Video games are now one of the most attractive forms of entertainment, along with movies, TV shows, and other popular content around the world. Recently, many people have been playing video games with their smartphones in addition to PCs and home consoles including PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox.
There are countless game apps for iOS and Android, and a stack of mobile games are released in Japan every year. Mecca of pop culture like anime and manga offers unique games adapted from current popular franchises.
For all fans of video games and other pop cultures, here is the list of the top 10 most popular game apps downloaded in Japan in 2022. Check out the famous role-playing games in the series and the global hit shooter!
1. Mario Kart Tour
Mario Kart has long been Nintendo’s main series of Mario-themed kart racing games, and Mario Kart Tour (マリオカートツアー) was first released for Android and iOS users in 2019. In addition to the recently updated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch, this mobile Mario Kart continues to grow.
2. A One Piece Bounty Rush
One Piece Bounty Rush (ONE PIECEバウンティラッシュ) is one of the most popular free mobile games in 2022, originally released in 2018. The 2022 hit anime film One Piece Film: Red inspires users to play the fighting game to get the most treasures. Fans of the biggest manga and anime franchise One Piece are highly recommended to download immediately.
3. Fantasy Tower
Tower of Fantasy (幻塔), developed by Chinese game developer Hotta Studio in 2021, released worldwide in 2022. It is recommended to play if you like the great story of Genshin Impact. Of course, you can get the open-world action role-playing game for Windows, iOS, and Android for free.
4. Hatsune Miku: colorful scene!
As part of the famous Vocaloid female character Hatsune Miku, a rhythm game application Hatsune Miku: colorful scene! (プロジェクトセカイカラフルステージ！ feat.初音ミク) was first released in Japan in 2020 and worldwide the following year. Many Hatsune Miku and rhythm game fans have enjoyed it since its release.
5. One Piece Treasure Cruise
2022 is the year of the best-selling manga and anime series One Piece, when the latest anime film One Piece Film: Red was screened at the theater. One Piece Treasure Cruise (ONE PIECE トレジャークルーズ) is the most downloaded Japanese game application nowadays. The role-playing mobile game based on the original manga and anime story was developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment in 2014.
6. Fullmetal Alchemist Mobile
There are many game apps adapted from popular anime in Japan, and Fullmetal Alchemist Mobile
Fullmetal Alchemist Mobile (鋼の錬金術師モバイル) just officially launched in August 2022. It was You can enjoy the thrilling battles and story based on the anime series in the strategy role-playing game.
7. Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact (原神) is one of the most popular games since its release in 2020, made by a Chinese video game developer miHoYo. The action role-playing game is offered not only for Windows and PlayStation users, but also for Android and iOS.
8. Uma Musume’s pretty derby
Uma Musume Pretty Derby (ウマ娘プリティーダービー), developed by Cygames, hit the market as a brand new derby-themed mobile game in 2021. It was scheduled to launch in 2018 but was postponed and its anime series aired earlier. Many users like to collect the adorable anthropomorphized horse characters called Uma Musume.
9. Apex Legends Mobile
Finally, the fastest growing Battle Royale shooter Apex Legendsreleased by Electronic Arts in 2019, just adapted for Android and iOS from May 2022. Most experienced Apex Legends players play with Microsoft Windows, however, Apex Legends Mobile becomes the way for beginners to try easily the thrilling shooting game.
10. Monster Strike
Monster Strike (モンスターストライク) is consistently ranked at the top of the App Store and Google Play as one of the most popular mobile games of this decade. Developed by well-known Japanese social networking service Mixi, the addictive strategy puzzle game was released in 2013.
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