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Jump Festa ‘12 partying on December 17-18, 2011

September 29, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Jump Festa ‘12 partying on December 17-18, 2011

I know you’re all recovering from the cavalcade of Japanese game announcements from Japan from the 2011 Tokyo Game Show held earlier this month, but there’s something else to be aware of. Jump Festa is coming up later this year, and that will provide another opportunity to hear about new games. Shueisha, the publisher of magazines like Monthly Shounen Jump, Weekly Shounen Jump, V Jump and Ultra Jump, has declared December 17-18, 2011 the Jump Festa ‘12 dates. Jump Festa is a big convention and exposition. Fans of the Jump series of magazines and the manga series that run in…

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Japan Import: Metallica summoning Hyakkihei on the PS3 in 2012

September 29, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Metallica summoning Hyakkihei on the PS3 in 2012

NIS has a new PS3 RPG planned for Japan, and it may not be exactly what everyone expects. Well, from the character art at the right I guess you could say the character art at least fits in with the other series like Disgaea, Jigsaw Party and Marl Kingdom. Majo to Hyakkihei (The Witch and 100 Cavalrymen) follows Metallica the witch and her servant, Hyakkihei. You don’t control Metallica in Majo to Hyakkihei though. You control Hyakkihei, one of the 100 Cavalrymen. Metallica’s strong, but only strong enough to physically summon one at a time. That’s Hyakkihei. As you play…

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Japan Import: New Love Plus characters are gamers

September 27, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: New Love Plus characters are gamers

If you play Love Plus, there’s a good chance you know a lot about Manaka, Rinko and Nene, the three girlfriend candidates. But then again, maybe you don’t after all, you probably didn’t realize all three characters are gamers. That’s a little tidbit that’s been revealed with New Love Plus, the first 3DS incarnation of the dating sim. The newest entry lets you play with them. New Love Plus contains versions of three Konami arcade games. If you’re on a date with one of the girls at the Arcade or in Love Plus mode, you can play the shoot’em up…

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Important Importables: Cool Super Famicom exclusives

September 25, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Cool Super Famicom exclusives

2011 marks the 20th anniversary of Super Nintendo, a console that many people grew up with and have warm memories of. However, if you grew up outside of Japan, you missed out on a lot of goodness. There, the Super Famicom, as it was called, received even more games and some rather interesting peripherals. Today, we look back fondly on some of these items, even the ones that failed, in honor of the SNES/SFC. Super Famicom exclusive peripherals Japan saw two Super Famicom pieces of hardware that were incredibly interesting and promising, even though they didn’t receive worldwide releases. Both…

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Important Importables Review: Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX for PSP

September 17, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX for PSP

Title: Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX Price: ~$65 System(s): PSP Release Date: July 14, 2011 Publisher (Developer): Namco Bandai (Namco) ESRB Rating: N/A, Cero A for All Ages Pros: 70 songs to play, can customize Don-chan in Don-chan’s room, can download additional songs, a Story mode has been added, 68 songs are immediately available to play without unlocking, you can go through multiple songs in a row in the Medley mode, there are 10 songs with Ura Oni difficulty levels, you can earn achievements, there are cameo appearance songs from Monster Hunter, iDolm@ster and Hatsune Miku and controls are incredibly…

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TGS 2011: Pretend you’re at the show with the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend demo

September 17, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

TGS 2011: Pretend you’re at the show with the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend demo

So you didn’t get to go to the 2011 Tokyo Game Show. It’s okay, a lot of people are in the exact same situation as you. I mean, flying to Japan is pretty expensive. But there’s a way to still pretend you’re there. Sega’s going to be releasing the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend demo from the show floor on the Japanese PlayStation Store. So you can download that and get your own little taste of TGS 2011. The Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend demo will give players a little taste of what the full game will be like. You’ll…

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TGS 2011: FFXIII-2 release dates and Japan-exclusive PS3 announced

September 17, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

TGS 2011: FFXIII-2 release dates and Japan-exclusive PS3 announced

Time for another PS3 announcement? Time for another PS3 announcement. As expected from the 2011 Tokyo Game Show weekend, we’re hearing lots of announcements about games and accessories. There are some pretty big ones for Final Fantasy XIII-2, from release dates, to a limited edition PS3 bundle and finally rounding things out with a brand new trailer that shows off Hope, Snow and one of the games’ theme songs. The versions of FFXIII-2 will be coming out one after another. First, Japan gets it on December 15, 2011, both alone and in a special FFXIII-2 PS3 bundle. North America and…

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Japan Import: A red and black PSP is coming November 17, 2011

September 17, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: A red and black PSP is coming November 17, 2011

November 17, 2011 is shaping up to be a very big Sony day in Japan. That’s the day the Ni no Kuni PS3 bundle, Scarlet Red and Splash Blue PS3s will all be released. It turns out, it’s also the day a new PSP variation shows up. Yes, Japan is getting another system exclusive, and this time it’s a two-tone red and black PSP. Oh, and that’s pretty much exactly what it’s going to be called. No fancy names for this color scheme, it’s just Red/Black. The Red/Black Value Pack isn’t anything special. You get a base PSP-3000 unit with…

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Japan Import: Japan gets 26 Vita launch titles

September 15, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Japan gets 26 Vita launch titles

Yes, it’s another story about things we learned at Sony’s pre-TGS 2011 conference! Seriously, you had to see this coming. I mean, it was a major event. Anyways, Sony’s hoping to avoid the problem Nintendo had with the 3DS by making sure the PS Vita has plenty of games available when the system launches on December 17, 2011 in Japan. So, it’s working with third party developers to ensure there are 26 games available when people pick up their systems. Yes, that’s a wonderfully robust launch lineup. Here’s the full list of games that will be on stores the second…

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Japan Import: Namco Bandai’s next tale is Tales of Innocence R

September 15, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Namco Bandai’s next tale is Tales of Innocence R

Among all the other Vita news, there was a happy little ray of sunshine that helped confirm Sony’s new handheld may be just as friendly to RPG gamers as the PSP was. Namco Bandai has announced it’s bringing the Tales series to the system. You may not want to get too excited though, as it’s actually not a new game. It’s Tales of Innocence R, a reimagining of the DS game of the same name. It’s probably best to compare Tales of Innocence R to Tales of Graces F, since both were enhanced versions of games that appeared on Nintendo…

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