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Important Importables Preview: Animal Crossing: New Leaf

December 22, 2012 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Preview: Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Today we’re going to talk about an awesome game – Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It’s the 3DS incarnation of Nintendo’s beloved life sim starring one human (the player) in a land filled with
anthropomorphic animals. Part of its magic is, even though each entry is really similar, enough is different to encourage fans to jump back into that world.

With Animal Crossing: New Leaf though, we’re seeing an Animal Crossing that really is different. A number of major changes have been made that make it worth looking into, even if
previous Animal Crossing games have left you bored and wanting. So today in Hot Japanese Imports, we’re going to go over everything we know about Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

What’s new in Animal Crossing: New Leaf?

The biggest change is Tortimer’s out, you’re in. For the first time, the player is the mayor of his or her town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

So what does that mean? Well, it gives you more control over how your town looks and acts. You are the mayor after all, and that means responsibility. Right when you begin the game, you choose
which town layout you’d like on the train. Then, when you arrive, you have a secretary to help you get to work. Your job is to make the…

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Dead or Alive 5 pillow cases coming to Japan

December 12, 2012 - 3:00 am No Comments

Dead or Alive 5 pillow cases coming to Japan

dead or alive 5 body pillow case ayane

I’m sure you’ve heard all about those Japanese body pillows. You know, the ones that look like they have a girl on the front. They’re usually the kind of thing you associate with various anime
characters, which isn’t exactly accurate. Body pillow case covers with other popular characters exist too and the lastest batch are more »

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The Metal Gear Rising: Revengance watches from Seiko are hot

December 12, 2012 - 3:00 am No Comments

The Metal Gear Rising: Revengance watches from Seiko are hot


Who wants to be the most decadent Metal Gear fan ever? If you have ¥36,750 (~$447) to spare, you could work your way towards snagging that title. That, my friends, is the price of luxury.
More specifically, it’s what you’d have to pay to get a Wired X Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance watch made by Seiko.

The Wired X Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance watch is a thing of beauty. It’s…

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Important Importables: 10 best games Japan gave us in 2012

December 8, 2012 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: 10 best games Japan gave us in 2012

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As 2012 draws to a close, the time to reflect sets in as we remember all of the great games we’ve played this year. We’ve spent a lot of time playing and enjoying these games, and it only seems
right to honor the good times we’ve had by listing some of the titles that meant the most to us. Which brings us to Hot Japanese Imports salute to the 10 best games Japan gave us in 2012. Because
you know those Japanese developers are awesome.

Now, this year’s top 10 list is unique in that Hot Japanese Imports is saluting any game that was released in Japan in 2012, and not only ones that never received a worldwide release. So the list
of games you’re about to peruse may include titles that you can grab right now in North America or Europe and enjoy.

10: One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)

One Piece: Pirate Warriors is notable for a number of reasons. First, it’s a pretty awesome game that offers a trunicated overview of a big part of the One Piece storyline. Second, it
made a lot of imporvements to Omega Force and Tecmo Koei’s Musou formula by making combos matter and adding some light platforming elements with Luffy’s special abilities. Finally, it’s been
a while since we’ve seen a One Piece game in North America and that’s always worth celebrating.

9: Pandora’s Tower (Wii)

Now this one hurts. Pandora’s Tower is among the last Wii RPGs. Aeron’s friend Elena was cursed during a festival and will turn into a monster if Aeron doesn’t fight his wat through 13
towers, collecting the Master Flesh from each one’s boss for Elena to eat. Naturally, he goes and does it and players tag along for the ride. It’s highlights are a relationship system with Elena,
which leads to one of multiple endings depending on what Aeron does. If you live in Japan or Europe, you can grab Pandora’s Tower right now. Those of us in North America are…

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Important Importables: 2012 Japanese novelty gift guide

December 2, 2012 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: 2012 Japanese novelty gift guide

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Good morning everyone! Sorry for the delay in this week’s Hot Japanese Imports. Things happened. (Illness combined
with Thanksgiving pack quite a one-two punch!) No worries now, as we’re here and ready to sort through some awesome Japanese novelties that would make fantastic gifts for someone you love. I’m
counting you in that, because everybody loves themselves! I’ve rounded up a list of eight pretty cool, mostly gender neutral items of varying prices. Sift through and you may find one or two things
that would be perfect for someone on your list. Or, if all else fails, you could always get the big box of Kit Kats and dressed-up mushroom mascots and give them away as stocking stuffers. Either
way, this week’s Hot Japanese Imports should make sure you’re prepared!

Link Figma
Price: $44 at AmiAmi
Description: Figma has created a new, fully articulated Link figurine based on the version of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Link comes with two faces, an attack effect
for Master Sword, the Hylian Shield, extra hands and a stand.
Who would want it? People who love Legend of Zelda or collect action figures.

Necomimi Neurowear
Price:

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Important Importables: 2012 handheld gaming gift guide

November 10, 2012 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: 2012 handheld gaming gift guide

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It’s gift guide time people! It’s that time of year when I tell you about awesome stuff from Japan, be it games or novelties, that you should give as gifts to people you love. This year we’ll have
handheld and novelty gift guides, but no console. See, most of the good PS3 import games have already been picked up and released or are scheduled to be released outside of Japan, so there aren’t
any console games to really worry about. So we’re going to power through. First, I’ll recommend handheld games for you to give to people this week, then next time I’ll recommend goodies to get.

There’s one thing you’ll probably notice about this list – there are no 3DS games on it. The 3DS is region-locked, so I’m not recommending any 3DS game gifts. You could buy one, then find out the
person doesn’t have a Japanese 3DS, then you’d feel guilty like you’d have to buy them a Japanese 3DS so they could play the game you bought them and it would just be a big mess. So we’re sticking
with PSP and PS Vita recommendations this year. I’d say DS, PSP and Vita, but there haven’t really been any awesome DS games released in Japan this year.


Hatsune Miku Project Diva f
Price: around $80
System: Vita
Cero Rating: Cero C for Ages…

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Important Importables: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy

October 27, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy

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The 3DS has taken hold in Japan, which means we’re starting to see an array of games that look really promising and good. Unfortunately,
we’re also stuck with region-locking, which means we can’t actually import and play any of these games unless we happen to own a Japanese 3DS. Still, that doesn’t keep us from oogling the
particularly awesome looking adventures and hoping that perhaps one day they’ll appear overseas.

One of the most promising new adventures is a game from Square Enix by the name of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. It’s a stylish, turn-based RPG that’s been getting reviews, which makes it
particularly interesting. Since there’s at least a passing chance of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy being localized and released worldwide, let’s take a closer look at what it’s all
about.

What’s this Flying Fairy: Bravely Default game anyway?

It’s actually Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, but I won’t hold the confusion over the title against you.

Okay, I just accidentally typed the title wrong in the header and liked how it looked.

Anyways, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy has the kind of story and gameplay systems in place that any RPG fan should recognize and heartily embrace. It is set in the world of Luxendarc. As you
can guess from the name, light and shadow play a large part of the story. The game…

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Important Importables Review: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F for PS Vita

October 13, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F for PS Vita

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Title: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F
Price: about $79.90
System(s): PS Vita, eventually PS3
Release Date: August 30, 2012
Publisher (Developer): Sega (Sega)
ESRB Rating: N/A, Cero C for Ages 15 and Up
Pros: 32 playable songs, lots of different modules (costumes) for the Vocaloids, four difficulty levels, can import your mp3s to make your own music videos and song patterns in Edit Mode,
the six main Vocaloids are present, you can decorate the Vocaloids’ rooms, you can befriend the Vocaloids and play rock-paper-scissors with them. The AI mode has some songs from previous Hatsune
Miku: Project Diva
games and lets you take pictures of the Vocaloids in the real world. Very easy to play, even if you can’t read Japanese.
Cons: Can be difficult to swipe during more challenging songs. Some songs, like “Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya!” aren’t all that good. Neru Akita and Haku Yowane are DLC characters.
Rock-paper-scissors mini-game drags on too long.
Overall Score: 9 out of 10

When the first Hatsune Miku: Project Diva game was released way back in 2009, people weren’t quite sure what would come of the Vocaloid video game. Yes, Miku Hatsune is a cultural icon in
Japan, but who knew if that success could transfer over to a game. Clearly, there was no issue as it became a rousing success and hit for Sega and the ensuing series provided sales boosts to any
platform upon which it was released. It’s only natural that Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F would carry on the tradition of a strong music video game with even more customization options. It’s
no wonder this is one of the best selling Vita games in Japan, as it’s well made and packed with infectious tunes that even people who have never heard of Miku Hatsune can’t resist.

“What? Oh, yeah.”

If you’ve experienced any Hatsune Miku: Project Diva game before, or even any music game in general, playing Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F will be like second nature to you. When you
head to the music section, you choose a difficulty level then highlight a song. From there, you can change the starting Vocaloid and his or her outfit or just jump in and start playing. As the song
plays and Miku and/or the other Vocaloids perform in the background,…

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Animal Crossing 3DS LL is delightfully subtle

October 5, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Animal Crossing 3DS LL is delightfully subtle


There are two kinds of limited edition Nintendo handhelds sold in Japan. The first group are tasteful and cool, with either subtle designs or something that manages to be eyecatching without being
garish. The second contains the handhelds that are cool just because they’re “limited,” and not because the design is inherently awesome. Fortunately, the just announced Animal Crossing: Jump
Out
3DS LL (that’s XL to those outside Japan) falls into the former…

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Important Importables: How to determine if you’re ready to start importing games

September 29, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: How to determine if you’re ready to start importing games

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Hot Japanese Imports is all about highlighting games from Japan that are really awesome
and deserve more attention. Odds are, it’ll help you get excited about games you’ve never played before. It may even make you want to buy and play them yourself. I’m sure it made games like Idolmaster 2 seem more appealing. But importing a video game is
a big step for gamers. It’s not a “adopting a new pet” kind of step, but a “spending about $70 on a single game” step. It could be daunting move for some people.

Which is why today I’m going to help you see if you’re ready! I’m going to go over the things you should be asking yourself before you decide to import games from Japan. (Or Europe.) Hopefully,
after you go through my list, you’ll have a better idea of grabbing an exotic game is an option for you.

Are you ready to import?

  1. Know your systems: Importing games can get really expensive. You have to be sure you have the right hardware before you even get started, otherwise you’ll be wasting money. If you’re
    interested in 3DO, Dreamcast, DS, GBA, Game Boy, Game Gear, Jaguar, Neo Geo, Neo Geo Pocket, PS3, PSP or Vita games, you’ll be absolutely fine and can start importing immediately. The Dreamcast…

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