Archive for July, 2010

why do japanese wii games take so much time to be released worldwide?

July 30, 2010 - 2:43 pm 2 Comments
alien asked:

getikou ninja taisen ex, Fragile. this is the two games that im more interested in but there are some other good games in japan that wont ever be released worldwide- WHY. whats the difference? i don’t think it takes 3 years to translate a japanese video game.

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

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R4 emulator DS carts officially banned in UK

July 30, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

R4 emulator DS carts officially banned in UK

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Law-Politics, Handhelds, DS & DSi & DSi XL, Gear, Hardware

r4 ds cart photoNintendo is continuing is ground pound on bootleggers, this time with a win in court against the R4 emulator cartridge.

According to Brit pub Develop, “As of today the popular R4 cards – which are used by thousands in the UK to pirate DS games – are no longer legal to import, advertise and sell anywhere in the UK.” A British high court decided against defendant Playables Limited (UK-based toy company) and its owner, Wai Dat Chan, and determined that it is “illegal for the R4 card to circumvent Nintendo’s security systems in order to play content on the DS.”

The R4 cart (also known as “R4: The revolution for the DS” or the R4DS) is a DS-shaped cart that uses a micro-SD card and fits the DS cart slot. It utilizes software that runs downloaded applications on the DS handheld system, often promising the ability to play game ROMs. The R4 can cost anywhere from $5 to $25, depending on the site selling it and the bundle (many come with a Flash drive with pre-loaded software). The software and micro-SD memory card allows several applications – including games – to be stored on and launched from a single card. There are many clones of the original R4 design which often used the same name.

The R4 cart was banned from sale in Japan in February 2009 and retailers were recently convicted of illegally selling R4 cards in the Netherlands.

The only downside is that homebrew developers rely on the R4 to allow their games to be payed so this type of finding puts a major crimp in their distribution.

Read [Develop] Via [Industry Gamers] Read [R4 @ Gamertell]

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Japan Import: PS3 getting Tales of Graces F

July 30, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: PS3 getting Tales of Graces F

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, PS3, Wii, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 3D, Role-Playing

Tales of Graces Wii

The PS3 is quickly turning into Namco Bandai’s go-to system for enhanced ports. First, it got a port of the Xbox 360 game Tales of Vesperia with additional features like Flynn and Patty, mini-games, monsters and such. Now, the formerly Wii-exclusive Tales of Graces is headed to the PS3 as Tales of Graces F.

Aside from the fact that we know Tales of Graces F is on the way, we don’t know too much about what will change. Of course it will look better, since PS3 games look better than Wii games in general. Initial reports state that there will be some new special attacks and outfits. I’m guessing there’ll be new DLC too, and that the bugs that plagued the Wii release will all be fixed.

Ha! So there Namco Bandai! You may deny me a North American release of Tales of Graces for my Wii, but that doesn’t matter now. I don’t need you! The PS3 is region-free so I can import and enjoy Tales of Graces F when it comes out!

Read [Andriasang] Via [Joystiq] Site [Tales of Graces (Japanese)]

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Do you know of any Japanese learning games?

July 27, 2010 - 4:55 am 2 Comments
that one guy who likes math asked:

I heard of a MMORPG that teaches people chinese. Something like this would be great for japanese, it may exist but i havent heard of it. Im up for any games though, crosswords, matching, ect.

Also does anyone know of any videos, like mock anime shows that teach japanese?

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Playstation Emulator Hits Android Phones

July 26, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

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Street Fighter x Tekken Announced

July 26, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments


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Important Importables: Poupee Girl

July 24, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Poupee Girl

Section: Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Japanese Imports, PCs, Mac, Windows, Genres, Casual, Online, Game-Genres-Other, Web-Sites, Official-Sites

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Social networking sites around the world often have game-like aspects. Facebook is filled with all kinds of virtual games, and Gaia Online even developed a MMO (ZOMG) that runs alongside its popular forum and avatar dressup site.

Similar sites can also be found in Japan, and popular spot is Poupee Girl. Take your minds out of the gutter! It translates into “Doll Girl.” Poupee Girl has become such a phenomenon that it has even inspired its own video game, Poupee Girl DS, for users who want to have the same experience on their DS.

Let’s learn a little more about this fashion-forward look at social networking.

Poupee Girl

What is a Poupee Girl?

Poupee Girl is a social networking site that combines socializing with other users, showing off your real clothing, dressing up an avatar and virtual shopping in one place. It’s a fairly popular website, both in and out of Japan. There are over 500,000 accounts on the site, and thanks to the fact that you can access and play on the site in English, about a third of the players live outside of Japan.

The main allure is the virtual shopping. Players are rewarded with ribbons, in-game currency, by interacting on the site. Selling old virtual items, posting photos of your real-life wardrobe, commenting on other peoples’ items and dressing up every day earns players ribbons. These ribbons can be spent in the virtual Market, Katherine Shop or Amusement area to get more items. Players can also buy jewels with real money, which allow them to then shop in Celebrity Shops, which feature items inspired by real Japanese celebrities, the jewel section of the Katherine Shop or the jewel Piyo Catcher gacha machines. (Jewels can also be converted to ribbons.)

The idea is to give users a place to interact virtually with other fashion-minded people. Many events are held that coincide with real world occasions, for example there is a Summer Festival event running in the Katherine Shop at the moment, to coincide with the Japanese concert festival season. Also, Poupee Girl will collaborate with actual fashion labels and makeup companies to run promotions where virtual replicas of real items will be available for characters to buy. There was recently a Majolica Majorica makeup promotion, and Coach and Maybelline have run similar events on the site.

Poupee Girl Go Go Piyo Balloon

Dressing up and playing games

In essence, users who’ve registered with Poupee Girl are simply spending time playing dress up. Except, instead of paper dolls or Barbies, they’re using a virtual doll. A similar premise is used in the Kisekae Set System discussed previously in Hot Japanese Imports, except here users can constantly acquire new clothes and share their daily outfits with other users.

Poupee Girl also possesses one flash game, Go! Go! Piyo Balloon that users can play. For the cost of 30 ribbons, users can guide one of three little birds, called piyos, through the sky. Each piyo has different characteristics and speeds. Balloons are constantly appearing on screen, and popping one ends your flight. The higher you manage to fly, the better balloons you find. Plus, you have a better chance of obtaining more rare wardrobe items as you reach new heights. The key is to tap the screen to make sure the piyo is flying in the safest and clearest location.

There are also fashion contests. Usually once a week or so, a themed contest will be announced and players are able to dress up their avatar to enter. If a user makes it through all through rounds to the finals, and are picked as the winner (by popular vote), he/she will receive 1,000 ribbons to spend and a one-of-a-kind virtual item to use for dress ups.

Poupee Boutique

Poupee Girl on Facebook

Just last week, Poupee Girl expanded to Facebook with an online, browser-based game called Poupee Boutique. The app shares some commonalities with the Poupee Girl website and DS game, in that players can dress up their character each day for points. The main point of the game is to run your own shop, much like the character Katherine does on the website and in the DS game. In fact, Katherine is your very first “friend” in the game, and you can visit her shop to buy from her and collect points.

You buy shop displays, wallpaper, decorations and shop stock. Each type of clothing stock sells out in a certain amount of time, at which point you can return to collect experience and coins. You can also dust your decorations to make your shop more shiny and gain experience. As you level up, you unlock more clothing you can sell, more wallpapers and new displays and decorations.

If your friends also play Poupee Boutique, you can shop at their stores and vice versa. (You can only buy clothes that you’ve already unlocked in your shop though!) You may find the little bird piyo dropping off a coin for you when you visit, and you can suteki (like) their shop or buy from them to get more experience and expand your avatar’s wardrobe.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports reviews Arabians Lost DS.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week Hot Japanese Imports enjoyed the cuteness San X brings us.

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Japan Import: NIS working on Phantom Brave Portable PSP

July 22, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: NIS working on Phantom Brave Portable PSP

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, PS2, Wii, Handhelds, PSP & PSPgo, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, Role-Playing, Strategy

Phantom Brave Marona Ash

It sure has been a while since NIS put out a port. I mean really, it’s been a whole eight months since La Pucelle: Ragnarok, the PSP port of La Pucelle: Tactics came out! Oh wait, false alarm – Phantom Brave Portable‘s just been announced. It’ll hit Japan in October, 2010.

The latest issue of Japanese magazine Dengeki PlayStation announced Phantom Brave Portable a PSP port of the strategic RPG Phantom Brave. Initial reports confirm that it is a port of the Wii port, Phantom Brave: We Meet Again, which means it should contain the extra, alternate-world scenario. Also, it is rumored that Phantom Brave Portable will have cameo characters appearances from Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman, Prinny: Can I Be the Hero and Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome. Of course, you had to figure that last part – all NIS games have cameo appearance from characters from other NIS games. I wouldn’t be surprised if Asagi shows up too.

So far a US release hasn’t been announced, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Phantom Brave Portable showed up here sometime in 2011. NIS America brought the other two versions of Phantom Brave over. Then again, you never know. We’re still waiting for NIS America to announce La Pucelle: Ragnarok.

Good for Phantom Brave! I mean sure, it received a Wii port, but strategic RPGs are really welcomed and loved on the PSP. Hopefully it’ll get even more attention from this port, as it’s really a wonderful game. Now I have to wonder when Soul Nomad will get the PSP or Wii port it so rightfully deserved.

Read [AndriaSang] Also Read [Siliconera] Site [Nippon Ichi Software (Japanese)]

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Japan Import: Square Enix developing Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together for PSP (Updated)

July 22, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Square Enix developing Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together for PSP (Updated)

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, PS1, Consoles-Other, Handhelds, PSP & PSPgo, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, Role-Playing, Strategy

Tactics Ogre Let Us Cling Together SNESTactics Ogre is reborn. Literally – Square Enix is resurrecting Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together and reintroducing and revitalizing it as a PSP game called Tactics Ogre: The Wheel of Fortune. The news was announced to Japan (and the world) in this week’s Famitsu. Square Enix will also be bringing the title to North America under it’s original name, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together.

The original Tactics Ogre: Let us Cling Together was released on the SNES in Japan in 1995, but didn’t see a US release until the 1997 PlayStation remake was released in 1998 by Atlus. It takes place after all of the other Tactics Ogre games released in North America, and follows the journey and trials of Denim Powell, his sister Kachua and his friend Vice. Depending on the choices made throughout the game, the story would change and different characters could be allies or enemies.

Of course, this being a remake, there will be some substantial changes. You can have more characters in battle,  change your view of the battlefield, select new character classes and learn new skills for characters. The original art director, Hiroshi Minagawa, is returning, so it should still look familiar, even if it feels a bit different and the graphics are enhanced and revitalized.

Normally, I’d be all calling for a new game and not a remake, but I’m okay with Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. It has been so long since a Tactics Ogre game has been released, and a remake of one of the original games for a modern system seems like the best way to reintroduce a series that many people might not be familiar with. Especially since the original Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was difficult to find.

Editor’s Note: The story was updated at 10:36pm CST on July 21, 2010 after Square Enix announced the game for the US. A link to the US website was also added.

Read [Siliconera] Also Read [1Up] Site [Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together]

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how to suck at japanese games

July 21, 2010 - 4:35 pm No Comments
fallenlover95 asked:

god i suck at japanese games

japanese games

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