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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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Japan Import: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky gets the PS3 treatment

September 27, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky gets the PS3 treatment


When you think about PSP games getting the HD port to the PS3, you think of the slickest of the slick. The Monster Hunters and God of Wars, for example, that were considered the
prettiest and most popular games on the system. You don’t expect a sprite-based JRPG to be among the likely candidates. Yet, that’s exactly what’s happening to one of Nihon Falcom’s best games. The Legend of Heroes: Trails…

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Important Importables Review: Dokuro for Vita

September 23, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Dokuro for Vita

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Title: Dokuro
Price: $29.99
System(s): PS Vita
Release Date: July 5, 2012
Publisher (Developer): GungHo (Game Arts)
ESRB Rating: N/A, Cero A for All Ages
Pros: Unique art style, catch soundtrack, cute premise, challenging puzzles and levels, good use of touch screen and touchpad and when you load the game you can choose which level you start
on. You can collect coins hidden in each level. After a certain point, Dokuro can take more than one hit and still survive. The game also autosaves. It’s already translated into English.
Cons: A hint feature for more difficult puzzles would have been nice. You can’t return to the castle map to play out of order at any time, and must return to the main menu first.
Overall Score: 9.5/10

This just figures. I mean really. Two weeks after I order and import Dokuro, Game Arts and GungHo’s adorably difficult, 2D platformer from Japan, a North American release that will surely be
cheaper is announced. Am I bitter?

Nope.

Okay, I was initially, before Dokuro arrived, but that’s gone now. See, that’s because Dokuro is an absolutely fantastic game. It’s well worth the $30 I paid to import it,, as it
manages to be funny, dramatic, endearing, frustrating, thought-provoking and worth every penny. Dokuro is a gem and deserves a worldwide release.

Guide a princess through a Dark Lord’s castle to stop a marriage

Dark Lords have a standard modus operandi. They find helpless princesses, capture them and then either ransom or marry them. There’s really no deviation from the pattern, and that’s how Dokuro begins. The heartless Dark Lord and his minions go to a castle town, abduct the…

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Japan gets a Monster Hunter 3G Wii U bundle

September 15, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan gets a Monster Hunter 3G Wii U bundle

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You’re really falling behind when it comes to Wii U bundles Nintendo of America. I mean, both Europe and Japan will have 3 bundles available at launch, and North America will only have one. You
need to step it up a notch. Oh, you haven’t heard? Nintendo’s Japanese branch just announced another Wii U launch more »

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Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R will go on the road with the Vita

September 13, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R will go on the road with the Vita


Arc System Works’ quest to get slightly altered and improved rehashes of their already existing fighting games never ends. It’s time for another Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R announcement. No, it isn’t another version with an additional “R” tacked onto the end. It’s simply news that the developer is working on a Vita port of a game that we all originally knew as Guilty Gear XX in 2002.

There haven’t been any special…

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Important Importables: A quick peek at the Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star demo

September 9, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: A quick peek at the Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star demo

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Thanks to the wonder that is the US Postal Service, Hot Japanese Imports won’t have a Dokuro review up this week. While we wait for my copy of the Vita platformer to arrive, we’ll instead
look over an instant classic Japanese adventure. I’m sure you all know by now that there’s another Hatoful Boyfriend game, called Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star. The English language
demo was just released, so I’m going to offer some insights and awesome screenshots for you to enjoy.

Magical Birdie Power of Love and Otaku

Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star is more of an episodic adventure, as it’s a prequel to the original game. Which means you get to see different characters in new situations that focus on
them. The episode in the demo is “The Epic of the Fallen Angel: Absolute Zero.” As usual, it’s a straightforward visual novel where the player makes decisions that influence the story. This one
follows the warriors of the Holy Crusade, one of which happens to be the secret character from the original Hatoful Boyfriend, Anghel Higure the bleeding-heart dove. So I guess
you could consider this demo a means to determine whether both the full versions of Hatoful Boyfriend and Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star are worth it.

Anghel is… well… a very special birdie. He has the ability to bring people into a fantasy world. Because, you know, he thinks…

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TGS 2012: Square Enix will have 17 games on display

September 5, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

TGS 2012: Square Enix will have 17 games on display


Square Enix’s Tokyo Game Show 2012 site is up! As you can expect, the company has a big list of games to bring to the convention.
Pretty much everything you expect to be there, will be there, so there’s that. I mean, with 16 games it’s not like much will be left out.

Let’s look over the 16 game lineup. Of those, only five are either already available worldwide or guaranteed worldwide releases.

  • Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (3DS)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PS3, Xbox 360,…

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Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star demo now available in English

September 1, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star demo now available in English


Okay people, time for your Labor Day weekend gaming homework! We can all can agree that Hatoful Boyfriend is the best dating sim ever. If you haven’t played it, you’re doing yourself a serious disservice. I mean it’s a dating sim with anthropomorphic, dateable pigeons and a heroine who is some kind of cavewoman. It’s glorious and a bargain at $5.34. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m here to let you all know that the Windows and Mac demos for the sequel, Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star are now available in English.

Both demos are available directly from the Hatoful Official tumblr. Hato Moa, the creator of the original game, made Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star and Nazerine, the translator of the original game, is returning for the sequel as well. Though really, this is actually a prequel. Expect it to be just as funny and ridiculous as Hatoful Boyfriend, with a new Chinese Pheasant for people to chase after! It has new main stories and side stories. The demo follows one of the four main storylines.

The Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star demo is free, but the full game will of course cost actual money. Hato Moa has already said that an English version is in the works, so we all have to be patient and wait for it.

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Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box includes 13 Final Fantasy games

September 1, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box includes 13 Final Fantasy games


The Square Enix Final Fantasy Gallery is now open in Japan and it was the site of a very major Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary announcement. If you ever missed out on any of the Final Fantasy games, or simply want a pristine, extra copy of each one, you’ve got your wish. On December 18, 2012, the Japanese Square Enix e-Stop will carry the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box.

The Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box has almost every numbered Final Fantasy game ever. The only one not included is Final Fantasy XIV. (Perhaps Square Enix is ashamed of it?) Still, it’s impressive to get the following conglomeration of PS1, PSP, PS2 and PS3 games in one package.

Here’s the list of games and their platforms. I hope you’re a Sony fan.

  • Final Fantasy (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy II (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy III (PSP)
  • Final Fantasy IV (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy V (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy VI (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy VII International (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy IX (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy X (PS2)
  • Final Fantasy XI Vana Diel Collection (PS2)
  • Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)

Some other extras are included in the box. You get a 2 disc CD complication of music from the series, Crystal ArtWorks artbook, a video disc, a code to get a Mogu Mogu earring for your character in Final Fantasy XIV and a mini FF 25th Anniversary piece of artwork Yoshitaka Amano did for the series. (I guess FFXIV wasn’t forgotten after all!) The box will cost ¥35,000 (~$445) and unless you have a Japanese PS1 and PS2 to play all the region-locked games, you should probably pass on it.

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