Everything's better in Japan. Food, toilets, and vending machines are all superior; littering, pollution, and crime rates are all down. Even the dirt, it's clean. And, depending on who you ask, Japan gets all the best video games. From platformers to shmups, fighting games to rhythm games, it seems like there's a bevy of incredible experiences that we'll never get in the states. It's gotten to the point where entire genres that thrive overseas seem to have no presence whatsoever on our shores.
So what exactly are you living without? More importantly, how can you try these genres out for yourself? Thanks to niche publishers, localization teams, and a substantial amount of prayer, some of these lesser-known genres have actually wriggled their way into our market, even if they have nowhere near the dominance they do in Japan. Short of learning the language and moving to Tokyo, these games are the best way to get a taste of the genres we're missing out on.