I have developed a word game quite similar to Scrabble, and I am currently considering adding a Japanese word list to it.
Please note that I have no real knowledge of the language, apart from knowing the different alphabet types.
While Hiragana or Katakana are not really suited to the games mechanics, I believe using a romaji word list is the best option.
Now, I am wondering which romanization system I should use (knowing that my primary target would be native Japanese):
- Kunrei-shiki, which is the official system
- Hepburn, which is the most widely used (but apparently mostly by foreign speakers)
At first sight, I cannot see any difference between the two systems in terms of ease to form words with a small set of letters (7) (I may be wrong though). So I think the best option would be to use the system in which native Japanese are most comfortable with.
Which system would that be?
And secondarily, do you believe that a word game in romaji actually has potential? (i.e. would it be interesting to play, as it is in English).