Archive for August, 2009

Welcome to Japanese-Gamespot

August 10, 2009 - 5:56 pm No Comments

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The games from the land of the rising sun are some of the most intriguing, interesting and quirky games ever made. Sometimes the games make it to our shores but most of the time they don’t. Some of us would love to get our hands on these japanese games and we do sometimes we don’t. There are many who like to import games but just don’t. Why? Because they don’t know a lick of Japanese.  Of course there are some import friendly titles which don’t require you to know japanese to enjoy the games. But, then there are there are the truly immersive japanese games and titles that you simple won’t enjoy without knowing the language.

What do you do? Pay for some one to translate the game? Pray for it to come overseas and nothing is lost in translation? You could always learn japanese, right?  Thousand dollar college course, Rosetta Stone? Way to expensive.  Alas my friends there is hope and that hope is Rocket Japanese.  This software package is so efficient at what it does when had to make a post about it.  We get asked every day from our visitors about this problem and nothing else has proven itself time and time again.  Immediately gamers see results and experience these imports the way they were meant to be enjoyed. Japanese games never sounded better when you can understand what the characters are saying and it only will cost you $99 bucks.  A lot cheaper than the costly Rosetta Stone coming in at a heafty $229 dollars and the full course is $499. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself -> http://www.rosettastone.com/learn-japanese OK, enough of about Rocket Japanese, but if your serious about imports, do yourself a favor pick up a copy.  Enjoy the rest of the site!

Begin learning and open up the door to Japanese games

Begin learning and open up the door to Japanese games

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The Cheaper Alternative to Rocket Japanese

August 10, 2009 - 5:06 pm No Comments

Some of you stated that Rocket Japanese is still a little to steep and you want a good starter, you can try out Speak Japanese Fast for 30/40 bucks.  It will be enough to get you started with out breaking the bank.   Sure the webpage is a little cheesey and so is the packaging but it gets the job done and thats getting you to understand japanese.  We like Rocket Japanese better but everyone has there own budget so..

Cheap but gets the job done

Cheap but gets the job done

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Guitar Hero 5: Playboy Playmates’ “Risky Business” Video

August 30, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments

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20% off in-stock items when using Visa card at Play-Asia

August 30, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments


In partnership with VISA, from now until September 6th, all in-stock items except those that have been released during the last 30 days, are discounted by 20%. Please be reminded that this is a VISA exclusive promotion, only valid for orders paid with your VISA card directly at Play-Asia.com. Make sure to watch out for the 20% off discount logo on the final payment page.

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Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1082

August 30, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments

The September 10, 2009 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following video games and/or events in the Japanese marketplace:

» Famitsu takes a look at the recently announced Playstation 3 Slim which launches next month. Photos of the console are included.
» Lengthy PSP Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep preview which introduces the characters in the game such as Cinderella, Aqua, Ventus, Lucifer the portly feline, and a rodent named Jaq. Experiment 626 (aka Stitch) and Dr Jumba are also featured on page 28 among others on the other pages.
» The Famitsu reviewers rank NDS Love Plus (8/9/7/8), PSP The Hohei 2 (6/6/5/6), Wii Tabemon (8/7/8/8), Wii Ousama Monogatari (9/9/8/9), and PS3 Mobile Suit Gundam Senki U.C. 0081 (8/8/9/8).
» Previews for NDS Rune Factory 3 and PS3 3D Dot Game Heroes.
» PSP Dissidia Final Fantasy Universal Tuning is shipping on Nov 1.
» Coin-op previews for Arcana Heart 3 and Jubeat Ripples.
» Photo spread for cover model Ai 愛衣

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Halo 3: ODST Sold By Stores In France – First Unboxing

August 30, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments

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New PS3 Slim Commercials

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Important Importables: Ooedo Senryoubako (PSP) review

August 30, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Ooedo Senryoubako (PSP) review

Section: Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, PSP, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 3D, Action, Casual

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Ooedo Senryoubako

Title: Ooedo Senryoubako
Price: $52.90
System(s): PSP
Release Date: February 23, 2006
Publisher (Developer): Taito (Global A)
ESRB Rating: N/A, Cero A (All Ages)
Pros: It can look kind of pretty, sometimes. It has a very unique style and atmosphere. It’s interesting to see just how they make some of the mini-games plausible for that time period.
Cons: Controls are give and take, but for the most part stink. Lots of kanji and text for what’s essentially a mini-game collection. Games can move slowly and haltingly.
Overall Score: 4/10

This week’s review is going to be a bit interesting, since my friend who helps me translate more difficult kanji is out of town. And since Ooedo Senryoubako, a PSP game I found at a local garage sale for $4, has an over-abundance of unfamiliar kanji and I can’t locate my copy of Kanji Sonomama Rakubiki Jiten, this review’s going to focus more on the mini-games than the actual story. Fortunately, Ooedo Senryoubako is a mini-game collection set in Japan’s Edo era.

Proof your worth by playing familiar mini-games tweaked to look like they’d appear in Edo.

Ooedo Senryoubako is all about the mini-games. You’re samurai/wannabe gangster guy who has to prove his worth and play through a wide variety of games. They’re all similar to ones we’ve seen in modern games (horse racing, shooter, battles, helicopter flying), only they’re all tweaked to make them plausible for that time period.

The horses are fake and going around a circular track, like a merry-go-round. The flying portion is a kind of man-powered-bike-propeller-contraption being assaulted by sumo wrestlers. I can’t even think of a plausible explanation for the shooting game – fireworks perhaps?

You’ve failed us Taito and Global A.

Where to begin, where to begin. The general presentation of the mini-games feels like a good start. The game places you in what looks like a little fairground or village area. You then visit different locations to play the mini-games. Unfortunately, most aren’t worth looking forward to. For example, winning at many of these mini-games is more about luck than skill. The AI controlled opponents that show up in some games seem to have an unfair advantage. Worst of all, some of the games barely crawl along.

Then there are the controls. The absolutely atrocious controls. In the horse racing game it is difficult to discern the right timing for pressing to make the horse jump. No matter when you press, it seems like you’re either leaping too early or too late. The shooting game is also a bit difficult to control and get accustomed to – it feels like what’s happening on the screen isn’t keeping up with what you’re inputing. The mini-games that involve flying, fighting and puzzle solving aren’t too bad, as long as time isn’t a factor.

The one saving grace of Ooedo Senryoubako is that the games don’t look that bad. They fit with the time period and atmosphere and are unique. I haven’t seen many other PSP games with a similar style or appearance. Sadly, the official website is long gone from the internet, and the only screenshots still available online are tiny thumbnails pictured at Famitsu. You can still get a general impression from them though, despite their size.

I hope the story’s fantastic, because the mini-games can be brutal.

When looking up the game online, trying to find some kind of information or screenshots, I found a Famitsu preview about Ooedo Senryoubako that stated the mini-games were simple, quick and great for commuters. Simple? sure. Quick? sometimes. Great for commuters? I think not. It’s definitely not the best PSP game I’ve ever played, but I’m not sure I’d call it the worst either.

Overall, Ooedo Senryoubako is just disappointing. You may be slightly amused by the constant appearance of hostile sumo wrestlers and whimsical mini-games, but the number of lackadaisical mini-games ones tarnishes the game experience.

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Xbox 360 Bento Box

August 29, 2009 - 2:02 am No Comments

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how to mod my ps2 to play japanese games?

August 28, 2009 - 5:13 pm 2 Comments
jason f asked:


hi, i have a japanese ps2 game but it wont work because i have an american ps2. how do i mod it to be able to play japanese ps2 games?

i heard i can buy a mod chip. but i dont want to risk messing up my ps2. also, i heard that there is a disc which is better because it wont mess up my ps2 and its auctually cheaper. can someone give me a direct link to what it is, and where i can buy it? thanks! 10 pts if you help and a report(for spam) if you just answer stuff like “uhh. i dont know” just to raise your points :)

Translate Japanese games – Because you understand the language

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