Why Voice of Cards Is One of the Best Video Games for Learning Japanese

Voice of Cards offers eager Japanese learners an amazingly accessible way to engage with the language

Anthony Griffin
Kokoro Media
Published in
4 min readMar 18, 2024

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If you’ve ever attempted to play your favorite video games in Japanese, you know how frustrating the experience can be. Massive 60-hour role-playing epics from the Final Fantasy series can obliterate your motivation once you realize just how long it would take to get through them in Japanese. Other games may be simpler, but they often lack features friendly to language-learners, such as Japanese on-screen text synced with audio to match. In many games, the action is just too fast paced, with text speeding past your eyes and audio grazing your eardrums before you have a chance to question and capture the Japanese content you’re experiencing.

Fortunately, Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars, offers eager Japanese learners of all levels an amazingly accessible way to engage with the language. First catching my attention in a Game Gengo video, Voice of Cards is a uniquely simple role-playing game (RPG) with a compelling narrative set in a fantasy world of swords and sorcery. However, despite its simplicity, this is no ordinary RPG. The game emulates the tabletop roleplaying experience, complete with dice-roll skill checks, a witty…

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Anthony Griffin
Kokoro Media

Founder and principal consultant (www.consultsaga.com) helping Japan-based organizations market to and communicate with international audiences.