In fact, he thinks his fellow countrymen are making "awful games".

"I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone's making awful games; Japan is at least five years behind [the West]," the Mega Man and Dead Rising creator told the New York Times.

"Capcom is barely keeping up. I want to study how Westerners live, and make games that appeal to them."

Last time Inafune commented on Japanese game development he noted that "the Japanese game industry isn't dead as long as Capcom is around". His current outlooks appears to be that bit gloomier.

We can see Inafune's point. While there are stand-out examples, a lot of Japanese games feel distinctly "PlayStation 2" in their presentation. And, simply, there are not enough of them coming out. Then again, for every couple of stiffly animated Japanese games, there is a Gran Turismo 5 and The Last Guardian.