Japansoft: An Oral History


An innovative and beautifully designed history of the nascent Japanese videogame industry, as told by those who were there, Japansoft: An Oral History offers intimate insight into the games, companies and human experiences which forged a whole new culture.


ISBN: 9780957576889 Category:

John Szczepaniak, Alex Wiltshire


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 pseudo-sequel 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 950 g
Dimensions 16.9 x 23.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 9 November 2022
Number of pages 332
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.9 x 23.8 cm
Weight 950 g


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Alex Wiltshire is a journalist and writer, and a former editor of Edge magazine. He edited Britsoft: An Oral History and Japansoft: An Oral History for Read-Only Memory, 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.