Japan during the Meiji Era — a closed, isolated, and feudal country, — decides to change into a modern westernized state. The Empire sends emissaries to foreign nations, brings technicians and scholars from the west, builds a network of railroads, and achieves an outstandingly fast industrial revolution.

Nippon is a fast-paced economic game with challenging decisions in which players oversee the birth of a new great nation.

By Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, illustrated by Mariano Iannelli


Manage a Zaibatsu

The nation and Emperor count on the support of the Great Four, the big conglomerates that emerge with great power and massive control over the Japanese economy. They are called Zaibatsu, and their influence on the Meiji Emperor and importance on the fate of Japan is incredibly high. The foundations of the big Zaibatsu were the traditional silk workshops, but soon the conglomerates diversified their influence and power, building a complex structure of interconnected companies that made them giant players in the world’s new industrial era. Players take the reins of these big corporations and try to develop them in order to grow and achieve power.


Develop Your Own Path

In Nippon, players control Zaibatsu and try to develop their web of power by investing in new industries, improving their technological knowledge, shipping goods to foreign countries or using them to satisfy local needs, and growing their influence and power as they oversee the era of rapid industrialization in Japan. To win the game, players must carefully choose which type of industry to invest in and get the most influence over the Japanese islands. Every action that is taken helps to forge their own path to new opportunities.

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In Nippon: Keiretsu, a mini expansion for Nippon, twelve new factories are added to the base game for a fresh gameplay experience. With more choices to invest, players can create new strategies in the path to influence the Japanese islands during the Industrial Revolution.

As of October 2018, Nippon's Mini Expansion "Keiretsu" is available. To use it, the base game is required.

Nippon Expansion

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