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What is this Japanese phrase from video games, and what does it mean?

September 29, 2009 - 11:22 am 3 Comments
gbbs_1 asked:


There’s a phrase (I think it’s the same both times) said by two different characters in two Japanese video games. It is said:
- by Marino in Bust-A-Move 4 when he wins
- by Sonic in Sonic and the Secret Rings (Japanese audio) when he wins multiplayer mode
I’m not used to listening to Japanese sounds, but it sounds something like “Yasodabe!” Can anyone help?

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Final Fantasy XIII Incredible TGS 2009 Trailer

September 29, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments

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Can Japanese games play on an American playstation 2?

September 27, 2009 - 3:25 pm 3 Comments
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. asked:


I want to buy a game that is only in japan…I’ve been wondering if my PS2 can play Japanese games. And if there is a way to make it play Japanese games if it can’t.

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Katamari Project Natal Gameplay

September 27, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments

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Xbox 360 TGS 09 Japanese Game Showcase Trailer

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TGS 2009 Booth Babes

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Tokyo Game Show 2009: Square Enix’s Tokyo Game Show 2009 website is open for business

September 27, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments

Tokyo Game Show 2009: Square Enix’s Tokyo Game Show 2009 website is open for business

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox-360, PCs, Windows, Handhelds, DS, PSP, iPhone & iPod Touch, Cell-Phones, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 2D, 3D, Action, Adventure, Shooter, Role-Playing, Strategy, Conventions, Tokyo Game Show

Final Fantasy XIIIThe Square Enix Tokyo Game Show 2009 website is now online and all set for viewing! So even if you can’t make it to Japan, you can kind of get the same sort of experience. Well, if you can read Japanese you can.

The site is primarily a guide to the show. You can see where Square Enix’s booth is, tell what games are playable at the event, see which games will have footage and videos displayed, see the Square Enix booth layout, read a blog and tell what you thought about Square Enix’s displays. Little icons under each game on the game listing page tell you if it is playable at the event or if game footage is going to be shown.

Let’s look at all the games appearing at TGS 2009 that are listed on the site:

  • Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden (DS)
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy: Universal Tuning (PSP)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Wii)
  • Cross Treasures (DS)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Twilight Maiden (Wii)
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

  • Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
  • Star Ocean 4 – The Last Hope – International (PS3)
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (PSP)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Front Mission Evolved (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi (DS)
  • Nier Gestalt (Xbox 360)
  • Nier Replicant (PS3)
  • Dragon Quest IX: Hoshizora no Mamoribito (DS)
  • Thexder Neo (PSP)
  • Crystal Defenders (PSP)
  • Death By Cube (Xbox 360)
  • Gyromancer (PC, Xbox 360)
  • 0 day Attack on Earth (Xbox 360)
  • Song Summoner The Unsung Heroes Encore

  • Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes – Encore (iPhone/iPod Touch)
  • Hills and Rivers Remain (iPhone/iPod Touch)
  • Sliding Heroes (iPhone/iPod Touch)
  • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (Wii)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (PC, PS3)
  • Final Fantasy XI: Vanadiel Collection 2 (PC, PS2, Xbox 360)
  • Lord of Vermilion II (Arcade)
  • Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road II (Arcade)
  • Seiken Densetsu 2 (Mobile)
  • Final Fantasy IV (Mobile)
  • Guin Saga Mobile (Mobile)
  • Dragon Quest III (Mobile)
  • Dragon Quest Fushigi no Dungeon Mobile (Mobile)
  • Kingdom Hearts Coded (Mobile)

Wow! Quite a lineup. Many of the games will have playable demos too, which is awesome. I’m especially impressed by the cell phone games Square Enix has in store for Japan. It’s a shame that those don’t often receive overseas releases. There’s some consolation though – the iPhone and iPod Touch games will likely receive an English release.

If you go to the site, you can see a quick one or two sentence blurb about each game and three or four screenshots. I’d recommend stopping by the blog section as well, to see some neat pictures from TGS 2009.

Read [Examiner.com] Site [Tokyo Game Show 2009 l Square Enix (Japanese)]

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Important Importables Review: Tomato Adventure for GBA

September 27, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Tomato Adventure for GBA

Section: Reviews, Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, DS, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 2D, Action, Children’s, Role-Playing

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Tomato Adventure Box トマトアドベンチャー

Title: Tomato Adventure
Price: Originally $48.90. It’s now out of print, but Amazon.co.jp has people selling it for as low as ?420.
System(s): GBA
Release Date: January 25, 2002
Publisher (Developer): Nintendo (AlphaDream)
ESRB Rating: N/A
Pros: The Gimmick system offers an interesting way to attack and keep the game interesting. Its bright and colorful with really cute characters. (Even the enemies are adorable.) It’s a good RPG for people just starting to learn Japanese, since it’s all pretty much in hirigana and katakana.
Cons: The story portion may be a bit too simple and unappealing for older players. The music is only so-so.
Overall Score: 8/10

A few years ago, Play-Asia had a massive sale on Game Boy Advance games. I decided to use it as an opportunity to pick up the first entry in the Starfy series, Densetsu no Stafi. While shopping, another game also caught my eye. It was bright and colorful RPG designed with children in mind, so I knew it wouldn’t be too taxing when it came to kanji. Plus, it was $4.90. I bought it on a whim. Little did I know how much I would enjoy Tomato Adventure, that impulse purchase.

Tomato Adventure トマトアドベンチャー

The story of a tomato-hating boy that saved his girlfriend and the world.

DeMille hates tomatoes. In most places, this is no big deal, but when you live in a land called the Ketchup Kingdom, it kind of makes you a pariah. DeMille and all the other tomato haters have been banished to a single village called Kobora. The only way to escape is to embrace tomatoes and a tomato-loving lifestyle. DeMille isn’t all that unhappy there though. He has friends and a girlfriend named Pasaran.

King Abira, ruler of the Ketchup Kingdom, kidnaps Pasaran and wants to drain her power of heart so he can turn the entire Ketchup Kingdom and all of its residents into a massive toyland filled with toys. DeMille immediately heads to the Gimmick Palace to rescue her, but learns he can’t even get in unless he beats King Abira’s six super kid minions to get toy parts needed to enter the palace and not only rescue Pasaran, but also save the entire Ketchup Kingdom. DeMille won’t be alone though – he’ll find three friends on his adventure, Aresa, Sofubi and Rereku.

Tomato Adventure Box トマトアドベンチャー

Created for kids, but appropriate for all ages.

Tomato Adventure is reminiscent of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga in terms of presentation. You have characters exploring a big, bright fantasy kingdom. The battles let you use only two character at once. When you attack you use Gimmicks, which require you to push buttons again and perform little mini-games to perform special attacks.

You can also adjust the difficulty of Tomato Adventure by tweaking the Gimmick options. If you want very little challenge, you can make the Gimmicks easy to execute. If you want more of a challenge, you just make them more difficult.

It’s also a great game for people who are just learning Japanese. There’s very little kanji in the game. Plus, it contains all the RPG staples. So as long as you’re familiar with RPG structure, katakana and hirigana, you’ll have no problem playing the game. In time, you’ll even learn to recognize different key words, actions, menu titles and items.

The story is a bit fluffy. It’s cute and endearing, but something most RPG players have seen before. I think that, for most players, the younger you are, the more you’ll get out of the Tomato Adventure storyline. That isn’t to say that it’s bad. It just possesses a lot of common themes and story elements that aren’t going to leave veterans shocked.

Tomato Adventure Box トマトアドベンチャー

A great RPG for beginners or people just learning Japanese.

While Tomato Adventure isn’t going to have the most sophisticated story, it is incredibly adorable and has a neat little system for attacking opponents. The language used is simple to understand, so young children and those just starting to learn Japanese could use this to practice their new language skills. Its also interesting to play it to see how an RPG for children handles issues like segregation, racism, discrimination and tyranny.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports reviews the soundtrack for Subarashiki Kono Sekai ~It’s a Wonderful World~, aka The World Ends with You.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week Hot Japanese Imports talked about the Tokyo Game Show.

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Final Fantasy XIII Slim PS3

September 25, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments

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Ryu Ga Gotoku 4 TGS 2009 Trailer

September 25, 2009 - 2:00 am No Comments

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