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Fans working on Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 1st Love Plus translation

January 31, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Fans working on Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 1st Love Plus translation

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Mods-Hacks, Handhelds, DS, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 2D, Sim, Web-Sites, Fan-Sites

Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 1st Love Plus English Fan TranslationThere’s good news for fans of otome games, dating sims for girls, that don’t speak Japanese. A group of devoted Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 1st Love Plus fans are working on an English, fan translation of the DS game. Since it seems like Konami will never release the Tokimeki Memorial games outside of Japan, this is fantastic news!

The Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 1st Love Plus fan translation is being worked on right now by translators named Jewel, Miruki and Elaine, with Jewel heading up most of the translation work on the project. It seems to be going quite well, as the official website already has some translated screenshots uploaded, like the one at the right, and has a Translation Progress that is constantly being updated with the project’s status.

There haven’t been any Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 1st Love Plus English patches released yet. However, Jewel did post at the GBAtemp forum stating that the beta test patch, Tokimemo1Test-20100123.patch, is currently being reviewed by beta testers.

I am so excited about this project. Yes, I already own Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 1st Love, and 2nd Kiss too, but there’d just be something special about playing the game in English and being able to completely understand everything. Thank you to Jewel, Miruki and Elaine for taking on this project, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Read [GBAtemp] Also Read [Gamertell] Site [TokimemoGS1 Translation]

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Mistwalker’s The Last Story is a Wii game

January 31, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Mistwalker’s The Last Story is a Wii game

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, Wii, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, Role-Playing, Web-Sites, Official-Sites

The Last StoryFor quite a while now, Mistwalker has been teasing and tempting fans with news about a new RPG it’s working on, and at Nintendo’s Q3 2009 investor meeting some solid details were finally revealed. Mistwalker has been hard at work on The Last Story a Wii RPG.

So far, we know that The Last Story is a Wii RPG that Mistwalker has been working on since Spring, 2009. Mistwalker’s head is Hironobu Sakaguchi, who created Final Fantasy, and the company has worked on the RPGs Blue Dragon (Xbox 360), Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360), Blue Dragon Plus (DS) and A.S.H.: Archaic Sealed Heat (DS). Nintendo also announced that there will be major announcements concerning The Last Story in March, 2010.

As Siliconera points out, Nintendo has already trademarked the title, The Last Story in both North America and Europe. Initially, there was speculation that the trademark was referring to the worldwide release of the Hotel Dusk sequel, Last Window: Mayonaka no Yakusoku. But after this announcement, it obviously refers to a possible worldwide release of The Last Story.

For now, might as well head to the newly opened The Last Story website. You can’t really do much there, aside from look at the logo and listen to some pretty background music. I’d say go take a peek anyways, the music is extraordinarily beautiful. I almost want to say that it sounds a bit Celtic.

Read [Destructoid] Also Read [Siliconera] Also Read [Andriasang] Site [The Last Story (Japanese)]

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Amazon sellling Japanese Classic Controller Pros at premium prices

January 31, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Amazon sellling Japanese Classic Controller Pros at premium prices

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, Wii, Gear, Controllers

Wii Classic Controller Pro WhiteUsually, if you want an import video game controller or peripheral, you head to a specialty store either online or near you. If you’re looking for a Classic Controller Pro though, that isn’t necessary. Amazon is now carrying both the black and white Japanese Classic Controller Pros for the Wii. When they’re in stock, they’re $34.99, and should work with any Wii regardless of region.

At the moment, the black, Japanese version of the Classic Controller Pro is out of stock at Amazon. You can buy it from other sellers, but Amazon itself doesn’t have any more. Amazon does still have the white Classic Controller Pro. It seems that it can take some time to acquire though, as instead of shipping immediately like most Amazon products, it takes between two and four weeks to ship.

Of course, it may be a better idea to wait for the North American versions of the Classic Controller Pros. They’ll be out around the same time as Monster Hunter Tri, at the end of March and beginning of April, 2010. They’ll only cost $19.99, so it may be worth it since you’ll save $15.

This is an interesting twist, as Amazon isn’t known for carrying import video game peripherals, games or accessories. Perhaps this is Amazon’s way of testing the waters in delivering import products overseas. After all, Amazon.co.jp doesn’t ship games to North America. What do you think readers? Do you think Amazon should start stocking more import games and game related accessories?

Read [GoNintendo] Via [Joystiq] Site [Amazon]

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Expect a new Pokemon DS game in 2010

January 31, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Expect a new Pokemon DS game in 2010

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, DS, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, Role-Playing

gamertell pokemon hematite by pjA new addition to the Pokemon family of games is looming on the horizon. No, I’m not talking about the forthcoming, worldwide release of Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver. And this isn’t about Pokemon Ranger: Path of Light, which’ll be out in Japan in March, 2010. There’s a whole new entry in the main Pokemon DS series in development, and it’ll make it’s Japanese debut in 2010.

Aside from the fact that it’s been announced, no solid information is available yet on the 2010 Pokemon release. All we know is Gpara reported that Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, announced that Nintendo and GameFreak are working on a new Pokemon game at the Q3 2009 investor meeting.

Iwata gave vague details, but did confirm that there would be new gameplay elements, new pokemon to catch and a new region/area to explore.

I guess Nintendo knows people are cutting back on major purchases, and is relying on a dependable series like Pokemon to keep up a steady stream of revenue. Practically every DS owner has owned, or at least tried, a Pokemon game.

Read [Gpara (Japanese)] Via [Siliconera] Also Read [IGN]

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Important Importables Review: Final Fantasy Vocal Collections Vol. 1: Pray

January 31, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Final Fantasy Vocal Collections Vol. 1: Pray

Section: Reviews, Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Japanese Imports, Gear, Audio

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Final Fantasy Vocal Collections Vol. 1 Pray

Title: Final Fantasy Vocal Collections Vol. 1: Pray
Artist: Risa Ohki
Price: $28.57 (CD Japan)
Release Date First run November 25, 1995, reprint October 1, 2004
Rating: 8/10
Pros: Risa Ohki has a fantastic voice, and sings beautifully in multiple languages. There are a nice selection of Nobuo Uematsu tracks from multiple Final Fantasy games represented. The arrangements are wonderful and unique takes on established songs.
Cons: The lyrics might not be what you expect. Some of the songs’ titles were changed. It’s out of print and can be hard to find.

There have been a number of Final Fantasy compilation albums, featuring music from multiple entries in the series on one album. One such album is Final Fantasy Vocal Collections Vol. 1: Pray, which takes established tracks from Final Fantasy IVI, offers a new arrangement, has a number of lyricists provide words and then has talented singer Risa Ohki provide the vocals.

Risa Ohki is especially impressive, as she manages to sing beautifully in multiple languages throughout Final Fantasy Vocal Collections Vol. 1: Pray. She sings in English on two tracks, Japanese on three tracks, Portuguese on two tracks and French on two tracks. In each, her tone and pronunciation is so perfect you’d think she’s fluent in each language. She’s a delight to listen to, and makes the album even more memorable.

Vocal renditions of popular Final Fantasy themes.

Final Fantasy Vocal Collections Vol. 1: Pray begins appropriately enough with “Prelude”, a haunting track with vocals but no lyrics that acted as the opening theme for the original Final Fantasy game. From there, the tracks jump around and are from a variety of different Final Fantasy games. It then proceeds to “The Promised Land”, which isn’t one of the best tracks on the disc, but does help set the stage for forthcoming tracks both with its music and lyrics.

The album does a wonderful job of presenting tracks that evoke different moods and emotions. “Mon Petit Chat,” “Esperança Do Amor” and “Au Palais De Verre” are very lighthearted and happy, lifting your spirits as you hear them. “Prelude” and “Once You Meet Her” are more ethereal pieces, that attempt to present a sense of wonder. “Não Chora Menina” are very low-key and relaxed endeavors. “Pray” and “Voyage” both are more epic endeavors, hinting and building towards something greater than the simple songs could be.

There is one issue though. Some of the tracks have lyrics that are a bit questionable. Not questionable, as in offensive, but questionable in that they sound awkward. Or sometimes downright silly. A good example is “The Promised Land”, with lyrics like:

“I’m glad to know now I am not the only one
I’ve got nice friends who share dreams with me
We’re so young, we’ve got some magic powers
We are nourishing like flowers.”

It sounds more like the lyrics to some cheap, animated kid’s show’s theme than lyrics to a Final Fantasy song. Thankfully, “The Promised Land” is the main offender on the album, and the other songs come across better. “Once You Meet Her” also has some awkward lyrics, but for some reason it seems easier to bear the offenses when listening to it.

Track Listing

  1. “Prelude” (Rendition of Final Fantasy‘s “Prelude”)
  2. “The Promised Land” (Rendition of Final Fantasy II‘s “Main Theme”)
  3. “Mon Petit Chat” (Rendition of Final Fantasy V‘s “Music Box”)
  4. “Wanderer of Time” (Rendition of Final Fantasy VI‘s “Terra/Tina’s Theme”)
  5. “Into the Light” (Rendition of Final Fantasy IV‘s “Theme of Love”)
  6. “Esperança Do Amor” (Rendition of Final Fantasy V‘s “Dear Friends”)
  7. “Voyage” (Rendition of Final Fantasy III‘s “Boundless Ocean”)
  8. “Au Palais de Verre” (Rendition of Final Fantasy‘s “Matoya’s Cavern”)
  9. “Once You Meet Her” (Rendition of Final Fantasy III‘s “Elia the Maiden of Water”)
  10. “Pray” (Rendition of Final Fantasy‘s “Pray”)
  11. “Não Chora Menina” (Rendition of Final Fantasy V‘s “Kid’s Run Through the City Corner”)

Something special for fans of the series’ music.

Final Fantasy Vocal Collections Vol. 1: Pray sometimes feels like more of an experimental work. It takes established and loved tracks from the early entries in the Final Fantasy series and offers listeners a new take and interpretation of those tracks. The result is a musical experience that is pleasant and unexpected. You may find yourself not even recognizing the tracks once you hear them, but loving them nonetheless. There are occasional issues with the lyrics, especially on “The Promised Land,” but aside from that it’s easy to get lost in the melodies created by Risa Ohki and the orchestra.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports reviews the Final Fantasy Vocal Collection Vol. 2: Love Will Grow CD.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week Hot Japanese Imports reviewed Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 for the PSP.

Read [Japanese Lifestyle] Also Read [Japan-Guide.com] Site [Play-Asia] Site [YesAsia] Site [NCSX] Site [Himeya Shop] Site [Strapya World]

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SELL 15 PS2 Japanese games

January 28, 2010 - 6:52 pm 3 Comments
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here i’m juste selling one part of my collection of japanese games Ntsc/J Ps2 80€ + port contact me by email or by message here -Greogry horror show -Extermination -Chaos legion -Vitrua fighter 4 Evolution -kunoichi -Tom raider -unison -The bouncer -Inagurashi -F1 Champion -Clock tower 3 -Yu Yu Hakusho forever -Siren(HK version) -Dragoon dragon -Romancing Saga

Translate Japanese games – Because you understand the language

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Wacky Xbox 360 Head TV Commercials Invade Japan

January 27, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments


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Monster Hunter Frontier Online – Xbox 360 Debut Trailer

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Dragon Quest VI DS Epic Japanese TV Commercial

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Sony’s free X-Radar Portable PSP program makes its Japanese debut

January 27, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Sony’s free X-Radar Portable PSP program makes its Japanese debut

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, PSP, Gear, Gear-Other, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, Educational, Game-Genres-Other

X-Radar Portable PSPJapanese PSP owners, or people with Japanese PlayStation Store accounts, can get X-Radar Portable, a really neat, free program, courtesy of Sony. As you can probably tell from the radar part of its name, it allows you to see where you are on maps with the help of PetaMap. It’s a good alternative for PSP owners living in Japan who want or need a GPS, but don’t want to actually pay for one.

The best part is, this program doesn’t require the PSP GPS peripheral, which North American and European PSP owners were promised at CES 2008. If you are lucky enough to have the GPS peripheral, you can use it with X-Radar Portable. If you don’t, you can just switch on the WLAN switch and use wireless hot spots to get maps of where you are so you can find out how to get where you want to go.

X-Radar Portable does have some extras that cost money, though you don’t need to pay for anything to enjoy and make good use of it. If you want more information and details, better maps are available for ¥500 (~$5.50). You can also play around with X-Radar Portable by keeping track of where you go, lighting up a map of Japan, improving your avatar Ghost and getting titles.

No word on whether or not X-Radar Portable will be released outside of Japan. I’m going to guess no, since we still haven’t seen the GPS peripheral. Come to think of it, North America never got the PSP camera peripheral either. I guess all the interesting extras are going to be Japanese and European exclusives.

Read [Andriasang] Via [Joystiq]

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