Developing games which are based on famous anime or adapting anime into game development is not a new concept to many people in the game industry all over world. But it’s still a hot trend that has full potential to develop more in the future. Why is that? Let’s take a look at its achievements in the past and in recent years to find out! Watching anime is fun but playing games which are adapted with anime is more fun. The connection between the game and the anime is so strong that it influences the audiences’ feelings. The anime itself has its own very crowded fans which will become the potential games’ audiences. That’s also the reason why there are many anime based games that have been successful in the market. Here are some examples:
Focusing around a series of role-playing video games, Persona is a spin-off from Atlus’ Megami Tensei franchise. The game series made its debut in 1996 with the release of ‘Revelations: Persona’ on PlayStation. Since then, the franchise released several more games with the latest entry being 2019’s Persona 5 Royal. Out of various anime sequels adapted from the game, Persona 4 was the most successful one.
Gaming geeks are very well aware of Final Fantasy as it’s one of the most classic video game series with over 15 main series games and countless spin-offs. Makers have attempted to turn this game into an anime TV series and they did so as well; first in 2001 with a 25-episode anime series, Final Fantasy: Unlimited, and then in 2005 with a feature-length CGI film, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Final Fantasy is an anthology series of role-playing games, each with different settings, plots, and main characters. Each plot centers on a particular group of heroes who are battling a great evil but also explores the characters’ internal struggles and relationships. Many consider the Final Fantasy series to be one of the very best anime adapted from a video game.
Dragon Quest is one of the longest-running anime and video game series with the first game released way back in 1986. Since then it has been adapted into various media formats especially anime with the major one being released in 1991 titled “Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai”. Produced by Toei Animation, the studio behind One Piece and the Dragon Ball anime, the series is praised for its fabulous story-telling.
It would definitely be a shortcoming if we do not include Pokémon into the list for its great success over the last few years. Pokémon is a widely recognized anime in the world and almost every person has come across this franchise once in his/her lifetime. Video games, trading cards, television series, movies; the franchise holds a lot of media departments to spread its market all over the world which is why it’s the most cherished Japanese franchise around the globe.
From the idea of this anime the game Pokémon Go was released in 2016, since then it has become a phenomenon of the world, and brought back much revenue to its owners.
The Fate series consists of numerous spin-offs, sequels, and movie adaptations which sometimes makes it difficult for fans to understand the timeline. However, this is also the biggest reason behind the franchise’s success over the years. And, the anime adaptation of Fate/Stay Night by Ufotable has contributed a lot to this.
Inazuma Eleven first started out as a sports role-playing game for the Nintendo DS. Later, it inspired numerous anime sequels which made the franchise very popular among teenagers, especially the sports enthusiasts. Japanese people always adore sports anime and Inazuma Eleven received the same level of recognition and positive critics from the audience.
No matter how many anime adapted from a video game have gone viral, none of them have been more successful than the sci-fi thriller original series, Steins;Gate. The anime focuses on the antics of self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe and his friends who figure out a technique to send messages to the past. When his activities draw the attention of an evil organization, the unlikely hero becomes the only chance to balance all timelines. The anime serves as a continuation of the visual novel game of the same name that was also a part of the “Science Adventure” series by Japanese video game developer, 5pb.
As you can see that with twists, or sometimes unusual ideas of the anime’s plot itself which makes your game become more attractive and more profitable. Do not care about game first or anime first because they both support each other to make your game become a big hit in the market!