Good morning DTOID
This thread is to the purpose of sharing our great love of the unloved Japanese games. Through the power of friendship and fighting love, we shall find our endless purpose in bringing to each other those games whose hearts live on in our memories. The games which make for us to play with great satisfaction and rewarding. The games which perhaps had money not so much for localising or the pretty graphics, but which dared to beyond the impossible in making fun times for us all. Games often invited to us by our good friends Atlus Software and XSEED. Not every Nippon game can achieve a Final Fantasy, but there is room in this house for many wondrous treasures like the Resonance of Fate, Suikoden or Saga Flontier.
In this thread, we shall complete a great games, and proove the many win of the niche games of Japan. And with that, I humbly ask of you to donate games to the thread.
1) Breath Of Fire 3
I thought I'd start this thread with a solid Capcom classic. BOF3 never got the acclaim of FFVII, nor the popularity of any of Square's PS1 RPGs, but it's developed a proper cult following since the fifth generation, and many hold it up as the best entry in one of Capcom's only RPG franchises. Ask for more info, and I shall gladly tell you of how the game lets you transform into dragons, go fishing, explore an entire world, raise a fairy village, and transform into motherfucking dragons!
2) Legend Of Mana.
Another PS1 RPG, and this one a rather controversial entry into the Mana series. Some love it, some hate it. Me, I love it, perhaps because it was my first Mana game. Incredibly non-linear, full of amazing art and visuals, whimsical fairy tale charm, a plethroa of quests that range from killing monsters to private sleuthing, and topped by one of the best soundtracks ever made. Well worth checking out, and I'll happily talk about it at length.
3) Power Stone.
Another Capcom game, and something of a underappreciated series. Coming out on the Dreamcast in the wake of Smash Bros, the original Power Stone was always doomed to be in Smash's shadow. A genuinely enjoyable party fighter, the first game nonetheless struggled with a mixed critical reception and poor sales. A sequel followed which upped the ante, but the series never reached the level of popularity that Capcom would perhaps have liked for it. My own memories of the game are somewhat hazy, but forum user Everyday Legend is well acquainted with the game and will gladly educate you on some of its stronger elements.
...anyways, so those are my first picks for underloved Japanese games that deserve more attention. Over to you guys. Hit me with them niche gems.