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Important Importables Review: Poupeegirl DS for DS

February 20, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Poupeegirl DS for DS

Section: Reviews, Exclusives, Originals, Features, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, DS, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 2D, Casual, Sim

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Title: Poupeegirl DS
Price: $58.90
System(s): DS
Release Date: December 17, 2009
Publisher (Developer): Alvion (Alvion)
ESRB Rating: N/A, Cero A for All Ages.
Pros: Very easy to play, especially if you’re familiar with the Poupeegirl site. Lots of clothing to collect. Contests to enter to win ribbons (currency) and items. Can earn passwords to unlock exclusive items at the Poupeegirl site. Lots of customization options and opportunities to get new clothing. There are also multiplayer contests, if you can find someone else with a DS and copy of the game.
Cons: Can be hard to click the right characters on the street, contests can be quite easy to win once you have at least 20% of all clothing types and some characters look scary.
Overall Score: 8/10

Poupeegirl isn’t known for being a DS game, it’s known for being a social networking and dress-up site. Users create avatars, which they then dress up in fashionable clothes. But the clothes and accessories aren’t free. You have to earn ribbons, or purchase jewels, to acquire them. To earn ribbons, players upload images of their own clothes and accessories to a closet. You then can earn more ribbons, and make friends, by commenting on other people’s closets. There are also social aspects, like a forum and contests.

Poupeegirl DS, also listed occasionally as Poupee Girl DS, tries to recreate the same atmosphere and feeling in a portable, single player game. It not only accomplishes this goal, but creates a smoother and more entertaining experience.

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Become a virtual style icon.

Poupeegirl DS begins with the player meeting Katherine, owner of the Katherine Shop and general mascot for both Poupeegirl DS and the official Poupeegirl site. You’ve just moved to town, and she helps you create and customize your character.

Once that’s done, you’re moved into your house. You dress up for the first time and hit the streets. Then, it’s up to you what you want to do. You can make friends with the other residents in town, getting a new clothing item as a gift each time you do so, accept mails from friends you’ve made to enter contests, run errands, answer questions and get more clothing, go shopping, sell clothes you don’t want anymore and enter contests. There’s a staggering number of clothing items to collect – I’ve been playing for a week and just collected 1,000 items, and all my item gauges state I’ve only collected about 40% of available items from each category.

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Lots of ribbons to earn, friends to make and clothing to collect.

Poupeegirl DS is primarily a dress-up and shopping game, and Alvion did a good job of creating it so you don’t get frustrated trying to earn enough ribbons, the game’s currency, to acquire new items. You get free clothing items and ribbons all the time. Dress up for the day? Ribbons! Played the game for seven days straight? Ribbons and an item! Won a contest? More ribbons and items! Talked to a stranger on the street? Ribbons! To make things even better, there are frequent sales at the main store, the Katherine Shop, which lets you pick up items at a substantial discount. So there’s no frustration, or having to wait too long to afford items.

This is especially good, since most of the starting clothing items stink. The colors aren’t too bad, but the items just aren’t fashionable. Users of the Poupeegirl website would probably recognize them as Shell Spring items, that it, random, usually low-quality and value, items you get for tossing shells collected from people’s profiles into the Shell Spring. They aren’t too horrible, but you’ll have trouble winning a lot of contests early on until you buy better items.

As for the contests, they are both good and bad. They’re good, because you get two clothing items and ribbons for winning. Even if you don’t win, you get a clothing item. They’re bad because, after a certain point, there’s no challenge. I found I could win almost any contest with any kinds of clothing, so long as I stuck to only two colors (for example, black and red, brown and white, pink and beige, etc…). Even if I didn’t keep the theme, like Street Casual or Mote, or suggested colors in mind, I’d win.

Another great aspect is the game and website connect, in a way. You can input codes found from the Poupeegirl site to get new clothing items in Poupeegirl DS. You also earn codes in the game for achieving certain milestones (getting X number of items, winning contests) that give you exclusive dress up items for your avatar at the website.

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Fans of the site will be pleased, as will anyone who enjoys dress up games.

Poupeegirl DS is a lot of fun. If you enjoyed playing dress-up as a child, or still do, it’s definitely the right game for you. You can play for three minutes or three hours and still not get bored. Plus, it’s very import friendly. Yes, there’s a lot of Japanese, but it’s mainly hirigana and katakana and almost all items are represented by a picture so you shouldn’t have too much trouble navigating and finding your way to success.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports reviews talks about Gundam games.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week Hot Japanese Imports talked about Valentine’s Day in Japan

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Win Ryo Hazuki On A Forklift!

February 18, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

“To celebrate the launch of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, we’ll be giving away 75 limited edition Ryo Hazuki figurines! The figurines are approximately 7 inches tall, and numbered on the base. This is a must-have for any SEGA or Shenmue fan.”


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PS3 DVR Torne arriving in Japan in March 2010

February 18, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

PS3 DVR Torne arriving in Japan in March 2010

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, PS3, Gear, Accessories, Gear-Other, Ads & Media, TV, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers

トルネ Torne PS3 PlayStation 3 DVRThe Torne, which is one of the most practical PS3 peripherals, is headed to Japan in March, 2010. Heard of it? No? It’s a shame, as it’s pretty much a tiny unit that attaches to your PS3 and TV and turns it into a DVR. The price isn’t too outrageous either, as it’s ¥9,980 ($111) for the Torne alone, and ¥42,800 ($474) if you purchase it in a bundle that also includes a 250gb PS3.

Here’s the Torne works. You plug it into the TV via cables and into a PS3 USB port. Then, you just set it to record, and it records the programs or movies to the PS3’s hard drive. It supposedly has an easy to use interface with channel listings, the ability to search what you’ve recorded or hoping to record using keywords and online functionality so you can check information on programs. As Siliconera points out, the Torne even helps the PS3 owner earn special Trophies.

It also works with the PSP. You can take programs recorded by the Torne and transfer recorded programs to a PSP’s memory stick so you can watch it on the go. It also supports the remote play feature, so you can watch programs from your PS3 hard drive on your PSP.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been burned by Sony before, but I doubt we’ll see the Torne in North America. Sony has a bad track record with peripherals, remember. North America still hasn’t gotten the PSP GPS or camera peripherals, even after Sony said at CES 2008 that the GPS peripheral would receive a US release. I think PS3 owners’ best bet is to wait until March, 2010, and find out if the Japanese Torne is compatible with PS3s, broadcasts and TVs from other regions. The PS3 part probably won’t be a problem, since PS3s are region-free.

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What are good Japanese PS2 games to buy?

February 16, 2010 - 6:06 pm 3 Comments
Tzadeck asked:

So, I’m thinking about buying a Japanese PS2, since I can speak Japanese pretty well and I live in Japan. Are there any noteworthy games that have been released in Japan but not elsewhere? Just looking for interesting things to buy.

Also, anyone have any recommendations for the myriad of Evangelion games? Are any of them good?

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Final Fantasy XIII US Xbox 360 TV Commercial

February 16, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Feels like we’ve entered the Twlight Zone!

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Important Importables: Valentine’s Day in Japan

February 14, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Valentine’s Day in Japan

Section: Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Japanese Imports, Consoles, PS1, PS2, Handhelds, DS, PSP, Genres, Sim

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Valentine’s Day is a day of love and affection in many places around the world. However, the holiday isn’t handled the same way in Japan as it is in the United States and many other countries. Instead, it’s part of a two-part celebration where women show their affection on one day, and men show their affection on a separate, later date.

If you’ve played video games, particularly dating sims like Tokimeki Memorial, watched anime or read manga, you probably already know this. Both the Tokimeki Memorial and Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side games provide fairly accurate reproductions of the affairs. The Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side games all even have mini-games where the main character creates chocolate to give to the guy she’s pursuing. And many anime or manga series that take place in school settings will often feature an episode or chapter devoted to the Valentine’s and White Day traditions.

To help readers better understand how Valentine’s Day, and the complimentary holiday White Day work in Japan, and celebrate Valentine’s Day itself, which is Sunday, Hot Japanese Imports is going to go over how people in Japan celebrate both holidays.

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Valentine’s Day

In Japan, Valentine’s Day falls on February 14 and is primarily about chocolate. But not chocolate for all, chocolate for men. The custom there is for women to present gifts to the men in their lives to show their love and appreciation. And it isn’t just for the man they love, but also for close male friends, family members and coworkers.

The preferred gift is almost always chocolate. For the most important gift, perhaps one for a boyfriend, crush or husband, a woman will get honmei chocolate that is somewhat special, perhaps even homemade. For chocolate that will go to other male associates, giri, they may go with store-bought candy. Sometimes gifts other than chocolate are given, but chocolate is the gift given most often.

If you’re wondering what that image to the right is all about, it’s a scene from Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 2nd Season. The game covers a three year period, and each year before Valentine’s Day, the player has the option to make chocolate as a gift for one of the dateable male characters. You are presented with a bowl of chocolate on the touch screen, and must follow the proper stirring instructions to make the perfect chocolate. You get three chances, so if you don’t get right the first time you don’t have to worry. Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 1st Love has the same mini-game, and I’m sure it will return in the forthcoming Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 3rd Story DS game.

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White Day

First, I admit the screenshot above has absolutely nothing to do with White Day. Frankly, I couldn’t find a Tokimeki Memorial screenshot that did. The screenshot above, from Tokimeki Memorial 4 amused me and I figured I’d use that instead.

Now that that’s out of the way, White Day is like Valentine’s Day, except men give return gifts, or gifts in general, and women receive them. White Day always falls on March 14, and started sometime in the 1960’s and 70’s.

When it comes to gifts, and who the gifts are being given to, White Day gets quite different. Where chocolate is the main gift on Valentine’s Day, White Day gifts can be pretty much anything. It could be flowers, candies, food, jewelry, accessories or any kind of special trinket. Also, most men giving White Day gifts tend to only give a present to one women, though sometimes they will also give gifts to more. Additionally, a man may also prepare some kind of small return gifts for for the women who took the time to give him a gift on Valentine’s Day.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports reviews Poupeegirl DS.

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What are some ways to play Japanese PS2 games?

February 13, 2010 - 8:42 pm 2 Comments
Viewtiful Bro asked:

I want to import some Japanese PS2 games, but I recently read that you can’t play them on an American PS3. So I was wondering should I buy a Japanese PS2 or an American PS2?

If I buy a Japanese PS2 do I have to buy a different set of cables for it and will it be okay?

Or if I buy an American PS2 then what do I have to do to it to make it play Japanese PS2 games?

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Zorua and Zoroark appearing in next Pokemon DS game and movie

February 12, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Zorua and Zoroark appearing in next Pokemon DS game and movie

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, DS, Ads & Media, Movies, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 2D, Role-Playing

Pokemon DS 5th Generation ZoruaWe don’t know too much about the newest DS Pokemon game, but thanks to the latest issue of Coro Coro, a Japanese manga magazine, we do know Zorua and Zoroark will be in it. Who are Zorua and Zoroark? What is really more appropriate, since they’re two new pokemon.

Zorua is a dark-type, monster fox pokemon. It’s the cute little guy in the picture at the right, which is a scan from Coro Coro. It eventually evolves into Zoroark, which is a bipedal, were-wolf/fox looking creature.

Coro Coro also announced that Zoroark will be making an appearance in the next Pokemon movie. The movie’s even going to be named after him! Pokemon: Phantom Ruler Zoroark is the 13th Pokemon movie, and before the Zoroark reveal was just being referred to as Pokemon: Phantom Ruler Z. If you happen to be in Japan in July, you can catch it in theaters on July 10, 2010.

Could Zorua end up becoming the dark-type starter pokemon we’ve all been waiting for? Okay, that I’ve been waiting for? Let’s hope so!

Could Zorua end up becoming the dark-type starter pokemon we’ve all been waiting for? Okay, that I’ve been waiting for? Let’s hope so!

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What’s the difference between Asian version and Japanese version XBOX 360 games?

February 10, 2010 - 10:30 am 3 Comments
Mustang asked:

I got a Korean XBOX 360 console; DVD Region 3. Can I play both Asian and Japanese game versions?

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

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My Japanese Import Games! (Part 2 of 2)

February 9, 2010 - 7:41 am 20 Comments
NaruNaruNaruto asked:

note: I apologize for my odd voice in the video. I was trying not to talk to loud, and I was kind of nervous. This is my first serious speaking role on Youtube! Anyway, I will sound better next time. Also, that odd green “blob” on the floor at the beginning is a piece of gum that my brother left on my floor in a wrapper this morning. I have to clean it up now…. :( Thanks for watching! … Japanese Games Gamecube PS2 PS1 Playstation PSP Nintendo Naruto Gashbell Zatch Pokemon Shaman King …

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