It’s no secret that these days anime is on the rise. What was once a niche market has been steadily creeping its way into the mainstream; and like many things in pop culture, anime can lend itself quite well to video games. Some of the most beloved games out there are based on anime. However, for every Dragonball Z Budokai 3 or Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, there are plenty more shows out there that just never had a good game for whatever reason. So here’s a list of just a few anime that would work well for a game.
Starting things off, we have the beloved Detective Conan series. While Conan may be familiar to some thanks to its time on Adult Swim in the past, in Japan the series is a staple that has been in production for over 20 years. It features Shinichi Kudo as a brilliant young detective who is transformed into a child and must use his wits to solve mysteries in spite of his limited stature. All the while trying to find some way to get his normal body back.
At over 800 episodes and 93 volumes of manga, it’s safe to say Conan is kind of a big deal. Which is precisely why in this era where Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton-style puzzle games have a dedicated following, we should bring Conan to the gaming world as well. The series lends itself well to a mystery puzzle game and its general lighthearted tone can let audiences both young and old appreciate it.