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How can I know if my DS play japanese games?

November 29, 2009 - 4:18 am 3 Comments
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Im trying to buy a game for my Ds but i dont know if it can play Japanese games, How can i tell if it does?

The way imports are made to be played – Rocket Japanese!

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Important Importables: 2009 DS import game gift guide

November 28, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: 2009 DS import game gift guide

Section: Exclusives, Originals, Features, Gift Guide, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, DS, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 2D, 3D, Action, Adventure, Horror & Suspense, Role-Playing, Sim, Strategy

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Pokemon Heart Gold ポケットモンスター ハートゴールド 特典 オリジナルフィギュア「ホウオウ」付きChristmas and Hanukkah are fast approaching, and with them the holiday shopping season. An import video game can be a great gift, as it could be something people normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to play and enjoy. There’ve been a lot of great DS releases in Japan in 2009, and today Gamertell’s recommending 10 that could make fantastic gifts.

To help make shopping easier, I’ve visited the online stores I’ve mentioned in Hot Japanese Imports and bought from before, checking the prices on the following recommended games. I’ve used that to create a general price range, giving the lowest and highest prices, so you have a better idea of what you may have to pay for the recommended games. (It also serves as a helpful reminder to comparison shop before making a video game purchase at JBox. $75 for Love Plus?)

Arabians Lost DS
Price Range: $58.90 (Play-Asia) – $60 (Himeya Shop)
Genre: RPG / Dating Sim
Release Date: September 10, 2009
Publisher: Prototype
Cero Rating: Cero B (12+)
Description: You play as a princess whose country is populated with thieves, assassins, cheats, gamblers and all sorts of other undesireable people. You’ve just learned your parents want to arrange a marriage for you. But, if you can raise $10,000,000 in a month, you can get out of it. Befriend dubious men, take missions, dungeon crawl and gamble to try and reach your quota.

光の4戦士 -ファイナルファンタジー外伝 Hikari no 4 Senshi Final Fantasy GaidenHikari no 4 Senshi: Final Fantasy Gaiden
Price Range: $59.90 (Play-Asia) – $65 (Himeya Shop)
Genre: RPG
Release Date: October 29, 2009
Publisher: Square Enix
Cero Rating: Cero A (All Ages)
Description: A Square Enix Final Fantasy RPG that is supposed to be more “new player” friendly. It features touch screen controls, a massive job system that revolves around wearing hats to gain new skills and four new characters dubbed the Warriors of Light that are off to save their world. While it’s all in Japanese, if you’re familiar with the Final Fantasy series you should have no trouble finding your way through.

Game Center CX Arino no Chousenjou 2
Price Range: $29.90 (Play-Asia) – $44.99 (YESASIA)
Genre:
Release Date: February 26, 2009
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Cero Rating: Cero A (All Ages)
Description: The sequel to the first Game Center CX, which XSEED translated and localized as Retro Game Challenge. Once again, it’s a collection of retro games that never really existed, and you must overcome challenges to win and find your way home. This entry has even more hidden extras and, since Retro Game Challenge wasn’t a huge success, importing the sequel will probably be the only way to ever play it.

ラブプラス Love PlusLove Plus
Price Range: $63 (Himeya Shop) – $75 (JBox)
Genre: Dating Sim
Release Date: September 3, 2009
Publisher: Konami
Cero Rating: Cero C (15+)
Description: This game has probably become the most talked about DS game of 2009. It’s designed to be a real-time dating simulation. There are three girls to choose from, and you play it day by day, hopefully making one your girlfriend, and eventually even your wife.

Nanashi no Game Me
Price Range: $48.90 (Play-Asia) – $56 (Himeya Shop
Genre: Horror / Action
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Publisher: Square Enix
Cero Rating: Cero C (15+)
Description: The sequel to Nanashi no Game, this time there’s both a cursed RPG and a cursed platformer. Once again, you must solve the mystery of the games before you succumb to the curse and die. By the way, there are ghosts and such after you as well.

おかえり! ちびロボ! ハッピーリッチー大そうじ! Okaeri Chibi Robo Happy Rich OosoujiOkaeri Chibi Robo Happy Rich Oosouji
Price Range: $48.90 (Play-Asia)
Genre: Action
Release Date: July 22, 2009
Publisher: Nintendo
Cero Rating: Cero A (All Ages)
Description: The second DS Chibi Robo game, this entry is more similar to the GameCube Chibi Robo entry than the Walmart exclusive Chibi Robo: Park Patrol. You help a family around their house, mainly by doing household chores. (Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, the Chibi Robo games are cult classics.)

Pokemon Soul Silver/Heart Gold
Price Range: $53 (Himeya Shop) – $59.90 (Play-Asia)
Genre: RPG
Release Date: September 12, 2009
Publisher: Nintendo
Cero Rating: Cero A (All Ages)
Description: The DS remake of the Pokemon Silver and Gold games, that come with nifty little pedometers shaped like pokeballs. Honestly, it’ll probably be out in English in North America by the end of 2010, but if you can’t wait, then import them from Japan so you, or the person you’re buying the game for, can get a jump on their pokemon collecting.

サガ2 秘宝伝説 ゴッデス オブ デスティニー SaGa 2 Hihou Densetsu Goddess of DestinySaGa 2 Hihou Densetsu Goddess of Destiny
Price Range: $54.90 (Play-Asia) – $65 (Himeya Shop)
Genre: RPG
Release Date: September 17, 2009
Publisher: Square Enix
Cero Rating: Cero A (All Ages)
Description: This is a remake of the old Game Boy game Final Fantasy Legends 2. While it got branded with the Final Fantasy label outside of Japan, it was really an entry in the SaGa series. Square Enix remade it this year with 3D graphics and additional content for the DS. It looks really spiffy, and if you loved the original game you shouldn’t have too much trouble making it through the remake. No word on a US release still, so this may end up being the only way to play it.

Umihara Kawase Jun Second Edition Kanzenban
Price Range: $52.90 (Play-Asia) – $56 (Himeya Shop)
Genre: Platformer
Release Date: October 29, 2009
Publisher: Genterprise
Cero Rating: Cero A (All Ages)
Description: This is an otherworldly, rope physics platformer starring a girl named Umihara Kawase, who possesses a grappling hook and a backpack that can digest incredibly huge marine life. It’s never been released outside of Japan, although for a while Natsume was planning to release the PSP version overseas as Yumi’s Odd Odyssey. That never happened. So this could be your only chance to play it. It contain ports of the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo and PlayStation versions of the games.

Vampire Knight DS Vampire Kishi DSVampire Knight DS
Price Range: $60 (Himeya Shop) – $64.90 (Play-Asia)
Genre: Dating Sim
Release Date: January 29, 2009
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Cero Rating: Cero B (12+)
Description: It’s essentially a life and dating simulation based on the insanely popular manga and anime series Vampire Knight. Players get to be Yuki Cross and experience little original vignettes at the academy. There are lots of cute and funny mini-games to play and seven possible men to get an ending with.

If you have a friend looking for a Japanese DSi, or are looking to get one yourself for all those eventually Japanese DSi exclusive games and DSiWare, the DSi LL system comes out November 21, 2009 in Japan. Let’s look at what you’ll have to pay if you order one through an online store:

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports recommends import PSP games in its second 2009 gift guide.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last weekHot Japanese Imports reviewed the DC-IE Import Enabler for the Dreamcast.

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DSi LL had a better debut in Japan than the PSPgo

November 26, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

DSi LL had a better debut in Japan than the PSPgo

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, DS, PSP, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers

ニンテンドー Nintendo DSi LLIt looks like Nintendo just can’t lose. Famitsu reported Enterbrain’s DSi LL sales figures for its first two days in stores today. 103,524 DSi LLs were sold between November 21-22, 2009, the systems first two days in Japan. In case you’re scratching your head, the DSi XL is billed as the DSi LL in Japan.

As Andriasang points out, the DSi LL launch wasn’t as impressive as the DSi launch. 170,770 DSis were sold in its first two days on sale in Japan. So the DSi was almost twice as popular. Still, 103,524 units is a pretty respectable number.

As you may recall, Enterbrain reported that 28,725 PSPgos were sold the day the system launched in Japan (November 1, 2009). Even if you decide to be generous and double that in hopes that it sold around 57,000 units in its first two days, that still can’t compare to the DSi LLs first two days on the market.

I guess this means that some gamers really are willing to haul around a larger portable gaming system if it means bigger screens. I’ve gotta admit, I do like the larger, pen-style stylus it comes with. And the wine red color is quite attractive.

Read [Famitsu (Japanese)] Via [Andriasang] Also Read [Gamertell]

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Pandemic Says Goodbye

November 24, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

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Japanese Import: Cave’s Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 makes its debut

November 24, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

Japanese Import: Cave’s Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 makes its debut

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, Xbox-360, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 2D, Shooter

虫姫さまふたり Ver 1.5 Mushihime Futari Ver 1.5Good news importers, Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 comes out November 26, 2009. The Xbox 360 game Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 is not only Cave’s latest bullet hell shoot ‘em up and sequel to Mushihime-sama, it’s also region-free. That means that you can play it, no matter what region your Xbox 360 is.

It’s also notable for another important reason. As Cave told Kotaku, the company made Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 region-free to test the waters, so to speak. If there’s a large import response to the game, then it could mean more Cave region-free games and North American versions of previous Cave shooters like Espgaluda II or Death Smiles. Siliconera helpfully pointed out that the menus are in English, which makes importing even easier.

The Xbox 360 version includes the 1.5 version of Mushihimesama Futari, as well as all previous versions. The game follows the story of the search for a lost prince named Aki, who went into Reco’s forest to stop monstrous insects from preying on his people. Aki never returned, and now his brother Palm goes to find out what happened.

Aside from the standard $68 version of the game, there was also a slightly more expensive limited edition version that came with an Xbox 360 faceplate and a comemorative phone card. But good luck finding one of those. They’re sold out practically everywhere. If you have the extra cash though, the Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 Hori arcade stick is still available at online stores for around $159.

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Man marries Love Plus DS game

November 24, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

Man marries Love Plus DS game

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, DS, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 3D, Sim

Love Plus DSMaybe those Japanese dating simulation games are dangerous after all. Konami’s Love Plus DS dating sim has seen unprecidented popularity and creepy devotion since it launched, and it’s only getting worse. An unidentified man has married his copy of the game.

On November 22, 2009, a man went to Guam. Once he arrived, he married Nene Anegasaki, one of the three possible virtual girlfriend characters in Love Plus. Since then, the man has announced a wedding reception in Japan, no word yet on when that will take place, and NicoNico Douga showed the video of the wedding ceremony.

I know, I’m thinking “publicity stunt” too. But part of me is shuddering and thinking this whole affair is real. After all, some people bought multiple copies of Love Plus to get all the preorder items, and others take their DS and Love Plus girlfriends on real dates.

Love Plus is a dating simulation released by Konami on September 3, 2009. It’s rated Cero C, for ages 15 and older. It is unique as it is a real-time dating simulation, meaning that each day something different can happen. There are only three chaseable girls, Nene, Rinko Kobayakawa and Manaka Takane. If you play every day, the girl you decide to go after will eventually become your girlfriend.

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Japanese Import: Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 3rd Story for Nintendo DS

November 24, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

Japanese Import: Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 3rd Story for Nintendo DS

Section: Gaming News, Exclusives, Originals, Features, Japanese Imports, Previews, Handhelds, DS, Genres, Bishoujo, Hentai, Sim

konami nintendo ds tokimeki memorial girl's side 3rd storyThe January 2010 issue of Japanese gaming magazine B’s Log is sure to bring big smiles to fans of Konami’s popular dating simulation game Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side (TMGS).

Gracing the cover of this month’s current issue was one of the new characters coupled with the official title of the new addition scheduled for a tentative 2010 release on the Nintendo DS.

Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 3rd Story takes place seven years after the events of the first TMGS game at Habataki Gakuen. This new chapter in the series promises new locations, gameplay, delectable date-ables (of course) and even a new main character sporting a new hairstyle and school uniform. The main character will still have a sidekick who serves as a barometer for your crushes’ affection as well as important statistics, but no additional details have been released yet.

So far, only 3 character have been introduced: Ruka Sakurai, Arashi Fujiyama, and Tamao Konno.

Here are some stats and a short description for each of these fine young men:

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Ruka Sakurai

  • Birthdate: July 7
  • Astrological Sign: Cancer
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 178cm
  • Weight: 64kg

A first year high school student at Habataki Gakuen, he has a friendly atmosphere which has won him popularity among the girls of the school. However, sometimes, he’s also capable of having a sharp tongue. He often seems aloof and sometimes wears an expression of loneliness.

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Arashi Fujiyama

  • Birthdate: September 8
  • Astrological Sign: Virgo
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 177cm
  • Weight: 70kg

Arashi is a first year student at Habataki Gakuen and described as an honest and good young Japanese who whenever he has free time, can be found practicing Judo. When you speak with him, you can’t help but feel fresh and lively.

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Tamao Konno

  • Birthdate: January 19
  • Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 181cm
  • Weight: 65kg

Tamao is the younger brother of Tamami Konno (one of the main character’s rivals/friends from the first TMGS), and is the bookworm of the bunch. Unlike the main character, he’s a second year high school student and is also the student council president. He’s described as a reliable person who’s peaceful smile rarely ever fades.

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GTA IV Ragdoll Baywatch Edition

November 22, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

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Important Importables Review: DC-IE Import Enabler for Dreamcast

November 22, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: DC-IE Import Enabler for Dreamcast

Section: Reviews, Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Japanese Imports, Consoles, Consoles-Other, Gear, Accessories

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DC-IE Import Enabler for Dreamcast Boot Disk

Title: DC-IE Import Enabler for Dreamcast
Price: $19.99
Rating: 10/10
Manufacturer: Two Thumbs Technologies
Pros: Well made. Includes list of import Dreamcast games. Works.
Cons: Box is DVD size, not CD size like other Dreamcast games. Hard to find.
Overall: If you don’t want to, or can’t, make your own boot disk, it is a great alternative. No website.

Moments after purchasing my Dreamcast at Goodwill, I began plotting which games I would import first. The Dreamcast had an adequate number of games released in North America, but there were more Japanese and European releases that were begging to be played.

Unfortunately, none of the boot disk programs seemed to work for me. I purchased 700mb, CD-Rs, tried burning a Utopia disk but found it was a futile endeavor. Even though my Dreamcast was one of the kinds that could read boot disks, I couldn’t get ones I made to work.

Thankfully, I happened upon the Dreamcast DC-IE Import Enabler at a local game store. $19.99 later, I was the proud owner of an unofficial boot disk that would hopefully work.

An orange and white disk in an oversized orange and white box.

The DC-IE packaging is very clear and straightforward. It proclaims that the user can turn a U.S. Dreamcast to a region-free console with the single disk. The back of the case offers a partial list of import games that could be played, and the inside cover provides an even longer list of games that you can play now that you own the disk. It’s pretty comprehensive, mentioning obscure titles like Dancing Blade, Sakura Kinamoto Haagumi Mail and Sentimental Graffiti 2. Surprisingly, it doesn’t mention Shenmue 2.

The insert on the left side provides clear instructions. Put the DC-IE when the system is off, turn the system on, remove the disk when the onscreen instructions say to do so, insert the game you want to play and finally press start. The only downside is the molding that holds the CD in place makes it difficult to read the line of instructions that says to remove the DC-IE and replace it with the game you wish to play, but since those instructions appear on the screen when you have it in your Dreamcast, it isn’t a big issue.

The only downside to the packaging is the size. While normal Dreamcast games are in cases that are the same size as a standard CD case, the DC-IE comes in case the size of a DVD box. It’s awkward when it comes to storage.

DC-IE Import Enabler for Dreamcast Boot Disk

Pop it in, pop it out, pop in the import game.

I had three Japanese Dreamcast games to test with the DC-IE, Samba de Amigo, Princess Maker Collection and For Symphony: With All One’s Heart. I reasoned that if it worked three times with these three Japanese games, then I would know for sure if the DC-IE was a good product. The copies of Samba de Amigo and Princess Maker Collection were used, and the copy of For Symphony was new.

I decided to try Samba de Amigo first, since I had bought it from a game store and seen that it had worked on the system there. I popped in the DC-IE, and after a moment the DC-IE screen popped, stating that the DC-IE disk was in my Dreamcast and that I should pop it out and replace it with the import game. I did so and pressed start. Samba de Amigo immediately booted up and I had no trouble playing.

I did the same thing for both Princess Maker Collection and For Symphony. My Dreamcast had no problem booting the games, as long as I first used the DC-IE.

A great way to expand your Dreamcast’s horizon’s – provided you can find it.

The Dreamcast DC-IE Import Enabler is just a great product. It does exactly what it promises, and allows your Dreamcast to play games from other regions without any fuss or invasive system modding. The packaging may be a bit large and it can be difficult to find, but other than that it’s definitely worth picking up. Especially if you’ve had problems trying to burn your own boot disk.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports recommends import DS games in its first 2009 gift guide.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last weekHot Japanese Imports provided an overview of the Shin Megami Tensei series.

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Near complete Nintendo 64 game collection

November 21, 2009 - 12:08 pm 25 Comments
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them. For example the two different european versions of Carmageddon 64 and Turok, which have swapped enemy graphics. I’ve also collected all versions for boxed editions, meaning even though they are released as english language games here, I’ve also collected japanese boxed sets (they include an Expansion Pak) of DK64, Perfect Dark and Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Same for games bundled with Rumble Paks and Transfer Paks. So, why Nintendo 64? I really like the system, and I think modern games owe …

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