The success of The Portopia Serial Murder Case led to the creation of games which would become known as visual novels. Although they both started from the same style of text adventures, adventure games evolved differently in Japan as opposed to the adventure games in the west.
The amount of translations of visual novels into English has dropped in recent years, but they still continue to be a driving force in Japan, still claiming the majority of sales in the home computer market. After the 1990's Western adventure games wouldn't share in that popularity, but they also evolved from their text adventure roots to the adventures that are still developed today, although in a much different style than their Japanese counterparts.
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