GungHo president feels Japanese developers “need to go back to basics”

Saturday, 18th May 2013 19:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

GungHo Online Entertainment president Kazuki Morishita feels Japanese developers “need to go back to basics” and remember why they “make games in the first place.”

Speaking in an interview with Gamasutra (via Gamespot), Morishita feels such renewed attitude towards making games would help boost confidence and give Japanese developers more attention in the west.

“Let’s say that Japanese games are in their darkest times right now, there’s no way to go but up, if that’s the case,” he said. “In terms of making games, I think Japanese developers need to go back to basics about why they make games in the first place, which is to make good games. At GungHo, that’s what we do.

“We think about games and come up with good ideas and do our best to make it as best as possible, and all we’ll do is keep doing that. Sooner or later, that’ll pay off.

“We also take on outsourcing as well, and awhile back we worked on a Nintendo title, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Which as you know sold 10 million worldwide, and it was a big hit. When we were able to work with Nintendo, that’s when we realized what Nintendo does best is make good games as well, and that’s something we’d like to do as well, with GungHo’s titles.”

GungHO recently purchased Suda 51′s Grasshopper Manufacture, which the developer said will allow him to focus more on the creative side of development, granting him “complete creative freedom.”



  1. Da Man

    Most of them need to go, just not anywhere.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Francis O

    Japanese developers still make the best games in my opinion. Most of the games from Western developers are ‘white guy with a gun’, lets be honest here.

    The Western market relies to much on shooters. I find a lot of Western games to be boring, considering there all shooters.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. 00jack00IMP

    2 wrote: “The Western market relies to much on shooters. I find a lot of Western games to be boring, considering there all shooters.”

    I find your grammar to be boring.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. stealth

    japan makes the best games now and forever

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Metroid455

    @4 always my friend, always (^-^)

    Japanese games have simply become very culturally ingrained, there’s nothing wrong with this, “Waah this game is too Japanese Waah it’s not westernized enough Waah” quite frankly im sick of hearing this.

    If western culture can’t accept Japanese cultural elements in Japanese games then go play something else -_-

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @4 and 5

    Uh huh thats why most of their games only are successful in their own market with the exceptions of Monster Hunter, Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil. but when it gets out to West it rarely does a dent. Not to mentions its also why they don’t bother to localize.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Mjorh

    They WERE awesome , but now they’re under the shadow of western market , i agree with the guy n phoenix.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. FeaturePreacher

    I think they could make games that sell well in the west. Just dumb down the mechanics and increase the amount of violence.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DrDamn


    Some of the calls of needing to “learn” from Western development are tantamount to telling a Jazz artist to play pop music because it sells better. Sure some Japanese developers could learn from some Western ideas, but the opposite is just as valid.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DarkElfa

    @6, wrong.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. JGMR


    I agree. My collections over the 23+ years consisted mostly of Japanese games (like 95%). Most Western games lack a certain “feeling” that only Japanese titles seem to carry. The soundtracks alone…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. xino

    all those 90′s Japanese games on PS1, SNES, Dreamcast.
    they are hard and damn fun!

    but now it’s all about kids saving the world in every RPG:/
    and stupid anime cartoon lilcon character girls>:/

    #12 2 years ago

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