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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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