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Telling if a PS2 is compatible with Japanese games?

December 30, 2009 - 7:58 pm 1 Comment
C.J. asked:


I recently looked on ebay to find a copy of ‘Kingdom Hearts Final Mix’ and most of the results came with this note: Please be reminded that this game will only work on a PlayStation 2 that plays JAPANESE games.
I wanted to check to see if my ps2 supports Japanese games, but i don’t know how to check. A little help, please?

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J-List does away with V-Mate, extends buy-two-games-get-Snow Sakura-free offer

December 30, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

J-List does away with V-Mate, extends buy-two-games-get-Snow Sakura-free offer

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, PCs, Windows, Genres, Adult, Bishoujo, Hentai

snow sakura box artFor the next few days, Japanese import site J-List (aka J-Box for those younger than 18) has a buy-two-get-one-free offer.

From now until December 31, 2009, purchase any two games through the J-List website and you’ll automatically receive the adult dating sim game Snow Sakura (Windows, $29.95) free. If you’ve already purchased the game and buy two new games, you’ll receive a $15 store coupon instead. It appears the coupon will be good for any J-List or J-Box products.

Since the site offers both physical and digital download versions of games, the freebie will be delivered in the same format as your ordered games.

Fair notice: Snow Sakura is an adult dating sim game and the site sells many adult-themed items and games. You must be 18 to order and the site is also age gated.

J-List’s other recent newsy announcement will really only excite those who area already partaking in various G-Collections dating sim, aka bishojo, games.

Distributor JAST USA has announced that the V-Mate authorization system for downloaded products has been eliminated. From J-List:

“Previously, customers who purchased Internet Download Editions of our G-Collections games needed to install Virtual Mate activation software and have a live Internet connection when they wanted to play. With the release of the patches we’re posting today, Virtual Mate is no longer required (although it is still supported normally). Among other things, this means that anyone running 64-bit versions of Windows Vista or 7 may now purchase and play our games.”

Anyone who has installed V-Mate can download a patch for each game (have your game code ready) although some older games may not yet be patched.

Finally, the JAST USA site has been redesigned so check out the new look when you get a chance.

Site [JAST USA] Product Page [Snow Sakura]

EDITOR’S NOTE: J-List feature items not suitable for gamers under the age of 18. As such, we usually provide links to J-Box, which is suitable for gamers of all ages, but this game is not available through J-Box.

Image Source: JAST USA

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Weekly Famitsu Vol 1100

December 26, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments


Cover: Famitsu’s mascot rings in the New Year in a red jacket and bowtie

The January 14, 2010 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and events in the Japanese marketplace:

» Final Fantasy XIII is done and in the marketplace so Famitsu’s attentions turn to the next game in the series. Screenshots and details on Final Fantasy XIV start on page 25 and continue until page 35.
» Famitsu celebrates 1100 issues of the magazine by looking back at the people behind the magazine, major events, and memorable faces.
» A retrospective on game machines may be viewed on pages 131-141.
» PICK UP FOOD takes a look at reliable snacks such as Pocky and Kit Kat.
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Since 2009 is over, Famitsu looks back at each month and reprises the events, news, and happenings from January to December. 
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Every copy of Famitsu Vol. 1100 will ship with a bonus 82-page New Super Mario Bros Wii “Hi-Complete Bible” which contains comprehensive tips and tricks on playing every level of the game.

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Important Importables: Christmas in Japan

December 26, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Christmas in Japan

Section: Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Japanese Imports

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Persona 4 ChristmasChristmas isn’t a major, national holiday in Japan, like it is in other areas in the world. Nonetheless, the Japanese do celebrate it as a special day and have certain traditions they follow when it comes around every year.

Actually, if you’ve played Persona 3

or Persona 4, you may already have an idea of how some people in Japan spend Christmas. Both games have a somewhat accurate portrayal of what tends to happen on Christmas Eve in Japan.

There are two specific traditions that people carry out around this time of year, buying or making a Christmas cake and spending Christmas Eve either on a date or with friends.

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Christmas Cake

In Japan, on Christmas you have cake. Anyone familiar with Japanese anime, manga or dramas probably already knows this though. If you’ve played Persona 3 or 4, or even some of the Harvest Moon games, you’ve seen this tradition as well.

People either go to a store and purchase a cake from a bakery, or they make one themselves. There really isn’t a big difference, though sometimes couples will go for a homemade cake instead because it is more personal and meaningful.

The cake isn’t anything too special. It is typically some kind of sponge cake, usually white, with whipped cream or vanilla frosting. As a garnish, there will often be strawberries, some writing in icing or chocolate decorations.

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A day to spend with the one, or ones, you love

In North America, and other regions throughout the world, you typically spend Christmas with your family and New Years with your friends. It’s the reverse in Japan though, as Christmas is usually spent with friends or a significant other and New Years spent with family.

For most teenagers and adults, Christmas Eve is a day for a romantic date. People will arrange a date with the person they love most and go out together for dinner, or perhaps just spend the night alone at home together. However, families may spend Christmas Eve celebrating together instead, and children and some teenagers may spend Christmas Eve at a party or gathering with friends.

There is typically a gift exchange as well, but the main focus of the holiday in Japan is spending time with people, more importantly the person, you care about.

Merry Christmas from Gamertell and Hot Japanese Imports!

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports lists the 10 best DS import games of 2009.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week Hot Japanese Imports reviewed the Princess Maker Collection for Dreamcast.

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Man Marries Video Game Character

December 22, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

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Final Fantasy XIII Complete Translation, Play It Now

December 20, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

Did you know Final Fantasy XIII is out for the PS3? And did you also know it will play on your US PS3? Put that together with the insanely detailed translation below and you’ve got some importing to do!

So you can get it from Japan for $99 or save $10 and get an English manual from China for $89:

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Final Fantasy XIII
US$ 99.90

Play Asia
Final Fantasy XIII (Japanese languag…
US$ 89.90

And then once you’ve ordered it and received it you’ll be happy to know that FinalFantasy-XIII.net is translating everything in the game! And by everything I mean everything.

Menu Translation With Screens
Full Game Translation As They Play Through It With Screens!

Holy Crap.

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Famitsu Vol 1098/1099

December 20, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

The December 31, 2009 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and events in the Japanese marketplace:

» Famitsu’s reviewers give The Akuma Hunters – Exorsister for the PSP a respectable score of (7/6/6/6) and NDS Koro Pata earns (7/6/5/7).
» Final Fantasy XIII hogs up pages 44-74 with details on the world, characters, game system, battle system, and a look at the first chapter.
» Guidance for PSP Phantasy Star 2 Portable which includes maps, stats, and information on important features in the game world.
» Players who need help on New Super Mario Bros Wii are in luck this week thanks to Famitsu’s comprehensive game guide for World 7 and 8.
» This week’s Digital Entertainment Front section takes a gander at Cameron’s Avatar movie and some Avatar merchandise.
» Winter’s grip is upon us but that ain’t stopping PICK UP FOOD from checking out ice cream treats and specialty cones from Baskin Robbins.
» A preview for Fate Extra for PSP may be viewed on pages 292-293.

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Important importables Review: Princess Maker Collection for Dreamcast

December 20, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Princess Maker Collection for Dreamcast

Section: Reviews, Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Japanese Imports, Consoles, Consoles-Other, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 2D, Sim

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Princess Maker Collection

Title: Princess Maker Collection
Price: $30-50, if you can find it. Play-Asia has a preowned copy for $34.90
System(s): Dreamcast
Release Date: July 19, 2001
Publisher (Developer): GeneX (GeneX)
ESRB Rating: N/A
Pros: Contains Princess Maker 2 and 3, classic Princess Maker gameplay. Multiple endings and marriage prospects. Lots of different classes and jobs for the girl to take and participate in.
Cons: Graphics look really dated, especially for Princess Maker 2 – the PC version’s graphics were much better. Lots of text so if you’re not familiar with how the games are played and aren’t fluent, you may have trouble playing.
Overall Score: 8/10

As many people know, it’s very easy to play an import game on your Dreamcast. You just need to buy or make a boot disk and you’re all set. This means you’ll get access to a large number of games you normally wouldn’t get to play.

Princess Maker Collection is a good example of one of these games. It’s a compilation of two well known entries in the series, Princess Maker 2 and Princess Maker 3: Yumemiru Yousei. You just pop in the boot disk, pop it out, pop in the Princess Maker Collection disk and you’ll be able to play either game.

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Two classic Princess Maker games on one disc.

Since there are two games, it’s best to look at their stories separately, even though they’re very similar and are played the exact same way.

In Princess Maker 2, players are a war hero who’s been chosen by the gods, or if you will some weird ghostly figures in the sky, to raise a little girl. They’d prefer you make her into a princess, but would be satisfied with her living a good and happy life. You then raise her until she turns 18, and depending on what classes you had her attend, jobs you had her take and men you had her meet, you’ll see an ending sequence telling how she turned out.

Princess Maker 3: Yumemiru Yousei is pretty similar. In this case, you’re tasked with raising a fairy girl who’s been transformed into a human girl until she reaches the age of 18. Once again, depending on how you raise her, she’ll end up with a different ending with different possible jobs or husbands.

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Fun to play, but definitely shows its age.

If you’re buying Princess Maker Collection, it’s a safe bet you’re already familiar with, and perhaps even a fan of, the series. It’s everything you’d expect it to be. It includes both full games, ready to be enjoyed. It’s a fantastic deal. If you were buying the two games separately for other systems, you’d probably pay double what you’re paying for Princess Maker Collection.

Plus, the Princess Maker Collection contains Princess Maker 3. Princess Maker 2 is the best known entry in the series outside of Japan, because of the full, failed translation into English, its multiplatform availability and it’s distribution on the internet. But Princess Maker 3 was slightly more obscure, as it was only available in Japanese and on fewer platforms. (Princess Maker 2 was on eight, Princess Maker 3 was on five.

The only downside are the graphics. Princess Maker 3 isn’t too bad, but Princess Maker 2 really shows its age. It’s especially bad when you see the animations depicting the girl working or attending a class. It just doesn’t display properly, and looks shabby when compared to other Dreamcast games. It isn’t enough to seriously hamper gameplay though, and even though it doesn’t look perfect and crisp, you can still tell what’s going on.

Princess Maker Collection Princess Maker 3

A great addition to an import Dreamcast collection – if you can find it.

Princess Maker Collection is fantastic import Dreamcast game. Yes, there’s a lot of text, but for the most part you’re clicking through English menus or clicking icons to select classes and jobs, and just watching your imaginary daughters’ stats increase and decrease. Getting a certain ending is as easy as checking an online guide to make sure your parameters are right, and getting the right husband just requires you to see him at certain times throughout the game and meet certain parameter requirements. The graphics are definitely dated, but overall its a great deal for the money, especially if you already know you love the games.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports talks about Christmas in Japan.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week Hot Japanese Imports talked about Oekaki.

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Japanese games

December 18, 2009 - 8:25 pm No Comments
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Unique ways of japanese games

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Final Fantasy XIII Launch Day Photos

December 18, 2009 - 3:00 am No Comments

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