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E3 2018: All Eyes on Japanese Gaming at E3

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the biggest annual gaming event in North America. The extravaganza has become increasingly popular with fans over the years, with many going as far as tuning into the live streams to watch the presentations.

Blogs and gaming sites are currently filled with rumors and confirmations of what will be showcased at E3 2018, and you can bet that they’ll be on standby for each and every gaming announcement made this year. E3 always yields announcements that manage to please many fan bases.

From June 9 to June 12, the world’s players will be fixated on the revelations of E3, and despite it being a North American; all eyes will be on what the publishers from Japan are bringing to the event. As shown by gamespot.com, Sony, Nintendo, and Square Enix will feature on the last two days and may be the most anticipated of all.

Japanese hot-streak adding fire to the E3 hype

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There’s no way to avoid it; it has been a fantastic year of gaming for Japanese publishers. Colossal titles and gaming services from Japan have spanned across the world thanks to the many innovations that have gone into their creation.

The last year has seen incredibly popular global franchises like Mario and Pokémon reaffirm their standing at the top with new ways to play. Fans have swooned over Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as well as the incomparable Super Mario Odyssey.

Then, to kick off 2018, Capcom went all out on finally making Monster Hunter a household name in the west. By creating a massive and immersive console game, Monster Hunter World, they achieved record sales. Another innovative approach came from bitcasino.io, which fully embraced the crypto-revolution and offers hundreds of high-quality online casino games that can be played with cryptocurrency.

With these gaming opportunities headlining a fantastic year for Japan, there was also an ocean of highly-rated games to also come out of the gaming stronghold. This has Japan on a hot-streak: one which has fans very excited for what’s to come at E3.

Watch out for these

Death Stranding

So, the first name that comes to mind when anyone mentions Japanese games is Nintendo. So far, the only game confirmed to be on show is Super Smash Bros., which was met by a lot of excitement from fans.

At E3 2017, they made some huge announcements concerning a new Yoshi game coming in 2018 as well as a core RPG Pokemon title coming to the Nintendo Switch, as reported by gamesradar.com. Some elaboration or release dates for either would be major news.

Then there’s also Kojima Productions game Death Stranding, which stars some huge names from film and television: Mads Mikkelson (Doctor Strange, The Salvation, Hannibal), Norman Reedus (Air, The Walking Dead), and Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water).

With each release of its thought-provoking and bizarre trailers, gamers have become more obsessed with gobbling up every teaser that Hideo Kojima puts out. It will be a focus of Sony’s presentation.

With Japanese publisher Square Enix having already released leaks, we know the title and release date of the final chapter of the rebooted Tomb Raider trilogy. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which is developed by Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics, is sure the feature at E3, with word of a surprise for fans being on the horizon.

As you can see, Japan is expected to come in full force to E3 and is set to continue its incredible run of wildly popular gaming opportunities released into the world. 


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