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Japan Import: Taiko Drum Master Wii: Everyone’s Party 3 has lots of cameos

November 23, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Taiko Drum Master Wii: Everyone’s Party 3 has lots of cameos

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, Wii, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 2D, Music, Party

Taiko Drum Master Wii 3 Everyone's Party New Super Mario Bros Wii 太鼓の達人Wii みんなでパーティ☆3代目!

Taiko Drum Master Wii: Everyone’s Party 3, the latest Taiko Drum Master (Taiko no Tatsujin) game, is going to have a lot of famous faces appearing in it. The famous anthropomorphic drum characters Don and Katsu will be joined by Idolm@ster, Monster Hunter and even Super Mario characters.

Said characters won’t be playable though. In all Taiko Drum Master games, there are always little character dancing underneath the drum portion that tells players what kind of notes to play. The cameo characters will appear in that spot when certain songs are played. For example, the Super Mario characters shown above will appear whenever someone plays the “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” theme song in Taiko Drum Master Wii 3. The chibi-fied felynes from Monster Hunter Diary (PSP) will dance around when the “Monster Hunter Medley” is played and Idolm@ster idols show up to perform when you play “Over Master.”

The tracklist for Taiko Drum Master Wii 3 is going to have around 70 songs, with a Miku Hatsune song included, as well as themes from the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, Naruto Shippuden and One Piece animes. Namco Bandai hasn’t revealed if those tracks will have Vocaloids, pokemon, ninjas or pirates dancing around though.

So far, it looks like Taiko Drum Master Wii 3 will be yet another Japan-exclusive game. This one is designed to be the biggest yet, with the aforementioned huge track listing, ability to have four people playing at once and seven rhythm-based mini-games. If you own a Japanese Wii, you can import it after it comes out on December 2, 2010.

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Important Importables: 2010 console import gift guide

November 21, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: 2010 console import gift guide

Section: Gaming News, Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Gift Guide, Japanese Imports, Consoles, PS3, Wii, Xbox-360, Genres, 2D, 3D, Action, Adventure, Fighting, Shooter, Racing, Role-Playing, Sim

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The Hot Japanese Imports gift guide deluge of 2010 continues! This week, I’ve put together a selection of nine import console games that could make great gifts this year. There are three PS3, three Xbox 360 and three Wii games listed below. Perhaps one could be a nice surprise for someone you love.

Now remember – only PS3 games are region-free. If the person you’re shopping for bought their Wii in the US, don’t buy them a game on this list. They won’t be able to play them. Also, double check before buying any of the Xbox 360 games on this list, as some are region-free and some are region-locked.

Dream C Club Xbox 360 ドリームクラブDream C Club Platinum Collection
Price? Around $35
System? Xbox 360
Genre? Dating Sim
Import-Friendly? Nope. It’s region-locked so it only plays on Japanese Xbox 360s. Also, it’s text heavy.
Summary? This is a dating simulation where you have one year to visit a hostess club and try to win the heart of one of the hostesses by talking to her and playing mini-games together.

Espgaluda II Black Label
Price? Around $75
System? Xbox 360
Genre? Shoot’em Up
Import-Friendly? Yes. It’s region-free and you don’t really need to read to shoot enemies out of the sky.
Summary? A vertical shoot’em up with awesome character designs and backgrounds, multiple gameplay modes and three characters to choose from.

Hakuoki: Junsouroku
Price? Around $77
System? PS3
Genre? Visual Novel / Girl’s Dating Sim (otome)
Import-Friendly? No. There’s LOTS of text.
Summary? This is a dating sim for women set in the Bakumatsu period and starring members of the Shinsengumi as chasable bachelors. The PS3 release includes a port of the original PS2 games Hakuoki and the sequel/fan disc Hakuoki: Zuisouroku. In it the Shinsengumi have been cursed and players step into the shoes of Chizuru, a daughter of a doctor who is searching for a cure for them.

Initial D Extreme Stage (Best Version)
Price? Around $45
System? PS3
Genre? Racing
Import-Friendly? Yup. There’s some text and event scenes from the Initial D series, but it’s mostly about racing.
Summary? If you’re tired of waiting for Gran Turismo 5, pick this up instead. It’s cheaper and already available. It has over 20 cars, over 25 drivers and eight race courses from the series. Unfortunately, you can’t download additional DLC content unless you have a Japanese PSN account.

Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5
Price? Around $75
System? Xbox 360
Genre? Shoot’em Up
Import-Friendly? Yup. It’s region-free and doesn’t require really any reading skills.
Summary? A shoot’em up where you head into a forest to shoot down lots of giant beetles and search for a missing prince. You can go through as either the younger prince Palm or the forest goddess Reco.

Tales of Graces
Price? Around $75
System? Wii
Genre? RPG
Import-Friendly? Nope. It’s an RPG, which means there’s lots of text. Plus, it only plays on Japanese Wiis.
Summary? This follows the adventures of Asbel, son of the lord of the city of Lhant. He decided to become a knight after his friend Sophie supposedly and mysteriously died, but abandons his dream and steps up to be Lhant’s lord after his father died. But is Sophie really dead?

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Price? Around $65
System? PS3
Genre? RPG
Import-Friendly? Yes and no. Yes, because its region-free and will play on any PS3. No, because it’s a text-heavy RPG.
Summary? See what I wrote for Tales of Graces Wii? Put all that here, only add improved since this new version, which comes out December 2, has an additional character, more costumes, more skills and an Accel battle mode.

Twinkle Queen
Price? Around $65
System? Wii
Genre? Fighting
Import-Friendly? No – it isn’t region-free and will only play on Japanese Wiis. If you have a Japanese Wii, then yes. It’s a fighting game so there’s little text.
Summary? This is a fighting game for 1-4 people starring famous female characters from multiple adult dating simulations. For example, there are characters from Shukufuku no Campanella and Shin Koihime Musou. It is an all-ages game, despite the adult-game character cameos.

Xenoblade
Price? Around $68
System? Wii
Genre? Action RPG
Import-Friendly? Nope. It’s an RPG and a region-locked, Japanese Wii game.
Summary? A steampunk-RPG where humans are fighting against strange machine soldiers, trying to survive. Players start the adventure helping Shulk get revenge on the people who destroyed his hometown.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports suggests some Japanese novelties you may want to give as gifts.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week provided a 2010 import PSP game gift guide.

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Japan Import: Get Idolm@ster 2 on February 24, 2010

November 19, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Get Idolm@ster 2 on February 24, 2010

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, Xbox-360, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 3D, Music, Sim

Idolmaster 2 Idolm@ster 2 Xbox 360 Little Match Girl

Idolm@ster fans won’t have to wait too long after the new year starts before they can start making singers famous. Namco Bandai has announced that the Idolm@ster 2 Xbox 360 game will be released on February 24, 2010. I hope you have a spare ¥8,800 (~$105), because that’s what one copy will cost. Keep in mind, that’s the price for a standard edition copy, and not some super-secret-deluxe edition.

If it makes you feel any better, the launch copies of Idolm@ster 2 will come with some extra goodies. The box will be sparkly, you’ll get a 765 ID card, four idol pictures and a voucher to download the song “Little Match Girl” for the idols to sing. That should take the sting out of paying so much!

This Japanese PV for Idolm@ster 2 should give you some idea of what to expect.

The game’s full track listing has not been leaked yet. Three songs have been revealed in commercials for the game though. “The World is All One” appeared in the trailer you just watched, “Smoky Thrill” appeared in another and the three Idolm@ster 2 guys appeared in another trailer singing “Alice or Guilty.” I’m sure tracks from the original Idolm@ster, and perhaps even Idolm@ster SP, will appear.

I wouldn’t advise placing an Idolm@ster 2 order yet. Well, if you own a Japanese Xbox 360 you can. But if you own a North American or European system, hold off. We don’t know yet if Idolm@ster 2 will be region-locked or not. Some import Xbox 360 games are region-locked and others are region-free. Both of the previous Idolm@ster Xbox 360 games were region-locked. Yes, it may mean you’ll miss out on getting the launch copy extras, but it also means you won’t get stuck owning a game you can’t play.

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PlayStation Store Update: MAGnificent bonus contents this week (November 2 to November 9, 2010)

November 17, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

PlayStation Store Update: MAGnificent bonus contents this week (November 2 to November 9, 2010)

Section: Features, Columns, Japanese Imports, Lists, Nostalgia, Previews, Consoles, PS3, Handhelds, PSP & PSPgo, Gear, Clothing, Gear-Other, Ads & Media, Web, Advertisements, Other Media, Updates, Playstation-Store

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This week’s downloadable PlayStation 3 game is actually special bonus content and one bonus pack price drop for the game MAG. The first is the MAG Interdiction Add-on Pack which has just been reduced from $9.99 to its new permanent price of $4.99. Interdiction features new armor, medals, ribbons and trophies as well as adding new missions allowing players to use convoys to survive an offensive onslaught. Next is the Escalation Mission Pack for $9.99, this pack adds an Escalation game mode that throws Raven, SVER and Valor factions into simultaneous battles on three brand new maps. This pack also give players access to nine exclusive weapons they can use ranging from assault rifles to machine guns. The third is the MAG Starter Kit for $14.99. The starter kit includes both Interdiction and Escalation packs and a 30-day trial for MAG character slots B and C, six official MAG PS3 avatars that include Raven, SVER and Valor characters and badges, and three dynamic themes featuring each faction.

Check out the new MAG Escalation game mode:

This week’s PlayStation Portable Download is No Heroes Allowed! for $9.99. This is the third in the Badman game series featuring Badman, of course. Players are the bad guys as they help Evil Overlord Badman dig out a dungeon full of monsters to stop annoying heroes from invading his dark underworld. Then help Badman and his daughter Badmella conquer new worlds across 33 stages in single story or multi-player mode. A new feature in this third game is the Dungeon-A-Day mode that challenges players daily with more than 100 different dungeons to create.

Check out No Heroes Allowed!

Price Updates

  • Spyro The Dragon (PS3/PSP/Original Price $5.99/Now $2.99)

Qore Subscription

  • Qore Episode 30: November 2010 (PS3/$2.99)
  • Qore Annual Subscription – November 2010 (PS3/$24.99)

Here’s what else is new

New Games

  • PSOne Classic: Virtual pool 3 (PS3/$5.99)
  • Hoard (PS3/$14.99)
  • God of War Collection (PS3/$29.99)
  • Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP/$29.99)
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP/$39.99)

Demos

  • Split Second Demo 2 (PS3/PSP/Free)
  • Aqua Panic! HD Demo (PS3/Free)
  • Rock Band 3 Demo (PS3/Free)

Avatars

  • Darkstalkers Felicia 2 Avatar (PS3/49 Cents)
  • Darkstalkers Jedah Dohma Avatar (PS3/49 Cents)
  • Darkstalkers Q-Bee Avatar (PS3/49 Cents)
  • Darkstalkers Rikou Avatar (PS3/49 Cents)
  • Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Ieyasu Tokugawa Avatar (PS3/49 Cents)
  • Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Masamune Date Avatar (PS3/49 Cents)
  • Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Mitunari Ishida Avatar (PS3/49 Cents)
  • Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Yukimura Sanada Avatar (PS3/49 Cents)

PSHome Items

Please Note: Some PSHome items can be purchased on PSHome through individual stores at the Mall or in any kiosk located in the Theater and Central Plaza. All PSHome items unless otherwise marked in parenthesis ( ) are available for both male and female avatars.

  • God of War PlayStation Home Tattoo T-Shirt (PS3/99 Cents)
  • God of War PlayStation Home Leaping Kratos T-Shirt (PS3/99 Cents)

Bonus Content

Warning: Players downloading any bundle should own a copy of the game or the system required for the item to work or function properly. Always make sure you have the game the add-on was intended for before downloading as there are no refunds for anything mistakenly purchased from the PlayStation Network Store.

  • PAIN: PAINaMotion (PS3/Free)
  • Fifa Soccer 11 – Ultimate Team (PS3/Free)
  • Front Mission Evolved: Wanzer Weapons Pack (PS3/Free)
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 – Bonus Pack (PS3/Free)
  • God of War III – Phantom of Chaos Skin (PS3/99 Cents)*
  • God of War III – Morpheus Skin (PS3/99 Cents)*
  • God of War III – Forgotten Warrior Skin (PS3/99 Cents)*
  • God of War III – Apollo Skin (PS3/99 Cents)*
  • PAIN: Creepie Character (PS3/99 Cents)
  • Dead Rising 2 – Skills Pack – Ninja (PS3/$1.99)
  • ModNation Racers – Kratos Mod and Kart (PS3/$1.99)
  • Spider-Man: Shattered Dimension Cosmic Costume (PS3/$2.99)
  • Space Invaders Infinity Gene – Bonus Stage Pack 2 (PS3/$2.99)
  • Fist of the North Star – DLC Pack 1 (PS3/$2.99)
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 – Russian Power Pack (PS3/$2.99)
  • EyePet: Music Pack (PS3/$2.99)
  • Sports Champions – Reverse Course (PS3/$2.99)*
  • God of War III – Challenge of Exile Arena + Dominus Skin (PS3/$2.99)*
  • God of War III Kratos Skin Bundle (PS3/$2.99)*
  • Super Street Fighter IV: Ultra Shoryuken Pack (PS3/$3.99)
  • Front Mission Evolved: Wanzer Pack 2 (PS3/$3.99)
  • Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype: The Last Chapter (PS3/$4.99)
  • Medal of Honor – Hot Zone Pack (Ps3/$9.99)
  • High Velocity Bowling – Move Bundle (PS3/$39.99)*
  • *God of War III Kratos Skin Bundle includes all the individual skins listed, please note you would still have to complete the game to unlock the skins. The Challenge of Exile Arena and Dominus skin pack includes 7 unique challenges and would also be unlocked after completing the game. The Sports Champion reverse course unlocks 18 new tees and holes for the Disc Golf challenge. Once players download this pack they must access it through the Free Play menu to play. The High Velocity Bowling Bundle allows players to play the game using the PSMove controller.

DJ Hero

*Warning: When purchasing a track pack always review your play list carefully before purchasing as most songs are also included in other track packs or sold individually. Always check first to avoid paying extra for a song you may already own as there are no refunds for purchasing the same song twice. If the song is available in a previously purchased track pack consider purchasing the remaining songs individually.

  • DJ Hero 2: Hit Makers Mix Pack (PS3/$7.99)
  • *The Hit Makers Mix Pack includes “OMG” by Usher featuring Will.I.Am, “Umbrella” by Rihanna VS “Let’s get it on” by Marvine Gaye and “Shutter Bug” by Big Boi featuring Cutty VS “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison. These songs are not sold individually at the moment.

Def Jam Rapstar

*Warning: Some songs intended for use with the Def Jam Rapstar game have not been rated by the ESRB, players must own a copy of the game to use the following tracks. Also, when purchasing a track pack always review your play list carefully before purchasing as most songs are also included in other track packs or sold individually. Always check first to avoid paying extra for a song you may already own as there are no refunds for purchasing the same song twice. If the song is available in a previously purchased track pack consider purchasing the remaining songs individually.

Individual Song Tracks:

  • “Dey Know” by Shawty Lo (PS3/$1.99)
  • “Party Up” by DMX (PS3/$1.99)
  • “Ice Cream Paint Job” by Dorrough (PS3/$1.99)
  • “Got Money” by Lil Wayne (PS3/$1.99)
  • “Grindin’” by Clipse (PS3/$1.99)
  • “Make Me Better” by Fabolous (PS3/$1.99)
  • “Throw Some D’s” by Rich Boy (PS3/$1.99)
  • “Shoulder Lean”by Young Dro (PS3/$1.99)
  • Rock Band 3

    *Warning: When purchasing a track pack always review your play list carefully before purchasing as most songs are also included in other track packs or sold individually. Always check first to avoid paying extra for a song you may already own as there are no refunds for purchasing the same song twice. If the song is available in a previously purchased track pack consider purchasing the remaining songs individually.

    Individual Song Tracks:

    • “Subdivisions″ by Rush (PS3/$1.99)
    • The Doors Greatest Hits: Rock Band Edition Album (PS3/$19.99)
    • Individual Tracks Include:

    • “Hello, I Love You” by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “L.A. Women″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “Light My Fire″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “Love Her Madly″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “Love Me Two Times″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “Peace Frog″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “People Are Strange″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “Riders On The Storm″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “Roadhouse Blues″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “Soul Kitchen″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “The Crystal Ship″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)
    • “Touch Me″ by The Doors (PS3/$1.99)

    Rock Band Network

    *Warning: When purchasing a track pack always review your play list carefully before purchasing as most songs are also included in other track packs or sold individually. Always check first to avoid paying extra for a song you may already own as there are no refunds for purchasing the same song twice. If the song is available in a previously purchased track pack consider purchasing the remaining songs individually.

  • “Revolution” by Bang Camaro (PS3/99 Cents)
  • “Determined (Vows of Vengeance)” by Kataklysm (PS3/$1.99)
  • “Hello Fascination” by Breathe Carolina (PS3/$1.99)
  • “The Gun Show” by In This Moment (PS3/$1.99)
  • “Uncivilized” by Texas in July (PS3/$1.99)
  • Game Videos

    • The Tester Season 2 – Episode 1 (PS3/PSP/Free)
    • Valkyria Chronicles 2 Post Launch Trailer (PSP/Free)
    • NBA 2K11 – He’s Back Trailer (PS3/Free)
    • NBA 2K11 – The Jordan Interview Trailer (PS3/Free)
    • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Official Trailer (PS3/Free)
    • Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1: Casino Street Trailer (PS3/Free)
    • Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1: Lost Labyrinth Trailer (PS3/Free)
    • Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1: Mad Gear Trailer (PS3/Free)
    • Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1: Launch Trailer (PS3/Free)
    • LittleBigPlanet – Marvel DLC Trailer (PS3/Free)
    • LittleBigPlanet 2 – Grappling Hook Featurette (PS3/Free)
    • Heavy Rain: Cutting Room Floor (PS3/Free)
    • Heavy Rain: Non-Linearity (PS3/Free)
    • Beat Sketcher – Gameplay Trailer (PS3/Free)
    • Surround Sound System Video (PS3/Free)

    Themes and Wallpapers

    • No Heroes Allowed! – PSP Theme (PSP/Free)
    • No Heroes Allowed! Wallpaper 1 (PSP/Free)
    • No Heroes Allowed! Wallpaper 2 (PSP/Free)
    • TV Superstars: Big Beat Kitchen Theme (PS3/Free)
    • TV Superstars: DIY Raw Theme (PS3/Free)
    • TV Superstars: Frockstar Theme (PS3/Free)
    • TV Superstars: Hosts Theme (PS3/Free)
    • TV Superstars: Let’s Get Physical Theme (PS3/Free)
    • TV Superstars: STAA Theme (PS3/Free)
    • TV Superstars: Set Theme (PS3/Free)
    • Spectrum Theme (PS3/99 Cents)
    • Manga Theme (PS3/99 Cents)
    • Redemption Theme (PS3/PSP/$1.49)
    • Blue Tiger Camo PSP Theme 1 (PSP/$1.99)
    • Blue Tiger Camo PSP Theme 2 (PSP/$1.99)
    • Blue Tiger Camo Premium Theme (PS3/$2.99)
    • Dead Nation Dynamic Theme (PS3/$2.99)

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    Japan Import: Bleach: Soul Ignition site opens, screenshots revealed

    November 17, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

    Japan Import: Bleach: Soul Ignition site opens, screenshots revealed

    Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, PS3, Game-Companies, Publishers, Genres, 3D, Action, Adventure, Web-Sites, Official-Sites

    Bleach Soul Ignition PS3

    The first Bleach PS3 game is in development and while Sony has been tight-lipped about Bleach: Soul Ignition so far, information should start flowing in soon. After all, that’s what tends to happen after an official website is opened. Fans can head there right now and start looking at all the pretty pictures. It’s not like there’s much else to do there yet.

    While Bleach: Soul Ignition site doesn’t offer much useful information, the few available screenshots actually do good job of giving us hints at gameplay. We see Ichigo, Rukia and Uryu in battle, which infers all three are going to be playable. We also see lots of Arrancar in the Ichigo and Uryu screenshots, so it looks like Bleach: Soul Ignition is a beat-em up, rather than a fighter like entries in the PSP Bleach: Heat the Soul series. It will retain the cell-shaded characters though! So it will look like Heat the Soul, but probably play a little more like the Bleach: Soul Carnival PSP series.

    We’ll likely know more in the coming months, since Bleach: Soul Ignition won’t be released until 2011. And remember – you won’t need to really wait for a US company to localize and release it. The PS3 is region-free, so you could always import Bleach: Soul Ignition when it comes out and enjoy it on your own system. As long as it isn’t an RPG, it should be fairly easy to manage with minimal knowledge of Japanese.

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    Important Importables: 2010 PSP import gift guide

    November 13, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

    Hot Japanese Imports: 2010 PSP import gift guide

    Section: Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Gift Guide, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, PSP & PSPgo, Genres, 3D, Action, Adventure, Fighting, Music, Role-Playing, Sim, Strategy

    Hot Japanese Imports logo

    Just like the DS, the PSP is region-free and can play games from any country. Well, PSPs with UMD drives anyway. (It’s a pain to keep switching accounts on a PSPgo). This means that import video games can make wonderful and unique gifts for gamers.

    In fact, an imported PSP game may be one of the only options in some cases. While there were very few PSP game released in North America and Europe in 2010, there were lots released in Japan. Which means there’s a greater variety to choose from as gifts. So here are ten that might be perfect options.

    Just a quick note before we get to the list though. In many cases, I’ve also listed prices for the Asian versions of game, along with the Japanese versions. That’s because Asian and Japanese versions of PSP games are practically identical. The instruction manual may be in a different language, but other than that it’s the exact same game. The only difference is the Asian version is usually cheaper.

    Bleach Heat the Soul 7 ~ヒート・ザ・ソウル

    Bleach: Heat the Soul 7
    Price? Around $55 if you get the Japanese version, around $45 if you get the Asian version. (They’re pretty much identical)
    System? PSP
    Genre? Fighting
    Import-Friendly? Very
    Summary? It’s the biggest and latest entry in the Bleach: Heat the Soul fighting series, with 80 characters from the series, a storyline that covers some of the most recent story arcs. It also has an original character named Muramasa and an original Zanpakuto Ibunroku storyline.

    Blue Roses: Yousei to Aoi Hitomi no Senshitachi aka Blue Roses: The Fairy and the Blue-Eyed Warriors
    Price? Around $65
    System? PSP
    Genre? Strategy RPG
    Import-Friendly? Nope. It’s an RPG, which means lots of text.
    Summary? There are fairies, which are good. But they’re being attacked and destroyed by phantoms, which are bad. But there’s a team of good guys called the Blue Roses who step in and help the fairies, which is good. You get to choose your main character (male or female) and help save the fairies. Depending on who you fight with and what you do, you’ll make friends with certain characters and earn special endings.

    Dream C Club Portable ドリームクラブ

    Dream C Club Portable
    Price? Around $60
    System? PSP
    Genre? Dating Sim
    Import-Friendly? Meh. You could probably stumble your way through it if you can’t read Japanese, but you won’t enjoy it.
    Summary? This is a hostess club dating simulation. Players have one year to get close to one of the 13 hostesses working at the Dream C Club. You have to earn money each day so you can attend the club, buy presents and drinks. You then have to talk to your favorite hostess and play mini-games with her to make her happy.

    Fate/Extra
    Price? Around $65
    System? PSP
    Genre? RPG
    Import-Friendly? You could probably manage with basic Japanese language skills, but it’s better if you’re fluent.
    Summary? Instead of being a visual novel or fighting game like the other Fate/ entries, Fate/Extra is an RPG. You chose a hero or heroine and then pick a Saber, Archer or Caster servant. After that, you train and battle so you can be the one who wins the holy grail.

    初音ミク -Project DIVA- 2nd Hatsune Miku Project Diva 2nd

    Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd
    Price? Around $67
    System? PSP
    Genre? Music
    Import-Friendly? Very
    Summary? It’s a music game filled with lots of the best Vocaloid music. You play along as Miku Hatsune and the other Vocaloids (Rin and Len Kagamine, Luka Megurine, Kaito, Meiko, Neru Akita, Haku Yowane and Meiko Sakine). This game also features duets and rooms for each character to decorate. Also, like the original, you can import MP3s and create custom videos and tracks. You can also import custom tracks from the original Project Diva.

    Kenka Bancho 4: Ichinen Sensou
    Price? Around $55 for the Japanese version, around $45 for the Asian version. Again, they’re pretty much identical.
    System? PSP
    Genre? Action (Beat ‘em Up)
    Import-Friendly? Pretty much.
    Summary? You’re a brand new student at Konan High School, which is filled with banchos. You’re a first year, out to prove you’re the number one tough guy. So you have to go and beat down all the other students, until you reach the current number one, Akutsu Eichi. You can also fully customize your character and try and get one of three girls to be your character’s girlfriend.

    けいおん!放課後ライブ!!(特典なし) K-ON After School Live PSP

    K-ON! Houkago Live!
    Price? Around $68
    System? PSP
    Genre? Music
    Import-Friendly? Yes, even though the “events” are all in Japanese.
    Summary? It’s a music game inspired by the K-ON! anime. Songs from the first season of the show are used throughout the game, and it has a Rock Band style presentation. You can unlock outfits for the main characters and little scripted events. 

    Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou aka Yakuza: Black Panther
    Price? Around $70 for the Japanese version, around $45 for the Asian version. Again, almost identical. Instruction manuals are different. That’s it.
    System? PSP
    Genre? Action / Adventure
    Import-Friendly? Nope. Lots of voice acting and text, even though it’s primarily a fighting (beat’em up) game.
    Summary? Tatsuya Ukyo is a violent young man who’ll fight anyone in Kamuro-chou. Which leads to him accidentally killing a yakuza boss and being trapped in the Dragon Heat underground boxing group. Help Tetsuya find his way through, possibly to freedom and redemption.

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    MonHun Nikki Poka Poka Ailu Mura aka Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Ailu Village
    Price? Around $45 for the Japanese version, around $38 for the Asian version.
    System? PSP
    Genre? Action RPG
    Import-Friendly? Pretty much, yes. The quests and goals for missions are written in Japanese, but you may be able to find a guide online.
    Summary? Be a Felyne monster hunter! Join with other Felynes to hunt down monsters, visit Ailu village and become the most awesome cat out there.

    Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X
    Price? Around $55 for the Japanese version, around $42 for the Asian version.
    System? PSP
    Genre? RPG
    Import-Friendly? Nope. Very text heavy.
    Summary? A PSP game that includes a remake of Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon. So you get two games for the price of one.

    COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports suggests some import console games you may want to give as gifts.

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week provided a 2010 import DS game gift guide.

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    Important Importables: 2010 DS import gift guide

    November 7, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

    Hot Japanese Imports: 2010 DS import gift guide

    Section: Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Gift Guide, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, DS & DSi & DSi XL, Genres, 2D, 3D, Action, Adventure, Casual, Shooter, Music, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Sim

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    Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Spark DSIf you’re looking for a Christmas/Hanukkah/winter holiday gift for a gamer you love, an import video game could be the perfect choice. After all, it’s something your loved one may not have thought of or been able to afford, since they’re usually more expensive than domestic games. Plus, it’s always neat to own a game from another region.

    So, once again, Hot Japanese Imports is putting together a series of import gift guides. This week I have ten import DS game suggestions for people of varying Japanese skill levels. All of the below games are region-free except for one – Pokemon Black and White. So any DS or DSi will be able to play them. And, since it’s only November, you’ll have plenty of time to order and buy them!

    Bokujou Monogatari: Futago no Mura (Harvest Moon: Twin Villages)
    Price? Around $50
    System? DS
    Genre? Simulation
    Import-Friendly? Not so much.
    Summary? The newest Harvest Moon game, which lets you choose whether you want to live in a farming or ranching village. Once again, lots of new characters to meet and bachelor/bachelorette options.

    Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Spark or Bomber
    Price? Around $50
    System? DS
    Genre? Soccer RPG
    Import-Friendly? No
    Summary? Inazuma is going to Soccer Island and form an ultimate Inazuma Japan team. Recruit characters and take down opponents in soccer matches with special attacks. The two versions have two different opposing teams and other than that, they’re the same.

    Last Window The Secret of Cape West DSLast Window: The Secret of Cape West
    Price? Around $50
    System? DS
    Genre? Adventure
    Import-Friendly? Yes, if you get the European version
    Summary? The sequel to Hotel Dusk, which follows Kyle Hyde’s adventures a year after the original game. Kyle has been fired from Red Crown and he’s going to be evicted from his Cape West appartment because the building is being taken down. Just after he hears all this, he receives a mysterious note asking him find the Scarlet Star hidden in Cape West.

    Love Plus +
    Price? Around $50
    System? DS
    Genre? Girlfriend simulation
    Import-Friendly? No
    Summary? An enlarged and enhanced version of the original Love Plus with all new events included. For example, you can now go on a vacation date with one of the three girls. Owners of the original game can also import their information to Love Plus +.

    Metal Max 3
    Price? Around $60
    System? DS
    Genre? RPG
    Import-Friendly? No
    Summary? A post-apocolyptic RPG where you get to build/manage mechs and tanks, recruit party members and hunt down monsters and nasty people who threaten the peace.

    One Piece Gigant Battle DSOne Piece: Gigant Battle
    Price? Around $55
    System? DS
    Genre? Fighting
    Import-Friendly? Pretty much. There’s some text, but it’s mainly a fighting game.
    Summary? A fighting game set in the One Piece world. You can go through the storyline, create your own “crew” by unlocking characters and multiplayer fighting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support battles over the Nintendo WiFi Connection.

    Pokemon Black/White
    Price? Around $64
    System? DS
    Genre? RPG
    Import-Friendly? Yes if you’ve played Pokemon games before, no if you haven’t.
    Summary? The latest DS Pokemon game. There are lots of new pokemon, friendly rivals, a new bad-guy team, 3D cities, animated battle sprites, multiple Wi-Fi options and more.
    IMPORTANT: Pokemon Black/White is a DSi-enhanced game. So it will only play on Japanese DSi or DSi XL units. It will play on all DS and DS lite units, regardless of where you bought it.

    Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Dororon! Yokai Daikessen!!
    Price? Around $60
    System? DS
    Genre? Music RPG
    Import-Friendly? Yes. The RPG storyline part may be difficult to understand, but overall it’s quite import-friendly.
    Summary? Play the drums on your touch screen, either alone or with up to four friends. You can play songs for fun, test yourself daily to see if you’re getting better or play through an RPG game to defeat monsters (by playing music).

    Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 3rd Story DSTokimeki Memorial: Girl’s Side 3rd Story
    Price? Around $55
    System? DS
    Genre? Otome – life and dating simulation
    Import-Friendly? If you’re familiar with the TMGS series and otome games, then yes.
    Summary? An all new entry in the Tokimeki Memorial: Girl’s Side series. Go through three years of high school, trying to do your best, build your stats and find love. There are all new bachelors, plus this entry features two female best friends, no rivals and love triangles.

    GG Series Collection+
    Price? Around $55
    System? DS
    Genre? Everything – it’s a game collection
    Import-Friendly? Yes
    Summary? It’s a collection of 30 small games, many of which were originally released in Japan as DSiWare. It mainly has action, shooting and puzzle games.

    COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports suggests some import PSP games you may want to give as gifts.

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week suggested some spooky anime and Japanese horror movies to watch on Halloween.

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    Infidelity leads to nightmares in Catherine

    November 3, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

    Infidelity leads to nightmares in Catherine

    Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, PS3, Xbox-360, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 3D, Action, Adventure, Horror & Suspense, Web-Sites, Official-Sites

    Catherine PS3 Xbox 360 Atlus

    Now that the Catherine website has been updated, gamers around the world finally have a better idea of what’s happening to Atlus’ hapless hero, Vincent. The forthcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 game has always appeared cryptic in screen shots and trailers up until now, sometimes showing Vincent with friends and girlfriends, other times climbing a staircase and interacting with anthropomorphic sheep and occasionally being chased by grotesque creatures. Now, we have an idea why.

    Vincent was a fairly normal, although lazy, man. He’s been together with Katherine, his girlfriend and childhood friend, for over five years. When they get together at a local bar, Katherine might be pregnant and says she wants to get married, something Vincent is uncomfortable with. She leaves, and Vincent stays. It’s then that he meets the lovely and flirtatious Catherine. The two of them hook up.

    After his night with Catherine, Vincent starts having terrible nightmares. You know, the ones about the stairs, sheep-people and monsters. Coincidentally, a number of men around the city have been dying in their sleep and discovered looking emaciated and terrified. While the police have no clue what’s going on, an urban legend is starting to spread saying that men who dream about falling and don’t wake up, die. Things don’t look good for Vincent.

    During the day, players will guide Vincent around town. He’ll be able to talk with people and make decisions about his life. At night, players help him climb the staircase and avoid monsters so he doesn’t die. Your actions and choices can lead to multiple endings, good and bad.

    There’s still no confirmation or denial from Atlus as to whether Catherine will be released in North America. Odds are it will be, especially since Vincent has an incredibly small cameo appearance in Persona 3 Portable. We’ll probably find out for sure once the game is released in Japan.

    Read [Siliconera] Also Read [Andriasang] Site [Catherine (Japanese)]

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