズ (The Legend of Heroes – Trails series)
  5. 信長の野望: 創造 (Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence)
  6. アルノサージュ (Ar Nosurge)
  7. テイルズオブヴェスペリア
  8. 英雄伝説:閃の軌跡 (Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki)
  9. 龍が如く0: 誓いの場所
  10. 艦これ改 / Kancolle Kai

It’s hard to say if those difficulties will line up with where you’re at, as they’re based on Adam’s learning order. At the very least, there’s a lot of titles in there. :slight_smile:

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That looks to be a pretty decent list, thank you :slight_smile:

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I recently started playing Final Fantasy 6 on my Gameboy Advance SP since it is one of the few GBA games with Kanji and it even lets you select Kanji or Hiragana in the settings.

One site I’ve found invaluable is this one:
https://kwhazit.ucoz.net/trans/ff6/01intro.html

It’s really helpful to be able to check translations at this point in my learning. Plus, that page provides an interesting comparison with the localization that was done for the English version.

But the main use for me was to catch up on all the text that comes up too quickly for me to read during the intro and other parts.

So far it’s been of moderate difficulty for me even with some of the terms that are specific to the genre like 魔大戦. I’d rank it as easier than Harry Potter :joy:

I would also recommend The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap as it has Kanji as well and it’s an easier time since much of the gameplay isn’t centered around dialogue.

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