Archive for October, 2011

Important Importables: How to get and play the Idolmaster 2 PS3 demo

October 29, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: How to get and play the Idolmaster 2 PS3 demo

The Idolmaster 2 is now available on the PS3 in Japan! Yay for them. Not so good for us though, as Namco Bandai’s idol raising Xbox 360 and PS3 game is a Japan exclusive. There is a bright side though. The Japanese PlayStation Store has a free trial version of Idolmaster 2 on it. So if you have a Japanese PSN account, you can actually log in and give the game a try. Of course, if you don’t speak Japanese it’ll be a bit of a trial to actually reach the demo. After all, the Japanese PlayStation Store isn’t organized…

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Japan Import: Conception could be the weirdest PSP RPG ever

October 29, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Conception could be the weirdest PSP RPG ever

You know how Japan always seems to have the craziest games? Well, Acquire is making sure to uphold the crazy game having title with its newest PSP game. It’s called Conception: Please Have My Baby. And yes, that subtitle refers to an actual gameplay element. Except it isn’t exactly how it sounds. I mean, it is, but at the same time it isn’t. Conception isn’t going to be an exceptionally graphic game. See, Itsuki and his cousin/childhood friend are graduating high school. Mahiru calls him and says they need to talk. (Uh oh.) She says she’s pregnant. Instead of turning…

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Japan Import: Lucky Club Nintendo members could win Mario-themed 3DS units

October 23, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Lucky Club Nintendo members could win Mario-themed 3DS units

Do you want one of the coolest and rarest 3DS systems ever made? Well, too bad. You probably can’t get one. That’s because the Mario, Peach and Kinoko systems are only for Japan. Japan’s Club Nintendo members, if you want to get really specific. Those three 3DS units at the right there are part of a just announced Club Nintendo contest that will reward people who buy and register between two and ten 3DS games. See, Club Nintendo works a little differently in Japan than it does in other regions. In North America, for example, only games published by Nintendo…

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Important Importables: Awesome Japanese candy for trick or treaters

October 23, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Awesome Japanese candy for trick or treaters

If you don’t get many trick or treaters at your home, sometimes its fun to spoil the ones who do show up. You know, give out little goodie bags, a better kind of candy or even more candy than you normally would. Another alternative for people who don’t get many visitors each Halloween is to pass out candy from Japan. A lot of the products that get imported have individually wrapped candies in a larger bag, which makes them perfect to distribute to visitors. Hence today’s list. Now, while you might not be able to find the exact candies listed…

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Important Importables: Simple Japanese game character costumes for Halloween

October 15, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Simple Japanese game character costumes for Halloween

I know, this week Hot Japanese Imports was going to talk about EasyGameStation, a doujin game maker that’s found fame overseas thanks to Carpe Fulgar deciding to localize two of its games, but Halloween is coming up. Which means people are probably just working out their plans, deciding if they want to go out to a party, or stay in and tend to the trick or treaters. In either case, costumes are in order and video games can serve as great inspiration for finding one that is iconic, recognizable to other gamers and often very easy to pull together. Since times…

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Japan Import: New Love Plus DLC on branded SD cards

October 9, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: New Love Plus DLC on branded SD cards

The New Love Plus cavalcade of merchandise is already beginning. Well, the announcements for said merchandise anyways, since the game and its assorted accessories won’t be out until December 8, 2011 in Japan. But still, Konami wants 3DS owners to be ready, and it’s latest announcement is for New Love Plus SD cards. There will be three different varieties, dubbed Manaka’s Heart, Nene’s Heart and Rinko’s Heart. Each New Love Plus SD card will be 8gb in size and have a sticker on the front with the image of their respective girls. The Konami Style shop already has a listing…

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Important Importables Review: Starry Sky in Spring Portable for PSP

October 9, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Starry Sky in Spring Portable for PSP

Title: Starry Sky in Spring Portable Price: $37.40 System(s): PSP (Also on Windows PC) Release Date: June 24, 2010 Publisher (Developer): Asgard (Honeybee and HuneX) ESRB Rating: N/A, Cero B for ages 12 and up. Pros: Character art looks good, it’s quite affordable, it’s rather import friendly since it isn’t very complicated and it’s interesting how each character is based on a zodiac sign. It also has a budget price, compared to most import games. The music is rather awesome. English menu options. Can see CG images and such in a gallery later. Cons: Relatively short. Very easy to win…

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Japan Import: Keiji Inafune working on King of Pirates for the 3DS

October 7, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Keiji Inafune working on King of Pirates for the 3DS

I’m just going to come right out and say it, Keiji Inafune’s new game looks awfully cute. He’s working with Marvelous AQL on a new 3DS game called King of Pirates, and it’s about all kinds of animals, Aves, Beasts and Scales, to be exact, fighting to get the Lucifer Coin so they can become Kaio and rule the entire ocean. Which means the player steps into the shoes of the leader of one of these factions to try and be the one who wins it all. Ironically, the animal and pirate themes also mask a hidden inspiration. Inafune created…

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Japan Import: Next 3DS color is Ice White

October 7, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Next 3DS color is Ice White

There’s another 3DS coming. It won’t be here though. At least, not yet. No, instead Nintendo has announced yet another 3DS color for Japan. Brace yourself for the blandness of white! Yes, now Ice White is joining Aqua Blue, Flare Red, Cosmo Black and Misty Pink. I just realized that sounds like I’m announcing the heroes from a Power Rangers style, Super Sentai show. Anyways, the Ice White 3DS is just like the other 3DS units, only it has what looks to be a metallic white lid and base. The interior of the lid is still black, just like all…

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Important Importables: Gust’s Atelier series

October 1, 2011 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Gust’s Atelier series

NIS America has just released Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland in North America and, while it has been six years since the first Atelier adventure was released outside of Japan, the series still is a mystery and unknown force to many gamers. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out on a rather unique JRPG and life sim experience. The Atelier line of games focus on creation, rather than destruction, and typically revolve around day to day life and activities instead of some grand, save the world scheme. They’re also quite accessible, so if you find yourself interested…

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