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2009: "Our game industry is finished." 2010: "...everyone& rsquo;s making awful games; Japan is at least five years behind." 2011: "... people just aren't hungry enough any longer... there needs to be something that gets that feeling back." 2012: "Time is running out and we should have realized this when I made that bold statement a few years ago." Keiji Inafune has settled into his role as the doomsayer of the Japanese industry. Since quitting ...

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Do Japanese games just suck? Perhaps not, but the trend for Japanese studios to design games for a 'Western audience' has led to some poor quality titles, and is perhaps missing the reason that Westerners enjoyed classic Japanese games in the fist place.

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Click here to read Step Inside the Offices of one of Japan's Hottest Games Developers

PlatinumGames may not be the most commercially successful Japanese developer around, but with a catalogue that already includes games like Bayonetta and Vanquish (and the sadly forgotten Infinite Space), they've got a ton of fans, well-wishers and public admirers. More »

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Japanese director Takashi Miike works fast. Blink and you’ll miss three films from the filmmaker, who is more happy than any other working director to leap from period action to hyper-violent thrillers to a kids’ movie. Back in May he said “It is a very light comedy that I am filming now, a court drama, based on a video game, the Nintendo game DS.” That led us to realize that he is making an adaptation of the Capcom Ace Attorney game series, which debuted in the US with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

Now we’ve got the first video footage of the movie, called Gyakuten Saiban (Turnabout Trial) in Japan. Just from the perspective of bringing the game’s visuals to the screen, this looks spot-on. We don’t know if it will be a good movie — with Miike the results can vary widely — but it looks fun, at the very least.

This video is from a Japanese talk show, and you’ll have to hear a lot more of the hosts and guests than you will of the actual movie footage. The first clips are replayed a couple times, but if you scrub through there is more Phoenix Wright footage to be found deeper in the embed.

Here’s a trailer for the game so you can compare the footage:

[via Wario64 and my friend Triphibian on Twitter]

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Independent developer Keiji Inafune, formerly of Capcom,has spoken out about the lack of hunger from Japanese developers, and argued that what the industry needs now is heroes and creators.

"People just aren't hungry enough any longer," said Inafune in an interview with Gamasutra.

"There aren't as many companies, or managers of development studios, that really want to succeed or accomplish something, so there needs to be something that gets that feeling back."


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