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We, in the west, don't seem to get Japanese games unless they are mahour releases but I have to wonder is there an Indie market 🤔 that is getting localisation here at all? 

Dave the Diver FELT Japanese. Sea of Stars FEELS Japanese as doe The Messanger but I'm not counting these Japanese likes. I'm wondering specifically of games made for a Japanese audience and are localised for English audiences. I'm I dreaming to big, here? What's the best of the (probably) limited bunch. An English dub is not required, Subtitles alone is enough. 

I found so far,


Trek to Yumi

Last edited by LegitHyperbole - on 16 June 2024

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Thought so, my researching has brought me nothing but really iffy looking titles. Seems there is little of a market here.

In the west the middle AA market with smaller companies died some time ago. This left a huge gap and with newer tools the indie explosion happened. But in the japanese market the smaller companies never died out, you have tons of small companies that produce smaller games like Visual Novels, small RPGs and the like. Are they indie? Depends on your definition of indie. I see PocketPair (Craftopia, Palworld) be classified as indie by some. Kemco is someone who comes to mind with lots of 2D RPGs. Are Grezzo, NIS, Nihon Falcom, Grasshopper indie devs? They are certainly studios on their own. What with Level-5s guild games? They made some japanese devs visible, we never had heard of in the west.

If you define indie as not part of a big publisher and games with small budget and small dev team, then Japan has tons of indies.

You speak about localization, and it is quite possible, that if games leave the japanese market at all to the west, that localization is handled by some more classic publisher. Does that count as losing indie status?

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