Japansoft: An Oral History


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2024.

ISBN: 9780500028292 Category:

John Szczepaniak, Alex Wiltshire


A retrospective of the early Japanese videogame industry, comprising over 30 interviews with developers of the era, and including never-before-seen period photographs, rare press adverts and an illustrated hardware guide.

Comprising interviews with lesser documented developers at companies including Sega, Enix, Capcom, Hudson Soft and Nihon Falcom, Japansoft: An Oral History offers fresh and diverse perspectives on many of the defining games of their time.

A re-edited digest of game journalist John Szczepaniak’s three volume series, The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers, this edition adds brand new, specially conducted interviews with figures including Harumi Fujita (Bionic Commando), Noritaka Funamizu (1943, Area 88), Manami Matsumae (Rockman), Nasir Gebell (Final Fantasy, Rad Racer) and Tomohiro Nishikado (Space Invaders).

This publication is a companion to the critically acclaimed Britsoft: An Oral History, seeing editor Alex Wiltshire (Edge, Minecraft Blockopedia) and leading design agency Julia return with a multilayered and eclectic publication that offers a unique reading experience through interlinked interviews that can be read in any order.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 16 x 23 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 4 July 2024
Number of pages 348
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 16 x 23 cm
Weight 300 g


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Alex Wiltshire is a journalist and Book Fair 2023 writer, and a former editor of Edge magazine. He edited Britsoft: An Oral History, and is author of several books, including the bestselling Minecraft Blockopedia. He works as a publishing editor for developer Mojang, and among many other publications writes a column about game design for Rock Paper Shotgun. He lives in Bath, UK, with his wife and two children.