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Have a dictionary handy and read to survive. The interactive aspect helps you learn and remember words, not to mention use them. To learn vocab, you *must* use it.
I've been playing two of my favorite SNES games in japanese; Chrono Trigger「クロノ・ツリガー」 and Earthbound 「Ｍｏｔｈｅｒ／（マザー？）２」.
Earthbound is especially good for vocab because its completely kana.
Of course, you can learn from less interactive things as well. Watching anime and listening closely for words, plugging them into the dictionary (Might want to be careful before using them though, make sure you know what you're saying ), get a hold of manga if you can, browse japanese websites, find childrens books, chat with other people in japanese!
I've tried just raw memorization of words, but it just doesnt work well unless you use and see them used.
Note though, you should become familiar with often-used verb conjugations, and have an overview of them which you can use to look up, and put in perspective what you do and don't know. Its very important to be able to recognise how a word is conjugated in order to "de-conjugate" and look it up in a dictionary.
http://www.timwerx.net/language/jpverbs/ is a great site for explaining verbs/conjugations in detail, and you'll probably learn a lot of vocab just going over the lessons there.
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